Thursday, January 25, 2018

Pressure Head by JL Merrow

Some things are better left hidden...

Tom Paretski’s not just a plumber with a dodgy hip courtesy of a schoolboy accident. He also has a sixth sense for finding hidden things. Called in by the police to help locate a body near Brock’s Hollow, he’s staggered to encounter Phil Morrison, his old school crush—and the closeted bully whose actions contributed to Tom’s accident.

Phil’s all grown up now, and Tom’s unwilling attraction to him is back with a vengeance. Phil’s now openly gay—and what’s more, he’s interested in Tom’s personal charms as well as his psychic talents. As a private investigator called in by the dead woman’s parents, Phil is sceptical about Tom’s unusual gift, but nevertheless quick to spot its potential to aid him in his work.

The further they go with the investigation, the less they can ignore their shared past, and the more the pressure and the heat build between them. But Tom isn’t certain he wants to know the secrets he’s helping to uncover, while there’s a murderer on the loose who won’t hesitate to kill again—and this uneasy couple is moving right into his sights.

NOTE: This is lightly edited reprint of a previously published novel.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Tom has the ability to find hidden things. When his cop mate asks him to find a missing woman’s body, it puts him in the path of Phil. Tom crushed on Phil in school, but Phil was also, at least from Tom’s point of view, a bully.

I rarely read books with paranormal elements, but Tom’s ability works perfectly with the story. Tom’s dry English humour and the matter of fact way he describes his ability worked for me.

Phil, now a private investigator, asks Tom for help in ferreting out who the killer is, and this investigation keeps Tom and Phil in each other’s lives. These two are like chalk and cheese and their history from high school keeps getting in their way and causing friction. I started to wonder if they’d ever get out of their own way and deal with their mutual attraction.

I had a great time reading Pressure Head. It is really entertaining. Funny in parts with a good mystery and even though I kind of guessed who the killer was and why, it was still fun watching it unfold. I loved the conflict between Phil and Tom. It made them getting together that much hotter and sweeter. I’m looking forward to reading Relief Valve, the next story in this series which comes out next month.

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. In the 2016 Rainbow Awards, her fourth Plumber’s Mate Mystery Blow Down came second in the Dorien Grey Award for Best Gay Mystery/Thriller, and was a runner-up for Best Gay Book, as was her historical romance To Love a Traitor.

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Veronica reviewed her personal copy of Pressure Head (The Plumber's Mate Mysteries #1) by JL Merrow for this post.

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