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Rent boy rule number one: Never fall in love with a customer.

Life as a rent boy is not a long-term career goal for Nathan, who’s determined to get an education. But when he turns up for his first day at college he’s horrified to find his English teacher is one of his regular customers: Stephen, the one Nathan dubbed The Voice for his educated, honeyed tones.

Stephen’s just as shocked to see Nathan sitting in his class, not to mention terrified he’s about to be exposed as having paid for sex with a student—which would mean public humiliation and maybe the loss of his job. Yet it’s clear Nathan is only interested in getting his A Levels, not in blackmail. And Stephen realizes there’s more to the nineteen-year-old than meets the eye.

Nathan still has to earn a living, though, and when a customer turns ugly, he finds himself homeless and unable to work. Stephen steps in to help, and Nathan starts to think they could have a future together—if Stephen’s guilt and lack of trust don’t end their back-to-front romance before it starts.

This book has been previously published.

Warning: Contains unfashionable haircuts, unreasonably long words, and a May-December romance between a not-so-streetwise rent boy and an erudite English teacher.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 88 Seiten
  • Verlag: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (14. Oktober 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
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HASH(0x9740b9b4) von 5 Sternen Raising the Rent by J.L. Merrow captivated my senses and piqued my curiosity. 15. Oktober 2014
Von Blackraven's Reviews - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition
Evelise’s Review:

Raising the Rent by J.L. Merrow captivated my senses and piqued my curiosity. It’s a wonderfully delightful, tug at the heart story.

Nathan, a rent boy, sells himself on the streets in order to eat, barely pay the rent and study at the university. A standing Thursday appointment, Nathan’s customer, The Voice, hides behind a mask of slightly long hair and a well-versed vocabulary. Who knew that the first day of university, Nathan would run into The Voice, his English professor, Stephen? Taken aback by the happenstance, Stephen and Nathan vow to never speak of their previous interludes, in an effort to save professional and personal embarrassment. However, fate, though, wickedly unpredictable, had something else in mind for them.

Nathan’s character and personality both amazed and enlightened me. A young man, not of means, dealt a losing hand, always looked to the positive. His resolve, steadfast, and his spirit soared, even in the most trying times.

Stephen, not so stuffy after all, and with a loving frame of mind, was the epitome of a gentleman and gentle man.

Raising the Rent, was a tale of wayward souls and the paths which traversed their lives into a meaningful and fulfilling relationship.

I’d definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy reading heartfelt m/m books.

Rated 5 Ravens and a Recommended Read by Evelise!
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HASH(0x9740ba08) von 5 Sternen Raising the rent the hard way 14. Oktober 2014
Von ReviewerLarissa - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition
4.5 stars

Raising the Rent was originally part of a Dreamspinner anthology. Now it’s a bit more fleshed out. I admit I didn’t read the original story and I’m glad for that, because I love the story as it is.

The story focuses on Nathan, a down on his luck soon-to-be college student who is determined to prove that he can make it in the real world on his own, despite what his family says. Streetwise he may definitely not be, but he’s got determination, will power and purpose by the bucket load. Things are not easy working as a rent boy and sharing a crappy studio apartment, but Nathan will do anything to get his college degree.

He has a bit of a Grey’s Anatomy experience when he discovers one of his regulars to be his college professor. Embarrassing to say the least. Yet, there might just be more there than he thought.
Question is, is there?

Raising the Rent is a short but sweet story that has just the right amount of words. It was well written in a very JL British way. This can especially be seen in Stephen’s voice. He made me grab the dictionary a few times!

The story is told from Nathan’s point of view and through him we learn quite a lot about him and the world he lives in. At the same time the story is not told, but experienced. Nathan is a sweet guy who’s had a hard time. As a reader you can’t help but admire how he tries to be whom he wants to be. He doesn’t give up.

Stephen is a harder person to get to know and I initially didn’t like him much. We only get to know him through Nathan and Stephen is not a talkative person. I would have liked to get a bit more insight into his character.

Raising the Rent is a bit darker than what were are used to by this JL, but it’s not angst riddled. I found that this story was exactly what it is, a story sweet story about a young man finding his way in life and finds romance in the least likely of places. All in a well written, gentle and easy going package.

