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Boats in the Night

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  333 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Like two ships passing in the night--if one was a narrowboat and the other a luxury yacht.

Disgraced private school teacher Giles Rathbourne has been sent home on extended sick-leave and is stuck in a rut of obsessive housework and drinking. His ex may have been a snobbish bastard, but without him, Giles is adrift, rattling around his huge, lonely house. When a dreadlock
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Published November 16th 2011 by Josephine Myles (first published November 15th 2011)
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I often times start reading a book without expecting anything extraordinary, the blurb sounds interesting and I say to myself “yep, go ahead and read it”. In most circumstances, the book is just an all right read, and then you have those other times when you get so much more than expected. This time was one of those, Boats in the Night captured a piece if me. Miss Myles writing is superb and honest/>More
Dec 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: omg-wtf-bbq, mm
This book reminded me of the Timotei commercials of yore. Of course, some dweeb has felt an urge to put those on youtube, so even if you did not live in Europe in the eighties, here is your chance to catch up:

There is a bit less sweeping of the long blond hair, of course, but the whole sweet, syrupy corny feel is there. This book is so mild you can wash your hair with it as often as you wish!

No seriously (I'll try, anyway), everything bad that happens to the MCs in this boo
Dec 09, 2011 rated it liked it
I had to stop and think about the rating of this book if I could it would be 3.5 stars but 3 will suffice.


Firstly, I do have a big soft spot for M/M books. Ms Myles writing was to the point and the editing was good, so were the lack of typos making me a happy reader. The language was excellent and the story was nice. The setting was pretty, to me Giles' home, Nunnery House, sounded lovely. As a keen gardener I loved the gardening aspect of the book and how grounded tha
Josephine Myles
Nov 12, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This novella was written as a serial on my blog, and that version can still be read for free online here. However, the ebook version has been fully revised and edited.
Dec 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

I know what you’re going to say, another British m/m author? Well, yes! I’m on a binge and I’m loving every part of it. There’s something about British writers that’s quite unique, not just m/m authors but romance in general, and Ms. Myles is one of them. Maybe you have heard of her before because her novel Barging In made the rounds in a lot of review blogs and everyone had nice things to say about it, so when I was presented with the opportunity
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
This review was originally published on my blog Joyfully Jay.

I really loved Josephine Myles' recent novel Barging In, so when I heard she had a new story out that also takes place in the narrowboat community (although not in the same "world"), I was eager to pick it up. This story also features opposites attract, a trope I really love, so I was doubly excited.
Giles Rathbourne is coming off a long-term relationship that ended badly and left him on a leave of absence from his teaching job
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
Giles and Smutty are opposites in every way—you'd think. Giles comes from money and lives in the ancestral house, which he's trying to take care of himself. The light bulbs are dusted, but the gardens are going to jungle, because Giles' obsessive cleaning keeps him indoors, fretting and drinking, trying to wash away the pain his stuck-up ex left behind. He's got a trace of whimsy, nearly dead and buried under the weight of Fabian's disapproval, but still hanging on, or he would never have gone o ...more
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
4.5 stars

For those readers who were fascinated by the long-boat culture in Barging In will enjoy this second foray into the experience, although most of the action takes place off-boat. Giles' life kind of sucks. His ex left him and after a drunken flip-out on his students he's been put on administration leave. He spends his days obsessively cleaning and his nights drinking himself to sleep. He's not impressed when the freaky guy in the long boat ends up at the end of his garden, alt
Serena Yates
Dec 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: gay
This is a cute, romantic story about two men who are fundamentally different. Yet, they both have quirks that make it difficult to live with other people. Interestingly, after some very amusing initial resistance and friction, it turns out that they can deal with each other extremely well.

Giles is a teacher at a private school: sedentary, set in his ways, and has been rejected by a snobbish ex. Without him, he is even more lost than normal and, forced to endure sick leave, doesn't qu
~ Lei ~ Reading Is An Adventure ~
This is the second narrowboat read I've read from this author Barging in Barging in by Josephine Myles and I enjoy the characters and the stories.

At first blush, Giles and Smutty have nothing in common, but digging deeper, they surprisingly have more in common than they thought - Smutty doesn't drink or very little (view spoiler) ...more
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
After reading Barging In, this story set in the same community adds even greater fascination to me. I also like the pairing here more - a very satisfying and believable "opposites attract" pair.

