Barging In

Josephine Myles
Barging In
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Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Release Date
September 2011
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ

When the boat's a rockin', don't come knockin'!

Out-and-proud travel writer Dan Taylor can't steer a boat to save his life, but that doesn't stop him from accepting an assignment to write up a narrowboat holiday. Instead of a change of pace from city life, though, the canal seems dull as ditchwater. Until he crashes into the boat of a half-naked, tattooed, pierced man whose rugged, penniless appearance is at odds with a posh accent.

Still smarting from past betrayal, Robin Hamilton's "closet" is his narrowboat, his refuge from outrageous, provocative men like Dan. Yet he can't seem to stop himself from rescuing the hopelessly out-of-place city boy from one scrape after another. Until he finds himself giving in to reluctant attraction, even considering a brief, harmless fling.

After all, in less than a week, Dan's going back to his London 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 drawn deep into an undertow of escalating intimacy and emotional intensity. Troubled waters neither of them expected…or wanted.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Aug 27, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
248 people found the following review helpful
Tattoos, piercings and an attitude problem are something that never gets old with me. Add an accent and an unconventional setting and I'm completely hooked and won over. Josephine Myles was an author whose work I've never read before, but I did catch her blog post or two and just based on that, I had high expectations. One thing she didn't do is disappoint.

Dan is a man who has his life planned and is perfectly happy with it. He sleeps around, focuses on his career and has fun with his best friend. However, everything changes with one great job opportunity and a perfect ass that takes his breath away.

The owner of the said ass is Robin, a grouchy tattooed and oh-boy-is-he-pierced man who lives on a boat and has a painful past. Robin doesn't like Dan. He absolutely dislikes the way his lips look, how well he is dressed and how great his body is, but he really hates the way Dan makes his lower regions stir.

But Dan is set on seducing Robin and while Robin resists, what's between them is way more powerful than either of them is prepared for.

One thing about this book that might have made me reconsider my rating was the slow way everything moved. But somehow, by the time I reached the last page I didn't really care. The sex was both hot and sweet. The characters were charming and very lovable and the story had a mind of its own.

If you've read any of my reviews, you know I have a soft spot for originality. That is another thing this book has. The boating details, from the people to the way of life, brought a breath of fresh air into this genre and it was a fascinating thing to read about. With this book you will get to know a whole different world where there are no steady addresses and where prejudice is a daily occurrence.

The love story was filled with ups and downs, and while some details about Dan might bother some readers, I thought it was a very realistic view of things. The characters are not without flaws but in the end, that was the most gripping thing about them.

I do hope this author gives us more work of this quality, but until then, I'll keep on recommending BARGING IN to my friends.
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