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Blog Tour, Excerpt and Giveaway! Hitting Black Ice by Heloise West

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Hitting Black Ice

by

Heloise West

Publisher: Loose ID

Cover Artist: Syneca Featherstone

Blurb:

ER physician’s assistant Hunter guards his heart carefully, but that doesn’t stop him from falling for Shawn, the front desk clerk. He keeps his distance from relationships for a reason, but just can’t help himself when it comes to Shawn.

Shawn is on the run from the law and love to protect himself and anyone else involved. One man is dead because of him, and his life now is simple and easily thrown into a bag at any hint of danger. Until he meets Hunter, and he no longer wants to run.

Forced into a hostage situation, buried passion explodes in the aftermath, and sex in the supply closet brings their hearts back to life. Tentatively, step by step, they begin to explore a relationship together until the past catches up with Shawn.

FBI agent Nick Truman has finally found his man, but when Shawn escapes, he focuses his attention on Hunter. Shawn returns, even though it means sacrificing himself to save Hunter from the man who framed him for murder.

 Categories: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, M/M Romance, Mystery, Romance

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Excerpt:

It was nine o’clock. They’d long lost the reservation. Hunter turned away from the warm lights of the restaurant, heart heavy. Shawn was too good to be true. For all he knew, he had a problem like Jerry’s, who’d often left him waiting, wondering, and ultimately fearing as dinner sat cold on the table. He gave in and took a step toward home.

“Hunter!”

He whipped around.

Shawn rushed toward him. He slipped on the snowy sidewalk, nearly going down, but Hunter ran at him, and they crashed together so hard his teeth clicked. Shawn’s arms went around him and his around Shawn, and they managed to hold each other up.

“I’m sorry,” were the first words out of Shawn’s mouth.

“All you deserve is pizza crusts,” Hunter mock-growled and kissed him, unconsciously trying to taste booze on his breath. Like Jerry and too many broken promises. Relieved it was only peppermint mouthwash, he didn’t stop kissing him.

When Hunter let him speak, Shawn said, “I’m starving, I’ll take it.” He pushed Hunter a little away from him. “Jesus. You’re freezing.”

“And starving. There’s a Greek pizza place down this way, come on—”

“I’ll make it up to you,” he said, taking Hunter’s hand.

 

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Author Bio:

Heloise West, when not hunched over the keyboard plotting love and mayhem, dreams about moving to a villa in Tuscany. She loves history, mysteries, and romance of all flavors. She travels and gardens with her partner of 10 years, and their home overflows with books, cats, art, and red wine.

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3-Dec The Blogger Girls, Amanda C. Stone
4-Dec The Hat Party
5-Dec Parker Williams
8-Dec Charley Descoteaux, 3 Chicks After Dark
9-Dec Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings
10-Dec Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
11-Dec Because Two Men Are Better Than One,  Book Reviews, Rants, and Raves
12-Dec Love Bytes
15-Dec Inked Rainbow Reads
16-Dec LeAnn’s Book Reviews
17-Dec Multitasking Mommas
18-Dec BFD Book Blog
19-Dec Prism Book Alliance
22-DecMM Good Book Reviews, Fallen Angel Reviews
 
 

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BLOG TOUR, EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY: Ordinary People by E E Montgomery

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Ordinary People

by E E Montgomery

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press

 

The Blurb…

When Queensland Police Force Constable James Laramee raids a hotel room, he finds Vinnie Canterbury on top of a naked, dead man, covered in blood. Vinnie promptly vomits all over James’s shoes.

Thanks to a cocktail of horse sedatives and Hendra vaccine, Vinnie’s memories of his ordeal are fractured. Finding the culprits and the reasons behind his abduction will be a challenge. With his apartment trashed, his building set on fire, and his clothes, phone and wallet gone, Vinnie needs a place to stay. To his surprise, James not only takes him in, but also lets him cry on his shoulder. It must be true love. Vinnie has plans for his future with James all mapped out, and he hopes he can get James on the same page.

 

Excerpt

 

His bed was stripped to the mattress. The shredded mattress. Foam stuffing bubbled up between the slashes like pus weeping from an infected wound. He tore his attention from the bed to find his sheets and duvet scattered all over the floor. In pieces. He whimpered.

