About the book, Night Hawk
- Series: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: HQN Books (December 29, 2015)
ONCE UPON A RANCH IN WYOMING…
After losing his comrade, Sergeant Gil Hanford thought a visit to the man’s widow would be the decent way to honor his late friend. But Gil found more than comfort in Kai Tiernan—he had always secretly desired beautiful Kai, but a sudden, mutual passion helped assuage their grief…until duty reared its head, removing him from her arms, seemingly forever.
Four years later, Kai is starting over at the Triple H Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Born a rancher, she is looking for a new beginning—but her new boss is unforgivably familiar. Kai has tried to move past the memory of what happened between her and Gil, even though she’s never forgiven him for leaving her. But even as they begin their journey toward something new and oh-so-uncertain, a shadow emerges, determined to claim Kai for itself.
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About the author, Lindsay McKenna
A U.S. Navy veteran, she was a meteorologist while serving her country. She pioneered the military romance in 1993 with Captive of Fate, Silhouette Special edition. Her heart and focus is on honoring and showing our military men and women. Creator of the Wyoming Series and Shadow Warriors series for HQN, she writes emotionally and romantically intense suspense stories.
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Lindsay McKenna is a really engaging writer, and even though I don’t go out of my way to read romances, I pleaded to be allowed on this blog tour, because I respect her work so much. I love that she honors our military (active duty and veterans) by featuring military characters in her novels, and I love that she treats both the people and the institution with honesty and respect.
I am less a fan of westerns, so for me, Night Hawk was a little difficult because of the Wyoming ranch community setting. A childhood that took place, in part, in the Colorado Rockies, and a marriage that began in the Great Plains of South Dakota taught me that there is beauty in those rugged, wide open places, but I’m really glad I only ever have to visit them in books and movies. I’m a city girl with beachy proclivities, and I’m okay with that.
But enough about me. Kai, the heroine of this novel, is ex-military, retired after ten years of service, and looking for work as a wrangler or mechanic when we first meet her, and from page one, I wanted to befriend her. Gil, Kai’s one-time lover, and best friend of her deceased husband, is the perfect romance novel hero, but with the depth and nuance that only Ms. McKenna can bring. Actually, it’s her depiction of the heroes where I think McKenna particularly excels, because while romance novels are usually written by women, for women, with women as protagonists, if the men don’t come across as dimensional beings, the romance doesn’t work.
Their story is one of grief and loss, hope and love, separation and coming back together, and McKenna handles each mood with a deft hand, making the novel feel like a glimpse into an ever-so-slightly-heightened version of reality. There are no roller-coaster extreme ups and downs, no soap opera-esque histrionics, just solid storytelling and a good amount of yummy love scenes that feel steamy without being uncomfortably explicit.
I look forward to more from Ms. McKenna, in this series, and her others.
Goes well with a bowl of thick, spicy chili, and a cold beer.
One person in the US/Canada can win a copy of one of Lindsay McKenna’s other novels, Wolf Haven.
How? You have two options:
1) Follow me on Twitter (@melysse) and retweet MY tweet with the link to this review.
2) Leave a comment (make sure there’s a valid email address – no one will see it but me) telling me about a person you reconnected with after a long separation.
You have until 11:59 PM US Central time on Tuesday, February 2nd.
Winner will be informed by email or direct message on Twitter (as applicable).
Lindsay McKenna’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, January 4th: Majorly Delicious
Monday, January 4th: The Sassy Bookster
Wednesday, January 6th: Reading Reality
Friday, January 8th: A Chick Who Reads
Monday, January 11th: Worth Getting in Bed For
Tuesday, January 12th: Bewitched Bookworms
Wednesday, January 13th: Mignon Mykel Reviews
Friday, January 15th: Read Love Blog
Monday, January 18th: Romantic Reads and Such
Tuesday, January 19th: It’s A Reading Thing
Wednesday, January 20th: Book Reviews & More by Kathy
Thursday, January 21st: Life is Story
Friday, January 22nd: Raven Haired Girl
Monday, January 25th: What I’m Reading
Tuesday, January 26th: Bookaholics Not-so-Anonymous
Wednesday, January 27th: Bibliotica
Thursday, January 28th: Books a la Mode
Friday, January 29th: Black ‘n Gold Girls Book Spot
TBR: From the TBR Pile