Erryn reviews ‘Mr. Jaguar’ by K. A. Merikan. Published by Acerbi & Villani ltd on June 4, 2014, 111 pgs. The audiobook was released August 6, 2020, is narrated by Wyatt Baker and is 3hrs and 17min. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I am always game for another Merikan story.
“One day, you’ll be pumping my gas.”
Mike Miller’s life has gone to shit. The formerly popular high school quarterback now works at a gas station in the middle of nowhere. The last thing he needs is meeting the guy he used to bully at school and seeing him all sorts of polished up. James is now the proud owner of an amazing silver Jaguar and a self-made millionaire. It seems that the day couldn’t get any worse for Mike, but James “Lovelace” Austin might just turn out to be his golden ticket out of the job he hates.
When James Austin meets Mike Miller, his high school crush and tormentor all in one, working at an old, dirty gas station, it feels as if the stars have finally aligned in his favor. He wants to finally get his revenge on the guy, but when Mike turns out to be gay, the whole afternoon takes a turn for the surreal. Instead of just humiliating Mike at his workplace, James decides to hire him for a weekend at a conference he’s attending. A hot guy by his side is the only accessory James needs to rub his success in the faces of his frenemies.
Only problem is, a gay Mike Miller might be too much of a blast from the past than James ever expected. If James wants his nerdy heart safe from the hunky jock, he needs to keep Mike at arms length. The task would be a lot easier if Mike wasn’t unashamedly hitting on James. Or is it just James’ money Mike is after?
James was tormented in high school. He was the nerdy gay kid and his lead tormentor was Mike, the quarterback. He hightailed it out of town and has made millions. He’s now headed to a conference where he’s going to be tormented by his frenemies.
Mike is pumping gas and dreading his existence. When a Jaguar pulls up, he’s intrigued. When he finds out it’s the kid he used to bully, he’s…still intrigued. He’s known he was gay but never did anything about it for fear of retribution.
Once James realizes Mike’s gay, a plan coalesces – take the hot guy to the convention as arm candy. Buy him some nice suits, spiff him up, and show him off. And all goes as plans until he discovers there’s more to Mike than meets the eye.
I enjoyed the story. The turning of the tables, the sweet moments, and how Mike really stood up for James and stepped up to the plate, being there in a way he always should have been. I also liked the grand gesture at the end.
Wyatt Baker narrated this short audio and I thought he did a super job. His voices works well for Merikan books. All in all, another enjoyable listen.
8.5/10 Pots of Gold (85% Recommended) – Compares to 4.25/5 Stars
K. A. Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are taken for sisters with surprising regularity.
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– We are Polish,
– We’re neither sisters nor a couple,
– Kat’s an artist, and Agnes is a psychologist but neither works in her field,
– Kat’s fingers are two times longer than Agnes’s.