“Widdershins” by Jordan L. Hawk

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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?

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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.

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Family drama is always so…dramatic.
First love…laden with obstacles.
Fantastic far-out adventures with monsters and their makers.

 

bookisforIf 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!

 

bookinfo

TITLE: Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin #1)
AUTHOR: Jordan L. Hawk
PUBLISHER: Widdershin’s Press
LENGTH: 236 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 4, 2012
BUY LINKS: Amazon

2 thoughts on ““Widdershins” by Jordan L. Hawk

  1. I don’t see a date on this entry, but I’m presuming 2020. I was late to the party, too, but became a big fan in 2016 or so. I’d read H.P. Lovecraft stories years ago, and recognized certain elements from them and influences on the creepiness factor of the Widdershins books. H.P. Lovecraft’s works are in the public domain and I’ve read other books written in the 21st century that take concepts of Lovecraft’s. However, Jordan L. Hawk adds a sweet m/m love story between Whyborne and Griffin, major themes about chosen families, and strong sympathetic female characters. Christine is a fan favorite, and I grew to adore Whyborne’s strong-minded and loving mother Heliabel.

    Hawk avoids Lovecraft’s misogyny, and a little later in the series adds in sympathetic characters of color. That’s in complete and refreshing opposition to Lovecraft’s attitudes. Some characters within the books are prejudiced against women and people of color, but their prejudices are challenged, especially by Christine and her allies. In another subversion, even some of the many non-humans who populate the series turn out to have nicer personalities than some of the humans. That really isn’t much of a stretch in several cases, but some of the intelligent non-humans have their own concepts of family and acceptance.

    The series is quite a ride. Have fun!

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    1. Thanks so much!
      Yes, I just began a few weeks ago and can’t seem to stop. I haven’t read any of Lovecraft’s work but it sounds intriguing. PNR has always been a favorite of mine and the magic elements at play here are entertaining, to say the least. I think I was concerned this series walked the line of horror and that is not something I enjoy. I can handle creepy and freaky though! I’m also relishing in the fact that I don’t have to wait for a string of new releases and I can just binge back to back! I’ll probably continue to gush and ramble about them for the next few weeks. Apologies in advance. 🙂

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