Release Blitz with Review: Sparrow and Hawke by Nina Lane

February 22, 2022


Title: Sparrow & Hawke
Series: Birdsong Trilogy #1
Author: Nina Lane
Genre: Forbidden Romance
Release Date: February 22, 2022


My attraction to her is wrong. I’m like the serpent in the Garden of Eden targeting Eve. Corrupting her.

I understand the serpent, though. When you’ve seen the worst of humanity, taken the brunt of evil, you crave purity and goodness. You want compassion and courage, even when it comes in a girl far too young and innocent for the likes of you.

He says I’m too young and he’s too experienced.
He thinks I’m pure and he’s ruined.
He swears I don’t know enough and he knows too much.
He walks away because I’m fragile and he’s broken.

I want him, even though he can’t want me...
But he does.




It’s been a while since I’ve read anything from this author and let me tell you, I feel like a freakin addict right now. I need my next fix!!! I’m bordering on willing to do anything to get my hands on the last book because these characters have taken up space in my brain and my heart. I feel nervous, unrested, impatient and down right turned on and heartbroken at the same time!!!


Eighteen year old Nelle has been through a lot over the past few years and she’s still trying to figure out life. Although she’s content with her quiet and routinely life, there’s a fire that’s hidden beneath her. With the arrival of a long time family friend, Nelle’s black and white world is about to get a dose of vivid colors that will not only change her life, but a man who’s been through his own hell.

Darius Hawke has seen a lot in his lifetime as a field photographer but nothing could have prepared him for a devastating experience that not only scarred him, but changed his entire view on life. Needing a fresh start for a while, he agrees to a teaching position to get back some sense of normalcy but he quickly learns that he’s going to have much bigger problems in the form of a brunette siren.


Going into this story, I knew that it was a trilogy and I was somewhat prepared for a cliffhanger ending in a sense but I was NEVER prepared for these characters and the effect that they would have on me. They were broken and some of them were just trying to find their way and do what was best for them and I loved that because it was real. Was I frustrated with certain things? Sure, but there was this deep profound connection that I felt with these characters and I’m truly one hundred percent rooting for them.

When I think about this book, I think of it being a journey. It was full of self discovery, learning to stand up for yourself, and having an open window of feeling love for the very first time. I can't even explain these characters and how much I adored them. I felt their pain, I experienced their highs, cursed their lows, and cheered their victories. Every moment, every milestone was something to take notice of and when I tell you that I'm literally climbing the walls for the next book, that is no exaggeration.

If you're looking for a quick steamy forbidden romance, this is NOT the book for you. If you want a powerful slow burn that is going to make you feel and wish that you could slow time while having a stiff drink, then this one's for you.


The bathroom door clicks open.
With a start, I turn.
He’s paused in the doorway, wearing a pair of loose flannel pants and white T-shirt that clings to his shower-damp torso. A towel is looped around the back of his neck, and his hair is so wet it glistens.
My gaze locks on his chest, the landscape of hard slopes and ridges visible through the thin cotton. Water drips from his hair to his throat and cascades downward in little waterfalls. I have a sudden urge to become one of those droplets, winding my way over his body.
A hot glow fires in a deep, secret part of myself.
Tightening my grip on my bag, I indicate the stairs. “I’ll…um, wait in the kitchen.”
“I’ll just be a few minutes.”
I hurry downstairs. My nerves are like little electrical wires. Part of me is aware that this new level of noticing Darius isn’t right.
But why does it feel so…momentous?
I imagine this is what a bird feels like right before flying for the first time—nervous, excited, and trembling in anticipation of the wild, exhilarating leap into the sky.


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Though she was born and raised in California, Nina Lane now lives in Wisconsin where the winters are freezing and the cheese is exceptional. Mom to two teenagers and a neurotic dog, she lives in two worlds—one world of laundry, driving, horses, Girl Scouts, and football, and the other of epic romances between hot alpha heroes and the women who bring them to their knees. Nina only cooks when she can’t avoid it (i.e., there are no frozen pizzas left), binge-watches serial TV whenever she can get control of the remote, and checks in about the weather daily with her meteorologist husband. She’s a fan of popcorn, actual print magazines, French Roast coffee, working out, and trying new things...especially if it’s food.



  1. Excellent review, Sonya! 🌺
    I feel like it's been a million years since I've read from this author. I think I'll have to add this to my list, at least for when the whole trilogy comes out lol

    1. Thank you so much Nat! It was a long time for me as well since I've read anything from this author but I'm so glad I got back to her writing. I really missed it lol