Reviews for Already Published Books

Review: Blow Down by JL Merrow


37784518Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 26, 2018
Received From: NetGalley

Death is what happens while you’re making other plans. . .

The last thing newly engaged plumber Tom Paretski needs is to stumble over another dead body. He’s got enough on his mind already as the reality of his impending marriage sinks in. Not only is his family situation complicated, but his heroism at a pub fire has made him a local celebrity, and now everyone knows about his psychic talents—and wants a piece of them.

Hired to recover a missing necklace, Tom and his fiancé, private investigator Phil Morrison, find themselves trying to unmask a killer. And there’s no shortage of suspects, including the local bishop.

As Tom and Phil try to uncover the truth, they’re pulled in all directions by the conflicting pressures of their families and their own desires. But the murderer they’re up against is a ruthless schemer who won’t baulk at killing again. If Tom and Phil don’t watch out, their love—and all their plans for the future—could be blown down like a house of straw.

Publisher’s note: This is lightly edited reprint of a previously published novel.


GENDER: cisgender
SEXUALITY: homosexual


TROPES: class disparity, hurt/comfort
TAGS: adult, contemporary, romance, queer romance, queer characters, disabled character, existing relationship
WARNINGS: cheating mention, ableism, mental illness (PTSD), Nazi mention, cissexism / transmisia, bimisia / panmisia, gay jokes, misogyny, slurs, gendered slurs, g-slur, fatmisia


BLOW DOWN was a nice, if slow-paced, addition to this series.

I found myself enjoying Tom and Phil’s relationship more in this book, which I’m sure is largely due to the fact that we see them interact a lot more in this book than in the previous three. As a result, I was finally able to believe in their relationship more. This book held far more insight into their feelings for each other, and we get to learn a lot more personal information. (Finally some of the mystery of Mark is resolved–that was starting to get a bit tedious. Both for me and Tom, I’d imagine.)

Also, I enjoyed the overall cast dynamics. I like seeing Tom and Cherry interact on a one-on-one basis, as well as when they’re in a group with Phil and Greg. The friendships found within were also as entertaining as in the previous books.

But, as I mentioned, the novel moved a bit slowly at certain points. The case within the novel was fairly interesting, but there were so many different characters at play, that they all started to blur together after a bit. Plus, the mystery of who the murderer was wasn’t all that much of a mystery.


JLJL 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 is a 2013 EPIC ebook Award finalist. She is a member of the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.

Connect with JL:


Riptide Publishing
Amazon (to be updated)
Barnes & Noble
Book Depository


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