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** Over 1,000 5-star reviews on Goodreads! **

A reclusive scholar. A private detective. And a book of spells that could destroy the world.


Love is dangerous. Ever since the tragic death of the friend he adored, Percival Endicott Whyborne has ruthlessly suppressed any desire for another man. Instead, he spends his days studying dead languages at the museum where he works. So when handsome ex-Pinkerton Griffin Flaherty approaches him to translate a mysterious book, Whyborne wants to finish the job and get rid of the detective as quickly as possible.

Griffin left the Pinkertons after the death of his partner. Now in business for himself, he must investigate the murder of a wealthy young man. His only clue: an encrypted book that once belonged to the victim.

As the investigation draws them closer, Griffin’s rakish charm threatens to shatter Whyborne’s iron control. But when they uncover evidence of a powerful cult determined to rule the world, Whyborne must choose: to remain safely alone, or to risk everything for the man he loves.

Widdershins is the first novel in the Whyborne & Griffin series, where magic, mystery, and m/m romance collide with Victorian era America. Buy it today and join the adventure.

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Jordan L. Hawk grew up in the wilds of North Carolina, where she was raised on stories of haints and mountain magic by her bootlegging granny and single mother. After using a silver knife in the light of a full moon to summon her true love, she turned her talents to spinning tales. She weaves together couples who need to fall in love, then throws in some evil sorcerers and undead just to make sure they want it bad enough. In Jordan’s world, love might conquer all, but it just as easily could end up in the grave.

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Dr. Percival Whyborne arbeitet als Philologe für das Ladysmith Museum in der neuenglischen Stadt Widdershins und wird prompt aus seinem ruhigen Alltag gerissen, als der Ex-Pinkerton Agent und Privatdetektiv Griffin Flaherty bei ihm im Büro aufschlägt. Griffin soll einen Mordfall klären und bittet Whyborne um Hilfe bei der Übersetzung eines mysteriösen Buchs, das eventuell wichtige Hinweise enthalten könnte. Schnell wird klar, dass das Buch mächtige Zaubersprüche und Rituale enthält und Whyborne und Griffin stolpern über schreckliche Kreaturen und eine geheime Bruderschaft, die nebulöse und böse Ziele zu haben scheint, und die gestoppt werden muss. Als wäre das nicht alles schon genug Aufregung für den schüchternen Whyborne, bahnt sich auch noch eine zarte Romanze zwischen ihm und Griffin an.

WIDDERSHINS ist eine wirklich schöne und spannende Mischung aus M/M-Romance, Detektivgeschichte und Fantasy. Jordan L. Hawk hat alle drei Elemente stimmig kombiniert und einen gelungenen Einstieg in ihre Serie geschaffen.
Der Ich-Erzähler Whyborne ist alles andere als ein Mann der Tat und verbringt seine Zeit lieber mit seinen Studien als mit anderen Menschen. Dafür verantwortlich sind hauptsächlich seine Schüchternheit und seine schwierige Kindheit, in deren Verlauf sein Selbstvertrauen praktisch zu Staub zerfallen ist. Whyborne hat eine sehr schöne Erzählstimme und mir gefällt die Entwicklung, die er im Lauf von WIDDERSHINS durchmacht. Griffin hat mir ebenfalls sehr gut gefallen. Auf den ersten Blick scheint er das komplette Gegenteil Whybornes zu sein, aber auch er hat sein Päckchen zu tragen und wir erfahren mehr über seine Vergangenheit.
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Die Geschichte wird aus Sicht von Percival Endicott Whyborne erzählt. Er ist Philologe im Ladysmith Museum und wird dazu abkommandiert ex-Pinkerton Griffin Flaherty zu helfen. Flaherty ist als Privatdetektiv tätig und Dr. Whyborne soll ein Buch für ihn übersetzen, von dem er annimmt, es könnte bei der Aufklärung eines Mordes helfen.
Im Laufe ihrer Ermittlungen treffen die beiden auf schreckliche Kreaturen, eine geheime Bruderschaft und einen wiedererweckten Magier. Dabei entwickelt sich langsam eine Romanze zwischen dem schüchternen Whyborne und dem psychisch angeschlagenen Flaherty.

Trotz zwei, drei kleiner Mängel volle Punktzahl, da die Autorin es geschafft hat, die Ich-Erzählung bis zum Ende glaubhaft beizubehalten und die viktorianische Ära überzeugend zu schildern. Außerdem ist Whybornes Charakterentwicklung gut nachvollziehbar. ... Und ich fand den Nebencharakter Christine, Whybornes Kollegin, absolut herrlich.
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A very good written adventure historical romance. You'll find all elements providing an entertaining thrilling read - a creepy resurrection Brotherhood mystery, intriguing action-packed plot, a well created Victorian time period's atmosphere, two fantastic MCs with a nice slow developed romance between them and nice sex scenes.

