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A Christmas Hex

Winter Wonderland Collection
Narrated by: Tristan James
Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
Categories: Romance, Paranormal
4.5 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Roland knows he will never find love. Everyone views wolf familiars like himself as dangerous beasts, unable to rein in their savage impulses. He’s resigned himself to his fate—or so he thinks, until he meets the dashing Augustus Cao. His witch.

Gus is on the trail of a gang of thieves, and Roland holds an important clue. Even though they can never bond, Roland can’t pass up the opportunity to spend a night with his witch.Can Roland conceal his secret, while helping Gus catch the thieves? Or will the handsome detective be the one to steal his heart?

©2016 Jordan L. Hawk (P)2017 Jordan L. Hawk

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Holiday spirit

In this Christmas novella we meet Roland and Gus. For Roland Christmas brings pain and really emphasises his loneliness. He want’s nothing more than to love and be loved in return, but he knows that will never happen. After all, everyone are deathly afraid of wolf familiars – even his family threw him out because of it. So when he meets his witch he knows nothing will come of it, but he can’t help but to seek him out, night after night, falling for him a bit more each time.

It’s difficult to find a balance in novellas, to have a plot, well-rounded characters, a love story that doesn’t feel rushed and a mystery to boot. Yet Jordan L. Hawk nailed it with this book. A Christmas Hex never felt like a short story, nor did it feel rushed or lacking. It was however a very nice and entertaining story to cook dinner to.

This wasn’t as effortless a listen as we’ve come to know from both Tristan James and Jordan L. Hawk. Between each chapter there were too long pauses. While it was only a few seconds too long, the listener is thrown out of the story, wondering if they’d accidentally pressed a paus button, if the phone died etc. It might only be a few seconds, but those few seconds of silence made the pacing feel off. Ignoring that James made these character and this story to come to life. And he sure made my evening chore much more entertaining.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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sweet short story

The world building was fun and the plot was intriguing. Roland is a sweet character to follow and the make out sessions were hotly written.

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My 1st written review

I loved it! It wasn't too long,; Had great characters & a nice , not too complex , or simple plot!

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Another great Tristan James/Jordan Hawk duo!

Another tremendously sweet, full of magic and adventure, wonderful story from Jordan L Hawk’s hexworld!
I think I love the variety of familiars the best. They’re not quite just shifters but they have those elements. I thought it was a lovely tool, the way the author used the bias against wolves as a way to demonstrate another type of bigotry. It’s all the same, no matter the originating belief.
Jordan is an amazing writer and this was really fun!
Highly recommended to fans of the series, but I’d read them in order to really enjoy this, though it could probably(?) be read on it’s own.

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Listening to this reminded me of watching old Christmas movies or detective shows from the 50s – black and white – full of grit and sort of noir. Tristan James hit the tone spot on! He gave the thugs this fabulous New York accent and managed to convey the hodge podge of accents that are Roland and Gus. He was melodramatic and perfect! I was entranced! This is a wonderful story and so good for the season! Highly recommended!

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Can’t get enough of this series

4.5 stars. What a sweet quick read. I would have liked to have seen the bonding ceremony as that would have really wrapped it up. Mr. James as always does an amazing job!

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A Lovely expantion of the Hexworld universe

The first Hexworld book, Hexbreaker, was the first audiobook I had ever read. Tristan James's narration was like magic, forever changing me reading habits and introducing me to a whole new genre- M/M. He is a master in accents, and you can see how much he put into his narration, understanding of the characters and time period.

Jordan L. Hawk has constructed a fantastic supernatural world that is so very accurate, believable and intricate. That is the most amazing thing about this series, and this short Christmas story expands on this world she created and brings new aspects of it to life.
This in my most recommended book series, and I implore all my friends to give it a try.

Roland and Gus are interesting side characters in the Hexworld, they show the non-police characters (unlike the main story and the two other shorts so far published). The mystery of the missing Hexes Gus is tracking is unfolded slowly, with new twists and turns. The story delves into the fear and discrimination against Familiars in that culture, and the many uses for Hexes. It is also sweet, romantic and sexy, without being cliché.

this is not only a great Christmas read, but also a taste of the wonderful Hexworld Jordan created and maybe, a want to read more about it.