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Certaines choses devraient rester enterrées.Perceval Endicott Whyborne, érudit refoulé, possède deux compétences : lire des langues mortes et se terrer dans son bureau du Musée Ladysmith. Après la mort tragique de l’ami qu’il aimait en secret, il a impitoyablement réprimé tout élan envers les autres hommes. Lorsque le charmant Griffon Flaherty, un ex-Pinkerton, s’adresse àCertaines choses devraient rester enterrées.Perceval Endicott Whyborne, érudit refoulé, possède deux compétences : lire des langues mortes et se terrer dans son bureau du Musée Ladysmith. Après la mort tragique de l’ami qu’il aimait en secret, il a impitoyablement réprimé tout élan envers les autres hommes. Lorsque le charmant Griffon Flaherty, un ex-Pinkerton, s’adresse à lui pour traduire un mystérieux ouvrage, Whyborne veut tout naturellement terminer la tâche pour se débarrasser du détective privé le plus rapidement possible. Griffon a quitté les Pinkertons suite à la mort de son partenaire, dans l’espoir de commencer une nouvelle vie.Mais le puissant culte qui a assassiné Glenn a pris racine à Contresens, et seuls les sortilèges présents dans le livre peuvent les arrêter. Des sortilèges en l’existence desquels Whyborne l’intellectuel se refuse à croire.Tandis que l’enquête rapproche les deux hommes, le charme désinvolte de Griffon menace de briser le contrôle de fer de Whyborne. Lorsque le culte ressuscite un sorcier malveillant capable de manipuler des monstres terrifiants, Whyborne pourra-t-il surmonter sa peur et apprendre à accorder sa confiance ? Griffon pourra-t-il faire table rase du passé et prendre le risque de tomber amoureux ? Ou les secrets de Griffon coûteront-ils à Whyborne son cœur et sa vie ?...

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Contresens Reviews

  • Julio Genao
    2018-12-07 23:03

    it's not you, book. it's me.actually, that's not true at all. it's totally you.i'm just trying not to offend all your fans, bcuz coward.i think you were good in conception, and poor in execution. i think continuity errors—objects dropped in a panic in one scene, and reappearing like nothing in another—really went a ways toward damaging our budding rapport.i think entire phrases being repeated in two different scenes was pretty much as bad as calling a dick a "length" six times in the same scene.i think a character who gets lost and can't make his way back out of a forest in the daytime despite being the only one to leave tracks in the pristine snow is really, really annoying.i think you should probably not have been published without another edit or two, because anachronistic terms make me go completely crazypants....okay, fine, it 's totally me. i am terminally irritable.i think i need to lie down.please don't steal my madonna records on your way out.

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2018-12-14 23:56

    A gay virgin, a paranormal, a horror, and a historical walk into a bar... wait what?This book was kind of amazing... and odd... and then amazing again. I loved Whyborne and Griffin and I loved them as a couple. All sorts of deliciousness. I even liked the historical setting, something that is hit or miss for me. And of course, my love for virgins made this read simply scrumptious- I adored each blush and hesitancy from Whyborne.I listened to the audiobook, which was both good and bad. I always like hearing the story come to life but this wasn't my favorite narration. First of all, the quality of the audiobook wasn't as great as others. It sounded faintly crackly and slightly echoey at times, as if the equipment wasn't top notch quality. Also, the narrator didn't have enough differentiation between his voices. I like when I can tell exactly who is speaking and here it wasn't always clear. However, when the narrator did Whyborne's voice, he was spot on and an excellent reader. I will most definitely be continuing on in the series. Jordan L. Hawk, bring it on!

  • Susan
    2018-12-16 04:01

    HOLY COW! Well, I had heard some really great things about this book and it comes recommended by some amazing readers and writers so…duh…I had a feeling it was going to be GOOD.I just had NO IDEA (my own fault…I should be paying closer attention) how action-packed, SCARY, skin-crawl-inducing, heart-pounding it would be! This is not some sweet, quiet, historical romance. Not even close. This has death, and afterlife, and grave sites, and occult practices, and SCARY CHARACTERS and at numerous times, I found myself turning on all the lights in my apartment before turning the next page.Ok, but to be fair, that’s not ALL it has. This also has a really GORGEOUS slow build relationship between Whyborne & Griffin and…I LOVE THEM. I love each of them separately. I love them both together. And I can’t wait to know more about them. It breaks my heart when Whyborne sees himself as drab, awkward, unattractive, undesirable. And then I get all giddy when Griffin, the gorgeous & charming one, falls for him. Their professional partnership, their growing friendship, and their budding relationship are lovely and adoring, and I’m a sucker for it all.What I love most about this book is that Jordan L. Hawk gives us SO MUCH story…we get pasts from both characters, we get family struggles, work situations, historical context, emotion, conflict, misunderstanding, professions of love….the book is SO FREAKING FULL…and that’s exactly how I felt by the end. Full.My only complaint would be that it’s not the kind of book I could just get lost in. I had to put it aside a few times, step away, and come back to it. Maybe it’s the intensity. Maybe it’s that I had trouble stomaching some of the sensory descriptions. I’m not exactly certain. But, as much as I really enjoyed it, I had some trouble getting through it. (and I see how that makes no sense at all). And as excited as I am that there are 2 more books already out with W&G, I’m not quite ready to jump in right away.But maybe it’s just that way…a series to be savored…in my own timing. And I already can’t get Whyborne & Griffin out of my mind so I know I’ll be craving more from them soon enough…*PS – here’s a warning for those who get easily aggravated or sensitive to certain words: Whyborne refers to his “member” or Griffin’s “member” tons of times…I thought it was charming, but some may find it annoying. Head’s up…

