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Wings (Wings, #1) It s been a little while since I finished this book and the story still lingers in my head That deserves a bonus star.I can very well imagine this to be a legend told amongst the Nazarians and Melanians alike It is a very thought provoking story about being at the wrong place at the wrong time an innocent falling prey to war and cruel intentions something beautiful crushed by destiny how the hunter falls for his prey how something beautiful can evolve from a cruel and selfish act the power of loveIt s also about sexual abuse and emotional manipulation which adds a good portion of ambiguity to the mix.The captor, Vanyae, was born and raised in a society that approved of slavery He considered his prize, Anyar, as nothing than an object to be used for his pleasure Although I thought there was to his emotional relationship with Anyar from the start it took him a while to figure it out for himself The description of his initial attitude interspersed with emotional undertones and the arising inner conflicts was well done and very believable.There were several sex scenes in the story but not too many They were pretty hot, too, even those that tread a very thin line between dub con and rape That s of course a very subjective perception I thought that the dub con scenes were stunningly and slightly disturbingly erotic due to the excellent writing and choice of words I couldn t have imagined a better way to demonstrate Vanyae s total dominion over Anyar and the complete helplessness, humiliation and betrayal that Anyar felt.For me the HEA was a satisfying end to a well and fluently written story that kept me glued to the pages But other readers might be tempted to question the perceived value of love here due to the circumstances Anyar s actions and his brief musings about his feelings towards the end of the story added some important depth to it.A vital part of this fantasy world and an intriguing detail of the characters were the wings They were so much than a means to fly and also kind of critical to the events of the story which is not quite free of bitter irony.On the other hand I wished the story would have been longer and had world building in it In addition I missed insight in how Anyar fell for Vanyae It s told, not shown which somehow suited the story but it left me with a twinge of regret. Isn t that Anne Cain cover gorgeous I could look at it for hours.How you view this book is going to depend very much on your views about dubious consent The story involves young soldier, Anyar, who is captured and taken as a sexual slave to the prince, Vanyae There are several sex scenes in the book which depict Anyar s body enjoying the experience, but in his mind he is being taken against his will It certainly treads a very fine line between rape and dub con, so fine in fact, that even I was a little uncomfortable and dub con doesn t usually bother me.Despite this, there was much to enjoy about this novella First and foremost was the depiction of the fantasy elements, especially the wings All the characters have wings and I have to admit I was a little sceptical about this at first and wasn t sure whether I would be able to relate to a character who had wings I shouldn t have worried because this aspect was dealt with with such sympathy and understanding that I couldn t help marvelling at how right the characters seemed with wings after a while This mainly happened through the characterisation Anyar and Vanyae are from opposing countries and this is even reflected in their physical differences Anyar has large wings, whereas Vanyae s wings are smaller, giving him the advantage of speed, a difference which becomes important later in the book What also worked well was the way that the wings are linked strongly to identity, especially with Anyar Anyar has black wings which are seen as unusual in his country wings are usually dark in colour, but not black This makes Anyar uncomfortable about his appearance and shy around other people The wings are also used to express emotion or give an indication as to how the characters are feeling, for example holding the wings up high and close to the body indicates stress and worry and in one scene we see the utter joy that Anyar has in flight Anyar is terrified when he is captured because he has heard rumours that captured people from his country have their wings removed and to him that would be worse than death The fact that the wings were so closely connected to the characterisation meant that they never seemed like an add on or just there to make the story seem a bit different from other fantasy books The author had really thought carefully about this aspect of the world building and that went a long way towards my enjoyment of the book.Another thing I liked about this book was the author s written style J.C Owens is a new to me author and so I had no idea what to expect when I began reading the book I was delighted to find that the written style flows well and that the descriptive passages were rich and evocative, especially in the way the setting is described The character of Anyar is particularly sympathetic and I found myself feeling a great deal of empathy for him and his situation.The part of the book that didn t work as well for me was in the relationship between Anyar and Vanyae Not on the part of Vanyae and his