Kestrel (A Hart Brothers Novel, Book 3)

Kestrel (A Hart Brothers Novel, Book 3)

by A.M. Hargrove
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Kestrel (A Hart Brothers Novel, Book 3) by A.M. Hargrove

Kestrel (A Hart Brothers Novel)
**Though is part of the Hart Brothers Series, This is a Stand Alone Novel
**Not intended for readers under the age of 18 due to its mature content and strong language.

Two lives with horrific pasts. One chance meeting that changed them both forever.

“One look at her and I want to run. Frizzy hair, thick glasses, mom jeans, and ruffles up to her neck. Who the hell wears shit like that? What decade is she living in? My mother doesn’t even dress like that!”

Raised by a monster, Kestrel Hart somehow survived. Now that the monster is dead, he’s trying to move on, to pull himself together. Struggling with issues no one can imagine, he moves away from his family, from the brother who loves him and the sister-in-law who supports and understands him the best.
Charleston, South Carolina is his new home. And he has a purpose. He’s opening up a new division of his brother’s corporation. But a surprise awaits him. Her name is Carter Drayton.

Carter’s past is also a painful one. She is dealing with the tragic death of her family. She’s healing in the only way she knows how.
Carter needs love. Kestrel craves human contact. Neither of them recognizes what’s right before their eyes. Will they see it before it’s too late?

“I’ll do anything you want. Anything.” Then something comes over me. Call it madness. Desperation. Insanity. Call it whatever you want. I step right up to him and put my hands on his shoulders. Then I kiss him. He stands there like a chunk of stone. So I press my body up to him, and rub myself against him. I open my mouth and run my tongue over his lips, and then push it into his mouth. Nothing. No response. Humiliation sets in. I am not this girl. I’m the classic nerd. I don’t have boyfriends. Where is this coming from?
He pulls away from me and steps back, rubbing his mouth.
“I’m sorry, but you’re not my type.” His features initially register shock. But worse than that, distaste replaces it.
That stings. Really stings. But even more dreadful, I am morbidly ashamed of myself. That doesn’t stop me from digging myself into an even deeper hole.
“What? Am I not sexy enough? Are my clothes not revealing enough?”
“Um, Dr. Drayton, this is more than a bit awkward.”
“No, tell me. And my name is Carter.”
“You’re propositioning me.” Now I detect a hint of mockery.
“No, not propositioning. I want to strike a deal. You see, I’m a desperate woman. And desperate people do all kinds of things.”
“Carter, I’m really not interested.”
“I know I’m not very attractive, but if you want me to change the way I look, I can do that.”
“You don’t understand.”
“What? Am I not good enough for you?”
His eyes skim me from head to toe. “Good doesn’t have anything to do with it. You’re not bad enough for me.”

Product Details

BN ID: 2940046584431
Publisher: A.M. Hargrove
Publication date: 03/29/2015
Series: Hart Brothers Novels
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 215,924
File size: 431 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, USA Today Bestselling Author, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodge ball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what laptop out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone, called her boss, and quit her job. Grinning, she made another call to her hubs and told him of her new adventure (after making sure his heart was beating properly again). So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a Naughty and Nice Romance Author. Her books include the following: Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge and Kissing Fire (The Edge Series); The Guardians of Vesturon series (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, reEmergent and Beginnings); Dark Waltz, Death Waltz, Tragically Flawed (Tragic 1), Tragic Desires (Tragic 2); Exquisite Betrayal, Dirty Nights; Freeing Her, Freeing Him, and Kestrel (The Hart Brothers Series). Other than being in love with writing about romantic suspense, she loves chocolate, ice cream, and coffee and is positive they should be added as part of the USDA food groups.

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Kestrel (A Hart Brothers Novel) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in A Hart Brothers Series. I loved this book! It is not necessary to read the other books in the series Freeing Her & Freeing Him, but I recommend that you do. This book is about Kestrel and Carter. Carter is a genius, but considers herself a nerd. She has lived through a tramatic experience that some would never recover from. Although she is living her life she is not LIVING her life. Kestrel has a dark past. He considers himself the "big bad wolf". He doesn't do relationships and doesn't want to until he meets Carter. She is different! I enjoyed there story and loved both characters. The honesty between them was refreshing. I highly recommend this book! Enjoy!
K-Wall More than 1 year ago
Kestrel is a stand-alone in the Hart Brothers series. Reading the other two novels first, Freeing Her and Freeing Him, will add more depth to several of the characters, but you won't miss a beat if you have not read them. I have yet to read a Hargrove book that does not suck me in. Kestrel is no different. The book opens with a blow to the stomach and intrigue sets in. Carter is introduced with events that would rock anyone's ship. She was dealt a debilitating blow, but her healing was a sweet process to behold. I liked how her character grew throughout the book. She's the nerdy girl that people seem to tolerate. There were moments that I wanted to pull her aside and have a girl talk, like seriously. Kestrel is "the big bad wolf" (as he calls himself) that wasn't. He's had his share of terror to deal with, but he is working through it. Kestrel is honest, blunt and doesn't play games. I was pleasantly surprised with his character, a breath of fresh air. {K-"Making love, having sex...whatever you call it, is about mutual pleasure. Not you laying here, enduring an unpleasant experience." C-"Oh, it wasn't all unpleasant." K-"Let's do this again. My way....." C-"What are you doing?" K-"Showing you what mutual pleasure is all about."} Okay, seriously....can we get some men to take notes. So, yeah, the HEAT is not lacking in this tale of transformation. I laughed, rolled my eyes, felt their pain and wanted to lash out and punch someone while reading this story. Carter and Kestrel's first encounter was a mess! Broken, nerdy genius meets tortured, dark, and swoon worthy! I thought he would tuck tail and run, seriously. The main characters endured so much and yet more seizes them. Will they get a break? Will friends and family be a support?? You'll need to read it to find out. It was also nice to see characters from the other novels pulled into the story. I enjoyed Drex and Gemini and to see them make an appearance prodded me to reread their story! This book does have adult content (including sex and language). The writing flows smoothly. There were a few typos, but it did not take away from the story. I have read almost everything by this author and I have yet to be disappointed. My favorite series is still Guardians of Vesturon and Dark Waltz though. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a soft spot for Kestrel during Kolson's story and I was not disappointed in his story. I loved how he and Carter complimented each other. By herself, Carter was vulnerable and lost in her grief. He helped make her whole again and found himself capable to give love and be a protector. Definitely recommend!