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text 2019-03-06 18:10
Hexbreaker (Hexworld Book 1) by by Jordan L. Hawk 99 cents!
Hexbreaker (Hexworld) (Volume 1) - Jordan L. Hawk

Will a dark history doom their future together?

New York copper Tom Halloran is a man with a past. If anyone finds out he once ran with the notorious O’Connell tunnel gang, he’ll spend the rest of his life doing hard time behind bars. But Tom’s secret is threatened when a horrible murder on his beat seems to have been caused by the same ancient magic that killed his gang.

Cat shifter Cicero is determined to investigate the disappearance of one friend and the death of another, even though no one else believes the cases are connected. When the trail of his investigation crosses Tom’s, the very bohemian Cicero instinctively recognizes the uncultured Irish patrolman as his witch. Though they’re completely unsuited to one another, Cicero has no choice but to work alongside Tom…all the while fighting against the passion growing within. 

Tom knows that taking Cicero as his familiar would only lead to discovery and disaster. Yet as the heat between them builds, Tom’s need for the other man threatens to overcome every rational argument against becoming involved.

But when their investigation uncovers a conspiracy that threatens all of New York, Tom must make the hardest decision of his life: to live a lie and gain his heart’s desire, or to confess the truth and sacrifice it all.

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review 2018-12-30 02:10
It's time for a little Christmas...
The Magician's Angel - Jordan L. Hawk

magic? or maybe must some good old fashioned murder and mayhem!

 

'The Magician's Angel' is the third book in the series "Christmas Angel" and it's Jordan L. Hawk's contribution to this series as each book is written by a different author. I was gifted this story by my friend Anne and as Anne will atest to, that was a bit of an adventure all it's own but we persevered and I got to read an enchanting holiday story that was surprisingly also an historical story...not my favorite venue but in this case a fairly safe bet since I really love this author's Whyborne & Griffin series and as with that series the author has created a story that eclipses the setting of its time. 

 

As a vaudeville performer Christoper Fiend lives for the limelight while Edward Smith would be happy to never set foot in his family's theater, but while Edward has no love for the theater he does love his brother Tobias who's most fervent dream is to revive the theater that is their legacy from their father.

 

The last thing that Edward's prepared for his the attraction that he feels towards Christopher and as the story progresses it's not attraction that brings these two men together but murder and in the end it's love that binds them.

 

I love a good mystery and this one was definitely a fun and delightful distraction from the chaos of the holiday season. I was more than a little impressed with the story that I got to read. With less than 90 pages I was expecting to feel shortchanged somewhere with the beginning or the middle but yes, most likely the end as that seems to be where stories often run our of steam but much to my delight that was not the case. 

 

There are 7 stories in this series each connected by an angel and for the story of how the angel came to be one needs to start with book one by Eli Easton and in spite of the fact that I haven't read that one...a situation  that I hope to correct...acutally, I'm not even even going to try and be subtle I would love to hear this series on audio and this is one of those rare times that I would love for each book to be narrated by a different narrator but barring an audio book...I would have no qualms about reading the e-books....7 books by 7 awesome authors...how can I go wrong? I can't...season's greetings everyone and happy reading.

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review 2018-12-18 12:44
Review: "The Magician's Angel" (The Christmas Angel, #3) by Jordan L. Hawk
The Magician's Angel - Jordan L. Hawk

 

~ 4 stars ~

 

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review 2018-05-12 20:12
New soapy goodness in a series?!
The 13th Hex: A Hexworld Short Story - Jordan L. Hawk

A perfectly fine story. I like Rook a lot, but am less enamored of Dominic Kopecky. I just wanted a toe-dip into the world of the series before committing myself to it. This short tale was enough to allow me to get the sense of what Author Hawk was planning...a New York City imbued with magical energy that expresses itself via pseudoscientific means...to see if this could keep my soap-opera lovin' story-slurpin' soul from parching into dust. I mean, Whyborne & Griffin is only one more novel from being complete on my reader radar! I need sudsy sweet seriesness! Now!!

 

Three winks in under 40pp means one entire star off.

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review 2018-05-07 19:33
Very very very gross villain, tough and scary story
Fallow - Jordan L. Hawk

The half star off is for the slithering jim-jams the Big Baddie in this one has given me. I am not sleeping for the foreseeable future. *convulsive shudder*

 

***next day***

 

As predicted, sleep was elusive after reading this frightfest. I haven't had that response to any other book in the series but this one Did Me In. The name, "the rust," gave me all the horror-movie shudders I could ever (not) want.

 

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Excuse me I need to bleach my every body part and scrub my innards with Lysol.

The main thrust of this story is betrayal. The awfulness of experiencing betrayal is, by definition, that it's only one's intimates that can perpetrate it. Author Hawk was so deft in portraying the double-edged sword of betrayal in each leg of the multiple relationships that underwent it that I can only applaud. All of the betrayals were very real, as in understandable and organic to the relationships involved. No overwrought "because I am eeeeeeviiiiiillllll" emotionality; instead the betrayals (very much in the plural) are simply fallible humans failing to reach for love when confronted by conundrums in coping with unmet expectations.

 

Along with the Big Baddie *wracking shudder* we're treated to Whyborne's meditations on Widdershins' magical vortex and its role in his life. We're given a short burst of Persephone Whyborne. We're teased with an oncoming apocalyptic confrontation. We're left to ponder the role of pragmatism in Whyborne and Griffin's mutual fate as allies become scarce. In short, book 8 is one helluva ride and I had a damn good time ripping through it.

 

Except for "the rust" *nauseated convulsive shudder* that is.

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