The Bristol Collection #1
He loves a good book, but he could love a good man more…
When an avalanche of books cuts off access to his living room, university librarian Jasper Richardson has to face up to the truth. His ever-growing heaps of books, magazines and newspaper can’t be classified as a collection any longer. Jasper is a hoarder, and he needs professional help.
Professional clutter clearer and counsellor Lewis Miller thinks he’s seen it all, but even he has to admit he’s shocked. Not so much from the state of Jasper’s house but from the attraction he still feels for the sexy bookworm he went to school with.
However, Lewis’s ethical code forbids relationships with clients, and besides, he’s determined to get over his habit of falling for unsuitable men he hopes to “fix”. But as Jasper continues to make steady progress the magnetic attraction between them is so strong even Lewis has problems convincing himself it’s merely a temporary emotional attachment arising from the therapeutic process.
Jasper is determined to prove to Lewis that this is the real deal. But first he’ll have to explore the root of his hoarding problem—and reveal the dark secret hidden behind his walls of books.
Warning: Contains a level-headed counsellor with a secret addiction, a bespectacled geek with a sweet tooth, a killer “to-be-read” pile, embarrassing parents, a van called Alice, and deliciously British slang.
contemporary m/m romance
27th August 2013, Samhain Publishing
2nd electronic edition 25th May 2017
ebook novel – 87,000 words
Cover art by Lou Harper
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What they’re saying
If you love romantic tension, that squishy, delicious yearning that comes from knowing two people should be together but can’t be quite yet, if your favorite thing in the world is watching the sweet, delicious dance of souls showing their vulnerable sides in hopes of connecting (and of course they do eventually connect)—then this book is for you. Stop what you’re doing and go buy yourself some Junk.
Truly engaging analysis of the mind of a hoarder and the man that loves him… They made such a great pair, including their steamy sex scenes… They had so many deep conversations revolving around Jasper’s hoarding issues, and it was fascinating to get inside of Jasper’s head. It was also great to listen to Lewis analyze Jasper, and then try to come up with the best way to help him. I know this was a full novel, and it sounds greedy, but I still want more of this couple… I absolutely loved this riveting character-based story with its spectacular dialogue.
5 stars from Kindle Romance at The Romance Reviews
A delightful story with vibrant characters and a British touch. I loved the whole idea of this story and its concept. Dealing with a serious issue, but done very sensitively, leading to an entertaining and fascinating read…The characters in this book are vibrant, pithy and really jump out of the pages. You can love every single one of them… This book is wonderful – go read it!
5 stars from Mark at Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
An emotionally rich and compelling story of two men striving to clear the clutter, literal and metaphoric, to make room for true love. I keep re-reading the ending because I love watching them reach for their well-deserved happily ever after… JUNK is a must read for fans of contemporary romance. The process of healing Jasper’s home and life is both gut wrenching and hopeful. Lewis and Jasper are strong and engaging characters. Their personalities and quirks are well-developed giving them vivid personalities… I would love to see these characters again.
Marie Munoz at Fresh Fiction
Once in a while I’ll come across a romance that lives in my mind long after I finished reading the book. Junk by Josephine Myles is one of those books. The characters were easy to love and root for and the storyline was extremely satisfying. If you are looking for a well-written, romantic read then Junk is definitely the book for you!
5+ Kisses from Gabbi at Top 2 Bottom Reviews
I knew from the moment that I read the blurb of Junk that I was going to like this book. Even discounting my love for the books of Josephine Myles, this truly sounded like a unique story being told. Yet, hoarding?… how could that possibly lend itself to a good ol’ gay romance? Turns out it lends itself superbly. Not just because Jasper and Lewis make my knees go weak, or that my inner anglophile has a girlish fit every time I read a book set in the UK. No, this book actually has the audacity to have depth of character and plot… This book took me, my heart, and my head, through a wringing and wonderful journey, and I have no qualms about recommending it to anyone who wants to fall in love vicariously, likes pants-melting kisses, and who is willing to see some of the crazy secrets that hide behind the towers of literary genius.
5 stars from Carissa at The Blog of Sid Love
I feel as though I say this every time I review a Josephine Myles book, but it’s always true, the character development is fantastic. You really get to know both Jasper and Lewis… Junk is everything I was hoping for. I loved how the author used the public’s fascination with hoarding disorders as the gateway to delve into the deeper issues. It’s exactly the type of character-driven romance I expect from Josephine Myles. Recommended
Andrea at Reviews by Jessewave
Few books have the power to make you look critically at your own life, Junk is one of them. There is no doubt this book is at times heart wrenching, full of emotional turmoil and internal conflict. But this is a book by Jo Myles! Along with the strife, there are also laugh out loud situations, hilariously awkward family interactions, and sweet, steamy sex. This is the complete package for me as a reader, the only problem I had was it ended. Very highly recommended.
“A List” from Jules at Gay List Book Reviews
What really made my heart beat faster was the intertextuality in this novel: the frequent references to literary works, both classic as contemporary fiction, came as a nice and unexpected present for me as a reader with a Master in Literature… Junk is a rich and thoughtful story disguised as a sweet and moving romance. Its plot is well paced and balanced. Myles voice is addicting and her latest book is definitely well worth reading more than once, thanks to its impressive, multilayered, entertaining and engrossing qualities.
4.5 stars from Janna at Rarely Dusty Books
Hoarding… a topic of our times. Junk is an impressive story, tastefully written, of this ailment and the journey to controlling the hoarding urges. It is also a love story… It is so tactfully written, the descriptions might apply to lovers of any mix of genders. Gentle, tender and passionate are few adjectives to describe the love scenes. A complete story that I thoroughly enjoyed.
5 stars from Gardenia at Long and Short Reviews
Josephine Myles has fast become a favorite author of mine. I can always count on her to bring me quirky characters with interesting issues to overcome. In Junk, she does this brilliantly…This author once again took a somewhat odd choice for a subject and spun a believable tale that gave me characters that I could relate to in such a way that I felt invested in the outcome. Secondary characters were perfect-providing much needed support to Jasper and kicking Lewis in the ass when he needed it!
Helyce at Smexy Books
This book had me on the dedication. “For everybody who’s ever bought a book they know they’ll probably never get around to reading”. Don’t we all know that feeling?
Recommended Read from Sirius at Dear Author
Junk is a fascinating story and Myles does a fabulous job here showing Jasper’s hoarding and how that affects him and his life.
4.25 stars from JayHJay at Joyfully Jay