Rating: 5 stars out of 5
An ill-advised encounter at the office party leaves David Greenlake jobless and homeless in one heady weekend. But he quickly begs work from his ex-boss and takes a room in Shamwell with easygoing postman Rory Deamer. David doesn’t mean to flirt with the recently divorced Rory—just like he doesn’t consciously decide to breathe. After all, Rory’s far too nice for him. And far too straight.
Rory finds his new lodger surprisingly fun to be with, and what’s more, David is a hit with Rory’s troubled children. But while Rory’s world may have turned upside down in the last few years, there’s one thing he’s sure of: he’s straight as a die. So he can’t be falling for David . . . can he?
Their friends and family think they know all the answers, and David’s office party hookup has his own plans for romance. Rory and David need to make up their minds and take a stand for what they really want—or their love could be over before it’s even begun.
Spun! by JL Merrow won the Rainbow Award for Best Romantic Comedy in 2017 and with this outstanding audiobook, should have won that category as well. Mark Steadman has zoomed up my list of narrators I just love to listen too and this audiobook and series is a prime example why.
Mark Steadman’s lively and articulate narration makes JL Merrow’s comedy romance all bright and heartwarmingly alive! It’s in his many voices that easily separate the characters for you and for all the sweeping inflections and yes, ear for regional “dialects” that brings this story into the 5 star status as a audiobook as well as a novel.
Oh this story! I loved David back when he made his appearance in Out! along with his bear Gregory. He’s such a kind and sympathetic soul and you wanted him to find someone who wanted him back for his wonderful, flamboyant, empathetic, self. Who knew he would find it in a postman?
That would be postman Rory Deamer, father to two, and soon to be having the surprise lodger of his life. Spun! is a lovely slow burn of a romance which works because we get to watch these two men connect over their shared love of Dr. Who and the fact they both can’t cook, bonding, talking….I just loved it.
And David? Well, we enjoyed his friendship with Mark’s daughter so it’s no surprise to see his interactions and relationships build with Rory’s kids here. It’s as much a part of the story as their romance and it should be because they are forming a family.
There’s miscommunications and misunderstandings abounding everywhere towards the end. Enough to make you want to crack some heads together. But the sheer joy of this romance, the absolute “rightness” of Rory and David finding love with each other? It’s perfect. And just one more reason I love visiting Shamwell so.
I love this audiobook. What a great way to spend the hours! Read it, listen to it! In fact, grab up the whole audiobook collection! I recommend them all.
Cover art: Natasha Snow. These simple but eye catching covers work for the characters and series.
Audiobook, Listening Time: 7 hrs. 44 min
Published November 29th 2017 by Riptide Publishing (first published July 1st 2017)
SeriesThe Shamwell Tales #4
Literary AwardsRainbow Award for Best Bisexual – Romantic Comedy & Suspence & Nominee for Best Bisexual Book (2017)