Almost Heaven

Kimberly Gardner
Almost Heaven
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Publisher
Loose Id
Release Date
September 2010
ISBN
9781607378730
Genre
Erotic Romance, GLBT

SUMMARY
Celebrating "Coming Out Day" 2010

When Chris meets Kevin at his brother's school, he instantly gets hot for teacher. He can only hope that the sexy guy is gay. Later, when Kevin shows up at the gym where Chris works, Chris is sure he's got him hooked. A shared kiss is absolutely electric but then Kevin turns tail and runs. What the hell? Maybe he's in the closet.

Yes, in fact, Kevin is in the closet, Deep in the closet. He has to be. He's going to be a priest. While he's very attracted to Chris, he simply can't pursue it. Giving in to that attraction would ruin his life. Still, he can't deny what he feels so instead he vows to stay away from Chris.

But steering clear is not so easy when what you've found is Almost Heaven.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices.

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Oct 13, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
135 people found the following review helpful
Chris meets Kevin at his little brother's high school, and there is instant attraction. Chris isn't so sure that the attraction is mutual, but when Kevin comes to see Chris at the gym where he works, he knows that the attraction isn't just one-sided. They share a little kissing and touching, and it is electric as sparks that flickered between them during the hot looks they shared. However, once it's over, Kevin freaks out and runs away. Chris is very confused by this, and wants to find answers.

And find answers he does. Kevin is definitely not who he thought he was, and isn't in the position to get involved with Chris. But, neither man can stop thinking or wanting the other. How do you do that when you found something that's almost heaven?

This is a coming out story that has somewhat of a unique twist. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, the dialogue, and the interaction between the two main characters as well as between the secondary characters. I don't think I have ever rooted for a character to have a "happily ever after" as much as I did for Kevin. The struggle that I sensed in him was so strong, that I wanted him to be able to be true enough to himself to go out and get what he truly wants out of life.

This book is a novella, so there is not a lot of time to put everything in the story that you want, I'm sure, but I wished that there was a little more about what happened to Kevin after he came out. The author alluded to some troubles but didn't go that much into it. I think that it would have made the story more real. But, that is my one and only complaint about the story. Otherwise, it was a fantastic read about loving, triumphing over all obstacles, and the rewards one gets from staying true to what he wants. I would definitely read it again because although I do have that complaint, it in no way detracted from the overall story for me.

This book is intended for those who are open to reading about the M/M lifestyle. I don't think you have to be a true fan of the genre to appreciate it though, just have an open mind about what you are reading; although, those who are fans of the genre will enjoy it as well. The sex scenes, while steamy, are few and in no way gratuitous. Also, the obvious tenderness between the two main characters is evident in each scene.

This is my first time reading Kimberly Gardner, but I must say that I look forward to reading more of her work.
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