Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Hexworld #1
Genre: M/M Historical Fantasy
Length: Short novel
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.
Source: Bought it
Jordan L. Hawk is one of those authors whose books I’ve seen around but never actually read before. But the idea of a historical witch police with shapeshifter familiars snagged my interest – and I am so very glad that it did.
Tom and Cicero could not be more different. Tom is calm and quiet and competent, taking care of those he considers his and hiding a wealth of dark secrets. He might not be book clever or erudite or witty, but he’s surprisingly open minded, caring and brave and I couldn’t help but love him.
Cicero is his complete opposite, high-strung, intelligent, impulsive and outrageous. The more shocking he can be, the better. I loved how feline he was in his mannerisms and personality, even if his judgemental side got on my nerves a time or two. However, I particularly loved the moments when he realised he was more close-minded than Tom in certain, specific ways.
Despite their differences – or more likely because of them – they make a brilliant team, once the initial wariness is out of the way. They balance each others strengths and weaknesses perfectly and I loved seeing them grow into a proper partnership. Their romance may start out a bit antagonistic, but it’s easy to see why Cicero couldn’t resist getting closer to Tom, and why Tom was fascinated by Cicero.
I also really loved the setting and the historical details and how effortlessly the magic and hexes were woven into late-19th century New York. The mystery was very neatly handled too, throwing up a few surprises here and there along the way to keep things interesting.
All in all this was really good. Fast paced, intriguing, a little romantic and wonderfully magical, in more ways than one, this world instantly sucked me in. I do wish I’d read the prequel (13th Hex) first, because I did feel like I was missing a few nuances in certain relationships. I’m also intrigued about what witch-potential people do before finding a familiar and why Tom can do what he likes, while it seems others can’t. So there is definitely room for this series to grow – but that can only be counted as a very good thing. Thank goodness I have a couple of novellas and the next book (not to mention lots of other Hawk books) to catch up on before I have to wait for more.
Hexbreaker is Out Now.
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