When the boat's a rockin', don't come knockin'!
Out-and-proud travel writer Dan Taylor can't steer a boat to save his life, but that doesn't stop him from accepting an assignment to write up a narrowboat holiday. Instead of a change of pace from city life, though, the canal seems dull as ditchwater. Until he crashes into the boat of a half-naked, tattooed, pierced man who...more
Dan is an out and proud travel writer. Growing up in a poor neighbourhood with lots of family conflict has lead him to believe (and enjoy) a life with no commitment. His latest assignment is aboard a narrowboat exploring the beautiful waterways and the eccentric and colourful characters who navigate the...more
The pace was too slow for me and I didn't really connect with the characters nor was I drawn into the story. I felt no magical spark between Dan and Robin and their first sexual encounter, was so not hot or sexy. The lack of preparation as in just spit for lubrication was a complete turn off, that encounter did not sit well with me. What I did like was the vivid description of the waterways, boats and scenery oh and of course Morris!
Tattoos, piercings and an attitude problem are something that never gets old with me. Add an accent and an unconventional setting and I'm completely hooked and won over. Josephine Myles was an author whose work I've never read before, but I did catch her blog post or two and just based on that, I had high expectations. One thing she didn't do is disappoint.
Dan is a man who has his life planned and is perfectl...more
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. I am all about the pants losing, but I think I might have lost my underwear with this one. Barging In is splendid and I am happy I read it.
Dan Taylor is on an assignment to write up an article on boa...more
Josephine Myles gets the ambience just right, and the boats are lovely - made me want to take a boating holiday next summer!
I think some of the less enthusiastic reviews for this book come from people who cannot empathise with the setting and the different pace of life in Britain. Not much in the line of car chases, gun-toting enemies or gangs are found here as a rule, and th...more
Travel writer Dan Taylor has a new assignment covering boating holidays in a rented narrowboat he isn't quite sure how to steer. He spots gorgeous Robin Hamilton chopping wood along the water and is instantly attracted to the tattooed and pierced man. Unfortunately, too much ogling leads Dan to run his boat right into Robin's.
Robin isn't thrilled to deal with an unskilled city boy boater, and is even less thrilled later in the day when Dan ge...more
I really appreciated the way the relationship between Dan, the journalist, and Robin, the boater, developed. The two are out of sync for all the story, but not in a too dissonant way. You can see that they’re trying to overcome their doubts and fears to get to the coveted result, even when they can’t name what it is yet.
They fall in lust quickly, but they both have to earn th...more
The two most important things for me in any book are character and the writing. Jo created a couple of protagonist who are the ideal foils for each other. Dan and Robin are seemingly far apart, both in their backgrounds and current life styles, but they push each other’s buttons just right. There is...more
Why I didn't like the first half? I didn't like (actually flat out disliked) the two main characters. Robin was just a complete ass, and despite Dan continually saying he wanted to conquer him or whatever, I wasn't buying it. I didn't feel a connection, and Dan acted like he knew Robin wanted him, but really, he was kind of a dick most of the time. So I w...more
A "Live Your Life, Buy The Book" Review
Dan Taylor is a travel writer that takes an assignment to cover a narrowboat holiday. Dan knows nothing about boating other than the brief lesson given by the people where he hired the boat. While making his way along the canal he is distracted by the sight of a hunky, tattooed man chopping wood. He is so distracted he runs into the man’s narrowboat. Not exactly the best first impression.
Robin Hamilton is the owner of the boat, Serendipity. The one D...more
The whole thing was really quite...more
I have spent some time on a narrowboat (as one of those tourists that drive Robin up the wall) and can only regret that my luck in finding a sexy tattooed man wasn’t as good...more
The erotic wood-chopping we are warned of brings Robin and Dan together – literally, with a collision and snarling. From this inauspicious beginning wonderful things bloom. Dan's out, footloose, a...more
My second struggle was with the characters themselves. I found it difficult to like them. Dan got offended at being called a slut after stating he doesn't do monogamy, so he had...more
This was a fun, quirky little story. All the way to the end the guys managed to surprise me and keep me on my toes. Dan is a sort of man-of-the-world type, while Robin may be travelling up and down waterways of England, but his view of the world is decidedly different. At first glance one could think these two have nothing in common, however...
There were a lot of weird English idioms and phrases that made...more
Both Dan and Robin are not typical romance protagonists that readers would instantly like. It takes awhile to get used to them and to see from their point of view, taking into account of their upbringing and baggage. Robin, who brought up in an upper middle class family, but became a boater, is especially,...more
1. It's so entertaining I can't wait to get back to it. Check
2. It's a great story, one I want to share. Check
3. It's told by a great story teller (you'd be surprised how many great stories are poorly told). Check.
4. I learned something new about the world and about how others live. Check.
5. The characters are well rounded and I'll miss them. Check.
This is truly a love story and I'll be looking for more...more