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 worlds 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.
Warning: Contains an eccentric, bumbling Englishman, a gobby drama queen, fantastic retro clothing, scary fairies, exes springing out of the woodwork, and a well-aimed glass of bubbly. Written in brilliantly British English.
When Josephine Myles put out a call for people to review her new book Stuff, I did something I've never done before - I pulled the Brit card. That is to say I pounced on the chance and used being a fellow Brit as an excuse to keep the opportunity to review it from the other Unicorns. It wasn't easy, there are A LOT of Josephine Myles fans in the stable. Did I feel guilty? Not in the slightest - heck, I'll send 'em some porn or something to keep them quiet. But the result was, I got the chance to read and review Stuff. Oh yeah, oh yeah - and it was worth every bit of greedy manipulation on my part.
Stuff is the second book in The Bristol Collection. It is a follow up to Junk and, though both books can be read independently, it was nice meeting Jasper and Lewis again. However, you didn't have to know them to get this story. I was a huge fan of Junk, but....come closer, shhh....don't tell anyone - I think I liked Stuff even more. Why? Well mainly because of Mas, who we also met in Junk.
Mas is the MC along with Perry. Mas is - in the authors words - a gobby drama queen. But he's a gobby drama queen with a heart of pure gold and I defy anyone not to fall in love with him. You know what though, if you do, hands off I saw him first. Mas is funny, kind, dramatic and loving. He's my kind of MC. Perry also is lovable. Bumbling and eccentric and goofy in his own way. He has heart - he just needs Mas to set his soul free. Free from the burden of his heritage and family. Free to be the Perry he really is inside.
The gay/out-for-you storyline is lovely. It didn't feel like a tired old rehash, but sweet and genuine. There was a whole cast of great characters and it was written in Brilliantly British English. If you liked Junk, you'll love this. I want more Mas, I know we've had his story but I'm not quite ready to let him go yet.
I'm so glad I grabbed this one and just hope the rest of the unicorns start talking to me soon.
A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.