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Wings (Wings #1)

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Anyar, a black-winged young guard, could only be accused of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He captures the attention of a commanding, beautiful white-winged prince of the enemy, Vanyae, and is swept away into the conflict between their peoples.

Vanyae takes the incredible, black-winged beauty from his home and all he knows to a place of submission, of slavery....more
Kindle Edition, 108 pages
Published (first published 2009)
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Isn't that Anne Cain cover gorgeous? I could look at it for hours.

How you view this book is going to depend very much on your views about dubious consent. The story involves young soldier, Anyar, who is captured and taken as a sexual slave to the prince, Vanyae. There are several sex scenes in the book which depict Anyar's body enjoying the experience, but in his mind he is being taken against his will. It certainly treads a very fine line between rape and dub con, so fine in fact, that even I w...more
I love her stories. This is the second one that really transported me into storyland and held me captive.

Fair warning, dubious consent borders on non-consent and the whole (very riveting) plot is driven by Stockholm Syndrome emotional responses. I know some people are having a negative reaction to the first sex scenese between Vanyae and Anyar, however, I felt it was in line with the plot and characterization for this FANTASY story.

I love this authors writing style. Can't wait for the next boo...more
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
The writing was really good and kept me reading.

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Basically there was nothi...more
Don Bradshaw
This was a beautiful love story in my opinion. Two races, the Melanians and the Nazarians, have been at war for centuries. In an unconventional effort to stop the hostilities, the crown prince of the Nazarians, Vanyae, abducts the heir to the Melanian throne, Tanyan, and his love interest Anyar. Tanyan is held by the king of Nazar and treated well. The young, handsome Anyar is given to Prince Vanyae as a slave. The story flows extremely well with a good plot. I was very impressed by the way the...more
Lilli *slowest reader ever*

It’s been a little while since I finished this book and the story still lingers in my head. That deserves a bonus star.

I can very well imagine this to be a legend told amongst the Nazarians and Melanians alike. It is a very thought-provoking story about…

…being at the wrong place at the wrong time
…an innocent falling prey to war and cruel intentions
…something beautiful crushed by destiny
…how the hunter falls for his prey
…how something beautiful can evolve from a cruel and selfish act
…the power of...more
Cole Riann
3.5 stars

For most of the story the writing is very well done. In my opinion (or perhaps these are just my feelings towards the master/slave sub-genre), this story needed an extra one hundred pages right in the middle. There is a period of about two months skipped plus the beginning of the turn-about in both characters feelings/desires/world-view that left out a lot of the emotional turmoil and the scenes that showed this change, which were instead told in a few pages. The change took me by surpr...more
Jimmy Hanson
Oh, I definitely loved this book ... the writing style is melodic and the subject, while it may seem harsh at times, has a strong underlying thread of attraction and love. Vanyae shows it first in it's fledgling stages - the strong want to take, to claim, to protect and possess, and gradually Anyar wakes to it as well.

Not all relationships start out pretty and cute. Sometimes we have to wake up a little to what we need and then realize what we want isn't exactly what we had thought it to be in t...more
I did like this story, the characters the whole of it, but it lacked interaction by means of conversation. Great story plot behind it, but what I would have liked in this book rather than reading that the characters in the story spent time talking about a topic I would have wanted to read the actual exchange of those words, what they were saying to each other. It's like this: like watching one of those black & white old films where you see the actions but the words are muted.

2.5 from me. While the writing is great, I didn't enjoy the story. It read like the tragic loss of a could-have-been love story between a soldier and his commander, but all is lost when they are captured by the enemy, a truly barbaric race by comparison of what is revealed of the soldier and commander's culture, which is not much. Though judging by their horrified reaction to a castrated and de-winged slave, they don't treat their prisoners of war with such cruelty. The commander is treated as a...more
4.5 stars

This book is wonderfully written. I thoroughly enjoy the style, tone and pace that J.C. Owens uses to tell a story. This book is not for the romantically faint of heart however. It has a very strong plot driven mostly through a Stockholm Syndrome relationship that builds between Anyar after he is kidnapped by Vanyae.

Vanyae does pretty much everything right to force Anyar to depend on him for his safety and security while imprisoned in the enemy city. While learning to rely on Vanyae, A...more
Although this book technically doesn’t have anything to do with the author’s previous book, Gaven, the setting, characters, and plot are very similar. The writing is obviously reminiscent of the previous book and those that liked the first book should like this one. A few have commented on the dubious consent scenes that are present, but I found them pretty similar to the first book and wasn’t too bothered. The plot is based on the classic theme of captive falling in love with their captor. Alth...more
Hmm as a psychologist I've always been fascinated by Stockholm Syndrome; as a consensual kinkster I've never consciously correlated it with D/s. Still I enjoyed Wings. Perhaps I over-analyzed it's subtle social commentary on war and race/ethnicity *shrug*. Owens in a few pages pulls you into a world that is all too easy to imagine. I instantly adored Anyar and I bet you might too.
4.5 Stars

I loved this! Thank you so much for my Christmas present Don!
J. Rosemary Moss
Ok, I'll admit it. I love wingfic.

There--that confession wasn't as hard as I thought it'd be! Now you know that my review might be a bit prejudiced.

As far as feathers go, this book hit all the right buttons for me. J.C. Owen's descriptions of the winged characters are beautiful, as is the intriguing world these two races inhabit. (I wish Owens had fleshed out that world a bit more, but that's tough to do in a novella.)

