Thursday, January 5, 2017

Review: On Broken Wings - Chanel Cleeton

ON BROKEN WINGS (Wild Aces #3)
by Chanel Cleeton
January 3, 2017
Adult Contemporary Romance

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…

5 Stars
The realistic, angst-filled series about the Wild Aces fighter pilots is the kind of book series that you grow attached to, where you think of the characters as your real life friends, and On Broken Wings was no different. Readers started begging for an Alex "Easy" Rogers story from the moment they met the handsome player in Fly With Me and Chanel Cleeton has given fans what they asked for. I knew there was going to be more to Easy than what we first see in Fly With Me. We've seen him party and sleep around, but we also saw him admiring Dani from afar. He's a bit of a tortured soul, painfully hurt by the loss of his friend and fellow pilot, and even more affected by his endless pining for the girl he cannot have, that same pilot's widow. I absolutely fell for him, swooned over every sweet moment and every moment where he held back his feelings, harboring his secret crush though it hurt him to do so. Dani, as a character, absolutely blew my mind. I don't know how Chanel so accurately represented the loss of a significant other, how she perfectly took the feelings Dani experienced and allowed the reader to be affected by them as well. I wanted her to have her happily ever after, I wanted Easy to have his happily ever after, of course I wanted them to have it together, but I just wanted them both to be happy no matter how I got it. Y'all, I bawled like a baby from 75% to 100%. There was no stopping the waterworks once they started, I was just that invested into Dani and Easy. 

Some women slid under your skin so deep, you couldn't carve them out no mater how hard you tried.

This was heaven and this was hell, and I swallowed up every single moment.

The story between these two is heartbreaking, yet at the same time it filled my heart with so much joy. Individually they seem to have nothing together, their lives in shambles, but together things make sense. The story is a roller coaster, predictable at times, but one you jump onto and ride all the way through. These two don't fall together like a usual romance, things between them come with history that can't be ignored. Both have heavy weights on their shoulders, but for me that is what made the love story between them just that much more realistic. Chanel Cleeton is the best type of writer, she brings ever scene to life, the situations are realistic, the dialogue flows naturally, and there's no insta-love to be found anywhere. It's heavy, real life stuff that makes the Wild Aces series just that good and it's why readers have fallen head over heels for all the pilots, but especially Easy.

-I wouldn't ever let her go again. Friends or lovers, we would always be in each other's lives. There were some bonds that were forged when you needed them most, unshakable connections that spoke to a shared history, an understood pain.

On Broken Wings is definitely my favorite of the series, I loved getting to spend time in Easy's head, to get to know Dani outside of her marriage to Joker, and to revisit some of our favorites from  Fly With Me and Into the Blue. If you are looking for a contemporary romance with handsome men, smart heroines, and sexy, swoon worthy moments, the Wild Aces series is a must read. 
Check out Book 1 in the Wild Aces series, Fly with Me: 

Check out Book 2 in the Wild Aces series, Into the Blue:


After years spent studying international politics in London and a stint in law school, Chanel Cleeton found her passion crafting smart and sexy contemporary romances and thrillers. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she's happiest curled up with a book, her three dogs lounging beside her. Chanel is a lover of big sunglasses, irresistible handbags, food covered in sprinkles, and pint-sized pups with larger-than-life personalities. 

She is published by Harlequin and Penguin and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, Assassins, and Wild Aces series. 


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