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Leah I didn't belong in their world, but I made a good show of pretending I did. Mother and Father expected it. All I wanted to do was get a cosy cottage in the suburbs and live with my million cats. What I got instead was suitor after suitor paraded in front of me and the threat of a looming engagement. So, what else was a girl to do? After bumping into Mrs Fortescue's 'com Leah I didn't belong in their world, but I made a good show of pretending I did. Mother and Father expected it. All I wanted to do was get a cosy cottage in the suburbs and live with my million cats. What I got instead was suitor after suitor paraded in front of me and the threat of a looming engagement. So, what else was a girl to do? After bumping into Mrs Fortescue's 'companion' one too many times, I decided he'd do. Mother and Father wanted an engagement? They'd get one. Except I'd be the one having the last laugh because Patrick is the total opposite of what my parents want in a son-in-law – his nickname is Hawk for goodness' sake – and I have no obligations to him in any department. But of course, the best laid plans make fools of us all and it's not long before I want him to hold me accountable only to him in EVERY department. There's just the small problem of him being completely unsuitable and without any inclination to settle down. If there's one thing I know about men, it's that it takes a remarkable woman to tame them. I know I'm a remarkable woman. I only hope it's not too late for this lady to tame her hawk. Patrick If there's one thing that makes a guy reconsider his womanising ways, it's seeing his best mate and his little sister settle down. If there's another, it's a gorgeous woman in a stunning red dress. But she's a part of a world I can only pretend to fit into and she's a damned lady – elegant and sophisticated – and she's totally off-limits to a grunt like me. Every time we meet, there's a look in her eyes that suggests she's far less sophisticated than she'd have me believe. And it's not long before this hawk is close to begging to relinquish his freedom, even just for one night. So, how could I say no when she needed my help? I was expertly qualified to serve, and if I got to be myself for once that was just icing. But the more time I spend with her, the more I want to be around her. The more it feels less like a job and more like something real. There's just the small problem of her being an heiress with obligations that don't include me and the job will only last so long. I don't know a lot about ladies, despite my remarkable ability to play a part. All I know is there's always more underneath the mask, and there's only one lady who can tame this hawk. A STANDALONE fake engagement romance with a HEA. Please be aware that this story is set in Australia and therefore uses Australian English spelling and syntax.


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Leah I didn't belong in their world, but I made a good show of pretending I did. Mother and Father expected it. All I wanted to do was get a cosy cottage in the suburbs and live with my million cats. What I got instead was suitor after suitor paraded in front of me and the threat of a looming engagement. So, what else was a girl to do? After bumping into Mrs Fortescue's 'com Leah I didn't belong in their world, but I made a good show of pretending I did. Mother and Father expected it. All I wanted to do was get a cosy cottage in the suburbs and live with my million cats. What I got instead was suitor after suitor paraded in front of me and the threat of a looming engagement. So, what else was a girl to do? After bumping into Mrs Fortescue's 'companion' one too many times, I decided he'd do. Mother and Father wanted an engagement? They'd get one. Except I'd be the one having the last laugh because Patrick is the total opposite of what my parents want in a son-in-law – his nickname is Hawk for goodness' sake – and I have no obligations to him in any department. But of course, the best laid plans make fools of us all and it's not long before I want him to hold me accountable only to him in EVERY department. There's just the small problem of him being completely unsuitable and without any inclination to settle down. If there's one thing I know about men, it's that it takes a remarkable woman to tame them. I know I'm a remarkable woman. I only hope it's not too late for this lady to tame her hawk. Patrick If there's one thing that makes a guy reconsider his womanising ways, it's seeing his best mate and his little sister settle down. If there's another, it's a gorgeous woman in a stunning red dress. But she's a part of a world I can only pretend to fit into and she's a damned lady – elegant and sophisticated – and she's totally off-limits to a grunt like me. Every time we meet, there's a look in her eyes that suggests she's far less sophisticated than she'd have me believe. And it's not long before this hawk is close to begging to relinquish his freedom, even just for one night. So, how could I say no when she needed my help? I was expertly qualified to serve, and if I got to be myself for once that was just icing. But the more time I spend with her, the more I want to be around her. The more it feels less like a job and more like something real. There's just the small problem of her being an heiress with obligations that don't include me and the job will only last so long. I don't know a lot about ladies, despite my remarkable ability to play a part. All I know is there's always more underneath the mask, and there's only one lady who can tame this hawk. A STANDALONE fake engagement romance with a HEA. Please be aware that this story is set in Australia and therefore uses Australian English spelling and syntax.

