“I made my own choice, I respect my own choice. It is okay, Caoimhe, I took a lover, I wasn’t taken.”
– Tender Wings of Desire (Locations 1007-1009)
From Amazon: When Lady Madeline Parker runs away from Parker Manor and a loveless betrothal, she finally feels like she is in control of her life. But what happens when she realizes she can’t control how she feels? When she finds herself swept into the arms of Harland, a handsome sailor with a mysterious past, Madeline realizes she must choose between a life of order and a man of passion. Can love overcome lies? What happens in the embrace of destiny, on the Tender Wings of Desire?
I found a few minor errors, which could have been picked up with more careful beta reading but otherwise, things like: syntax, concord, basic grammar, and the like, were all perfectly acceptable. I did find the writing to be a little stiff but I think that that this was deliberate as this was meant to be a period piece depicting a proper, well-bred British lady. I liked the auxiliary characters, such as the barmaid, and the owner of the Admiral’s Arms. I would have liked to hear more of their story, and I do believe that there could be a great story there!
“This wasn’t her; she wasn’t this person. She did not fall in love at first sight, she wasn’t the kind of person who eloped or ran off or died for love. That wasn’t Madeline.” (Locations 875-876)
Whoever wrote this tale, clearly took their cues from contemporary works in the romance genre as they conformed to the ever annoying convention of not using pronouns. I lost count of the number of times “Madeline” was used where “she” or “her” would have sufficed. For those of you who are interested, my Kindle tells me that her name was used 313 times in 96 pages. Couple that with all the other characters’ name being used as well, and it all gets a little repetitive.
“Madeline turned to answer the man, not quite caring for his tone, only to come face to face with the most handsome man she had ever seen.” (Locations 564-566)
I know it’s called Tender Wings of Desire for a reason, and I know that this was just a funny, spoofy attempt at fresh marketing but I would have preferred some “Spicy Wings of Desire”, if you get my meaning. There was just no chemistry here and the writing wasn’t even steamy. I found myself a little confused as to whether or not our protagonists had actually slept together, or if they had simply, literally, slept in the same bed at the same time.
That said, it was better written than most of the other crap that I tend to read for this blog and it was pretty entertaining. I didn’t feel like I just needed to get through it. It’s a cute read, so if you aren’t into erotica or you’re too young to be reading erotica but want a quick, kinda strange love story, give this one a go.
As a side note, I can’t seem to scrub the image of the Colonel’s arms, on the cover, from my mind. It’s a little creepy and a lot weird because I couldn’t stop seeing Colonel Saunders in my head as I read.
My rating: 3/5
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