  • Ami
    2018-11-28 04:52

    3.65 stars rounded upThis book is a historical (Victorian era) paranormal adventure romance. What I like:+ Despite it being historical (a genre I usually stay away from), the plot is quite adventure heavy as Percival and Griffin try to uncover mysterious cultists and evil sorcerers and terrifying monsters. It also involves museum setting -- which is something I truly like (Night at the Museum, people? Love that movie *lol*)+ There is character development too -- which I always fully appreciate. In the beginning, Percival prefers to keep his head down, being alone with his books and translations. But as the story moves along, as he is getting more and more involved with the mystery, Percival shows he is more worthy than just a scholar. He shows bravery and inner strength. I love that.+ A kick-ass and brassy female character, in form of Dr. Christine Putnam. Women leading Egyptian's excavation is unheard of, so Christine must fight for her position in the Museum from males who look down on her and think that females should stay at home. She ends up being a good friend, even if Percival doesn't think of that way in the beginning.+ Enough balance of adventure and the 'mushy' stuffs ^^+ There is a twist in the end regarding who are involved with the cultist. I like it.Slight dislikeJust a personal taste, all right? This might not annoy anyone else. I'm not liking the numerous uses of the words "my member/his member" very much. It's weird. Like I'm back to my teenager years and reading the relatively tame Harlequin stories *hahaha*. Again, just a personal taste.So yeah, I really enjoy it -- more so than my first experience with Ms. Hawk.

  • Amy Lane
    2018-12-16 00:03

    Solidly characterized, wistfully written, this book gives you a playful view to the Edwardian era in which Egyptology and obscure science held a mystical appeal, men were men and woman had all sorts of strange notions about equality. It's a classic resurrection story, in which the thing you're bringing back is way worse than the loss itself, and Percival Whyborne is an engaging, prickly hero. His painful isolation is rudely interrupted by one Griffin Flaherty, haunted ex-Pinkerton agent who has no respect for boundaries, but plenty of respect for Percival. The love scenes are sweet and passionate, and the word precision is a thing of beauty. Gorgeous book. I downloaded Hainted before I was even done with this one, because I knew I'd want to read more.

  • Mandy*reads obsessively*
    2018-12-08 00:03

    4.25*I am not a fan of historical stories, mostly because I get grumpy at the treatment of woman, who are very little more than adornments and possessions and daughters are a burden.But also because of the even more prominent social inequality, financial inequality and of course in m/m the very real threat of prison or worse as punishment for being gay.This book covers all of those points, portrait them, but also thumbed its nose at them. We have clumsy, brilliant, repressed, wonderful and brave Dr. Percival Endicott Whyborne, a comparative philologist. He has a deeply ingrained picture of himself, bullied into him from an early age by his father and brother and continually put down by an asshat coworker.Here I have to give a shout-out to Christine, I love her. Woman are often not portrait positively in m/m books and she not only bucks that trend but is a true pioneer of her time and an awesome friend. Whyborne berates himself constantly, he is so accomplished and smart, but he just can't see it, he believes all those jealous and petty people instead. “I was too gawky, too shy, too strange.”“I didn’t want to be looked at. I wanted to be left alone, in my little apartment and my lonely bed, which remained cold even after I’d crawled beneath the covers.”But he isn't like they tell him he is, it just takes him a long time to see that.He's also still mourning his best friend, feels survivors guilt and guilt for not being able to save him, the boy he loved. He is ashamed and afraid of being gay. Always worried that he will end up in prison for his sexuality and constantly thinking he doesn't measure up despite all his brilliance and accomplishments he feels inferior.“The full weight of his scrutiny fell upon me: judging, considering. I looked down and away, because any such judgment would inevitably find me lacking.”But then private detective Mr. Griffin Flaherty comes into his life, or rather forces himself with gentle persistence into Whyborne's life. He has his own demons and fears, although I wish I could have had a peek in his head too. But this story is told only from Whyborne's POV.I could see that Griffin is smitten with Whyborne but of course the poor man can't believe it, he doesn't think he's worthy.“I barely swallowed back a bitter laugh. Deserve me? Of course he didn’t—he deserved someone a thousand times better. Someone who wasn’t gawky and awkward and strange. Who could hold a normal conversation without stuttering, who didn’t constantly weigh every action, paralyzed by fear until it was too late to do anything.”And as if the poor man's non-existent self worth wasn't enough there is a pretty interesting, creative , creepy and actually also very sad mystery they need to solve. So I have to say, despite my reluctance to read an historical horror story, I am so glad I did and I am definitely getting the other books in this series. I loved watching these two men compliment and complete each other. They are exactly what the other needs and deserves. So if anyone is reluctant to read this because of the same issues I had, I say go ahead and give this book a chance, I am very gladI did.

