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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

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Published September 1st 2011 by Samhain Publishing
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MandyM
4.75 stars. Wonderful story that uses an English holiday setting and two gorgeous, emotionally damaged guys, to weave a very satisfying tale about learning to trust your man and giving in to love.

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
Ami
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Vio
2.5 stars

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!

Arthur
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Valentina Heart
This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.

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
Chris
Excellent m/m romance about a somewhat slutty travel writer who's rented a narrowboat for a week so he can write about and photograph life on the canals. When he (literally) runs into a hunky, prickly boater who takes an instant dislike to him, things get a lot more interesting... for both of them. This was a story that built slowly, but never felt like it. And make sure you have your hankies handy! Highly recommended.
Simsala
Sometimes I think the (my) 3 star ratings are the worst books.
Nothing`s really wrong,they have all the right ingredients,a promising story but the spark doesn`t ignite. - Lukewarm.
DarienMoya
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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
Natalie
Nov 09, 2012 Natalie marked it as dnf
DNF. I don't hate it, but it's just not grabbing my attention either. With so many other books to read, it's time for me to move on.
Tam
Sep 21, 2011 Tam rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
Dan is a journalist who is doing an article about barging on the canal near Bath. He's pretty hopeless at it really, and literally runs into hottie Robin, who lives on his boat. He's surly and not impressed with idiot tourists, however before long, self-professed slut Dan, with no interest in a relationship, and firmly-bi Robin, have agreed to spend the week together, no strings. Well, we all know how that goes right? At first Robin comes across as a bit of an ass, and Dan is a good-time Charlie...more
Jenre
I've put off writing this review for a few weeks now. Not because I didn't like the book but at around the time I was thinking about reviewing there were several reviews of the book posted on other sites, many of which were saying exactly what I was going to say. So, I decided to hold off. It's an interesting experience waiting a while to review a book because your perception of it changes the longer you leave it. Some books fade into only a vague remembrance and others, like this one, remain st...more
Sue
I was really happy to read a gay romance set in England, especially such a quintessentially English setting as the canals.
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
Beck
This was a really enjoyable read. I found it very easy to like the 2 main characters (Robin & Dan) & the secondary characters were well fleshed out too. I loved the setting of the book as I have always had a dream of living on a river barge so I was predisposed to like the book because of that anyway. The other thing I liked about the story was that the men were, well, men ... not women with willies (if you know what I mean). Having said that, they also had real emotions & feelings t...more
Auggy
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Jayhjay
This review was originally published at Joyfully Jay.

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
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
This story is lovely. The blurb is extremely accurate, I love the disclaimer, so I won’t go into the details of the story.

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
Lou Harper
Jo is a good friend of mine, and I’ve had the fortune to follow the progress of this book from the beginning, so I have no claim to impartiality. Still, I have to say: Barging In is a damn good book.

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
Sandra
2.5 stars This is a really hard book to review. The first half was 1.5 to 2 stars and the second half was 3.5 to 4 stars, so I averaged it out.

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
LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
4 Stars
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
Julie Bozza
A well-told romance about two men, neither of whom are expecting to find love, with a terrific setting in the narrow boat community around Bath in England. I enjoyed learning about both characters and watching them grow closer together, and also enjoyed their relationships with their families - especially Robin's with his mother. The details of the setting were thorough and vivid, so it was no surprise to learn that the author once lived on a narrow boat herself.

The whole thing was really quite...more
Maygirl7
I just loved this! So much so that I just stayed up until 1 despite having to work tomorrow. The first time I started this book I just could not get into it. Don't know why it was different this time, but it worked perfectly for me, and I fell in love as Dan and Robin did.
Shannon
I honestly don't know what took me so long to read this book. I really enjoyed it! Really loved Robin's vulnerability and Dan's total lack of sexual morals. Interesting look on the boating culture as well. Enjoyable, not too angsty and hot sex. Yum!
Veronica /  V
Sep 01, 2012 Veronica / V marked it as sorry-not-for-me
cheating, I don't like it in my stories at all:(
Lindsay
I bought this book straight after reading the sample - I seem to be doing that a lot lately. At first it was the unusual setting that drew me in (and it is so lovely to read a novel where the setting is so important, and so well-used) but I soon warmed to the characters and spent a very enjoyable day with this engaging novel.

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
Cryselle
Who knew there was an entire subculture living a gypsy life aboard long, thin boats on the canals of England? Or that some of them were so darn sexy? Josephine Myles treats us to a peek through Robin Hamilton's reluctant romance with Dan Taylor, travel writer and terrible noob long-boater in Barging In.

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
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Jul 06, 2013 Barb ~rede-2-read~ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Barb ~rede-2-read~ by: Lily
I loved this story. Dan was a self-stated slut, a party man who didn’t do relationships – never had and never will. He’s a freelance writer and is assigned to do an article on traveling the waterways in a narrow boat (defined as a narrow and short barge). His first encounter with the boating community is when he accidentally bumps into the narrow boat owned by Robin, a stunning, muscular young men with a chest covered in tattoos. That’s actually why he bumped into Robin’s boat – he was busy sali...more
Pia Veleno
Some of my trouble was the dialect. Termslike bloke, mate, arse, sound campy to me (don't ask why, but it is what it is). Other UK terms simply distracted me as I tried to figure out what was being said. So, that being said, if you know and don't mind this stuff, take my rating with a grain of salt and a shot of tequila.

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
Susan Laine
Dan and Robin. The shameless tart and the repressed boatman. And yet they are both way 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
thelastaerie
An interesting read, even though it's a bit too long. While the romance is enticing and sex is hot, it's the depiction of the boaters community that is the most fascinating part of the story.

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
Karen Grage
I don't give five stars out very much. In order to earn them a book needs to have five things.

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
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“He couldn't wait to get back home.
Home wasn't London.
Home was wherever Robin was.”
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