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- Publication Date: October 31, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M7X07GE
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After reading the full-length novels in this series, it was easy to forget that witches and familiars in New York City did anything else except work for the Metropolitan Witch Police! Law enforcement still plays a part in this tale, but in the form of a private detective agency. Gus was a bit too perfect sometimes, but we were viewing him through Roland’s eyes, so it’s easy to forgive him.
The thing that Roland dislikes about himself ends up being the key to solving this case, and I cheered for him at the end. I’d happily read their further adventures. And as usual, Hawk excels at including diversity in his fiction in unexpected yet perfect ways.
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.
It's Christmas Eve, a time of togetherness and love, but Roland, of 'A Christmas Hex' by Jordan L. Hawk, isn't looking forward to it. For Roland it's just like any other day; he will spend it alone. He has almost given up on ever having anyone to love, particularly his witch. No one wants a familiar who is a wolf. As fate would have it, he meets Gus, a waiter at a restaurant he frequents, and a flicker of hope appears.
Roland wants to get to know Gus. He's charming and attractive, but Roland immediately recognizes Gus as his witch. It's something that should make him happy, but knowing no one is going to bond with a wolf throws him into despair. Yet he can't help himself. Even though they can't bond, it will be really nice to be with someone, especially on the holiday, so he follows Gus, hoping to talk to him and possibly even be friends. Roland doesn't realize that Gus is actually a private eye on a dangerous case; someone has stolen hexes that can be used for nefarious purposes if in the wrong hands. By following Gus, Roland ends up being Gus's knight in wolf's clothing and saving his life.
Gus is very grateful for Roland's intervention and to show his gratitude, offers to reward him. It's tempting, but Roland still fears Gus's reaction if he learns Roland's true nature. Against his better judgement, Gus allows Roland to help in his pursuit of the men who tried to kill him. This leads to a series of close calls ending with Roland's wolf identity being exposed. Roland takes one look at Gus's face and decides that all is lost. With his biggest fear confirmed, Roland runs away from Gus, his dreams of having company on Christmas dashed.
This is a brief story, but Jordan manages to pack a lot of feeling in to so few words. Gus and Roland are entertaining and sexy and won my affection almost at once. Even with the tale being serious, involving murder and mayhem, there are still elements of charm and humor. This story isn't as connected to the other Hexworld characters I’ve met in this series. In fact, the Witch Police are only mentioned briefly and Nick is the only character in play. Even though fans will enjoy it as part of the series, it can be read alone without reading the rest of the books beforehand. But - who would want to since it is such a fabulous series. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys witches, familiars, magic, and intrigue. Thanks, Jordan, for the early Christmas gift.
Originally reviewed at Rainbow Book Reviews.
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Another addition to the great Hexworld series, this time we have a Christmas novella with new characters but still we have a mystery, a familiar and a witch and the love between them that I love about this series.
This time we have author Roland who is lonely and accepts that's fate for him.
But he can at least indulge in looking at the hot waiter he can't seem to keep his eyes off of, right?
We also have Gus, undercover detective.
They're soon spending a lot of time together due to a case Gus is working on and Roland happened upon, but when the case is over, what will be of them?
“For once, the future didn’t matter; just this man and this moment.”
This was pretty good, it's a novella so it is pretty short and I can appreciate that, I love novellas so it's not that I'm against that, but, from the books of this author I have read, I've learned her writing is the developing kind, she builds her characters, the plot and the romance. She done a fine job of that here but with it's length it was way too hard to get that epic mystery and beautifully epic romance she has written in the other books in this series. It just wasn't possible to get that feeling here, I don't know if the author plans to continue their story, I think the MC's deserve more and honestly I need more because for me, that ending was pretty open, they were together absolutely but it needed way more.
Like I said, it was good and had me smiling, while we didn't get to see much of the previous characters we did get too see still-dead-set-against-witches Nick which makes me happy because I can't wait for his story and meet the poor witch that's gonna have a job on his hands with Nick hating him already on principle of who he is. Gonna be fun *giggles*
Roland may be a wolf, but he’s also ridiculously sweet. Shy and introverted after years of keeping his secret, aware of how deeply reviled his kind are, he’s lonely and heart sore but resigned to his solitary fate. He’s the complete opposite of Gus, who is outgoing, confident and bold. They make a good team, even with Roland doubting himself, and I’d love to see more of them after their bond has been given a little time to form and deepen.
The mystery is intriguing too, beginning with a dangerous hex and deepening as new clues come to light. It’s a quick tale, but plenty enjoyable for all that, and I loved getting to see grumpy Nick, the protective feral familiar again.
In all this is a cute addition to the series, quick and enjoyable. I’d love to see more of all involved some time.
Great story and love scene was just the right heat for this short.
Need more....maybe Isaac and Bill????
Gus was a sweetie though and the crime fighting element of the narrative was quite cleverly done. I did like the detective/author references which reminded me of Hawk's Whyborne and Griffin.