Guest Reviewed by Gyn
Author: Josephine Myles
Series: The Bristol Collection #3
Heroes: Derek Nelson/Grant Matravers
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 263 Pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: When things come to a head, there’s nowhere to go but down…
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.
Review: I have loved The Bristol Collection series from the very beginning, and Scrap, the third book in the series, is no exception. This book has so much going for it, so many parts and pieces, that I think I may actually do my review as a list. It’s not my usual style but I’m going to give it a whirl.
1. Dare – He’s big, his head is shaved, and he’s covered in tats. He’s blunt and he’s got a dirty mouth. He’s humble and loyal and has a genuinely good soul. I loved the dichotomy of Dare’s street thug look and his honest personality. I love how this added to his interactions with Grant and others in the story. Don’t judge a book by its cover is a well-known saying for a reason!
2. Grant – So the last time we saw Grant he was being a right bastard; insulting Mas and Perry, cheating on his wife, and just generally drunk and belligerent. This story begins pretty much from there when Dare drags Grant home. Again, Grant is a real douche but as the story progresses so does the reader’s opinion of the man as he comes to terms with his life and what’s really important to him.
3. The story – It’s a little enemies to lovers, a little out for you, a little angsty and a whole lot real. I love that Dare and Grant have two very different backgrounds. I love the side stories dealing with Dare’s family issues, Grant’s family issues and the big business vs. small business owner plot. And finally, I love that their relationship and the romance was front and foremost from beginning to end.
4. Solly and Mabel – Dogs are always awesome in books and the Rottweiler and Golden Retriever are no exception.
5. The scrap yard – So only an amazing author can make living in a caravan, grease and sweat and broken down vans sexy, desirable and completely normal. It was the little details like they way the bathroom smells and the voltage issues that really made the setting real and one of my favorite things about this book.
6. The sex. Mind you, I’ve read a lot of sex and keeping it hot and fresh is definitely an issue for me as a reader but Myles absolutely nailed it. It was a little raunchy, completely honest and raw. I loved the exploration of Grant’s bottoming side and I loved that they both remained aggressive and a bit toppy. Also, if you like rimming, you’re in for a treat!
7. Supporting Characters – So not only do we get to see some of our favorites like Mas and Perry, but we get a few new characters too. Some of them not so loveable, like Grant’s boss and the secretary, and some of them I want to know how things end, like with Dare’s brother Jase and his girl Rain.
8. The British English – Every time I read a line, a phrase, a word that is straight up Brit, I sigh a little. It makes me smile and makes me want to start talking in what I’m sure is a horrible English accent just so I can say things like posh and half two.
If you haven’t given this series a try yet, get on with it! I can guarantee you’ll find something to love!
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*