Tuesday, August 9, 2011

With Wings

Title: With Wings
Author: Z. Allora
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: www.mlrbooks.com
ISBN: 978-1-60820-420-3
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx  

Darius Stone, lead guitarist for The Dark Angels, a rock band created by lead singer Angel Luv, is finding it hard to reconcile his “I am straight” certainty with his “gay only for Angel” passionate desires.  

With Wings is the first book in the The Dark Angels series and the main theme is a journey of sexual discovery and a same-sex romance.  The setting is a villa in Bali, which affords Dare and Angel a quiet seclusion to explore their feelings.  A detail of Bali’s tourist attractions also provides informative background.  The plot is expressed from Dare’s point of view.  His emotional turmoil, as well as his interactions with Angel, is both heartwarming and annoying.  The story begins as interesting, but not especially noteworthy, until about halfway when I could see the development taking place.  The small mentions of the main character’s profile, which is scattered throughout the storyline in bits, made it difficult to be fully engaged in them. Absent is Dare and Angel’s family connections before joining the band.  Featured is Dare, who is hung up on the sexuality labels - straight, bi-sexual, gay.  His brain tries to fit his emotions into one category by inventing excuses for every reaction Dare has to Angel’s touch.  However, Dare’s heart defies his brain by exhibiting an almost unbearable craving for intimacy with Angel.  Comfortable with being gay, Angel is very much attracted to Dare, yet declines to initiate a relationship other than friends with benefits which take place a year after Dare joined the band.  Secondary characters include band members Josh on bass, Robin on keyboards and Dusty on drums. The interaction between all of the characters illustrates a strong friendship bond.

With Wings is amusing and entertaining with particularly impressive intimacy scenes.  Z. Allora has created a remarkably enjoyable happy-for-now saga, leaving the ending open for a continuation in future stories.

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