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A straight-laced policeman. A lighthearted thief.

A murdered millionaire.

Fox shifter Malachi steals for one of the biggest crime rings in New York City. But when he witnesses the murder of a millionaire, the only person who can keep him safe is Dr. Owen Yates, forensic hexman for the Metropolitan Witch Police - and Malachi's witch.

Owen is horrified to discover his familiar is an uneducated thief. Even worse, Malachi threatens to unleash Owen's deepest desires...desires Owen can't act upon, as he's destined for an arranged marriage to secure the Yates family fortune

Their agreement: Malachi will be Owen's lover as well as his partner, until the day of the wedding. But as their hunt for the murderer carries them from teeming slums to Fifth Avenue mansions, Owens begins to realize Malachi commands his heart as well as his body.

With dark forces drawing ever closer around them, Owen must decide whether to bow to the demands of duty, or to risk everything for the man he loves.

Hexmaker is the second book in Jordan L. Hawk's Hexworld series, following the adventures of witch policemen and the familiars they bond with. Download today to enter a world of magic, romance, and intrigue.

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

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Great but with some annoying mispronunciation

I thought the narrator a great job with most of the voices and all the various accents. He really differentiated the characters. Unfortunately, the weakest voice was that of Owen, the main character. Although he was an uptight, repressed character he did not have to sound like a robot. But the thing that really drove me crazy was the way he pronounced plural possessives. Servants' was pronounced servantses, parents' became parentses, friends' was friendses. It pulled me out of the story every time.

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clichéd, bad at dealing with marginalized people

Kindle and Audible kept recommending me the Hexworld series and Jordan L. Hawk, saying Hawk is popular with readers/listeners of KJ Charles... Ho boy, I feel wronged. I went in anticipating a lot more depth than I got.

If you like KJ Charles for her nuance, clever plots, believable characters, sexy romance, tight narratives, mature tone, diverse stories, and skillfool wordsmithing, Jordan L. Hawk and Hexworld are NOT for you. Absolutely none of those qualities are present in this series/Hawk's writing.

What Hawk offers is a shallow, predictable plot with enough action to keep you interested the way a forgettable-but-fun summer action flick does. I made it through 2 books in a handful of days, so there's something to be said for the action, even if EVERY beat of the plot is 100% predictable immediately. (Seriously, think of the most obvious cheesy thing, the thing that seems way too cheesy and clichéd to possibly be the actual plot, and it actually is. 100% of the time.)

The actual wordsmithing part of writing is pretty bad. I normally focus on content rather than wording, but I was pretty distracted by how often characters "mumbled" things or the prose just outright told me what to think, rather than letting me deduce something from a scene. Real bummer because Hexworld is an interesting world. The witch and shifter familiar dynamic isn't exactly new, but it's uncommon enough to still feel exciting as a concept. And this series fleshes that out pretty well and, so far, it's my favorite take on it. So I honestly feel cheated by how weak the stories are considering all the potential in the worldbuilding.

The real problem is that the romance and characters are just so darn uncreative and shallow. Fox thief from the streets? Okaaaay. Geeky do-gooder scientist? Okaaaay. That's about as deep as it gets. No layers. It's utterly boring. Characters do whatever the plot needs them to and just tick off romance clichés rather than acting like real people. We enter this beautiful, complex world ripe for beautiful, complex stories, and all we look at is soggy cardboard. I'm furious about it, frankly. This could've been so good, but Hawk can't deliver.

The books seem to struggle with how to portray race. I assume in an attempt to portray the diversity, racism, and xenophobia of NYC, characters of color and immigrants are mentioned consistently, mostly as "background noise" with only a few exceptions (book 3 has a lead of color... who's a horse *facepalm*). I wish portraying NYC's diversity and racism were good news, but I just don't know. I'm not confident Hawk was up to the task. The characters (or, rather, mostly random bystanders) of color and immigrants all circle white characters. Most never have a speaking role, and some may only be described via the foreign language they're speaking. Racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are often gathered via racial and ethnic slurs in dialogue. Which are used liberally and stretch believability even for the time period, especially in book 1. (Tip: Want to spot a bad guy? It's the one who says "mick" to Hawk's beloved white Irish leads.) Other times, people who are black or brown have their skin obsessively focused on and described using food items (a basic never-do-that thing findable with one Google search on how to write characters of color). I don't get the sense there were any sensitivity readers for these books. All the poorly fleshed out attempts at including racial and cultural tensions just draw attention to the shallowness of the cultural elements.

Also, the fact that the enemy (at least for now) is an oppressed, marginalized group fighting back against being literally forced into magical enslavement and drained to death--sorry, uh? Why are they the villains, again? Because they kill the people/millionaires oppressing them...? Um...? It seems like a very inappropriate message to pair with all the shallow attempts at depicting racism and xenophobia in NYC. So far, there hasn't been any "good guys changing the world for the oppressed class" foil for the villains, either. People being murdered are just straight up made into villains for sticking up for themselves, and Hawk for some reason chooses to only give a handful of these human rights activists names, let alone speaking roles. And all of them except one are portrayed as crazy or idiotic. It's pretty uncomfortable.

