I really like this author’s books for their consequent Britishness both in characterization and in writing style.
Author: Josephine Myles
Cover Artist: Scott Carpenter
Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars
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.
This third instalment in the Bristol Collection series starts within the timeline of the second book, Stuff. Grant, Mas from Stuff’s closeted ex, ends up drunk out of his wits, and Dare, who is friends with Perry and Mas from book two, drives him home. As thanks for his pains, Grant showers abuse on Dare before propositioning him. No wonder Dare laughs into Grant’s face and leaves. And that should’ve been the end of it.
Except that Grant, who works for a land development firm, turns up at Dare’s threshold, trying to buy him out of his riverfront scrap yard/custom caravan workshop…
Grant and Dare are polar opposites: suit and tie vs. tattoos and bald head; white-collar sophisticated vs. grease-smeared street smart; Mr. Hypocrite vs. Mr. Hard-shell-soft-core Bad Boy; mostly closeted vs. out and proud. And yet, opposites attract. Too bad they’re both sworn tops. Or are they?
I’ll admit, I all but hated Grant at first. Even though he did own up to his homosexuality – and to his attraction to Dare – he was such a snobby asshole, and he treated Dare like dirt. But gradually, Grant won me over. Even though he kept messing up due to his insecurities and preconceptions, he also kept trying – so hard and with so much courage I completely bought his will to change to the better from him. At the end of the day, he turned out to have his heart in the right place.
Now Dare, he had me from the word go. He’s an artist and craftsman, he’s independent and proud and doesn’t give a damn what others think. But he’s also a nurturer by nature, proof of which was the way he cared for his junkie brother. And he cared for Grant, who took entirely too long to realize he was lucky to have him. But once he did… boy, their reunion scene was heartwarming and hot at once. Not to mention a really awesome coming-out scene.
This was a sweet, sexy and at times, laugh-out-loud funny enemies-to-lovers story with a hint of taming of the shrew. The dogs were a bonus, and so was Grant’s prick of a boss left standing with egg all over his face.
A worthy addition to the Bristol Collection.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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