Reviewed by Susan65
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Series: The Protectors #3
Heroes: Michael “Hawke” Hawkins/Tate Travers
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 374 Pages
Publisher: Sloane Kennedy
Release Date: June 17, 2016
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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?
Review: Oh yeah, I totally knew I was going to love this installment of The Protectors series and I was right. Hawke has been a favorite of mine from the earlier books, and I just knew he was going to have an amazing story. Seriously, Hawke and Tate were so gorgeous together. That is saying something since I normally struggle when kids are involved in my romances.
As per usual with this series, there are some hard truths that need to be revealed, and some pretty gruesome pasts that need to be laid to rest. Hawke is fighting so hard to maintain his commitment to his murdered wife. She has been gone ten years but his hanging on to her is the only thing he knows how to do anymore…well, that and dish out his own form of retribution to the scum of society. His heartbreak is palpable and so touching. You totally want to go out and hurt the bad guys that destroyed his world.
Too bad his world was destroyed by Tate’s own brother and father. How someone as wonderful as Tate could come from such evil is truly a mystery. His bravery in grabbing his “son” and running away to start a new life with a new name was so hard for him. He constantly worried for the day that he would be found, he just didn’t expect that Hawke would be the one to find him.
Watching these two tip toe around each other, and then learn to trust and fall in love, was everything. This is not a fast insta-love, nor was it ever easy. Hawke was very straight and in love with his wife when she died. Learning to adjust to his attraction to Tate was hard for him. These two have serious trauma to overcome, but they do it in such a way that it makes your heart hopeful. It was a big bonus to get to spend time with Ronan and Seth, too.
Highly recommend this book and this series. You can’t go wrong with a story this well developed and emotionally charged.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*