The Hawks: A Novel by S.D. Hendrickson


Title: The Hawks: A Novel
Author: S.D. Hendrickson
Genres: New Adult, Family Drama, Romantic Suspense 
Release Date: July 26, 2018


"A sultry summer of suspense that leads to the fall of a power family." 

He warned me. Said hawks were dangerous birds. Their majestic beauty could blind your eyes as they picked the flesh from your bones.

But even hawks have enemies. And they eventually came for the Hawthorn family. Held us hostage. Demanded retribution.

But I wasn’t a Hawthorn. No, I was just the help. Caught in the turmoil of a tragic family. I worked hard for Delsey Hawthorn. Tried to earn the respect of the reigning tyrant. Assistant. Event planner. Gardner. Chauffeur. I added it all to my resume.

And then I met Javier Hawthorn. Delsey ordered me to stay away from her grandson. But like a moth to a burning flame, I gravitated toward him. He was so different than my world. Irresistible. Charming. He brought a calmness to the chaos.

But that was before the intruders came into the house. Tied us up. Hurt us. We struggled to get away. We fought to survive.

But who were the men behind the masks? Did we know them? Because someone who got this close to the family at night must be even closer during the day.




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Excerpt from The Hawks: A Novel
by S.D. Hendrickson © 2018

“I’m sorry. I wasn’t trying to upset you.” My hands cupped his cheeks. I peered into his eyes, trying to read him better as I wore my heart on the outside. “I know this is supposed to be casual. But this doesn’t feel casual to me. You are so good to me. So much more than I ever expected. The way you make me feel. I just need to know if you feel the same way. And it’s okay if you don’t. I just need to know the truth.”

Javier rested his forehead against mine. “I feel the same, Sarina.”

“You do?” The elation filled my chest and I leaned up to kiss him, but his words stopped me.

“I feel the same, but you’re not really mine. Not permanently.

What right do I have to feel jealous or angry?”

“But you have every right,” I pleaded with him. “If you think we’re together.”

The emotions shifted in his eyes as he struggled with his answer. “Maybe I tried to pretend at first. That you could mean nothing. But I couldn’t. I care about you, Sarina. And in another time or place, I could see myself wanting so much more with you. But the more we feel, the harder it ends.”

“You don’t think I know that?” I whispered. “I know you will hurt me. Eventually.”

“But I don’t want to hurt you. So I have to ask you this. Do you want to stop now before this gets more serious? Before it hurts more?”

“No,” I gushed. I didn’t even hesitate. The idea of him pulling away sent a panic through me. I didn’t care about the heartbreak that would come later when he left me. I needed him in my life right now. “I don’t want to stop seeing you.”




The Hawks: A NovelThe Hawks: A Novel by S.D. Hendrickson
Kim's rating: 5 of 5 iScream Cones

I have read everything SD Hendrickson has written! Her words can reach me and allow me to be absorbed into her characters and their stories. Each one of her stories has made me cry at some point they are absolutely beautiful continually memorable.

Sarina found a job she loved doing that could help put her family in a comfortable financial position but her old rich brutally honest witch of a boss made it hard for her to want to stay working for her.
Then she meets Javier and he makes enduring Mrs. Hawthorn’s rude comments and ridicules demands tolerable. But between their forbidden love and the fear of their summer romance ending when Javier returns to Columbia, they need to figure out if all their secrets and fear of getting hurt are worth it.

“And even though the story may have started off the day I first met the Hawthorne’s, they were not the ones to blame for the terrible events that transpired that night. No, much to my disbelief, the ending came from a place much closer to home.”

The chapters go back-and-forth from how Sarina started working for Mrs. Hawthorn to the predicament she has allowed her self into now. You fall in love with her friendships of the staff and her forbidden love with Javier and then your transported to the present where she is held captive at her own planned event where armed men threaten the lives of the people she has grown to love.

A beautifully haunting suspense of struggles and betrayal. Finding strength in the deception and deceit.

I found my heart breaking from the torment and lies that innocent Sarina kept enduring. I wanted her to prevail and to overcome the obstacles they kept falling upon her. I couldn’t stop reading! I had to keep reading with hopes and anxiety for what Sarina had to endure.

A bewitchingly written story of suspense and romance that entraps your world and penetrates your thoughts long after you finish it.




SD Hendrickson received a Bachelor's of Science in Journalism and Public Relations from Oklahoma State University. She is the author of The Mason List, Waiting for Wyatt, and My Lucky Days.






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