Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Whyborne and Griffin #2
Genre: M/M Historical Fantasy
Length: Short novel
Introverted scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne wants nothing more than to live quietly with his lover, ex-Pinkerton detective Griffin Flaherty. Unfortunately, Whyborne’s railroad tycoon father has other ideas, namely hiring Griffin to investigate mysterious events at a coal mine.
Whyborne, Griffin, and their friend Christine travel to Threshold Mountain, a place of dark legend even before the mine burrowed into its heart. A contingent of Pinkertons-including Griffin’s ex-lover Elliot-already guard the mine. But Griffin knows better than anyone just how unprepared the detectives are to face the otherworldly forces threatening them.
Soon, Whyborne and Griffin are on the trail of mysterious disappearances, deadly accidents, and whispered secrets. Is Elliot an ally, or does he only want to rekindle his relationship with Griffin? And if so, how can Whyborne possibly hope to compete with the stunningly handsome Pinkerton-especially when Griffin is hiding secrets about his past?
For in a town where friends become enemies and horror lurks behind a human mask, Whyborne can’t afford to trust anything-including his own heart.
Source: Bought it
Poor Whyborne, despite the quiet life he wants to live, mysteries just won’t leave him alone – and trouble is never far behind. Bad enough that he has to do a favour for his father, let alone leave Widdershins, but throw in an ex-lover of Griffin’s, strange disappearances and odd myths and it’s safe to say he’s not enjoying himself for most of this book.
I, however, really enjoyed it. The mystery, the characters, the mining town all combined into a fascinating tale that held me hooked throughout. It was good to learn a little more about Griffin’s past too, even if I never trusted Elliot for a moment – then again, since this is told entirely from Whyborne’s pov, why would I? Poor Whyborne, despite everything he and Griffin have already been through, he still remains baffled by his lover’s interest and deeply insecure.
But he’s so much more than he believes himself to be, and with the help of Griffin and the ever-brilliant Christine, they dig deep into the town’s secrets and even deeper into those of the mountains. And what they find was rather unexpected, in an intriguingly original way – not to mention gruesome and potentially terrifying. Some of the connections between various points of evil may not have been a surprise, but the forms were definitely different.
Clever and compelling, I enjoyed this second novel even more than the first. I love seeing the relationship between Whyborne and Griffin shift and grow, even amidst all the storms. Christine remains a favourite, so I loved getting to see her again, and the mixture of magic and the occult always keeps things interesting. Throw in history and mystery and it’s no wonder I’ve fallen hard for this series.
Threshold is Out Now.
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