I’d be willing to venture that the books in Jet Mykles’ Heaven Sent series are among the most popular and well known m/m books focusing on rock stars and musicians. In fact, five of them are in the top 10 Goodreads Best Gay Rockers list.
I read them all straight through a while back; once I started the first one I couldn’t put them down until I finished them all. It is a long series, so rather than reread and review them all here, I decided to start a new feature on Joyfully Jay called Series Spotlight where I’ll highlight a particular series and talk about each of the books, but not do a formal review.
The Heaven Sent series follows a rock band named, you guessed it, Heaven Sent, led by lead singer Johnnie Heaven. Each of the first four stories features one of the band members, the fifth covers all the couples, and the last book focuses on their manager, Gretchen. Most showcase an out-for-you (OFY) theme. I’d say the series ranged from 4-4.5 for me and I’d definitely recommend it, especially if you like a lot of Mykles’ work or really enjoy OFY books. It does take a bit of suspension of disbelief that ALL the band members end up being gay, especially since they don’t all start out that way. But if you can get past that it is a lot of fun. The series is also nicely intertwined because they are all part of the same band, so you get the chance to catch up with old characters in each new book which I really loved. Oh, and how about these covers? They are so gorgeous!
The first book in the series features lead singer Johnnie Heaven. It is told from the POV of Tyler, a hotel owner and big fan of the band. Tyler is launching a new club at his hotel and Johnnie and the gang agree to come for opening night. Tyler has never before considered being with a man (and in fact recently ended an engagement), but Johnnie’s magnetism just draws him in. This is my favorite book of the series. You can’t help but love Johnnie and he and Tyler are such a good match.
Purgatory follows bass player Luc and artist-turned-teacher Reese. Reese grew up with the guys from the band and had always had a thing for Luc. However, when Reese confessed his feelings as a young man, Luc got freaked out at the idea of being with another guy and ran off. The book then picks up years later when the band is back in town and Luc seeks out Reese to make amends. Luc ends up realizing he really wants to be with Reese and is determined to get him back.
The band needs a new keyboardist and they end up bringing Hell Witting into the group. Hell is a tiny, purple haired powerhouse and he sets his sights on the more reserved Brent. But Brent is wary at the idea of being involved with a member of the band, even though he is totally into Hell. This book seems to be a favorite for a lot of folks, I think because a lot of people really like Hell. This wasn’t my favorite of the series, but I do like the opposites attract nature of the story and the unusual twist of little Hell being the bossy top!
Faith follows Darien, the fourth member of the band. After his recent divorce, he now finds himself alone while all his fellow band members are recently paired off. He has never been into guys, but having seen all his friends get together with other guys, he wonders if maybe he is missing something. And his sexy divorce lawyer, Chris, may be just what he needs.
Genesis is a compilation story featuring the couples from the first four books. It takes place just before their New Year’s concert and catches us up on what is going on with all the guys. They all have various issues and stress that they work through over the course of the book and the story jumps around between the couples. This is probably not a book for a standalone, but it is a nice way to revisit the guys if you have been following the series.
The last book in the series is a menage story featuring Gretchen, the band manager. She meets handsome Archer, owner of a software company that wants to make a game featuring the guys. At the same time , she realizes the mutual attraction with her adorable assistant Owen. And even better, both the guys are hot for each other. Gretchen has never considered a three-way partnership but something about the three of them together just works.
So that is Heaven Sent! I think it is a really fun series and worth checking out. There is also a spin off series called Indigo Knights, about another band that we meet during this series.