Review: ‘Savage Collision’ by Gwyn McNamee
Savage Collisionby Gwyn McNamee
Series: Hawke Family #1
Published by Self-Published on September 1, 2016
SubGenres: Contemporary Romance
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The last thing I expect when I walk into The Hawkeye Club is to fall head over heels in lust. It’s supposed to be a rescue mission. I have to get my baby sister off the pole, into some clothes, and out of the grasp of the pussy peddler who somehow manipulated her into stripping. But the moment I see Savage Hawke and verbally spar with him, my ability to remain rational flies out the window and my libido takes center stage. I’ve never wanted a relationship—my time is better spent focusing on taking down the scum running this city—but what I want and what I need are apparently two different things.
Danika Eriksson storms into my office in her high heels and on her high horse. Her holier-than-thou attitude and accusations should offend me, but instead, I can’t get her out of my head or my heart. Her incomparable drive, take-no-prisoners attitude, and blatant honesty captivate me and hold me prisoner. I should steer clear, but my self-preservation instinct is apparently dead—which is exactly what our relationship will be once she knows everything. It’s only a matter of time.
The truth doesn’t always set you free. Sometimes, it just royally screws you.
I can’t believe I’ve been sitting on the Hawke Family series by Gwyn McNamee, but I’m glad I’m making time to read it now. Savage Collision is the first book, and it’s a great introduction to the series. This book is full of emotional moments and sexual tension between the MCs while also delivering a dramatic and anxiety-filled storyline, especially with the FMC being an investigative reporter and putting herself and others at risk to get the story she wants.
Savage Hawke is a successful business owner who runs a strip club, and Danika Erikkson is an investigative reporter who walks into his office one day, asking why he manipulated her little sister into working for him. The issue with her demands is that he never manipulated her sister into working for him. He runs a respectable business and takes care of the people that work for him. He should be upset with Dani’s accusations, but instead, he finds the woman intriguing and can’t seem to stop thinking about her after she leaves his office. Neither can Dani about him, which leads the two down a road of sexual tension and secrets that may very well break them before they get started.
I loved Savage Hawke but had mixed feelings for Danika Eriksson. Don’t get me wrong, I had issues with Savage, too, but not as much as Dani. I found Dani’s character annoying and hurtful at times, especially with how she reacted to Savage when he revealed himself to her, and then she couldn’t accept something was going on with him when they were together. It was obvious he was dealing with things. It broke my heart to find out what happened to Savage and then later have him live through it again when he decides he needed the extra help after Gabe, his friend, called Savage out on possibly needing help to deal with what happened to him years ago.
Dani had her own issues that she was dealing with but I found her selfish at times, especially when it came to her putting people in danger for a story and then how she was upset with her sister. Her sister was a grown woman who could make her own decisions for herself. She did manage to win me over after Savage revealed his fears to her, and she handled it a little better. I think the time apart is what they needed for their love to grow and for both to figure out things because, in the beginning, it was rough between the two. I loved how Dani handled Savage’s ex-girlfriend/fiancee, who actually played a role in Savage’s feelings that almost jeopardized him and Dani’s happiness.
The sexual chemistry between the two characters was scorching when they weren’t dealing with things. Savage was a dominant man in the bedroom, and Dani was drawn to him because of it.
Although this story only received 3.5 stars from me, mainly because of Dani’s character because she didn’t redeem herself until toward the end, I enjoyed the storyline of this one, and I’m looking forward to reading the other Hawke family members’ stories.
Story Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5
Standalone or Part of Series: It’s part of the Hawke Family series and I recommend reading in order.
Would I recommend this book/series? Yes.
Genre/SubGenre(s): Romance | Contemporary Romance
Trope(s)/Element(s): Enemies to Lovers | Billionaire Romance | Instant Love/Lust | Feisty/Sassy FMC | Protective MMC | Business Owner MMC | Traumatic Past – MMC | Secrets | Italian Mob