Friday, October 06, 2017

Release Day Review: Hexslayer (Hexworld Book 3) by Jordan L. Hawk

hexslayerTitle ~ Hexslayer

Author ~ Jordan L. Hawk

Publisher ~

Published ~ 6th October 2017

Genre ~ AU, Historical Paranormal M/M Romance





Horse shifter Nick has one rule: never trust a witch.
Nick has devoted his life to making his saloon a safe haven for the feral familiars of New York. So when a brutal killer slaughters a feral under his protection, Nick has no choice but to try and catch the murderer. Even if that means bonding with a handsome Irish witch.
Officer Jamie MacDougal came back from the war in Cuba missing part of a leg and most of his heart. After his former lover becomes one of the killer’s victims, Jamie will do anything to solve the case.
Nick comes to Jamie with a proposal: after making a temporary bond, they will work together to stop the murders. Once the killer is caught, they walk away and never see one another again.
It sounds simple enough. But the passion that flares between the two men won’t be so easily extinguished. And if Nick can’t learn to trust his witch, he stands to lose everything—including his life.


Cheryl’s Review

I was looking back at my review of the last book, where I commented that I had read other books by this author (Hainted, one of my favourite books of all times, and some of the S.P.E.C.T.E.R. books) but had not read the Whybourne and Griffin series because they are historicals. Well, I volunteered to review the ninth book in that series, on the basis of - what the hell, it can’t be that bad given it’s written by Jordan Hawke. Sigh. It was a big mistake. Why? Was it that bad? No, it bloody wasn’t. It was awesome and I had to go straight out and buy the other 8 books. I’ve been caught by Widdershins. Ms. Hawk says in the book that once you go there the town never lets you go, and she’s right.

However, this review is not about that series.

As with the last book in the Hexworld series, this one can be read as a standalone. Although set in the same place as the others, and in chronological order, it focuses entirely on two brand new(ish) characters and although previous characters have cameos, most of them are short and well explained.

The books revolve around witches and their familiars (essentially shifters). A witch without a familiar, and a familiar without a witch, are effectively powerless, but together they can work powerful hexes.

Just as with the other books of the series, this one drops us right into the action from the get go. After some unfortunate incidents, “wild” familiars (not to be confused with feral which refers to any familiar not bonded with a witch), that is familiars whose animal species is considered dangerous to humans (for example lions, pumas, eagles etc) are persecuted unless bonded.

Nick, a horse familiar, runs a pub/tenement which is a safe haven for feral familiars. He is part of a secret underground that helps wild shifters flee the city before they are captured by the formidable Dangerous Familiars Squad and hauled off to prison. Of all the people he could fall for, it had to be Jamie, nephew of the man who ran the Squad. They agree to bond temporarily to track down a killer but grumpy, angry-at-the-world, Nick, whose hatred for witches goes deep, slowly finds his opinions changing and his vow to never get involved with a witch, weakening.

As the body count heightens, the mystery deepens and all kinds of surprises come crawling out of the woodwork.

As before, this work is written in exemplary style, almost entirely flawless. The story arcs are smooth, and the characters complex and well rounded – probably the most unlikely but well-crafted pair so far. The detailed and lovingly crafted descriptions of Central Park were alluring and I love the idea that it’s hexed to be apart from the city, with clean air and all the sounds, dirt and problems of city life kept outside the boundaries.

So much detail and richness abound in these pages, I couldn’t begin to scratch the surface. There’s hot loving too for those that like that kind of thing.

Ms. Hawk has a light touch that lights up whatever scene she’s setting, whether it’s stuttering gas lamps in the dark, busy streets in broad daylight, or the horror of losing your leg in a foreign war. The reader always knows where everyone is and what’s going on around them. Her breadth of imagination as far as the familiars go is astounding. There are cats, bats and horses, rooks, owls, and a fox, and the most amazing thing of all that you absolutely accept them and all the little idiosyncrasies that go with both heir human and animal sides. I’m glad that the “fur and feathers” curse remains. It strikes me as absolutely right.

Some of the archaic language, like Aye and Nay, was a bit strange but I got used to it quickly enough.

In fact, I only have one quibble about this book, and that is the cover. Nick is black, with Polynesian ancestry. He is described as having full lips and a broad nose. He is a massive black warhorse in animal form and an equally massive human. The picture on the front doesn’t, to my eyes, capture any of that. My image of Nick would ally far more with a long-haired version of Dwayne Johnson.

As you can tell, yet again I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel to find balanced criticism. The truth is I loved this book and this series, along with all the others by this author, is on my “buy before even reading the blurb” list.

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The Hexworld Books

13th hex_thumb[1]The 13th Hex: A Hexworld Short Story

Romance. Magic.

Dominic Kopecky dreamed of becoming a member of New York’s Metropolitan Witch Police—a dream dashed when he failed the test for magical aptitude. Now he spends his days drawing the hexes the MWP relies on for their investigations.
But when a murder by patent hex brings crow familiar Rook to his desk, Dominic can’t resist the chance to experience magic. And as the heat grows between Dominic and Rook, so does the danger. Because the case has been declared closed—and someone is willing to kill to keep it that way.
The 13th Hex is the prequel short story to the all-new Hexworld series. If you like shifters, magic, and romance, you’ll love Jordan L. Hawk’s world of witch policemen and the familiars they bond with.
Download the first installment of this exciting new series today!
Short story: 13,109 words
Genre: m/m paranormal historical romance
Note: The 13th Hex was originally published as part of the Charmed & Dangerous anthology. Only minor details have been altered for this reissue.


hexbreakerHexbreaker (Hexworld #1)

Will a dark history doom their future together?
New York copper Tom Halloran is a man with a past. If anyone finds out he once ran with the notorious O’Connell tunnel gang, he’ll spend the rest of his life doing hard time behind bars. But Tom’s secret is threatened when a horrible murder on his beat seems to have been caused by the same ancient magic that killed his gang.
Cat shifter Cicero is determined to investigate the disappearance of one friend and the death of another, even though no one else believes the cases are connected. When the trail of his investigation crosses Tom’s, the very bohemian Cicero instinctively recognizes the uncultured Irish patrolman as his witch. Though they’re completely unsuited to one another, Cicero has no choice but to work alongside Tom…all the while fighting against the passion growing within.
Tom knows that taking Cicero as his familiar would only lead to discovery and disaster. Yet as the heat between them builds, Tom’s need for the other man threatens to overcome every rational argument against becoming involved.
But when their investigation uncovers a conspiracy that threatens all of New York, Tom must make the hardest decision of his life: to live a lie and gain his heart’s desire, or to confess the truth and sacrifice it all.


hexmakerHexmaker (Hexworld #2)

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.



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