Raising the Rent by J.L. Merrow

Title: Raising the Rent
Author: by J.L. Merrow
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 14th 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 98 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5

“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.”

I went into this one with high expectations.

I mean:

Rent boy + age gap + teacher/student—> hello!

Unfortunately, this one just didn’t live up to the expectations. For me, the story felt a tad bit underdeveloped. Just when I thought we were getting somewhere- poof! Done! I realize this is a novella, but I’ve read other novellas that were able to deliver a full story in a short number of pages. 2 Stars.

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