Title: On Broken Wings
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…
Author: Chanel Cleeton
Series: Wild Aces #3
Published by Berkley Source: Publisher
Published: January 3rd 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance, Romance
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The book opens with the most gut-wrenching scene a young wife can go through. Dani’s lost everything and must find a way to go on. She does so as well as can be expected with the support of her wonderful friends. Easy has been there for her every time she’s needed help before and after her husband, his best friend’s, fatal plane crash. Until he can’t be there anymore. He’s so in love with her that he lets his friends convince him it’s better for them both if he stays away. The fighter squadron is a small community and it’s impossible to completely avoid Dani though. When circumstances continue to bring them together, Easy keeps his feelings from Dani surprisingly well but he can’t stop helping her when she needs it.
The inevitable change in their relationship ends with a very unexpected situation entangles the two more thoroughly. Easy never doubts his feelings for Dani even as he fights the guilt. It’s hard to love your best friends widow especially when that love started long before. It’s even harder for Dani to give herself permission to move on. These two must work through the problems all couples have and so much more!
Cleeton explores every nuance of inner turmoil between Easy and Dani in such a realist way that she had me in tears more than once. The joy in seeing these two find their way was equally intense. It takes a gifted writer to create emotions so real the reader is pulled into feeling every one.
Military oriented romance novels tend to lack either detail or accuracy. I generally think they’re better off to be vague because most writers don’t understand the military well enough to do it well. Cleeton either has a military background or does incredible research because she is spot on. Everything from the fighter pilot mentality to the day to day living is true to reality.
Thought this was book three of the series, I never felt lost because I hadn’t read the first two. I look forward to reading more of Cleeton’s books once I’m sufficiently recovered from this emotional roller coaster.