Title: Just Like Heaven
Author: T. L. Bradford
Publisher: Self publishing
Release Date: September 4, 2019
Genre(s): Straight to gay
Page Count: 487 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Noah Sinclair is best described as an egotistical, pompous, anal retentive, asshat. And those are his better qualities. Lately, Noah has lost touch with his playboy character “Jace” on the show Americana and can’t quite put his finger on why. The studio decides it is time to shake up his character by making him an offer he can’t refuse, literally. They will introduce a new love interest for his character “Jace.” Only this time, there’s a twist.
Josh Hill is up a creek and sinking fast. He’s got no job, no money, no credit and is about to be kicked out of his apartment. Opportunity comes in the form of a job offer from the show Americana. Everything should be perfect; only there is one hitch. He will be the new love interest for Noah Sinclair’s character on the beloved show.
So, opposites are supposed to attract, right? Not so fast. No one said life was that easy. Both actors find themselves in untested waters. Will they be able to play a same-sex couple with no prior experience authentically? Well, they say practice makes perfect.
Carefree, fun-loving Josh and uptight, overbearing Noah, realize they need to make the best of their bad situation and are forced to find common ground. Over time, their roles in each other’s lives become blurred. Is their attraction fake, or is it real? To top it off, Noah has a dark skeleton in his closet that can prevent them from ever moving forward.
Can they get on the same page and save both of their careers and their relationship?
Or will they end up yesterday’s tabloid fodder?
(Just Like Heaven is a full-length, slow-burn love story. It can be read as a standalone. It contains a cast of fully-developed characters that encounter romance, heartache, laughter, and life lessons. The book has darker themes that may act as triggers to some readers. It contains adult language, mature themes, and is best enjoyed by those over the age of 18.)
There is times when you find one of those books that just grabs you from the moment you pick it up and will not let you go until the end…. and sometimes not even then. That is this book for me. TRIGGER WARNINGS: past child abuse references, homophobic beating, violence, very graphic detail. Now that that is out of the way let me tell you I had a lot of mixed emotions where the main characters were concerned. I would like them, feel sorry for them, get mad at them, decide the other main character was better off without the other, only to end up liking them once again. So yes, definitely a lot of mixed emotions. But with that said this is one of those books that is able to touch many different emotions for the reader. I was such a heartbreakingly beautiful read in some ways and just plan heartbreaking in other ways.
Noah is a star on a series called America. The show is about a whole group of different sets of people. Noah was lucky to get the part of a guy named Jace. At first Jace was getting a lot of air time, especially when they had Noah and his now best friend Gemma as a couple on the show. At the time this took place they had the on show romance but also the off the air romance as well. At the time Noah thought l Gemma was it for him. But that is not how it worked out in the end and now they are best friends instead.
Noah has not found a relationship since they broke up but instead threw himself into the show. Lately though he has not been getting a lot of air time. So when he is called into a meeting about the show, Noah just knows that they are about to tell him that he is no longer going to be on the show. So when they throw a totally different idea at him instead, Noah is truly taken aback.
The producers want to find Noah a new romance. But not just any romance, a romance with a man. Noah does not know if this is something he can do. He struggles because his past and the things he went through with his father and is worried this will end up setting his dad off. In the end, Noah agrees to meet the man that would be his new romance, Josh.
When Josh comes in for a test run for the show he has no clue that he is reading the part for a gay man. Josh has always considered himself straight and is a little surprised when he realizes what part he is trying out for but decides to give it his all. What neither Josh or Noah expected was to have such great chemistry on and off the set.
This throws so many wrenches at both Noah and Josh. Josh is more accepting of his growing feelings for Noah then Noah is for his feelings for Josh. There is a lot of back and forth between them when it comes to their feelings. It is not easy for either of them. They both have to work through issues of their own to be able to give what they have between them a chance.
But just because these two men end up together, that does not mean it is smooth sailing for them. There is still so much heartache awaiting these two. And once Noah’s dad finds out about Josh and Noah, it can end up turning deadly in the end.
This was such an incredible read. There was so many ups and downs in this book. I love how TL Bradford did not make it all smooth sailing for these two and made them both work for what they got out of life. I cannot wait to read the Novella TL has planned for Josh and Noah when it comes out. Definitely looking forward to that. This is definitely a highly recommended read!!
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