Early Review: On Broken Wings by Chanel Cleeton

on-broken-wingOn Broken Wings by Chanel Cleeton
Wild Aces #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2017
Publisher: Berkley

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The author of Into the Blue and Fly with Me returns with the newest, hot and high-flying Wild Aces romance…

A year after losing her husband, Joker, the squadron commander of the Wild Aces, Dani Peterson gets an offer from his best friend, Alex “Easy” Rogers, to help fix up her house. Dani accepts, and their friendship grows—along with an undeniable attraction.

Racked by guilt for loving his best friend’s widow, Easy’s caught between what he wants and can’t have. Until one night everything changes, and the woman who’s always held his heart ends up in his arms. Yet as Easy leaves for his next deployment, he and Dani are torn between their feelings and their loyalty to Joker’s memory.

But when Dani discovers something that sends them both into a spin, the conflicted lovers must overcome the past to navigate a future together…

Wendy’s Review

Before I get to my review, I want to start by saying that I’m generally very wary of contemporary romance.  I look at them and immediately lump them into a specific category in my head, one which holds all the books that are just too over the top and shameless.  The ones with the same female-type, feisty and so hot it brings the hero to his knees, and the same male-type (alpha chest beating).  I know it makes me a romance snob, especially because I actually really love reading about love.  A book without some type of romance feels incomplete.  I like the love story to be unique.  I like real world characters, with real flaws.  I like to recognize the humanity in each character, and not left feeling like they’re cookie cutter.  I know I’m generalizing the contemporary genre, and that’s not right, but I can’t help it.  I’m usually let down.

So, bringing it back to Wild Aces, when I first agreed to review Fly With Me by Chanel Cleeton I was really nervous.  As a blogger/reviewer I never ever want to dislike a book I’ve agreed to review.  I’ll say it proudly, I want to give everyone a good review.  Thankfully, despite its rocky start, I ended up liking Fly With Me.  I loved book 2, Into the Blue, even more!  Finally, I’m happy to report On Broken Wings was the best one yet!

On Broken Wings was the culmination of events that happened in the first book, along with a love carried over the entire trilogy.  I figure if you’re reading this review then you probably read the synopsis, so I don’t feel like it’s a spoiler for me to say this is the story of a widow learning to find love again.  That’s a plot full of landmines, for sure.  Usually stories starting with a spouse dying can’t recover.  No matter how hard the author tries, I (the reader) either don’t believe the second love is equal to the first, or get frustrated when the previous marriage is downplayed. Believability is so important in a romance novel.  I have to believe the two main characters have truly fallen in love, and death is a hard thing to overcome, especially without minimizing the original relationship.

Chanel Cleeton handled this perfectly.  Never did I feel like Dani’s feelings for Easy surpassed her feelings for Joker.  Never did I feel like Easy was competing with Jokers memory.  There was a perfect balance between the past and the present, and that alone is what made On Broken Wings so awesome.

I admit to crying multiple times while reading.

I’d like a continuation in this world, but if this is truly the end of the Wild Aces, I look forward to reading what Chanel Cleeton has planned next.

Thank you to Berkley, via NetGalley, for providing a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4 Stars = B+

Series Reading Order

  1. Fly With Me
  2. Into the Blue
  3. On Broken Wings

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