When Mr. Glad Rags meets Mr. Riches, the result is flaming fun.
Tobias “Mas” Maslin 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…
Warning: Contains an eccentric bumbling Englishman, a gobby drama queen, fantastic retro clothing, scary fairies, exes springing out of the woodwork, and a well-aimed glass of bubbly. Written in brilliantly British English.
contemporary m/m romance
27th May 2014, Samhain Publishing
Second electronic edition 8th June 2017
ebook novel – 93,000 words
Cover art by Lou Harper
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What they’re saying
Stuff… celebrates the artfully quirky as an ultra-outgoing optimistic British commoner and an upper-class recluse find love over an odd collection of stuff. Both Mas and Perry are delightful characters, ones that readers will want to meet in real life… Readers will fall in love not only with [them] but also with the environment that makes them shine and thrive.
A Desert Isle Keeper from Pat Henshaw at All About Romance
Jo Myles’ authentic style and language makes me laugh, more than almost any other author around… If you’re looking for a love story with enough quirks to make it different, some gorgeous clothes, wonderful humour, pies, and British insights, Stuff is for you. It’s great.
4.5 Stars from Karen at Scuttlebutt Reviews
When I pick up a book by Josephine Myles, I know that I will be taken on a journey where I will definitely be entertained. Ms. Myles characters are always quirky and odd, but at the same time very endearing-so much so that they pull you in… Sweet and romantic with many humorous moments made this a very enjoyable read.
Helyce at Smexy Books
Oh I adored this book! It was far more lighthearted than Jasper and Lewis’ story, but it had its share of drama to balance out the fun. Mas and Perry are wonderful characters and I’m so glad Jo shared them with me. Thank you, Jo, for a great addition to the series.
Christy Duke at Rainbow Book Reviews
Dear lordy, I loved this book. Probably even more than I loved Junk… For all that this book was over 350 pages, it seemed like a quick read because I just had so much fun while reading it… Even if you haven’t read Junk I would recommend that you read this.
5 Stars from Carissa at Love Bytes Reviews
Once again Jo Myles delivers a thoroughly entertaining read with rich, vibrant characters and a sweet story about how determination and teamwork can make a success of any situation… For me the strength of Jo’s books and writing always lies in her characters. Characters to love, to laugh with, to get frustrated with, to sympathise with, to adore, to cuddle, basically Jo lifts the characters from the pages and brings them to Technicolor life.
5 Stars from Mark at Sinfully Sexy Books
I thoroughly enjoyed this charming story. Once again packed with humor, emotion, and tons of Britishisms, I loved every minute of it. Myles’s writing style is so easygoing and witty, I will absolutely be reading more of her work! I definitely recommend the Bristol Collection, and Stuff in particular.
Jules Lovestoread at Mrs. Condit and Friends Love Books
It’s rare that I’m so touched by a story that I don’t want to read anything for awhile afterward (aka “book hangover”). But, Stuff did that to me. I wanted to just sit and remember Perry. I wasn’t ready to move on from him. Even now, I want more time with him. Can I have some more time with Perry, Ms. Myles?
Susan at Boys in Our Books
Josephine Myles writes hysterically funny characters who are identifiably English. I love the way she plays with idioms and phrases to create that humour… There were times when I thought, ‘Oh no, is she going to use that old plot device?’ However, Ms Myles avoided them each time and I enjoyed being fooled… This is a quirky, sweet, romantic read and one which I really enjoyed.
Beverley at Prism Book Alliance
Mas is funny, kind, dramatic and loving. He’s my kind of MC. Perry also is lovable. Bumbling and eccentric and goofy in his own way. He has heart – he just needs Mas to set his soul free… The gay/out-for-you storyline is lovely. It didn’t feel like a tired old rehash, but sweet and genuine. There was a whole cast of great characters and it was written in Brilliantly British English. If you liked Junk, you’ll love this.
5 stars from Lorix at Boy Meets Boy Reviews
I found myself laughing and smiling throughout this entire book. STUFF became an escape for me, taking my mind off the hassles of real life and throwing me into a world that was as fun and as carefree as its characters. Brimming with life, STUFF completely took me by surprise with its charm and presence. From now on, Josephine Myles will be an auto- buy author for me.
Annie Tegelan at Fresh Fiction
I loved Mas and Perry and found them such a fun couple. I love opposites attract stories and especially love a good geeky hero so I really liked these men together. And I really loved following along as the shop undergoes its transformation.
4.5 Stars from Jay at Joyfully Jay
This was a wonderful continuation of the Bristol series, and I absolutely fell head over heels for Mas. Josephine Myles did a wonderful job of bringing this little store, and the men that run it, to life… These two brought out the best in each other and the people around them… I would highly recommend this book, and I hope there will be more from all of these wonderful characters in the future.
5 Stars from Jackie at The Novel Approach
Watching the two of them fumble into their happily ever after was so much fun I started reading it again as soon as I finished the first round. If you’re looking for a quirky, quaint, feel-good read—with a healthy dose of British charm—this is a book to pick up.
Stuff is a charming romance, light on angst, with two endearing MCs. Their romance was delightful… The descriptions of Perry’s art and the shop as it transforms under Mas’s careful hand are beautiful and make them almost characters in the book. A wonderful, gentle story that was a joy to read.
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