“I just bought that set.” He pressed his fingers against his lips. Even in his shock he recognized the inanity of his comment. His gaze was drawn to the freestanding full-length mirror beside the windows. Black writing marred the polished surface.

NEXT TIME DO WHAT YOU’RE TOLD FAG OR THE SAME WILL HAPPEN TO YOU.

He turned to see Laramee beside him, his hand again clamped on Vinnie’s arm. “What was I told?” he whispered. “I don’t know what I was told.”

It was too much. He flung himself at Laramee, buried his face in the warm, slightly harsh fabric of his uniform, ignored the button digging into his forehead, and burst into tears.

“I don’t even know your name. I can’t sob all over you if I don’t know your name,” he wailed.

About the Author

E E Montgomery wants the world to be a better place, with equality and acceptance for all. Her philosophy is: We can’t change the world but we can change our small part of it and, in that way, influence the whole. Writing stories that show people finding their own ‘better place’ is part of E E Montgomery’s own small contribution.

Thankfully, there’s never a shortage of inspiration for stories that show people growing in their acceptance and love of themselves and others. A dedicated people-watcher, E E finds stories everywhere. In a cafe, a cemetery, a book on space exploration or on the news, there’ll be a story of personal growth, love, and unconditional acceptance there somewhere.

Author Links:

You can contact E E Montgomery at

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on Twitter: @EEMontgomery1,

or at her web site and blog: http://www.eemontgomery.com/

 

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7/17 – Prism Book Alliance

7/24 – MM Good Book Reviews

7/31 – Velvet Panic

8/7 – Because Two Men Are Better Than One


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8/14 – Hearts on Fire

8/14 –Love Bytes

8/21 – Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words

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★★★★½ Blood Pond by D.J. Manly ★★★★½

 

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D.J. Manly

Publisher: Amber Allure

 

The blurb

Ten years ago, August Greystone’s adolescent brother was brutally murdered and dumped in Blood Pond. And the one person he is sure can identify the killer is on the run…

Bruce Monkton can’t escape the horror of what he experienced the night his friend, Tommy Greystone, was slaughtered in front of his eyes. Although Bruce somehow survived the vicious attack, he is still fleeing from shadows, from the haunting memories and his own demons, so the last thing he wants is to come face-to-face with his greatest nightmare—the older brother of his dead boyhood crush, the man desperately seeking closure to his brother’s murder.

August has given up everything, including his career as a law enforcement officer, to locate Bruce because he’s sure the young man is the key to helping him find what he seeks. But can Bruce really aid August when it comes to locating the elusive killer, or will the answers to the mystery be buried forever at the bottom of Blood Pond?

 

Our thoughts

OMG this was a good story. Hats off to D.L. Manly!  Blood Pond was a wonderful little murder mystery with a nice amount of smexy!

August is a former police detective trying to find out who killed his younger brother, Bruce is a man trying to forget and escape his past.  August knows that Bruce his the key to finding his brother’s killer but that requires Bruce to face the past he has been trying to escape.  The unsolved murder of a loved one is bad enough but the one person you need to help you solve it comes across and mentally and criminally insane and holy smokes…you think you love him!  The twist and turns in this story keep you guessing until the very end.

It’s not a very long story, page wise, but there is a lot of story packed into each page.  I don’t think anything was left out of this story…there were some parts that I didn’t feel were relevant at the time but did round the story out nicely.  The story is told from both MC’s POV; which didn’t get confusing.  And yes the end had you going what the heck…bottom line if you are looking for crazy check your family tree first :-).  This story gave me goose bumps!

Bookjunkie xx

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★★★★★ Continental Divide by Laura Harner and Lisa Worrall★★★★★

 

 It’s Throwback Thursday so you might want to check out this oldie but a goodie!

 

 

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Continental Divide

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Laura Harner and Lisa Worrall

First Published March 2012

The blurb…

Detective Remington frickin’ hates the missing persons detail, but a cold fury builds in the pit of his stomach when he realizes that over the past three months six boys have disappeared from the smaller communities that surround the greater Phoenix area. All reported to be runaways looking to escape their shitty lives, but Remy’s starting to put together a different picture and he doesn’t like it one damn bit.

