Why I read this book: The bird shifter theme intrigued me as I’ve never read something like that before, so I decided to give it a try.
Blurb: 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.
Publication date: August 12th 2013 by Rebel Ink Press
My thoughts: Adrian is a guy who’s afraid of his own shadow. His life pretty much consist of going to work and hurrying back home. He doesn’t have many friends and he leads a life closed off to the entire outside world. Adrian is scared, and he has a good reason to be.
Coming home from work one day, Adrian breaks one of his rules and helps a creature he finds in the dumpster behind his house. The creature has a body of a man, a very nice, naked body of a man, and a huge pair of wings. He’s obviously been attacked and it’s safe to say that by carrying him into his home, Adrian saves his life.
I happen to think, Adrian saves his own life that day, too.
Cassius is a bird shifter who has been viciously attacked before Adrian took him in. He doesn’t know much of humans and the way they lead their lives – the simple rule of wearing clothes seems unnatural to him. Cassius brings a fresh, unbiased perspective in Adrian’s life, and slowly, as the men realise their feelings for each other, Adrian comes to terms with the fact that everyone is going to die one way or another. Being scared of death changes nothing, but the quality of life you lead.
Broken Wings is a light, short read. It touches on some strong themes like life and death and getting over your fears, but at the same time leaves a lot unsaid. The book is set somewhere in the future – there’re hints of controlling government and some new laws, but not much else is said about it. There’s practically no world building.
Both Adrian and Cassius are very likeable characters and have a huge potential if this had been a longer read. Unfortunately, it’s hard to fully develop both characters, the world and the events of the story in 70 pages. This book has a huge potential and I wish it was longer – I have many questions that were left unanswered. They’re not necessarily crucial to the storyline, but I’d still have liked to read a bit more about Cassius’s kind and the time the book is set in.
If you’re looking for an easy, sexy read to spend a cosy afternoon with, this is for you. Go for it.
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