Book Reviews

Just a Little Rivalry (The Brotherhood 10) by Merry Farmer

Genre Gay / Historical / 19th Century / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 07-September-2021

Book Blurb

Solicitor John Dandie will go to the ends of the Earth for his friends and his clients. And in the case of Lord Blake Williamson, Duke of Selby, in the search for his missing son, the ends of the Earth just happen to be Long Island, New York. With Lady Selby finally cornered at her father’s seaside mansion, convincing the woman to return Lord Stanley should be child’s play.

If not for the complications caused by John’s own romantic entanglement with Detective Arthur Gleason.

Enigmatic Arthur Gleason has had his sights set on John nearly from the moment they met. For months, they have been engaged in an ever-intensifying love chase while working—sometimes as enemies, sometimes as allies—to locate Lord Stanley and bring him home. So far, Arthur has been the cool, calculating pursuer while John has fought not to give in to their undeniable attraction. But when a ghost from Arthur’s past interrupts their sensual balancing act, John will have to decide between his heart and his pride.

A tender, heartfelt, and light-hearted gay historical romance.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Steam level – very spicy! And yes, this is an m/m romance involving friends to lovers, second chances, and a single father, so if that’s not your thing, feel free to pass on this one.


Book Review

“We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.” ~ Rick Warren


After months of chasing Lady Selby, of ‘Just a Little Rivalry’ by Merry Farmer, so he could get his son back, John Dandie and his friends’ pursuit is finally nearing the end.


Arthur Gleason has been pursuing John Dandie for a while now. He has spent months flirting and making indecent proposals, but John has resisted. However, the trip to America gives Arthur the perfect opportunity to work on breaking down John’s walls and, hopefully, get him into bed. However, Arthur is not interested in an emotional attachment, no matter how drawn Arthur is to John. Arthur’s past lover committed suicide and Arthur held himself responsible for his death and swore to never fall in love again. When John’s behavior toward him changes, Arthur isn’t sure what to do. He isn’t sure how to handle the “softer” feelings he has for John, so Arthur does what he has always done – he is nastier than ever, mistreating John in bed, hoping it will push him away. The problem is, their encounter backfires. Instead of the disgusted reaction Arthur expects, it lights a fire in John that is insatiable.


John finds Arthur’s behavior distasteful but acknowledges that there is chemistry between them. When working together, John begrudgingly admits that they make an excellent team. They have followed many clues presented to them and, finally, have tracked down Lady Selby and Blake’s son, and his return to his father seems inevitable. On this trip, John sees a different side of Arthur, one that intrigues him. He realizes that Arthur’s reckless, off-putting behavior is nothing more than a defense mechanism meant to keep others at arm’s length. Once John figures this out, he tries to endear himself to Arthur, which makes Arthur even more belligerent. Finally, John grows tired of Arthur’s push-me-pull-you attitude and does the only thing he can – he walks away.


‘Just a Little Rivalry’ is a superb ending to a complex whirlwind of emotions for the many colorful characters in the series. Although the men and their circumstances vary, one theme prevails: even though forbidden in their day, love found a way. I will miss them all. Thanks, Merry.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 186 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 27-August-2021
Price $5.01 ebook, $12.99 paperback
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