attraction and then love for Anyar, that part I understood and was easy to accept In fact, the change in Vanyae s feelings from a sort of cruel and obsessive need for Anyar into a bewildering love and need for him was done very well I could see how the good and kind Anyar would incite a change in Vanyae for the better, leading to him falling in love with Anyar What didn t work as well was the way that Anyar developed feelings for Vanyae Although Vanyae treats Anyar with probably respect than he would a slave, Anyar is isolated, sexually used and made to feel like a possession for Vanyae to get out and play with whenever he desires The fact that he begins to have feelings for Vanyae made it akin to Stockholm Syndrome than true love and even a few incidents towards the end of the book did nothing to prevent that little niggly feeling in the back of my mind that Anyar s feelings were as a result of enforced proximity Perhaps if the book had been longer and there had been a few scenes of Anyar and Vanyae developing an emotional connection, I may have felt happier There were mentions of times when the men sat and spoke to one another, but as all these happened off page, I was only told of the growing feelings rather than seeing for myself Despite this niggle, I was still satisfied with the ending to the book and was happy about the way the political plot merged with the romance.I expect many of you are going to have read the words dubious consent and already decided that this book isn t for you Fair enough For those of you who don t mind dub con, I would recommend that you give Wings a try It s not without issues, but I found it to be an interesting and well written fantasy novella and I shall certainly be looking out for other books by this author. I love her stories This is the second one that really transported me into storyland and held me captive Fair warning, dubious consent borders on non consent and the whole very riveting plot is driven by Stockholm Syndrome emotional responses I know some people are having a negative reaction to the first sex scenese between Vanyae and Anyar, however, I felt it was in line with the plot and characterization for this FANTASY story I love this authors writing style Can t wait for the next book. The writing was really good and kept me reading view spoiler I Hated the relationship between the two M C s if you could call it that It was strictly Master slave where the Master cared nothing for the slave and the slave had no choice but to submit and obey or they would torture his commander and rape him any way I posted quotes and most of the reasons i hate this in my comments on this thread if you want to look might be some spoilers there though hide spoiler Well, some times I feel the desire to dive into something dark, dub con for example in a strictly fantasy setting and this story did satisfy my desire What I liked the most was the fantasy element of the wings and what I think they symbolize, from personality, character s mood and emotions to bigger symbols such as freedom and core of existence The wings are not just for show and in my opinion are the best element of this fantasy world.Many parts of the story are very well written but regretfully, I find the process of characters falling in actual love quite rushed I liked the characters although I expected from a character like Vanyae view spoiler Vanyae is driven only by his desire and lust at the very beginning but I can t blame him for that He lives in a fantasy world that slavery is acceptable He is a prince and very much used to having his way Anyar his love interest or at the beginning lust happens to be from an enemy nation They have two options only or so they believe, to be enemies or master and slave Driven by lust, Vanyae takes Anyar by force Now how he came to love his slave, see his as a person and in the process, question slavery and find the desire to see his lover happy, free and whole was quite beautiful but too short, I really needed to read to better enjoy this great change in him I also understand how Anyar developed feelings for his captor I could easily sympathize with him in his great fear at losing his wings and manhood into slavery I was having a tiny heart attack when he thought he was going to lose his wings, his joy and freedom Let s face it, if I had wings or testicles, while the possibility of having any of them is equally unlikely and crazy for me, I can easily imagine that I would have been extremely attached to both body parts Now, if I imagine myself in Anyar s place, Vanyae fighting for him to keep him whole, I would have definitely developed very strong feelings as well Hell, I would have had his babies willingly Wait, I have testicle in this scenario coughs The point is, Vanyae WAS cruel to Anyar, DID take a lot but he left him a way out, he left him his WINGS and you know, his manhood, equally important, I swear That in my opinion was A LOT, considering what wings are in their world I can see how Anyar can develop feelings Sometimes small action trigger a feeling, sometimes one event alone is enough to create a unique bond It helped that Anyar, like Vanyae, was a creature of lust and desire This lust and perhaps some trauma helped him to like his captor He could see the way other slaves were treated, and after spending such a long time in captivity of course he feels something for Vanyae hide spoiler This was a beautiful love story in my opinion Two races, the Melanians and the Nazarians, have been at war for centuries In an unconventional effort to stop the hostilities, the crown prince of the Nazarians, Vanyae, abducts the heir to the Melanian throne, Tanyan, and his love interest Anyar Tanyan is held by the king of Nazar and treated well The young, handsome Anyar is given to Prince Vanyae as a slave The story flows extremely well with a good plot I was very impressed by the way the author gradually unfolds the story between Vanyae and Anyar The story ends well for most characters I recommend this book highly everyone. 