Author: Josephine Myles
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Pages/Word Count: 263 Pages
At a Glance: What I really enjoyed about Scrap was the characters and the plot both had depth to them.
Reviewed By: Kim
Blurb: 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 camper vans 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.
Review: Though Scrap is the third book in Josephine Myles’ Bristol Collection, it’s possible it could be read as a standalone, but my experience has taught me well—if there are previous books in a series, it’s best to read them in order to avoid any confusion. I’m so glad I did read the first two novels, Junk and Stuff, before Scrap because they set the pace, and having only just become familiar with Josephine Myles’ work, I then knew what to expect.
Both Grant and Dare have misguided ideas about the other because they’ve both stereotyped each other. Grant comes off as a bit of a cheating stuffed-shirt when we first meet him in the previous stories, and Dare is a bit of a braggart, so when these two finally come together in Scrap, the layers start to peel away and expose them for who they really are.
Grant is having a tough time when it comes to being honest and coming out of the closet. Deep down, he is an honest man who cares about those he knows he’s hurting. The same goes with Dare, who comes off as a bit of a toughy, with the bald head, tattoos, and gauges, but he has a soft spot for those he loves, especially his troubled brother.
Scrap can’t really be tagged with a friends with benefits label, because these two men don’t start off as friends. It’s more like they’re two blokes getting off on each other until something better comes along…that is, before they started to get to know each other. And what eventually happens towards the end is rather sweet.
What I really enjoyed about Scrap was the characters and the plot both had depth to them. It’s not a light, fluffy read. All in all, I’ve found myself a new author I would gladly read more from, and Scrap won’t end up on the scrap heap. It’s ended up on my permanent faves list as a re-read.
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