Heaven’s Just a Sin Away by Tyler Robbins ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

Heavens-Just-a-Sin-AwayTitle: Heaven’s Just a Sin Away

Author: Tyler Robbins

Publisher: Evernight

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 08/23/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance

Blurb:

Having just lost his mother to cancer, eighteen year old Blueford “Blue” Mason returned to his hometown of Danville, Texas to live with his reticent grandmother. The two struggle to bond while Blue undergoes a metamorphosis into manhood, discovering new things about himself, his sexuality, life, love and even heartbreak.

After leaving his former fire department due to intolerance of his sexuality, twenty-three year old, Jack West moved to Danville to work as an EMT for his uncle’s small fire department. He’d resigned himself to living a quiet life alone until Blue came along and turned his world upside-down.

Will the young lovers find acceptance in Danville or will shameful secrets from the distant past set this town ablaze when the people around them are forced to face their own shortcomings? Heaven’s just a sin away, especially when every sin is created equally.

Be Warned: m/m sex, rimming, spanking

My View:

First of all, let me start by saying I enjoyed Heaven’s Just a Sin Away by Tyler Robbins. Blue’s story of coming to grips with his mother’s death, father’s identity, his sexuality, and life in general is a sweet tale. I liked Jack.

Even though a lot was made of the age difference between the men (18 and 23), it is not that bad, really. My husband and I met when I was 19, and he was 25. I know this is an age gap that works, and a life-stage that can lead to lasting love and solid relationships.

Blue’s journey is full of love, sex, hope, fear, and sadness. If his journey isn’t enough, there is a bit of a conspiracy going on that threaten’s Jack’s livelihood.

For his part, Jack has to come to grips with being himself in the open. His past has shown him that people can’t be trusted with knowing his sexuality. The people of Danville prove him wrong. Jack and Blue aren’t in your face out, but they don’t necessarily hide away either. They just are.

The thing I appreciated most about this story is that, while set in small town Texas, it isn’t full of stereotypical homophobic hicks. Too often I read a book set in “Texas” that just makes me want to throw my reader through the window. It probably helps that Ms. Robbins is actually FROM Texas. But I just want to thank her for showing that we aren’t all right-wing, homophobic, religious zealots.

You are probably wondering why I started this review the way I did. I think this story could use to be tightened up considerably. There were times that it rambled a bit off course. There were times that the ending was telegraphed early on. There were times that I wanted a red pen. The bones are there. The story is fairly solid. However, as with many stories from this particular publisher, it isn’t quite polished.

I enjoy Robbin’s stories and will continue to read them.

Links

Heaven’s Just a Sin Away on Goodreads
Evernight
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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