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Stormhaven (Whyborne & Griffin) (Volume 3) Paperback – December 2, 2013
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Percival Whybourne and Griffin Flaherty are great; each with his own soul, his own emotional baggage, his own scars. This time around it's Griffin's adoptive parents (with that whole history-based sad story) who arrive in Widdershins to complicate our heroes' lives.
I loved the wacky plot. I love Dr. Putnam and her prescient feminism and staunch support of these two gay-before-gay-existed men. I loved Percival's growing courage in the face of his hateful father, and his gentle love for his fragile mother.
But most of all I love the love of these men for each other. I'm a cultural historian by profession, and Hawk somehow manages to make this relationship feel authentic, correctly fixed in the context of a late 1800s America. Those of us who know gay history well (at least in my generation), know that couples like this existed - and Hawk makes us believe.
Whybourne's nascent magical abilities are an ongoing source of pleasure and amusement. His character touches me.
Keep it up Ms. Hawk - if only we could get it make into a TV series with Benedict Cumberbatch...
Love conquers all in this third volume of the Whybourne and Griffin series. I wanted to smack Griffin’s family. They’re a reflection of the views of the era (and sadly, many today still feel this way), and it’s just saddening to think what people in Griffin and Whybourne’s situation must have gone through.
The theme of the ocean was interesting, and of course it’s up to the reclusive Whybourne to save the day. The last scene in the novel is so sweet. It warmed my heart, and I just adore Whybourne and Griffin as a couple. This is fast becoming one of my favorite series.
In this installment's adventure, Whyborne's co-worker is accused of murdering his uncle in a fit of madness and is condemned to Stormhaven asylum. When Griffin takes the case, it quickly becomes apparent that nothing is what it seems.
I really felt for poor Griffin in this one. We got more of an insight into his past, his family, and the horrors of his time committed to an asylum, and all of it was so, utterly heartbreaking. This book leaves you so happy for him that he found Whyborne to care for him when he needs someone to make him feel whole.
Also, no spoilers, but that climax was incredibly dramatic and not at all what I expected (in the best way of course!)
Poor Griffin...he takes a case where he ends up having to visit Stormhaven and it scares the hell out of him. One of my favorite things about Griffin is that he isn't afraid to show emotion, at least to Whyborne. He'll cry when he's sad and yell when he's angry. Having to go back into an asylum terrifies him but Whyborne is with him every step of the way.
Whyborne is concerned about Griffin dealing with Stormhaven and refuses to let him go alone. After the events at Threshold, our boys have a stronger relationship and are determined to be there for one another in any way possible.
Another problem is Griffin's family is in town to visit. Griffin has to make a choice as to whether or not he's going to hide his relationship with Whyborne from them, or tell them the truth and hope they love him enough to not let it bother them.
Surprisingly enough, Whyborne's family doesn't really care about his inclinations. Well his brother does, but Stanford hates everything about Whyborne so he hardly counts. Whyborne's mother loves Griffin like a son and Whyborne's father could care less what his son gets up to as long as it doesn't cause a scandal.
I really enjoyed this book and the obstacles it presented for Whyborne and Griffin. As always, the sex is hot yet also tender. Also, have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE Griffin's nickname, Ival, for Whyborne when they're alone? Cause I freakin love it...
With family drama, creepy asylums, and water gods, this book shows that our boys can overcome anything as long as they work together.
I have a hard time finding gay romance in the paranormal vein at all. The ones I do find are often terrible stereotype ridden crap. This is not like that. This series is well written, and seems to avoid a lot of the stereotypes you find with gay men in media. Whyborne is definitely a bit more effeminate, but he is not "the woman" in the relationship. Griffin is rougher, but still has his vulnerabilities, especially in this book. Both men are well rounded complex characters.
I absolutely love Hawk's interpretation of Lovecraft's mythos, updated for the modern world and with the racism, classics, and the other 'ism's he often embedded into his stories. I think Hawk does a really good job showing how LGBT folks are often forced outside of polite society in that time period, and does a good job balancing the bigotry at the time, with her characters buoyant love affair.
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You should read the series, it will not disappoint.