Blog Tour ~ Merry Measure by Lily Morton (Reviews + Excerpt + Giveaway)

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Merry Measure by Lily Morton

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Arlo Wright’s introduction to his sexuality came when he saw his older brother’s best friend, Jack Cooper, in his sweaty football kit. Unfortunately, he didn’t have long to enjoy the revelation because he promptly knocked himself out on a table.

Relations between them have never really moved on from that auspicious beginning. Arlo is still clumsy, and Jack is still as handsome and unobtainable as ever.

However, things look like they’re starting to change when Arlo finds himself sharing a room with Jack while on holiday in Amsterdam at Christmas. Will the festive spirit finally move them towards each other, or is Arlo just banging his head against a wall this time?

From bestselling author, Lily Morton comes a warm romantic comedy set in chilly Amsterdam.

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He laughs and makes his way out of the coffee shop, the crowd obligingly parting for him like he’s Jesus with a bread roll.

I follow him, attempting not to ogle the gorgeous swell of his bum in his jeans. It’s a losing battle and one I’ve fought since I was eleven and eating soup in the kitchen of my family home. Young Arlo had looked up and seen a vision at the door—Jack in sweaty football gear that clung to his fifteen-year-old body like glue. And then Young Arlo had promptly had several revelations about his sexuality. He’d had to shelve thinking about them for a few hours, however, because he inhaled a crouton and, while choking, fell over and knocked himself out on the kitchen table.

Not my finest moment, but looking back, not my worst either.

That summer, I spent several months following Jack and my brother around, much to my brother’s mystification, as we were at that point in our relationship where he frequently wanted to batter me. I ceased my youthful pursuit of Jack when two things happened. The first was that my brother threatened to pull off my arms and legs slowly and then tell mum, if I didn’t stop following him and impeding his wooing of his crush at the time. The second was that Jack got himself a girlfriend—Samantha Hampson. I’d wallowed in misery for at least a month, and then my natural optimism surfaced, telling me that he’d notice me soon and that Samantha was a total ho and unworthy of my beloved.

He never did notice me, of course. Samantha went the way of many of his girlfriends, and then, after he came out as bisexual, his boyfriends. They were all perfect-looking, and they dated exclusively and generally looked like something from toothpaste commercials. But invariably something went wrong, and they’d vanish, only to be replaced by the next perfect specimen.

I curl my lips at the thought of his latest one. Steven, who is spectacularly good-looking but also a complete twat. He’s cold and deeply possessive of Jack’s time, but Jack never seems to notice. My stomach roils a little at the thought that Steven has lasted longer than anyone else. Maybe this is it. They’ll get married and settle down and raise children or penguins, or whatever people in perfect relationships do.

Not that I’d know. My love life is as scatty as my timekeeping, and my partners have all largely become the stuff of family legends—hilarious stories to be related at family parties to newcomers, like the time my boyfriend from university got stupendously drunk and refused to talk to anyone apart from our family dog. After a full weekend of deep and meaningful chats, Fee-Fee looked like she was glad to see the back of us when we went back to uni.

I don’t think I ever expected Jack to look at me, though. I’m his best friend’s little brother. The nuisance whose knees he patched up after a fall and who he tried to teach how to fish until he had to give up when I fell in the river. He’d never look at disastrous me.

Unfortunately, even with this knowledge, I’ve never been able to completely shelve my youthful infatuation. Maybe because it was first love—intensely painful when it happens to you, like slamming your head into a kitchen table, but bits of it linger in lines on your heart. Maybe it’s also because he’s a genuinely lovely person, inside and out. He’s kind and thoughtful and clever and has never talked down to me.

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5 Stars

Sometimes you just really need a good, jolly laugh. This book provided that, and then some. Thank you, Lily Morton, for this gem of a book.

I cannot help it. I absolutely adore clumsy, awkward, and kind of unlucky characters. It’s probably because I can relate. Arlo is an utter doll. I want him for my own, but since that’s off the table, I will bow out for my perfect substitute, Jack. I loved the banter, the antics, the sweet moments, and even the ones we might have seen coming. Reading their story was a delight. I really, really hope this comes out as an audiobook. It would be amazing to hear Joel Leslie bring it to life.

This was well written, with excellent characters. Lily Morton’s creativity astounds me, and always has me ready for her next story. I recommend this book to anyone that is looking for an easy to get lost in story. This one will make you smile like there’s no tomorrow.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ***

5 Stars 

Another delightful visit into the wonderful world of Lily Morton. The perfect holiday treat, this adorable tale features two men that, at first glance, seem worlds apart, but are, in all actuality, simply made for each other. The only problem is even though they recognize this attraction and thirst to have a relationship with each other, neither is making a move thinking it will end up badly.

Arlo reminds me of a Labrador Retriever puppy. He’s full of life and intrigued by everything. However, he is all long legs and constantly trips himself up. Arlo is a gentle klutz, and being around his crush, Jack always seems to heighten his awkwardness. He is so smitten, but believes Jack is totally out of his league.

Jack is polished, sophisticated, and calm, which is pretty much Arlo’s opposite. Unfortunately, Jack happens to be best friends with Arlo’s older brother Tom and feels it would be wrong to have romantic feelings for Arlo as they have been close like brothers. Circumstances change and Jack is having a hard time trying not to be tempted. As fate has it, he is having to share a hotel room with Arlo due to an overbooking, and this is making life rather difficult. Jack’s desire for the klutzy, young man seems to grow by the hour, but he has a misplaced notion that he needs to be honorable.

This gentle story was perfection. There was very little angst, and simply a romance that grew from friendship. I loved Arlo’s awkward moments when he puts his foot in his mouth. Jack needs Arlo’s carefree and clumsy personality to breach his reserved and careful world.

Simply a wonderful holiday book that just makes you want to smile. Brilliantly written, but what else would I expect from Ms. Morton? I strongly urge you to read this perfect tale of two men that truly understand what the other needs, which ultimately makes this an ideal relationship. Happy reading!

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement.*

 

5 Stars!

This was such a delightful holiday story! I was in the car driving and listening to Merry Measure and I found myself grinning the whole time despite the awful traffic.

Arlo was a treasure. Witty and fun, and just about as clumsy as I am. LOL. I just adored him to bits. And Jack, well, he was dreamy and it was lovely seeing him blossom once he felt safe with Arlo. They were so sweet together, and hot, hot, HOT!

Tom and Bee and the rest of their friends were awesome, so nice and supportive of Arlo and Jack. I hated Jack’s ex, he really was a twat.

I can’t recommend this book enough, it was hilarious and hot and very low-angst, just perfect for any season!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***


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LilyMorton-Logo-TaglineAbout Lily:

Lily writes contemporary romance novels, and specialises in hot love stories with a good dose of humour.

Lily lives in sunny England with her husband and two children, all of whom claim that they haven’t had a proper conversation with her since she bought her first Kindle.

She has spent her life with her head full of daydreams and decided one day to just sit down and start writing about them. In the process she discovered that she actually loved writing, because how else could she get to spend her time with hot, funny men!

She loves chocolate and Baileys and the best of all creations – chocolate Baileys! Her lifetime’s ambition is to have a bath in peace without being shouted by one of her family.

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