Ex Special Forces soldier Michael “Hawke” Hawkins has spent every day of the last ten years waiting for the moment he would get to watch the life fade from the eyes of the men who brutally murdered his wife, but when he finally gets the break he’s been waiting for, the trail leads him to someone he wasn’t expecting.
After nearly two years of running, 24-year-old Tate Travers has become an expert at hiding…until the day a dangerous stranger shows up looking for vengeance and threatens to destroy the fragile life Tate has managed to build for himself and his five-year-old son. Except the life Tate has been struggling to hold on to started unraveling long before Hawke showed up looking for the same men Tate has been running from…his own father and older brother.
Retribution – it’s all Hawke has wanted since the day he held his wife’s hand as she took her last breath. And he won’t give that up for anything or anyone…not even the tormented young man trying to give his little boy a better life. Because Tate is the only one who can lead Hawke to the men he’s been searching for. And if it means forcing the young man to confront the past that nearly destroyed him, then so be it.
Only the last thing Hawke expects to feel is something besides the hatred that has driven him. And he definitely never expected to feel it for a man.
But when it comes down to choosing between the unwanted feelings Tate stirs in him and the revenge he’s finally close enough to taste, will Hawke be able to give up the one thing that has kept him going for a second chance at a future he gave up on ever having?
So after the massive book hangover I had when I finished Salvation (Ronan and Seth’s book), I was eagerly waiting for Hawke’s story. Like, hella impatiently waiting. Because basically, I have become slightly obsessed with Sloane Kennedy and her M/M books. I have only read the prior two in this series as well as this one, but every time I get to the end of her books I am scanning the other series trying to figure out when I will have time to just lock myself in my house and have a reading marathon.
So this is Hawke’s story. Hawke, bless his broken heart…..
Hawke is seeking retribution for the murder of his wife 10 years prior. While seeking out the men responsible, he meet’s Tate and his son, Matthew. Hawke is attracted to Tate, however, he does not necessarily identify himself as a gay man, having only been with one woman, who he loved with his whole heart. But he finds himself drawn to Tate, similarly to the way he was drawn to his wife….
Tate is a man on the run. But he’s not running from Hawke, he’s running from his worthless family. He too is attracted to Hawke, and is basically willing to do anything to be with him. He understand’s his pain, and he wants to help him, so he gives him what he can, hoping it will be what Hawke needs.
This story was equal parts angsty, heartbreaking and sweet. The sweet times for me, came in the form of Seth and Ronan basically being surrogate parents to Matty when he needed them to be there while Hawke and Tate were away. Because, I love those two guys hard. The heartbreak was poor Hawke coming to terms with the fact that he was moving on, and it was tearing him apart because he thought he was betraying his wife’s memory. He is a very, very loyal man. And the angst between these two as Hawke also came to terms with the fact that he was attracted to another man. And Tate, was just completely and utterly sweet and supportive and loving. It was, once again, a perfect story between two awesome character’s that I freaking loved.