“Hexmaker” by Jordan L. Hawk

about

A straight-laced policeman. A lighthearted thief. A murdered millionaire.

Fox shifter Malachi steals for one of the biggest crime rings in New York City. But when he witnesses the murder of a millionaire, the only person who can keep him safe is Dr. Owen Yates, forensic hexman for the Metropolitan Witch Police—and Malachi’s witch.

Owen is horrified to discover his familiar is an uneducated thief. Even worse, Malachi threatens to unleash Owen’s deepest desires…desires Owen can’t act upon, as he’s destined for an arranged marriage to secure the Yates family fortune

Their agreement: Malachi will be Owen’s lover as well as his partner, until the day of the wedding. But as their hunt for the murderer carries them from teeming slums to Fifth Avenue mansions, Owens begins to realize Malachi commands his heart as well as his body.

With dark forces drawing ever closer around them, Owen must decide whether to bow to the demands of duty, or to risk everything for the man he loves.

review

As I mentioned yesterday, Hawk’s spellbinding powers are a formidable force. In less than two weeks I immersed myself in Hexworld and binged every word. In the first book, we have our TomCat but now it’s Owen and Mal’s time to shine. Don’t bother asking my favorite couple, it’s not possible to choose. I love fate, mates, and magic. I love magnificent worldbuilding, endearing characters, and uninvited romance. And Hawk takes all of these together and elegantly pens them into a sublime series. It’s glorious!!!

I didn’t have a chance to remark on the setting before but not because it’s lacking in any way. I used to be an era snob. If it was set more than a few decades back, I had no interest. I think this was because I read a few turn of the century love affairs that broke my heart. I enjoy a good hopelessly in love tale but not a tale in which the love is hopeless. The gilded age in New York City was a turbulent time of great change. Hawk weaves genuine details into this fantasy world. Corruption, poverty, and the weight of society’s expectations play their part in Owen and Malachi’s relationship. They are the epitome of opposites-attract romance. I knew they would be incredible together but their fight would not be easy. It’s a good thing I’m not a nail-biter because I would have chewed them off during this thrilling adventure.

Owen works for the Metropolitan Witch Police and we dive into the nitty-gritty of the MWP and their fragile cooperation with the regular NYC police. They don’t always work well together but circumstances often give them no choice. Owen was born with a silver spoon in his mouth but he never truly cared about money. Mal would say, that’s because he always had it. Our clever fox shifter, Malachai, wasn’t as fortunate. Orphaned at a young age, he had to learn how to work the system so he could survive it. When picking pockets proved to be too easy, he moved up the ranks to become one of the best second-story shifters in the city. When murder brings Owen and Malachai together the pages began to vibrate with their energy. There are too many reasons why they shouldn’t work but fate does what fate wants. And I just about swallowed my tongue when they decided to explore their sensual desires. Fur and feathers, they are HOT. A heady mix of secrets and sorcery had me racing to the finish. And what a lovely conclusion it was. Do you know what’s even better? It’s not really over…

 

beware

A forensic hexman meets his cunning match. Forbidden love and simple games become complicated. And an action-packed escapade brimming with all the feels.

 

bookisforCalling all paranormal lovers! Attention fantasy fans…you’re not going to want to miss this! Hawk delivers an extraordinary murder mystery with magical interventions from a sexy couple…yeah, you need it. Just be sure to start with the Irishman and his frisky feline.

 

bookinfo

TITLE: Hexmaker (Hexworld #2)
AUTHOR: Jordan L. Hawk
PUBLISHER: Widdershin’s Press
LENGTH: 270 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 6, 2016
BUY LINKS: Amazon

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