Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Review: Junk by Josephine Myles

Junk by Josephine Myles
Samhain Publishing
Novel: 350pgs
4 Pants Off

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.

Jasper Richardson is a librarian and just overall cuddly geek. He goes to work comes homes and does the odd hook up via internet. He doesn't have much of a social and that is mostly in part to the fact that he's hoarder whose life is completely taken over by books. Every room in his home is occupied by books, some rooms he can't access and others there is barely room for him to get in or out of the house. Jasper is embarrassed, he's at his wits end and maybe he's finally in a place to ask for help. He decides on a local professional clutter clearing agency and hope that he can finally get his life order.

Clutter clearer and counsellor Lewis knows he and his sister have their hands full when he sees Jasper house for the first time. Jasper thinks that all the information in books is somehow important and he keeps bringing more stuff home and his home is death trap. Just one wrong move and all those books could start tumbling down on the man he finds so incredibly adorable. The upside is that Jasper is willing to make changes but there is more to Jasper than his hoarding dealing with some underlying emotional issues.

Jasper and Lewis's relationship starts as client/counsellor but it’s very clear their attraction for each other. Lewis is trying to do the right thing and keep it only professional but Jasper isn't having any of that and want more than a working relationship. Of course there are all types of thing that could go wrong and the author does tackle them so them finally coming together is legit. Lewis gives Jasper a few months to make sure his feelings are legit and that he can stand on his own but I kept thinking "Jasper is a grown ass man Lewis. He's a hoarder not a man suffering from being a man-child". Then he becomes all contradictory and moves into Jasper house (said he wasn't gonna do that anymore) which totally irked me. I feel like they could have been partners but Jasper needed to be in his home alone for a bit. I get that the love is strong but I'm not on board with the whole moving in thing.

The writing is amazing like all Jo Myles are but I'm not in love with this one. One thing I did love was seeing Brandon and Jos from When in Amsterdam and they're still freaking awesome. I liked Lewis and really liked Jasper and did enjoy them together but overall I wasn't wowed.

Should You Read It? Of course, Josephine Myles is always a must read for me in everything. While Junk did not make it as a fave for me, it’s still a pretty amazing story about a man finding his happy end and finally breathing.

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