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.
Myles 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 home after Grant made a fool of himself at the Cabbages and Kinks' grand reopening. But Grant doesn't usually go for guys with shaved heads and tats who smell like engine oil. Grant is posh, you see, and he wants the world to know it.
I wanted to give Dare a squishy hug! He works so hard to take care of his junkie brother. Sporting nine inches of deliciousness where it counts, Dare is brash and independent. He doesn't give a shit what others think. But he cares about Grant. Until Grant pushes him too far.
Myles did a wonderful job making Grant a complex character. He was an idiot, yes, but he kept TRYING. And I was glad that Dare made him beg . . . just a little.
There was plenty of hotness here, a nice build-up of frotting, sucking, rimming, and kissing. Lots of pillow biting too! :)
Grant's two daughters didn't overtake the story, and Grant was clearly a loving dad.
Dare stole my heart in act one. Grant was lucky to have him. And he knew it too . . . eventually.
This is a sweet, sexy addition to Jo's Bristol Collection. I want to take off in a VW camper van (RV for you Americans!) now. Maybe Dare will fix one up for me?
Features: one viciously cute guard dog, two junkies who mean well, an unsavory boss who had it coming, a steamy and tender head-shaving scene, Grant on his knees, a toppy, horny Dare, and a very smexy HEA.