Monday, January 1, 2018

Pressure Head by JL Merrow

Title: Pressure Head
Author: JL Merrow
My Rating: A-

Genre: Romantic Suspense (m/m)
Series: The Plummer's Mate #1
Main Characters: Tom and Phil
Release Date: January 2018
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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.**
My Review:
I just finished reading this book and am so excited to see that there are several more books in the series to come...yippee! Because I really liked this story. Who would have thought it though with a plumber as one of the main characters?

This series is set in England. Tom is a plumber, but he also has a bit of a psychic skill in that he can find lost things...secret things. That's a useful tool for the local police and they've come to rely on him. For this book, it starts with him finding Melanie's body and a whole murder mystery unfolds from there. 

But on the relationship side of things there's Phil. Phil was the school bully when Tom was in high school. In fact, it was Phil and his gang that ended with Tom getting crushed by a car as he ran away from them. Phil was never his favorite person, although he was always dead sexy. So, when Phil shows up on the scene, Tom is less than thrilled. 

Phil is a PI now. He's investigating Melanie's death for her family, who don't believe that her boyfriend killed her. This entire story is told from Tom's point of view, so Phil is a bit of an enigma, but I did enjoy watching his story unfold and reveal.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story (although I seriously could have done without Gary and Darren's's like they were supposed to bring some sort of comic relief to the story, but they really didn't work for me personally). I really liked watching the relationship between Phil and Tom develop and it will be interesting to see how it unfolds throughout the series. They are really just barely getting to know one another now, so I'm hoping that this series gets better and better. 

And the good news is that one book releases a month from now until May...yippee!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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