Reviewed by Louisa
TITLE: Barging In
AUTHOR: Josephine Myles
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 287 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 20,2017
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.
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.
I read Barging in when it was originally released by Samhain Publishing in September 2011 and loved it. For so many reasons, this is a great book that I greatly enjoyed for the second time.
Barging In is set on the canals around Bath in the UK. This is an area of England that I love to visit and the canals are a wonderful and peaceful place to be. The collection of boats and people are beautiful and interesting. I know the pub mentioned and I can feel the atmosphere, I can feel throughout the book how so many people feel about those who live on the canals. The descriptions of the area are beautiful and paint the picture so clearly for me.
The story is wonderful. Dan Taylor is a travel reporter and Robin Hamilton is a posh boy turned into a boating man (god). Both seem to be chasing a freedom that they have found to some extent in their life choices, but they continue to chase greater levels of feeling free. Both very strong men in their own ways. Their pasts do effect their present and that is very evident in their actions. They certainly have chemistry. Right from the start you can tell that sparks will fly between the two.
Together Dan and Robin are engaging. They both go into a weeklong fling believing that they will scratch an itch and relieve some tension. Dan is an unashamed lover of sex with as many men as he can have and Robin has been burnt in the past by Dan’s type. But they start to have a fling anyway, both believing that in a week they would part and no one’s feeling would be hurt. Did I mention they are hot? I probably should point that out again.
I really enjoyed the secondary characters. No matter if their role in the story is small or large, they each provide so much to the book.
I have enjoyed every book of Josephine Myles that I have read. She crafts great stories in beautiful places and Barging In remains a favourite book of hers for me.