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If you are unfamiliar with Jordan L Hawk, know that she has an amazing ability to interweave the fantastical with the historical, mix it up with a mystery and some romance and the output is an absolute gem of a story!
In this case we get some cops and robbers back in the day when gangs and mobs ran the streets of old New York but in this case they are witches and their familiars. The familiars are shifters so you get a human and an animal tied to you. (That was my favorite part of this story, the bond between witch and familiar- *sigh… so sweet and romantic in the case of Tom and Cicero).
A fair amount of the story is the mystery – to be sure – as with Widdershins, the other JLH series I’ve read – the mystery and action/adventure component of the story is the absolute center of focus, but the romance – at least to me – seemed to be more approachable and felt more important… maybe because there wasn’t the secrecy… I’m not sure, but that’s how it felt to me. Therefore it was nearer to my heart and I liked it more than that series.
I really liked the fact that when the characters re-connect after what could have been a potentially clichéd “Big Misunderstanding” the author gracefully avoided that pitfall and let them TALK IT OUT. Gah! I loved that. Instead of leading us down that ol’ trail, she let them use their words! Beautiful!
Add to it Tristan James and you have a blockbuster! Tristan’s voice is like honey, and he can do all those crazy accents so you really feel like each of the rich and well-developed characters are right there telling you their story. I especially loved Cicero's voice (and Tom's) but Cicero - he holds a special place in my heart and Tristan just GOT that... so awesome!
For fans of the author, this is a series you’ll adore, if you haven’t picked up one of her stories yet, you’re absolutely missing out on greatness.
I highly recommend this to fans of great narrations, paranormal romances, historical romances, mysteries and great writing.
5 of 5 stars
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed this first book of a new series by Jordan L Hawk. Although this is the first book, there is a prequel book call the The 13th Hex which I recommend reading. It is the story of another couple, Dominic and Rook, which will add to your enjoyment of this book. Also, Cicero makes his initial appearance in that book and there is some world building and mystery in that book that makes itself known in this one.
That said, you can certainly listen to this as a stand alone as well. This story takes place in the late 1800s in an AU of New York City where witches and hexes are a part of everyday life. This is the story of Cicero and Tom; two very opposite characters. Tom is an Irish policemen, with a secret past, who knows he is a very rare witch and is trying to hide it. And Cicero, a cat witch familiar, has been waiting for his witch for a long time and is horrified when Tom shows up. He believes Tom is everything he has come to fear from men. He makes assumptions about Tom that are far from the truth; as he slowly comes to realize. They have a rocky road to love but it is a lovely journey. As with all JLH's books, there is a mystery to solve and wonderful action scenes that give our cast a characters the chance to be heroes.
To top off what is already an awesome story, the wonderful Tristan James is the narrator. He puts in his usual awesome performance complete with an Irish brogue and English accent. His voice is like honey and just brings this story to life. JLH is one of the few writers that I buy the ebook as soon as it is out and the audiobook. Can't wait for the next one in both formats. Highly recommend.
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I wasn't sure at first if the whole idea of witch and familiar wouldbe good enough in a gay setting but OMG! This is really good! I am amazed about how much I fell for the characters! Thomas is so cute and Cicéro is the best cat human you can think of! There are amazing together! I was always excited to listen to the next chapter. And the narrator voice is sexy. In terme of erotic passages. 😂
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