Hawk’s Pretty Baby by Lynn Hagen
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (93 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Toys
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Coreopsis
Hawk Magnar, commander of twelve sentry wolves, never thought he’d discover his mate in a hospital for an anxiety attack. Under the illusion he was going to comfort a young child the alpha’s mate, Cecil, had befriended, he finds a man who needs more protection than even anyone realizes.
Treated as a simpleton all his life, Johnny Stone has never had anything to call his own - until he meets Hawk.
Hawk must keep his emaciated mate safe from a sadistic brother while teaching Johnny to trust him. Hawk is quickly running out of time to convince Johnny that he isn’t out to hurt him when his mate inadvertently starts the mating ritual. Will Johnny give Hawk the trust he needs to bind them together or suffer the consequences that fate’s wicked sense of humor has unleashed?
“What’s your name, pretty baby?”
Those five words could make anyone feel good, but for Johnny they brighten up his life. Johnny is diagnosed as being mildly retarded and has been treated as such his whole life. When I started reading this story I was a little concerned where this author was going with this story line. A retarded man in a relationship with a three hundred year old werewolf? Crazy I know, but the more I read I learned how much neglect was shown to Johnny and it explains his behavior.
Imagine putting a plant in a dark closet to grow. Will it? No. Without light, nourishment, and love it will wither away and die. This is what has happened to Johnny. He never had anyone love and care for him until he met Hawk. Hawk is a hero; he saw past the labels and first appearance to see the man underneath. Hawk is the commander of the Brac Pack and is feared by all, until Johnny comes in his life and melts his icy exterior. With Hawk’s love Johnny can heal his emotional and physical wounds and with Johnny’s love Hawk can start to live again.
This story actually had me crying as I read it. My heart broke for the suffering this man had gone through. On the other hand it had me filled me with hope to see this love take root and grow. This is the first story I have read in a long time that will keep me wondering what will happen next for Johnny and Hawk. Lynn Hagen is fast becoming a favorite of mine and I can’t wait to read what she comes out with next.