Author: Jet Mykles
Publisher: Loose Id
Rating: 4 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Tyler has never worked for a great house, let alone one with the history and prestige of Rose Hall. He feels unqualified for the post of footman, but hopes his experience as concierge of a fine hotel might count in his favor.
Following the deaths of his parents, Earl Johnathan “Johnnie” Rose has come into his inheritance. Now he’s returned home to Rose Hall with his siblings to settle in as lord of the manor and earl of Roseton. Then his eye falls on the stunning new footman with the blond curls and shy smile. From that moment, Lord Johnnie’s intention to settle in takes on a whole new meaning.
Longing for a relationship more intimate than master to servant, and determined to taste those pretty lips, Johnnie offers Tyler a promotion as his personal valet. Thrilled by the promotion and the chance to tend his lord, Tyler’s naivete and sense of propriety don’t let him see the offer for what it is–until he’s lured into the earl’s bed.
Review: Tyler has to help his family. He moves back home and takes a job in service to the local Earl. The earl, Johnathan Rose, has been thunderstruck by his new footman. He can’t stop himself from offering Tyler the position of Valet, even though the guy really doesn’t have enough experience. Mr. Faith, his butler, knows exactly what Johnnie is up to. Eventually, despite having no experience with men, Tyler willingly enters into a romantic relationship with Johnnie. Tyler and Johnnie are quite happy together. Their relationship isn’t illegal, but it wouldn’t be looked upon with acceptance, either. Johnnie is an earl. Tyler is common and in Johnnie’s employ. It soon becomes apparent Johnnie is expected to marry. Not at some point in the distant future, but the royal family has actually chosen someone they feel would be a good wife. Tyler and Johnnie both have a lot to think about.
If you’re a fan of Jet Mykles’ Heaven Sent series this new series will be a fun read for you. It’s like one giant Easter egg. This was not an exact retelling of Tyler and Johnnie’s story, but there are distinct similarities. It was really nice seeing them falling in love again for the first time. Yeah, that can be read many ways, but I enjoyed it.
Most of the characters from the original series have been introduced. Lucas Sloane has already been shown to be a charming rogue, but his Reese is a bit more vivacious than he was in the original series. Reese is also now Johnnie’s brother. As well as Brent’s brother. Their sister is Gretchen. In addition to the characters themselves the setting is drastically different. They’re not contemporary rock stars. This book is historical, after a fashion. It’s an alternate reality where homosexuality is legal, even if it’s not condoned.
This book is fun and relatively low angst. Tyler and Johnnie, meet, they fall in love, and they get over their issues with very minimal pain along the way. Mostly, it’s a fun read. It’s especially fun if you love the guys from Heaven Sent and want to see them again.