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 could say that I’m late to the party, but I don’t think one can ever truly miss a single thing with any of Hawk’s adventures. And what an adventure this was! Perhaps I was content to keep Whyborne and Griffin tucked away on my ‘someday list’ due to the time period. I had a tendency to avoid anything that could be even vaguely considered historical. Luckily, I have seen the error of my ways and no longer dismiss books with a vintage hue. Hawk takes us back to the turn of the century with this series and I found myself slipping into the pages with ease. I was instantly smitten with Whyborne and it’s no grand surprise that Griffin was as well. We are introduced to Dr. Percival Endicott Whyborne and he appears to be a simple man, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Whyborne is utterly charming and somewhat of a mess. An endearing mess. The man frequently has butterfingers but by no means is an oaf. He is smart as a whip and kind through and through, despite the many horrors life has dealt him thus far. Born into a prestigious family with old money and lofty ambition, he discovered at a young age that fortune and happiness are not mutually dependant on one another. Tragedy struck when he was a young man and altered his course. He’s been content with his books, merrily submerging himself in his duties at the museum…until, until a dashing detective slips into his life and under his defenses. Griffin Flaherty comes into the picture and again, Whyborne’s life changes course, this time…forevermore.
I am a huge SPECTR fan, therefore I didn’t find the creep factor to be startling. However, if you’re not familiar with some of Hawks’ other freaky-deaky monsters, prepare for some eerie and hair-raising encounters. I really enjoyed how every thread was woven together. Somehow Hawk twists paranormal mystery with an unlikely romance during a forbidden time. Smooth writing transported me to the carriage filled cobblestone roads and the fun and engaging pace kept me cruising along with wide eyes. I didn’t want to miss a thing! Welllll, I did close my lids once or twice during the scary parts, but don’t tell!
Whyborne. Griffin. Whyborne AND Griffin together. Gahhh! I loved their tentative glances and hidden desires. The build-up was something fierce and I could hardly wait for their first kiss. I probably shouldn’t complain because I know both men wanted it just as much as I did. Okay, okay, probably more. Their pull simply cannot be denied and I adored how Griffin taught Whyborne to embrace his carnal needs. He was like an exquisite bottle of champagne that had been shaken and shaken but never uncorked. Griffin found the corkscrew and let that baby go…and ahem, it was a fizzy, glorious release. Toss in an ancient book of spells and a cult with ill intentions and the danger rises immensely. But between a storm of betrayal and serious bloodshed, I held fast to the wit and wonder of their love. As you can see, there’s a lot to love with the brilliant Whyborne and his brave Griffin. I hope you enjoy this introduction to their extraordinary world just as much as I did. Now if you would please excuse me, I have a hot date at Threshold Mountain.
Family drama is always so…dramatic.
First love…laden with obstacles.
Fantastic far-out adventures with monsters and their makers.
If you’re looking for a passionate paranormal romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat and eager for more, welcome to Widdershins!
TITLE: Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin #1)
AUTHOR: Jordan L. Hawk
PUBLISHER: Widdershin’s Press
LENGTH: 236 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 4, 2012
BUY LINKS: Amazon