3.5 starsFor most of the story the writing is very well done In my opinion or perhaps these are just my feelings towards the master slave sub genre , this story needed an extra one hundred pages right in the middle There is a period of about two months skipped plus the beginning of the turn about in both characters feelings desires world view that left out a lot of the emotional turmoil and the scenes that showed this change, which were instead told in a few pages The change took me by surprise, then, after so much adamant stubbornness on both sides I suppose I am used to reading master slave stories in a very LONG format, but this would still be a relatively short novel for the subject Most of all though, I find that turnabout in emotion to be the best part of this kind of story and I was sad to have missed quite a bit of it I also usually need that period to really feel like I understand and see the change.Other than that one issue, I thought this was a wonderful and great novel The flying details and the world building was done beautifully and efficiently This is the first JC Owens book that I have read I ve had my eye on the Gaven Series for a while now and I m excited to read them. Not romantic just creepy.To author If you want me to believe that a man can fall in love with the person that abducted and repeatedly raped him, you can t be lazy and skip through the story You can t just recite their changed feelings, you need to show it happening. I ve recently become a HUGE fan of angel stories, so this one appeared kinda naturally on my TBR.It s a fantasy story about two races of winged humans who have been at war with each other for eons.Anyar, a young guard who considers himself unremarkable if not for his midnight black wings, curiously guards the envoy of the enemy kingdom who have arrived in his city for negotiations Anyar has a crush on his commander Tanyan Just when both men finally come closer, the enemy envoy drop all facades and kidnap both the commander and Anyar in order to enslave them in their kingdom, ensuring permanent peace by keeping them hostage.Anyar becomes the prince s slave And with a heavy dose of Stockholm syndrome thrown in, both men develop feelings for each other.I really liked this fantasy world of winged humans Some scenes were totally powerful, like the moment Anyar tries to escape his doom by soaring impossibly high into the sky like good old Icarus.However, all in all, the plot left A LOT to be desired Constant POV switches between three characters with a few passages of dropping POVs in favor of an authorial narrator it seemed a bit rough.Also, the romance felt weirdly off, like an arrow that missed its bull s eye Establishing the romance between a master and an actual physical slave who is held captive against his will takes quite a lot of writing skill to pull off I did not like the enemy prince at all and never rooted for him until the end The romance between Anyar and his commander would have been a natural choice, but was dropped completely halfway through the story.So, even though I quite liked Anyar and his struggles and enjoyed a few epic moments in this story, it s not really my favorite fantasy romance.2.5 stars Anyar, A Black Winged Young Guard, Could Only Be Accused Of Being In The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time He Captures The Attention Of A Commanding, Beautiful White Winged Prince Of The Enemy, Vanyae, And Is Swept Away Into The Conflict Between Their PeoplesVanyae Takes The Incredible, Black Winged Beauty From His Home And All He Knows To A Place Of Submission, Of Slavery And Though Anyar Vows Never To Give In And Despairs Of His Freedom, Vanyae Finds Pleasure In His Body And His SpiritEven While The Battle Rages, Vanyae Starts To Realize That His Black Winged Bird Is Much Than A Slave To Him Publisher S Note This Book Contains Explicit Sexual Content, Graphic Language, And Situations That Some Readers May Find Objectionable Anal Play Intercourse, Dubious Consent, Male Male Sexual Practices, Menage M M M

About the Author: J.C. Owens

J.C McGuire.J.C Owens lives in small town, rural Alberta and is a self confessed writing a holic In the absence of help for this affliction I do indeed love to write and have over twenty books sitting idle in my computer, waiting I love the genre of male male stories and conflict in what a person thinks they want, versus what they truly need to become themselves I think any writing that shows the beauty of men loving men is worthwhile.I love to hear from my readers and always appreciate suggestions and comments for future books Sharing a love of reading and good, hot sensuality between men is always a cause for celebration

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