One of the winged races practices slavery, and most of the book revolves aroun...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
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Elisa Ramblings
Without doubt I have a kink for winged men, I don’t know maybe it’s like a phallic symbol, more beautiful and big the wings are and more beautiful and bit the… well, it’s not necessary to continue.

Anyway, joke aside, I really have a special eye everytime I see a picture of an angel, and if the angel has also male feature, it’s even better: the fragility of the wings against the masculinity of the body is something that really draws me. And so is for a story, gives me wings and you make me happy...more
Rating overview
Writing: ★★★★★
Story: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★(★)

Overall: ★★★★★ (4.83)


What a marvellous story! I am simply in awe - two men kidnapped, one of them possessed and subsequently loved, the one who shall hold the fate of two countries as well as the fate of his true love between his wings. This is a beautifully written fairytale that explores the debts of love, devotion, dominance and submission in ways that I have rarely had the pleasure of experiencing.

I have nothing else to say right...more
I have read several stories about how the captive is falling in love with the captor -- and while Stockholm Syndrome might not be a good reason for romance but it might work when treated carefully. I have also read stories about that make me believe in the premise of Master/slave to fall with one another

But this, oh, I'm so struggling with the plot of this story. Again, the writing style is good -- but the situation of Anyar's kidnapping and how he ends up falling in love with Vanyae feels wrong...more
Vfields is happy!
Okay, I really enjoyed WINGS but the longer I thought about it the more questions I had. Where there female Winged creatures? What was punishments for smaller wrongs? What was the war about anyway? If they were all males how could one not know about male sex acts? I could go on because I really enjoyed this short novel and I wanted Owens to fill in all the holes. When I finish a book I want to feel full and totally satisfied like after a good meal.

After thinking for a month or four I'm bothered...more
Nancy L
I'm not one for kidnapped and falling in love. At first I thought the commander was the love interest (having not read the summary before reading) and that would have been hot. I mean it was ok that the Prince was, but there wasn't any feeling on my part. Guess I didn't feel the love. Anyar was a very likable character and I think he's the only one I really connected to. Other than that, very creative "other" world. Love the wings - the descriptions made them sound very sexy.
Vivian Archer
Loved the world building and character development. I empathized with Anyar's despair and horror of the life before him. Vanyae's growth and realization that slaves are not objects, but beings with feelings seemed almost too naive. I guess his upbringing meant certain things he never questioned or thought about until Anyar.
3.5 Stars.
I usually love JC Owens and while I did like this book, it wasn't what I'm used to. I didn't really felt like I connected to the characters until the end. The premise was good but the follow through was a bit on the short side. Too much happening in too few pages.
Not romantic; just creepy.

To author: If you want me to believe that a man can fall in love with the person that abducted and repeatedly raped him, you can't be lazy and skip through the story. You can't just recite their changed feelings, you need to show it happening.
Too heavy on sex scenes and too light on plot for me. I never enjoy stories in which characters are imprisoned for long periods of time just so more sex scenes can be crammed in, and I didn't connect to any of the characters.
(Technically 4 stars. See below for clarification)

I am a fantasy buff. I am into BDSM. I like stories of resistance that resolve in ultimate surrender. I love characters who are strong without being stubborn, caring as well as firm, and whose patience and resolve I can count on to lead me to places I could have never dreamed of. I adore plot twists that challenge the status-quo, and have my eyes goggling and my heart melting. And this book had it all.

The long-winged, elegant, gentle Melanians of...more
I think the major problem with this book was that it was too short. There needed to be... more time involved in the building of the relationship, more of everything to make up for what was done to Anyar at the start.

For sure, the kindness that the prince showed would have preferably begun before he'd pretty much broken Anyar. The characters definitely needed each other, but there was no equality in that need. What would have been far more interesting, imho, is if their roles were either somehow...more
OKay....I did not like this book. I mean ick, yuck, what, and eeww were pretty much everything that I thought about it.

I liked the world. The idea that there were races of people with wings was an interesting one. It had the potential to be something very interesting. (view spoiler)...more
The UHQ Nasanta
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Sammy Goode
Anyar is a young impressionable warrior who has a puppy-love crush on his commander. Vanyae is the enemy set on a seemingly innocent peace-keeping negotiation but in reality is part of a stealth mission to capture the very commander Anya worships. And then Vanyae see Anyar, the black winged boy, who stirs something new within Vanyae, something foreign. In a flash Vanyae decides to take both Anyar and the commander hostage and return with them to his land. There Anyar is witness to how Vanyae's p...more
Gloria (censored by Goodreads)
I admit it, I'm a sucker for wings, which is why this story got a whole two stars. There was nothing particularly terrible, but the story was so unremarkable that the details are already fading from my mind just a couple hours later. Really, the only thing that has me even vaguely interested right now is puzzling over why a winged species would even bother riding horses. A flying creature like a hawk or angel can fly faster and further than a horse, simply by gliding between thermal updrafts the...more
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Also known as J.C. McGuire.

J.C Owens lives in small town, rural Alberta and is a self confessed writing-a-holic. In the absence of help for this affliction…

I do indeed love to write and have over twenty books sitting idle in my computer, waiting… I love the genre of male/male stories and conflict in what a person thinks they want, versus what they truly need to become themselves. I think any writi...more
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