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Tender Wings of Desire

2.79  ·  Rating details ·  595 ratings  ·  216 reviews
When Lady Madeline Parker runs away from Parker Manor and a loveless betrothal, she finally feels like she is in control of her life. But what happens when she realizes she can’t control how she feels? When she finds herself swept into the arms of Harland, a handsome sailor with a mysterious past, Madeline realizes she must choose between a life of order and a man of ...more
Kindle Edition, 96 pages
Published May 2nd 2017
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Catherine Kovach Writer here! It's a romance novella, completely straightforward, where the hero happens to be Col. Sanders. One of the more interesting commissions I…moreWriter here! It's a romance novella, completely straightforward, where the hero happens to be Col. Sanders. One of the more interesting commissions I did.(less)
Catherine Kovach Source: I'm the author of the book.

It was a crazy marketing ploy. It kind of is fanfiction! I'd like to think of it as a KFC Victorian AU fanfic,…more
Source: I'm the author of the book.

It was a crazy marketing ploy. It kind of is fanfiction! I'd like to think of it as a KFC Victorian AU fanfic, personally. (less)

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Bgurl (don't h8 me cuz I'm honestful)
May 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Fans of Popeye's Fried Chicken
Recommended to Bgurl (don't h8 me cuz I'm honestful) by: Buddy Read With Reader4Life, Deborah, & Veronica


I don't love your new novella. I expected you to woo women with your tasty fried chicken, but there was a distinct lack of finger licking goodness. So, before you publish another fowl romance, you might want to read my list of top 5 ways Tender Wings of Desire could have had a more original recipe.

#5. REMEMBER: Everything’s Batter With Fried Chicken.

UNoriginal Recipe:

“Madeline did not mind balls. She hated to make a habit
Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell

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When pictures of this book cover first began surfacing on Twitter, I thought it was some kind of hoax. But, like Peeps-flavored Oreos, TENDER WINGS OF DESIRE was just as real, just as questionable, and just as compelling.

Released just in time for Mother's Day, along with an ad that seems to be channeling Fabio (with bonus lie/lay confusion), TENDER WINGS OF DESIRE is a historical romance novel in which a plucky and spirited heroine falls
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Lol if you ever wanted to know how Colonel Sanders fell in love, here's your chance to check it out for FREE on Amazon! :)

A couple friends from work and I saw this and thought it was hilarious. That cover, right?! That title. It had the potential to be awesome. Unfortunately, it was horrible. The problem, in my view, is that it had no funny. It was serious. How can you write a serious story about Colonel Sanders?!

It was one of those spinster well-bred females of the ton things... and Harland was a sailor. I skimmed this because... it just sucked.

To call their affair passionate was an understatement. Sometimes it
Tilly Booth
May 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
I cannot express my joy when I discovered that this book was real...and that it was also free to purchase as an e-copy through amazon (it's like under 100 pages so it's a quick read). However, that joy was short lived when I actually began to read this book. Maybe it's because of my lifestyle of memes, puns and general shit-post humour but I was expecting a book with copious amounts of chicken puns, knights wearing KFC buckets as helmets and well...a lot more steamy romance between our darling ...more
Eve (Between The Bookends)
May 06, 2017 marked it as this-amuses-me
What the everloving F-CK is this?? LMAO...

May 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
My friend sent me an email asking if I wanted to buddy read this, I laughed and dismissed it as a joke only to discover she was serious and so here I am.
Now despite the fact that I would never have given this a second glance on my own I did fully expect to find this amusing, a pun filled romance maybe?

So I was all set for an amusing read only to discover it's not funny at all in fact if I had to pick just one word to describe it it would be 'dull' incredibly mind numbingly dull.
Thankfully it's
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

Not bad. Not bad. I laughed, I cried, I smiled as they set sail for their chicken empire in America.

Tender Wings of Desire turned out to be a surprisingly cute read. A runaway heroine, a tavern by the sea, a glasses wearing sailor with chicken in his past.


Okay so if you've been on social media you've seen this one. Before it blew up Catherine Gayle tagged me in a post over it and I was like I AM IN! A mother's day
May 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
17/5 - This book felt like a giant trick played on its readers. The cover and title promise tongue-in-cheek hilarity and chickeny puns, instead we get a tedious story with barely a shred of 'romance' and not a single mention of chicken (or any chicken parts) written by an author who seems to refuse to understand the difference between 'lie' and 'lay'. The mistake was made so many times I began to believe it was a subliminal message telling all of us looking for references to 'pimpled skin' and ...more
Gail - Slitty
May 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
KFC Writes Romance Like They Cook Chicken, You're Not Quite Sure What You Ingested

This short story reads like the typical KFC meal; you probably won't finish it before you begin to feel nauseous and full of regret. As usual the product in KFC's photos doesn't look remotely similar to what the customer actually receives, and this short story is no different. The grammatical errors causes one to question whether KFC's editor was too busy adding spices to the secret recipe to edit the story? Please
Ellen Gail
I don't know what this is or why it exists, but I'm craving some fried chicken. So maybe it's working?

Abigail Sharpe
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I wasn't expecting much, and not much is what I got.

I know you shouldn't judge books by their covers, but when the cover shows a woman in pants with a purse and keys, and fried chicken in various locations, you expect a contemporary where they go out to eat at least once. It's not.

