Reviewed by Becca
SERIES: The Bristol Collection #1
AUTHOR: Josephine Myles
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 351 Pages
RELEASE DATE: May 25, 2017
Letting go is the first step to healing…or bringing it all crashing down.
When an avalanche of books cuts off access to his living room, university librarian Jasper Richardson can no longer ignore the truth. His ever-growing piles of books, magazines and newspapers can no longer be classified as a “collection”. It’s a hoard, and he needs professional help.
Professional clutter clearer and counselor Lewis Miller thinks he’s seen it all, but even he has to admit he’s shocked. Not so much by the state of Jasper’s house, but by the level of attraction he still feels for the sexy bookworm he remembers from school.
What a shame that Lewis’s ethical code forbids relationships with clients. As Jasper makes slow but steady progress, though, the magnetic pull between them is so strong even Lewis is having trouble convincing himself it’s a temporary emotional attachment arising from the therapeutic process.
Jasper longs to prove to Lewis that this is the real deal. But first he’ll have to lay bare the root of his hoarding problem…and reveal the dark secret hidden behind his walls of books.
This is the first book, I believe, that I have read by Josephine Myles and I am SO glad I picked this one to start. I’m very excited to read the next two in this series. I laughed, I pouted, I cried and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The thing with this book is there is a good message as well.
Jasper is one of the main characters and I am in love with every aspect of him. He sees himself as weak because of what he has let his life become, but if you get to the root of the problem, he’s far from it. He’s so strong and utterly adorable. Jasper has become a hoarder due to things that have happened in his life. (You have to read to find out). He’s lonely and upset because he hasn’t had anyone in his home in over six years because he’s embarrassed of this condition. He finally decides he needs helps. In comes Lewis and his sister Carroll. Lewis is the touchstone that Jasper needs to finally get through what he is dealing with.
The relationship between Jasper and Lewis from the beginning is, for lack of a better word, electric. Lewis seems to know everything Jasper is thinking or feeling without Jasper having to say a word. At least that’s how Jasper feels. And he’s right. Jasper is so expressive. His sweet heart on his sleeve. He wants to change, wants to be brave, but is so overwhelmed. Lewis, with Jasper especially, is strong and the rock that is needed. Both submit to each other’s touches, which soon become more. And yes, when they finally give in, the sex is AMAZING! But to me what was more important was their relationship. Lewis was terrified it was just transference, from the knight in shining armor syndrome. Jasper just wants to love Lewis and knows what he feels is real. As the book goes on, we find out the root of Jasper’s problem and the relationship between these two grow rapidly. And it’s so beautiful. Both men are scared in their ways and when they just let go and realize how precious life is and how we never know how long we have with someone, things grow.
I want to take a minute to side note something here. There is an important lesson to learn in this book as well. If you know someone that hoards or are a hoarder yourself, seek help. Most of the time there is an underlying issue that causes people to hoard. So many people turn their noses up or simply ignore what’s going on, but it is not something to be ignored. It is a critical matter that needs addressing.
I can’t express enough how much I loved this book. I want everyone to read it. It’s an expression of love and strength, of friendship and support. And to make it even better, you get to laugh your butt off at Lewis and Carroll’s constantly naked parents lol.