Heaven’s gate is a terrific start to a new spin off series to the fabulous Boys of Brighton series.
Frank ‘Saint’ Jeffery is Johnny’s brother, Johnny, we met in Gabe, book 1 of the Boys of Brighton series, and honestly that series drastically improved after that initial first book, so if you haven’t read the series and love protective alpha men loving on each other, with a hefty dose of danger, violence, and sexytimes, then this is a series to read.
Saint is recovering from a traumatic injury that has seen the end of his surgical career. He purchases a run down and neglected house with the view to renovating it as he renovates his life. He meets ‘Larry’ a homeless youth when he discovers the kid sleeping on his porch, rather than call the police, he offers the boy a job, and hence starts the remarkable healing of Saint.
Max Connor is also related to the boys of Brighton, his grandmother Rose Connor is a secondary character within that series. He is a well know contractor and particularly skilled at renovating and restoring older homes. He turns up at Heavan’s Gate unexpectedly on request of Rose to look the place over and offer a quote, and what results is Saint being loud and rude and Max storming off, hence the start of their relationship, I say that because while Max is calling Saint all manner of choice names, Saint is kicking himself in the butt for lashing out at people who have done nothing wrong, his short fuse is his worst enemy and thankfully with Max, he finds someone able to buffer the heat and want to stay, no matter what.
The romance between Saint and Max was a slow burn that was fabulous, because it gave us time for some insight into their evolving relationship and a chance to see the effect both MC’s have within their own core family and friends. People like Larry, Miguel, Saint’s father, and Max’ mother, and grandmother, so that we got a good idea of the type of men they were. Their backstories helped as well, and by the time that had unfolded I was legitimately rooting for Max and Saint to take that next step.
I enjoyed pretty much every book within the Boys of Brighton series, bought them all and while I felt that the series really took off in book 2 (after Johnny and Gabe’s) I do recommend the series. With Saint, I thoroughly enjoyed the new spin off and I can’t wait to see what happens with book 2.
Highly recommended reading especially if your a fan of the Boys of Brighton like I was.
3.5 Stars An Okay story for this one. I didn't feel their connection as I read. Francis aka Saint had seen and lived through some horrible things which still affected him. I did enjoy the stubbornness between Saint and Max at the start of the book especially with their first meeting not going too well. The ol saying Doctors don't make the best patients was true in Saints case. Saint 39 had a horrible past on he was trying to overcome but it always rears its head one way or another especially regarding his abusive father. The main characters are great and I'd love to read about Finn's story.