- Title: Scrap
- Author: Josephine Myles
- ISBN: 9781619224926
- Page: 472
- Format: ebook
When things come to a head, there s nowhere to go but down 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 monWhen things come to a head, there s nowhere to go but down 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.
Recent Comments "Scrap"
4.5 starsMyles writes unapologetically British prose, and I love her all the more for it.Her writing is always charming, accessible, and funny. This sweet enemies-to-lover story is a spin-off from the second Bristol collection book, Stuff. Grant is Mas's closeted, married ex who was doused with a bit of wine by Perry in book two. And rightly so. God, Grant is an arse. He's snobby, selfish, and delusional. He does come clean to his wife FINALLY, but he treats Dare like garbage. Dare took Grant ho [...]
Let me begin by saying, I'm a total Myles fangirl. I have always LOVED her books.until now.I was hesitant to jump in mid-series, but it appeared to be a safe move since the focus is on a new couple. I don't think my problems had anything to do with lack of history from the first two books. And I had no problem with the writing.So, what was my problem?Well, to startI'm not a fan of cheater-cheater-can't-keep-it-in-your-pants-assholes. And not only was Grant screwing around on his wife in the last [...]
Scrap was a good opposites attract story, but it didn't come close to Stuff, IMO. It took me a little while to warm to Dare and Grant. Both of them irritated me in previous books, and I thought that their chemistry was a bit too rough around the edges for my taste. While the chemistry and romance improved though the course of the story, I still didn't quite see the love develop. It was more like strong attraction, as far as I could see. I'm not a huge fan of kids in romance books, mostly because [...]
This is a pleasant opposites-attract story about Dare, a blue-collar guy who refurbishes caravans, and Grant, a real-estate project manager who finally gets up the self-awareness to separate from his wife, and admit to himself and others that he's gay. They meet and strike sparks of attraction, despite the fact that Grant's job requires him to encourage Dare to sell his property for development. I liked Dare's pushy self-confidence. The dialogue between the two guys had moments of fun and snark, [...]
Another great edition to the Bristol series. Review with my Lorikins!I love this series so hard and this installment just confirms why. I love the setting, I love the characters and I love the story of them falling in love.I think the thing I appreciated most about Dare and Grant was how incredibly imperfect they were and how those flaws made them perfect for each other. These were guys I could totally get with. They didn’t make declarations of love and smother each other with fluff. They’re [...]
More like 4.5 starsSo, finished and I liked it a lot. Well-balanced although I found the work-related storyline was a bit unbalanced, so to say. In the beginning of the whole thing it was played up only to then vanish completely to then return during the final 5(?) chapters or so. Nevertheless I really liked both MCs, how they circled around each other, in the beginning trying to keep everything casual, only to then gradually realizing that there might be something more to it.
It's the third book in the Bristol Collection, and it was written because I became utterly intrigued by the villain I'd created for Stuff. I wanted to find out why he was the way he was, and if he could be redeemed. So Grant gets his own book, and who better to pair him up with than the man tasked with throwing him out of Mas's party: Dare. Opposites do indeed attractYou can read this as a standalone I think. It's a bit more heavy than Stuff in terms of themes, although I think it remains a ligh [...]
Oh, hey.Josephine Myles. Her best book, IMO, since The Hot Floor.
When, exactly, had his life got so complicated? Once upon a time, it had all seemed so easy. Marry the girl who was his best friend, have children and climb to the top of the ladder in his chosen career. Happiness would follow. It was bound to.It was only now Grant started to wonder if he hadn’t been looking in entirely the wrong place for happiness. Only trouble was, he didn’t know how to change the life he’d chosen. And when he closed his eyes and tried to imagine happiness, it looked a [...]
Amazing! Buddy review soon at BMBR, with Ann.
How do you mix oil and water? Well, you put it in the hands of Josephine Myles to give it a good shake and…… VOILÀ! Two characters that at the beginning of the book are so opposite you think that they will never be able to get together and by the end you're drawn in and everything is totally plausible with a wonderful HEAWe meet the two MCs of this story first of all in Stuff (Bristol collection #2), they only have a minor cameo role to play and I just love the way Josephine picks up these [...]
4.5 starsThis third instalment in the Bristol Collection series had two characters I didn't really care for on previous book. But I came to like and felt for each one as the story progress, and by the time I closed the book: I loved them! Grant was the cheating husband who wanted to set Mas up as his kept boy on Stuff. Dare was the bald-headed punk who kept pestering Perry for a date (also on the same book). They met when drunk and heartbroken Grant gatecrashed Mas and Perry's shop's relaunching [...]
Grant pissed me off so much in the last book, that I just couldn’t recover. That and Dare did NOTHING for me, he was an crass asshole. I am having a hard time explaining more than that, other then I just didn’t like the characters. They irritated me. So this series is a great big miss for, I give up. I enjoyed Myles older work, this new stuff, not so much.I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.
Why you should read it: This is the third Bristol Collection book, and I love the enemies-to-lovers formula. You can tell the tip of hatred and loathing hides the iceberg of chemistry and attraction. I will warn that some readers won't like this because Grant is, well, a cheater from the last book, and readers get a front seat to his divorce with his wife (whom he cheated on). So if you're a reader looking for more comforting tender moments, this may not be for you. For readers looking for the s [...]
