YEAH – Mark has been waiting for the release day of Scrap for some time now and was delighted when he got his paws on it to review. Another thoroughly enjoyable addition to Jo’s Bristol Collection so go check out what Mark has to say about it in his review.
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Scrap (The Bristol Collection #3) by Josephine Myles
Author: Josephine Myles
Release: 10th March 2015
Genre: M/M (Contemporary)
When things come to a head, there’s nowhere to go but down…
The Bristol Collection, Book 3
On the surface, Derek “Call Me Dare” Nelson’s life is simple, doing up custom campervans while living in a slightly illegal caravan in his riverfront yard. When a handsome, smooth-talking developer offers to buy the land out from under his feet, Dare realizes it’s the same man he had to escort home from a party months ago for causing a drunken scene.
Grant Matravers lives a double life, attempting to adjust to weekends as a single, divorced gay man while staying closeted at work. The strain of keeping up the part-time pretense, missing his kids, and now a problematic attraction to the shave-headed, tattooed Dare, has worn his emotional barriers dangerously thin.
Dare blasts through those barriers in a way Grant isn’t prepared for, challenging everything he thought he knew about himself as a gay man. But as their chemistry heats up and the intimacy between them grows, Grant edges toward a decision that could blow up in his face. Exposing a hornet’s nest of complications that could destroy any chance for happily ever after.
Warning: Contains a man desperately in need of redemption, another with a chip on his shoulder the size of an oak tree, frotting in camper vans, a sensual head-shaving scene and several guest appearances from Mas.
How do you mix oil and water? Well, you put it in the hands of Josephine Myles to give it a good shake and…….. VOILÀ! Two characters that at the beginning of the book are so opposite you think that they will never be able to get together and by the end you're drawn in and everything is totally plausible with a wonderful HEA!
We meet the two MCs of this story first of all in Stuff (Bristol collection #2), they only have a minor cameo role to play and I just love the way Josephine picks up these characters and continues with their story. They were both at Mas’s and Perry’s opening party of their shop and Grant, Mas’s ex, who had always strung Mas along because he was married and always “just in town on business” when he meets up with Mas at the party gets absolutely rat-arsed and ends up insulting Mas and Perry and then being thrown out by Dare the big butch skinhead. The third book, Scrap, picks up from here seamlessly and continues with the story of Dare and Grant.
Dare is a tattooed skinhead working and living in in the scrapyard / workshop he inherited from his father. Dare comes from a working class background and didn’t have what anyone could call a happy childhood. He converts and refurbishes campervans which he makes an honest living from but nothing luxurious. What I loved about Dare as a character was for me he is your typical hard-working salt of the earth kind of guy. A little bit like a coconut; all rough, hairy and hard on the outside but inside has an extremely soft centre, a heart of gold and a caring personality. This can be seen in how he cares for his little brother who is a drug addicted. He speaks his mind, is always true to himself and to others. A real case of appearances can sometimes be very deceiving, so yes never judge a book by its cover.
Grant: “Yes, well, unlike you, I actually care what people think about me.”
Dare: “You have my commiserations.”
Grant is married with two daughters, although he has been living a complete lie all his life and works for a property developer earning big bucks. Coming from a privileged background with expectations being put on him obviously from a very young age sees no other way but to “play the game.” A real career yuppie of the worst kind! Although deep inside you get to see a man that is not at all happy, totally trapped by his circumstances but just can’t see any way out. I felt sorry for Grant rather than disliking him at the beginning, a character I’m more likely to take pity on than anything else. Despite appearances he has been quite weak in many respects and unable to change his life. Well, by the end of this book he certainly does which takes a lot of courage so by the end of the book admired him very much for being able to at long last get his act together and turn his life around. However, like in real life having someone to love you, support and to fight for makes a big difference too.
“When exactly had his life got so complicated?”
You couldn’t get two characters more opposite if you tried and this is what I love about Jo’s book. So at the beginning I couldn’t see any way on earth that these two guys would even be able to meet halfway, let alone find a HEA and make a go of it! A real enemies, to friends to lovers story and skilfully done too in the hands of Jo Myles.
