Steele Resolve is the sixth and final instalment of the Hawke Family series. Returning to New Orleans and the world of the Hawke’s always has me excited, but there was something extra intriguing about this story. Following the Hawke’s enemy, Luca Abello, was something I was both intrigued and nervous about. After everything his family has done to the Hawke’s, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to connect with him or his life. How wrong could I be?!
Our connection to the Hawke’s isn’t just through Luca. The other part of the book is written from Byron’s point of view, a long-standing employee and friend of the Hawke family. I immediately liked Byron and connected with his character. He’s open, honest and loyal and an all-round good person. This left me wondering even more about how someone so kind-hearted was going to find a connection with Luca. Well, it turns out Luca isn’t as bad as I thought. In fact, I ended up rather liking him, too! Luca has spent most of his life lying and putting up a false-front, so seeing him be so raw and real with Byron was so much fun to read. They really had an instant connection, and while this isn’t everyone’s favourite thing to read, I really felt like the chemistry they had was real and believable.
As with every Hawke Family instalment, this book had its drama and danger. The ‘oh my god’ moment in this book really took me by surprising; I actually had to stop and re-read to make sure I had read things correctly. It was such a shock and so unsuspecting, I loved it! But by far, my most favourite part of this book was the epilogue. No spoilers here but it was so so beautiful. It is, 100%, a very satisfying ending. For a series I love so much, this was a great addition and such a wonderful way to end things; what a bittersweet read!
Review by @ashleighw