This third book in the Bristol Collection is about Grant (Mas' asshole cheating married ex) and Dare, who had a thing for Perry, but didn't succeed.There's a scene in Stuff where Grant shows up at Perry's store in hopes of winning back Mas, a little on the drunker side, and gets doused with wine, courtesy of Perry, and then escorted out by Dare, who also attended the 'grand re-opening' of Perry's store.You see, Grant was married with children when he carried on an affair with Mas, but he's come [...]
Slick's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews4.5 StarsThere is something really satisfying when a couple has to work so hard at being together which is probably why I loved Scrap by Josephine Myles so much. In honesty the two main characters are so different that on paper it seems they shouldn’t work but somehow they complement each other and bring out something special in each other that most of the world never sees. It might seem odd that two very “toppy” men find love but what [...]
This third instalment in the Bristol Collection series starts within the timeline of the second book, Stuff. Grant, Mas from Stuff's closeted ex, ends up drunk out of his wits, and Dare, who is friends with Perry and Mas from book two, drives him home. As thanks for his pains, Grant showers abuse on Dare before propositioning him. No wonder Dare laughs into Grant's face and leaves. And that should've been the end of it.Except that Grant, who works for a land development firm, turns up at Dare's [...]
Remember Grant, the closeted asshole/ex boyfriend of Mas?Yup he's one of the MCs.Remember Dare, the muscle stud with the shaved head and the tattoos?He's the other MC.Now I know what you 're thinking, that this is a match made in hell.Think again.Grant is still an asshole for the most part of the book. He is snobbish and treats Dare like dirt. But now that we have his POV we can actually see his internal struggle and that the things he says are not always the things he is thinking. Dare is a swe [...]
I think Lou Harper, J L Merrow and Josephine Myles all support and egg each other on. And it's the best way to ensure we get great stories from all of them. The English blokes they all share with us are down to earth, honest and fallible. And they really are trying to live best possible lives.Dare's family is far from perfect, and I am glad we don't get all the nitty gritty of it. We hear enough to know he's basically brought himself up, and that he loves what he does (restoring old camper vans) [...]
Scrap wasn’t a solid piece of work from Myles. While it wasn’t as good as Junk or Stuff, if you are a fan of Myles writing and the world that she’s built, I highly suggest picking this novel up. If you are new to Myles work, this is not the novel I’d start with, go back and look for another title! That being said, Scrap an unexpected pairing, and I love the juxtaposition of the working class and the middle class, and the tension that come from the differences. Dare was an excellent chara [...]
2.5 wtf starsOh darn. I had such high hopes for this. (I gave Stuff 5-bloody stars!) While this book had the potential to be really good, it tanked IMHO. Grant was a heartless, bourgeois pick and Dare was a doormat. That, folks, is a recipe for disaster in my world. Although the ending and epilogue made up some ground, it was nowhere near enough. Bottom line: Bummer.
I wasn't sure I would warm to Grant but he pulled thru in the end!
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I give up on this one, have started it 3-4 times but I just don't care about the MCs.
4.5 starsEnjoyed it better than the previous installment.
This review was written for Joyfully Jay reviews.Note: This is the third book in The Bristol Collection, but can be read as a standalone.4.75 Stars. Dare is a big, bald bruiser of a bloke with his own business restoring camper vans. He owns a scrap yard on the riverfront in Bristol with a view that developers will pay big money to acquire. He’s an independent, out gay man with satisfying work and realistic dreams, but lately he’s wishing he had a partner to share more than just his bed. At a [...]
Note: This book was provided to me by the publisher through Hearts on Fire Reviewsin exchange for an impartial review. The odd couple in my world of M/M fiction, it seems impossible that Grant and Dare could possibly have anything in common, or find any sort of long term relationship or commitment possible, but Josephine Myles shows us that love doesn’t really care about labels and true love is available to anyone willing to work for it. Dare (Derek) Nelson owns property along the riverfront o [...]
If there is anyone who has the ability to change my opinion of Grant, Mas's oh-so-closeted and married lover, then I figured it would be author Josephine Myles. 'Scrap' is the third book in 'The Bristol Collection', and to say I was eager to read it, is a mild description. This is such a fabulous, fun, sexy, quirky series, and I've adored each of the previous installments. The thought of Grant meeting his match in Dare—two tops fighting for dominance—well, for those who know me, I'm sure you [...]
A Joyfully Jay review. 4.75 starsI really enjoyed the slow development of this romance. It is told from both Dare’s and Grant’s POV, so we understand what’s happening beneath the surface. The more time they spend together, the more invested each man becomes—not that he’s willing to confess such to his partner. Grant has had a lot of changes in his life, and more keep coming. His discussion of his sexuality with his daughters was a particularly poignant scene, especially as it kicked Gr [...]
I try to start with good points because I want to be bitter near the end of my review.Pros:1- Most characters are dynamic, which means they are neither totally good nor bad. This fact gives the story a sense of reality, which I like very much in urban erotica. I think the best example is Grant's wife, Harriett.2- Good humor and excellent style of British writing are two major strengths of the book.3- The story begins nicely. It is really different and promising at its early stages.4- Dare is a l [...]
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