26 January 2009

REVIEW: JET MYKLES - HEAVEN SENT: PURGATORY

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC (July 30, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1596325127
ISBN-13: 978-1596325128


Summary:

Tall and sleek with gorgeous red hair and deep, dark eyes to drown in, itʼs no wonder that famous bass player, Lucas Sloane, stars in so many dewy-eyed teenagerʼs dreams.

Reese used to be one of those teens—back when Heaven Sent was the house band for the local club, Purgatory. Back then, it was easy to get to know Luc, even become friends with him. But he took it too far, worked up the courage to confess his love to Luc—only to be soundly rejected.

Now, six years later, Lucʼs back in town for a visit and more gorgeous than ever. Much to Reeseʼs surprise, Luc not only apologizes for the way he treated Reese, he also comes onto him! Seems Lucʼs discovered the pleasures of being with a man and wants to know what itʼd be like between the two of them.

But Reese canʼt. He just canʼt. He lives the straight and narrow. He teaches high school math. Heʼs got a girlfriend. A normal life. He canʼt be gay. Of course, itʼs really very hard to deny the man who defines beautiful to Reeseʼs artistic mind.


Review:
After the first story in this 2-1 novel I thought I quenched my first taste in gay erotica. To my astonishment the band members of Heaven Sent didn’t let me go and while I wanted to pick up a suspense novel I was drawn back to the second story which was all about Luc. So I gave into the need and once more opened up to Heaven Sent’s second story, Purgatory.


With the prologue I got a back-story and found out Luc wasn’t always the confident gay man with the flirtatious smile and wicked gleam in his eyes. He shared a life altering moment with Reese and yet he ran away from it…and Reese. Until the band decided to visit their hometown for a week or so. This is where Reese and Luc get reacquainted again…


That electrifying moment between Reese and Luc sizzled from the pages and there was an almost cut-to-the-chase attitude from Luc’s perspective. Luc is at ease with himself, with his sexuality and his wants and needs while Reese keeps throwing obstacles in their way and with good reason. I loved the push and pull they created with each other, there was a rhythm that said: Be at ease and yet heightened every feeling between them with the bright colors of daring to fall in love. Luc with his larger than life persona meets Reese with his mediocre life and hidden pent up feelings and desires. Combined the complement each other and provide a challenge for on another, which delivered a well paced romance that was easily to read.
It seems a recurring theme to have one who is accepting of his nature while the other has a hard time dealing with his feelings and coming out. The romance has its ups and downs and de sensuality is something that added a heat to it which was evident from the get-go of this story. Unknowingly I was already halfway through the story before I looked up again. Not only did Reese and Luc please me with their masculine love dalliance but the setting of the band, in their hometown, learning a bit more about the conception of Heaven Sent in their home court club Purgatory was something I thoroughly enjoyed. Johnnie and Luc are very present as band members while Brent and Darian are almost lost in the background. I hardly get to know them as more then two people with a comment here and there to the main players.


If there is one thing I keep wanting is more background and character information, it keeps the tale light-hearted, fun-filled, definitely erotically charged and laced with emotions but sometimes lacks in depth. It results in an easy-to-read story that made me smile and even laugh at a time or two and the end is thriving on a combination of passion and a heart throbbing moment. While I’m not blown of my socks here Jet Mykles does provide a change of venue. She knows how to give voice to male on male romance with lively and colorful characters in a romance driven story.


Heaven Sent, which contains both Heaven as the story Purgatory, is with its original concept a welcome addition to my Erotica shelf. I look forward to Heaven Sent 2: Hell and Faith and meet up with the band and all the surrounding characters again.


Purgatory is Luc’s story and the promise he contained in Heaven was entirely delivered by the end of his story!


Quote Luc to Reese:
Luc stared intently at his face. “Because I’m comfortable with you. I like being around you. Because you look at me like there’s no one else in the world and make me feel that. […] Because when I’m near you I start to see the colors that you see.”




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