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Scrap, March 2015
The Bristol Collection
by Josephine Myles

Samhain Publishing
Featuring: Derek Nelson; Grant Matravers
263 pages
ISBN: 1619224925
EAN: 9781619224926
Kindle: B00QZVRZ9C
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"Myles has a talent for writing good dialogue"

Fresh Fiction Review

Josephine Myles

Reviewed by Annie Tegelan
Posted February 23, 2015

Romance Contemporary | Romance Gay

In the third book to the Bristol Collection, Josephine Myles pairs together two polar opposites. Derek "Dare" Nelson is a little rough around the edges. His family is not picture perfect and he makes a living out of fixing up custom campervans while Grant Metravers is a developer hoping to make Dare his next client. Grant is also recently divorce after telling his wife that he is gay.

On a night of drunken reverie, Dare escorts Grant home before he can start a brawl at a friend's party. Pissed drunk, Grant has no recollection of Dare's good deed. However, it's clear that they share a natural chemistry from the start. In this unlikely couple, Myles pens a beautifully written, charming romance for these two characters in a way that had me smiling from ear to ear by the end.

Myles has a talent for writing good dialogue and while Dare and Grant often bicker, it's entertaining to see how the author is able to keep their banter for great lengths of time. Moreover, Myles also emphasizes their differences a lot which should almost work against what she is trying to build, but it actually makes you enjoy their romance more. The natural chemistry still shows through, making SCRAP my favorite of the series.

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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.

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