Author: Feliz Faber
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
A Falcon Story
New York, 1994
What on earth is a live falcon doing in the middle of JFK airport? The answer to this question brings PAPD officer Mark Bowman face to face with falconer Hunter Devereaux, right in the middle of a fascinating field experiment using falcons to keep runways free of nuisance birds. The falcons are intriguing, but it’s arrogant, out-and-proud Hunter himself who really rubs Mark the right kind of wrong. Too bad Mark can’t act on the attraction: he’s deeply in the closet, and since he wants to keep his job, that’s where he’s determined to stay.
However, every time their paths cross, Hunter gets a little deeper under Mark’s skin, until Mark can’t deny his feelings any longer. Giving in to his desire makes Mark happier than he can remember being, but Hunter isn’t willing to hide their relationship forever. If they’re going to make a life together work, something has to give. Someday soon Mark will have to choose, or life will make the choice for him before he’s ready for it.
Full Disclosure… Feliz Faber does review for Prism Book Alliance. She has no idea, however, that I am reviewing this book as I am doing so from my own library. Her status on this blog has no bearing on what I am about to say.
Faber first came to my attention a few years ago when I read the wonderful Thorns. I recently picked up Desert Falcon, a short novella in Dreamspinner’s Bittersweet Dreams line, for a reading challenge. When I finished that title, I needed to know more about what happened to our main character, Hunter.
Ornithologist, Hunter Devereaux has lived a closeted life in the Middle East for about a decade, after his lover is killed during the invasion of Kuwait, he hides out as a falconer for three years.
City Falcon follows Hunter about six months after his return to the United States from his time in the middle east. If you haven’t read Desert Falcon, I highly suggest it, but it isn’t strictly required to enjoy the story Faber has of us in City Falcon.
While City Falcon is a bit closer to a “normal” romance than the other titles from Faber I have read, the setting and characters made it compelling and kept me turning the pages. It is set against the backdrop of history, with some artistic license taken where needed. But it isn’t history many people think about. Hunter and Mark’s story is set against the backdrop of JFK Airport’s initial forays into using birds of prey to keep the runways free of migratory birds. It isn’t something you often think about, but it is an important job.
Faber set her tale of a closeted police officer attempting to accept himself and his feelings for the aloof ornithologist right in the middle of 1994 New York city. I think she captured the attitudes of the time well. This story reminds you both how far we have come and how far we still have to go.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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