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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book
Josephine Myles has excelled herself with Junk. This is a heart-warming story of a man struggling to find himself among the mountains of books, newspapers and journals he has accumulated in the years since his mother died. What was once comforting and reassuring has taken on a darker aspect.

Jasper is coming to the realisation that the clutter in his home is...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring tale and boring leads, though it is well written.
This is the first book in the Bristol series, but unlike the more recent Scrap, this had not one iota of anything Bristolian that I could detect. On top, unfortunately, the author managed to make the 30yo Jasper sound like a middle-aged saddo, and Lewis had no ambition until about 3 pages from the end.

It was pretty boring, the romance was a non-starter and I...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book, 27 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Junk (The Bristol Collection Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Josephine Myles has excelled herself with Junk. This is a heart-warming story of a man struggling to find himself among the mountains of books, newspapers and journals he has accumulated in the years since his mother died. What was once comforting and reassuring has taken on a darker aspect.

Jasper is coming to the realisation that the clutter in his home is stifling him, both inside and outside his house and turns to Lewis and Carroll for help. At first, Lewis is a striking contrast to Jasper - confident, well put together, very much in control of his life. They don't appear to have much in common but first appearances are deceptive. As Lewis helps Jasper learn how to control his hoarding impulses, Jasper grows in confidence, reaching out for the life he's always wanted. Lewis is less perfect than he appears; he has his own issues, flaws that make him less perfect but much more human.

The setting for the much of the story is Jasper's house. There is a real sense of claustrophobia in the vivid way his house is described; it's almost malevolent, like a monster growing in the dark spaces behind the piles of books. It's a relief when Jasper and Lewis retreat to Yusuf's coffee shop.

The book is called 'Junk', but an alternative title might be 'The Incredible Journey'. Jasper has undertaken a huge task and there's a real sense of just how overwhelming it is. As Jasper clears away the clutter, he reveals mold, old furniture and painful reminders of the past forcing him to confront the pain, anger and grief he has buried with books. As Lewis guides Jasper through the process, he also has to confront some painful truths about himself.

It's wonderful to see how Jasper blossoms as he clears out his house. It's not a quick or easy process, but he doesn't let anything hinder him once he gets going, not even when Lewis nips their relationship in the bud over concerns that Jasper's feelings are nothing more than transference. Jasper is determined to succeed, to force Lewis to see him as an equal not a client. Lewis's journey isn't quite as dramatic but it's important and necessary if he isn't going to lose the best thing that's ever happened to him.

A last point. Having read 2 books in quick succession, both by British authors and set in the UK, that were full of Americanisms, it's a breath of fresh air to read a book using British English. There is a real sense of place in this book and it was lovely to immerse myself in Jasper and Lewis's world with no asses to pull me out of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favourite swear word is "pigging hell", 27 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Junk (The Bristol Collection Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
My new favourite swear word is "pigging hell"

This book is just a Heaven for all Bookworms, like me, in the world...
(Being a former book-seller, I loved it a lot)
Throwing around authors and titles, from old and new literature made my heart squeeeeeeeeeee.

First you have a sweet, adorable book collector/hoarder librarian Jasper, which has filled his house with books, ever since his Moma died.
Enter a pair of twins, named Lewis and Carroll (!)..... Professional clutter clearer and counsellors...

Jasper decides to clean out his house and Lewis is the one that give and gets the attention...
Jasper and Lewis are the perfect couple, we all know it, but they have to go through several stages to get what they want......

As for the people surrounding them, they are a wonderful bunch...
Lewis` twin Carroll is a great girl, independent and wonderful...
Their parents, academic and still hippie `68, that run around naked and embarrass their kids ;)
Yusuf, the coffee maker, that turns out to be so much more and Mas that is Jaspers on/off boyfriend...
All the characters are wonderful and you get a wonderful read here...
This book is great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 31 Aug. 2013
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A book I couldn't put down. I loved the story and the characters... Jasper's characterisation was vivid - I could feel his isolation and his depression and I joined him on his journey. Recommended. Mas's story next, please... :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!, 15 Dec. 2013
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I really enjoyed this. The insight into the mind of a hoarder was fascinating. As a psychologist by profession I learned a lot. Hope others enjoy it too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars good read, 13 Oct. 2013
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Page turner. Not what you would expect but definitely a good read. Would recommend as a light read and not too heavy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring tale and boring leads, though it is well written., 13 April 2015
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This review is from: Junk (The Bristol Collection Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
This is the first book in the Bristol series, but unlike the more recent Scrap, this had not one iota of anything Bristolian that I could detect. On top, unfortunately, the author managed to make the 30yo Jasper sound like a middle-aged saddo, and Lewis had no ambition until about 3 pages from the end.

It was pretty boring, the romance was a non-starter and I wanted to throttle Jasper for being so indecisive. Sorry, but the leads had nothing to recommend them.

Ebook courtesy of Samhain Publishing in return for an honest review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars sweet story, not very demanding, 1 Mar. 2015
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sweet story, not very demanding, usual formula for its type.
I enjoyed it though, enough to buy the follow up "stuff" and pre order "scrap"
if your feeling a bit down, had a hard day at work and need cheering up then this is nice.
I don't feel the author has a clue about how gay guys behave, never mind its only fantasy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars how good was this?????, 7 Oct. 2013
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Loved this, mainly because of the setting. its so nice to read a book set in the UK, whilst not as glamorous as the open range or heady LA, to me it was utterly believable because I know the places and have walked those streets. The characters were so utterly nice, mum and dad reminded me of my family and so I could identify - which I like to do - everything fit into place, Jasper was cured and fell in love and Lewis found what he was looking for amongst all the junk! And in my head they all spoke with that south west accent my lover!! Loved it. Josephine Myles has written some very entertaining books and I look forward to reading more of her work. Thank you Josephine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An original, engrossing and sexy story., 24 Sept. 2013
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On the face of it, a book about a compulsive hoarder is not the stuff dreams are made of. But Jasper, the hoarder, is a subtly drawn character, as is Lewis, the counsellor/hands-on helper who seeks to guide him to make his home once again habitable.
And Jasper's hoarding is not just a few year's supply of back numbers of 'Attitude'. He cannot get into most of the rooms inside his own house; can never throw anything away. That aspect of the story is compelling as the reader longs for Jasper to overcome his demons. For his part, Lewis is torn between his growing sexual attraction to Jasper and his professional duty, as well as his own commitment issues.
With an intriguing cast of characters, a fascinating background story and two complex but sexy central 'heroes', I found this book irresistible - and am busy hoarding more of Josephine Myles on my Kindle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read, 15 Sept. 2013
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I was intrigued by the idea of exploring compulsive hoarding as a theme for a romance story. Although we may not have been able to see Jasper in quite the same romantic light if he'd been hoarding leftover food or some other things less savoury than books & newspapers, it was still an interesting idea and I thought realistically handled. The story managed to convey the right amount of claustrophobia & hopelessness without going over the top with it. How Jasper ended up in his predicament was all too believable. Lewis, his "therapist", made a good foil - very caring but also with his own emotional baggage to deal with.
Withheld the fifth star because I struggle with the concept of "insta-love" (as opposed to "insta-lust" which I do understand!) and I thought the secondary characters (Lewis' family especially) were not very believable.
Recommended.
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