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review 2016-03-22 00:23
Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin Book 1) by Jordan L Hawk
Widdershins - Jordan L. Hawk,Julian G. Simmons

Isolated, lonely scholar Percy tries to live a quiet life under everyone’s notice, living with his haunted past and hoping no-one learns the secret of his sexuality


When a private investigator enters his world, demanding his expert help and dragging him into  world of dark mystery and death – and sex.



Some books are written with delicate nuance, carefully crafted writing and gentle subtlety that gracefully introduces you to the world, the characters and the plot line, allowing them all to grow and be revealed with beautiful, natural flowing style.


And some books handle the plot with all the gentle subtlety of a sledgehammer being wielded by a drunken carnival barker. Guess which category this book fits in?


Our hero, Percy Whybourne is awkward and clumsy and self hating and self-conscious and isolated and hates company and his family hates him and has a desperately tragic past which he feels terribly guilty about but, because he’s the hero, of course he isn’t actually to blame for it but he feels all sad and guilty about it anyway.


This is all dumped in ridiculously vast detail very early in the book. In fact, Percy feels the need to clumsily reference the childhood friend who died by page 16, his dad hating him by page 18 which also includes a full description of that child’s death. Seriously this is just info-dumped in there, the book hasn’t even started Percy’s clumsy awkwardness is referenced about once every other page. In all this time he’s missed the bus and arrived at work. Subtle, it ain’t, nor is it particularly endearing to the character. I can’t even picture Percy as a character because he’s more a collection of tropes – the awkward, clumsy, tragic closeted gay academic who doesn’t love himself.


Unfortunately, this lack of nuanced writing pretty much tells you how the romance is going to be depicted.


We meet designated love interest Phillip. Who is hot. So very hot. And Percy mentions this a lot, in between stammering, being clumsy and being all tingly every time Phillip touches him (which he does a lot, always through layers of clothes but super-hot – this heat is always mentioned. I’m sure he has 3rddegree burns from all this heated touching through clothes), stands near him, breathes on him or glances in his direction. We also have repeated mention of malachite eyes and lips. Oh gods the lips.


By page 37 there are 24 separate references to the hotness of Phillip and Percy’s red hot reaction to him. It most certainly does not reduce as the book goes on but I did get tired of counting. Not only is this rather dull but it’s somewhat damaging to the world setting – this is a Victorian era setting where being gay is persecuted by law. Percy’s existence as a gay man is a crime and I have never known an LGBT person who is just this bad at hiding his arousal. Even as a horny teenager, most of us are simply better at hiding than this even when we don’t live in a world where discovery will arrested and imprisoned. Percy, how can you be this bad at this!



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review 2015-10-20 00:00
Widdershins - Jordan L. Hawk,Julian G. Simmons I don't know why I waited so long to read this. It was great. It took me a bit to sink into the narrator's voice, but once I did, I could totally picture his voice for Whybourne. This had the right elements of mystery, paranormal, and romance. It wasn't quite what I was expecting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
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review 2015-09-18 19:22
Widdershins: Whyborne & Griffin (book1) by Jordan L. Hawk (audio version)
Widdershins - Jordan L. Hawk,Julian G. Simmons

Percival Whyborne is a shy, socially awkward kind of guy, comfortable hiding away with moldy old tomes. The thought of taking a lunch outside his office and having to actually converse with someone is out of his comfort zone. He can speak 13 languages and can read even more but he doesn’t think that any big thing.

He’s sweet and modest and hiding himself from the world for more reasons than shyness.

When Griffin Flaherty, a handsome PI walks into his life and ask Whyborne to decipher a mysterious journal his world is about to get a whole heck of a lot more exciting. As you may have guessed, this is no ordinary old book.

Some very sinister things happen and Whyborne finds himself playing a huge role in all of it. He’s also forced to put some demons in his past to rest which resulted in some pretty great character building. Along the way, he and Griffin become friends and in between mystery solving and monster slaying there’s plenty of time for innocent kisses and a whole lot more.

Widdershins is a strange mix of monsters, mystery, and action along with a well-developed sweet and very sexy romance. I was worried it would fall down and fail me but somehow it all works. There is great care taken here to develop all aspects of the story. It has spooky atmosphere and lovable characters. There was only one point where I had my doubts, when Whyborne discovers something in Griffin’s room, but I got over it and cannot wait to read more.

I listened to this book as an unabridged audiobook provided to me in exchange for a review. I listen to a ton of audio and I am pretty picky about narration. This narrator did a decent job with Whyborne but unfortunately a not-so-great job with Griffin’s character. They have very different personalities but sound exactly alike which left me feeling a little confused here and there (though I admit that is not too difficult a feat). I would’ve liked more of a distinction between the two and would give the narration a 3 while the story gets a 4 1/2. Even with that said, I've just restarted the audio because I can't face deleting it without listening one more time.

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text 2015-09-14 17:05
Well, this book just got a million times better!
Widdershins - Jordan L. Hawk,Julian G. Simmons

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review 2015-05-10 00:00
Bloodline - Jordan L. Hawk,Julian G. Sim... Bloodline - Jordan L. Hawk,Julian G. Simmons Best one so far! And I luuurve the audio!! The voices are perfect!!
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