Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hawk’s Landing

Title: Hawk’s Landing
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Total E-Bound
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ISBN: 978-0-85715-541-2
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Kit Bromely might have been born a man but that didn’t mean he felt it was the life he was meant to lead. Uncomfortable growing up male in small town Arkansas, the minute he graduated from high school Kit pushed away all the trapping of being a man and left town. After a lot of work to pay for surgery, Kit arrived in Cattle Valley with newly augmented breasts and the hopes of being accepted for who she was.

After learning he has a son, Gabe Hawkins drives his Harley to Cattle Valley. There he meets Kit at The Gym and is smitten. He quickly sees that she’s more than just a pretty face and he’s intrigued by the sassy blonde with the killer smile. Others might not trust his motives for coming to town but all Gabe asks is to be given a chance. He only hopes that Kit will give him…give them…a chance as well.

Hawk’s Landing is book twenty-three in Carol Lynne’s popular ongoing series, Cattle Valley, and it’s a bit different than her other releases as it contains a transgender storyline.

Kit is an interesting and intense character, determined to walk to the beat of her own drummer, no matter the personal cost. I enjoyed the little snippets of her past but would have loved to learn more of her early life and what formed her into the person she became. As much as I liked Kit, her personality seemed a little flat at times. From the moment Gabe drove into Cattle Valley on his Harley, he intrigued me. Knowing he’d come to meet his son, the child of Bo and Rance, set up a premise I couldn’t wait to read. It was exciting, emotional and put two beloved characters at odds with the new man on the block, BUT the conflict never happened. In fact, this portion of the story, instead of continuing at the forefront, was relegated to the background. It’s disappointing, bearing in mind that’s why Gabe came to town.

Considering why Cattle Valley was founded, I was surprised at the inappropriate/hateful comments/attitudes that Kit dealt with by some of the men in town. I guess I shouldn’t be since people tend to pick on those unlike themselves, but it still bothered me and made me appreciate how loving and protective Gabe was with Kit. The bond between these two is intense and the desire simmering between them is filled with passion and love. I do think that, for a release of this length, the story would have benefited with more plot and less sex. Still, the story is touching, the love between Gabe and Kit easy to see and after the pain Kit lived through to find his one-true-love, it was nice seeing them find their happily-ever-after.

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