Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk
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 which 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?
Normally I don’t care for historical reads. Knowing that a gay couple won’t be accepted so they have to sneak around just doesn’t appeal to me. This book does refer to that fact. Whyborne is afraid he will be arrested for sodomy if he goes through with his attraction to other men. I don’t know why but for this book it didn’t bother me too much.
Whyborne has a hard time with people. He grew up not accepted as he was and it affects him still. Whyborne managed to stand up to his father and go on to a career he wanted instead of that picked for him. Griffin is a detective. He seems to be everything Whyborne isn’t.
The writing is creative and descriptive. You get the spooky feel when they are in the woods or going into unknown situations. The characters stand out. The whole of the story is told from Whyborne’s perspective so you can only get the feel of other characters through him. I really enjoyed his character. He is introverted and scholarly but he loosens up around Griffin and starts to really find his feet during the case. The mystery was interesting. It wasn’t surprising to find out some of the “bad guys”. I enjoyed the spooky feel to it and the eventual reveal. The author actually did a wonderful job with the crisis of the book. The drama of the moment is quite well written.
In the overall the story was enjoyable and fun. The adventure in the story was quite well done and makes the book flow quickly. I will definitely look into reading the next in the series.
Posted on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013, in Book Review, Fantasy, Four Roses, Historical, M/M Romance, Novel: 150 pages and above, TJ and tagged Four Roses, Jordan L. Hawk, M/M Romance, Novel. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.