Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Hexworld #2
Genre: M/M Historical Fantasy
Length: Short novel
A straight-laced policeman. A lighthearted thief. A murdered millionaire.
Fox shifter Malachi steals for one of the biggest crime rings in New York City. But when he witnesses the murder of a millionaire, the only person who can keep him safe is Dr. Owen Yates, forensic hexman for the Metropolitan Witch Police—and Malachi’s witch.
Owen is horrified to discover his familiar is an uneducated thief. Even worse, Malachi threatens to unleash Owen’s deepest desires…desires Owen can’t act upon, as he’s destined for an arranged marriage to secure the Yates family fortune
Their agreement: Malachi will be Owen’s lover as well as his partner, until the day of the wedding. But as their hunt for the murderer carries them from teeming slums to Fifth Avenue mansions, Owens begins to realize Malachi commands his heart as well as his body.
With dark forces drawing ever closer around them, Owen must decide whether to bow to the demands of duty, or to risk everything for the man he loves.
Source: Bought it
Opposites don’t just attract in this second offering from the Hexworld series, they collide and send out ripples that change both main characters lives for good. And I loved it.
Mal is a charismatic fox familiar, thief and street-wise survivor, he might be uneducated, but he’s not stupid and he is used to using all his cunning and wits to keep alive from day to day. Owen couldn’t be more different, wealthy, educated, highly respectable and rather introverted. Everything about Mal has the potential to offend everything in Owen, and vice versa, but above all else the forensic hexman is fair, which is why he can’t walk away and leave Mal to be arrested for a crime he might not have committed.
These two might not make the most obvious pair, but I enjoyed seeing them slowly find their way to each other and the partnership formed between them by their bond. Owen is so much more than the stuffy proper gentleman he presents to the world, and likewise Mal has so much more to offer than his thieving skills. And they have bone deep loyalty in common, even when those they give it to don’t always deserve it. So I loved seeing them come together, build up their trust and form a strong partnership, which is only strengthened by their D/s relationship.
That D/s relationship was a bit of a surprise actually, and there was a bit more sex in this book than I expected. Not that this is a bad thing, but it felt like a noticeable departure from what the series has done thus far. It was also interesting to get the views of a familiar outside of the Witch Police fold, a feral who has no trust for authority and shows up the darker side of the witch/familiar bond.
The mystery plot was a little more predictable than expected, but still interesting, and I loved delving a bit deeper into this world. The historical setting was excellent as always and I loved the way little real world details were here and there incorporated into the plot. History is not just background wallpaper for this series – it’s a living, breathing part of it, and only adds to my enjoyment.
Another solid addition to the series, with likeable characters being smart and brave in an intriguing setting that continues to draw me deeper into this world. I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve read so far and I cannot wait to see where it all heads next – the only thing I don’t like is that now I have to wait for more. Guess it’s time to see what else Hawk has to offer in the meantime.
Hexmaker is Out Now.
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