30 review for Hawk & the Lady

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Confused First, I do not have a problem with Aussie talk. Enjoy learning and trying to figure out what meaning of different words, phrases. Second, there is no way this many, diverse group of characters use that many slang words. Now for book, this one felt like another person wrote this versus first in series, I do not mean that in a good way. Besides the excess slang and pop culture references. The way Leah character was written was not great. I had impression that author was trying to channel wh Confused First, I do not have a problem with Aussie talk. Enjoy learning and trying to figure out what meaning of different words, phrases. Second, there is no way this many, diverse group of characters use that many slang words. Now for book, this one felt like another person wrote this versus first in series, I do not mean that in a good way. Besides the excess slang and pop culture references. The way Leah character was written was not great. I had impression that author was trying to channel what she believes a rich and privilege young woman would speak and think like. Did not buy it. (Her Sister by the was an awesome character and seemed more realistic and believable). Confused about a few items. One why did Hawk escort the wife of client to so many parties? Does not make sense.maybe it is different in NYC, but many female seniors go with friends or family or go solo. Unless threat, and need bodyguards, then they just wait outside or around perimeter for their client or person guarding. Other is her decision to work as a (US Senior equivalent .English teacher at low income? School) Her character had no explanation of why she actual wanted to work, why Teach English. Etc. personally felt like author felt like she was spoiled, superficial woman and did not like “her” so why should we? (And as a person that grew up poor and in blue collar family,) and I used to have unrealistic view (snob) of the “have” realized that they are people like us. We are all capable of great good, and bad. We can try to justify our actions. We all say things we should not or think things that are not accurate. Only difference I saw (besides the narcissist, mental ill type) are the lack of understanding of what our lives are really like. Guess commonly of all us it human desire to put ourselves and others in stereotypes or name a type. So maybe we can keep “us” versus “them. No matter how disappointed I was in this book (gave three stars because of other characters) and some laughs, will be reading next in series. Hope Nicco does not disappoint.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate Douglas

    The first book I read by Elizabeth Stevens was Chaos and the Geek, and I fell in love with the characters—all of them! I’ve been patiently waiting for this next story in the Grace Grayson Security series, and this was every bit as good as the first. Patrick is part owner of the successful security business, and one of his jobs is acting as security/escort for an elderly lady who loves to attend all the posh parties around town. Patrick enjoys his friendship with Mrs. Fortescue, and knows exactly The first book I read by Elizabeth Stevens was Chaos and the Geek, and I fell in love with the characters—all of them! I’ve been patiently waiting for this next story in the Grace Grayson Security series, and this was every bit as good as the first. Patrick is part owner of the successful security business, and one of his jobs is acting as security/escort for an elderly lady who loves to attend all the posh parties around town. Patrick enjoys his friendship with Mrs. Fortescue, and knows exactly how to present himself to fit in among the upper crust,. Leah is part of that upper crust, though she’s also a school teacher who loves her job and has no interest in any of the socially acceptable males her mother keeps throwing at her. Desperate to discourage her mother’s matchmaking efforts, she decides to find a totally unsuitable man who won’t mind acting as her fake fiancé. Mrs. Fortescue’s friend fits the bill perfectly. He behaves like a gentleman, but the rough edges lurking beneath his well-tailored suit promise Leah that he’s not nearly as posh as he first appears. Patrick goes along with her plan to fake an engagement. Once her mother is hooked, Leah and Patrick will break up and hopefully Mom will back off and let Leah live her life on her own terms. Things don’t quite go as planned... Watching Patrick and Leah fall into love without expecting that to happen is an absolutely wonderful experience. The author’s writing is flawless, the characters all perfectly drawn, and the ending couldn’t be better. I’ve got a few more of Elizabeth Stevens’ stories on my Kindle app, and the next one in this series already pre-ordered. I think I’m hooked.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Loyalhistorian

