Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Hexworld #3
Genre: M/M Historical Fantasy
Horse shifter Nick has one rule: never trust a witch.
Nick has devoted his life to making his saloon a safe haven for the feral familiars of New York. So when a brutal killer slaughters a feral under his protection, Nick has no choice but to try and catch the murderer. Even if that means bonding with a handsome Irish witch.
Officer Jamie MacDougal came back from the war in Cuba missing part of a leg and most of his heart. After his former lover becomes one of the killer’s victims, Jamie will do anything to solve the case.
Nick comes to Jamie with a proposal: after making a temporary bond, they will work together to stop the murders. Once the killer is caught, they walk away and never see one another again.
It sounds simple enough. But the passion that flares between the two men won’t be so easily extinguished. And if Nick can’t learn to trust his witch, he stands to lose everything—including his life.
Source: Bought it
I really love this world and how easy it is to drop back into it, even after almost a year since I read the last book. I also really love how each book is slowly developing more of the world and the magic, though actual magic working by Nick and Jamie is kept pretty minimal in this book.
I’ve been hoping for Nick’s tale since I first met the unfriendly horse shifter who is devoted to protecting his fellow ferals, but in a completely practical way. There’s nothing cuddly or sentimental about him. He has a cause and he’s willing to risk everything for it – even though he expects nothing in return. He’s an incredibly giving, frequently selfless man, but my word, he’s also a complete jerk to Jamie.
As a fan of this series, I know why Nick hates witches and I even understand it, but Jamie is so sweet and willing to try and understand all sides. Yes, he maybe a touch too idealistic, but every time Nick is his usual gruff stallion self about witches and their kind it’s like he’s kicking a puppy. But in the end even Nick is powerless against how simply likeable Jamie he is. You just can’t dislike him. He’s lovely.
The plot this time is fairly relentless with some gruesome murders and a constant threat bubbling away, in both a wider witch/familiar way as well as directly against these two. I loved seeing Nick and Jamie evolve as a team, even if I occasionally wished to slap some sense into Jamie’s idealistic outlook. Still, the mystery unfolds at a quick pace, keeping things interesting throughout. Yes, there are plenty of guessable clues, but it still built into some cracking action.
The actual romance between Nick and Jamie does take a bit of a back seat to everything else going on, which was a shame, because they’re so good together and it might have been nice to have had a few moments of just the pair of them growing into their bond.
Overall, though, this was a great continuation of the series, with some fun appearances from older characters as well as further developing the world. It does almost uncomfortably parallel much of the political climate in the current world at times, proving that humans never learn from our mistakes, but it certainly left me wanting to know just where this series will head next.
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