Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Barging In by Josephine Myles

Barging In by Josephine Myles
Samhain Publishing
Novel: 267pages
Rating: 5 out of 5

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.

Where has Josephine Myles been all my life? It’s been such a joy to read a Myles book; I am in deep obsessing fan love. Her characters are always diverse; her writing filled with such beautiful description and the heat always singes a hair or two. I am all about the pants losing, but I think I might have lost my underwear with this one. Barging In is splendid and I am happy I read it.

Dan Taylor is on an assignment to write up an article on boating holidays. He has no idea how to handle a narrowboat even with the fifteen-minute tutorial he got from the boat rental place. Trying to avoid crushing other boats while steering, Dan eyes get caught on the sexy tattooed and pierced god chopping wood half naked. Dan is thinking that his work is about to become good with a little play.

Robin Hamilton life is his boat and Dan is about to f*ck that up. There is no way he will fall for the established slut, because that is exactly what Dan is. He makes no apologies about it, and Robin isn’t looking for someone like that. He has been down that road before and it only left him heartbroken. Well… Dan is hard to resist and Robin wants him in his bed, and besides the relationship wont be long-term because Dan will have to leave and head home eventually and what’s wrong with taking something/someone he wants?

Can I just say this book is a total surprise of freaking awesome! The relationship between both Dan and Robin is unexpectedly sexy and emotional filled. Both men a far from perfect but together they just fit perfectly. Dan believes he will never be a one-man type of guy, and Robin is an itch he has to scratch but slowly their days and night together become something more to him. Robin is afraid to love someone again, and so he hides behind a surly ‘I don’t give a crap attitude’ to keep potential mates at bay. Though Dan is getting under his skin and it’s hard to resist his outrageous flirt.

With a colourful back drop of boats and equally colourful supporting characters. Barging In is a wonderful book, and I am just in awe. There is always diversity offered up in a Josephine Myles book. That love is something that conquers all no matter what you look like and where you came from, what we perceive on the outside is never true once we look in. That’s one of the reasons why I love this book.

Lets get serious, Dan and Robin are to die for all that sexy had me losing my pants all over the place. I love Dan because he remained true to himself to the very end, that man is no pretender. I love Robin because he’s sex on a boat. He was surly in the beginning, but that man is an onion and Dan knows how to unravel all his layers. I love them together!

I can’t dislike any part of this book, even when they were both pulling douche moves it just went right with the story. I am sad it ended, and I would love to read about these guys again. I recommend a Josephine Myles book in a BIG WAY.

5 Pants Off
Go Ahead Take Those Pants Off

*book provided by author*


  1. It's always nice to hear about flawed characters. I get terribly sick of the plastic doll variety.

    1. I agree! These guys are far from perfect and thats why I love them.


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