Series: Wild Aces #3
Published by Penguin, Berkley on 1/3/17
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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…
Oh, man. On Broken Wings is a contemporary romance lover’s dream. This book was everything I wanted! This love story was a special one; because I have been waiting for these two characters to crash together from the moment I found out that Easy was pining for Dani in Fly With Me. I suspected that the impact would be a memorable one after the heartbreaking loss in book one, plus the unrequited love in Into the Blue. So, the culmination of all that sweet torture… I was right!
Fortunately, I didn’t have to wait long at all for the conclusion to this story, as I discovered this author at the best possible time (sorry to all my peeps who had to wait!) when all the cards had already been played. I binged, and I am filled with love, joy, and satisfaction, plus slight envy because, damn, where is my Easy?
I’m babbling. Anyway, this is the third book in the Wild Aces series and I’m going to say the thing that you might not want to hear: this is a standalone, and it truly does stand on its own, BUT, I’m recommending you read the other two books before you dive into this one. There, I said it. Fly With Me is a great romance that surprised me with its impact (read my review for more), and Into the Blue, though not as good, is a good second chance romance that added layers to the overall series and tension to fuel this conclusion. Simply put, as far as I’m concerned, this series is all about Easy and Dani. Though, you can ignore me completely and I’m sure you’ll still enjoy this story.
On Broken Wings follows Easy, a hero so selfless and caring I wasn’t able to prevent myself from melting, and Dani, a heroine whose pain and conflict broke my heart. The chemistry between the two was simultaneously soothing and combustible, as they experienced a love (the best kind of love, imo) that grew from friendship to romance. Their scenes together caused my heart to swell and I honestly could’ve experienced their romance forever without getting sick of it. I just loved how Cleeton portrayed these two characters, even though I will say that Easy is more memorable. 😉 Add to that a turn that includes one of my favorite romantic tropes (which I had an inkling about and wished for), and I was in heaven.
I’m beyond satisfied with how this series ended, though I wouldn’t balk at more military romances from this author. She did a great job with the Wild Aces. I was happily surprised when I dove into book 1 and my level of interest rarely wavered as I continued on and fell for these brave and sexy heroes and the women who love them. Each is packed with both emotion and heat, with On Broken Wings the apex that’s worth the torment. I finished this book more than a month ago, and since then I’ve picked it up multiple times to reread my favorite scenes. It’s sweetness really does linger. I recommend.
P.S. I still hate the cover.