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The Bristol Collection, Book 3

This is perhaps my favorite installment of this series. Dare is a blue collar worker who has a small business on a valuable piece of land. He leads a simple life but a happy one. Grant is a real-estate developer who is attempting to buy the land. Grant does not live a happy life and is struggling with coming out of the closet, losing his marriage, and his children and trying to find out who he really is.

The two men had a run in during the last book in the series but you do not have to have read that book to read this one. This can serve as a standalone. The romance here was a slow build. Grant is quite difficult for much of the book and while you understand what he is doing through you also understand Dare's hesitancy to really get involved with him. This book took on some serious issues and I thought they were all handled really well. I liked that Grant was not your typical romance novel hero. He was a very flawed man. He cheats on his wife, he lies to himself and to those around him and for a while he treats Dare poorly. To me this made the love story all the sweeter when he finally comes around and starts to be true to himself as well as the man he loves.

The story was well written and paced perfectly. I enjoyed both of the MC's despite, as previously stated, Grant was a jerk for part of the book. Their snarky conversations with each other drew me in and I loved watching them slowly fall for each other and start to trust. I liked the side characters and I especially appreciated that Grant's ex-wife was not presented in the stereotypical harpy manner than is usually seen in m/m romances.

As usual for this series I really enjoyed this book. I like that the characters in each of the books are often flawed and they're very human. Each book has a totally different plot with different issues but there are some overlaps in the characters. I highly recommend this book as well as the first two in the series.

Book Blurb for Scrap

When things come to a head, there’s nowhere to go but down…

On the surface, Derek “Call Me Dare” Nelson’s life is simple, doing up custom campervans while living in a slightly illegal caravan in his riverfront yard. When a handsome, smooth-talking developer offers to buy the land out from under his feet, Dare realizes it’s the same man he had to escort home from a party months ago for causing a drunken scene.

Grant Matravers lives a double life, attempting to adjust to weekends as a single, divorced gay man while staying closeted at work. The strain of keeping up the part-time pretense, missing his kids, and now a problematic attraction to the shave-headed, tattooed Dare, has worn his emotional barriers dangerously thin.

Dare blasts through those barriers in a way Grant isn’t prepared for, challenging everything he thought he knew about himself as a gay man. But as their chemistry heats up and the intimacy between them grows, Grant edges toward a decision that could blow up in his face. Exposing a hornet’s nest of complications that could destroy any chance for happily ever after.

Warning: Contains a man desperately in need of redemption, another with a chip on his shoulder the size of an oak tree, frotting in camper vans, a sensual head-shaving scene and several guest appearances from Mas.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2015 4.00