Review: Flesh & Feathers – April Fifer & Danielle Hylton-Outland
For the past ten years, Azaleigh Carlton has been living her life as each day comes. The simplicity with which she’s lived has worked well for her, yet there are times she’s found herself dwelling upon the past. Most especially upon the death of her mother. She’s made do with what she has and is content to continue living her life in the same manner she is now.
Deviating from her usual daily routine after work one day, she stops at a bar and comes across a man who captures her interest from the moment she sets her eyes on him. There’s something about Kale she finds intriguing, making her want to know him just a little better. She soon finds herself spending more time with him, enjoying every moment they have together. Yet there’s something she can’t deny. She’s falling in love with Kale, a realization that takes her completely by surprise.
While things are fine and dandy between them, there are times Kale remains aloof and quite mysterious. When he refuses her advances, Azaleigh begins to question whether he really likes her. When an attack exposes his true form, she realizes that there are things she doesn’t really know about. Things, it seems, that her friends are quite privy to but have kept her in the dark in order to ensure her safety.
When Kale inadvertently disappears, Azaleigh’s world is torn apart. She begins to question whether he really loved her at all. Mourning his loss, she unexpectedly meets Gale, a man so unlike her first love in every way. He’s loving, attentive, and willing to give her the space she so clearly needs. Against her better judgment, she finds herself falling under his spell.
When outside forces start to close in, Azaleigh discovers that her friends really aren’t who, and what, she thought they were. Forced to accept that they’ve her best interests at heart, she has no choice but to believe in each and every one of them and hope that they’ll keep her safe and sound from whatever is trying to harm her. The truth about who she really is soon comes to light, catching her by surprise in more ways than one. She knows she’ll need to make the right choices in order to defeat the evil headed her way, yet what if she makes the wrong one?
This was quite a thought-provoking story. I enjoyed it very much. A different take, of course, on the angels versus demons thing, but very well done, I think. Definitely looking forward to more from these authors. A truly intriguing debut!
Azaleigh’s life is simple until, by chance, she meets Kale. Charming and handsome, Az is immediately drawn to him. But long kept secrets lurk in the hearts of those Az holds most dear, and dangerous plans are unfolding around her.
As her life begins to crumble and Kale disappears, Gage, charismatic and striking, arrives, providing a calm port in an increasingly violent storm. But with every narrow escape from a far from human bounty hunter who’s after her life, Az begins to unravel a secret with the power to change her forever.
In an increasingly hostile world of Angel and Fallen, Azaleigh must navigate her own path, chose her own side, and ultimately protect her heart. Faced with two gorgeous men, an enemy she doesn’t know, and a future she cannot understand, Az must make a choice—the man she loves, or the man she cannot live without.
About The Authors:
Danielle Hylton-Outland was raised in Virginia. She grew up having a huge appetite for daydreaming; always wanting to live in the spectacular worlds she created in her mind. She now lives with her husband and dog where she is pursuing a degree in literature. Danielle is a strong animal activist. She is currently co-writing the second book in the Flesh Series, “Flesh and Flames”.
April Fifer grew up in a small town in Virginia, where it was common practice believing that dreams could only be found in stories. At the age of seven she was diagnosed with dyslexia. She was told that she would struggle through life and would never pick up a book to read for pleasure. Although school was hard, she was able to find her way with the help of two teachers who taught her self-discovery. Ignoring what she was taught growing up, she turned it around and found that your dreams could become stories.
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