Duck! (Avian Shifters, #1) - Kim Dare 3.5 Stars

Initially I liked this story very much. I sympathized with Ori at his abuse at the hands of higher ranked avian shifters at The Nest and was so glad when Raynard flew to the rescue. I enjoyed watching them learn about each other and themselves. I felt great sorrow at their separation and Ori and Raynard's reactions to their loss because by that point in the book I felt they really loved each other. I was very happy that they found a way to be together again. I do wish their characters had been written with a bit more depth and that the avian world had been more thoroughly depicted but I was still enjoying the book.

Then came the last quarter of the book. Ori and Raynard love each other enough to find a way back to each other and suddenly my experience of their emotional reunion is brought to a screeching halt by the author's copious use of the terms "the dominant" and "the submissive" making a scene that should be about love and re-connecting, generic and cold. I know who is dominant and who is submissive - the prior 3/4 of the book has illustrated that clearly; I don't need it to be reiterated over and over and over again. Threw me right out of the emotional ending and left me frustrated irritated.