Title: Heaven Can’t Wait
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
When Brian Matheson dies at nineteen, his soul is in limbo. He has one chance to redeem himself before he’s thrown into a nasty pit. All Brian has to do is save the life of Kevin Anderson, a boy he and his friends tormented for being gay.
Kevin thought he’d finally escaped bullying. But his college roommate, Chuck, and his homophobic pals, prove him wrong. Now he can only wait for another room to open up—and try to keep his eyes off sexy, uber-straight Chuck.
Chuck is struggling to keep up the tough-guy façade everyone expects, but being trapped in a dorm room with the prettiest twink he’s ever seen isn’t helping him keep his feelings hidden.
If Brian can untangle this mess, he’ll deserve his wings.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Daily Dose package “Mended”.
There’s a reason I recently chose Eli Easton as one of my “authors to watch” – because she is nothing short of fantastic! She proves this yet again with her story Heaven Can’t Wait. This touching and lovely tale does have a sweet love story, but at its heart Heaven Can’t Wait is a story of redemption. After dying in a car accident, Brian is given one chance to make amends for his past bad actions by intervening and saving Kevin, the small gay roommate of Brian’s jock friend Chuck. Brian sees that he initiated all of Chuck’s friends bullying Kevin, and now Kevin is terribly alone and bereft.
This story line is delicious, and the cast of characters are vivid and multi-faceted. Brian’s realization that he was a jerk to Kevin, as well as that he wasn’t the type of friend to Chuck that he should have been, is sobering. The evolution of Brian’s character is amazing to read, as well as reassuring in the inherent goodness of most people. Kevin is simply precious – even though he’s been the victim of almost daily bullying, he has a sweet and forgiving soul that remains open to love. Misunderstood Chuck is perhaps my favorite character – both his sensitivity and his ultimate strength of character make him a remarkable young man.
I highly, highly recommend Heaven Can’t Wait. Eli Easton manages to capture the vulnerability and hopefulness of the young men in this story, and she does so in a sensual manner without overly graphic sexual details. Don’t miss reading this endearing story. It’s a real treat!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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