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  • By: Lily Morton
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (99 ratings)

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Merry Measure

By: Lily Morton
Narrated by: Joel Leslie
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Summary

Arlo Wright’s introduction to his sexuality came when he saw his older brother’s best friend, Jack Cooper, in his sweaty football kit. Unfortunately, he didn’t have long to enjoy the revelation because he promptly knocked himself out on a table. 

Relations between them have never really moved on from that auspicious beginning. Arlo is still clumsy, and Jack is still as handsome and unobtainable as ever. However, things look like they’re starting to change when Arlo finds himself sharing a room with Jack while on holiday in Amsterdam at Christmas. 

Will the festive spirit finally move them towards each other, or is Arlo just banging his head against a wall this time? 

From best-selling author Lily Morton comes a warm romantic comedy set in chilly Amsterdam.

©2020 Lily Morton (P)2021 Lily Morton
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  • Categories: Romance

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Ruined by Joel Leslie

As of today JL is no longer an auto-buy for me. This is appaling. Not changing voices after the first chapter. No emotional expression. And read in such a rush even slowing down to 75% did not make it better.
I listened for 2 hours and have no clue about the personalities and how they are feeling, and on top of that nothing I heard sticked in my mind. It could be a lovely novel!

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Cheerful holiday/vacation story

This book falls between four and five stars for me. I had several laugh out loud moments, which is kind of rare for me in books, so I tipped over to five stars. What I like about this book is that even though it's not overly long and we don't know any of the characters from previous books, the world building, the characterization, the friendships between the characters, it all seems very natural and intimate. I feel like I've been invited right into the world and I don't have to wonder about anything or wait to be told something I want or need to know or search for details. I think Lily Morton is a really excellent author in that respect. She is very good at writing real people.

The romance develops over a period of 3 days, but I wouldn't call it instalove at all since the main characters have a lot of friendly history. The romance feels very natural and realistic and I believed it. So far this sounds like a rave review, and it is in a way. The one thing that I really didn't like is the conflict. I can't really talk about the specifics of the conflict without giving spoilers, so I'm not going to. I just feel like the conflict element was overdone and almost like a caricature and I think that it could have been just as effective for having a little more subtlety than it did, but this author is sort of famous for her over the top antagonists so I shouldn't be surprised. It was a jarring note in an otherwise very well done and lovely story, though.

I'm not going to speak too much about the narration because that is a very personal preference. The sample is a good representation of what you can expect, so give it a listen. I'm not a personal fan of this narrator as I find his assumed variety of British accents to be way too careful and unrealistic-sounding, but it may not bother you at all.

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Love The Story

I love Lily Morton - she is an absolute confort read. Her characters are delightful, and Jack and Arlo are the perfect Christmas read. I have to admit, I didn't love Joel Leslie's narration on this book. It seemed very rushed - I'm usually someone who speeds up their audios, and even at regular speed I found this too fast. It lost some of the nuance because of that. Still love the story.

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Funny and Sweet

Merry Measures is a standalone romantic comedy filled with fluff and humor. Arlo has always had a crush on his big brother’s best friend Jack, but Jack has always been in relationships…until now. Forced together (quite willingly) on a trip to Amsterdam, Arlo and Jack become closer and closer. The book is packed with shenanigans and sass, but very light angst. The characters are funny and I love the banter between all of them. The audiobook was narrated by Joel Leslie who does a fantastic job with the audio performance. I was laughing while listening and finished the book in one day.

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Gave up listening

I couldn't handle the narrator's voice and the plot was just weak. Returning this one.

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Funny

I love Lilly Morton’s books and Joel Lesley’s performance is as excellent as always.

Funny, charming and delightful

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Really fab book but

The narration was absolutely appalling.
It was up there with the worst I've heard, painful and he talked so fast!!!!!
The story was so well written though I did persevere.
I'll definitely read more from the author and avoid the narrator like the plague.

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Funny

Funny from beginning to end, makes me smile and laugh, it's a great listen. well written and very well narrated.

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Absolutely Brilliant for Christmas 💖💖

Simply perfect couldn't stop listening to this from start to finish, it's funny, snarky and beautiful laugh out loud amazing Arlo is so cute accident prone no filter and him and Jack together what a couple. Lily Morton fantastic Book and Joel Leslie as done a fantastic job of bringing them all to life. 💖💖💖💖💖 Recommend so much.

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LOVED IT!

AAAHHHH! This is AMAZING. I love Lily Morton's work and I had already read the book, which I totally adored.
As always, the whole family/found family trope is strong with Lily's work and she does it so bloomin' well. Arlo is clumsy and totally adorable - he needs so many hugs. Jack, Arlo's brother's best friend, is the total opposite, but still needs hugs. They are both delicious in totally different ways. There is love, life and laughter at pace in this wonderful, happy book. The audio book is even better though as Joel Leslie adds his usual wit, charm and sexy voice to what was already a sexy book. GAH, just loved it.

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 06-11-21

Sweet and low angst!

This was a lovely low angst, opposites attract romance!

Joel Leslie performed a brilliant audio delivery and narration.

I loved the setting of the story and the characters were likeable and well fleshed out.

Definitely recommend this fluffy slice of pure goodness

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  • leNAustiC
  • 18-02-22

Extremely cute and predictable

They were points where I didn’t wanna stop listing. Some what of a predictable plot and trite but the story flows effortfully

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  • 27-12-21

A Christmas delight

honestly, I loved this. The performance was a perfect fit in this odd story of opposites attracting. It felt more believable due to main couple having history. I can only hope my love and I continue as the main two do. (fair warning; explicit scenes exist and are important due to them enriching the way these two grow.)

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  • Anna
  • 11-02-24

The strong bond between the group

I have listened to this book many, many, many times. It’s hilarious and full of love. Joel Leslie is as usual perfect.

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  • Maryellen in Metsland
  • 19-11-23

Sweet and lovely

Merry Measure is predictable as all get out, but that’s totally fine because it’s also cozy, charming, and just generally lovely. I enjoyed the depictions of Amsterdam at Christmas and the many moments of both hilarious snark and true emotion. Joel Leslie nailed the characters’ voices beautifully. The perfect holiday treat!

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  • Ronald S. Smedley
  • 14-09-23

Visit again and again

When the angst of many gay romances gets to be a bit too much, I love returning with Jack and Arlo and their family and friends to Amsterdam for a lighter, more humorous and romantic visit.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-23

Adorable Christmas love story ❤️

What a welcome and heartwarming surprise. Arlo is insanely adorable, and I love his and Jack's chemistry. What a great narrator as well! Hard recommend 👌

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  • 13-06-23

Delightful story

This is a very funny story. Of all of Lily Morton’s story this is my favorite because it is the first one I read. All the characters are warm and silly. The only negative thing about this audio is Joel Leslie’s narration. He doesn’t do comedy very well and he has a whining type of voice. But the story is good and worth the listen.

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  • Kenneth Lee
  • 29-05-23

Lovely, Warm, and Uber Romantic

I’ve long been an admirer of Lily Morton’s writing. Merry Measure is succinct but entirely engaging. She writes the city of Amsterdam, a city I loved visiting, as if it was another character of the story. I appreciate the loveliness of Jack and Arlo as well as their friends and Arlo’s family. In many ways the reader can feel safe inside the story lines and therefore relaxed and open to the next page or chapter.

This story is all the more engaging and lovely because of Joel Leslie’s narration and oral character development. Enjoyed this very much.

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  • John
  • 14-02-23

Great Fun!

This was an extremely funny and entertaining story. Well written and preformed. It will definitely leave you wanting more. Highly recommend!

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