What I read: Flock (The Ravenhood #1) by Kate Stewart

Kate StewartAbout the Book

(blurb from Pan MacMillan SA)

“In your heart of hearts, if you didn’t have to choose, would you?”

The deal is simple: all nineteen-year-old student Cecilia Horner has to do is survive a year in the small town of Triple Falls, living with her estranged father and working at his factory. In return, he’ll not only pay her college tuition but will hand over a small fortune that will enable Cecilia to help her single mother.

But everything changes when she meets sexy local Sean on her first day of work. He introduces her to his close knit circle of friends – including the enigmatic Dominic – a group who live by their own rules and brandish the same raven tattoo.

Cecilia has always played it safe, but, blinded by her growing feelings for Sean and Dominic, she’s determined to enjoy her last summer of freedom and be open to new experiences no matter where they might lead . . .

This unconventional love story is a white knuckle ride filled with suspense, steam, addictive bad boys, action, and ALL OF THE FEELS. Books in this bestselling series are Flock, Exodus and The Finish Line. 

My Thoughts

“There are very few men worth the hell they put you through. So be very careful about who you give your heart and body to. They might eventually take more than you can handle.”

Can I start off saying that I have no idea how I feel about this book? There’s a lot of contradictory emotions within me.  And I had some time to think about this, as I finished reading this book about three weeks ago.

“My greatest hope is to be in all-consuming love. My biggest fear is to be in all-consuming love.”

Kate StewartThis was the spiciest book I have ever read. Spicy reads aren’t usually on my reading list, so for professional smut readers, this may be a little mild? I don’t know – I have absolutely no frame of reference.

“The only love I’ve ever known or craved is the kind that keeps me sick, sick with longing, sick with lust, sick with need, sick with grief. The distorted kind that leaves scars and jaded hearts.”

“Flock” is a tale of obsession, suspense, sensual romance, and secret societies. To summarise in a few lines what it is about? I will struggle to tell you. Which makes sense in a way, as this is the first book in the series, which obviously served as setting the scene.

Are there toxic relationships with a strong undercurrent of grooming and gaslighting? Maybe?

“We crave the all-consuming, soul-stealing, drama-filled romances that are destined to end badly.”

I quite liked Sean and Dominic – I wasn’t too crazy about Cecilia though. I found her a bit insecure, immature (I had to remind myself that she is only 19) and whiny – poor little rich girl. So, I could not identify with her at all.

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than you can in a year of conversation.” I gape at him because I’m pretty sure he just quoted Plato.”

The writing is very visual and descriptive, and at times it was as if was the one having a picnic in the forest. The author is very good at pulling you into the story.

“Standing at the entrance of the seedy bar is the most lethal and beautiful of devils, and he’s brought hell with him, the summoned flames dancing in his eyes.”

Apart from all the steam, I kept holding my breath for something exciting to happen. There are so many questions, and very few answers. The pace did pick up towards the end though, so the thrill factor did increase. Ending quite bluntly, it leaves you wanted for the second in the trilogy.

“You catchin’ feelings for me, Pup?”

Added bonus – check out this Spotify list (curated by the author herself!) to accompany your reading.

With thanks to Pan MacMillan SA for the opportunity to share the spice!

The details:


Release date 27 October 2022

ISBN  9781035013487

400 pages

About the Author

Kate Stewart https://www.katestewartwrites.com/