The story itself isn't *awful,* but could have used a good editor. There's a lot of repetition and phrases tend to repeat themselves. The worst thing is that no one eats chicken! If this was a marketing tool, KFC
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
It's hard to know how to rate Tender Wings of Desire. The genre of fast food romance is surprisingly lacking titles so there is not much you can fairly compare this book against. The great disappointment of this book is that they played it straight. Also, I am old enough to remember Colonel Sanders when he was alive and on television all the time and this seems horribly disrespectful. I do give the book points in that it is not just a romance but also a horror novel as I was afraid there was ...more
Bianca Woods
May 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, finished-in-2017
I read the KFC romance novel (more like a novella... It was short) so you don't have to. It was disappointingly bland. I was hoping it would lean into the camp and many be even have a bunch of awkward product placement. Alas, it was just a so-so romance with a character who was secretly Colonel Sanders.

J. Boo
May 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Great concept, great cover.. and then nothing useful done with the material. Chicken puns inexplicably absent, as are references to secret herbs and spices. Not good on historical accuracy, either - Col. Sanders was a real, larger-than-life individual, and had nothing to do with pseudo-Victorian Britain.

It was $0 on Amazon, though, and some people found it quite amusing. So there's that.
❤❤Dee's Love of Books ❤❤
Will never see Colonel Harland Sanders the same again! Thus I can't unsee this crap ever again...

1.5 lacking luster stars *.5
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017, e-book
I was a bit disappointed with this book as I thought it was going to be a tongue in cheek comedy. Turns out it was just a short standard fare romance novella, but what I found oddest was that it was all set in a coastal village in England. I was expecting a Southern Charm 'Gone with the Wind' (or maybe 'Gone with the Wings') type story.

Price was right at 'free' but not really for me as I was expecting something totally different. Maybe this will start a new trend of Fast Food Fiction :)
May 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF 70%.

Not cheesy enough. I was expecting something completely crazy but it is surprising tame (read: boring). This review or this one is more fun than the book!
Lyndi W.
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
It was surprisingly not awful. I've definitely read worse historical romances. It's like nine chapters long with an epilogue, free on Kindle... give it a shot - it'll give you a real good chuckle!
Book-Bosomed  blog
I'm not sure I'll ever look at the Col. the same way again. In the meantime, pass me a bucket of chicken please ;-)
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Oookay. Not sure what I just read, really. It seemed like a light-weight Regency romance at first, but the historical inaccuracies had me wondering.
And the book's cover? It's just wrong on sooo many levels.
Spoiler alert: there is no sex of any bestial double entendre in this book. And honestly, we should all count ourselves grateful, because in the age of 4chan, I think the greatest Mother's Day gift we can all give is a world that continues to be free of the canonical sexploits of Antebellum Creepy Uncle. So, without feather ado, here's the rest of the "review":

I need to get one thing out of the way that made no sense to me, because I AM EXPECTING CONSISTENCY AND ACCURACY in my fast-food romance.
Emily de Moura
Tender Wings of Desire was such!! a good!! read!!! It was exactly what I was expecting from a novel released for mother's day (THANKS KFC), complete with insta-love, a fierce protag and a handsome love interest.

Madeline, the protag, is the daughter of a lord who flees from her home because she wants to seek ADVENTURE and not really get married like her parents and her younger sister wants her to. In doing so, she ends up in a cozy small town by the sea, befriends the girl working in the local
Reader4Life  (Don't Get Captured)
A lady such as myself has certain expectations when you put fried chicken on the cover of a book. Yes, even if that fried chicken is KFC. Fried Chicken is an essential part of an well balanced diet of grease and salt. Imagine my surprise when this book does not have any of the characters eating fried chicken.

No breast
No thighs
No wings
Oh my

What did the book entail? Arranged Marriage, a runaway, finding true love at first sight and happily ever after. Boo, Booo, Boooo and Booooo. I want fried
Meg (fairy.bookmother)
OMG Probably the weirdest, funniest marketing campaign ever. ...more
Mindy (Naughty Book Snitch)
May 06, 2017 marked it as tbr-freebie-kindle
This shit better be funny :D
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, romance

I expected this to have some kind of overtly ridiculous tie-in with KFC and a little mocking of the romance genre, but this novella is surprisingly good.
Alexa Rowan
May 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I can't tell if this is intended to poke fun at romance readers and the genre, or is actually aimed at romance readers and just doesn't quite hit the mark. If you enjoy romance, you will either be offended or amused—read at your own risk. ...more
N.N. Light
I don't know what I was expecting but this romance was sadly lacking in all the feels. It was dry, didn't hold my interest and in the end, disappointing. The cover was, by far, the best thing I loved about this book.

My Rating: 2.5 stars
J. Dorner
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: romance
Oh my (*insert voice of George Takei here). Judging by the cover (which we all know to never do), I expected a corny, hilarious story mixed with some romance. Also, the main character doesn’t wear jeans, but rather is from the era of corsets and dresses covering hoop skirt petticoats. I’m willing to overlook that because the artwork, as hokey and unrelated to the story as it is, is what drew me in. Actually, this was just an ordinary alternative-history romance. (I’m assuming it’s alternative ...more
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American businessman best known for his chicken restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Sanders held a number of jobs in his early life, such as steam engine stoker, insurance salesman and filling station operator.

He began selling fried chicken from his roadside restaurant in North Corbin, Kentucky, during the Great Depression. Sanders recognized the potential of the restaurant franchising