Narration is awkward. The wrong words are emphasized in sentences. The emotional delivery is sometimes absent and other times overdone and completely at odds with what the scene actually describes. Accents are sometimes off, too.

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The ending is a prime example of the emptiness of the characterization & laziness of writing. Owen's character has spent two books talking about the tragedy of losing ancient magic and the need to learn about it. He gets passionate and geeky describing it repeatedly. It is absolutely ABSURD for this book to end with him saying "the device" (gee, what a clever name), an ancient magical artifact, should stay lost for another 2,000 years. Because it caused a snow storm. OK. Seems more likely Hawk just wanted it out of the way for the next books. Sigh, dime novel writing, and not the fun kind.

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forgiving fox meets geeky sheltered witch

The narration is wonderful and very involving.
Sexy scenes were mouth watering.
I loved the story and plotline overall and Mal was a heart wrenching character. Owen, on the other hand, had this martyr complex that I didnt really understand or could relate to...


Seems like Mal kept getting the shorter end of the stick to the very end, with a very fickle witch who kept doubting him.

I didnt really understand Mals almost too forgiving nature towards Owen after getting betrayed time and again by those he thought he could trust.

After going through all of that Mal was quick to act defensively and way too forgiving in face of Owen's anger against him, while he himself never got his turn to make Owen face his injustice behaviour towards him.

Owen's "sorry" kept coming after things were said and done and Mal kept forgiving him.

Their 'happy for now' ending didnt feel so genuine. Mal and Owen seem to have too many unresolved issues left up in the air between the both of them that are not addressed toward the end of the book, instead the story focuses on the arc plotline and hints at the freedom these characters reached for together.

I suppose the nature of the series is a 'touch and go' for all the couples and so we got to enjoy the beginning of that relationship, naive as it may be.

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WOW! SIR YES SIR!

First I have to say Ms. Hawk is a true master. And after reading this book it appears she is in more ways than one. An artfully told story with the most amazing erotic overtones. D/s in fiction is always exciting but this time it is from the viewpoint of the submissive. Is that the way they really think? Wildly erotic. I was expecting to hear about the further adventures of our last couple but once again the author masterfully switched character within a particular group. Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!!!

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Another fantastic Hexworld book

I love Jordan L. Hawk's books and Tristan James does a fantastic job narrating them.

I did find in this one, his voices for Owen & Nathan when they were talking to one another kind of flowed together wherein a couple times to figure out who was talking I had to think context - but considering they are brothers, that isn't as much of a problem. But each of the other voices was vibrant and recognizable. From the bear Bertie to our fox Mal, to his witch Owen. I loved the voice for Peter's nurse. James does a fantastic job with Irish women's voices. They sound like women... instead of a man reading a woman's voice.

If there is one thing missing from Hexmaker, for me, it is the pure depth that was in the first book, Hexbreaker. It was the first novel in the series and it left me feeling as though I was living in that world. Hexmaker was fantastic, but didn't leave me as much in depth.

That said, it is still a fantastic read and a must have book. Well, all of Hawk's books are.

However, if you haven't read the first book, you'll still be caught up in the alternative 1890s New York where Hexes are a part of life and familiars (shape shifters) and their witches must figure out who the bad guys are that are after them before they end up dead.

Say hello to the MWP - Metropolitan Witch Police.

I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could.

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Blushing Emoji Here

This was very hard to listen to at work. The sex scenes are some of Jordan's best. Like damn bro I gotta listen to this on the job!

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A great follow up

This can be read as a stand alone book. This time this book explored the relationship of a poor theif fox falling in love with a rich soon to be married man.

The book jumped right into the relationship very quickly, it was insta-lust that develops into love. The Erotic moments were plentiful and well paced to help break up the story and keep a readers attention.
The dom/sub aspects though of the relationship and Erotic moments were spicy but very very mild. It was respectful light dom play that could have gone further but i think the book would have needed to been much longer to pull that off and make it feel natural. There would have needed to have been more time to build up the tension and character development I think for it to have gone any further.

I really liked the fox but did NOT like the romantic interest. I thought he was wreckless and disrespectful to the fox's emotions. By the end of the book i felt too detached with their relationship and even though this was a HEA, i just didnt really believe in their relationship. They were too different, the romance not totally believable and seemed all centered around lust.

The writing was amazing, i was so hooked to the overarching story that I had to see this til the end and finished this in one sitting. I was definitely satisfied with the story by the end of the book and got an epic ending that I was hoping all this build up of the story would get to.
Cant wait to read the next book in the series.

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Complicated story line.

