Review: Josephine Myles – Barging In

35506505Author: Josephine Myles
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Mm Contemporary

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Summary: When the boat’s a rockin’, don’t come knockin’!

Out-and-proud travel writer Dan Taylor is a city boy who can’t steer a boat to save his life, but that doesn’t stop him from heading into the English countryside to write up a narrowboat holiday. Compared to London, the canal seems dull as ditchwater. Until he crashes into the boat of a half-naked, tattooed man whose bad-boy, penniless appearance doesn’t fit with his posh accent. Dan is intrigued, and he always gets his man.

Still smarting from a past betrayal, Robin Hamilton is firmly closeted in his narrowboat—his refuge from outrageous, provocative men like Dan. But as circumstances keep throwing them together, he can’t help himself from coming to the hopelessly out-of-place city boy’s rescue. Exposure to Dan’s sunny charm starts to melt Robin’s resolve and he’s tempted by the idea of a brief, harmless fling.

After all, in less than a week, Dan will have left the canal and be back to his diet of casual hook-ups and friends with benefits.

Determined not to fall in love, both men dive into one week of indulgence…only to find themselves swept away by a current of escalating intimacy and emotional intensity. Troubled waters they didn’t anticipate… and haven’t a clue how to navigate.

Product Warnings:

Contains one lovable tart, one posh boy gone feral, rough sex, alfresco sex, vile strawberry flavoured condoms, intimate body piercings, red thermal long-johns, erotic woodchopping, an errant cat, a few colourful characters you wouldn’t touch with a bargepole, and plenty of messing about on the river.

Review: Dan is a 29-year-old commitment-phobic travel writer with a job to write about the narrowboats and the community of people who man them. It is for this assignment he meets 25-year-old Robin, son of rich parents who has let treatment by an ex, Jamie, turn him away from almost everything.
Robin has some serious issues, for sure. He had a devastating betrayal by Jamie and even his mom notices, “You talk about gay men like you don’t have any respect for them. That makes me think you can’t possibly respect yourself.” It takes him forever just to tell Dan the story of Jamie and the other narrowboat friends don’t even know about him. The story of Jamie is a terrible one and Robin has been carrying around a ton of guilt. Robin begins so surly and rude but he ends up being the one I wanted to hug.

Dan? Well, I have to admit, I didn’t like Dan. He is slutty and says he is very open about not wanting a relationship, being all about his freedom, not giving it up. But I felt he was giving off relationship vibes, turning hot and cold. For someone like Robin, that wasn’t good. Also, he is admittedly the one who sleeps around and then can’t figure out why Robin feels, “Like I love you and you won’t give me anything back.” In all honesty, Dan seemed like he wanted everything his way, doling out little bits as he saw fit. Just before leaving with his friend-sometimes-with-benefits, Tris, on a job, he tells Robin about kissing Tris and makes it sound like he wouldn’t have done more, when it reality he might have and had been feeling guilty about it. This irked me particularly because Dan knows how worried Robin is about Tris being more what Dan wants. I read Dan’s excuses about his freedom but it seemed like a cop out. The birthday blowjob was just icing on the “he’s not my kind of MC” cake. I didn’t hate Dan, I just didn’t like him.

I did love the whole featuring of the narrowboat community. They are tight knit and support each other, well other than the bartender, Nigel, but that’s a whole side story. The whole aspect of the narrowboat life was so interesting. There are amazing side characters in Charles, Mel and even the parents. The writing is on point and I liked all the details.  They end up with an interesting compromise that hopefully works for them and it is definitely HEA. I am a fan of Ms Myles’ work but this one just isn’t my favorite.



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