Reviewed by Becca
SERIES: The Bristol Collection #3
AUTHOR: Josephine Myles
LENGTH: 258 Pages
RELEASE DATE: June 22, 2017
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.
When I first read the blurb for this book, I almost, for lack of a better word, dreaded reading this one. Not because the book would be bad, but if you read book 2, then you know these two were some of the most arrogant, self-absorbed buttheads ever. But I have to say I’m glad I read it and am so glad to see how the author portrayed these two.
Dare is the cocky, obnoxious man who thinks he is the cat’s meow when it comes to the bedroom. Grant is a snob who is still hiding in the closet after recently coming out to his wife that he’s gay. These two are definitely interesting. Both have the alpha attitudes and that come with the belief they will never submit or relinquish control to anyone. Lol. Or so they think.
I love how the author turns everything around on them. As they meet for the first time, Grant is mega drunk and Dare is trying to keep him from doing something stupid. Including driving home. Dare takes him home and helps get him in the apartment and there is a spark from the get go. Although Dare wants to take Grant then and there, he wants him sober first. But Grant argues because he isn’t a bottom and it’s never going to happen. Time passes and the next time they meet is when Grant’s job is trying to take over Dare’s land. Grant’s boss is determined to get the property and leaves Grant in charge of trying to get it. But things turn out different. They both begin to act on the spark that is between them. Both wanting to be the aggressor and neither willing to let go. But time begins to bring them closer and Grant realizes he wants to let go with Dare. Dare learns he has finally found someone he could actually care for. Both finally become softer men, learning that sometimes it’s better with someone else and that there is more to life than a booty call.
I think that’s what I loved the most about this book. To see these two overbearing men become so passionate about each other and become different people. Both worked their way inside each other and past the barriers that kept them so guarded. When I read book 2, I wanted to punch both of them for they way they acted, but in this book you get to see the different facets to these two and it changed my opinion of them both. This has been an excellent series to read and will definitely be reading them again.