A Shadow of Wings is a wonderfully different take on the usual shifter story. The story grabs you from the first page where Dylan is in trouble and rescued by Cam, to the very end of the story. It is incredibly well written, with characters that are real, with depth and layers to them. I love the contrast between the two main characters and how the relationship develops.
It features Cam, a cockatrice shifter, who is sweet, shy, innocent and a bit sheltered when compared to Dylan, a streetwise guy who’s had a hard life. Cam is different than most of his kind, his calling is for those in trouble, to find them and protect them. He does his job and then lets them go, but not Dylan. He wants to experience things with Dylan that he never has before, his first kiss, his first sex. But those conflict with his duty and with the way he has been raised.
Dylan is very much a street kid, abused and used and using, but at the age of twenty three, he’s ready to clean up and fly straight. He’s not sure what it is about Cam that draws him in. He’s conflicted between just wanting to use Cam for a night off the streets, in a warm bed and the real feelings he’s getting for the shy guy in front of him.
I was impressed with this first story that I’ve read by this author. She did a great job balancing the evolving relationship and the suspenseful paranormal shifter elements together. I am hoping that she writes more like this, set in the same world.
Thrown out on the street by his homophobic stepfather, Dylan struggles to get his life together. Years of being used and abused have left him tough and determined to make it on his own. When he sees a dog getting beaten, his protective instincts drive him to rescue her. But as the attackers turn on Dylan, out of the shadows comes a hero. One with mysterious eyes and a shy sensuality Dylan can’t resist.
Cam Coburn can’t reveal his true identity to the man he rescues. Nor can he reveal that he’s a freak among freaks, a cockatrice shifter with an unwanted gift for seeking out conflict rather than treasure. Newly independent from his mentor, Cam sees in Dylan his first chance to test the limits of his human guise. Defying every rule, Cam succumbs to Dylan’s seduction for just one night. But Cam finds he can’t let his lover go, and Dylan breaks down every barrier. For he is the one human who can gaze in a cockatrice’s eyes without fear.
Yet even as their bond deepens, danger closes in on them from all sides, and Cam’s dark secrets may save them—or lead to their destruction.