She hasn't been living. He's looking for a way to forget it all.
My life went up in flames. All I'm left with is my daughter and ashes. The simple act of breathing is so excruciating, there are days I wish I could stop altogether. So I have no business being at the party, and I definitely shouldn't be in the arms of the handsome stranger. When his lips meet mine, he breathes life into me for the first time since the day the inferno disintegrated my world. But loving again isn't in the cards, and there are even greater dangers to face than trying to keep Landon McCabe out of my heart.
Running is my only option. I have to get away from Chicago and the betrayal that shattered my world. I need a new life-one without attachments. The vibrancy of New Orleans convinces me it's possible to start over. Yet in all the excitement of a new city, it's Storm Hawke's dark, sad beauty that draws me in. She isn't looking for love, and we both need a hot, sweaty release without feelings getting involved. But even the best laid plans fail, and life can leave you burned.
Love can build, and love can destroy. But in the end, love is what raises you from the ashes.
***Building Storm is the fourth and final full-length novel in The Hawke Family Series. While it is a complete story, it is NOT meant to be read as a standalone. The story of the Hawke siblings starts in Savage Collision and continues in book two, Tortured Skye, and book three, Stone Sober before reaching the plot in Building Storm. These stories all build on one another and are intertwined. They need to be read in order to fully enjoy and understand the plots and characters. ***
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Building Storm by Gwyn McNamee a Squall of a five-star read. This is the forth novel in the Hawke Family series and they are best when read in order, they each have such powerful and gripping story lines, I do think that Building Storm may just be the best, after I had read the previous novels and loved them and I feel that getting to know Storm and watch her story develop just made this one so much stronger and more compelling. I don’t want to say too much as I would hate to give spoilers as there are a few points that you will feel like the rugs been pulled from under you and you will just adore it!! I love how Gwyn McNamee brings the city of New Orleans to life in the pages almost like another character along with the buildings and the description they will blow you away, the passion and drama written between the pages are simply sublime, if you haven’t read this series then you need to go buy them all, it’s such a powerful series that you can’t miss.
This was an emotional story throughout the book. This wasn't like the others that had it bits and pieces. You feel Storm's pain the whole time. Which is understandable with what she is going through. I felt so much for Storm, and I couldn't help but be happy when Landon was able to be there for her. Bits and pieces of the past come back, but I was still left on my toes wondering how it would all play out. I wasn't dissatisfied. This was an emotional rollercoaster, but it's worth the ride. To get the fullest experience of this story you MUST read the other books, in order.
Rising from the ashes, Storm rebuilds her life after a devastating tragedy. No one paid a higher price for the betrayal of a family friend than Storm, who's beloved husband Ben was killed by the mobster they once trusted. Six months later, she still can't find her way out of the darkness that is threatening to pull her under completely. The very last thing she's ready for is another relationship. Landon fled Chicago when his own life fell apart. His answer to being betrayed is to never let his heart open for punishment again. But that doesn't mean he can't appreciate the need to escape his emotional turmoil through physical satisfaction. He can see that Storm is a kindred spirit, and he sets out to help her find the same release and satisfaction. Soon, their priorities are focused on the sinister threats that threaten to shatter her new lease on life. If you like having your heart ripped open for characters that feel everything on the deepest level, this was written for you. Secrets are revealed, past alliances are examined anew, and the very meaning of life becomes abundantly clear. This is a gripping, emotionally-cathartic love story that reaffirms the fundamentals of love, life, and family. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.