The story was interesting but so complicated and so many characters that I often found myself lost. The author's style is a bit stiff and so was the narrator. But, never the less, I got through it. I wanted to know how it turned out.

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Not the best book by JLH

This was new, and kind of unexpected, for me with a Jordan L. Hawk series – we follow a new couple for each book. I don’t mind that, but I also wasn’t expecting it – I guess I should do my homework before picking books up. But hey like I said, it’s a book by Hawk so I know it’s going to be good.

You know, they say that stealing can be bad for your health. Someone that quickly realises this is fox shifter and familiar Malachi. He was taken in and trained as a lost youngster and now he steals for New York City’s biggest crime ring. Only his latest heist went terribly wrong as he walked in on his intended victim being murdered. A murder he’s arrested and accused of committing. Enter Owen Yates, hexmaker for the police department and the only one believing in Malachi’s innocence. And he also happens to be his witch, the one person destined for him. Only problem is, Owen also has a fiancé and is scheduled to wed in a few weeks’ time. And let’s not forget the real murderer out there shall we? A murderer intent on silencing the only witness to their crime.

Malachi and Owen are as different as two people can get. They are on different sides of the law and different sides of society. Yet they are drawn to each other like nothing else before. The affair they start is steamy to say the least – and kinkier than previous books by Hawk’s that I’ve had the pleasure to listen to (pun kinda intended). It’s not my cup of tea, but I do know many will enjoy the D/s relationship between them.

With Hexbreaker I had two main issues; the long pauses that took the listener out of the book and the happenings in 19th century New York and the time period that to me makes the book feel like a mix of a contemporary mystery novel and a historical romance. That’s still true in Hexmaker and for me the two don’t gel that well together. While I do understand that hexes makes things possible that otherwise wouldn’t have been, it’s a bit too much. Don’t get me wrong, I love the world Jordan L. Hawk created. I love the idea of the hexes and what they can do (and what terrible things they are used for). However, I’m not really liking the idea of hexes in lieu of modern day sciences and technology. As magical spells and mystical properties I’m all for them, but not as replacements.

Tristan James is a masterful narrator and he performs this tale with ease and there’s no doubt that he knows what he’s doing. He has a great pace and speaks clearly, but whenever he brings out those accents I’m melting just a little bit. There weren’t a lot of them, but every now and then you’re in for a treat.

Hexmaker was far from my favourite book of Hawk’s, probably my least favourite. Then again, that’s all because of my own personal preferences and is of no fault of Hawk or James. That being said, I am looking forward to see what comes next in this world, not the least because I still want Isaac’s story.

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

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Fantastic!

Tristan James just took me to another level with this performance.

The voice of Malachi just enhanced my enjoyment of this book. Of course the story was top notch and the mystery totally unpredictable.

The sexy parts were just a great cherry on top.

Nick’s book is next and given the way he abhorred witches, it should be interesting to see how he finally ended up with one.

Fantastic work J.L. Fantastic!!

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  • Georgina Rutherford
  • 08-19-21

Great book brilliantly narrated

Great characters,as you would expect from any of Jordan's books. The story line is gripping, with lots of action and suspense. The narration is perfect, with distinct voices for different characters, just the right speed of narration to keep the book moving, and perfect inflection at just the time.
I love the book as a novel, and even more as an audiobook!

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  • Book addict
  • 06-15-19

3.5 stars

Good, but missing a spark for me. I love the SPECTR series by this author but this didn’t quite match up. This book has a K.J. Charles feel to it, so if you like their books you’ll probably enjoy this too. Still enjoyed listening to this though.

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  • Serin6
  • 11-17-17

Skilled writing, read aloud equally skilfully

Tristan James' voice is a good match for the urban police-procedural basis for the story - he offers a range of voices and accents (a lot of them New York-Irish) and characters are easy to distinguish. Probably more rewarding to read the series in order but this one would still make sense without.

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  • Hebby~Bookworm
  • 02-14-19

Annoying narrator again but good story

Usual complaints regarding narration by Tristan James...

He pronounced Malachi ‘Mala-Key’. I’ve only ever heard it pronounced ‘Mala-Kai’.
So glad the author referred to him as Mal for most of the book otherwise it would’ve been impossible to listen to.

Also there were tons of weird pluralised versions of single words used very regularly. Examples include:
Servants’ = Servantses
Parents’ = Parentses

The story was very good, I liked the characters, and the romance was believable.

The dom/ sub content that some people have an issue with, and made a point of mentioning...
I think was quite minor and was described in a way that Mal clearly respected Owen and there was nothing offensive or off-putting about it... so he likes to be bossed around in the bedroom, so what ?! I thought it was all in a bit of fun and I was not bothered by this aspect of the relationship at all.

All in all I liked this one better then Hexbreaker. But the narrator is still not my cup of tea.
Saying that I’m still going to listen to the next one. Horse shifter... yes please!