Author: Jordan L Hawk
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Jordan L Hawk
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/06/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Gay Romance, Historical, Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal
Will a dark history doom their future together?
New York copper Tom Halloran is a man with a past. If anyone finds out he once ran with the notorious O’Connell tunnel gang, he’ll spend the rest of his life doing hard time behind bars. But Tom’s secret is threatened when a horrible murder on his beat seems to have been caused by the same ancient magic that killed his gang.
Cat shifter Cicero is determined to investigate the disappearance of one friend and the death of another, even though no one else believes the cases are connected. When the trail of his investigation crosses Tom’s, the very bohemian Cicero instinctively recognizes the uncultured Irish patrolman as his witch. Though they’re completely unsuited to one another, Cicero has no choice but to work alongside Tom…all the while fighting against the passion growing within.
Tom knows that taking Cicero as his familiar would only lead to discovery and disaster. Yet as the heat between them builds, Tom’s need for the other man threatens to overcome every rational argument against becoming involved.
But when their investigation uncovers a conspiracy that threatens all of New York, Tom must make the hardest decision of his life: to live a lie and gain his heart’s desire, or to confess the truth and sacrifice it all.
I love a good historical, paranormal story and Hexworld is my new favourite series. I was first introduced to this world with The 13th Hex, billed as book 0.5 and found originally in the Charmed and Dangerous anthology. It is now available as a standalone and I recommend reading it before you pick up Hexbreaker. It’s not absolutely necessary but will give you a better appreciation for some of the characters in Hexbreaker.
I love this new world Ms. Hawk has set up. It is different from other things I have read and comes with loads of potential for future stories. I see this as being a vibrant and prolific series. I’m not sure if she plans on following our heroes Tom and Cicero or introducing new pairs of witch and familiar, but either way it will be entertaining.
Now on to my review of this book; I adored it! Cicero is so cat like. I loved how his personality matched his animal side so well. Tom is solid, good, and yet has dark secrets. These two were a perfect match. I loved the plot; the mystery of who was behind the hexes was partially a surprise but obvious on hindsight (as all good mysteries are). The action and suspense were excellent and the romance believable. The love scenes were tender and swoon worthy, exactly what I expected.
I loved that we got to see Dominic and Rook again. I hope we see more of them in the future. I loved seeing Cicero’s bohemian friends and where they gathered. I liked glimpsing part of New York’s history, revised a little in this alternate reality. The setting was rich and engrossing.
If you are in the mood for a good mystery with engaging characters, an interesting time period and magic, this is the book and series for you!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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