Reviewed by Susan65
Author: Jet Mykles
Series: Heaven Sent #1
Heroes: Johnnie Heaven/Tyler Purcell
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 123 Pages
Publisher: Loose ID
Release Date: May 30, 2006
Available at: Loose ID, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: The Weiss Strande Hotel is in trouble. Business just isn’t what it used to be when Tyler’s father ran the family-owned hotel. On top of business being down, dad’s sick with cancer and bills have skyrocketed.
Desperate to save his family interest, Tyler and his best friend sink their hopes and what’s left of their money into a new venture: a nightclub at the hotel. It’s imperative that the White Room is a success, or else the hotel will go under. Lady Luck seems to be with them, however, because they manage to sign the mega-popular rock group Heaven Sent to play the grand opening.
Already a huge fan of the group, Tyler couldn’t be more excited to welcome them to his hotel. He’s not at all prepared for the bomb of lust that hits him when he’s finally face-to-face with the painfully gorgeous lead singer, Johnnie Heaven. No, it couldn’t be lust. Yes, Johnnie’s probably the most beautiful person he’s ever seen, but Tyler is straight. It must be a misguided form of hero worship that he’s feeling.
Tyler finds out that he and Johnnie share an obsession: video games. When Johnnie invites Tyler to his room to play, Tyler jumps at the chance. Who wouldn’t snap up the opportunity to spend time with their idol? He and Johnnie have a great time with the games, but Tyler soon discovers that Johnnie’s got more in mind. The rock star aims to introduce Tyler to a whole new level of game play.
I really enjoyed this fast-paced rocker story and could kick myself for allowing the cover to dissuade me from reading it sooner. Not only was it a rocker story, which I love, it had a lot of dialogue, another major plus, and it contained a little dub-con, also an instant hit for me. Plus, the cover actually has a meaning, it makes sense, and is relevant to the storyline. In other words, this is a great story that I allowed my preconceived notions sway me away from; don’t make the same mistake.
Johnnie and Tyler are amazing together. I adored Johnnie’s slut-puppy ways trying to turn Tyler to the gay-side. It’s usually the rocker that has the other main character vying for his attention, but in this case, Johnnie, the lead singer of the band Heaven Sent, is working his magic on unsuspecting and totally innocent, Tyler. Normally when I see dub-con as a tag, I think of it in a negative way. But, in this instance, Johnnie sees something in Tyler that Tyler just hasn’t noticed about himself yet. And though Tyler may have been forcefully persuaded to take a walk on the wild side, he enjoyed every minute, so don’t worry that he was raped, he wasn’t.
Johnnie and Tyler are both such enigmatic characters, and I really can’t wait to continue reading this series. I haven’t looked ahead, nor have I read any blurbs, but I am hopeful that we see a lot more of both men. The side characters, both Tyler’s friends and Johnnie’s band mate’s, leave it wide open for additional books that offer a world of possibility, especially Luc. I really can’t wait for his story. But truthfully, I loved this one. I loved the fast pace and the idea that rockers are just as human as the rest of us. It wasn’t a story of entitlement and the rich versus the average man, but more a story of one man learning about and accepting his true identity and another finding the one he loves and realizing he can’t live without. So good and my new guilty pleasure.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*
Great review. I especially liked the way you explained the dub-con tag. It may sound terrible but when I first read the book I was so into the characters and their dynamic that it didn’t even register as dub-con to me. I recommended it to a friend and she jumped on that right away. I usually avoid dub-con so I’m glad I didn’t read the tags before I bought it. It’s still one of my favorite rocker stories.