Book Reviews

Hawk's Landing (Cattle Valley 23) by Carol Lynne at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Trans* / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 16-May-2011

Book Blurb

Born a man, Kit always felt cheated out of the life he was meant to live. Growing up in Arkansas, Kit was forced to hide behind the masculine clothes and haircuts favoured by the other boys in the small community. The minute Kit graduated high school, he pushed away the male way of life then reached for her dream of living as a woman. With newly augmented breasts, Kit arrives in Cattle Valley in hopes of gaining acceptance.

Gabe 'Hawk' Hawkins is in search of more than a place to lay his head when he too comes to Cattle Valley. He's on the hunt for his son. When he meets Kit at the local gym, he's knocked sideways by her incredible body and big smile.

It soon becomes clear that there's more to Kit than meets the eye. Luckily for Hawk, he's an equal opportunity lover and won't let the sassy blonde push him away no matter what others say about him. People may not trust Hawk's motives for being in town, but he hopes Kit will look past his mistakes to see the man he longs to be.

Book Review

Kit Bromley, of 'Hawk's Landing' by Carol Lynne, is unique, not only because she is such a kind, loving person, but because she is transgender, male to female. I've liked Kit since she was introduced in a previous book, 'Ghost From the Past'. She came to Cattle Valley in hopes of finding a place where she could live openly and honestly, without ridicule. When Mario was met with opposition after deciding to give her a job, his reply was: “Besides, if Kit can't find a place to call home in Cattle Valley what hope does she have?” I was proud of Mario for supporting her, but extremely disappointed when other Cattle Valley residents shunned her. Personally, I'm delighted that Carol Lynne decided to give Kit the opportunity to tell her story, which, in turn, provided us with an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of what it means to be transgender.

I've adored Kit since she was first introduced into the series. Kit has a beautiful soul and a determination not readily apparent. I admired her bravery and strength in her battle to be herself, to live on her own terms, and yet retain her gentle, loving nature. The pain of rejection with which Kit was constantly bombarded broke my heart. She'd been disappointed so many times, that she'd just about given up on finding anyone who would love her for herself, a love which she definitely deserved; however, I continued to cheer her on.

Even though he did not thrill me at first, Hawk, who is bi-sexual, eventually proved to be a good match, able to accept and love Kit for the beautiful person she was. It amazed me that Kit was even able to attempt a relation with Hawk after all she'd been through; however, she found an openness and honesty in Hawk, which personally I thought bordered on crudeness. Although I wasn't fond of his chauvinism, Kit interpreted it as admiration and that's all that was important. I must admit that Hawk won me over later when he began to show his softer side, his desire to meet and know his son, his support of Kit's right to be herself, defending her so steadfastly, demanding the respect that she deserved, thereby giving people an opportunity to know what a wonderful person she was. Eventually, he was even willing to give up his whole life style in order to ensure that she would be safe and happy. He proved that she was what was most important to him and was willing to do whatever it took to have her with him.

'Hawk's Landing' wasn't my favorite book in the Cattle Valley series, but it's an important story and I commend Carol for taking on a very controversial subject, which is often misunderstood, even in the GBLT community. Ultimately, whether or not Carol captured all the nuances of being transgender, she followed through with one of the most important themes in all of her stories, the important part of a person, the part we treasure, is what resides on the inside, not merely what is seen on the outside. Ultimately, isn't that all that matters?





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 87 pages/31358 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 09-May-2011
Price $4.46 ebook
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