My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Freebie Provided by Stumbling over Chaos
Publication Date: August 12, 2015
Publisher: Kim Dare.
Point of View: Third Person ( Ori and Reynard)
Genres & Themes: MM Romance, LGBTQ+, BDSM, Shapeshifters, Paranormal, Fantasy, Erotica, Abuse, Romance
Raised among humans, Ori Jones only discovered he was an avian shifter six months ago. Unable to complete a full shift until he reaches his avian maturity, he still can’t be sure of his exact species.
But with species comes rank, and rank is everything to the avians. When a partial shift allows the elders to announce that they believe Ori to be a rather ugly little duckling, he drops straight to the bottom rung of their hierarchy.
Life isn’t easy for Ori until he comes to the attention of a high ranking hawk shifter. Then the only question is, is Ori really a duck—and what will his new master think when the truth eventually comes out?
Please Note: This is the second edition of this book. It has been tweaked and re-edited, but the plot has not changed.
Name that movie!
What more could you need when presented with a BDSM twist to the Ugly Ducking fairytale retelling? Let me not forget to tell you about the M/M aspect and the fact that Kim Dare, author of one of my favorite books—Axel’s Pup, wrote it. Nothing, I tell you. Even better…winning the entire series bundle. My night, weekend, week, month was made when I got the email that I had won the giveaway, thank you, Stumbling over Chaos!
Duck! is a very captivating retelling to the ugly duck fairytale, not only because Kim Davis gave it a BDSM twist that I especially liked, but because of the characters. Ori Jones is this sweet, gentle soul that hasn’t had much luck in life. He’s a shape-shifter, an avian, except he doesn’t know exactly what he’ll shape shift into. The only thing the elders have to go on is his half shift, one that earned him the lowest rank of being a duck. Being a duck is the lowest rank an avian can have, and the other avians show him how low he is every day at the nest. During one of those demonstrations, eagle avian Frederick Reynard comes in and swoops into the rescue.
“The most valuable possession my master owns is his submissive. I will take great care that no harm comes to my master’s submissive whenever he is not there to watch over me himself.”
Reynard is a high raking avian and a dominant at that. Both don’t expect much when Reynard decides to bring Ori home with him as his servant. In fact, they believe that the arrangement will last only until Ori’s full shift in the coming months.
This book completely swept me off my feet and into this beautiful romance that developed between Ori and Reynard. Ori completely stole my heart, though. He’s so genuine in everything he does and thinks. This guy that truly believes that he’s the lowest of the low, that he can’t deserve the gentleness and service of his master, Reynard. He’s always waiting for Reynard to throw him out and see what everyone in the nest saw—a stumbling duck.
Mainly what I loved is that Ori always retained that awed look of Reynard, quick to follow his master everywhere and anywhere. There was this innocence to his love for Reynard that just did me in. As for Reynard, he never expected to fall for this beautiful boy with an equally beautiful soul.
Like the fairytale, things aren’t what they seem and that’s when Reynard and Ori have to fight for what they want. And did Ori fight, this submissive, quiet, rather shy guy fought for what he wanted.
Since I got the whole bundle as soon as I finished Duck! I was quick to celebrate the ending of the first with Celebrate (see what I did there *wink*)
It’s not easy learning how to be a swan, but Ori Jones has worked hard to embrace a role that still doesn’t come entirely naturally to him. Now, almost a year after his first full shift, he finally feels as if he is making a difference at the Anderson nest.
Ori’s happier than he’d ever been, until a few words from his master, Raynard, suddenly bring all of Ori’s old fears rushing back to the surface.
The nest’s elders want to have a party for Ori’s birthday, but Ori can’t see any reason to celebrate in it being a year since he reached his avian maturity. After all, what’s the use in learning to be a good swan when Raynard never wanted a swan in the first place?
Please Note: This story is best read in order as part of the Avian Shifters series. The previous book is Duck! and the next book is Magpie.
“Ori nodded on the general principle that his master was always right about everything. Well, right about everything except dates of birth.”
One of my favorite word is lovely, and this shortie was just that….lovely. I swooned and I sighed and I just wanted to have domestic life fics of Ori and Reynard for the rest of my life.
Ori continues to be this doe-eyes, awed struck swan for all things Reynard. This shortie just further proves the love this two have for each other and I just want to hide them in the monstrosity of a mansion that is their home and have no one from the nest bother them except once a year.
Seeing Ori still being his absolute submissive self just does it for me, also a rather kinky cage scene. I agree with you, Reynard, you need to update your house.
This two books were such a sweet read and I definitely recommend you picking it up. I’m continuing the series with Magpie, and I hear a certain someone is about to meet his match!