Inspector Jamie Mainwaring stares at the six reports, willing them to make sense. Six boys, six months, all from just outside of London, which meant six different investigations. All of the boys were between the ages of ten and fifteen, all purportedly runaways from dysfunctional families. Something was rotten in Denmark.

There are always runaways. Every small town loses them—every big city collects them. Kids look for freedom and discover they have more to lose than they ever thought possible. London and Phoenix, culture and cowboys, nothing linking these two sprawling metropolitan areas. Nothing except a hit on a computer data search.

Two cops, one a cowboy, the other a Lord. A secret government agency, human trafficking, and a blazing hot mutual distraction.

What the hell have Remington and Mainwaring gotten themselves into?

 

So what did Robyn think? 

I really enjoyed this. It was a bit similar to the Cut & Run series in that two alpha cops team up and hate each other on site but end up fucking anyway. That was about the only similarity.

They both fall for each other but Remy won’t ever admit it. He’s does anonymous fucks and never face to face. Remy has a story but we don’t know about it. It’s hinted that he was sexually abused and lived on the streets, probably selling himself for food, but its only hinted at. Maybe his story will come in the next instalment. Jamie on the other hand knows what he wants. He wants Remy.

When they come together it’s sweet and hot but of course Remy basically does a runner – emotionally at least. Remy realises he has these feeling for Jamie but being the alpha male he is never says anything. And of course neither does Jamie. Their relationship is full of no talking angst. But I guess if they spoke about their feeling and what they wanted then there wouldn’t be story.

The crime bit was quite well done. You always know who’s behind it so it’s no mystery but it was well played out.

Be warned though, there is no HEA here. Not even a HFN. This makes me mad and sad at the same time.

I heard that there were going to be 4 books in this series, but only 3 released so far. I’ve read the reviews for the next two and I know that if they ever get their HEA (coz lets face it, these two just belong together) it doesn’t happen until the forth. Now the question is – as a lover of HEA’s, can I wait FOUR books to get it? Or do I abandon this series now? I will probably read the next instalments but will wait until I can read the review for book 4.

 

Hope you enjoy – Robyn x

Reviewed by RJ

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Slasherazzi by Daniel A Kaine

4.5 stars OH WOW!!!
 
Murder mystery, suspense, thriller, contemporary 

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The blurb…

Recently promoted to Detective, Alex is out to prove himself and the Slasherazzi case is the perfect opportunity. Mutilated corpses are showing up across Tampa, and when the team discovers the newest victim was tortured alive, Alex becomes more determined than ever to stop the crazed serial killer before the horrific stabbings escalate further.

With the return of Alex’s ex-boyfriend and journalist, Vince, the investigation takes a dangerous twist: the killer starts showing a personal interest in Alex. Can he stop the murders and salvage his relationship with Vince, or does he risk letting both men get away?

So what did I think?

Let me start with the violence in this book is graphic so if you are squeamish then don’t read it; you won’t make it past the first page.

So with that said and you are still interested then by all means grab this book.  By the end I had goosebumps, when you think you’ve figured it out…BAM!

A serial killer is reeking havoc and spreading panic across Tampa and Detective Alex Beckman is determined to solve the crime and put an end to the killing spree.  But when two of the victims turn out to be people that Alex know the case becomes a little more personal.   Vince Fairfield is Alex’s on again off again boyfriend and aspiring journalist.  Over the course of their two year relationship Vince has broken trust with Alex in order to advance his own career; which is the main reason for their shaky relationship.  When Alex is removed from the case because of his connection with one of the victims he and Vince decide to try to solve it on their own.  Then things really get interesting as if they weren’t already.

The story isn’t bogged down by police procedurals which sometime can make a story loose some of it’s momentum.  I really liked that some of the story is told from the killer’s POV which gave me chills.  There were a couple of holes in the story for me but not enough to take away from my enjoyment.  There were however two things that bothered me; in one scene there is a fire in the fireplace which I found odd because the story takes place in Tampa and the characters had been referring to how hot it was…so why was the fireplace lit and who lit it? Second was that the author never really explained how the killer chose his/her victims.  I understood why the person was killing just not the why of the victim, except for the last few victims.

