4.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Audiobook Book College/University Contemporary Friends to lovers Gay Gay Geek/Jock Geek/nerd/techie/gamer Heat Index m/m Mid level steam/heat Mild level angst Morgan New Adult Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Opposites attract Part of a Series Purchased Standalone Virgin

Audiobook: Pricks and Pragmatism by JL Merrow narrated by Mark Steadman


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Kicked out by his father at age 16, English student Luke Corbin’s used to trading on his looks and charm to keep a roof over his head until he can make it big as a journalist. He goes for men with money, power, and looks, in that order, and he doesn’t let emotions get in the way. But when his lover tells him it’s over, Luke finds himself homeless – just as his final exams are looming.
Moving in with geeky chemical engineer Russell may be a step down for him, but Luke can’t afford to be choosy. Fully prepared to put out as usual, Luke’s confused and frustrated when Russell refuses to take advantage of him – and even more so when he finds out Russell’s saving himself for someone special.
The more time he spends with the shy, honorable man, the more Luke finds himself bowled over by Russell’s sweetness and integrity. But just as he’s coming to terms with his own wish to be that special guy for Russell, Luke has to face facts: he’s fallen for the one man he can’t seem to charm.

This was a book I’d originally read early on in my “new to m/m” days. I absolutely fell in love with JL Merrow’s sense of humor and her ability to make unique and quirky characters.

Luke is a tough cookie to love. He’s brash, bold, callous about sex and not afraid to use people to make his way in life. Russell is his polar opposite. Russell is quiet, unassuming, a virgin!, kind and wouldn’t dream of hurting a fly. When the two meet neither really knows what to do with the other.

What makes this book wonderful is Russell’s steadfast devotion and the absolute turnaround Luke makes.

Seeing Luke with different guys was hard and kept this from being one of my “favorite” books. I think it was important to know about from a character development perspective but I’m not sure we needed to read about it… IMHO.

Having Mark Steadman do the narration just adds that layer of authenticity you can only get by listening to a British actor perform such a British story. He does a lovely job with the emotions and comedy as well.

I give the story a 4 of 5 stars and the narration a 5 of 5 stars for an overall 4.5 of 5 stars.

If you’re a fan of nerdy virgins, british humor and quirky characters – give this a go!

Highly recommended!


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