Okay, now that I got those words out of the way, I can begin this review. New to the romance scene, Tender Wings of Desire leaves it’s readers wanting more than just this little taste of a novella. The three words above do a great job describing this tale, and yet not enough. After all, it’s a romance novel ‘written’ by a fast food chicken icon.
The story follows Madeline, a proper English lady that wants more in life than the plain offerings of being a housewife. She wants spice, adventure, and a something else she just can’t place. Madeline is the eldest sister in her family, and while she knows her duty is to be married off to the highest bigger, she longs for something much more. Victoria, her younger sister, wishes for nothing more than to be a wife.
The idea of being married to a well to-do suitor has her all aflutter, and once the words are spoken that Madeline will be married off, to a duke nonetheless, Victoria springs into action with her love of all things wedding, fashionable, and proper. Madeline, however, has ideas of her own. On the eve of her wedding, she dashes away into the night. Fleeing for her life and in search of the spice that makes life worth living.
What will she find out there? Adventure? Love? Danger?
This novella is a period romance – though not set in the modern period as the cover would lead you to believe. The setting is more likely ‘Turn of the Century’ than it is the twenty-first century. The writing is crisp, and clean. Much better than I thought it would be. I cannot say that I did not enjoy this style of book. A classic romance where the lady is swept off her feet by a handsome rake with a hidden past? Count. Me. In. The story flowed along much the way any of these types of novellas do.
I was entranced the entire time. And a little weirded out that I was reading a book written by and featuring the face of a fast food chain.
However, much to their credit there was very little, if any, talk of chicken. And the ending of the novella was beautiful. Tender Wings of Desire is a true romance if there ever was one. Whoever actually wrote this did a wonderful job of bringing the reader into this world and creating a succulent short story.
After reading it, I am left with confusing thoughts of KFC. Did they intend this as a joke? Did they mean to make it this good? Since I read it, will I get a free biscuit? I am not secure with how much I actually liked this. It was good. I would recommend it to others, as an actual quick read and not a joke book.
And I really don’t know how I feel about that.
It really is a good novella, and embodies all that we love about romance novels. An independent girl, a wild night, dashing gentlemen, the English countryside, and a whirlwind romance that ends up in true, forever, once in a life time love.
Also, they made the Colonel really attractive and I just cannot handle those feelings. Now I will forever see a young, handsome sailor with piercing blue eyes and a love so fierce nothing can destroy it. How am I supposed to order dinner with that image in my head?!
Tender Wings gets a solid three stars from me. It was a great little story, and not as gimmicky as I thought it would be. It’s the perfect story to send to mom for Mother’s Day, or to have on your own device to cherish for years to come.