…we're keeping our name but expanding our offerings!
Hi, I’m JL Merrow, and I’m thrilled to be here today as part of the Caught! blog tour.
Giveaway: I’m offering a free signed paperback copy of my Icelandic-set romantic suspense novel Fall Hard (I’m happy to ship internationally) to a randomly chosen commenter on the tour, plus a $10 Amazon gift certificate!
I’ll be making the draw around teatime on Monday 1st September, GMT. Good luck! :D
Some memories are better off lost in the mist… Fall Hard
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” ―Virginia Woolf
What is it about food and love? Oysters as an aphrodisiac; chocolates as a seduction method; whipped cream in the bedroom. There’s undeniably a link there.
If you’ve ever seen the 1963 film Tom Jones (about Henry Fielding’s picaresque hero, not the Welsh crooner of the same name!) there’s little chance you’ve forgotten the scene https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tezjznL9NzM where Albert Finney and Joyce Redman munch their way seductively through a variety of hearty dishes at a country inn before dashing up to bed together. (And not just because their table manners leave a little to be desired. I hate to imagine the indigestion!)
Is it the idea of gratifying all your bodily appetites at once? Well, partly.
Certain foods actually contain chemicals which cause a reaction in the body that mimics orgasm—if you’ve ever embarrassed yourself in public by moaning in ecstasy while scoffing a handful of chocs, console yourself with the thought that it was all down to dopamine and beyond your control.
Other foods work by the power of suggestion, and I’m sure we can all think of a few: a banana nestling between a pair of plums; or for the less well-endowed, a baby carrot and a couple of Brussels sprouts. Avocadoes and asparagus are also supposed to have our minds turning to the bedroom.
But there’s also a more innocent combination between food and love. A newborn baby’s first connection to her mother is as a provider of food, and that connection can survive well into adulthood. Many mothers continue to show their love for their children by feeding them when they go back home for a visit—sometimes a little too well!
In Caught! when Hanne tries to teach Robert how to cook, she’s doing it for a twofold reason: she feels maternal towards him, and she’s hoping it’ll improve his love life.
Like the rest of Robert’s life, alas, it doesn’t go too smoothly!
Question: What foods do you find particularly sexy or unsexy, and why?
JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance, and is frequently accused of humour. Her novel Slam! won the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best LGBT Romantic Comedy.
She is a member of the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.
Shamwell Tales, Book 1
Behind Robert’s cheerfully eccentric exterior lies a young heart battered and bruised by his past. He’s taken a job teaching in a village primary school to make a fresh start, and love isn’t part of his plans. But he’s knocked for six—literally—by a chance encounter with the uncle of two of his pupils.
Sean works in pest control, rides a motorbike, and lives on a council estate. On the face of it, he shouldn’t have anything in common with Robert’s bow-tie, classic-car style and posh family background. Yet Robert is helpless to resist Sean’s roguish grin, and a rocky, excruciatingly embarrassing start doesn’t keep the sparks between them from flaring.
Despite Robert’s increasingly ludicrous attempts to keep his past where it belongs, his past hasn’t read the memo. And soon his secrets could be the very things that drive Sean away for good…
Warning: contains the alarming misadventures of a pest control technician, a stepsister with a truly unfortunate name, and a young man who may have more bow ties than sense.