Pressure Head

Pressure Head

by JL Merrow


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Pressure Head by JL Merrow

Some things are better left hidden.

Tom Paretski’s not just a plumber with a dodgy hip courtesy of a schoolboy accident. He also has a sixth sense for finding hidden things. Called in by the police to help locate a body near Brock’s Hollow, he’s staggered to encounter Phil Morrison, his old school crush—and the closeted bully whose actions contributed to Tom’s accident.

Phil’s all grown up now, and Tom’s unwilling attraction to him is back with a vengeance. Phil’s now openly gay—and what’s more, he’s interested in Tom’s personal charms as well as his psychic talents. As a private investigator called in by the dead woman’s parents, Phil is sceptical about Tom’s unusual gift, but nevertheless quick to spot its potential to aid him in his work.

The further they go with the investigation, the less they can ignore their shared past, and the more the pressure and the heat build between them. But Tom isn’t certain he wants to know the secrets he’s helping to uncover, while there’s a murderer on the loose who won’t hesitate to kill again—and this uneasy couple is moving right into his sights.

Publisher's note: This is lightly edited reprint of a previously published novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626497139
Publisher: Riptide Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 12/30/2017
Series: Plumber's Mate Mysteries , #1
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 890,063
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Pressure Head 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
LolaReviews 5 months ago
I really liked this book. It has mystery, suspense, romance and a hint of the paranormal all blended together in an engaging read. The mystery was pretty straightforward with only a few suspects, but I still had trouble figuring out who the murderer was as it seems we were always missing some pieces of information. It was nice seeing it all come together at the end of the book. I wasn't sure if I would like the whole enemies to lovers type of romance where one had been a bully as well, but I actually really liked Tom and Phil. They had some great banter and it was obvious there were some unresolved things between them. And while the past events influenced some of their behavior it was done in a way that worked and felt realistic. The paranormal element was a fun and unique touch and I liked how it was part of the story. All in all this was a great read and I am glad I bought the box set and hope to continue this series soon.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Great story. Really enjoyed it.
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
Tom Paretski is a plumber with an unfortunate name--his step-granddad was Polish, and customers continually marvel at Tom's fluent English--and a family that's still rather posh. Tom might have gone to uni if his schoolmate bullies hadn't terrorized him into running into the street and getting hit by a lorry--resulting in eight months of surgeries and therapy and no time to study for his A-level exams. A decade later Tom's philosophical about it; he's had an inexplicable gift for finding water, which helps him on the leak trail. It's also good for lost or hidden things. The more guilt associated with the secret hiding place, the stronger Tom can sense it, like a beacon of shame. And, his pal on the detective unit sometimes calls Tom in, on the down-low, if there's a big search on. It's how he reunites with his chief childhood bully, Phil Morrison. Phil was a London cop, but now he's returned to their hometown to set up a business in personal investigations. Phil doesn't believe that Tom just stumbled across the body of the woman he'd been hired to find; he assumes Tom must have had inside information, info that could help his clients--the parents of the deceased girl and her devastated boyfriend--find peace and justice. Tom isn't best pleased to find Phil on his tail, or that he still, unwillingly, find Phil to be handsome. He wants to hate Phil for the part he played in Tom's nightmarish bullying, and eventual injury. Phil though it was just boys-being-boys, but he's sensitive enough to recognize that Tom's understanding of the situation back then was very different from his own. And Phil admits a very serious level of respect for Tom, who was out and not-so-proud back at school. Phil suffered a lot of insecurity in those days, having been closeted himself, and a welfare family. Tom seemed smug, and posh, then, Phil thought, but only because Tom was afraid to get close to anyone and be pounded. Interesting that both men had a secret hankering back in school. Now, however, Tom's proved his valuable skill to Phil, and Phil's taken to bringing him along in his investigations of the murder. It gets really dicey when they learn the victim had some issue within the church--where she volunteered in the budgets office. Lots of suspicions are being made about her boyfriend, a recovering addict, too. And it seems the only person with sufficient motive may have been the vicar, who's hiding with his rather sordid past of wild sex parties. The combinations of characters really bring this story to life. Tom's casual English and affable nature win over some of the most recalcitrant of witnesses. I loved the banter, and Tom's sharp wit. The enemies-to-comrades-to-lovers angle worked out well, with appropriate delay and catch-up. And outrage, on the part of Tom's pals and family; they all have a poor opinion of Phil from that school days. It's interesting how fastidious Phil is about his clothing, car and flat--that he makes a great effort to look the part of the successful man, to distance himself from his impoverished childhood. Meanwhile, Tom, who was raised in a middle class family, has a workingman's profession. So there's some interesting class themes explored, as well as redemption for both Tom and Phil, for their bad childhood behavior. Their romance is sweet and catches Tom by surprise, in a good way. Expect a little bit of sexytimes, when they finally get on the same page, I've read two other books in this series and highly recommend.
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Just such an amazing book
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I loved this story so much
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I love JL Merrow's books. This one did not disappoint!
ratpacksmom More than 1 year ago
I really like this author. Easy read.
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An interesting story with great characters. Definitely worth the money and time well spent. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A hybrid of supernatural romance (m/m) & English murder mystery. Hoping this will not be Merrow's only book with these unique characters.
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