Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Review: Out in Blue (Return to Sanctuary #1) by Sarah Gilman

Out in Blue (Return to Sanctuary, #1)


In a violent world where fallen archangels are hunted for their valuable plumage, Wren knows one thing for certain: the human woman who saved him from a poacher attack will die if she stays with him. The demon responsible for his parents' gruesome deaths two decades ago pines for the chance to rip apart any woman who stands under Wren's wing.
Wren doesn't expect Ginger to stay by his side once she discovers his ability to drain life with a mere touch, yet she lingers. When an unusual talent of her own reveals the location of Wren's father, Wren's isolated world implodes. With the help of the demon protectors he's sworn never to trust again, Wren risks everything to rescue his father, confront the demon who stalks his and Ginger's every step, and claim his eternity with the most courageous woman he's ever known. (Goodreads)

Book Details

Title: Out in Blue
Author: Sarah Gilman
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Paperback: 241 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Published: August 2, 2011 
ISBN-10: 1937044270
ISBN-13: 978-1937044275
Source: NetGalley/ Publisher


When I saw this on NetGalley I knew I wanted to read it because it was about angels, not the fat diaper-clad cherubs, but massively muscled sultry angels…sigh. When I told Rebecca about it, she was quick to point out that I do not read romances and to that I said…I didn’t realize that it was a romance. So, Out in Blue languished on my Kindle until I ran out of things to read. I started this book with the trepidation of a nun at a strip club, ready to run at the slightest loosening of clothing and terrified that with the first kiss bosoms would start heaving and things would start throbbing. I couldn’t have been more wrong about this book. Sure, the two character’s romance was love at first saving-your-life-from-ruthless-poachers, but at one point in the story Ginger admits that they have the instant love thing going on. The story is more about Wren’s past and finding a way to save his father and is full of action and kinda bloody for a romance.
It has to be a little bloody because Ginger was an orphan raised by demons, who are the good guys in this book and they protect the fallen archangels. Archangels are hunted for their feathers and happen to be a dying race anyway, because when they “fall” they become mortal, so not many angels chose to fall. Wren’s father fell when he saw Wren’s mother for the first time, so that he could be with her. However, archangels can mate with mortals, but usually the baby or the mother does not survive. The only off spring that survives human/archangel pregnancies are human baby’s, i.e no wings. Wren survived because his father healed his mother every morning of the pregnancy. So to live semi-normal lives archangels live on reservations and are protected by demons. After Wren’s parents are believed to have been killed by their demon protector, Lark, Wren leaves the protection of the reservation.
In this book there are several different voices going on: Wren, Ginger, Wren’s father and a hired-killer with a soft side, so it’s not just about Wren and Ginger and unrequited lust. Actually Wren and Ginger are very sweet and their ending is about as happy as they come in any book.
However-Ginger tells Wren that he will be her first…kiss. Really? Oh, but she’s not a virgin, she’s had sex, but NEVER kissed anyone before. I just didn’t buy that at all. Other than that I loved it and will be reading the second book which is telling the story of the ex-killer demon that was raised by scientist…really and it’s going to be awesome.
Happy Endings,
4 moons
4 moons: I loved it. It's reread worthy.

Recommended For

Adult: For some language and sex.


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  1. First off, kudos for stepping outside your comfort zone of reading! Secondly, as I'm sure you now realize, romance comes in a lot of flavors. Some have lots of cheesy dialogue and ripped bodices, others are completely sedate and chaste, and most fall somewhere in the middle. And finally, great review! I love angels too, and I would totally read this book.

  2. Thank you! I was totally rewarded for taking a chance on this one : )


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