Review: ‘Tortured Skye’ by Gwyn McNamee
Tortured Skyeby Gwyn McNamee
Series: Hawke Family #2
Published by Self-Published on February 9, 2017
SubGenres: Contemporary Romance
Audience: 18+/Rated R
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***Tortured Skye is not a standalone and is best enjoyed after reading Savage Collision***
Falling in love with Gabe Anderson was as easy as breathing. Fighting my feelings for my brother’s best friend was agonizingly hard. I never imagined giving in to my desire for him would cause such a destructive ripple effect. That kiss was my grasp at a lifeline—something, anything to hold me steady in my crumbling life. Now, I have to suffer with the fallout while trying to convince him it’s all worth the consequences.
Guilt overwhelms me—over what I’ve done, the lives I’ve taken, and more than anything, over my feelings for Skye Hawke. Craving my best friend’s little sister is insanely self-destructive. It never should have happened, but since the moment she kissed me, I haven’t been able to get her out of my mind. If I take what I want, I risk losing everything. If I don’t, I’ll lose her and a piece of myself. The raging storm threatening to rain down on the city is nothing compared to the one that will come from my decision.
Love can be torture, but sometimes, love is the only thing that can save you.
Tortured Skye is the second book in Gwyn McNamee’s The Hawke Family series. This story is full of angst between the two main characters while they try to fight their feelings for one another. One is determined to give in to those feelings, while the other continues to fight them. It was definitely a page-turner, but it also made me want to go through my Kindle and curse at one of the characters to stop being so stubborn.
I’m going to admit when I was introduced to Skye Hawke in Savage Collision, I didn’t like her at first, especially with how she was with Danika. After reading Tortured Skye, I understood her character better and felt sympathetic to her. She deserved to find happiness and feel loved for once, especially after she lost her twin sister in the same accident that put her brother, Savage, in a wheelchair. She’s always had feelings for Gabe, but never pursued him due to her big brother, but now she’s determined to be with Gabe, even if he continues to push her away.
Gabe Anderson has been a part of the Hawke family for a while now and has considered them family over his own. He knows his feelings for Skye Hawke can never happen, especially since he’s best friend with her brother, Savage. He also finds that he’s too damaged to be with her, and he won’t risk it. He believes she deserves better, but it’s getting harder to resist her when she pursues him at every turn.
I loved the push and pull between Gabe and Skye, but I found Gabe difficult at times. His constant pushing was going to hurt Skye, and she didn’t deserve it, especially since she was willing to be there one hundred percent with him. She didn’t care what her brother thought of her being with Gabe, but Gabe couldn’t risk losing his friend. Don’t even get me started with what Savage did when he found out. I liked Savage in his book, but in this book, he did a 360, and I was not too fond of his character. I understood why he didn’t want Gabe with her because Gabe was a player, but they were adults and could make their own decisions.
How about the spice level? This one was off the charts like the first book, but this one may have been hotter, especially since a certain MMC has something special about him. =)
Gwyn McNamee is one author I’m glad I found her books this year because I’m enjoying her books and her writing style. She makes me feel for the characters and root for their HEAs. She does make me want to talk some sense into them, but I have to remember these are fictional characters and not real ones. I definitely can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series after reading Savage and Skye’s books.
Story Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Standalone of Part of Series: This series needs to be read in order, since the books are interconnected. I recommend reading Savage Collision, the first book in the Hawke Family series.
Would I recommend this series? Yes.
Genre/SubGenre(s): Romance | Contemporary Romance
Trope(s)/Element(s): Brother’s Little Best Friend | Forbidden Romance | Damaged Hero | Determined Heroine | Traumatic Past | PTSD | Nurse Heroine | Loss of Loved One(s) | Former Military Hero