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Typhoon Toby

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Having a traumatic past doesn't mean you aren't worthy of love in your future.

This novel has a lot going for it. Besides steamy scenes and swoon inducing romance, there’s some deep darkness and trauma. There’s also great humor and sharp dialogue. Overall it’s an enjoyable read that will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride!


Toby was a brilliant kid who went to college at sixteen. Harshness in the world forced him to grow up fast, and he’s never truly admitted to himself he was abused. The betrayals he suffered at a young age have led him to build up a protective armor and never let anyone close again. 


Spencer is a therapist and advocate for LGBT youth who treats himself to a much needed vacation. He picked this specific resort in Bali based on its reputation, making an attempt to get out of his shell and experience more of life (and men!)


When the two meet in that tropical paradise they keep it casual (and sexy.) But when they part ways, neither can fully get over the experience. 


As fate tends to do, she brings these two back together on their home turf. This rocks both their worlds in many difference, sometimes difficult to handle ways.


This is a story about love, though not in a straightforward way. It’s about how different types of love manifest in our lives: romantic, sexual, platonic, familial. It’s about how love doesn’t always look like a fairy tale and isn’t always fun. It’s also about learning how to be loved when experiences in our past have caused us to believe we’re unworthy of it. 


There are a lot of characters to keep track of in this story, so be mindful of that. It also gets graphic at times, covering some pretty heavy subjects. Ultimately it’s a hopeful tale that will resonate with readers of romance and LGBTQ+ issues. 

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About the author

R.L. Merrill brings you quirky and relatable characters and romance full of Hope, Love, and Rock 'n' Roll. Whether she’s writing about contemporary issues or diving deep into the supernatural to give readers a shiver, she loves creating compelling stories that will stay with readers long after. view profile

Published on August 01, 2020

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70000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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