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REVIEW: Shadow Hawk by Jill Shalvis

Dear Ms. Shalvis:

I can’t exactly recreate how I found your book, but I did a websearch about something, ended up at your site and read the excerpt for Shadow Hawk which led me directly to Harlequin’s website. I thanked the internet gods and Malle Valik for offering up the June releases a month early.

Conor Hawk has a thing for fellow ATF agent, Abigail Wells. Everything about her is sexy to him, including her elbows. The only response he gets, when she actually speaks to him, is usually cold and dismissive. Hawk doesn’t really understand because she’s so personable to everyone else, even sweet and kind on occassion. Abby is quite aware of Hawk’s virility. On the outside, she may appear impervious but inside she’s like the rest of the office women who can’t keep their eyes of his wicked body.

Abby and Hawk are assigned to a mission one evening to check out some suspicious activity in northern Wyoming related to the Kiddie Bomber case. The Kiddie Bombers were a group who taught teens how to make bombs and terrorize big corporations into paying large sums of money. The mission goes badly and Hawk and Abby appear to be set up to take the fall for the Kiddie Bombers.

For Abby, this is possibly the worst thing that could happen to her as a year ago she suffered a terrible, on the job trauma. Not only is she on-the-run, but she doesn’t know that she can trust Hawk or her attraction to him. Hawk, on the other hand, isn’t sure that he can trust Abby but is tired of fighting the battle of lust and when he sees the first glimmer of reciprocation, there is no holding back.

You do a great job interspersing humor with the tension. I was less thrilled with the action/suspense portion and found it to require high degrees of suspension of disbelief in order to make it through the end. The ending action sequence bordered on the ridiculous side.

Abby and Hawk, however, are a great couple. Okay, I mostly read the book for Hawk. His slow (seemingly interminably slow) realization that Abby had feelings for him was endearing and the way in which he went about panishing her past insecurities was both sweet and erotic. There are definitely parts of this book that warrant a re-read. B.

Best regards,


Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Wendy
    May 21, 2007 @ 16:59:47

    Hmmm, this does sound interesting. Honestly I probably read the synopsis in RT and skimmed right over it when I saw “ATF.” I’m at the point where I skim over any synopsis that says ATF, FBI or SEAL. Lord help me, I just want a nice category romance about a plumber :)

  2. Jane
    May 21, 2007 @ 19:08:16

    If you read the excerpt and it appeals to you, you’ll enjoy the book because it’s all that sort of self deprecating humor. And boy howdy does it have a good handcuff scene ;)

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