Giles is as uptight as one can imagine an upper middle class Englishman can be, and then there's the lively and free-spirited Smutty to light up the story and Giles's life. Their shared hurt in the past give them the rare common ground for affection to blossom and I love seeing the change, especially on
Feb 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-e-things, lgbtq, queer
2.5 stars. I was after something light and low-stress and easy to read, and this kept me nicely entertained for a few hours. Because it's by Josephine Myles, it's nicely written and engaging and diverse. This book was pleasant, but it became quite melodramatic and I had a lot of niggles, especially about the unrealistic and overly dramatic ending. There were many things that made me raise my eyebrows. Not my favourite by this author, but it was pretty good for the first three-quarters.
Feb 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-romance
Boats in the Night is a gentle romance about two men with different personalities and social background. I enjoyed Giles’ snobbish remarks, his awkwardness and insecurities; I loved Smutty’s dreads and tattoos, the fire dance and the hippy aspects of his life.
What I liked least were the “Big Coincidence” at the end and the insta-cure for Giles’ alcoholism.
All things considered, it’s an easy read.
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay, ebook, romance, done, 2011, arc
Very good m/m romance about a guy who's not really doing so well since his boyfriend left him a month ago. He's dealing with a hangover when he hears a bunch of noise at the base of his garden and discovers a broken-down narrowboat, with a most fascinating owner...
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Sweet, a little unlikely in the coincidences department, but I wanted something gentle and hot and this was perfect.
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable read. Didn't' see that lovely plot twist at the coming though. I think my mouth was hanging open for a few seconds before I could read on.
Page Crusherz
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
very cute. Myles is becoming a new fave. Likable MCs, slightly impractical twists, but sexy and fun.
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 0000-sh-recs
3.5 stars
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Price drop to $0.99 (from $3.99!) at Amazon US and ARe!!! 2/22/14 :)
Very good chemistry. I saw that Fabian twist a mile away, but I still enjoyed the whole story. It helped that I was in a narrowboat mood (poor Freya though).

Tag explanation - Interracial: "Smutty" (view spoiler) is half Maori (New Zealand) and half white (Essex, England).
Joy Shafer
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Well-written, heart-warming, and wonderfully laugh-out-loud funny. I love an opposites-attract romance, and Jo does a great job of bridging the gap between Giles and Smutty. Well-paced, light read with some hot scenes. Enjoyed this one immensely.
Jes Jester
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Engaging author.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Very sweet, about two rather naive men,
Valentina Heart
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.

BOATS IN THE NIGHT is another romantic story by Josephine Myles, and while it wasn't quite as brilliant as Barging In, it was very good. I found the two to be similar. The author has a certain love for unusual men who prefer to drift in life and attract attention with their extraordinary looks.

Smutty is a man who moves around the world, experiencing one adventure after another, not all of them good but m
Elisa Rolle
The title is quite evocative of what happened with this book, Boats in the Night who met, maybe even brush, but then go on their respective paths far from each other. I had this book in my reading list from probably the first week it was out, and for a reason or the other delayed the read, until I realized it was almost 2 years. There wasn’t really any specific reason, moreover, as soon as I started it, I realized this is exactly the story I like, cute, tender, just that touch of angst, but noth ...more
giles has been suspended from his job as a teacher because he went to work drunk when his boyfriend broke up with him and told his students and the people that he worked with what he thought of them. smutty has just bought a river boat from a friend, and it conks out on his first run. when giles comes down to see who is trespassing on his lawn, smutty makes a colourful impression. smutty finds out that it's not a quick fix, so he agrees to clean up giles' garden in order to repay
Dec 08, 2011 rated it liked it
My favorite thing about Ms. Myles writing is that she somehow manages to make the setting a character in the story. I enjoyed the canal, the fire juggling and the MCs were sweet. What I didn't like was the Big Coincidence. Followed by the smaller coincidence. All in all, I did enjoy the book. I stayed up until the wee hours finishing it because I just couldn't put it down. And once again, I am looking forward to Ms. Myles next offering which I will happily pay for. Boats in the Night was a gift ...more
Bruin Fisher
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Boats in the Night is a great story, I knew I would enjoy it from the first time I heard of it. Jo Myles is a really skilfull writer, so anything by her merits my attention, and a story set in the world of narrowboats is always going to interest me. The particular stretch of water in which the story is set is one I know well, so I simply had to read the book.

Despite all the above motivation for reading, it could have been a disappointment, of course, but I had no need to worry on tha
Brian Williams
Jan 26, 2012 rated it liked it
This is an good beach/rainy afternoon read because it has a happy ending after a tortured love story: poor gypsy/hippie meets rich toff. The Giles/Smutty man on man sex scenes are a highlight for sure. There was no explanation of why Giles was at home on sick leave (was it deleted from the Kindle version?) Did he come on to some student (totally out of character)?? Who knows and the author isn't telling? I haven't yet decided whether the Fabian/Finn connection and man/woman marriage is too over ...more
Apr 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Sweet romance between two adult men with lots of baggage and the baggage comes back to visit.
There was more then a little aggressive non-consensual sex going on before we meet our main characters which is correctly described as rape, but the sweet clueless Giles Rathbourne. Giles is so clueless in social interactions, but sees black and white about the rape that happened to Smutty and turns out to other people which made me fall in love with Giles. I liked Smutty too, but he really was too
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