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(The Shamwell Tales #4)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  402 ratings  ·  99 reviews
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An ill-advised encounter at the office party leaves David Greenlake jobless and homeless in one heady weekend. But he quickly begs work from his ex-boss and takes a room in Shamwell with easygoing postman Rory Deamer. David doesn’t mean to flirt with the recently divorced Rory—just like he doesn’t consciously decide to breathe. After all, Rory’
ebook, 316 pages
Published July 3rd 2017 by Riptide Publishing (first published July 1st 2017)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*3.5 stars*

Easily my favorite book in the Shamwell series, which turned out to be quite a low-rating series for me. I had trouble connecting to most of the romances in the Shamwell series, and I struggled a little bit with it here as well. However, I adored David, who carried the story.

David is exactly the sort of character that I love to read about. He is BIG on personality. I just need an MC that makes a big impression at this point in my reading career, so David was perfect for my tastes. He

Hallelujah ... I finally found a book in JL Merrow's The Shamwell Tales series that I LOVE. JL Merrow has always been one of my go-to-authors for those humorous M/M romance books featuring quirky Brits and The Shamwell Tales series was just not working for me ... until Spun! so I am overjoyed to write this review.

We last met fabulous and flamboyant 24-year-old David Greenlake (they used to call him "Camp David" at work) in Out! where and his teddy bear Gregory made a memorable appearance or two.
Bark (Has Atrocious Taste)
I decided to take a mini-break away from the horror-fest I’d been on and finally read this way overdue Netgalley title. I think I may need to stick with horror a wee bit longer because I found Spun all too sweet for my current mood.

It was also very hard for me to stick to and when it starts there are so many characters from previous books I haven’t read popping in that I had trouble keeping track of who was who and who was connected to who. I’m not sure if it was the dialogue, the accents or jus
Kaje Harper
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well, that was just sweet and warm and funny, with a hint of angst for flavor. It hit the spot when I wanted something cuddly to read. This author is very good at writing simple, honest, trustworthy men who may not always get things right, but whose good hearts, and belief in the basic goodness of other people, carry them through life. Rory is one of those characters, a village postie who makes his rounds with an eye out for his neighbors, a man who loves his kids and regrets but doesn't hate th ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Expected publication: July 3rd 2017 by Riptide Publishing..

I am a SUCKER for British humor. This five star rom-com had it in spades.

I can't vouch for the authenticity of the dialect, setting and characters because I don't have any personal experience, but I bet many other reviewers will vouch that this is as real as it gets.

Any and all drama is simply drowned out by the pervasive dry wit that our MC, David, brings to us. He is one of the most charming and endearing characters I've ever read.

Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, m-m
Sweet and easygoing

Rory was everything David didn't want in a guy. Short, no hair to grab and straight...
Without a job and a place to live, he luckily can rent a room at Rory's place.

David....what a guy...he gives names to things and funny names to people and doesn't hide it.
Rory recently divorced, easygoing, two kids are all under David's spell.

There are a lot of fluffy passages, a lot of fun and all in France or British language and humor....(I'm not British......:( Sorry....sometimes I just
Eli Easton
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite of the Shamwell books. I adored David and his sense of humor. So many wonderful LOL lines in this one. Gah! And I always like stories with kids/family dynamic.

I wasn't as much a fan of the reiterative, angsty "he can't possibly like me" plot points, but the rest more than made up for that. JL Merrow is a perennial fav.
Chris, the Dalek King
I was lucky enough to review the ebook of this story last year, so I’m going to do my best not to rehash everything I previously said there in this audio book review. I think that just about everything I said in that review is still correct, so I’d rather spend more time focusing on what a reread was able to add to this story, as well as how the narration by Mark Steadman influenced my opinion of the book. If you have not previously read this book, I’ll do my best to bring you up to speed:

I like a great deal about this book but it ends before we get a fully developed relationship. I wanted to see Rory and David as a couple and in love. They just basically start really being together when the books ends and it was frustrating.

Rory is a great guy. I love that he has shared custody and the underlying discussion of gendered childrearing. His sexuality could be better discussed between him and David for richer emotionial intimacy.

David is wonderful as well if we take him for his acti
Lisa The Novel Approach
Awww…It’s been too long since I visited Shamwell! I hadn’t realized how much I’d missed it until digging in to Spun!, the latest addition to this wonderful series by JL Merrow. As with the other stories in the series, Spun! is filled with colorful characters, and chock full of British charm. Aside from a couple of little niggles, this was an incredibly fun read; I completely fell in love with Rory and David.

My first minor issue was some confusion, i.e., feeling a bit lost, with the introduction
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was super cute. Complete slow burn, with lovely characters and lots of small town England. I believe there were also scones.
Jules Lovestoread
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
<333 Much love for both David and Rory!! See my full review here: !!
3.5 stars rounded down to 3 because still no 1/2 stars here on GR

Just another trip back to the village of Shamwell...

We first met David in 'Out' and I liked him so when I found out that he was one of the MCs for this series I simply couldn't resist.

