When the boat’s a rockin’, don’t come knockin’!
Out-and-proud travel writer Dan Taylor is a city boy who can’t steer a boat to save his life, but that doesn’t stop him from heading into the English countryside to write up a narrowboat holiday. Compared to London, the canal seems dull as ditchwater. Until he crashes into the boat of a half-naked, tattooed man whose bad-boy, penniless appearance doesn’t fit with his posh accent. Dan is intrigued, and he always gets his man.
Still smarting from a past betrayal, Robin Hamilton is firmly closeted in his narrowboat—his refuge from outrageous, provocative men like Dan. But as circumstances keep throwing them together, he can’t help himself from coming to the hopelessly out-of-place city boy’s rescue. Exposure to Dan’s sunny charm starts to melt Robin’s resolve and he’s tempted by the idea of a brief, harmless fling.
After all, in less than a week, Dan will have left the canal and be back to his diet of casual hook-ups and friends with benefits.
Determined not to fall in love, both men dive into one week of indulgence…only to find themselves swept away by a current of escalating intimacy and emotional intensity. Troubled waters they didn’t anticipate… and haven’t a clue how to navigate.
Contains one lovable tart, one posh boy gone feral, rough sex, alfresco sex, vile strawberry flavoured condoms, intimate body piercings, red thermal long-johns, erotic woodchopping, an errant cat, a few colourful characters you wouldn’t touch with a bargepole, and plenty of messing about on the river.
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What they’re saying:
The sex was both hot and sweet. The characters were charming and very lovable and the story had a mind of its own.
If you’ve read any of my reviews, you know I have a soft spot for originality. That is another thing this book has. The boating details, from the people to the way of life, brought a breath of fresh air into this genre and it was a fascinating thing to read about. With this book you will get to know a whole different world where there are no steady addresses and where prejudice is a daily occurrence.
I do hope this author gives us more work of this quality, but until then, I’ll keep on recommending BARGING IN to my friends.
5 stars from Valentina Heart at The Romance Reviews
Dan and Robin were wonderful characters. Both are very flawed and at first seem to clash more than complement each other… It was delightful to watch these men struggle against their natures to come together and stay together. They both had to work hard to make the relationship work, even failing at times, and that made for a very rewarding reading experience for me.
I’m giving Barging In a grade of ‘Excellent’ and I can see it will be a book I read again in future.
Jenre at Well Read
Prepare yourself to be thoroughly charmed by Barging In, Josephine Myles’ clever, romantic, and entirely wonderful journey into the world of the boating folk whose lives are lived upon the waterways of England…
Barging In is a book I could read over and over again. Josephine Myles has populated it with loveable heroes, introduced a unique and colorful setting, and infused it with incredible energy and humor. This is a book that just might leave you cheering, and will most certainly reinforce your belief in the power of love.
5 kisses from Lisa at Top 2 Bottom Reviews
This is a character driven story par excellence… I found myself returning to Dan and Robin’s story in my head more than once in the weeks after I finished their story. The story’s originality and the memorable characters won’t make it easy to forget about them anytime soon either. And I’m certainly going to read everything Josephine Myles has published so far and will write in the future!
4.5 stars from Janna at Rarely Dusty Books, and one of her 10 Greatest Discoveries of 2012
Where has Josephine Myles been all my life? It’s been such a joy to read a Myles book; I am in deep obsessing fan love. Her characters are always diverse; her writing filled with such beautiful description and the heat always singes a hair or two… Barging In is splendid and I am happy I read it.
5 Stars from Darien Moya at Pants Off Reviews
I really loved this story and thoroughly enjoyed Dan and Robin. I liked watching them grow both separately and together throughout the book. I especially enjoyed how each learns to not hold back their true self when with the other man…
I thought Barging In was a wonderful story. Great troubled characters who find a way past all their emotional baggage so that they can be together. Hot couple that steams up the page. Fascinating setting described in a way that makes you feel like you are really there. Wonderful writing that made me really feel what the characters were experiencing. Overall, I thought it was a fabulous book that I strongly recommend.
4.75 stars from JayHJay at Joyfully Jay (also voted one of her top five contemporaries in 2011)
Overall, an amazing book. I loved the characters, the descriptive setting, and the passionate interactions between Dan and Robin. I can’t wait to read more from this author!
5 stars from Artemis at MM Good Book Reviews
Rush out and get this great little story. You’ll fall in completely love with Dan and Robin by the end of the book.
5 stars from Tam at Tam’s Reads
At first it was the unusual setting that drew me in (and it is so lovely to read a novel where the setting is so important, and so well-used) but I soon warmed to the characters and spent a very enjoyable day with this engaging novel… Myles’ writing is confident and self-assured… I’d recommend it very highly and look forward to reading more of Josephine Myles’s work.
4.5 Stars from Lindsay at Some old story
I’ve enjoyed a number of the author’s short stories, but a novel is a different kettle of fish. However, there’s no need to worry, because Myles pulls it off with panache, giving us a whole host of memorable characters to get to know. I loved Dan and his unrepentant attitude, and I really felt for Robin, whose past casts such a long shadow…
Readers who enjoy non-US settings will find this book delightful. It’s stuffed to the gills with Britishness and gives a good flavour of our attitudes and of course, our lovely slang Quirky from the start, the book is funny in a deadpan way and there’s plenty of situational humour too, though the comedic aspect never overwhelms the romance or the drama of the unfolding relationship.
4.5 stars from Leslie S at Reviews by Jessewave
Barging In is a delightful book… with an ensemble cast that grabs the reader from the initial crash of two barges and doesn’t let go until the end.
Becky Condit at Mrs. Condit & Friends Read Books
Josephine Myles gives us well-rounded, well-written characters, each with his own insecurities, and his own baggage to deal with…
Watching these two fall in love and deal with the implications of that was amazing. Josephine Myles brings the good and the bad of their relationship to light and it’s a revelation to see Dan and Robin flounder as they come together to make it work.
Layne at BlackRaven’s Reviews
I really enjoyed Barging In. Dan and Robin, along with the secondary characters, are written really well. There is humor and great emotional depth
Helyce at Smexy Books
Excellent m/m romance… This was a story that built slowly, but never felt like it. And make sure you have your hankies handy! Highly recommended.
Chris at Stumbling Over Chaos
NB – You might have seen this novel advertised previously with a different cover (right). It changed four weeks before release at the request of Samhain management, in an effort to increase marketability. Much as I loved the bright and cheery original cover, I have to agree the new one is infinitely superior 😀