Monday, March 31, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Broken Wings by Erika Ashby

Lynsie Fox has what she considers to be a perfect life. Married to Lincoln, a military pilot, she's living the Army life she's always loved. Being a sucker for great love stories, Lynsie makes it her mission to find Lincoln's best friend and co-pilot, Dax Adams, a good woman.

Losing the one woman he's ever loved, Dax attempts to be a good sport by playing along in Lynsie's match-making scheme. However, Dax is certain he will never get the woman of his dreams.

But life doesn't always fly smoothly. When turbulence strikes, Lynsie watches her world crash and burn around her, leaving her empty with broken wings. Despite her grief, can she mend the pieces back together and learn to fly again?

5 Fantastic Stars
Review by Allison East
I loved this book, hard. It made me feel ALL the feels. I was all over the place emotionally. I finished the book Thursday and it's Monday, I am still thinking about it. 2% in, I already loved Lynsie, Lincoln, and Dax.  I feel like that’s a tough thing to do, grab someone’s attention from the get go. And the whole beginning had me feeling a strong sense of foreboding. Like I knew something terrible was going to happen the whole time. And as much sadness as there was in this book- there was so much happy that I was afraid my face was going to crack from all the smiling.
"I love you," I whisper, pressing my nose to her forehead. "I love you more than I've ever loved anyone or anything in my entire life. You own me, Lynsie. I've never even had a choice." 

Lynsie and Lincoln are married, and quite the adorable pair. Lincoln is a military pilot doing what he loves, and Lynsie is a hairdresser. She knows the army life well, being as how her father is an Army pilot too.
“Love you to the sky and back, Lynsie Pearl.”

I purse my lips. “You know, technically, the sky isn’t that far away.”

“Are you questioning the depth of my love?” He grins at me. “Who’s to say how far the sky really is? No matter how many times you traveled it back and forth, there’d be no way to cover every single inch of it. There is so much blue up there, it puts the moon to shame.” He stares out the window, eyes lifted toward the sky with a grin spread across his face.

“Fine,” I let out an exaggerated sigh. “Since you put it like that.” I lean across the console, placing my lips against his. “I love you to the sky and back too, Lincoln Shane.”
Dax Adams is Lincoln’s best friend and his co-pilot, he is a huge part of their life as well. Lynsie keeps setting him up with different girls, but he feels like he won’t ever have his chance to fall in love. He was hurt before and doesn’t want that to happen again. And the truth is, the person he is in love with, he can never have. But that doesn’t stop him from being loyal to Lincoln and Lynsie when tragedy strikes.
“Thank you,” she says, squeezing our joined hands.

“For what?” I rub my thumb along the top of her hand.

“For just being you.” She yawns.

“I’ll be whatever you need, Lynsie,” I tell her, just above a whisper as she starts to finally doze off and I feel close behind her.
I connected totally to Lynsie, for some reason. I think her being happily married and living a good life reminded me a little of myself. She was a strong and sassy character too, which I love in a heroine. I felt everything that she felt; good and bad. I cried, for sure. I cried until my vision was blurry and I had to stop reading for a minute to gain composure. And I gasped- audibly. Like, “ohmygod is this really happening right now?” When I had to take breaks, I wanted to go right back to reading. I would think about where I left off, and where the story was ultimately going to end up. I read every day, and it’s hard to find a book that touches me, as much as this book did.
 The steam and sexy factor is there, but it takes a back burner to the rest of the story and I was totally ok with that, to be honest. I loved how sweet the characters were. And without giving too much away- I am totally in love with how it ends.
“Sometimes we don`t know how strong we truly are, until we have no choice.”
This was my first Erika Ashby book, and it won’t be my last. She has written such a great story. She really makes you feel what these characters are feelings. She had amazing detail when it came to Army life and that showed some true work. I can’t wait to see if there will be more in this series. I found a new author I can fangirl on, and I couldn’t be more excited!

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