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.