Author: Jet Mykles
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: M/M Historical
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
I really loved the fact that Jet Mykles apparently missed the characters from the Heaven Sent series as much as I did. When the series came to an end, I felt like I was being deprived of a sweet treat, but because of this reincarnation of the characters from that series, I’m going to get my sweets after all.
The first in a new series, this book focuses on Tyler, a sweet young man who is desperately in need of a job to help support his widowed sister and her child. Moving in with their uncle provides shelter, but for wages, Tyler decides to apply to Rose Hall to see if he can obtain a position there. Fortunately, butler Christopher Faith (who I have no doubt will one day have his own story) hires Tyler immediately and appoints him footman. But when the lord of the household, Lord Johnnie, gets a good look at Tyler and then notices his shy, sweet nature, Tyler is offered the position of valet to the lord himself.
He resists for as long as possible, despite Lord Johnnie’s beautiful face and kind-hearted nature. But in the end, it’s too much, and Tyler capitulates to Johnnie’s advances. The two begin an affair that is known within the household but not outside of it. When the queen and her entourage arrive to attend the premiere shows that are held every year in Roseton and the surrounding area, Johnnie is dismayed to find that the woman who has been conniving to get him to propose has arrived as well. Will his affair with Tyler be publically exposed? Will the lady get her way and convince Johnnie to marry to produce an heir or two? And will Tyler have to leave when he does, or can their love survive despite all odds?
I enjoyed this rebirth of what I consider an old classic. It was fun and light-hearted, with sweet characters and an engaging plot. Plus, we met Johnnie’s brothers, Reese and Brent, and got a glimpse of a mystery man named Lucas Sloane who is bound to show up to claim one of the brothers in the near future.
If you are a fan of the Heaven Sent series, you should enjoy this one. If you’ve never read it, start fresh with this book. It was the perfect story to lift my spirits on an otherwise cloudy day.