Monday, January 28, 2019

Review: Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk

(Hexworld #1)
by Jordan L. Hawk
Release Date: May 6, 2016
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance

Will a dark history doom their future together?

New York copper Tom Halloran is a man with a past. If anyone finds out he once ran with the notorious O’Connell tunnel gang, he’ll spend the rest of his life doing hard time behind bars. But Tom’s secret is threatened when a horrible murder on his beat seems to have been caused by the same ancient magic that killed his gang.

Cat shifter Cicero is determined to investigate the disappearance of one friend and the death of another, even though no one else believes the cases are connected. When the trail of his investigation crosses Tom’s, the very bohemian Cicero instinctively recognizes the uncultured Irish patrolman as his witch. Though they’re completely unsuited to one another, Cicero has no choice but to work alongside Tom…all the while fighting against the passion growing within.

Tom knows that taking Cicero as his familiar would only lead to discovery and disaster. Yet as the heat between them builds, Tom’s need for the other man threatens to overcome every rational argument against becoming involved.

But when their investigation uncovers a conspiracy that threatens all of New York, Tom must make the hardest decision of his life: to live a lie and gain his heart’s desire, or to confess the truth and sacrifice it all.

Hexbreaker is amazing. I love the world building, which has a refreshing concept with shapeshifter aka 'familiar' who bond with their witch. The witch could be a male or female in this world. Is a bit like fated mate concept in PNR, but with magic. Cicero is a cat-shifter with an ego to boot. He is such a dramatic, over the top diva, which suits his cat personality really well. He called himself an artist and was thoroughly disappointed to find out that his witch turned out to be a brute copper, Tom Halloran. The horror! 

Tom is a straight laced cop with a heart of gold, but due to his appearance, Cicero jump to many negative conclusion about him. Poor Tom. Anyway, when there was a case of missing familiar and people going berserk from a dark hex, Cicero and Tom partnered together for the investigation. They were both invested in finding the truth for their own personal reason. 

First of all, the romance is very enticing. There was definitely no attraction at first sight on Cicero behalf, instead he was appalled. Is fun reading how Cicero slowly start to see Tom in a different light and admiring the honorable man that he is. 

Secondly, the ongoing investigation provided a healthy dose of suspense and mystery, which was connected to Tom's past. We do have a resolution towards the end, but I guess it will serve as a main story arc for the rest of the series.

Overall, the Hexworld series started off with a bang. It gives a well balance romantic and suspense plot. There are moments that make you smile, laugh, intrigued and nervous. Is everything I want in a PNR/Fantasy romance and more.