Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wings of Love


Title: Wings of Love
Author: Deirdre O'Dare
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure
ISBN: 978-1-60272-724-3
Genre: {M/M} Dark Fantasy, Paranormal, Shape-shifter, Action/Adventure Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Border Patrol Officer Manuel Ortiz kept his ability to shape-shift into a red-tailed hawk a well guarded secret. He refuses to allow family or co-workers close enough to know about his abilities. The thought of ostracism frightens him.

Border Patrol Agent Alex Macalister is used to keeping his own secrets and those of the members of the Paranormal Operations Unit. They operate under a “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule but all the agents know how to keep the other’s council, which allows them to work well together. Alex is sure that being teamed with Manuel has something to do with abilities he doesn’t want advertised. Is it enough to make him want to keep Manuel as a partner? If Alex can get over his loner ways, he might find out that being teamed with Manuel could have him soaring on Wings of Love.

Deirdre O'Dare The Thin Green Line series is back with another interesting tale. We are once again on the border between Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico, where the illegal activity is increasing. Shape-shifters team up with aliens in this installment, giving the border patrol agents an adventure they wouldn’t soon forget and creating an interesting story for those of us who enjoy dark-fantasy.

The combination of action, suspense and a budding relationship between Manuel and Alex kept the story flowing from beginning to end. Alex isn’t a complicated character; he’s just a man who enjoys his own company. He grew up sheltered in one aspect when it comes to learning about his abilities and understanding how to use them. His way of performing his job may seem strange to others, but Manuel figures out how to go with the flow.

Manuel lacked the opportunity to share his abilities with a trusted loved one and Alex filled that void. He learned to enjoy his gift even more over time. Finally having someone who “gets it” made him a stronger man. It was nice to see some of his and Alex’s defenses melt in the wake of the other.

The cameo appearances add to the story without distracting us from our main characters. I found Wings of Love a well written read that touches on the subjects of the importance of friendship, faith, and trust.

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