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Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jordan L. Hawk
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Book Description

Book 1 in the Whyborne & Griffin series


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?

Novel: 85,578 words. 


The Whyborne & Griffin series: 
Widdershins (Book 1)
Threshold (Book 2)
Stormhaven (Book 3)
Necropolis (Book 4)

Eidolon (A Whyborne & Griffin short story)
Remnant (A Whyborne & Griffin/Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal short story) - written with KJ Charles

Other books by Jordan L. Hawk:

Hainted

Heart of the Dragon (short story)

The SPECTR series:
Hunter of Demons (Book 1)
Master of Ghouls (Book 2)
Reaper of Souls (Book 3)
Eater of Lives (Book 4)
Destroyer of Worlds (Book 5)


Editorial Reviews

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"Jordan L. Hawk's skillful prose and abundant imagination have come together to tell a story that couldn't have been more perfect if it'd tried." ~ Lisa Horan, The Novel Approach 

"I actually don't have enough stars for this book or this author's talent. If you're going to buy one book this month... quarter...year... it would be this one." ~ Rhys Ford, author of Sinner's Gin

From the Inside Flap

The explosion was deafening; a huge cloud of fire rolled out the window after us, its immense heat brushing against my face as we tumbled into the snow.

We hit the ground and rolled. Flaming debris from the house came down around us; Griffin shoved me flat on my back, covering us both with his heavy coat.

The echoes of the explosion reflected back across the river, then slowly dwindled away, like dying thunder. The leaping flames threw warm light onto the falling snow, turning it into a storm of sparks pouring down from the heavens.

Griffin started to push himself off of me, then stopped. His hands were braced to either side of my shoulders, his legs twined with mine. My heart pounded, my palms sweated, and I was suddenly, acutely aware of how close his face was to mine.

"You're a madman," he whispered. "An utter madman."

"Perhaps," I allowed. "But it worked."

The leaping light from the burning house painted his features in gold, highlighting his patrician nose and finding the threads of brown and blue in his green eyes. His pupils widened, the irises contracting to slivers. "Whatever am I to do with you?" he murmured.

The warmth of his breath feathered over my skin. My mouth was dry, my voice hoarse, and perhaps he was right and it was madness when I whispered, "Whatever you want."

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just fantastic March 24, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This historical horror/romance had me holding my breath from the start, as page by page I kept thinking, "Is it really this good all the way through? Really?! Can't be - my hopes will be dashed, I'm sure." Instead, my hopes were realized. Not too far along, it became clear the author knew what she was doing, and I exhaled and reveled in it.

The character building was detailed and believable, and our MCs were flawed but wonderful - particularly Whyborne. The things that haunted them, the things that motivated them, the things they saw in each other - just terrific storytelling. There was a supporting character who was compelling and a hoot as well. Even ancillary characters were painted with deft strokes and came off as individuals. And all the characters acted in ways consistent with their personalities.

The setting was a character in itself. Look up "Widdershins." The museum, Whyborne's apartment, the waterfront, the homey house ... and that *other* house, and more - all skillfully drawn and woven into the story. The historical aspect was completely believable to me.

The plot was very well thought-through and realized, and the author borrowed from and paid homage to Lovecraft beautifully. If there was a flaw, perhaps the climax would have benefited from more careful attention to the action and better consideration of the odds. Don't let this minor whinging stop you from purchasing and enjoying one of the finer offerings in m/m fiction.

Speaking of the m/m aspect, this is one of the most enjoyable slow-burns I've ever read, and when the smouldering turns to flame, one of the most delicious. This author knows how to write gay whoopie, gay men, and romance.

My only problem is, do I read the next book of Ms. Hawk's on my Kindle now, or do I re-read this one first?
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Gaslight Fantasy Romance March 5, 2013
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As literature: 2 stars.
As romance/adventure/entertainment: solid 4 stars.

This isn't a piece of Literary Literature, to be tautological. It isn't the best romance EVER either. But it's a cut far above the average romance. It's very good, it's lots of fun, and it's satisfyingly romantic and erotic. I particularly liked the somewhat flowery 19th century language and descriptions, which were charming without getting so elaborate they got in the way of the fast pace of the story. They certainly lent great weight in building the feeling of the alternative Victorian era universe. I liked the dynamic that emerged from both the romantic leads seeing the other as far above themselves, whilst undervaluing themselves. It got both touching and greedily raw as each man got to lay his hands on a perceived precious treasure.

I'd rate this as better than 90% of the romances I've read. As a comparison, my five star romances, the only ones I admit in public to having read, is Flowers From the Storm by Laura Kinsale, Captive Prince by S.U. Pacat, and some of the novellas by R. Cooper.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Horribly Romantic (possible slight spoilers) December 16, 2012
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Working as a philologist, an expert in a combination of literary studies, history and linguistics, Percival Endicott Whyborne is a brilliant, shy, defensive man living a lonely life while employed at the Ladysmith Museum in the old city of Widdershins, Massachusetts. It's 1897 and he could be arrested and incarcerated for his "inclinations." So Whyborne keeps to himself, immersed in his work and mourning his long lost cousin, Leander.

