Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Genre: m/m paranormal
Print length: Not specified
Publication date: June 2, 2013
Rating: Five Stars
Blurb: Introverted scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne wants nothing more than to live quietly with his lover, ex-Pinkerton detective Griffin Flaherty. Unfortunately, Whyborne’s railroad tycoon father has other ideas, namely hiring Griffin to investigate mysterious events at a coal mine.
Whyborne, Griffin, and their friend Christine travel to Threshold Mountain, a place of dark legend even before the mine burrowed into its heart. A contingent of Pinkertons–including Griffin’s ex-lover Elliot–already guard the mine. But Griffin knows better than anyone just how unprepared the detectives are to face the otherworldly forces threatening them.
Soon, Whyborne and Griffin are on the trail of mysterious disappearances, deadly accidents, and whispered secrets. Is Elliot an ally, or does he only want to rekindle his relationship with Griffin? And if so, how can Whyborne possibly hope to compete with the stunningly handsome Pinkerton–especially when Griffin is hiding secrets about his past?
For in a town where friends become enemies and horror lurks behind a human mask, Whyborne can’t afford to trust anything–including his own heart.
For one, Christine really grew on me in this one. I wasn’t particularly fond of her in the first book; she struck me as the inevitable female supporting character cliche, although much better fleshed out than many other characters of her kind. In this book, she shines. To the point where you wish you had a Christine of your own. I mean, the lady really kicks ass in every way you can imagine, and she does it with a dry sort of humor that many of us wish we possessed. By the end of the book I was in love with her. I do fall in love relatively often while reading m/m romance but NEVER with a female character.
I was glad to see some faults in Griffin. He was just so freaking perfect in the first book that I spent a lot of time being anxious for Whyborne. The introduction of the ex lover definitely shook things up. I spent a lot of time being anxious for Whyborne in this book too; the man is a trouble magnet! But man, the character development in this story was incredible. You can see Whyborne fully come out of his shell and become a man we all knew he was from the beginning. He’s such a sweet and faithful guy; it was so awesome to see him kick some ass while staying true to who he is as a person.
The story line itself was just as imaginative and complex as the first one. A definite page turner. I don’t want to give anything away, but if you liked the action in the first book, this one will blow you away. And it flows so smoothly, it’s a pleasure to read.
The sex scenes. Holy crap. There was this one, with the storm raging outside; I don’t want to ruin it for anyone so I won’t say any more than that. But wow. I swear, my Kindle got too hot to touch.
All in all, I really, really enjoyed this. I do hope there will be another Whyborne & Griffin book coming out at some point. I got really attached to these guys. And Christine. Oh please, let’s have more of Christine 🙂