Boats in the Night

Boats in the Night coverLike two ships passing in the night—if one was a narrowboat and the other a luxury yacht.

Disgraced private school teacher Giles Rathbourne has been sent home on extended sick-leave and is stuck in a rut of obsessive housework and drinking. His ex may have been a snobbish bastard, but without him, Giles is adrift, rattling around his huge, lonely house. When a dreadlocked narrowboater’s engine breaks down at the end of his canal-side garden, Giles is furious at this invasion of his privacy—for a while.

Smutty might not have ever held down a proper job, but the fire-dancing, free-spirited traveller can recognise an opportunity for mutual benefit when he sees it. Giles’ extensive gardens are in as desperate need of attention as the upper-class hunk is himself, whereas Smutty knows a thing or two about plants and needs a place to moor up.

A simple business arrangement between two men who have nothing else in common? It would be—if they could keep their hands off each other!

Read an excerpt
This novella was written as a serial on my blog, and that version can still be read for free online here. The ebook version has been fully revised and edited.

contemporary gay erotic romance
November 2011, self-published
ebook novella (44,000 words)
Cover art by Lou Harper
Buy links:
Kindle US | Kindle UK | Smashwords

What they’re saying:

ARe Top PickMy favorite thing about this book is its dynamic, three-dimensional characters… They are a fascinating blend of contradictory characteristics that ensures neither can be classified as types. Instead, they seem vividly layered and individualistic… How can we readers not fall in love with these two men? Boats in the Night is not to be missed!
Top Pick from Val Kovalin for All Romance eBooks

Opposites attracting with a cheery British flavour had me reading this story straight through… This was a charming journey, as the two men find the way to be together, and around the barriers to happiness that their pasts have erected. I read this in one sitting, thoroughly engrossed, and wishing I could watch Smutty dance with fire… If Josephine Myles wasn’t already on my must-read list, this story would put her there.
5 Stars from Cryselle at Reviews by Jessewave

All the charm and wit of Josephine Myles’ Barging In is back in Boats in the Night, an opposites attract story that touches on the world of narrowboating but at its essence is the story of two men who seemingly have very little in common… Smutty and Giles are incredibly engaging characters who drew me into their world as I cheered them on, watched them connect, and proved that love truly is the great equalizer.
5 Kisses from Lisa at Top 2 Bottom Reviews

I am a fan of Josephine Myles, there is no doubt. Therefore, for me to say this book, which began as a free serialized story on Ms Myles’ blog, is my favorite of her work means I really loved it… The climax of the book is thrilling, breathtaking, frightening, and a near pass at tragedy. Don’t worry, though, there is an HEA at the end, but these characters have to work for it. I loved this book. Did I mention that already?
5 Sweet Peas from Becky Condit at Mrs Condit & Friends Read Books

Both Smutty and Giles have their wounds and vulnerabilities, but… what looks like total opposites are really complementary, and watching them discover this turned the story into a one-sitting read for me… Josephine Myles’ characterizations are always strong, and her situations always vivid. Once again, she’s created two memorable men in an unique setting, finding their way to love.
5 Delightful Divas from Cryselle at Dark Divas Reviews

Miss Myles writing is superb and honest, the characters are flawed and I find that simply perfect. It was a surprise how much I loved the characters and the story, and kept thinking about them long after I had finished reading about them…
I could not put the book down… The writing moves with wicked fluidity and I was entertained through out, Smutty is one of my new fave characters… Ms Myles just made it on my must authors to read list.
4.5 stars from Darien Moya at Pants Off Reviews (also included in her five top picks of 2011!)

It’s a very sweet story of opposites who bring out the best in each other and make changes in their lives for the better… I was very happy with the way it ended and it was a real pleasure and kept me coming back to it while I was reading.
Tam at Tam’s Reads

Myles did a great job of pulling it all together in a satisfying way.  I really enjoyed the story and would definitely recommend it.
4.5 stars from JayHJay at Joyfully Jay

…the book is so beautiful. The setting was compelling and incredibly vivid, it was obvious that Ms. Myles has some type of personal experience with narrowboats because that part was detailed without being boring, it was like listening to someone talk about their life’s passion… Ms. Myles is a very talented author and I want to read more by her…
Brie at Romance Around the Corner

I enjoyed this story.  Although it has some serious themes, the writing had a light touch to it which made the story move swiftly and meant that the ansgt level wasn’t high.  I liked both main characters and was invested in their story and their romance which left me with a big smile on my face.  If you’re looking for a lovely character based romance then I would recommend Boats in the Night
Jenre at Well Read

This is a very good romance on the very cute and sweet side, so if you do desire something to make you feel warm and carefree, I would suggest Boats in the Night.
Valentina Heart at The Romance Reviews