Title: Heaven Sent 2: Purgatory
Author: Jet Mykles
Buy Link: Amazon.com
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Lucas Sloane defines beautiful for Reese. Tall and sleek with gorgeous red hair and deep, dark eyes to drown in, it’s no wonder that the famous bass player is the hero of many a starry-eyed teenager’s dreams. Reese used to be one of those teens. Back when Heaven Sent was no more than the house band for the local club, Purgatory. Back then, it was easy to get to know Luc. To become friends with him. Somehow, Reese found the courage to take heart in hand and confess his love to Luc… only to be soundly rejected. Luc wasn’t gay. Not long after, Heaven Sent left town and skyrocketed into rock and roll stardom.
Now, six years later, Luc is back in town for a visit and more gorgeous than ever. Surprisingly, he not only apologizes for his treatment of Reese years ago, he comes onto him. Seems Luc’s discovered the pleasures of being with a man and wants to know what it’d be like between the two of them. But Reese can’t. He just can’t. He lives the straight and narrow. He teaches high school. He’s got a girlfriend. He has a normal life. He can’t be gay.
Of course, it’s really very hard to deny the man who’s defined everything beautiful in Reese’s artistic mind. Okay. No one has to know about it, right?
Reese has long had the hots for Luc even back when they were friends and Luc was dating his sister. When Luc and his sister broke up he thought he would try his luck with him, only to be soundly rejected. Luc and his band Heaven Sent left town shortly after and went on to be incredibly successful and Reese could only watch their success from afar. 6 years later Reese is a high school teacher and even has a girlfriend and is thinking of settling down, when Luc and the other members of the band return for a concert at their old club Purgatory, and incidentally to attend the wedding of Reese’s sister Reegan. Reese has no option but to try and avoid Luc wherever possible but It’s funny how things don’t work out the way you plan, and sometimes that’s the best thing that could happen.
When Reese sees Luc again he’s even better looking than before and poor Reese had no chance when Luc puts the moves on him, starting with an apology for the way he acted all those years ago. This time he’s determined to get Reese into bed at all costs and is helped by the fact that Reese’s girlfriend dumps him at the wedding. Reese can no longer resist his destiny and when Luc makes love to him he saw all the colours of the rainbow and then some. The next day was more of the same with quite a bit of ingenuity in the lust department.:) But Luc upped the ante by making a proposition and Reese was left with few options but to say goodbye. Then Luc did the unthinkable.
I think that Luc’s and Reese’s love story is one of the best and most believable of the series because they had known each other for a long time, since high school, and therefore it wasn’t just a poor schoolteacher falling for a rock star. Reese wanted Luc the person not the famous personality. These two characters were totally three dimensional and when they were together in Reese’s little apartment they were two ordinary men into each other. The sex was sensuous as well as hot and Luc showed many times that he cared for Reese not just getting him into bed. They were funny as well as loving together and Jet Mykles produced two wonderful protagonists who gave as good as they got. This is another ‘keeper’ from the imagination of this extremely talented author and I have read Purgatory many times – a true comfort read.
The P.L. Nunn covers for this series are so evocative and wonderful and do an incredible job of showcasing the characters to their best advantage. All that long red hair on Luc is so romantic, and next to Reese’s look they couldn’t be more striking together. Great job. Highly recommended!