Duck by Kim Dare
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?
At first glance this is the story of the ugly duckling. But it is so much more than that. It is a bdsm fairy tale. Ori is a avian shifter without a rank. In the avian world rank is everything. He is in the nest a place where shifters go to be cared for and live. He is one of the servants. Pretty much he is sexually and mentally abused. Ori doesn’t necessarily object to all of the treatment.
Raynard is a hawk. Hawk’s are at the top of the food chain in the avian world. He is also a dominant. In the avian world you can have a submissive 24/7. That is something that Ori wanted and needed. Until his transformation when he becomes a swan. Hawks cant own swans. Swans are at the top of everyone. You felt Raynard’s hurt when he told Ori he couldn’t own him. He loved him as much as Ori loved his master. I love a story where you can actually hurt or feel joy for the characters.
The sex scenes are amazing Kim Dare definitely knows what she is doing, Her writing is excellent. Ori is one of my favorite characters. He is a swan who thought he was a duck that was willing to be a duck to keep his master. He didn’t want anyone to wait on him he wanted nothing but Raynard and that’s it. Raynard made him feel complete. It was so beautifully written and thought out, I loved it. I gave this a 5. Until Next Time.