- Rebel Ink Press
- Release Date
- August 2013
LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Vamps & Shifters Romance
Fear. It was the twitch in his subconscious, like a word stuck in his throat he could never quite say.
Adrian's life is simple: go to work, come home, look no one in the eye. If you don't take risks, you won't die. That's what life has taught him, and in the urban sprawl of the industrial Oregon coast, it's kept him alive. He hasn't had a panic attack in months.
Then one night, a winged man named Cassius makes a crash landing on his doorstep. Out of fear of the government Adrian hides him. But Cassius is more than he seems and when the winged shifter's haunted past comes knocking, Adrian learns the true meaning of fear. He must find the courage to face the darkness or risk losing the man he has grown to love.
Apr 28, 2014 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
137 people found the following review helpful
BROKEN WINGS is a tender love story between a human and a non-human. Normally, I prefer stories where both main protagonists are both human, but this tale was written with such a sweetness that it delighted me.
The story concerns Adrian and Cassius, both of whom are finding living from day to day particularly difficult; the reasons for this are varied and somewhat sad, allowing the reader to willingly engage with each character and identify with them. Adrian's sense of isolation borne of past trauma, and Cassius' immediate challenges and past grief, are presented very well indeed. There's no mawkishness, nor is there a manipulation of the reader to feel sorry for these two guys. Because, despite their pain, neither Adrian nor Cassius are fainthearted men; their courage is displayed in more subtle ways, and this is well presented by the author. As a consequence, the reader can gradually immerse themselves in the two characters' lives and pasts seamlessly.
BROKEN WINGS doesn't offer instant love, either, and the joy I found in reading this was the nascent, tender love story that took its natural time to develop. I felt Adrian's uncertainty and fear, and Cassius was the perfect foil to those emotions by way of his blend of confidence and vulnerability.
The pacing of the writing is very good, and the prose is fluid and expressive without any examples of hackneyed dialogue or description. It is a book that is clearly intelligently written, and I found myself enjoying it from the very first page.
In summary, I'd certainly recommend this lovely book to fans of the M/M and non-human genre and I, for one, will be reading more from Alex Jones. Highly recommended indeed.
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