To Love a Traitor by JL Merrow

Title: To Love a Traitor
Author: JL Merrow
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Pages: 143
Characters: Matthew Connaught, Roger Cottingham
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Historical Romance
Kisses: 5


Wounds of the heart take the longest to heal.

When solicitor’s clerk George Johnson moves into a rented London room in the winter of 1920, it’s with a secret goal: to find out if his fellow lodger, Matthew Connaught, is the wartime traitor who cost George’s adored older brother his life.

Yet as he gets to know Matthew—an irrepressibly cheerful ad man whose missing arm hasn’t dimmed his smile—George begins to lose sight of his mission.

As Matthew’s advances become ever harder to resist, George tries to convince himself his brother’s death was just the luck of the draw, and to forget he’s hiding a secret of his own. His true identity—and an act of conscience that shamed his family.

But as their mutual attraction grows, so does George’s desperation to know the truth about what happened that day in Ypres. If only to prove Matthew innocent—even if it means losing the man he’s come to love.

This is a novel-length expansion of previously published novella.

Product Warnings

Contains larks in the snow, stiff upper lips, shadows of the Great War, and one man working undercover while another tries to lure him under the covers.


I love historical romances. In my opinion, there’s not enough stories set during this time frame within this genre. So, when I saw To Love a Traitor was not only a book set not long after World War I AND it was written by JL Merrow, well I knew I had to read and review it. I am so glad I did! Ms. Merrow not only captures the time-frame in this book, she also wrote a very beautiful and thought-provoking romance.

I absolutely loved these two heroes. The chemistry between them was addictive to read and I truly loved how they relationship evolved from a friendship into something very special.

George is determined to see who set up his brother’s wartime death. When he is given the task of finding out who the traitor is he can’t resist in finding out the truth. When he finds himself face to face with the man that is suspected of treason, George can’t believe how drawn to him and how likeable Matthew is. Soon, he is swept up into Matthew’s life and as George gets to know him, he finds it harder and harder to believe that he is the one who betrayed so many.

George is a determined man who truly wants to do what is right. He is driven to find out the truth behind his brother’s death, but he isn’t blinded by this. He follows his instincts and quickly begins to believe that Matthew could never betray anyone, and they continue to get to know each other, George become plagued with the guilt of his own deception against his friend.

Matthew is one of the sweetest, likeable men I’ve ever read. He’s got this bubbly and positive attitudes that I really loved. Even though he’s been through his own hell in life, he’s refused to allow it to bring him down. I loved his zest for life and I absolutely adored him and George together.

In many ways these two men made sense together. They are like two peas on a pod. They truly do respect one another and even thought George has an ulterior motive, I wanted them to somehow work through all of the mess of the past and find a way to be together.

I also like the suspense of who the traitor was. This book did keep me questioning who did it and I highly enjoyed finding out who the culprit was.

To Love a Traitor is a unique and truly lovely romance that will live in your heart long after you’ve finished the book. I loved every minute I spent reading it and look forward to reading more historical romances by JL Merrow in the future.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi



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