Author: Josephine Myles
Release: 27th May 2014
Genre: M/M (Contemporary)
When Mr. Glad Rags meets Mr. Riches, the result is flaming fun.
Tobias “Mas” Maslin doesn’t need much. A place of his own, weekends of clubbing, a rich boyfriend for love and support. Too bad his latest sugar daddy candidate turns out to be married with kids. Mas wants to be special, not someone’s dirty little secret.
When he loses his job and his flat on the same day, his worlds starts unraveling…until he stumbles across a vintage clothing shop. Now to convince the reclusive, eccentric owner he’s in dire need of a salesman.
Perry Cavendish-Fiennes set up Cabbages and Kinks solely to annoy his controlling father. Truth be told, he’d rather spend every spare moment on his true passion, art. When Mas comes flaming into his life talking nineteen to the dozen, he finds himself offering him a job and a place to live.
He should have listened to his instincts. The shop is already financially on the brink, and Mas’s flirting makes him feel things he’s never felt for a man. Yet Mas seems convinced they can make a go of it—in the shop, and together.
Warning: Contains an eccentric, bumbling Englishman, a gobby drama queen, fantastic retro clothing, scary fairies, exes springing out of the woodwork, and a well-aimed glass of bubbly. Written in brilliantly British English.
From rags to riches or from rock bottom to cloud nine? Mas and Perry find that together they can conquer anything and after all isn’t that what love is all about? Once again Jo Myles delivers a thoroughly entertaining read with rich, vibrant characters and a sweet story about how determination and teamwork can make a success of any situation.
Mas has just been sacked from his previous job as a sales assistant and is chased by the security guard on the way out. I loved Mas from the very beginning, even in his cameo roles in the first book Junk, he was also a source of upbeat entertainment and of course it’s only right he gets his own story. For me Mas was just such an upbeat, vibrant character. As camp as a row of tents, but always positive and every sentence loaded with a double entendre, you could say your typical drama queen, but I just love these sort of characters. On the outside full of snark and innuendo, but this is all front and hiding on the inside is a very sensitive person who has had a lot to contend with in his life but always picks himself up again. Loved him. He had me in hysterics on more than one occasion. On the run from his previous employer he bolts into a shop to hide and walks into a neglected, dark and dusty place that seems stuffed to the hilt with all kinds of antique clothing, oddities and curios. Here he meets Perry the shop owner.
It is obvious that Perry is a loner and that the shop is by no means a roaring success, but it speaks to Mas’s fashion genes and he falls immediately for the reclusive Perry. Perry for me was your typical gay man in denial. The typical situation where everyone else knows he’s gay, but he just hasn’t admitted it to himself yet. This is due to his background in part, coming from a very rich and titled family, this kind of digression would never be tolerated. Mas picks up on the vibes very early like a moth to a flame and this aloof character piques his interest as does the shop. The more he gets to know Perry the more a project starts to develop in his head. How to convince Perry he is gay without frightening him off and to get his shop up and running, seeing the potential it has with the fashion world. He sees possibilities beyond possibilities and starts to set up a shop that has a Steampunk fashion feel to it. Mas goes to work and he knows no boundaries, with a verve and drive that had me feeling tired just reading it.
I loved the play and tension between the characters. Obviously Perry is very patient, quirky and a little reticent and Mas would obviously try the patience of the saints, so just as well he has found Perry. In Mas’s enthusiasm for getting the shop established Perry’s attraction grows until the dam bursts and he just has to give into what his hormones are telling him. I loved the build-up, Mas toying with Perry like a cat playing with a mouse, always trying to shock him with his innuendos and leading Perry on whenever he could. Fact is though Mas has now got a target to work towards and has the stick between his teeth like a pit bull terrier and there’s no letting go. I really admired Mas’s tenacity and his dedication to get everything up and running. Perry sees the potential in Mas and gives him free reign as his heart is more in his art and sculptures.
There are bumps along the road and this is where Jasper and Lewis from book one make their appearance as the supportive friends who help them overcome their differences and help out clearing the shop too. Again there was just enough of Jasper and Lewis to see how they are now getting on, but they don’t steal the light from Mas’s and Perry’s story. The balance was just right.
As Mas has been a bit of a man-tart until now, which is putting things mildly, but you discover that he is also the way he is as he has been so often used and let down by previous lovers that he has really given up on the idea of finding a steady and lasting relationship. His history becomes his nemesis at the official new opening of the shop Cabbages and Kinks, where one particular, angry ex turns up and tries to cause a scene. I could feel how Mas squirmed trying to cope with this situation and how is also trying to be mindful of Perry’s reactions.
For me the strength of Jo’s books and writing always lies in her characters. Characters to love, to laugh with, to get frustrated with, to sympathise with, to adore, to cuddle, basically Jo lifts the characters from the pages and brings them to Technicolor life. The story is nicely paced and when all is said and done, realistic for someone like Perry who is discovering he is gay and getting a crash course in being “out and proud” with Mas. I hope there is going to be another book and now I’m trying to guess who is going to get their story told next.
About The Author
English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity.
She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. She blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She's beginning to suspect he enjoys it.
Jo is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and publishes regularly with Samhain. She’s one of the organising team behind the UK Meet, an annual event celebrating GLBTQ fiction. She has also been known to edit anthologies and self-publish on occasion.
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