Pricks and Pragmatism

Pricks and Pragmatism Easy come easy go until the heart gets involved English student and aspiring journalist Luke Corbin should be studying Instead he s facing homelessness thanks to the lover who s just kicking him out

  • Title: Pricks and Pragmatism
  • Author: J.L. Merrow
  • ISBN: 9781609281946
  • Page: 292
  • Format: ebook
  • Easy come, easy go until the heart gets involved.English student and aspiring journalist Luke Corbin should be studying Instead he s facing homelessness, thanks to the lover who s just kicking him out of their posh digs It s not his first rejection his father tossed him out at age sixteen but Luke has no problem trading his favors for a home and security Especially withEasy come, easy go until the heart gets involved.English student and aspiring journalist Luke Corbin should be studying Instead he s facing homelessness, thanks to the lover who s just kicking him out of their posh digs It s not his first rejection his father tossed him out at age sixteen but Luke has no problem trading his favors for a home and security Especially with rich, powerful, handsome men.Except now, with finals bearing down, there s no time to be choosy He needs a roof over his head and he needs it now Even if it means settling temporarily for a geeky, less than well off chemical engineer called Russell.Luke s fully prepared to put out for the guy because after all, in this world no one gets something for nothing But Russell isn t just a nerd he s an honourable nerd who wants to save himself for someone special.At first Luke is annoyed, but the time he spends with Russell, the closer he comes to a devastating realization He wants to be that someone special Except he s fallen for the one man he can t seem to charm

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    About “J.L. Merrow

    • J.L. Merrow

      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.Find JL Merrow online at jlmerrow, on Twitter as jlmerrow, and on Facebook at facebook jlrrow

    648 thoughts on “Pricks and Pragmatism

    • Y'knowIt's the third J.L. Merrow story I've read that lays out unappealing or disturbing or even outright repellant circumstances and still manages to make me feel things for people who are, at best, disquieting, and at worst outright appalling.She's a crafty one, that Merrow.How else to explain why the travails of a mooching, self-absorbed demi-prostitute should even register with me, let alone make me cry a little in sympathetic misery?Even the revolting poser friend who mangles French managed [...]


    • Meh. It was ok. I'm a big JL Merrow after reading Muscling Through. I think the author does a great job of writing simple characters who forge unlikely bonds and find love. P&P was a similar storyline but lacked the strong MC's that you find in Muscling Through (really, no one can beat Al) Luke & Russell are sweet enough, but just not that interesting.Luke is a student who "dates up" and lives off of his relationships. Russell, is a bearded, soft, dorky engineer who takes Luke in as a ro [...]


    • 3.5 starsI started out disliking Luke (not that there was much to like about him in the beginning, mind,) but I gradually warmed up to him and ended up rooting for him and Russel. Russel was the shy, socially challenged geek you love and feel protective of from the get go.I would have liked a bit more info on what happened with Luke's father, but I suppose it went all right, he was already making an effort.(view spoiler)[One detail that niggled me was that Luke had had sex with that ex of his, S [...]


    • Hiding behind a smile, a protective smile, that hides all the hurts. Wearing your hurts on your sleeve is not the done thing, after all.Yes I loved this poignant little short. Quiet, without lots of fanfare but with a good punch.


    • 4.5 StarsThis was such a sweet and fun read. Luke's voice just sucked me right in. Of course I want more because I'm greedy like that. Some of the scenes seemed a little rushed but the ending was satisfying. There were so many lol moments. This one had me going for a bit:I watched sadly as he scampered to the kitchen like a virginal Hobbit being chased by a sex-mad Ring-wrath.HAHA, ok big LOTR fan here.This will definitely be one of my go to books when I need a little lift.


    • This is entitled: WHY DO I KEEP WRITING SUCH LONG FUCKING REVIEWSThe first time I read this book was directly after falling head over heels in love with Merrow's Muscling Through. Now that's a book I enjoy as a "good read" but I also admire it for its FUCKING AWESOME WRITING. Merrow is just so damn good.So, in light of that, I was rather disappointed in this book. I thought Luke was, yes, a pragmatist, but also a giant PRICK. Just a big knobhead to be British about it. Yes, he improved as the bo [...]


