Book Reviews

All the Rules of Heaven (All That Heaven Will Allow 1) by Amy Lane at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Bisexual / Genderfluid / Urban Fantasy / Angels & Demons / Ghosts/Spirits/Hauntings / Romance
Reviewed by Kristin F. on 25-November-2020

Book Blurb

When Tucker Henderson inherits Daisy Place, he’s pretty sure it’s not a windfall—everything in his life has come with strings attached. He’s prepared to do his bit to satisfy the supernatural forces in the old house, but he refuses to be all sweetness and light about it.

 

Angel was sort of hoping for sweetness and light.

 

Trapped at Daisy Place for over fifty years, Angel hasn’t always been kind to the humans who have helped him in his duty of guiding spirits to the beyond. When Tucker shows up, Angel vows to be more accommodating, but Tucker’s layers of cynicism and apparent selfishness don’t make it easy.

 

Can Tucker work with a gender-bending, shape-shifting irritant, and can Angel retain his divine intentions when his heart proves all too human?

 

Book Review

Hm. Well. Not sure where to begin – there is so much packed into these 300+ pages. There is a haunted house with a gender-fluid ghost as guardian, Tucker is a jaded thirty-year-old with psychic baggage and – in his words – a magical wanker, there is a “witchy” family, very evil spirits, and a kitten named Squishbeans.

 

The house named Daisy Place sits upon magical foundations, near a cemetery that appears to be accumulating angry spirits. Angel is one guardian, Tucker, inheriting the house from his aunt, becomes the other guardian. They have to work in tandem to tell the spirits stories and provide them rest. This doesn’t come with a “how-to” manual. It was interesting watching the expectations of ghost and man grow and evolve from strife to misunderstanding, to friendship, and eventually more.

 

Tucker’s empathetic abilities have made him one very jaded thirty-year-old. I appreciated having an older character who had more than their fair share of life slapping them in the face. It made Tucker real, provided a basis for his fears and frustrations, and gave him purpose. I found it engaging watching his past experiences clash with the reality of true love and friendship and how he came to accept that.

 

Tucker confuses Angel, partly because Angel was used to the aunt and partly because Tucker is Tucker. That confusion manifests with Angel’s alternating between male/female and different versions of each as he tries to find something that would instill trust with Tucker. ‘Nuff said there, I’m venturing into spoiler land.

 

The secondary characters were a perfect counterpoint to Angel and Tucker. A “witchy” family who wasn’t afraid to use their talents, they provided a grounding aspect to Tucker’s life and the overall story.

 

I can’t close this review without a comment on Squishbeans the kitten. Best. Name. EVER! He has his role to play as well. Read to find out.

 

I have one small nitpick that bounced me out of the story: two-week old broken ribs and sex. Not going to happen. Bruised ribs, sprained ribs… maybe? Broken ribs, no. This medical discrepancy in books is a peeve of mine.

 

To conclude, there was a lot happening in this story between Tucker’s personal growth, Angel’s conundrum, the Daisy Place ghosts and their stories, and resolving the angry spirit mystery. The plot clicks right along, all the characters were interesting, there is no cliff-hanger and there is a happy ever after. I would read more in this series – there are a couple of unanswered threads that would bring me back.

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 293 pages/101862 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 03-November-2020
Price $6.99 ebook, $17.99 paperback
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/all-the-rules-of-heaven-by-amy-lane-11761-b