Mysterious happenings are nothing new to reclusive scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne, but finding one of his colleagues screaming for help in the street is rather unusual. Allan Tambling claims he can’t remember any of the last hour—but someone murdered his uncle, and Allan is covered in blood.
Whyborne’s lover, dashing ex-Pinkerton detective Griffin Flaherty, agrees to prove Allan’s innocence. But when Allan is deemed insane and locked away in the Stormhaven Lunatic Asylum, Griffin finds himself reliving the horrifying memories of his own ordeal inside a madhouse.
Along with their friend Christine, the two men become drawn deeper and deeper into a dark web of conspiracy, magic, and murder. Their only clue: a missing artifact depicting an unknown god. Who stole the artifact, and why can’t Allan remember what happened? And what is the truth behind the terrible experiments conducted on Stormhaven’s forbidden fourth floor?
It will take all of Whyborne’s sorcery and Griffin’s derring-do to stop the murderers and save Allan. But first, they must survive an even greater challenge: a visit from Griffin’s family.
I am having a splendid time and I want to gush and squee about the book I just finished but then I want to surge ahead and read the next. How many are left? Wait! Don’t tell me. I want to blissfully ride along for as long as possible. I’m typically a solid multi-tasker but this is proving to be difficult. So, I must stop myself before I get too far ahead and my fangirling blends together. I gotta tell ya, this is quite the dilemma! *rubs hands together* Okay, here we are in the third book and yowza, what a kickoff. My guys are settled in their groove and blissfully minding their own business until…they stumble upon a heinous scene. Murder. In all its bloody fashion and of course, without crucial evidence. Whyborne’s college is blamed (or framed?) and locked away without due process at the local asylum. Griffin knows something is amiss and refuses to walk away from this case. It’s going to get personal and force him to unlock memories and demons he’s struggled to bottle away. But if there’s one thing Griffin refuses to accept, it’s unjustified damnation. There’s a crackle in the air and this mental institution is certainly not a safe haven. A storm’s brewing and I’m equally thrilled and terrified….do you mind if I hold your hand??
I do believe it’s rather important to read these marvelous stories in proper order. They pick up and continue with the monster muddled lives of our dear Percival Endicott Whyborne and his dapper detective, Griffin. Their relationship is growing and their bonds are tangling tighter…despite having to conceal their true feelings to the outside world. Griffin’s parents have announced they wish to come for a visit and Griffin is desperate to show them how happy he is. He would love to share the source of his joy but isn’t confident in the loyalty of their love for him. It’s tragic really. Made my tummy sick and my heart hurt. To have conditions on one’s love isn’t something I’ve ever understood. And when unfortunate circumstances required a decisive decision be made I was both pained and proud. *sigh* The murder mystery held my interest but true to form, it was the couple that brought this story from great to glorious.
Whyborne has been elegantly charming us from the start but he’s coming into himself with a new sense of purpose and pride…and I’m am loving it! Griffin inadvertently pushes him to greater heights and then races to his side, drawn to him with a magnetic force. They lift one another and that is one of my all-time favorite things. At this moment in their timeline, Whyborne needs to buck up and fight for Griffin, especially when he loses focus on the present. Hideous horrors from the past threaten to reclaim his future and Whyborne simply won’t have it. He’s finally found his heart’s desire and he’s not about to lose him to some nasty villain from the past or present. He’s a formidable scholar and blast it all, he won’t let anyone take his love from him. Gahhhh! I was sitting on the edge of my seat during their battles, both with foe and family. I was anxious, scared, and swept away. They continue to surprise me and astound me. And despite the gruesome gore, there is humor, courage, and romance. Well done Hawk, well done.
Harrowing minds-eye moments flash forward. Courage bubbles over. And powers crest…or maybe only for now? I’m pretty sure Whyborne is just getting started…with both his devotion to Griffin and his craft. Time will tell and I simply can’t wait to find out and check out Egypt next!
Whyborne and Griffin fans…and if you’re not part of this elite group….why not? Seriously, hop on this marvelously manic adventure, it’s too good to miss.
TITLE: Stormhaven (Whyborne & Griffin #3)
AUTHOR: Jordan L. Hawk
PUBLISHER: Widdershin’s Press
LENGTH: 177 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2013
BUY LINKS: Amazon