Rowena’s review of Hawk O’Toole’s Hostage by Sandra Brown.
From the Publisher:
To Hawk O’Toole, she was a pawn in a desperate gamble to help his people. To Miranda Price, he was a stranger who’d done the unthinkable: kidnapped her and her young son off a train full of sight-seeing vacationers. Now, held hostage on a distant reservation for reasons she cannot at first fathom, Miranda finds herself battling a captor who is by turns harsh and tender, mysteriously aloof and dangerously seductive. Hawk had assumed that Miranda Price, the beautiful ex-wife of Representative Price, would be as selfish and immoral as the tabloids suggested. Instead, she seems genuinely afraid for her son’s life – and willing to risk her own to keep him safe. But committed to a fight he didn’t start, Hawk knows he can’t afford to feel anything but contempt for his prisoner. To force the government to reopen the Lone Puma Mine, he must keep Miranda at arm’s length, must remember that she is his enemy – even when she ignites his deepest desires. Slowly, Miranda begins to learn what drives this brooding, solitary man, to discover the truth about his tragic past. But it will take a shocking revelation to finally force her to face her own past and the woman she’s become, and to ask herself: Is it freedom she really wants…or the chance to stay with Hawk forever?
So this is another book that I read yesterday while I waited to get my Crazy Cool back from my friend Theresa. I read this book in like 3 hours, it was really short and my very first Sandra Brown. As a first book by a new to me author, it probably wasn’t my best choice because this book was just okay.
I liked it well enough, I guess. I mean, the story is about an Indian Chief who is really a half breed, he takes a woman and her son captive in order to open the eyes of the Senators and Governors who shut a mine down on their reservation. The mine that brought in all of the business and money to their little tribe, without the mine open, lots of jobs were lost and a lot of families weren’t doing too good. But of course, the white man doesn’t care about the Indians and the Indians are pissed to high heaven about it. So they take matters into their own hands.
So the Indian Chief, Hawk O’Toole kidnaps Miranda and Scott Price so that they can have Morton Price, Miranda’s ex husband and Scott’s father take a keen interest in their cause. Their cause to reopen the mine and blah blah blah.
So yeah, Hawk steals Scott and Miranda won’t be left behind, so they had to adjust their plans to include her because well, she kicked up a fight and whatever and as they fight tooth and nail with each other, their desire for each other grows until it’s at an all time high, but Hawk, big bad Indian guy despises everything that Miranda is, she’s white, she’s privileged and she’s a whore and slut. He read that in a newspaper and totally believes everything the newspaper wrote about her ….oh hell to the no but if you were to believe everything that was written in the newspapers about Indians, it’s like OFF WITH YOUR HEAD to Hawk O’Toole.
He was a very stubborn and cynical man, one that I had a hard time liking. The names he called Miranda, without knowing a hot damn thing, the way he just knew she was a skank pissed me off, because he swore he was all knowing in everything, rolls eyes …he is SO not one of my favorite heroes.
Then there’s Miranda, who was pouty and prissy and just everything that gets on my nerves. She made things worst for herself whenever she talked to Hawk, instead of being scared and whatever, like normal people would be, she was headstrong and dumb. She never shut the hell up and even though I would have been pissed for him calling me all those dumb names, I still wouldn’t be as stupid as she was about everything, well, at least I hope I wouldn’t.
I really liked reading about the Indian tribes though. I thought Ernie and his wife, Scott and Donny were cool additions to the story. I didn’t care one bit for that stupid wench, Dawn January, if anyone was a stank hoe, she was…
One of the things that bothered me was the way Hawk manhandled Randy. He was always so rough with her, pulling her by the hair, roughing her up, it was like, hot damn man, if you care about your women so much, why are you tossin’ Randy up like she’s garbage…you’re the piece of shit.
I liked the way the story ended, with Randy coming to his rescue but it wasn’t enough to make me absolutely love it or even like it a lot…this book was just very average for me and I’m glad that I can finally get back to my real reading….Christian Hawkins time baby…ooh wee!
This book was just okay, read it or not, it’s not really a waste of your time but it’s not like the best read ever either. I won’t give up on Sandra Brown though, maybe sometime later I’ll give her another whirl…
Grade: 3 out of 5
This book is available from Bantam. You can purchase it here.