Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Genre: m/m paranormal romance
Print length: 228 pages
Publication date: December 2, 2012
Rating: Four Stars
Blurb: Some things should stay buried.
Repressed scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne has two skills: reading dead languages and hiding in his office at the Ladysmith Museum. After the tragic death of the friend he secretly loved, he’s ruthlessly suppressed any desire for another man.
So when handsome ex-Pinkerton Griffin Flaherty approaches him to translate a mysterious book, Whyborne wants to finish the job and get rid of the detective as quickly as possible. Griffin left the Pinkertons following the death of his partner, hoping to start a new life. But the powerful cult which murdered Glenn has taken root in Widdershins, and only the spells in the book can stop them. Spells the intellectual Whyborne doesn’t believe are real.
As the investigation draws the two men closer, Griffin’s rakish charm threatens to shatter Whyborne’s iron control. When the cult resurrects an evil sorcerer who commands terrifying monsters, can Whyborne overcome his fear and learn to trust? Will Griffin let go of his past and risk falling in love? Or will Griffin’s secrets cost Whyborne both his heart and his life?
First of all, let me say that this is not a historical novel and I don’t believe it was advertised as such. The world seems to be created to resemble a Massachusetts town around late 1800’s. Therefore, any complaints that the novel is ‘historically inaccurate’ hold no validity. That said, even as a created world, it had a much better set stage than most historical novels in the same genre. The feel of the place and the time was so well done that it will suck you right in.
Whyborne is awesome; brilliant and reclusive, he has quite the wit when the situation calls for it. As a gay man in a time when such things are unacceptable, he has his share of issues which include an estrangement from his family and unwillingness to stand up for himself when he’d been wronged. Yet, he is the true hero of this story; a man who, despite his fears and insecurities, does not hesitate to put his life on the line for those he loves.
Griffin on the other hand is a man who appears to be strong and secure in his place in the world. He’s funny, charming, and painted with a skillful brush. If you find yourself falling for him alongside Whyborne, do not be alarmed. It’s almost impossible not to fall for Griffin. But Griffin is a man with a past and secrets, the type of man that might break your heart without meaning to.
The romance between the two is achingly beautiful. It develops slowly and skillfully; the build up to that first kiss is something that not many writers could accomplish although many have tried.
That said, although the sex scenes steamed up my Kindle, I can’t say that I’m in love with them. They seemed a bit blunt after the obvious care that was taken with the romance. Maybe a touch more finesse?
The plot was great. It was well thought out, well presented, with just the right amount of action and suspense. It blended perfectly with the romance. A lot of novels in this genre have one major plot failing. Either the story is based on sex or it’s based on sex. Everything else reads like an afterthought or filler for the sex. This is an actual novel with a wonderful sense of balance throughout.
Supporting characters are excellent. They are real without being overpowering and you will love them as much as you love the main characters.
All in all, this is excellent, excellent work for this genre and I recommend it wholeheartedly. It was loads of fun and I’m looking forward to rereading it.