Steps to Heaven by Star Nobel ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

StepstoHeavenLG Title: Steps to Heaven

Author: Star Nobel

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Rating: 1.5 of 5 Stars


Culver City police officers Steve Randall and Bob Curry have been friends since their academy days. As partners on the job, Steve’s enthusiasm and impulsiveness is a perfect match for Bob’s keen thinking. While Steve struggles to understand his newfound attraction to Bob, the two are assigned to go undercover to stop the distribution of a dangerous, deadly drug.

However, their best connection, a fashion photographer/informant, is murdered before he can spill the beans on the key players. Steve and Bob follow the trail of clues to the Steps to Heaven Club. Risking all, Steve and Bob attend a party at the club. They aim to seek out the drug backers and solve the case, but when their cover is blown, they become the hunted.

Steve has to admit, to die would suck right about now—especially since he’s finally realized his attraction to his partner is full-blown love.


Star Noble is a new author for me. I was drawn in by the blurb. Friends-to-lovers and a mystery? Yep, that is right up my ally. In the end, however, the story did not live up to the blurb.

I was bored. I didn’t like or care about the characters. It took slow burn to a new level. There was no burn, only slow whine. The main characters were both in such deep denial about their feelings for the other that they spent the first 95% of the book whining about how the other couldn’t possibly return their feelings. Then they got together, and it was over. We never got the chance to appreciate Steve and Bob as a couple.

In addition, the author did something from which I just couldn’t come back… meaningless sex with someone who isn’t the main love interest just to prove to himself that he isn’t gay. While I can usually handle that, add in that the partner was a woman… yeah I was less than thrilled. If you are going to have M/F sex in an M/M story, at least make integral to the story. In this case, the point could have been made in many other or off-page ways.

The plot was thin at best. I knew from the beginning exactly where the mystery was going. The author did nothing to make me care about the mystery itself. The victims were faceless, or such cads that it didn’t bother me that they met their demise.

I managed to finish the story… barely. I am sorry, I just can’t recommend this one.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble

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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3 thoughts on “Steps to Heaven by Star Nobel ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

  1. I felt the same about this book and was so disapointed. Mystery and friends to lovers are both storylines I usually very much enjoy. Combined I thought: Perfect. But here I gave up 🙁

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