Why you should read it: Raising the Rent is a kind May-December romance with a hero who doesn’t just lay down when the going gets tough, he gets tough, with a little help and love from his friends
HASH(0x9740be40) von 5 Sternen Another wonderful tale by JL Merrow 9. November 2014
Von Christy Loves 2 Read - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have a hard time not wanting to run out and read J.L. Merrow's entire backlist. I enjoy her stories, the humor, and the life lessons they give. 'Raising the Rent' sounded like a funny book, with a message at the end, and a lovely May-December romance. Plus a deliciously twisted part of me couldn't wait to watch Stephen squirm. Yes, I know, that's mean. *snort*

Nathan is a rent boy, just waiting to start at the local college to complete his A-levels, and then he can go to university. His mum died leaving Nathan with his stepdad which was a volatile mix, and had Nathan leaving. I really admired the strength I saw in this young man, right from the start. Nathan is refusing to let anything stand in his way. Not even Stephen, his every Thursday night back alley blow job, who also turns out to be Dr. Edward S. Pearson, his English teacher. Oh, but my admiration of Nathan shot through the roof when he made it very plain that he was there to learn, and neither of them would be outing the other.

In a stroke of really bad luck, a bloke beats Nathan up, breaking his jaw in the process. This leaves him with nowhere to live, as without a mouth, the large portion of his blow job business is currently unavailable to Nathan. Stephen offers him a guest room in his home, no strings attached, until Nathan can get back on his feet and working a legal job. Here's where the whole book started to get more entertaining, and even sweeter.

These two men bumbling around the house together was absolutely adorable. They actually discovered that sharing a house works out pretty well, once they got over the beginning awkwardness. Of course, being men, they waste valuable time not talking, when they could've said what needed to be said, and moved into a relationship. Still, I loved watching them figure it all out. Nathan and Stephen were wonderful characters and I really liked them both.

Thank you, J.L. ~ another wonderful book to add to my collection.

NOTE: This book was provided by Samhain Publishing for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.
HASH(0x9740d228) von 5 Sternen Book Review by Josie Goodreads 22. Oktober 2014
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Format: Kindle Edition
4.50 of 5 Stars

For original review see The Prism Book Alliance Blog online

Raising the Rent is a delightfully sweet novella proving the love can blossom where and when you least expect it.

Nathan’s a rent boy, it’s not the lifestyle he wants but it’s all he can do right now to survive while he tries to continue his education. Nathan wants to go to university; he wants to make something of his life, something his late mum would be proud of. Nathan has a Thursday night ‘regular’ a man he thinks of as ‘the voice’. What Nathan doesn’t know is ‘the voice’ belongs to Edward Stephen Pearson an English college professor, and that Stephen will be Nathan’s English professor when the new college term starts.

Neither man wants their secret out in the open so they keep a discrete distance until a vicious attack leaves Nathan battered, bruised and homeless. Stephen offers Nathan a roof over his head while he recovers, with no strings attached. But what happens when Nathan wants more than just friendship? Is it possible Stephen might feel the same?

Raising the Rent was previously published as a short story in the anthology Sindustry. I loved it when I first read it and the revised extended story is as beautiful now as it was then. Both Nathan and Stephen are characters who tug at the heartstrings. Nathan’s been on his own since his mother’s death, leaving home to escape his abusive stepfather. He’s doing his best, refusing to lower his aspirations, determined to do all he can to build a decent future for himself. Stephen comes over as a bit lonely, quite shy, he’s in his own words, ‘once bitten, twice shy’ and Nathan brings out feelings in him that he’s afraid to let lose into the open light. JL Merrow brings these two wounded souls together in a story richly filled with depth and emotion, you want these two men to be happy, to get their happy ever after, and they both deserve to be loved.

Raising the Rent is a lovely story, guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, and I highly recommend it.
HASH(0x9740d30c) von 5 Sternen B rating... 30. November 2014
Von Smitten with Reading - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
My Review:
I really love m/m books that feature rent boys or porn star story lines so when I heard the premise of this one, I grabbed it. And while it was a reasonably good book, it didn't quite live up to all that I'd hoped it would be. Part of the reason for that, I think, is because the story is told entirely from Nathan's point of view and he doesn't observe Stephen's reactions to things very well so it was hard to connect to what Stephen was feeling. The story could have been SO MUCH more if there hadn't been that disconnect...because overall, the story is good. It just didn't quite feel as deep as I felt like it could be and that made me sad.

The book takes place in England and is very British in its language usage...I loved that. It was just like a quick little jaunt to England where I lived for two years so it was fun to hear the phrases again that I haven't heard in a few years.

I do love the premise of the story too. My heart ached for Nathan...he's in such a desperate place, just trying to make a better life for himself and I think Stephen sees some of that even though he hates what Nathan is doing. I'm telling you, this could have been an incredible book filled with angst and emotion if the author had just explored Stephen's pov some and gotten deeper into Nathan's emotional state. Instead, I've had to fill in the gaps myself and while that works to a certain extent...I still want more.

But overall, I definitely don't feel like I wasted my time reading this one. It's an interesting story and definitely gave me a couple hours escape onto the streets of England. It's a short story and works for what it is.
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