Out of Heaven
by Amylynn Bright Authors Bio
reviewed by Caitlin Bentley
The Archangel Gabriel and the woman had been lovers since time immemorial. Whenever she had gone down to Earth to experience mortal lives, he missed her with a longing so fierce that he wanted to love her as a mortal would.
Given twenty-four hours to experience mortal life, Gabriel goes down to Earth. There, he encounters Jane, who thinks Gabriel is the sexiest man alive. Jane and Gabriel spend time with each other, and fall in love quickly. Can their twenty-four hours together grow into a forever kind of love?
Amylynn Bright writes with a great sensitivity and a deft touch. Gabriel and Jane are well drawn characters, and the sensual tension resonates throughout the book. This is also a very emotional read. I cried throughout. Overall, I recommend this book.
Out of Heaven
by Amylynn Bright
In a theological mashup, we have Judeo-Christian angels tending souls that reincarnate time and again in a Hindu way (the souls gather in Akasha, which is the Hindi word for sky). The archangel Gabriel has fallen in love with a human soul who is drawn to incarnate again and again. They are pulled apart for a lifetime, then they come together, then they are pulled apart again. Gabriel wants to share one human lifetime with her, and after a lot of arguments, gets a single day as a mortal to make her fall in love with him.
Of course, being an angel means he gets to pick the hottest body in the storeroom, and Jane, as his love is called in this lifetime, really can’t keep her eyes off of him. Well, at least she can’t once he works up the nerve to talk to her.
It’s sweet. It’s funny. It’s a cute mix of romance and fantasy, blended together. There are things he knows (those guys over there are demons) and things she knows (all things related to matters of courtship, where he seems a little lost) and that lets it swap artfully between fantasy and romance.
It’s very short. It came in at 100 pages in PDF (it is available in a variety of formats) and that with quite a bit of white space. It’s more of a novella than a novel. To be fair, it’s well-paced, thorough, and priced as one might expect for a novella. I liked the characters well enough, I wanted to spend more time with them.
It takes a little time to find its feet, but once the story gets going, it flows very well. It’s worth wading through the early part to get to the good stuff, because the good stuff is really good. One exceptionally nice touch is that, unlike in so many other romance novels lust is not treated as a stand-in for love.
Overall, I found it a very enjoyable read, good for fans of paranormal romance and for people who like a sweet love story.