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When Mr. Glad Rags meets Mr. Riches, the result is flaming fun.
The Bristol Collection, Book 2
Tobias “Mas” Maslin doesn’t need much. A place of his own, weekends of clubbing, a rich boyfriend for love and support. Too bad his latest sugar daddy candidate 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, his world starts unraveling…until he stumbles across a vintage clothing shop. Now to convince the reclusive, eccentric owner he’s in dire need of a salesman.
Perry Cavendish-Fiennes set up Cabbages and Kinks solely to annoy his controlling father. Truth be told, he’d rather spend every spare moment on his true passion, art. When Mas comes flaming into his life talking nineteen to the dozen, he finds himself offering him a job and a place to live.
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.
There is something quirky and slightly off and utterly endearing about Jo Myles’ characters. They are imperfect and sometimes awkward to read. But, I find myself engrossed in their oddities and the emotions the characters share on page. It’s almost like this fantasy world in a contemporary setting.
Stuff is the second of the Bristol Collection (book 1 is “Junk”) and we meet again, Mas (Jasper’s sometimes-hookup from book 1).
Mas is a bit ADD, way over the top, and a slightly nutty. I adored him. Mas finds his way into a vintage clothing shop owned by Perry.
Perry is an eccentric artist and collector and shy as they come. I adored him. Perry finds himself intrigued by Mas.
And so starts their working relationship into their love affair.
Perry is one of my favorite shy geeky characters. He’s up there with Victor Bayne and Percival Endicott Whyborne. I mean it…yes, I love him that much. He does something to my heart. He is guarded but wants so badly not to be lonely anymore. Ugh…it hurts me just thinking about it. I want him to be loved and to love so fully. Thank goodness for Mas and his incessant ways.
This story is sweet and it’s patient in how it’s told. It has some funny moments, some cringe-worthy moments, some painful moments, and some massively endearing moments. My heart was worked out and then stretched to fullness by it by the end. And, as a massive plus, it is gloriously British. Love.
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 (*ahem*…maybe another book? :) )