    • I adored this book. I loved both the protagonist and the love interest. The sweetness of this story is hard to describe. It's subtle and slow and seductive. Like their relationship. I was so involved in this romance that I had to read through the novel in one night to get my happy ending. I really wanted it for these two.


    • This is a sweet, short, low-angst story about a young college student who has been trading sex for room and board, and his reactions to living with a man who doesn't seem to want to make that trade. A very believable, sympathetic, slightly confused main character with a tough past makes this a delightful and engrossing, if somewhat lightweight, story.


    • I'm giving this a 3.5. Luke is absolutely adorable as this story is told in his point of view. Yes, he uses sells himself with sex so he can crash in people's apartments as he finishes school - but he is so darn funny. He meets Russell - super geeky, bearded (swoon) 30 yr old virgin (OMG SWOON)and 95% of this book is them living together, awkwardly at first, and eventually becoming friends. My only complaint is that I wish we would have seen them in an actual relationship for longer than a few p [...]


    • The plot of this book is actually pretty good and it's definitely sweet enough, but I just couldn't connect to any character. The beginning of this held a lot of promise, but gradually I just started to find myself getting more and more distracted while reading. If this had been more fully developed and longer, I could see this plot and the characters really turning into something fantastic. As it stands, it just left me feeling like I got 1/3 of a story.


    • Pricks and Pragmatism is a delightful and absorbing read. It’s just a quick novella – 50 pages – but it’s worth reading. The writing is clever, sly, and witty with a lot of quick one-liners and classic characters. The tension and conflict plays off obvious and exaggerated tropes but that doesn’t diminish the entertainment factor. Luke will warm your heart while Russell is adorable as a geek. They don’t stretch beyond their pre-determined boxes but the strong writing makes this worthw [...]


    • This review can also be found at Three Dollar Bill ReviewsThis engaging novella begins well with first person narrator, Luke, being asked to move out from the house he shares with wealthy man Sebastian. Luke is a sort of prostitute who exchanges his rather gorgeous looks and body for the security of somewhere to live and access to funds whilst he completes his degree in English. When he’s left, three weeks before finals, with nowhere to live, a friend hooks him up with Russell, a beardy, geeky [...]


    • Luke Corbin is a kept man; true, he is doing that only to support himself during college, and he is not that he asks for money, even if he doesn’t refuse expensive gift if they come, but his lovers are usually high executive men with nice and posh apartments where Luke can “land” from lover to lover. Only that the last in this string of lovers asks him to move out when Luke has not yet found a substitute, and a friend, former lover, proposes him to move with Russell. Russell is not as rich [...]


    • 3-1/2 stars. I loved the author's voice. Luke cracked me up so many times. He was just so snarky and funny and the thoughts that flowed thru his head were hilarious sometimes. I really enjoyed the way Luke and Russel became friends first. My heart ached for Luke at times -so convinced he was not worthy of being Russel's someone special. Bute book ends SO abruptly. Seriously, within a couple of pages you have them finally getting together as a couple and then the end. Russell is a virgin in the b [...]


    • 4.5 starsGreat little story. Like most shorts I wish it had been longer but to my surprise J.L. Merrow was able to make me understand and feel for the characters. Luke the good looking, never has trouble finding a guy type who is actually a lonely, very insecure sweetheart, or he was to me at least. And shy kind of nerdy Russell a teddy bear of a man I just wanted to cuddle, that takes Luke in when he is need of a place to stay. This book has an HEA that takes the whole story to get to which was [...]




    • Ever since his father tossed him out at the age of sixteen, English student Luke Corbin has been living his life by trading favors for a place to stay. Since he cannot afford to pay the rent, he is willing to pay in other ways. His principle is "You scratch my back, I scratch yours". His lovers are always those who are wealthy and handsome. However, when his current beau, Sebastian, tells him, that Luke needs to move out the apartment in times for the finals, Luke is scrambled to find a quick re [...]


