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Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Hawks - Release Blitz with Giveaway

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


“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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“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.”


Review by Barbara

Let me start by saying The Hawks is a very well written book with a storyline that captured me from the start. I loved the characters, even the secondary ones, as they all came together to make this a very pleasant read. We have quite the mixture of people, the haughty matriarch of the family, her heirs and her staff. All playing significant roles I came to appreciate, even if I did want to smack a few of them in the head on various occasions.

The Hawthorn’s are what I would call Old Money with Delsey Hawthorn at the helm, and trust me when I say she is something else. To say she is eccentric, hot tempered, rude, etc doesn’t even begin to describe this woman in my humble opinion. Sarina, Delsey’s personal assistant, has to endure all of Delsey’s moods, outbursts and snobby ways. Before you wonder why Sabrina stays on with her, there are  2 main reasons: financial and to be near Javier, her secret lover. Javier was my favorite character in the book, as he is everything you’d want in a book boyfriend. Javier,  like his father, is nothing like Delsey. In fact his father gave up the prestige and money to be with the love of his life. As for Sarina, she was a little too self absorbed for my taste, but it worked with the story so I won’t complain. 

The storyline has times you are in the past and times that are current day. It’s basically a romance book but it’s not as intense as most romances I read, but that could of been due to all the other events going on. There are mysteries to solve and a robbery/hostage situation that add to the intrigue. Oh and I’ll admit to a twist I didn’t see coming as well (but I don’t want to spoil things so that’s all I’ll admit to). If I were to offer any down side, It would be the length, I personally felt some of the scenes could have been shorter and thus having a better overall effect. However, it didn’t deter my enjoyment of the book. All in all a very enjoyable read. 

Review by Kathy

Brilliant!!! What a story line. This one will grab your attention right of the bat, then it will ensnare you with it's family ties, mystery, intrigue, excitement, lust, love and family banter. But it is the mystery and intrigue that will definitely capture your attention as the intruders hold everyone captive. My only problem at the beginning was once this part of the story unfolded, the next chapter jumped back in time, which kinda angered me a bit because, come on...there's excitement going on in that other chapter. But as I continued to read, there were little tiny hints that would lead you back into the ballroom where the captives were being held. Tiny breadcrumbs that were just enough to make your mind start to churn with the possibilities. Who were these men, why were they there, and who would come out of this alive??? Many, many questions popped up in my mind as I continued to read.

Now don't think that the ballroom situation is the most important part, because no, it's not. Equally important is the relationships in this story. The ones between Javier and his grandmother Delsey as well as her and her other family members. She is quite the b*tch. There is the relationship between Sarina and her family, mainly her brother. And her relationship with her brother's best friend Cole. Between the two families you could have a great soap opera going on. Then of course there is the relationship between Javier and Sarina. This one is sweet, romantic, passionate and forbidden (yep, by his grandmother). But they really like one another and are good together. Then there are the servants in the household who are just as enjoyable as they can be, and as sweet as they can be considering they work for the wicked witch of the North! Ok...the old woman has her problems, but she does give to charity!

This is an excellent read that will throw your emotions all over the place and you will happily let them fly just so you can reach the conclusion and see who the men are, what their reasons were and what they are after and who will survive. This is one book that you will be hard pressed to put down, even if you do have to get some sleep for work the next morning. I swear I was writing the next scenes in my head before exhaustion finally shut my mind off. (I do that quite a lot if I read before bed).

An exceptional read and I highly recommend this extraordinarily well written book with characters that you will thoroughly enjoy, one way or another.

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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