Tuesday, July 25, 2017

ARC Review: Stuff by Josephine Myles

Stuff (The Bristol Collection Book 2)From the blurb:

Tobias “Mas” Maslin’s doesn’t need much. A place of his own, weekends spent clubbing, and a rich boyfriend for love and security. Pity his latest sugar daddy turns out to be married with kids. Mas wants to be special, not someone’s dirty little secret. 
When he loses his job and his flat on the same day, Mas’s world starts unravelling… until he stumbles across a down-at-heel vintage clothes shop. Now he just needs to convince the delightfully shy owner he’s in need of a new salesman. 
Perry Cavendish-Fiennes set up Cabbages and Kinks solely to annoy his controlling father. He’d much rather spend every spare moment on his true passion, art. That is until Mas comes flaming into his life, talking nineteen to the dozen and turning his world upside down. 
Against his better judgment Perry offers Mas a job and a place to live, but it turns out he should have listened to his instincts. The shop is already financially on the brink, and Mas’s flirting makes him feel things he’s never felt for a man. Yet Mas seems convinced they can make a go of it—in the shop, and together. That is, until Mas’s past starts to catch up with him.

Heather's rating:

The more romance I read, the more I look for MCs that break away from the blah and the bland. I want an MC to punch me in the face with personality, and Mas punched me in the face.

Stuff was a quirky book about quirky things. We have a bold, mouthy, talkative twink and an eccentric, aristocratic loner getting together, yet somehow it works.

I was very curious about Perry and his sexuality. He'd never had a girlfriend or boyfriend, and he seemed interested in his, ehem, paid friend-with-benefits more for her personality than anything else. I wondered if he was a demisexual or a gray-asexual (if I could only pick Josephine Myles's brain on that!) in addition to being a newly realized bi/pansexual. Hmmmm.

For me, though, Mas carried the book. I love an MC with spunk in him (ba-dum-chis), and Mas took over every scene. He was vulnerable, daring, and just plain old fun.

The plot was weird in a good way, and I knew right from the beginning that this was a book for me. And it was. Oh, and this book can be read as a stand-alone, but it is nice to know the guys from the first book because they make a number of appearances.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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