Stroke to His Cox As coxswain of a Cambridge college rowing team pint sized Dave Tanaka has eight strapping athletes hanging on his every word their strength at his command Leading his crew to win their oars might be

  • Title: Stroke to His Cox
  • Author: J.L. Merrow
  • ISBN: 9781615817900
  • Page: 147
  • Format: ebook
  • As coxswain of a Cambridge college rowing team, pint sized Dave Tanaka has eight strapping athletes hanging on his every word, their strength at his command Leading his crew to win their oars might be easier if Dave didn t have to hide his crush on Archie, the stroke rower but as they prepare for their final race, Dave doesn t suspect that Archie is in the same boat asAs coxswain of a Cambridge college rowing team, pint sized Dave Tanaka has eight strapping athletes hanging on his every word, their strength at his command Leading his crew to win their oars might be easier if Dave didn t have to hide his crush on Archie, the stroke rower but as they prepare for their final race, Dave doesn t suspect that Archie is in the same boat as him in ways than one

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    1. HILARIOUS narrator, adorable love interest, undeniable underwear-dropping chemistry, and some of the funniest lines I've read from this author (and that's saying something!). A GR friend mentioned in her profile that she'd read a grocery list as long it's written by Voinov. Well, that's me with Merrow, I think. She could scribble pretty much anything on any surface and I'd devour it. She creates such distinct and memorable narrators that I always wanna have coffee or a pint with them or bring th [...]

    2. I love love love JL Merrow's narrators, and Dave is no exception. :) Fun and quick read with a LOT of rowing terminology. Will add some fun quotes later, but let me note two things: (1) Asian hero!! and (2) (view spoiler)[smaller top!! (hide spoiler)]. P.S. There's a mini sequel!!! You can find it here! Thanks for the tip, Tiya!

    3. Dave Tanaka is from the only Japanese family on the Isle of Wight and the coxswain of the Cambridge crew team. He is also only 5’5″ and doesn’t hide that he’s a poof, and in his words “…what with angsting about being foreign-looking, angsting about being the music teacher’s kid, followed by angsting about being a short-arse, by the time I’d worked out I was gay I just thought Oh, what the hell, bring it on!” Therefore, being the coxswain on the crew team is perfect for him — [...]

    4. I love JL Merrow’s sense of humor and even if this hadn’t been highly recommended around the blogsphere I’d want to read a book titled “Stroke to His Cox.” Yea I’m a perve but so are you so get this short delightful story. The writing is clever, witty, and full of innuendo and rowing terms. The characters are funny, entertaining, and like to twist the usual stereotypes on their heads. For a short story this packs a punch and leaves you wanting more of whatever Merrow wants to offer. [...]

    5. I definitely watched way too much Olympic rowing this year. ;) I ran across this story and had to read it. Very cute but I needed a rowing 101 guide for some of the terminology!

    6. Of all Jamie’s many short stories, I think this has to be my favourite. Not only is it extremely amusing with two lovable leads, but I learnt a huge amount about rowing and there’s a hot boathouse sex scene to top it all off. I love an “opposites attract” romance, and this is a perfect example of how to do it well. Tiny coxswain Dave refuses to conform to any stereotypes, and is one of the most characterful narrators I’ve read in a long time. I’ve read "Stroke to His Cox" several tim [...]

    7. I was very suprised by this little diddy. It's so short and the title so tongue and cheek that I thought it would be a total disaster. But. it wasn't. it was cute and sassy. Dave is just priceless. all 5'5 of him. I had to laugh at all the slight awkwardness of dealing with a guy who is so much taller than you. (i should know. I'm barely 5'5 myself.)Its very cute and a good for a quick read.

    8. What a beautiful interlude on the River Cam!Short, but marvellously handled by J.L. Merrow, one of my favourite authors. You really need to read this as an example of a perfect short story, where the characters are so damn real you feel you've known them for years, and their love story is just so romantic it left me with a huge smile on my face.

    9. Not gonna lie, rowing puns amuse me greatly. That, combined with JL Merrow's usual humor and Britishness, made this really fun to read. I was smiling the whole time. Even though it was short I felt like I got to know and like the characters, who were really cute together. There were also lots of nice little details woven in that made the story richer. Super glad I decided to read this.

    10. Holy crap, that title. It's appropriate but reallye title. If you don't give a damn about rowing you might not like this short, funny, hot little book.

    11. Stroke to His Cox is just a bare snippet of a story about a rowing team going for its prized oars. Getting one’s oars is winning the race and this team is set to do just that. Their coxswain or Cox is the smallest in the division—a plus as the Cox is the only man on the team that does not row, rather he steers and calls out the order of rowing instructions to the team.Our Cox, (and yes the pun was absolutely lovely) Greg not only happens to be small but is also Asian to boot. Having grown up [...]

    12. Every now and then one finds a little gem, with a great deal packed into a small space. The coffee-snort inducing title begins weaving the sport of rowing into Dave and Archie's personal life from the very start.Merrow gets quite a lot of the technicalities of rowing in very naturally, and many terms definitely lend themselves to a sly second meaning. Dave, the coxswain, or cox, has to keep from showing his desire for big, handsome Archie, whose position, stroke, puts them face to face every tim [...]

    13. Dave secretly wants Archie to stroke more than the rowing oars on their team boat. Dave is the cox of his rowing team and Archie is the stroke. Together they lead an 8 man rowing team that is battling to win their bumps for the year. Between trying to hide his infatuation and the obvious physical effects of it, Dave hope to propel his team to a win. Yet the celebrations afterward may be the best part of the day. Stroke to His Cox is a tongue in cheek (yes both cheeks) witty story. It’s a roman [...]

    14. Dave is the half-Japanese cox for this university rowing team. For those who don't row (and I barely know the basics), it the usually much smaller guy who sits in the boat and keeps the others on track. He's much smaller of course than all the huge hulks who row and has been crushing on Archie for a while, figuring no way. After they win a big race, Archie makes a move much to Dave's surprise and delight. This is told from Archie's point of view. I liked his voice, he's a bit sarcastic and snide [...]

    15. This short story made me think of the The Naked Warwick Rowers who show off their beauty (cox and all!) for a calendar to raise money for charity!That can never be a bad thing so thanks Ms Merrow![image error]

    16. 3.5 stars. I read this because it's about rowing, since I used to be a rower. Also, JL Merrow rocks. I was after something short and light and amusing and entertaining and this ticked all those boxes. This story really is all about rowing, even the love bits. Dave is a really cool character and I love that this story's main character is Asian. Fun and cute. NB: There is an extra, follow-up scene to this story here.

    17. Dave Tanaka is the coxswain on the Cambridge college rowing team. The coxswain is in charge of the rudder, and sits in the back of the boat steering the crew. Dave is a small guy, and of Japanese descent, something which he has a bit of a complex over. Especially since he has a crush on the stroke rower, Archie, a big athlete.They have an important race that they need to win, (view spoiler)[but after the win Archie surprises Dave and confessing that he likes Dave to. Which leads to a hot moment [...]

    18. Lovely short story by a favorite author. I feel I know even less now about rowing than when I started though, very confusing! But I definitely enjoyed the two characters and speedy but gratifying HEA. The ending was slightly abrupt but with this length of story what can you do! 3.5 stars!

    19. Cute (very) short story about a rower and the cox. Probably would have been more enjoyable if I understood the rowing references.

    20. 4 stars. Super fun and quick read with (1) an Asian hero and (2) (view spoiler)[a smaller top (hide spoiler)]! Yayzerbeams!

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