Saturday, May 21, 2011

Broken Wings

Title: Broken Wings
Author: Bethany Brown and Ashlyn Kane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-971-3
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

When he left his lover, Brad Wilde, without any explanation, Patrick Hawkins thought he was doing the right thing but as soon as he arrived home in Ontario, he knows he’s made a terrible mistake. He’s miserable, unhappy and his friends don’t know what to do with him. And Brad’s just as unhappy with their separation and his friends and work can’t fill the void.

Getting back together isn’t easy, when living so far apart, and long distance relationships aren’t easy under the best of circumstances but Brad and Pat are determined to make it work. Life is complicated and when things get bad, being apart only makes them lonelier, but it makes them realize that sometimes the only way to fix their problems is to make a big change and one of them move closer to the other.

Broken Wings is the newest release in the Lost Boys and Love Letters series by co-authors Brown and Kane. It follows characters met in previous release so I recommend reading the books in sequential order.

The book starts with a prologue, setting up Patrick’s unhappiness. He’s rude and surly and generally a miserable human being to be around. All this makes him into an unlikable guy because you don’t know what’s wrong and don’t find out for awhile. His change in behavior starts when he tries to reconcile with Brad. From here he’s pleasant, almost so changed its Jekyll and Hyde different, making the alteration hard to accept. Another thing bothering me is Brad’s quick acceptance of Patrick back into his life after having his heart broken. Both seemed a bit unrealistic to have happened so quickly.

I liked the symbolism of Patrick’s tattoo and the depth of his feeling toward Brad and that he is willing to give up a lot of what he values for them to be together. The authors also do a nice job with scenes revolving around the death of Brad’s grandmother and his stalker and how Patrick steps up to support and protect his lover during these painful and difficult times. There are a lot of friends/secondary characters and sometimes it’s hard to keep them straight since many speak and act alike, but a few stand out…tattooed Justine and her burly husband Keegan, Bingo the dog and Graham (I loved the scene with him at the tattoo parlor. The near fainting was a hoot).

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