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
I'm not interested in fantasy. It might have been a good book but I can't get past that. Unfortunately I have tried to return it through Audible but for some reason, they won't take it back. I gave the narrator 3 stars because I really have no opinion. I couldn't get through the book.
No. The writer showed none of the qualities I like in novelist. His characters seem two dimensional at best, and his dialog fails to flesh out any of the characters satisfactorily.
The characters as read lack enough individual qualities to invest time to get to know them. What qualities exist on the written page, did not survive or get fleshed out by Julian Simmons.
The concept behind the book is neat. I was looking for a gay adventure mystery. I just don't think this one delivered.
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!
This book lies somewhere between a turn of the century gay romance novel, an Indiana Jones thriller, and an out right porn magazine feature.
I was expecting a gay mystery novel. I didn't mind after a while that is was more of an adventure tale. Reminding a bit of the movie Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
Then it becomes clear that this is a turn of the 19th century first gay romance novel. Which in itself wasn't too bad of a sub plot. Though both genres could be the major plot and the other the sub plot.
Then it turns into a downright smut porno J/Of magazine material. With graphic depictions of a young man's first gay sexual experiences. If I wanted to read that, I could have picked up a gay porno magazine. Not that I'm a prude and care about such stuff, but I didn't necessarily think it appropriate in this novel.
The entire book was divided into these three genres not even trying to weave it in together. It just jumps from one setting to another. I enjoyed the characters, but would have like to have them focusing on one particular genre with a sub plot or two thrown if for fun. If I wanted porn I would have put in a DVD and watched it or read a JO magazine. At the end I wanted to hear more of these characters but do not want to waste my credits or money on the rest of the series. Sorry author Jordan Hawk, but no more money from me for this series.
Listening to Julian G. Simmons. Totally believable as Whybourne, young, innocent, & naïve.
the growth of Whybourne & Griffin's love and relationship.
As I said above, he brought Whybourne to life. He is young, hesitant since he has always been picked on, and innocent in the ways of the world. Julian was great at getting that personality across.
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
I am not really one of those people who gets in to "supernatural" books but this one was pretty good. The characters were well written, the storyline was interesting, and the ending had me on the edge of my seat, temporarily. Very well written with a good to great narration.
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.
Yes i would! The story was great and thrilling, in many different ways.
The sexy time was hot and fulfilling. I love the magic parts and the romance and the action!
I have never really read any book set in this period or with this kind of story. but i suppose any period piece with alchemetric and magic parts!
i have many! But a few favorites were the second sexy time, anything with christine and all moments with magic!
I really loved Christine! she was fun and interesting.
And Julian G. Simmons was good at making her voice without sounding like a moron like so many other narrators
I loved this book! it was all i wanted and more! sexy time and magic!
I look forward to reading the next part
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.
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