Author: Kim Dare
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/12/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: BDSM, M/M Romance, Paranormal
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?
I loved this book when it was first released and I just fell in love with it all over again. I like the contrast of fairy-tale and kinky sex in this modern day take of The Ugly Duckling and Cinderella.
Avian shifters with a harsh hierarchy who have a liking for the BDSM lifestyle and a much longer read than I am used to from Kim Dare – what’s not to like?
Ori hasn’t reached the age where he can fully shift. When he managed a partial shift in front of the elders they called him an ugly duckling so a duck is what he fully expects to become. Ducks are sweet natured and often submissive but also low down in the rankings and leave him open to abuse from many of the people he serves in the nest. When he is being cruelly teased one day by a bunch of crows his saviour arrives in the form of Raynard, a Hawk shifter, who takes him home with him to live as his servant.
Raynard is trying to sort out the estate of his recently deceased uncle and sets Ori the task of cleaning and organisng the house he has inherited. Ori thrives in his care as he is given clear orders and expectations and although Raynard is strict and often cold he is always fair. Bringing a sexual component into their arrangement sees Ori go from servant to submissive and again he thrives on not having to make decisions.
The BDSM is fairly light and very hot but Kim Dare does a fantastic job of evolving their relationship into so much more than either of them planned or expected. The master/sub roles become more important than anything else. Submitting for Ori is as important as breathing and Reynard takes that from him and nurtures him until he feels safe and cared for.
Just as you think everything is going to work out for them there is a twist as Ori hits avian puberty. That damned hierarchy makes another appearance and messes up their plans but Ori has fallen in love and he will need help from an unexpected source if he is to keep the most important thing in his life.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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