    • Wowjust wow! P&P is such a laugh-out-loud, charming tale of finding love where you least expect it. In this case for Luke, it comes in the form of furry, nerdy, Russell. After a series of "arrangements", whereby Luke puts out for a place to stay, he fines himself in the unlikely apartment of a certified geek who doesn't seem to have to slightest attraction to him in the least.Poor Luke is out of his element as Russell seems oblivious to each of his sexual advances; my fav being the seen wher [...]


    • 4.5 starsP&P is a very simple and enjoyable tale. There were no real surprises, but for this sort of story it didn't really matter - it was still a fun journey towards a sweet and satisfying ending. I liked Luke and Russell. Not overly buff, impossibly gorgeous men. Here are two ordinary guys and I loved that. My only complaint is that I would have liked a bit more insight into Russell's past and what makes him tick. I would have liked to see him be developed more.Another strength is the aut [...]


    • This story grabbed me the moment I read the excerpt. The full novella didn't disappoint. The characters are strong and lovable - so much so that I wish I could follow them longer. The plot is not much more than the romantic disturbances of the two protagonists, plus the meddling of a few supporting characters, but for a novella of ca. 14k words that's just right. Especially, since J.L. Merrow is such a skillful and confident writer. The two main characters really stuck with me, I'd love to see m [...]


    • Normally if a book has "cheating" I hate it. This wasn't really cheating because neither man was in a relationship with the other. Still it did come across an awful lot like cheating. I am enough of a romantic to want the other guy to realize before sex that his man isn't the jerk about to do him. Luke was that little bit too "slutty" for me to really like. Russell is so sweet and nice he is unbelievable.


    • I don't know whether it's because I'm from a Commonwealth country, but I really like Merrow's Britishness. Even if the story's not spectacular, I always enjoy the setting and style of writing. Other than that I really don't have too much to say about this book, it's a solid novella-length romance about two fairly clueless guys. Predictable as anything, but enjoyable enough.


    • It was a fine story, but I've got to give it only three stars because it was so predictable and formulaic. I guess I expect a wee bit more from J.L. Merrow.


    • JL Merrow has brought more than one smile, giggle, and outright laugh to me while reading her stories. She is unapologetically British and I love every moment of her tales, her characters, and her dialogue. I was looking forward to reading about a young man with, perhaps, too much experience in the ways of the world, and another with none.Luke is exactly how I pictured him from the blurb. I definitely felt bad for him for having been kicked out at sixteen, but he has managed so far, and he doesn [...]


    • 3.5 Stars. I love a kind lead matched with a cynical one. We have that here is spades. Luke is beyond jaded and guarded. When he falls for the super sweet and open nerdy hero, it is the best.Luke is with other people during the book but there is no cheating. This is a slow burn romance. I wish we had more couple and relationship time after they get together to make this a really great romance.


    • I so wanted to enjoy this book more. I just didn't warm up to Luke. He was an asshole. A total survivor which I understand, but still an understand. I hated that (view spoiler)[Luke had had sex with his ex just before he finally got with Russell (hide spoiler)]. Russell deserved better than that.


    • I was really excited when this novella came out as I’ve loved JL Merrow’s stories ever since I first read her contribution to the I Do Two! anthology. While I enjoyed her first novella, Snared, I was hoping that this would be more my sort of thing (I’ve never been particularly fond of shifter stories as a rule). I wasn’t disappointed!Pricks and Pragmatism is all narrated by the charming Luke Corbin. Luke has ambitions – he wants to earn a first in his English Lit degree and become a jo [...]


    • I really liked this story. There was very little that I did not like, and a lot that I did. It is not often that a book's good points can outweigh the bad points to the extent that I hardly remember having any negative feelings during my read. This novella did it. This was a very sweet romance. Although it was short, it did not feel too rushed. It wasn't quite the right length but it was very close. The first person POV initially unsettled me although I don't normally mind them. I think that par [...]


    • 3.5 stars Hmm, I really liked this, but honestly the abrupt ending made me knock it down a half star. With my Nook it said 190 pages and I was up to 156 when I got my HEA and was excited for my after happily-ever-after, which is usually my favorite part but alas, it was not to be. So yeah, at least an epilogue would have been nice.As for the story, I enjoyed it. I always like getting both main characters POV's, but I could understand why they didn't do that here. Despite the fact that we all kne [...]


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