Author: Jet Mykles
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: P.L Nunn
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/31/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
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 thoroughly enjoyed Jet Mykles Heaven sent series, and was intrigued to see how the characters could be re invented.
Using a historical setting worked really well, and making it sort of familiarly accurate and AU at the same time allowed for creativity.
The story centers around Johnnie, a love them and leave them kind of guy being strongly attracted to Tyler, an innocent . At the same time we meet the other Rose’s – Johnnies brothers and sister, and some of the household staff that make up their slightly unconventional family.
As Johnnie pursues Tyler he comes to realise that he wants a more permanent relationship, and Tyler discovers that where he had thought himself not interested in sex, he was interested in Johnnie. This was described really well, and my engagement with these two men was strong, however I did find some of the supporting characters a little one dimensional, but I suspect that this is because its the first book in a new series.
Valet is light hearted and a lot of fun, and I’m intrigued for the next in the series.
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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