"Luca leaned back into Dash's embrace, feeling the rays of the
dawning sun bond with the heat of Dash's vibrant form. He tilted his neck to feel the warmth of Dash's lips on his crystalline skin. "Why?"
"Because you have found your soul. Now come with me and let me show you the world."
After being attacked by werewolves (off-page), a wounded vampire gets healed by a cat shifter's jizz (!), and they bond. That's it. That was the plot.
This felt more like a rough draft for a full novel rather than a short story that can hold its own. The world building was superficial and a lot of things were being left unexplained.
If this would be a freebie at least, then it would have made for a nice read for a rainy Sunday afternoon. But certainly not for $1.05 (Amazon price at the time of this review).
"Cats ain’t the only ones who like cream,” he teased."
This was so much fun!
I was a little disappointed at first that this wasn't a full Rook/Dominic story since I enjoyed their prequel short story "The 13th Hex" very much.
But it didn't take me long to warm up to the flamboyant and snarky Cicero and the gentle and good-hearted Tom. They were a perfect familiar/witch match, even though they didn't think so at first.
I really like how Jordan L. Hawk manages to write not only sweet and steamy romances, but also captivating and suspenseful mysteries. I was on the edge of my seat more than once.
This was a great romance as well as a well-written mystery that's set in a quasi-historical New York at the end of the 1890's.
4 out of 5 stars, would definitely recommend!
Thanks to Julie & Momo for the BR!
"The truth is, I didn’t expect to find myself smitten with you. But I was, from the first moment."
I shouldn't be surprised that I loved this short story. I mean, it's Jordan L. Hawk, y'all.
There are a lot themes going on in just 53 pages:
And yet the pacing of the story was just right and the world-building was awesome and immediately sucked me in. I especially loved how witches depend on their familiars to do magic.
I am totally looking forward to read the next (full) novel in this series, "Hexbreaker".