ARC Review: Hexmaker, by Jordan L. Hawk

Blurb:


cover-jordanlhawk-hexmakerA 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.

Hexmaker is the second book in Jordan L. Hawk’s Hexworld series, following the adventures of witch policemen and the familiars they bond with. Download today to enter a world of magic, romance, and intrigue.


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October 14, 2016
Jordan L. Hawk
Jordan L. Hawk
Hexworld, book 2
Historical (US 19th c.), Paranormal
M/M
Gay & Bisexual
186 e-book pages
3rd person
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Rating:     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

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Review:

Advance Review Copy generously provided by the author
in exchange for an honest review.

I never saw it coming, but Jordan L. Hawk is FAST becoming one of my favorite authors. This world building, y’all — seriously, SERIOUSLY spectacular!

Historical New York setting, witches, familiars, hexes, love, and…muuuuuurder. So much goodness that I didn’t know I needed.

Right. So.

How do you feel about opposites attract stories?

I’ve grown to LOVE them. In real life, I’m all cynical: How cute. I’ll give you six months then I’ll be buying one of you a year supply of Ben & Jerry’s. But in books? Gimme, gimme because it’s a thing I want, desperately, to believe in. Not for me really, I don’t think — but for all the other oppositely attracted relationships out there I tend to side-eye because I certainly don’t wish them doomed-from-the-start failure.

Owen and Malachi. I can barely count the ways they’re opposites. But I’ll name a few. One is a witch-policeman, the other a shifter criminal. One is filthy rich, the other quite destitute. One has a strong moral backbone. The other…not so much. One is, erm, quite sexually experienced. The other…not so much. One has a serious dominant kinky streak in the bedroom. The other….well, he might seriously get off on that.

As opposite as they are, I can’t imagine a better pairing than they sly Malachi and do-gooder Owen. Everything about them aligns in a way that they balance the best of each other.

When these two come together, it is magic beyond all the witchified, hexified goodness already gracing the pages. We’re talking sparks lighting up my Kindle. Not just because of all of their differences colliding like flint to steel. Nope. It’s that these unlikely lovers truly see each other for all the good they are from the get-go.

One of the many things about this series that amazes me is the crafting of the familiars. In the prequel, we had Rook the crow. In book one we had Cicero the cat. Here in book two, we have Mal the fox. The way Jordan shades in animalistic traits of these guys while they’re in their human forms is spot-on fabulous. I mean…Mal is a fox. He has the requisite delicate, pointy features, and shocking red hair; but he’s also got that sly-n-sneaky demeanor — he’s an ace pickpocket and criminal for chrissakes. He’s quick and smart and crafty and utterly distrustful of everyone he doesn’t know. These characters absolutely fascinate me, and they are a joy to get to know.

The action and suspense kept me on the edge of my seat throughout and especially toward the end. I’ll just say, there are a lot of nasty, lying-faced baddies, and just when I thought I had a bead on the who-what-why…yeah. The truth is never what it seems.

There is so much to love about this series with gorgeous story-telling, pure magical fun, dastardly murderous mystery, world-saving mayhem, and sweet, sweet moments with a violin.

HIGHLY recommended.


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About the Author:

jordan2013_webJordan L. Hawk grew up in North Carolina and forgot to ever leave. Childhood tales of mountain ghosts and mysterious creatures gave her a life-long love of things that go bump in the night. When she isn’t writing, she brews her own beer and tries to keep her cats from destroying the house. Her best-selling Whyborne & Griffin series (beginning with Widdershins) can be found in print, ebook, and audiobook at Amazon and other online retailers.

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