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/ ARC Book Review / The Hawks: A Novel / S.D. Hendrickson /

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🌻ARC BOOK REVIEW🌻

Release Date-26th July 2018
Genre-Romantic Suspense
Kindle Edition-400 Pages

“A sultry summer of suspense that leads to the fall of a power family.” 

He warned me. Said hawks were dangerous birds. Their majestic beauty could blind your eyes as they picked the flesh from your bones.

But even hawks have enemies. And they eventually came for the Hawthorn family. Held us hostage. Demanded retribution.

But I wasn’t a Hawthorn. No, I was just the help. Caught in the turmoil of a tragic family. I worked hard for Delsey Hawthorn. Tried to earn the respect of the reigning tyrant. Assistant. Event planner. Gardner. Chauffeur. I added it all to my resume.

And then I met Javier Hawthorn. Delsey ordered me to stay away from her grandson. But like a moth to a burning flame, I gravitated toward him. He was so different than my world. Irresistible. Charming. He brought a calmness to the chaos.

But that was before the intruders came into the house. Tied us up. Hurt us. We struggled to get away. We fought to survive.

But who were the men behind the masks? Did we know them? Because someone who got this close to the family at night must be even closer during the day.

The Hawks: A Novel

The Hawks: A Novel by S.D. Hendrickson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
release Date-26/7/18

The Hawks was my first experience with this particular author and it was a mostly positive endeavour for me.
This was a well thought out intriguing read packed with suspensful romance and thrilling action.
It had a fantastic twist that I never saw on the horizon and though I did have some slight issues here this for me was still extremely enjoyable and I would certainly recommend this if you’re looking for something to get your blood pumping.
So as I said swings and roundabouts; while I really liked the way this was narrated in present time and flashbacks I felt that without this style of storytelling this could have felt a bit flat.
The build-up to the main course was a bit lengthy in my opinion and could have done with a bit of pruning.
This was a long book and it really felt it would have delivered itself better shortened slightly; maybe it’s just me but I did zone out slightly on some occasions.
I also would have prefered this to be dual POV as I felt that I didn’t really get to know Javier that well and as such he felt slightly one-dimensional at times.
Which was a shame as he seemed a real decent bloke; perhaps maybe a bit cookie-cutter perfect at times; but still, I would definitely have liked to delve deeper here.
I really enjoyed the portrayal of Sarina’s boss Delsey Hawthorn; her eccentricities made such compelling reading and kept thing interesting.
I know she was a massive opinionated pain in the derriere but the old girl had some good qualities also, hidden really deep that is, she wasn’t completely bad.
I also really adored Cole and thought Sarina was a bloody major cow to him.
I couldn’t quite work out what her deal was here she was an utter cow-bag to the poor bloke.
In fact, if I’m honest I found it hard to relate or even like Sarina at times, she came across as completely, self-centred and materialistic.
That is my main reason for marking this down slightly my compulsion to strangle some sense into the girl throughout.
Despite the above, I still found this compelling reading and that finale completely knocked it out of the park.
This was a good read that I had some slight nitpicks with; still very happy to recommend this if you like a bit of action with your romance.
On a side-note, I want Cole’s story as I think he got such a raw deal here but please let’s have a girl who appreciates him for the unpolished gem that he is; I would so read his story.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “The Hawks” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions are entirely my own.

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Dark, Dystopian, Futuristic, New Adult, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / Traitor (Twisted Fate, #1) / Alyson Santos /

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☘ARC BOOK REVIEW☘

 Release Date-6th June 2018
Genre- NA Dystopian Romance
Kindle Edition-243 Pages

They may be refugees but Andie Sorenson never chose to flee when government forces abduct her to the “safety” of a military-operated compound. Caught in an ugly civil war no one understands, she’s now a number, a uniform, her future reduced to three stale meals a day with the strangers who share her fate. She’s nothing, no one—until a random act of compassion and an electric smile turn her prison into a refuge.

It’s his eyes, his heart, his beautiful soul drowning in an ocean of secrets. Lance Corporal Kaleb Novelli is an enigma, but with each plunge through another layer, Andie finds herself captured in a way she never imagined. She knows they have no future. They can’t even have a present, but that doesn’t stop her heart from committing to a man she can never have. The only one she trusts in this battle of lies and manipulation.

But they’ve found their paradise in hell, and she can’t shake the feeling that Kaleb Novelli is not just a player. He’s the game.

 

Traitor (Twisted Fate, #1)

Traitor by Alyson Santos
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-6/6/18

This was such an unexpected little gem; so emotive and heart-wrenching in its brutality.
But also strangely uplifting and profound at the same time.
I felt so connected to the storyline and its characters here and this was one read that definitely snuck up on me in stealth mode; catching me completely unawares with its rawness and individuality.
From the second of starting this, I was ever so intrigued; The tale told here was so unique and so different it was in a genre all of its own class and I found myself struggling to classify this as it crossed so many lines with its profound message and agenda.
A real standout story that captured my attention with its ultimate distinctiveness.
“Traitor” in its first half almost seemed to rely more on the sentiment and simple interactions between Kaleb and Andie than any shock tactics to hook and draw in its reader and that was a real plus point for me.
Maybe that’s why in the second half the sheer brutality portrayed was such a contrast; it really reflected back the almost simplistic beginning here when placed and held up against such utter savagery as we encountered in “The prisoner” chapters; truly shocking.
The prose used here was so good Building anticipation and a sense of almost injustice against this post-apocalyptic waste-ground.
There was such originality in the way this story unfolded; Its a tale of two halves and though told in dual POV rather than it being alternate chapters; which is the usual norm; this book is split down the centre; with Andie’s perspective first; closely followed by Kaleb’s.
And rather than chapters dedicated to the build-up in Kaleb and Andie’s relationship; what we get is a series of flashbacks to more closely explain how there deep and profound connection ultimately developed.
This was such an original way of narrating and one I really adored.
The author doesn’t go into great back detail; it is assumed that the reader is somewhat aware of previous past endeavours; I found that this was not a great issue as the story is somewhat self-explanatory and so easy to follow along with.
As I mentioned previously; this has a sort of dystopian apocalyptic feel to it; A civil war rages across all fronts and our two main characters both seem to have there own personal roles to play.
This is almost a love across the barricades romance; one where you are forced to pick a faction but where both are equally abhorrent in their ultimate behaviour and intention; both sides guilty; nether innocent; both awash in shades of grey; is the real sense you take away from this touching poignant tale.
In fact, its poor Kaleb who gets caught in this crossfire who is the ultimate victim here; a pawn in this stalemate of wills and at the mercy and whims of powerful individuals; it’s truly heartbreaking to witness the extent of his suffering at the hands of a monster.
I could have wept rivers of pain for his agony, torment and terror.
How much misery and despair he must have endured internally to swallow his pride and beg for mercy in the way he did; truly tragic and dehumanising; a casualty of war not of his making.
But we also get to experience the other side of the coin; how just when you think life cant give you any more surprises it throws you curveballs.
That hope is not lost and people can still amaze you with there ingrained humanity.
Ultimately what I took away from this was a profound sense of faith and that even in the dark there can be a glimmer of light; for Kaleb, that is Andie she is his very beacon of hope.
Loved the ending here; I was worried for a second; so was so pleased to not have my expectations dashed just for cruel shock value; It was a bit of a phew moment for me there.
This was my first book by this author but so won’t be my last; I cant recommend this read enough; this is fiction at its best outstanding.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Traitor (Twisted Fate, #1) ” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.