Published by Berkley on January 3rd 2017
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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…
OMG, this book was everything I was expecting it to be and so much more. Totally all the feels! This is such a great series overall but this book is definitely my favorite so far. This was beautiful, sad and romantic at the same time. I loved everything about it.
“Some women slid under your skin so deep, you couldn’t carve them out no matter how hard you tried.”
I will say that although all the books in the series could be read as standalones, I totally recommend you read the previous ones, especially Fly With Me. The stories are very much interconnected. I also might reveal some plot twists of Fly With Me in my review since I’ve read them all. Either way if you read the blurb for On Broken Wings, some of those things are revealed. I’ve been waiting for Easy’s (Alex) story ever since I read Fly With Me. He’s Noah’s best friend and Wild Aces squadron mate. Since Fly With Me, we know he’s hopelessly in love with Dani. It’s a very tough situation for him since she’s married to his squadron commander, who is also a dear friend of him and a man he greatly respects. Easy never makes a move, he’s a gentleman through and through and loyalty is one of his biggest virtues.
“I would have given everything I had to trade places with him, so he could have come back for her.”
Now, if you’ve read the blurb, or Fly With Me, you know the Aces had an accident in which Joker, their squadron commander, and Dani’s husband, sadly passed away. This situation marked everyone forever. Thor (from Book 2) suffered from PTSD and Easy was plagued with guilt.
And well, poor Dani was left alone and heartbroken. Her husband and being a military wife was basically her life, and without that she was left with nothing and trying to pick up all the pieces. Also, before her husband died, she also lost her baby. I felt so bad for her; she was trying to just survive.
So, as you guys know, I have huge issues with second best and with books where a spouse died. So although I was dying for Easy and Dani’s book I was extremely scared as to how Chanel would handle this situation. And boy did she deliver! The pacing, the pacing was perfect. And the angst! And it was also so real, and so messy. It was just perfect.
At the point we find Dani and Easy in this book, a year has passed since Joker died. Dani is trying to move on and Easy is trying to keep his distance from Dani while also supporting her though everything, after all they’ve always been great friends. God, Easy was such a great character. He’s such a great guy, and such a great friend, he totally makes the book. His love for Dani is so deep, yet he knows she will never see him as more than a friend (or so he thinks!) so he’s ok with just giving her what she needs, which is a friend.
“As much as it hurt, there was something about being around her. I loved her, and loving someone was more about them than you, so it didn’t matter what I wanted. If she wanted me around, if she wanted to be friends, then I’d give her that. I’d give her everything I could.”
Like I said, the pacing of how things happen in this book was key for me to love it that much. Their relationship has always been one of great friendship. Easy has always been there for Dani, in many of the worst moments in her life, so they already relied in each other a lot. So there’s always been so much love there. It’s the type of love that changes in this case. And the shift from friends to lovers is slow and with a few bumps on the road but everything just felt…right. For Dani, it’s especially hard to move on, to give in to the idea of loving someone else. Her confusion is so real and understandable, although at some point, she definitely started looking at Easy with different eyes. She’s definitely attracted to him, they shared a night of passion, which was uber HOTT, and then it gets complicated, which I definitely won’t spoil! In the end, although slowly, she realizes that Alex (Easy) is definitely that person that can totally change her life, give her everything she needs and make her love again. And well, swoons, he is one of the best heroes I’ve read, and I’ve read tons.
“Love was different once you’d known loss. Now I held on a bit tighter, knowing all too well how it felt to have your heart ripped away from you.”
“She might not have realized it, but I’d been home ever since I’d stepped off that ladder and taken her into my arms. She was my home.”
I definitely cried reading this book, and I’m usually not a crier. But this was raw, emotional and painful at times. I felt so much for both of these characters. I also laughed a lot, especially with the interactions between the Aces. And the happy moments, they were so worth it. All of my favorites from the previous books also play huge parts in this book, which I loved. The ending was so beautiful, and the epilogue elevated this book to my favorites list! Chanel Cleeton is an extremely talented writer and this series is so well written. One of my favorite things about it is that the situations feel so real, and the adults totally behave like adults, with no unnecessary drama or stupid misunderstandings. This book, well, this entire series is a must read and I absolutely recommend.
“The thing about love was that it was infinite; it stretched and molded itself and filled up the empty spots inside. I loved them both, differently, with no regard for measures or guilt. With Michael it had come on strong with a look, a smile at the bar, and then I was hooked, completely and utterly his. With Alex it was a slow burn, something that snuck up on me unexpectedly, until he was there, in my head, in my heart, standing beside me, supporting me, giving me back a piece of myself I’d thought died with Michael. Giving me a future I hadn’t dared hope for.”
**An ARC was generously provided by the author and Berkley Romance in exchange for an honest review**
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Check out the other books in the series!
Check out Book 1 in the Wild Aces series, Fly with Me
Check out Book 2 in the Wild Aces series, Into the Blue