On Broken Wings by Chanel Cleeton

On Broken Wings by Chanel CleetonOn Broken Wings by Chanel Cleeton

Series: #3 Wild Aces
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance
Published by Berkley on January 3, 2017
Pages: 319
Format: eARC
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I’ve never had a lovelier ugly cry than while appreciating and enjoying this romance that healed and remade what was irreparably broken.  This was book hangover of the acutest kind as I clutch On Broken Wings to my chest and signed deeply with satisfaction after experiencing the entire book so acutely.

On Broken Wings was the third of the Wild Aces books.  Oh yes, it most definitely needs to be experienced in order so the reader gets the full impact of this romance.  I have no idea if this is the end or just the end of this series plot thread, but there will be something more coming to go in a new direction.  It felt like a finale to me and a well-written one at that.

Since Fly With Me, the reader has known that Alex ‘Easy’ Rogers is in love with Dani.  First she was untouchable because she was his squadron leader’s wife, but then she was completely out of his reach when Joker dies.  Or so he thought.

Easy loves Dani so much and grieved that he couldn’t have been the one taken instead of her husband so that he stayed away for nearly a year.  He thought it would make things better, but one encounter in the store shows him that nothing he is feeling has lessened.  Only now, he changes his approach and gives Dani the friendship she needs to help her with the drowning in grief and emotions.  His help is with a practical matter that leads to a restoring of their friendship.  He struggles with this designation, but anything for Dani.

Dani has been lost inside herself for so long until she is startled awake when her friend Jordan talks her into a blind date and Easy helps her getting her house ready to sell while providing his easy friendship.  The date is a disaster, but the restored friendship is a success.  Too successful because in one moment, she realizes there is something more.  Will that something more cross a line with her love for her husband and fear of caring for someone, particularly a fighter pilot, again?

As you may have surmised from my earlier remarks, this was an emotional power house.  I was balling before I hit five pages, but that was nothing to the tears I shed during chapter nineteen- there you know when to have tissues at hand.  However, it was not one long sobfest.  In between there was a beautifully crafted romance that paced out just right for this potentially risky choice of a grieving widow and a guilt ridden friend.  I thought it felt authentic and respectful for the situation.  Very mature writing to achieve what she did with the story.

It was a thing of beauty to see Easy finally get his chance and the caring and careful way he courted Dani.  There was hesitation and lots of fear, but they were friends and deep friends at that before it became more.  I don’t see it as often as I’d like in romance fiction, but this was superbly developed.

I also enjoyed how the couples from the previous books were dove-tailed into the story of Easy and Dani.  Noah and Jordan mostly, but there were a few appearances of Eric and Becca, too.

So, all in all, this was fantastic and exceeded my high anticipation for the story.  I strongly recommend this book/series to lovers of contemporary romance with a military element.

My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Debbie Haupt

    sounds good Sophia Rose, I’m partial to military romance! Thanks

    • This series is a fantastic one and I hope you get the chance, Debbie. 🙂

    • This series is a fantastic one and I hope you get the chance, Debbie. 🙂

    • This series is a fantastic one and I hope you get the chance, Debbie. 🙂

  • Awwww….I love emotional stories 😉

    • You will adore this one then. LOL. Actually, when done well I love them, too. This author knows how to tug on the emotions, but not in a manipulative way.

  • Ooo, will keep this in mind for when I dabble into military romance.

    • Oh yes, Velvet. This series starts out hot and fun, but has some variety and depth to the romance set against the military background.

  • I’m about to go on Overdrive and see if my library has the first book. I’m pretty sure I remember seeing it. I need me some military romance in my life. Great review!

    • Oh, you really do, Lekeisha! Crossing my fingers for you.

      • Got it! I have 14 days to read it, soI may start it tomorrow since I plan to read another book over the weekend. I may start it on my break tomorrow at work.

        • The first one tended to read fast for me b/c they are such a fiery couple. Hope you like it, but no worries if you don’t. 🙂

  • This sounds amazing! The cover has a serious Top Gun feel to it and the story sounds so emotional. I need to see about getting the first book in this series. Great review!

    • Ha, yes, the first one is really Top Gun-ish, Carole. I even tacked one of the songs from the movie to my review for the Books N Tunes challenge. Hope you get the chance.

  • oh my gosh Sophia…I have to grab up this author and now!!! I really love those books that give you that ugly cry because they are the best. And military romances are one of those genres that I love but haven’t read enough of.

    • Make haste, Renee!!!! Haha, you will find this series is full of delicious variety with each of the romances, but this last was the best. The military element is there and present, but it is all state-side so not violent.

  • Yes, Sophia I tears were REAL. I too needed to hug myself and Cleeton nailed it!

    • I braced myself for it and still managed to come all unglued. Oh yeah, she really did homer this one.

  • *sigh* Yes! This really was an amazing book. Book one was my ugly cry/hangover one. This one came pretty darn close to that. It did get me crying a number of times. She really is fantastic!

    • Yep, now that you mentioned it, I did a fair amount of bawling for book one. I can’t get over how well she wrote each of these romances.

  • Bookworm Brandee

    Gah! The rave reviews I keep seeing for this one. I’m so happy it was such a good read, Sophia. I grabbed book #1 in December so I’ll be enjoying this series soon. 🙂

    • She really grabs the emotions, but the reader doesn’t feel manipulated. And pull who can pass up hot fighter pilots. 🙂

      You’re in for a treat, Brandee.

  • Oh, I’ve read some positive feedback for this series particularly this story and deym! I can’t wait to try it.

    • Oh yeah, this one will really tug at your heart one moment and get you hot and bothered the next, Vanessa. Make sure you start with Fly With Me which is book one if you decide to try these.

  • Oh , I must bump this series up on my TBR! Glad to see this exceeded expectations! Great review, Sophia Rose!

    • For sure, Cyn! The series took me by surprise last year and now at the end, I just wish it would keep going on and on. She writes such good romance and I do love the fighter pilot world.

  • Yes! I had no idea how the author was going to do it, but I knew she’d make Easy and Dani’s story worth the wait. It was sigh-worthy, and left me with a serious book-hangover! I could read about them forever.

    Great review. 🙂

    • I was nervous about having their romance happen when she was so in love with her husband and lost him and the guys were great friends. But yes, she dazzled me with her insight into her characters and a good romance.

      • I was, too. She was so deep in grief that I just couldn’t see how she was going to be able to move on. But the author handled in beautifully, and I think the way things played out where the only way they could have for her to move on.

  • Ah I really should pick up this series eventually. between your and Anna her reviews for these books i am so curious about these books. They sound so well written. This does sound like a very emotional read with her losing her husband, I am not a fan of romances which feature a widow to be honest as it’s always so sad and it feels like part of their heart always will belong to the one they lost. But it also sounds so uplifting to see her overcome her grief and love again. Nice you get to see the other couples again as well. Great review Sophia!

    • Haha, we’re tag-teaming you. 🙂

      Yes, the widow issue was what made me a little nervous about how the romance would work. I ended up being alright with it since it was over a year before this book’s events.