Posted by Becky Condit on May 6, 2012
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.
Product Warning: 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.
Title: Barging In
Author: Josephine Myles
Genre: mm contemporary romance
Length: 295 pages
Favorite Character: Robin
MRS CONDIT’S OPINION: Josephine Myles’ book BARGING IN is a delightful book about two men who should never have met not only meeting but developing a relationship. Just as they begin to trust one another that trust is lost and must be regained at a cost.
Robin and Dan are what they seem and yet not. Robin is a bargeman, living on his narrowboat, scratching a living from odd working jobs, but his posh accent tells a tale of a very different life. When he was betrayed by a lover he fell into a depression and from there accidentally fell into the life of a narrowboat owner.
Dan is a freelance writer and photographer on assignment to get pictures and a story about the bargemen and women when he accidentally hits Robin’s boat with his rental boat. Sparks fly, actually for a very long time, before things settle down and city boy Dan manages to seduce ex-city boy Robin.
The secondary characters of this book are the scenery and color of the story. Mel, who loves Dan and tries to protect him from his own heart, Morris the Cat, whose adventures on shore brings Robin and Dan together, Smiley and his twin daughters, Robin’s mother, Dan’s shrieking friend Tristan, and so many others. They were all wonderfully developed characters who made this book richer by their presence.
I enjoyed this peek into a lifestyle I was previously unaware of, and I particularly enjoyed watching the ebb and flow of Robin and Dan’s relationship. This is a book with an ensemble cast that grabs the reader from the initial crash of two barges and doesn’t let go until the end.
MRS CONDIT’S RATING: 4 blissful sweet peas!