    Okay, this one was much better written than the first Grace Grayson Security book. Even though it went with the fake fiance troupe, Stevens did what she does best by turning it into her own thing. It wasn't cliche, and it didn't use every annoyingly-bad NA cliche like the first book did. I guess she had to get all that stuff out of her system in the first book, so it worked out...this one was so much better. However, I only gave it 3 stars because I felt like it was lacking passion. The two char Okay, this one was much better written than the first Grace Grayson Security book. Even though it went with the fake fiance troupe, Stevens did what she does best by turning it into her own thing. It wasn't cliche, and it didn't use every annoyingly-bad NA cliche like the first book did. I guess she had to get all that stuff out of her system in the first book, so it worked out...this one was so much better. However, I only gave it 3 stars because I felt like it was lacking passion. The two characters worked well together, but Stevens didn't give us enough spark between the two of them in-between the meeting and the falling in love part. I bought their affection for each other, but just barely believed in their love by the end of the book. So yeah, there should have been something just a little bit more to show that bond, I think. Even so, I enjoyed it, and as I said, it was so much better done than the first book. Based on the end of this one, I was getting excited thinking the next book was going to be Tank's, but no. Even so, I really like Nico, so I'm glad the next book will be his. Stevens always does a good job of packing individual personalities into her various characters and making them believable, as well as the friendships between the characters very convincing and real-life. On a side note, I hope that's not the last that we see of Mrs. Fortescue...she's a delightful old bird!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Megsy H

    Enjoyable read A new twist on something we've seen before. Socialite mum keeps setting daughter up with "suitable young men." Leah is sick and tired of it so enlists Patrick to be her fake fiance so her mother stops interfering. The characters are great and I enjoyed the story. Only thing I hated was the errors, the author needs to find a better proofreader. Enjoyable read A new twist on something we've seen before. Socialite mum keeps setting daughter up with "suitable young men." Leah is sick and tired of it so enlists Patrick to be her fake fiance so her mother stops interfering. The characters are great and I enjoyed the story. Only thing I hated was the errors, the author needs to find a better proofreader.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Leigh

    Great read I enjoyed this story! I enjoyed the characters and their journey! I enjoyed the author's writing style! I need more! Great read I enjoyed this story! I enjoyed the characters and their journey! I enjoyed the author's writing style! I need more!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    This is a fake relationship that becomes more for another of the Grace Grayson boys. I just love how sweet these stories are and can't wait for the rest of the books in the series to come out. This is a fake relationship that becomes more for another of the Grace Grayson boys. I just love how sweet these stories are and can't wait for the rest of the books in the series to come out.

  7. 4 out of 5

    D.J.

    Love this series Great follow up to the first book. Amber and Kit are still my favorite but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Can’t wait for the next one.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Missy

    So good!!! Loved catching up with Grace Grayson boys. So glad Hawk found his Lady and finally accepted Chaos and Bert. Can't wait for the next one. As always....Enjoy!!! So good!!! Loved catching up with Grace Grayson boys. So glad Hawk found his Lady and finally accepted Chaos and Bert. Can't wait for the next one. As always....Enjoy!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Majstor

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Bussie

  11. 4 out of 5

    Donna Kassay

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Johns

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  14. 4 out of 5

    Thehackmans

  15. 4 out of 5

    Beth

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michele

  18. 4 out of 5

    Viv Cooper

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Murphy

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Gin

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Temple

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carol

  24. 4 out of 5

    jean lammers

  25. 4 out of 5

    Zulma

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marie Rich

  27. 4 out of 5

    ÖcherPrinte

  28. 4 out of 5

    Devin

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lisa M Williams

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marie Verdon

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