A Real Boy

Adult Erotica
Rated 4.25/5 based on 4 reviews
Carlo Collodi (author of Pinocchio) will be spinning in his Tuscan grave, although possibly not as fast as Walt Disney. The Brothers Grimm may be feeling a little dizzy as well…

Lonely woodcarver Joseph, purveyor of fine hand-crafted goods to the BDSM market, decides to craft the ultimate sex toy, a life-size wooden Boy. Unfortunately Joseph's Boy has a mind of his own...
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  • Category: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
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  • Words: 7,690
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781458184610
About JL Merrow

JL MERROW is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne.

She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and mysteries, and is frequently accused of humour. Her novel Slam! won the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best LGBT Romantic Comedy, and her novella Muscling Through and novel Relief Valve were both EPIC Awards finalists.

JL Merrow is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, International Thriller Writers, Verulam Writers and the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.

Find JL Merrow online at: www.jlmerrow.com, on Twitter as @jlmerrow, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jl.merrow

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Tristan Cummings reviewed on Aug. 15, 2014
(no rating)
I didn't like it.
(review of free book)
John Fazem reviewed on Aug. 12, 2014

This book made me feel a bit uncomfortable
and a bit disturbed.
I've read the other reviews and don't really
agree. Sure it had one or two funny moments
scattered throughout the messy storyline, though cleverly written it wasn't as hilarious as some of the reviews claimed.

I'll give credit where due, and the author made a bold choice to re-imagine a children's book
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Carol Powney reviewed on Dec. 3, 2013

This is a short story by J.L.Merrow, a take on the Pinnochio story of a wooden puppet, probably familiar to most children through the Disney film of that name. Yet this is a story that has similar characters, most main elements of the original story but with a twisted deviancy as to what grows with lies and the underlying sense of humour, laced with sarcasm that is both hilarious, clever and the telling of which is very British.

I loved it, yet am also aware that there is a level that leaves me uncomfortable but that JLM has covered as well as can be by ensuring wooden boy becomes human young man.
I loved Fairy Twinkerbell, should we ever have this as alternate panto I see dear Julian Clary as perfect for the role.

Has to be a good four stars from me, has a good standard, and use of the English language, loved the alliteration...pummelled his pine nut prostate...and has been edited. I recommend it to adult BDSM readers who enjoy m/m story lines.(less)
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Jennifer Farkas-Sparkman reviewed on Oct. 7, 2011

I really enjoyed the adaptation of Pinocchio that JL Merrow used in her short story "A Real Boy." Even for a short work of less than twenty pages, Merrow includes a great deal of humor and mild references and/or uses of BDSM/sex toy play. The main character, Joseph, is an ugly but talented woodcarver who uses his special gift for making the best sex toys for hundreds of miles around. He is lonely, though, and never gets to use his own products with a partner because of his ugliness. There is, of course, a pesky cricket as his conscience, and a HEA. I rate this story a 4.5 for the enjoyment factor, but also for the style of writing and the inventiveness that turns the personality of the Joseph and the cricket from the typical to an original. I won’t spoil it; I just recommend the read!
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Ernest Winchester reviewed on Dec. 20, 2010

I can’t believe this story has been posted for a year and no one has reviewed it. But then I’ve had it downloaded for a while before I got around to reading it too. It is so funny I laughed out loud at several places and I seldom do that when I’m alone. It sure gives a new meaning to the term ‘woody’. Great job JL.
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