I can't really explain why I didn't enjoy it more. Well, I liked Widdershines more than The Magpie Lord. But I had a feeling during reading that I knew the story, a strange deja-vu feeling. Because I know for sure, I have not read something similar before and I can't remember to watch recently a film with a closely related plot! It is a mystery! ;)

Somewhere in the middle of the book I began to feel a slight disconnection to the MCs and the plot. This feeling enhanced toward the end. The sexual tension faded away and I noticed that I started to loose interest in the story. Maybe because I found it also a bit lengthy, but it is my subjective feeling.

If you enjoy adventure historical romance you'll like it.
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Was soll ich noch dazu sagen, was nicht längst gesagt wurde?
Ich fühle mich wieder einmal wundervoll unterhalten!
Ein weiteres Mal ein Buch, das sein Geld mehr als wert ist!
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HASH(0x9a287ac8) von 5 Sternen Neat ideas but had a few issues 26. Februar 2013
Von T. Gray - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I found this book surprisingly hard to get through, which was weird for me because its components are things that I adore. I love mixed genres, and being served up a story that's a mix of historical, romance, adventure, mystery, AND paranormal sounds like birthday cake and fireworks. But even with that delicious mix, the whole thing didn't work so well for me, and I'm hard-pressed to explain why.

The story itself is neat--introverted and very closeted Percival works at a museum in a small New England town at the turn of the century. (I believe it's the late 1800's but sometimes I was confused by the timeline.) A handsome ex-Pinkerton agent comes by to request his assistance on a case, and things spiral out from there as they work together to uncover some dark dealings within the town, including a cultist plot to raise the dead.

Just as much as I love mixed genres, I'm also a total sucker for the pairing of Stiff and Repressed & Upfront and Experienced, roles which Percival and ex-agent Griffin align well to. Dash and Dingo and The Only Gold are some of my favorite m/m historical romances, and they also share that same relationship dynamic between their MCs. So again, I was very surprised how much I had to push to finish this.

I think for me, I found Percival's first person narration hard to connect to. It felt at times both very repressed and overly thinking, and sometimes he would ponder things that I felt added little to the story and really hindered the pacing. His and Griffin's chemistry also didn't feel very realized for me. Their relationship is a slow burn, but even when it culminated, I didn't feel a strong pull for them.

I thought the author did a nice job on atmosphere though, and some parts of the story were actually scary, especially with some of the nightmarish creatures that the MCs stumble upon, so props for creating such a visceral mood there.

But overall, this was just an okay read for me, and I felt a little disappointed because this is normally a mix that I love. Other readers though have rated this very highly so really, your mileage may vary, and what bothered me may not bother you at all. If you too enjoy adventure romance, especially the historical variety, this may hit all your buttons.
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HASH(0x9a668528) von 5 Sternen just fantastic 25. März 2013
Von PlaidCat - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This historical horror/romance had me holding my breath from the start, as page by page I kept thinking, "Is it really this good all the way through? Really?! Can't be - my hopes will be dashed, I'm sure." Instead, my hopes were realized. Not too far along, it became clear the author knew what she was doing, and I exhaled and reveled in it.

The character building was detailed and believable, and our MCs were flawed but wonderful - particularly Whyborne. The things that haunted them, the things that motivated them, the things they saw in each other - just terrific storytelling. There was a supporting character who was compelling and a hoot as well. Even ancillary characters were painted with deft strokes and came off as individuals. And all the characters acted in ways consistent with their personalities.

The setting was a character in itself. Look up "Widdershins." The museum, Whyborne's apartment, the waterfront, the homey house ... and that *other* house, and more - all skillfully drawn and woven into the story. The historical aspect was completely believable to me.

The plot was very well thought-through and realized, and the author borrowed from and paid homage to Lovecraft beautifully. If there was a flaw, perhaps the climax would have benefited from more careful attention to the action and better consideration of the odds. Don't let this minor whinging stop you from purchasing and enjoying one of the finer offerings in m/m fiction.

Speaking of the m/m aspect, this is one of the most enjoyable slow-burns I've ever read, and when the smouldering turns to flame, one of the most delicious. This author knows how to write gay whoopie, gay men, and romance.

