Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Review: Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk

(Whyborne & Griffin #1)
by Jordan L. Hawk
Release Date: December 4, 2012
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance

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?

I discovered Jordan L Hawk recently through her Hexworld series and decided to check out her backlist. Whyborne & Griffin is an intimidating 10 books and counting series. But nothing beat the feelings of having all the books in my kindle for me to start on my binge. 

This series has an amazing blend of historical, steampunk, suspense, horror and romance. I love the fact that the romance is well balance with the story arc dealing with a secret cult and resurrection of the death. Often times, when I get such amazing plot, the romance is often lacking, but this is not the case here. 

Whyborne is a shy, bookish scholar who works at the museum who meet Griffin, the detective who was investigating the death of a nobleman. Whyborne was tasked to assist Griffin with a translation but found himself get entangled deeper into the investigation with the enigmatic detective. 

The romance didn't take off immediately, but we can definitely feel the attraction from Whyborne's POV. I wish there is more than the single POV we got here. There are just so many things going on that I wish I get some Griffin's POV too. Nevertheless, Whyborne is a compelling character that being in his head throughout the book isn't a hardship. 

I was worried that being such a long going series, the romance progression might be slow moving, but was pleasantly surprised that their relationship status seems pretty well establish and solid by the end of this book. I can't wait to see what their next adventure might bring them.