In 'OUT' David pursues Mark, who was his boss and he has a bit of a crush but not being the object of David's affections things stop before they get started, however, David and Mark do remain friends of a sort and when David's world begins to crumb
Chris, the Dalek King
When David Greenlake looses his job and has to move to Shamwell, he doesn’t know what to expect. Mostly he just hopes that there will be fewer people around giving him dirty looks. He doesn’t expect to find a place that feels like home, or a roommate who sets his heart a-pattering. Unfortunately for David, Rory Deamer is as straight as they come, so David will have to put on his big boy boots and just get over his silly little crush. But as David gets to know Rory, and Rory gets to know David, t ...more
Rafa Brewster
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Just Love
I received an advance review copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

It’s been a few years since I last read anything by this author but I’m so glad I corrected that oversight recently. Spun! was a delightful friends to lovers romance that checked a lot of my favorite boxes – in addition to adding some new ones (pardon me, is our hero actually carrying around a teddy bear?).

But seriously, it’s quite something when partway into a book, I was as enamored by the fun and
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Overall I loved this book! Both characters were just lovely. Only at some point during the final third of the book all these thoughts instead of talks got on my nerves. But that didn't take away any of my reading fun. Now let's hope that there will be a book #5.
My fave of the series. I adored David!
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Revised second edition

I loved David in the previous book and that hasn't changed, he's so flamboyant and outgoing that people tend to disregard and pigeonhole him and that's a mistake, he's very loyal to those he likes and is a very good friend too.

Rory is a much more subdued character, very easygoing just plodding through life working and looking forward to time spent with his kids. There are a few misunderstandings arising from the fact that Rory is 'straight' and that neither one ever speaks
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, m-m, part-of-a-series
3.5 stars

Whenever I'm in the mood for an authentic British story, I know JL Merrow is the right choice. I've read many books before set in Britain but no author has done a better job at combining the British humor, dialect and setting better than Merrow.

David is a character I loved in previous books, mainly because he's hilarious and likeable and just soooooo.....BRITISH! Getting to know him throughout the book was a blast, kind of like spending time with a best friend that's got charisma and ge
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Please be good...please be good...please be good...

ETA: It was good! It was good! 4.5 stars.

Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star, series
In spite of loving Merrow’s Plumber’s Mate books, this series has not clicked with me. Now, finally, comes an installment I enjoyed. Both guys have very distinct and likable personalities, especially sweet Rory. But since this is a case of a guy questioning his sexuality late in life, it was an extremely slow burn romance that relied on miscommunication and misunderstandings to prolong the eventual HEA. Living as roommates helped to give us adequate together time, but ultimately I liked the char ...more
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this A LOT.
Reviewed for Night Owl Reviews

J.L. Merrow's always been an auto-pick author of mine as I enjoy the brand of witticism and British tones in her stories. That said, I had a bit of ups and downs with "The Shamwell Tales" series, but Spun! is definitely on the up sphere of the bunch for me. This is a nice surprise, given I wasn't too impressed with David and Rory when they first appeared on the previous book of the series.

As the other installments of the series, Spun! is also told alternately from
Hollis Shiloh
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just finished re-reading this book, and I loved it so much. When I first read it, I had some reservations (to put it mildly). Both main characters had showed up earlier in the series, and I did not think I could possibly accept them as a couple. However, this is JL Merrow and a favorite series of mine, so...I read it. And, well, it was lovely. (It was also interesting and satisfying that characters from the previous books weren't perfect and flawless angels and knew who should date whom. If an ...more
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hands down, the Shamwell Tales is one of my favorite series. I highly recommend to anyone. The romances, while influenced by attraction, are slow to develop and based on respect and caring. The settings are ultra cozy. The daily life is charming. This series exemplifies the cozy romance and is absolutely beloved.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gromance
Absolutely delightful and funny. British vernacular as its best, used for and by great characters. The well-established cast from previous books just means that actions by secondary characters feel like meeting old friends.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Well folks, here is one of my 'I'm in the minority with my opinion' kind of reviews. Having read other books by JLM and having loved them, I was really looking forward to this one but it just didn't do it for me. JLM has an easy writing style so no matter what is written, it's a pleasure to read but in this case, it was the characters that I had a problem with.

An indiscretion at an office party at his boss' home ends with David losing his job. He wasn't to know that the other man involved was m
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really ended up enjoyed this book! It's a sweet slow burn romance with a lot of humor, sass and quirky little ideas. Some characters we already know from the first books in the series but it can definitely be read as a stand alone and you never feel like anything that's happening goes over your head if you haven't read the other books.

In the beginning though I was a little worried I wouldn't like it I have to admit. David is out and proud and very flamboyant and he flirts with everybody which
Morgan  Skye
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, reviewed, audio
This is the kind of JL Merrow Story I love! One of my all time favorite books ever is Muscling Through ( and this reminds me of that story – a lot!

While it might be low steam, it’s high on humor and very, very British. Just what I’ve come to expect (and adore) from Merrow.

I think my favorite part is how amazingly happy the HEA is, and how HARD our MCs have to work to get there. It’s a great ride!

Highly Recommended!
(This is absolutely fine as a standalone
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