Book Reviews

Stuff (Bristol Collection 2) by Josephine Myles at Samhain Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 29-May-2014

Book Blurb

When Mr. Glad Rags meets Mr. Riches, the result is flaming fun.

Tobias “Mas” Maslin doesn’t need much. A place of his own, weekends of clubbing, a rich boyfriend for love and support. Too bad his latest sugar daddy candidate turns out to be married with kids. Mas wants to be special, not someone’s dirty little secret.

When he loses his job and his flat on the same day, his world starts unraveling…until he stumbles across a vintage clothing shop. Now to convince the reclusive, eccentric owner he’s in dire need of a salesman.

Perry Cavendish-Fiennes set up Cabbages and Kinks solely to annoy his controlling father. Truth be told, he’d rather spend every spare moment on his true passion, art. When Mas comes flaming into his life talking nineteen to the dozen, he finds himself offering him a job and a place to live.

He should have listened to his instincts. The shop is already financially on the brink, and Mas’s flirting makes him feel things he’s never felt for a man. Yet Mas seems convinced they can make a go of it—in the shop, and together.

Product Warnings: Contains an eccentric, bumbling Englishman, a gobby drama queen, fantastic retro clothing, scary fairies, exes springing out of the woodwork, and a well-aimed glass of bubbly. Written in brilliantly British English.


Book Review

When I read 'Junk', book one in Josephine Myles's series 'The Bristol Collection', I spent a lot, and I mean a lot, of my time laughing. I have a considerable appreciation for this author's works, especially the ones written in "brilliantly British English". Knowing this, it was no surprise that I jumped at the opportunity to read 'Stuff'. Well, that, and Mas had intrigued me during Jasper's story so I wanted to see what the author fashioned for him. *grins*

When Mas entered Perry's shop, I felt as if I were standing on a Kansas prairie watching the biggest twister imaginable come roaring at me. I imagine that's how Perry felt, too. Perry comes from an old British family that can trace their roots back to before the Norman invasion. He owns and runs a vintage clothing store but that's not where his heart lies. The art, the sculptures, that he creates out of garbage and used metals, etc. is where his joy is found. Perry has never had a girlfriend, heck, he's not had a boyfriend, either, although he's sure he's straight. Perry isn't good in social situations and has difficulty reading verbal and physical cues. Mas, on the other hand, is a terrible flirt, very outgoing, a chatterbox, and there's a lot more to him than most give him credit for. Mas has just lost his job, he's been evicted, and decides that Perry needs him to manage the store and make it profitable, along with marketing Perry's art. Poor Perry. He hasn't got a clue what he's in for.

Maybe I should've said poor Mas. Mas may come across as a himbo, but, deep down, he wants someone to love him, to value and cherish him. When Mas feels himself falling in love with Perry, he knows there's no possible way Perry could ever feel the same. Mas is just a stopover for most men, so why should Perry be any different? When Perry tells Mas his story, i.e. he really comes from wealth, Mas is just sure that's one more sticking point to preventing Perry from loving him. On the other hand, Perry believes the ramblings that come out of Mas's mouth and thinks Mas is too much of a party boy to ever reciprocate Perry's feelings. Tells you how much they know, huh?

Oh I adored this book! It was far more lighthearted than Jasper and Lewis' story, but it had its share of drama to balance out the fun. Mas and Perry are wonderful characters and I'm so glad Jo shared them with me. Thank you, Jo, for a great addition to the series.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 93695 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 27-May-2014
Price $5.50 ebook
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