Enter Griffin Flaherty, a one-time Pinkerton agent, who immediately sparks Whyborne's interest, but he rigidly represses his feelings--Whyborne is a frightened man, estranged from his wealthy, powerful family and he emphatically does not need a handsome ex-Pinkerton agent rocking his metaphorical boat.

But Griffin has something he needs help with--an old book encrypted with unknowable words and symbols--and he has come to the Ladysmith museum seeking Whyborne's expertise. Whyborne at first resists; he is too busy, his secret attraction to and fear of what Griffin's worldliness represents makes him outwardly haughty and resistant to him. Griffin, however, is persistent and charming, gradually seducing Whyborne to the adventure of solving a mystery as well as acting on their attraction.

What I really enjoyed about this story (and I'm not a fan of horror) was the developing romance and partnership of these two unlikely men: one prim and shy, the other outwardly bold and sure of himself who work together to solve a dreadful, terrifying and very gory mystery, involving a secret cabal of powerful and wealthy men.

As Griffin and(don't call me Percy)Whyborne work together to investigate the crime, each reveals hidden strengths and weaknesses that are complementary and unexpected.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Neat ideas but had a few issues February 25, 2013
By T. Gray
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I found this book surprisingly hard to get through, which was weird for me because its components are things that I adore. I love mixed genres, and being served up a story that's a mix of historical, romance, adventure, mystery, AND paranormal sounds like birthday cake and fireworks. But even with that delicious mix, the whole thing didn't work so well for me, and I'm hard-pressed to explain why.

The story itself is neat--introverted and very closeted Percival works at a museum in a small New England town at the turn of the century. (I believe it's the late 1800's but sometimes I was confused by the timeline.) A handsome ex-Pinkerton agent comes by to request his assistance on a case, and things spiral out from there as they work together to uncover some dark dealings within the town, including a cultist plot to raise the dead.

Just as much as I love mixed genres, I'm also a total sucker for the pairing of Stiff and Repressed & Upfront and Experienced, roles which Percival and ex-agent Griffin align well to. Dash and Dingo and The Only Gold are some of my favorite m/m historical romances, and they also share that same relationship dynamic between their MCs. So again, I was very surprised how much I had to push to finish this.

I think for me, I found Percival's first person narration hard to connect to. It felt at times both very repressed and overly thinking, and sometimes he would ponder things that I felt added little to the story and really hindered the pacing. His and Griffin's chemistry also didn't feel very realized for me. Their relationship is a slow burn, but even when it culminated, I didn't feel a strong pull for them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great mix of paranormal, gothic horror and romance
I have never read a mm romance before and I think this was a very good book to start with.

This one hit all my happy places. Read more
Published 1 day ago by T. Wheaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved the fast pace of the story !
The discripton was just the right amount,
Published 1 day ago by edward wildrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This is a great start to a wonderful series. If you are hesitating like I did, don't. You be pleasantly surprised. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Matthew Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars The first of a wonderful series
I hesitated reading this because I wasn't into the magic thing, but it kept beckoning to me so I bought it.....and I'm really glad! Read more
Published 6 days ago by Joy Walker Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING!!!!
LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE! and LOOOOOOOOOOVE! I will devour this series I just know it! Jordan is such a talented author! Never have I encountered a book of hers I haven't loved! Read more
Published 9 days ago by DiverseReader
4.0 out of 5 stars review
The mysteries are intriguing and definitely well written. They do rely heavily on the supernatural or paranormal, which is a plus for me. Read more
Published 14 days ago by padme35
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a fantastic series
These two guys are on a roll. Who knew a detective and a linguist could be so much fun?
Published 15 days ago by J
5.0 out of 5 stars Best self published author ever.
I don't normally read historicals, especially not mm historicals but I am a huge fan of Jordan L Hawk and I love paranormal romance (especially non shifter/vampire). Read more
Published 25 days ago by R. Brownson
4.0 out of 5 stars A good sexy mystery
It's well done and doesn't take itself too seriously. The cover makes it look like another pulp gay romance but I think it is a lot more original and just generally fun to read. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Jerry Lambert
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay start to a strong series
My full review appeared in the final issue of ICARUS magazine from Lethe Press. Short version is that this first book in the series introduces the characters and Lovecraftian mileu... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Anthony R. Cardno
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Jordan L. Hawk grew up in the wilds of North Carolina, where she was raised on stories of haints and mountain magic by her bootlegging granny. After using a silver knife in the light of a full moon to summon her true love, she turned her talents to spinning tales. She weaves together couples who need to fall in love, then throws in some evil sorcerers and undead just to make sure they want it bad enough. In Jordan's world, love might conquer all, but it just as easily could end up in the grave.

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