Hard Tail by JL Merrow

Title: Hard Tail
Author: JL Merrow
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Pages: 259
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Gay Contemporary
Kisses: 4


Finding love can be a bumpy ride.

His job: downsized out of existence. His marriage: dead in the water. It doesn’t take a lot of arm twisting for Tim Knight to agree to get out of London and take over his injured brother’s mountain bike shop for a while. A few weeks in Southampton is a welcome break from the wreck his life has become, even though he feels like a fish out of water in this brave new world of outdoor sports and unfamiliar technical jargon.

The young man who falls—literally—through the door of the shop brings everything into sharp, unexpected focus. Tim barely accepts he’s even in the closet until his attraction to Matt Berridge pulls him close enough to touch the doorknob.

There’s only one problem with the loveable klutz: his bullying boyfriend. Tim is convinced Steve is the cause of the bruises that Matt blows off as part of his risky sport. But rising to the defense of the man he’s beginning to love means coming to terms with who he is—in public—in a battle not even his black belt prepared him to fight. Until now.


Matt Berridge, a lovable klutz, who fixes bikes. Tim Knight, a karate-loving accountant, who takes over his brothers’ bike shop and Wolverine, a mysterious cat with a big appetite for tuna fish. These three characters take you on a journey to the outskirts of the city and into the beauty of wildlife that seems to have been forgotten by man.

Tim Knight, who recently got dumped by his wife, has to go and take over his brothers’ bike shop (named Knight Rides) since his brother, Jay, got into an accident. Upon arriving, he meets Matt, an out of the closet klutz who is an awesome bike mechanic. Tim and Matt hit it off really well and as they get to know each other, Tim opens up to his sexual preference, which have been long buried in the past, and goes to explore.

Hard Tail was an enjoyable book from beginning to end. Cheerful, funny and heartwarming, these characters showed how strong love can be. Matt was an adorable character with his klutziness and Tim with his strong sense of justice for Matt. Although they had to pass through rough encounters, mostly Tim, which you will find out when you read the story (>.<), they surpass it with unexpected results. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves romance and karate.

Reviewed By: Jen


  1. Ive just finnished hard tail and i can only say that it was one of the best reads ive had in a long time, the story was beliveable and not full of unnessesary detail to spoil a great read. I do hope we hear how tim and matt go on from here and how sunday lunch goes.


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