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*Gifted for an honest review* 5 Stars
“I kiss her. Really kiss her. Like it’s the first, last, with no in between. I don’t want there to be a beginning or an end to us. I want us to be a circle that goes round and round forever.”
With some standalones that come from series you do get that feeling that you are missing some part of the story when you jump into a later book. I have read the first Hart Brothers but haven’t managed to read the second so I do know a little about Kolson and Gabby, but I didn’t find myself needing that story in order to fully appreciate this one. That’s the sign of a really good series standalone. So firstly, hats off for that! Secondly, the nature of Carter and her job were done with style. And what should have perhaps have felt like information overload with regards to her profession, didn’t feel like that at all, it held my interest. When you are dealing with jargon in fictional books it is sometimes difficult to keep the reader engaged whilst trying to be descriptive with a piece of information that is essential. Carters jargon filled moments are most definitely needed in order to understand the twist that comes later. The prologue in this novel sets up a false sense of security for the reader as it’s a beautiful memory and it lulls you to believe that this will be how things are. It’s quite a strong prologue and devastating all at the same time.
Kestrel and Carter are characters that grow on you, at first I wasn’t sure what I felt for them individually and collectively but it was a slow seduction and it didn’t take long to bring both of them into my heart. Kestrel is no nonsense, sweet in a strange kind of way and quirky, but definitely a bit of a nutball, an adorable nutball however. I saw no wolf in Kestrel, just perhaps his demons coming out to play now and again. Again, you’re dealing with broken people who find strength in each other and struggle to find their way. I guess in that sense it would seem a little predictable but it is the basis for a good storyline if the plot is done well. It is, very well. This romantic suspense has a different edge to it that I enjoyed very much. The secondary characters bring a little something else to the mix and I found that I couldn’t quite figure the angle of one or two. The twist may seem a little obvious but this is so well written that I really didn’t bother about that, I was guessing for much of the book though. There was one sentence however that just cut me down, and I sat agape for about 5 minutes thinking “oh no…” my heart sank so fast, and whichever way it was meant, in that moment it really hurt!
There are a lot of good things in here. Suspense, high drama, emotional conflict and scorching hot scenes (phew), all that combined makes for a read that I really couldn’t put down in all honesty. The writing style is clean, it’s an easy read in those terms and the story does flow rather well too. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended. Thank you Anne!
***Although Kestrel can be read as a stand alone, I'd recommend reading Freeing Her and Freeing Him first to give you more background on the Kestrel and his brothers.***
I had the honour and privilege to be a part of this story right from the beginning at it's beta stage and I was totally surprised with the direction Kestrel's story went. It was an incredibly touching and highly emotional story and saying I loved it doesn't seem enough for how I feel about Kestrel. I'm a huge fan of A.M. Hargrove and her work and this, in my opinion, is her best yet.
I have to admit, when I first met Kestrel in Freeing Him, I didn't much like him. He was too much under his father's influence and, dare I say, I didn't trust him. Saying that, I knew he was going to be more messed up than his brother, Kolson, and I couldn't wait to dive into his story. It promised to be full of dark twists & turns. How wrong was I??
The story opens with quite an emotional introduction to the female lead, Carter Drayton, and I have to say my heart was in pieces over her grief. And just like that I was hooked.
Kestrel wasn't just one story, it was two. It was also about Carter. Nerdy, naive Carter who is on the verge of a break through in the medical world but has suffered a terrible tragedy, one which she can't see ever getting over. She exists only for her work until she meets Kestrel. One look and she's a goner, but she's not ready to admit it just yet.
I loved the way Kestrel's story played out. Instead of giving us a similar, tortured story to Kolson's but darker, A.M. Hargrove decided to show us Kestrel after he'd worked through most of his issues which, for me, was a great move. I now adore Kestrel, I find him even hotter than Kolson!!
Yes, Kestrel still had a few issues to overcome but he was working on them. I found it a refreshing and enjoyable change to see the male main character willing to discuss his traumatic past without going all caveman & broody insisting 'you wouldn't understand' at every turn. Kestrel was more open and honest (most of the time) with Carter when it came to his feelings and his past, he didn't shy away from them. Carter couldn't talk about her past quite so easily and wasn't ready, or willing, to let go just yet.
Kestrel and Carter are drawn together, recognising in each other, the tragedies and traumas in their pasts. In an effort to help Carter come to terms with her grief, Kestrel tried to get her open up and talk about it, confront it but it hurt so much and Carter was still fragile, not ready, or willing to let go just yet.
As the couple inevitably became closer, their feelings for each other developed into something deeper but danger lurked in the shadows threatening their relationship.
Of course, Kestrel wouldn't be an A.M. Hargrove novel without plenty of heat...Jeeez, was there some heat?? Kestrel and Carter nearly burned up my kindle they were so hot!! And also plenty of nail biting danger & suspense and tug-at-your-heartstrings, emotional drama. I was totally gripped throughout. I couldn't put my kindle down, I had to keep on reading until I reached the end.
I can't recommend Kestrel highly enough. Go 1-click now!!
*ARC recieved in return for an honest review
I loved this book its an emotional read and I was tearing up on more than one occasion,having read the other books in the series Kestrel is my favourite brother!! Hes hot and sexy,but hes kind and caring and I love how they both recongnise the pain in each other and set about healing each other.The sex scenes are hot they definaltely steamed my kindle up add in some drama and angst and you have the perfect story that grips you from page one.I cant wait to read what A M Hargrove has in store for us next!!
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