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 that 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?
©2012-2013 Jordan L. Hawk (P)2013 Jordan L. Hawk
The story is good enough to continue...in ebook format. The narration and quality of recording (it sounded like he was in a tin can!), regrettably, detracted from the enjoyment of the story.
Goodreads reviewer and blogger... also dentist and wife/mom when I get the time!
A gay virgin, a paranormal, a horror, and a historical walk into a bar... wait what?
This book was kind of amazing... and odd... and then amazing again. I loved Whyborne and Griffin and I loved them as a couple. All sorts of deliciousness. I even liked the historical setting, something that is hit or miss for me. And of course, my love for virgins made this read simply scrumptious- I adored each blush and hesitancy from Whyborne.
I listened to the audiobook, which was both good and bad. I always like hearing the story come to life but this wasn't my favorite narration. First of all, the quality of the audiobook wasn't as great as others. It sounded faintly crackly and slightly echoey at times, as if the equipment wasn't top notch quality. Also, the narrator didn't have enough differentiation between his voices. I like when I can tell exactly who is speaking and here it wasn't always clear. However, when the narrator did Whyborne's voice, he was spot on and an excellent reader.
I will most definitely be continuing on in the series. Jordan L. Hawk, bring it on!
Not the best performance, but a great story. I was a little sceptical about a period piece to start with, and a stilted performance didn't help, but in the end, a sexy period piece that's worth the money. Get it now. I've even bought another book in the series.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
The narration and recording is so bad, I didn't even make it past chapter 1. I think the book of this is fairly decent, but the audible version is just so bad.
A better narrator! I could not get past the first 10 minutes of this book, because the narration was so bad. I listen to a lot of audio books and this is by far the worst narrator I have heard.
Maybe if there was a different narrator.
Get a different narrator.
Yes, b/c after I got use to the narrator I think he did a good job. Also, Griffin and Ival are one of my favorite MM couples. NOTE: there is some weird echoing in the first chapter on the audio version, that clears up later; but it could put some listeners off. Also, the narrator seems very young, younger than I pictured the MCs, but like I said, you get use to it after a while.
This is an historical MM romance, similar to Trick of Time by JL Merrow.
He did a good job of bringing emotion to the story, But he did a horrible job with his accents. Really bad. I also couldn't differentiate btwn Griffin and Ival's voices, they sounded very similar. I think this was his first narration, he did an OK job, but Charlie Belmont, Paul Morey, Sean Crisden or Jack LeFleur would have been outstanding.
I think this book would make a great film. It is full of action scenes and supernatural happenings. And the romance is very sweet and sincere. I don't know what the "tag line" should be.
I listened to this book b/c I read it first and loved it. Also, the 2nd book in the series was coming out, which is also wonderful. Jordan Hawk does a great job of combining romance, emotion, action and adventure. A great cast of characters, similar to a Sherlock Holmes novel. I hope, Threshold (the 2nd book) is out on Audible too. I would definitely listen to it as well. It has even more action and a great supernatural story.
New York based author.
Percival Whyborne, scorned younger son of a railroad magnate, wants nothing more than to hole up in his office immersed in ancient writings; but a small book of arcane spells sets him on a dangerous path filled with magic and monsters. His unlooked-for partner is private detective Griffin Flaherty—handsome, enterprising, and traumatized by an encounter with these same monsters during his time with the Pinkertons.
The first book, compelling on its own, is still only the beginning of what Whyborne becomes and of his deepening love with Griffin, as the hidden world of sorcery and unhuman beings is revealed to have potent and dangerous sway over the mundane. The series is an excellent example of mystical/historical world building, in the service of interesting characters you want to adventure with.
Percival Whyborne “Ival” is the master of 13 plus languages, he’s a shy, retiring, gay, virgin who is asked to translate some important documents for Griffin, an ex Pinkerton agent on the case of a murder.
The story unfolds with bits of the paranormal being involved in the case: curses, the occult, monsters and more. The mystery is absolutely the biggest part of this story, but it is closely entwined with the blossoming romance between Griffin and Ival.
In the end, the mystery wraps up and we have a HEA for our heroes, but the series continues undoubtedly putting our lovers into hot water, once again.
So, I read this to challenge myself and because it has gotten so many rave reviews. I will tell you this: it is an amazing story, rich with characters, world building, romance and even some horror/monster elements. There is no doubt that Jordan L Hawk is a master writer and story creator.
As for me… it wasn’t really my cup of tea. I got distracted by the language. Griffin calls Whyborne “my dear” all the time and it caught me out of the story each time. I am not one who cares for mysteries much and the mystery definitely occupies a lot of the story.
I didn’t mind the historical aspect – per se- but it’s not my favorite setting and so I kept being distracted by the “truths” of that time period and wondering just how this would all really play out… which is silly because it’s clearly fantasy… but that’s just how my brain works.
I liked the audiobook version though the narrator wouldn’t be my favorite. He doesn’t do a lot to make each voice unique though he tries hard to infuse some emotion and “acting” in with the story telling and certainly doesn’t detract from the overall experience.
I guess, for me, I won’t be reading more (or listening) to this series, not because of the characters – they were amazing and the love story they shared was really touching and sweet and at times very, very hot! – but because the historical parts and the mystery parts are just not my preference.
I have to give it excellent marks for writing and creativity and overall entertainment 4 of 5 stars.
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