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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.
I’ve seen many a friend use that gif from “The Sound of Music” where Maria is twisting and turning in joy from a Swiss mountaintop. You know the one, right? Well that’s me right now after finishing this story.
Oh my gosh, my heart may eeesplode!
For all the questionable choices I’ve made in my life (ahem), I sure hope this is the way things are when I go: a Gatekeeper upstairs has given Brian a chance to make things better in someone else’s life before Brian’s gig is up. Just 19 when he died, Brian wasn’t a bad guy; he just took his teasing too far and hurt people. In order to get out of limbo, he gets to make things right for his buddy Chuck and Chuck’s college roommate, Kevin.
Sweet, sensitive Kevin could use some happy in his life. The poor guy has been bullied for as long as he can remember for being obviously gay. He’s skinny, effeminate and soft-spoken, but he always thought it’d be better once he got to college. No such luck.
Chuck isn’t a bad guy, but he’s been too passive when it comes to Kevin. Chuck is a jock. He’s beefy and good looking and is always surrounded by friends. But Chuck has a BIG secret…
So can these two find common ground in a story about righting your wrongs?
What endeared me most to Heaven Can’t Wait was that it was equal parts tender, funny and fluttery. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve pulled out my mental pom-poms and cheered for a couple to, um, couple. Kevin and Chuck so deserved a break, and they so deserved each. There were also some super funny exchanges between Brian and the Gatekeeper, and those bits really lightened the story perfectly.
Heaven is a quick and easy read I recommend for, well, everybody. Pick it up ASAP, but be sure to put on your favorite swingy, swishy dress for your Maria von Trapp solo dance.
Title: Heaven Can’t Wait
Author: Eli Easton
Release Date: June 1, 2014
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