The Hawks by SD Hendrickson

The Hawks: A Novel by [Hendrickson, SD]5 Stars

This was such a good read for me. I didn’t want to put it down, so I didn’t.  It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a book from SD Hendrickson and it was a pleasure to lose myself in it.

The Hawks goes back and forth between two timelines. One that is progressing over weeks/months and another that is over mere hours. One timeline holds the mystery, the other holds the romance, when the two converge it makes it nearly impossible to put down. I will admit, there were parts of the story that left me in tears. There were times when things seemed hopeless. There was devastation. But at the end of it all, there is love and hope and a future that is different than planned.

I loved Javier and I grew to love Cole. If Cole got his own book that would be an auto-buy for me. I can’t wait to see if my wish comes true, but whatever she writes next… I’ll be reading it.

I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

 

 

Title: The Hawks
Author: SD Hendrickson
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Family Drama/New Adult
Cover Design: SD Hendrickson
 Release Date: July 26, 2018

 

Blurb
“Sultry
summer of suspense that leads to the fall of a powerful 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.

 

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Excerpt
“I’m sorry. I wasn’t trying to upset you.” My hands cupped his cheeks. I peered into his eyes, trying to read him better as I wore my heart on the outside. “I know this is supposed to be casual. But this doesn’t feel casual to me. You are so good to me. So much more than I ever expected. The way you make me feel. I just need to know if you feel the same way. And it’s okay if you don’t. I just need to know the truth.”

Javier rested his forehead against mine. “I feel the same, Sarina.”

“You do?” The elation filled my chest and I leaned up to kiss him, but his words stopped me.

“I feel the same, but you’re not really mine. Not permanently. What right do I have to feel jealous or angry?”

“But you have every right,” I pleaded with him. “If you think we’re together.”

The emotions shifted in his eyes as he struggled with his answer. “Maybe I tried to pretend at first. That you could mean nothing. But I couldn’t. I care about you, Sarina. And in another time or place, I could see myself wanting so much more with you. But the more we feel, the harder it ends.”

“You don’t think I know that?” I whispered. “I know you will hurt me. Eventually.”

“But I don’t want to hurt you. So I have to ask you this. Do you want to stop now before this gets more serious? Before it hurts more?”

“No,” I gushed. I didn’t even hesitate. The idea of him pulling away sent a panic through me. I didn’t care about the heartbreak that would come later when he left me. I needed him in my life right now. “I don’t want to stop seeing you.”

 

 

 

 

 

Author Bio
SD Hendrickson received a Bachelor’s of Science in
Journalism and Public Relations from Oklahoma State University. She is the
author of The Mason List, Waiting for Wyatt, and My Lucky Days.

 

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My Lucky Days by S.D. Hendrickson Release Blitz

5 Stars!

My 1st book by S.D. Hendrickson was The Mason List. I read it in my pre-blogging days, but it is still one of my most recommended books. It is part of the reason I started blogging, because after reading it… I NEEDED to talk to people about it. I saw My Lucky Days, and had to have it. After reading this, I’m pretty sure S.D. Hendrickson is an auto-buy author for me. Luckily I’ve only missed one of her books, so I don’t have much to catch up on, but the 2 books that I’ve read are absolutely incredible.

I grew up listening to country music, but left it far behind in my teenage years. This book made me want to revisit the old country stations and reminisce. Each chapter is named after a country song (mostly well known classics). The prologue is named after my mom’s favorite song (and current ringtone) Hello Darlin’ by Conway Twitty. I knew immediately that this was going to be an interesting experience. I loved trying to figure out how each song (of the ones I knew) was going to relate to the chapter.

I will admit that this book didn’t resonate as deeply as The Mason List did. And that’s OK. I think books that make you feel that way are rare and I what I did get from this book was still amazing. It was still a 5 star read, and I felt the ending was even better. My Lucky Days was a unique reading experience. I fell in love with Lucky and couldn’t have asked for a better ending.

Buy MY LUCKY DAYS Here – (Kindle)

And in case you missed it….

Buy THE MASON LIST Here – (Kindle)

Buy THE MASON LIST Here – (Paperback)

I received a copy of this book from Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

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THE BLURB

He was an up-and-coming country singer. 
She was the last girl you’d ever see in a bar.
But one night, under those neon lights,
Lucky and Katie found each other.

Beginnings are always exciting.
Always fun. Always hopeful.

Katie was in her last year of college.
Lucky was still playing local stages.
She fell for his voice. She fell for his words.
They fell in love.
It was beautiful.

But time changed their world.
She was alone. He was on the road.
Life happened.
And that love was torn apart.

Endings are always painful.
Always heart wrenching.
But not always final.

One day, Lucky came back to Katie.
And this is their story.

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EXCERPT

I woke up sometime later to the sound of my phone buzzing next to me. Peering at the screen, I saw Lucky’s name. I answered with a grin. “Hey.”

“Hey.”

I imagined him sitting in his house in Nashville with his sexy smile and messy hair. And that image was better than all the other images I’d had today.

“Did I wake you up?”

“No, I’m watching TV. Well, I kind of fell asleep in here, I guess.” I glanced at the clock, and it said one-thirty in the morning.

“So you are sleeping on the couch instead of out with your roommates?”

“How do you know they aren’t home?”

I heard his chuckle. “Same reason I know you are wrapped in a brown blanket.”

I jumped up from the couch and spun around in a circle. And then I saw Lucky, looking into the house through the dining room window. The rush I felt was bigger than I expected. A high that drowned out all the other feelings. “How long have you been watching me?”

“Well, long enough to see that you probably snore because your mouth was wide open. And I think you drool too.”

“No . . .” I shut my eyes. “Get in here.”

I hung up and went to the door. He was already on the steps by the time I had it open.

“So I was in the neighborhood.” He grinned. “Thought I would stop by.”

The flutters in my chest held me captive. Lucky might be the star, but right now, I felt like all the lights in the world had shifted their focus onto me.

Before I could say a word, Lucky pulled me into his arms as he kissed me hard, grinding his mouth against mine. He was holding me, running his hands over my body, into my hair, against my cheek.

I knew in that moment, the inevitable lonely ache that was destined to follow our relationship would be worth the torment—if those days allowed me to experience this mind-consuming rush of happiness that came each time he returned home.