Raised among humans, Ori Jones only discovered he was an avian shifter six months ago. Unable to complete a full shift until he reaches his avian maturity, he still can’t be sure of his exact species.
But with species comes rank, and rank is everything to the avians. When a partial shift allows the elders to announce that they believe Ori to be a rather ugly little duckling, he drops straight to the bottom rung of their hierarchy.
Life isn’t easy for Ori until he comes to the attention of a high ranking hawk shifter. Then the only question is, is Ori really a duck—and what will his new master think when the truth eventually comes out?
Author: Kim Dare
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Virgin Territory, Axel's Pup, Celebrate, Magpie
Series: Avian Shifters #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Celebrate, Magpie
Published by Self Source: Author
Published: August 12th 2015
Genres: Fairytale Re-telling, M/M Erotica, Male Male Romance, Paranormal Romance
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Loosely based from The Ugly Duckling fairy-tale, from the very beginning I knew Duck! was going to be an emotional story. Ori is such a fragile character. Not knowing he was a shifter until six months earlier, he is now living among other avian shifter. From his partial shift it is assumed he is a duck; one of the lowest ranking of all avians. Living in the mixed nest until he can complete a full shift he is basically treated like crap by all higher ups, a slave for them to order around without the ability to say no. It wasn’t too far into the book that I found my heart breaking for him. The crows were the worst. It made me wish I was a large cat so I could ‘play’ with those bullies!
Can a hawk also be considered a knight in shining armor? He certainly seemed to be one for Ori. Or maybe, because he was in a difficult position himself having inherited that albatross (Pun intended!) of a house, he didn’t want to see anyone else suffering.He wasn’t exactly looking for a servant although he certainly needed one. Taking him home and discovering Ori was more of a sub than servant benefited them both.
One thing I found fascinating was the avian hierarchy. Ducks are lower than crows? Really, because crows are annoying rats with wings. And swans…not exactly at the top of the food chain and yet, they’re royalty. Hmmm… When it finally comes to light than Ori was a swan, my mind was percolating with questions. Why are swans so revered? How did a swan fall through the cracks if they are so important? And the big one: You really are going to separate Ori (a swan) from Raynard (a hawk)? Didn’t they know swans and certain hawks mate for life? Tsk-tsk!
There wasn’t anything about Duck! I didn’t like. The slow building from rescuer to D/s to something more was exquisite to read. Such sad emotional heartbreak mixed in with touching D/s moments played thorough this book. The sex scenes were good but it was the fragile attachment the built between Ori and Raynard that had me riveted. The angst that Ori suffers in the when he was a nobody, finally finding happiness, then having it ripped away when they determine he is Someone, to eventually get his HEA…what a emotional roller-coaster!
I discovered author Kim Dare earlier this year from a different series and fell in love with her writing. Her characters are so fragile yet strong, it’s not hard to love them. Their stories enchanting and in the end the HEAs are painfully earned which makes them so much more precious. Duck! is no exception to this formula. I fell in love with Ori and Raynard and I’m sure anyone who read’s their story will, too.