All I can say is by the end of the book I was like OMG that’s soooo crazy…loved it!  It’s not all murder and police chases there is plenty of smexy in this story!  This was my first story by this author so now I have to go track down anything else he has written because he seems very capable of telling a really good story.

Enjoy!

Bookjunkie

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A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.

To find out more about Daniel A Kaine and his books visit his website.

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Stranger On The Shore by Josh Lanyon

We welcome our new reviewer Barbara who gave 4 stars to Stranger On The Shore!

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Stranger On The Shore

By Josh Lanyon

The blurb..

Twenty years ago young Brian Arlington, heir to Arlington fortune, was kidnapped. Though the ransom was paid, the boy was never seen again and is presumed dead. Pierce Mather, the family lawyer, now administers and controls the Arlington billions. He’s none too happy, and more than a little suspicious, when investigative journalist Griffin Hadley shows up to write about the decades-old mystery. Griff shrugs off the coldly handsome Pierce’s objections, but it might not be so easy to shrug off the objections of someone willing to do anything to keep the past buried.

So what did I think?

Journalist Griff Hadley has always been fascinated by the lives of the rich, so when he is invited to write a book about the unsolved kidnapping of four-year old Brian Arlington, he jumps at the chance. The Arlingtons are extremely wealthy and Brian was taken 20 years before in the middle of a costume party at the family’s lavish estate.  One of the family servants was jailed for the crime, but Brian was never found.

When Griff arrives at the estate he finds himself unwelcome in the extreme.  Only the family patriarch Jarrett is kind. The rest of the family and servants are hostile, fearful that Griff’s research will turn up too many family skeletons.  Worst of all is Pierce Mather, the family lawyer.  Pierce is handsome, well-groomed, and an imperious jerk who tries to buy Griff off on the very first evening.

Griff is undeterred by the general hostility and throws himself into the research, uncovering many details that the police never knew.  He also uncovers a softer, although confusing side of Pierce during an awkward one-night stand.  Just as Griff is making progress putting together the pieces of the kidnapping and the pieces of Pierce’s story, a stranger appears who claims to be the long-lost Brian.  It seems as though the Arlingtons are due for a happy ending but something still isn’t quite right.  It’s up to Griff and Pierce to find out the truth.

This is a great mystery and a very satisfying romance.  There are lots of twists including one big whopping one at the end, and it was the kind of plot that I like where the reader can’t solve the mystery until the characters do.  The characters and setting were very well done, and even though murder in the mansion is a common plot device, it was handled with originality. The author was very smart- he carefully referenced the Lindbergh baby kidnapping and The Great Gatsby both of which added a lot of atmosphere.

I liked the romance a lot.  Pierce is that kind of Mr. Darcy type who you hate at the beginning and like more and more as the story goes on.  He and Griff are both complicated characters who don’t fall in love easily, and that added the satisfying level of erotic tension to the story.

I recommend this book highly!  Good plot, good characters.  What more can you ask for!

4 stars

Reviewed by Barbara

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★★★★★ The Dangerous Seduction by A.N. Bond ★★★★★

THIS is my book of the YEAR!

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The Dangerous Seduction

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A.N. Bond

The blurb…

With a beautiful, doting fiancée and a dream job at one of New York City’s top law firms, life is going well for ambitious but inexperienced attorney, Ryan Paullson. Handpicked by his new boss, Joseph Van Aardt, to work on the firm’s biggest case, Ryan soon finds himself out of his depth and struggling with a dangerous and irresistible attraction to the charismatic and ruthless Van Aardt—an attraction that seems mutual.

Ryan and Joseph begin a secret affair as they work to build their case against controversial billionaire Jack McNeil. As their affair heats up, Ryan starts to fear how far Joseph is willing to go to win the case, and when two critical witnesses die under suspicious circumstances, Ryan doesn’t know whether to suspect McNeil or his lover. He wants to be with Joseph; he just doesn’t know how far he’ll have to go–or how far he’ll have to fall–to hold onto him.

