Grounded by Narrelle M Harris is a sweet, empowering tale of renewal Benedick Sasaki has to learn to deal with his new reality No longer can he fly As he moves into an new flightless friendly building he meets his neighbor, artist activist Clementine Torres She helps him realize that there is beauty on the ground that those with wings never take the time to see She helps him realize that his new reality isn t something to morn I really enjoyed this book It made me feel for those marginalized by society because they don t fit the norm but that doesn t mean they aren t valuable and can t contribute This book doesn t preach but you get the message. Grounded was a very different read from my normal genre, but the storyline was interesting and had underlying messages build in about disabilities and transitioning to new limitations I liked the concept, the characters were real, and I would definitely read from this author. Grounded was set in a world of humans with wings Everybody can fly and if you for some reason can not fly, you are labeled as disabled Benedick Sasaki is a former police captain hurt in the line of duty and now grounded He meets his neighbor Clementine who is a budding artist who was born without wings They strike up a friendship and each help the other deal with life I instantly felt a connection to both characters and their situation I loved Benedick and felt bad for being hurt in the way he had been I could feel his pain and anguish when he no longer could fly He needed to find a new mission in life and Clementine helps him see that it is ok to miss flying, but also realize his potential being grounded.I also very much liked Clementine A little quirky and strong, she has been a fighter for the flightless accessibility rights her whole life When she is threatened and her art exhibit trashed, she stood tall I admired her resolve even when she was scared Meeting Benedick helps her see her single minded focus could use a little loosening up They had a burning chemistry from the start and it was simmering throughout The mystery of the stalker added another dimension to this story.The storyline was such an interesting one, that I found myself enthralled with the entire concept It made me view the grounded from a totally unique perspective which I really liked The author had a writing style which I enjoyed and the pacing was perfect The message is clear without having to beat us over the head with it The world held me captive and I would love to read within it I voluntarily chose to review a gifted copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley The review and rating are my opinion. A different world..a world of flying people Those that can t, are considered disabled I m thinking the winged are elitists for the most part A cop winged by a bullet has to adapt to his new life His neighbour is a feisty little non winged artist, I really liked her.As an accessibility liaison in my job I was cheering for the underdogs.This book was thoroughly entertaining, I was so invested in the story and the characters I love a good paranormal and this one was quite unique. In A World Where Wings Gives Everyone The Freedom To Fly, An Artist Born Wingless Uses Her Art To Show The Winged World The Wonder Of The Ground But When She Meets A Recently Injured Police Officer Who Finds Himself Grounded, They Will Both Learn That There Is Than One Way To Soar Was given a copy by the publisher for review and very glad of it I m picky about romances, but Harris is a very talented writer and her skill shines through in GROUNDED Also, I m a sucker for anything with wings. 3.5 Stars An intriguing storyline, believable characters made Grounded an enjoyable read for me I look forward to reading by this new to me author. Grounded is one of the best paranormal romances I ve read It is smart and sweet, with some fantastic worldbuilding and genuine warmth between the characters.The book is set in an alternate world where humans have evolved from birds rather than monkeys While this world looks much like our own, and is, in fact, set in an alternate version of my home town it is clear the author has put a lot of thought into the differences that manifest Some of these are big things, like architecture and furniture there s not much call for elevators or chairs with backs And some of these are small, like the jokes people tell and the slightly different turns of phrase Then Harris goes a step further and imagines the challenges facing someone born without wings This is not the same as being born a human as we would think of it Instead, we re shown what it would be like to live as a being evolved to have wings but doesn t due to genetic defect How does this body keep warm and protect its kidneys How does one keep back musculature in shape This is quite aside from the difficulties in getting around and finding clothes that fit.These are the challenges that face Clementine At first she comes across as quite an angry person and this is certainly the impression she leaves Benedick with after their first encounter as neighbours And there would be some justification for this, if it were true After all, Clementine is forced to spend a lot of time fighting for the space to even exist However, there s so much to her than that Unsurprisingly, she has a strong sense of justice, fighting not only for herself, but for others as well This is paired with an eye for wonder and beauty Her disability means she sees the world from a different angle to most and she s quick to share that with Benedick She sees his suffering and generously steps in to help.Benedick starts out as a bit of a mess Having permanently injured one wing, he can no longer fly and is struggling to adjust to his new life to the point where suicide has crossed his mind However, he s quick to seize the lifeline Clementine offers him, intrigued by his new neighbour and the joy she sees in this world Like her, Benedick also has a strong sense of justice When Clementine starts receiving death threats and her artwork is vandalised, he follows the particulars of her case and advocates for her when his former co workers are quick to dismiss her.One of the things I loved most about Benedick was the ways in which he works against ideas of toxic masculinity He cries several times on his own and in front of others as he adjusts to this situation This is never made a big deal of, but simply shown as a natural reaction His relationship with his brother Peri is warm and supportive their scenes together were some of my favourite and I really hope that one day there might be a book about Peri meeting the man of his dreams.This book really packs a lot into such a small space, examining disability and microaggressions and sometimes straight up discrimination and lack of consideration However, the pacing never feels too slow and there s a nice synergy between the development of Clementine and Benedick s relationship and the bigger issues If I had one quibble, it s that the resolution of Clementine s case was a bit predictable, but that did not in any way detract from my enjoyment of the book.I d really like to read paranormal romance of this calibre and to see of this world, so I shall be hoping for future books from this author.This review first appeared on Earl Grey Editing. A sweet, well written story I really enjoyed this story, even though it was a little different to the usual romance stories I would normally read The characters were well rounded and I liked how the author took the characters a little further in their introspection than is often the case, and there are deeper themes as a comment on our society too I admit I found the sex scenes behaviour a little odd at times, and also confusing as to whether he was wearing a kilt or trousers or both not sure if that was an editing problem All in all, a sweet enjoyable story. Great story Loved the storyline, characters, and the lovin The themes of disability accessibility were a welcome breath of fresh air.
I grew up in a home bursting with books My father was in the Royal Australian Air Force we moved roughly every three years and my parents were passionate advocates of reading and the importance of access to a library of ideas, no matter where we lived.Between a childhood spent on the move yet steeped in literature, and a naturally dramatic personality, it s no surprise I became a storyteller.
- 150 pages
- Narrelle M. Harris
- 06 August 2018 Narrelle M. Harris