Title: The Bristol Collection, Book 1: Junk
Author: Josephine Myles
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Characters: Lewis Miller, Jasper Richardson
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Letting go is the first step to healing…or bringing it all crashing down.
The Bristol Collection, Book 1
When an avalanche of books cuts off access to his living room, university librarian Jasper Richardson can no longer ignore the truth. His ever-growing piles of books, magazines and newspapers can no longer be classified as a “collection”. It’s a hoard, and he needs professional help.
Professional clutter clearer and counselor Lewis Miller thinks he’s seen it all, but even he has to admit he’s shocked. Not so much by the state of Jasper’s house, but by the level of attraction he still feels for the sexy bookworm he remembers from school.
What a shame that Lewis’s ethical code forbids relationships with clients. As Jasper makes slow but steady progress, though, the magnetic pull between them is so strong even Lewis is having trouble convincing himself it’s a temporary emotional attachment arising from the therapeutic process.
Jasper longs to prove to Lewis that this is the real deal. But first he’ll have to lay bare the root of his hoarding problem…and reveal the dark secret hidden behind his walls of books.
Contains a level-headed counselor with a secret addiction, a bespectacled geek with a sweet tooth, a killer “to-be-read” pile, embarrassing parents, a van called Alice, and deliciously British slang.
I’m ashamed to say that this is only the second book I’ve read by Josephine Myles, but after reading Junk by her, I’m going to quickly rectify it. I was absolutely gripped within the contents of this story. Between the well-written characters and the thought-provoking storyline, I quickly read this book from start to finish without interruptions.
The blurb does an excellent job at describing the book, so I won’t rehash a lot of it. Instead, I thought I’d discuss why I loved this book and why it’s one of my favorites that I’ve read this year.
Jasper has gone through the motions of life. Although, he loves his job as a librarian, he needs to keep and horde neglected books and magazines have taken control over his life. He lives in shame and fear that people will discover his secret and dreams of being free of his need to horde books and live a normal life. When he finally gets the courage to call a professional clutter clearer, Jasper is surprised when a guy he went to school with, Lewis, is the person who has come to help him. Embarrassed, but determined to rid his life of clutter, the two men work together to clear out the both physical and mental chaos in Jasper’s life.
What I really loved about this book was how much I really adored both heroes. Both Jasper and Lewis are sympathetic and likeable men who live and breathe off of the written page. I also appreciated how the author didn’t sweep both Jasper and Lewis’ problems under the rug. As the story progressed, there are issues both men must deal with if they want to achieve personal growth, so there can be something special between them. The story itself flows smoothly as does Jasper and Lewis’ romance and it was very easy for me to become captivated by the story they had to tell.
Once in a while I’ll come across a romance that lives in my mind long after I finished reading the book. Junk by Josephine Myles is one of those books. The characters were easy to love and root for and the storyline was extremely satisfying. If you are looking for a well-written, romantic read then Junk is definitely the book for you!
Reviewed By: Gabbi