So what did Robyn think? 

IF I COULD GIVE THIS 6 STARS I WOULD

F*ck that was good. Ok, so if you didn’t see my Goodreads status updates and can’t tell by the above comment – THIS is my book of the YEAR.  I’m confident enough in this read to say this only six months into 2014. I don’t think I’ll find another to top this for the rest of the year. Big statement I know.

If you don’t like cheaters then this may not be the read for you.  Although in saying this the cheating aspect was done well and I can forgive Ryan for this because he was in denial about his sexuality. Still, Daisy didn’t really deserve what she got and her revenge was pretty sweet.

Joseph – well lets just say he’s a lawyer. He’s shady and slippery and a total tosspot, BUT he does redeem himself at the very end, just.

The drama was twisty and turny and totally spun my head around – then spun it right back at the end. I had my hands over my mouth, eyes wide and making weird noises and the men in my household (3 of them) are all like “whats wrong??, whats happened?? did you hurt yourself? are you okay??” But they don’t get it. My eldest (9) – just walked off shaking his head – “don’t worry, it’s just mum being all weird over a book – again!” Hmph – they just don’t get it.

There wasn’t a lot of romance and most of the sex was under the covers. For some reason though this didn’t bother me as much as any other story would have. This is probably because the author has a talent here that I’ve never seen before in a first timer.

Its just a brilliant read. There is a sort of HFN here but it kinda finishes on a cliffy. I emailed the author and she said that a sequel is a possibility as she would like to see where Ryan and Joseph go, but her day job is extremely busy at the moment and she doesn’t have time right now. Thats not to say we won’t get one. If I could afford to pay her a wage just to write a sequel I would, gladly. I need more from this author – like yesterday!

If you don’t read this right now – you may just regret leaving it so long.

Bravo Miss Bond. Bravo.

5 MASSIVE stars

Hope you enjoy – Robyn x

Reviewed by RJ

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★★★★★ PRE-RELEASE REVIEW ★★★★★ Sam and Aaron by L.B. Gregg

Upcoming release – Book five in the Men of Smithfield series – to be released 16th June!

  • Mark and Tony (book #1)
  • Max and Finn (book #2)
  • Seth and David (book #3)
  • Adam and Holden (book #4)
  • Sam and Aaron (book #5) – in this review

 

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Sam and Aaron

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L.B. Gregg

The blurb:

With our family’s legacy, Meyers B&B, in the flailing hands of me, Sam Meyers, and my sister Wynne, we’re determined to revive the place. We’ve started a series of blind-date cooking classes, and taken on our first boarder. Granddad is even now rolling in his grave.

Signed up for the class is our new guest, Aaron Saunders, a Californian transplant who’s distractingly handsome and clearly up to no good. I can’t quite figure him out. He blew into town and has been relentless in his search for…something.

The sexy sneak is intriguing. And we’ve had a steamy moment. Or two. But now I can’t stop wondering why he’s searching in secret. From the library, to the historical society, to my own backyard, Aaron leaves no stone unturned or record book unopened. He’s definitely gotten my attention. But that might not be the only thing he’s after.

So what did Robyn think? 

I thoroughly enjoyed this. Even though I haven’t read any of the previous 4 books, it was an easy story to follow.  Some of the previous books characters make an appearance but you don’t need to know their story to be able to enjoy this one.

In saying that, I now want to read the previous stories because this had some great laugh-out-loud moments. The writing was witty and descriptive and pulled me along easily. Sam was a bit of a bore, but only because he thought he should be. Stuck in town where nothing happened. That was until Aaron came along and turned his world upside down. Mysterious Aaron who had secrets all his own. Who was he and why did he look suspiciously like Sam’s sister Wynne?

Yes there was a small mystery but there wasn’t any heavy angst. Simply a lovely light read with a nice side plot. There wasn’t much sex. A jerk off session in-between the pews at St Joe’s (yes gay sex in the Catholic church – remember I said it was funny?) and a blow job later on. Nothing too descriptive. The story didn’t have a HEA more of a HFN, but maybe book #6 will include these two. Let’s hope so.

