Author: Jet Mykles
Publisher: Loose Id
Length: 218 Pages
At a Glance: A fabulous alternate reality Heaven Sent story from Jet Mykles that has me crying for the next book in the series!
Reviewed By: Sadonna
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 had a rough year. His father has passed away, and his sister’s husband has also died while she was pregnant. He could not provide for her and she had no support in the capital, Doncaster, so they return to their family in Rose County. Because his jerk of a boss at the hotel where he has worked refused to give him a reference—because he’s a petty, mean little man who doesn’t care a lick for Tyler or his family’s circumstances—Tyler has been turned away from the local hotels back home. His last hope is to gain employment at Rose Hall, the home of the local aristocracy.
Mr. Faith, the butler of the household, knew Tyler’s father, and suspecting that his former boss had not taken kindly to Tyler’s resignation, decided to give him a chance as a footman in the household. Tyler is thrilled to have gainful employment, and he’s excited to learn his new job. The lord and his siblings are nothing like he expected, and he’s quite nervous at first, but he’s quite happy with his duties and his accommodations.
Lord Rose, Johnnie, is quite surprised when he sees Tyler. More like stunned, really. But Mr. Faith and Johnnie’s siblings, twins Reese and Brent, and sister Gretchen, are none too surprised by Johnnie’s reaction. It seems that perhaps Johnnie has a “type.” Tyler is completely oblivious to Johnnie’s infatuation. Unbelievably, he truly has no idea about his own physical attributes. Having been married quite young and then lost his wife years earlier, he has concentrated on his work and managed to avoid any complications during his hotel days.
Johnnie, for his part, is determined to have Tyler. Mr. Faith is determined to make sure that Tyler is not damaged by Johnnie’s desires. Poor Tyler has zero clue what is going on, but Johnnie makes it his life’s mission to get Tyler into his life and his bed. He offers Tyler the job of Valet, and of course, Tyler is flattered. This assures Johnnie that Tyler will be near him and will give him the advantage of familiarity so that he can woo Tyler.
Of course, you know that all will not go smoothly. There are social obligations to be met, obnoxious former bosses to deal with, conniving heiresses to avoid, and a family member’s objections to overcome. Luckily, Johnnie and Tyler have a lot of good friends and family in their corner to help smooth the way when things look bleak. Johnnie does his best to convince Tyler that what is between them is real, but Tyler isn’t all that sure. When advice and support come from unexpected sources, Tyler begins to realize that maybe he has something to offer after all.
*sigh* Oh, how I loved this story. I’m not a fan of regency-ish type stories—I know, how terrible of me!—but this is sort of an alternate reality/historical/steampunk world that Jet Mykles has built, and I adored it!
OMG! This is almost as bad as being the last one to read Crossing Borders! How have I not have read Jet Mykles Heaven Sent series when I’m such a fan of her writing, not to mention those beautiful P.L. Nunn covers?!?!?! The first book of hers I read was Just for You, and the second I finished, I flipped right back to the beginning and reread it. I think that was the first time I’d ever done that. This is an alternate story of the Heaven Sent characters, and I am crying for the next book already! In the meantime, I really need to get it in gear and read the Heaven Sent series. 🙂
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