My only problem is, do I read the next book of Ms. Hawk's on my Kindle now, or do I re-read this one first?
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HASH(0x9a668408) von 5 Sternen Horribly Romantic (possible slight spoilers) 16. Dezember 2012
Von Ravenous Reader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Working as a philologist, an expert in a combination of literary studies, history and linguistics, Percival Endicott Whyborne is a brilliant, shy, defensive man living a lonely life while employed at the Ladysmith Museum in the old city of Widdershins, Massachusetts. It's 1897 and he could be arrested and incarcerated for his "inclinations." So Whyborne keeps to himself, immersed in his work and mourning his long lost cousin, Leander.

Enter Griffin Flaherty, a one-time Pinkerton agent, who immediately sparks Whyborne's interest, but he rigidly represses his feelings--Whyborne is a frightened man, estranged from his wealthy, powerful family and he emphatically does not need a handsome ex-Pinkerton agent rocking his metaphorical boat.

But Griffin has something he needs help with--an old book encrypted with unknowable words and symbols--and he has come to the Ladysmith museum seeking Whyborne's expertise. Whyborne at first resists; he is too busy, his secret attraction to and fear of what Griffin's worldliness represents makes him outwardly haughty and resistant to him. Griffin, however, is persistent and charming, gradually seducing Whyborne to the adventure of solving a mystery as well as acting on their attraction.

What I really enjoyed about this story (and I'm not a fan of horror) was the developing romance and partnership of these two unlikely men: one prim and shy, the other outwardly bold and sure of himself who work together to solve a dreadful, terrifying and very gory mystery, involving a secret cabal of powerful and wealthy men.

As Griffin and(don't call me Percy)Whyborne work together to investigate the crime, each reveals hidden strengths and weaknesses that are complementary and unexpected. As the attraction between them slowly grows and becomes stronger and more passionate, Griffin and Whyborne are thrust into the midst of the madness and peril of the Brotherhood's evil plans and not only can they not reveal their own relationship, it is threatened by secrets kept and misunderstood.

I thought the author did a great job of developing Griffin and Whyborne's characters and letting their relationship grow gently; and the development of the Brotherhood's grand plan gave the story an edge of the chair urgency and poignancy that worked pretty well. There were a few anachronistic concepts and words, but they weren't too jarring and the sex was sweetly erotic and well done.

Well written, with an Annie Oakley-type female archaeologist side-kick who works with Whyborne at the museum, (she needs her own book!) good dialogue and characterization, I am nonetheless giving the book four stars, because some of the conflict with the stock characters was not as imaginatively resolved as I would have liked, and it would have been great to have employed the mysteries of the museum a little more--maybe a future book will do so, because it seems pretty clear that Griffin and Whyborne will be continuing their partnership, for which I am grateful because I do love detecting duos in series. When Josh Lanyon finally and inevitably ended the Adrien English series, I nearly held a wake. So I'm glad to see more authors follow this never-ending, but popular trope.
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HASH(0x9a6684f8) von 5 Sternen Really Good Gaslight Fantasy Romance 5. März 2013
Von Aripyanfar - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
As literature: 2 stars.
As romance/adventure/entertainment: solid 4 stars.

This isn't a piece of Literary Literature, to be tautological. It isn't the best romance EVER either. But it's a cut far above the average romance. It's very good, it's lots of fun, and it's satisfyingly romantic and erotic. I particularly liked the somewhat flowery 19th century language and descriptions, which were charming without getting so elaborate they got in the way of the fast pace of the story. They certainly lent great weight in building the feeling of the alternative Victorian era universe. I liked the dynamic that emerged from both the romantic leads seeing the other as far above themselves, whilst undervaluing themselves. It got both touching and greedily raw as each man got to lay his hands on a perceived precious treasure.

I'd rate this as better than 90% of the romances I've read. As a comparison, my five star romances, the only ones I admit in public to having read, is Flowers From the Storm by Laura Kinsale, Captive Prince by S.U. Pacat, and some of the novellas by R. Cooper.
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HASH(0x9a290420) von 5 Sternen Makes me grit my teeth 14. Oktober 2014
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I am having trouble getting through this. The Main male character Dr. Percival Endicott Whyborne makes me want to slap him, shake him, and yell at him to grow a spine! I can only hope he grows stronger as the story goes along, because right now I can't stand him. He's so "oh woe is me", and "no one would think I am attractive" when it is obvious that that Mr. Griffin Flaherty DOES find him attractive. For someone who has been on his own he is awfully unobservant and doesn't trust himself. I just hope it gets better. My only solace is that I didn't pay too much for it. I won't be buying the rest of the series.
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