4.5 stars

Hope you enjoy – Robyn x

Reviewed by RJ

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Pre-release review: Love in the Shadows by Dylan Madrid

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My rating: 2.5/3 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Quintin Pearson, an American living in London, has spent the last two years working as a magazine staff writer and nursing a broken heart. Craving a change in his quiet life, Quintin accepts an invitation to an exclusive party hosted by Regina Bremington, the U.S. ambassador’s glamorous wife. At the party, terror takes over when the electricity suddenly goes out and the ambassador is assassinated. In the safety of a dark bedroom, Quintin meets a mysterious stranger named Luca, an Italian spy. Even though the two men can’t see each other, a spark is ignited that soon becomes a mutual lust. Within days, Luca arranges for them to meet again at a remote seaside town in Belgium. There, Luca confesses his true identity and convinces Quintin they must team up to bring the ambassador’s killer to justice.

So what did I think?

Love in the Shadows was a really difficult book to rate as I felt quite conflicted about it. On one hand it was totally confusing and definitely not realistic but on the other, if I parked my confusion and disbelief, I didn’t mind the author’s style.

This is a mystery thriller, with mystery being the key word. I was largely baffled by the story the whole way through. Quiet, mild-mannered Quintin meets the wife of the US Ambassador and gets invited to a party where the ambassador is assassinated. Quintin is promptly sucked into the world of espionage.

The story prompts lots of questions. Why did Quintin’s boyfriend disappear? Why did Regina invite Quintin to the party after only exchanging a couple of words? Why did Quintin instantly feel attraction to Luca when they only met for a moment in pitch blackness? What sort of man would drop everything to travel around the world (seemingly without a passport!)? What was the point of travelling to Belgium, couldn’t the meetings have just taken place in London? Why did Quintin have to get involved at all? Who is masterminding the whole thing? and so on, and so on, and so on……

I think I could have just accepted the story for what it was, I could have ignored the craziness of the spy games, I could have even accepted that two men fell in love with Quintin during the course of one week, but the ending! Argh! The unresolved question of who Quintin chose to be with – annoying and frustrating! If this had been resolved then I it would have been a 3 star story but it is more like 2.5 due to the ending!

I understand that this maybe the first book in a series and if it is, I suggest waiting to read this one until the next is released. That way, hopefully, the issues with the ending are avoided.

An advance copy of this book was received from the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review.

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☊☊☊ Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk ☊☊☊

The Whyborne and Griffin series:

  • Widdershins (book #1) – in this review
  • Threshold (book#2)
  • Stormhaven (book #3) – expected release 3rd December

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Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk

Narrated by Julian G. Simmons

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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The Blurb…

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?

So what did I think?

This is another book that I listened to via the Audible version. I have not read this book previously so the narration was my first experience of the story.

I’m going to make a claim without really being able to back this up – the audio version was brilliant and really enhanced my enjoyment of this story! Okay, I don’t really know if I would have enjoyed it any less if I had read it but I totally adored the narration of this book.

The characters were totally wonderful and I fell in love with both Whyborne and Griffin. Outwardly Whyborne was so unsure of himself, shy and unassertive, totally lacking self confidence but in reality he was a wonderfully strong man – standing on his own, following his own path in life and supporting himself rather than relying on his well-to-do father. Griffin appears strong and confident but has his own demons and inner torment. Together they are fabulous.

I am not a huge fan of historical romances and only read a smattering in the paranormal genre so was surprised by how much I liked this book. The style of writing, the speech and the behaviour of all the characters seemed to capture the era perfectly. I particularly liked the formality of interactions between work colleagues and the totally fabulous Christine!

The story was full of mystery, intrigue and horror as Whyborne and Griffin team up to stop the resurrection of wonderfully descriptive evil monsters. They follow clues, deal with Whyborne’s colleagues at the museum, fight off half-human-half-animal creatures, all while their attraction for each other grows.

Julian G Simmons captured the essence of Whyborne perfectly. The soft spoken quality of his voice, his tone and inflections matched the character of Whyborne and was totally in keeping with the period of the story.

I can highly recommended the audio version!

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