Title: Out! (The Shamwell Tales #3)
Author Name & Publisher: J.L. Merrow (Samhain Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: January 19, 2016 – 322 pgs
Mark Nugent has spent his life in the closet—at least, the small part of it he hasn’t spent in the office. Divorced when he could no longer deny his sexuality, he’s sworn off his workaholic ways and moved to Shamwell with his headstrong teen daughter to give her a stable home environment.
His resolve to put his love life on hold is severely tested when he joins a local organization and meets a lively yet intense young man who tempts him closer to the closet threshold.
Patrick Owen is an out-and-proud charity worker with strong principles—and a newly discovered weakness for an older man. One snag: Mark is adamant he’s not coming out to his daughter, and Patrick will be damned if he’s going to start a relationship with a lie.
Between Mark’s old-fashioned attitudes and a camp, flirtatious ex-colleague who wants Mark for himself, Patrick wonders if they’ll ever be on the same romantic page. And when Mark’s former career as a tax advisor clashes with Patrick’s social conscience, it could be the one stumbling block they can’t get past.
So with this book you get Mark and Patrick. Mark is recently divorced and has a fourteen year old daughter. He is a account who has finally admitted to being gay and has been hiding it from his daughter who he has recently moved with.
Patrick works for a charity and is out and proud. So when he first meets Mark he is leery thinking Mark is still in the closet and that is not something Patrick wants to hide. But he is very attracted to him and that eventually makes him decide to give it a chance.
Now sometimes I do like slow burns and sometimes they can go on to long and it just starts getting a little annoying after awhile. Unfortunately with this book it went on a little to long for me. But other than that I really did like this book and these characters this author created. I would have just liked to have seen more of them together to be honest. There is some angst and a little bit of steam with this book too.
I would recommend this series!
JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne.
She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour. Her novella Muscling Through was a 2013 EPIC Award finalist, and her novel Slam! won the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best LGBT Romantic Comedy. Her novel Relief Valve is a finalist in the 2015 EPIC Awards.
JL Merrow is a member of the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.