When these two first meet Grant was so drunk he couldn’t remember Dare taking him home. However, time passes and Grant turns up at Dare’s workshop and needs to make him a handsome offer to buy his land from him. His scrapyard is in a prime location for property development and Grant’s company are determined to get it and throw Dare off his land by any means necessary. So here am I thinking my goodness how the hell is this ever going to work out. Grant is cocky and self-assured, especially where Dare is concerned and Grant just sees the uneducated thug at first in Dare. Grant is the full on business guy and he is determined to get the land for his business at the beginning by fair or foul means.
So you have two toppy alpha males albeit from different backgrounds and the question is now which one is going to turn over showing their soft underbelly first and go into submission first! Well, this made for totally awesome character dynamics between the both of them, the sexual tension was palpable. Despite all his attempts Grant just can’t stop himself being attracted to Dare and what first starts out to be a “whambam thank you mam” session throughout the book gradually develops into something very caring and a lot deeper emotionally.
I just loved the dialogues and how these two guys were constantly ribbing each other and trying to get one up on each other. Especially who was going to give in first in regards to being bottomed - lol! I loved the way Jo got this exactly right! If you have never been bottomed before then it does take preparation and certainly isn’t a case of “just stick it up there” if it’s going to be pleasurable at that. I’m not saying here who did what to who, but the preparation, foreplay and sex leading up to all this was HOT!! And when the bottom cherry is finally popped it was all the more intense for it. Any sex scenes have to be well written for me to keep my interest so I’m not skipping pages and have to avoid all the usual canned, clichéd tropes! No problem here with Josephine, all I can say is - HOT! HOT! HOT!
There are also the family dramas of each character that provide also for a riveting plot device alongside the one being driven by the two MCs. I loved the way that although again coming from different backgrounds both men love and care for their families in whichever form they come in and to see these two factors merge in the end was also pure delight. This was most possibly the common ground that they shared was the love they each has for their family.
All in all another thoroughly entertaining and highly enjoyable read from Jo although I’m now asking myself if there is going to be a book four. I certainly hope so as I’ve enjoyed every moment of this series so far and would love to know whether more is in the pipeline. So I’m now taking bets for which characters might or should appear in The Bristol Collection Part 4 – lol!
Dare kept running his hands over his head the following day. He told himself it was
simply because the weather had warmed up and he was getting used to the novelty of not needing a hat, but then he caught his reflection in a van mirror and realised he was grinning like an idiot.
Fuck. He dipped his head down and tried to concentrate on oiling the new wooden
work surface he’d installed. Okay, that stupid smile didn’t have to mean anything. It was
just him enjoying the memory of Grant’s hands on his head. Yep, that was all. No need to
go reading too much into it. Or the way he was starting to feel all warm inside whenever he even thought about the bloke. Just all those hormones from the great sex, that was what it was. And the great sex would soon get even better, he was sure of it. Getting to come inside Grant’s arse was becoming an obsession.
Maybe he should just let Grant do it to him first.
Dare paused mid-brushstroke, considering the prospect carefully. He could probably
offer up his arse, if he had to. But it wasn’t something he’d ever done lightly. Only with the
lovers who’d become good friends. The ones he felt he could trust.
The ones who really would have been relationship material, if he’d been into the idea at the time.
And Grant just didn’t fit the bill, did he? A relationship with a man who’d cheated and lied to his wife. Who worked for the enemy. Who still had one foot in the bleedin’ closet. Not going to happen. It didn’t matter how appealing Grant was when he let himself open up and be vulnerable. When he shared his hopes and dreams. They’d never mesh with Dare’s own.
No, best stick to the plan. Fuck Grant and then hope this whole stupid obsession came
to a natural conclusion.
Dare scrubbed savagely at the pool of Danish oil that had dripped down the brush while he had his head in the clouds. He couldn’t afford to be so distracted. Time to get his head back to the way it used to be. Clear of everything but the work in hand, whether that was restoring a van or fucking—no strings attached.
Life would be so much simpler if he could just manage it.
Keeping things simple was easy during the working week when Grant kept his distance,
but on Friday evening, Dare got a text that stirred all those irritating emotions up again. He hadn’t seen Grant in almost a week, though, and the flesh was weak. He headed down to the gates to let Grant in, and they chatted about nothing much while heading back to Matilda. Grant dropped his bombshell over coffee.
“So, I was thinking you could maybe fuck me today.”
About Josephine Myles
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. Jo 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 publishes regularly with Samhain. She has also been known to edit anthologies and self-publish on occasion.
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