Series: Men of Bird’s Eye, #1
Release Date: February 23rd, 2021
Drew Ashby has no time—for anything. As a recently-divorced single mother, her focus is on finding a job, caring for her daughter, and rebuilding some semblance of a life after hers was wrecked.
When Drew lands a job at Bird’s Eye, sparks don’t immediately fly. She can’t deny the fact that her boss is a delicious specimen of a man. His tattoo-covered skin might even drive her wild, but his brooding presence and set jaw make him hard to read.
That is, until he drops the bad boy persona and starts making moves on her—kind and caring gestures she doesn’t expect.
Things turn hot, and just when Drew thinks everything is finally going right, life does what it does best: It throws her a curveball from her past.
Bird’s Eye might not be the family Drew envisioned for herself, but ideals can change in a heartbeat. There’s no doubt Hawk is the man she wants, but can he step up and be the man she needs?
Hawk was such a pleasant and quick read for me! You’ve got a young hotshot tattoo artist and shop owner who meets a single mother that is far from the usual kind of woman he meets and they fall in love. How can you not love that?
While I was a little unsure about Drew and Hawk’s relationship at first, I found all the things I could love about it slowly. Hawk runs a tattoo shop and his best friend (who works with him) hires Drew to work the front desk. Hawk is covered in tattoos and has the makings of a man you do not mess with, while Drew is a single mother who is just trying to make ends meet after being tossed out by her asshole ex. They come from completely different worlds and you know that it’s going to take them time to become friends or build any kind of relationship, really, and that’s half the fun.
Kat Savage writes the kind of chapters I enjoy – short enough to give you everything you need, quick enough to set the tone and filled with enough information that will keep you turning the page. I really enjoyed watching Hawk and Drew go from being sort of strangers in a place where they both work to becoming something more. Drew’s cautious and Hawk’s the same. It’s not like they both have the same experiences, but there’s a lot on the table if they cross that line.
I also absolutely loved the supporting characters and knowing that they’re going to get their own books kinda makes me excited, because I’m looking forward to seeing more of Will and the gang. I think some of my favourite scenes are when Drew, Hawk and Ava (Drew’s daughter) are together, because those scenes were magical.
For all intents and purposes, Hawk comes across as a rough and tumble guy. He’s a tattoo artist, covered in ink and he runs a tattoo shop, so you’re expecting him to just be broody and aloof. But with Ava around, he becomes someone else and he slowly lets his guard down around Drew, which draws them together. And that’s the kind of relationship I enjoy – the slow unraveling of a character.
While I enjoyed their love story and meeting these characters, there were certain things that didn’t really seem necessary or didn’t appeal to me. I didn’t think we needed Drew’s ex-husband to make an appearance for the sake of nothing and all those unnecessary visits from Nina. The conflict didn’t feel too conflicty to me and I think it could have all been avoided if the characters communicated better.
But on the whole, Hawk is a quick read with two interesting leads and a nice twist to a trope we all love and enjoy.
Thanks to Kat Savage and Wildfire Marketing Solutions for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.