  • Macky
    2018-12-14 05:44

    What an absolute cracker! If I could up the rating on this I would. I bought it because I saw the great reviews the second book was having and wanting to read that thought it only right to start with book one to get used to the characters. One of the best decision and purchases I've made and now I'm chomping at the bit to get to Threshold Whyborne Griffin 2 which is sitting waiting not so patiently on my Kindle.This had everything you could ask for from a m/m paranormal romance. I'm not going to go into the plot in an in-depth way because I think everyone should discover its delights on their own but heres a few things that made it such a great read for me:Two endearing, superb Mc's who from the word go generated great chemistry and sexual tension, a feisty female colleague with loads of attitude and a strong starring role worthy of her characterisation, a complex, sinister and intriguing plot that never waned and kept the tension flowing right until its fantastic conclusion, creatures straight of a H P Lovecraft novel that had me shivering in revulsion quite a few times, creepy dark magic cults and of course a slow burning erotically charged love story full of some of the most delicious love scenes that whilst still being uber sexy were perfectly in tune with the atmosphere and setting of the story. No jumping into bed in the first couple of pages for these two. The attraction is there but we're made to wait a while before they get to together so the ST is palpable. Thats what I like because when the inevitable happens its electric. Great stuff.I love it when I find new authors and get really excited by them and Jordan L Hawk is now my favourite brand new author of the moment and repressed scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne and ex- Pinkerton Griffin Flaherty are now in my top best ever m/m couples list! Another ' pushing allMYbuttons ' read that manages to be quirky, fresh and exciting and one of the most enjoyable books Ive picked up lately. I've been very lucky recently with my choices and Widdershins Whyborne Griffin 1 is definitely one of my luckiest. Can't recommend this highly enough. Just brilliant! Did I say I loved it?

  • Ingela
    2018-11-20 04:53

    Written February 18, 20144 Stars - an amazing adventure with a new couple of male lovers who reached the heightsI bought Widdershins months ago but I never found the right time to read it. At last, I did it together with my very best Brittish Buddy, Bev (her review). ~ We started on Valentine's Day and I was so excited. I have heard so many good opinions regarding this Whyborne & Griffin series.~ Rightly so, this was a great exciting and well-written historical romance with both paranormal and crime elements. I will gladly continue to read more adventures with these two wonderful gentlemen. ~**~**~**~**~**~**~Here in the Widdershins novel, you get both thrilling suspense, great dialogue and a lot of funny second characters (like the tough Egyptologist, Dr. Christine Putnam). It was also served with a well thought out (slightly complicated and sometimes scary) crime plot, and, best of all, an old-fashioned sense and feeling of the old times in both the language and the events. ...Certainly not to forget are these amazing heartbreaking romantic parts with two lovely and very memorable MC's. And of course, you don't have to worry, this is a way a very modern "romance" with some very hot encounters. ~ There were plenty of yummy - nice delicious moments even in that old time.~**~**~**~**~**~**~Percival Endicott Whyborne is a 27 years old, the youngest child ot the town Widdershins' (in U.S.) rich railroad tycoon Niles Whyborne (view spoiler)[ (...why did this poor family get that horrible family name?)(hide spoiler)]. A young man who didn't follow his father's and brother's footprints in "the family business". Our main hero is a scholar at heart and instead of joining his family, Whyborne has devoting himself to study ancient languages. When this tale start works Dr P.E. Whyborne as an comparativephilologist at, the town's pride, The Ladysmith Museum. Mainly he spend his days to deciphering ancient Egyptians hieroglyphics and translating papyrus fragments and canopics jars. But he know a lot of more languages... And have a "willowy frame" look.“...tall, handsome, and speak precisely thirteen languages. But read more. ...”The year is 1897, and this reclusive, shy, slightly stammering "youth" is prompted by the museum director to help an private detective in an urgent murder case. Whyborne'll try to decipher an encrypted very old book (the Liber Acanorum) which previously belonged to a murdered young man. “I craved him, like an opium addict craved the pipe: the sound of his voice, the touch of his hand, his mere presence in the same room.” Our second hero is a former Pinkerton Detective, Mr Griffin Flaherty, a newcomer in Widdershins. He is a very nifty and neat, a few years older gentleman. A man you'll love from the very first meeting, because Griffin treats our shy Whyborne in a way that's never been done before. Right from the beggining is it with courtesy, dignity, and maybe even with some light flirting. ~**~**~**~**~**~**~Whyborne and Griffin's new acquaintance soon leads to a lot of thrilling exciting, and also terrifying, adventures. These two hearts are also beginning to throb for what at that time was forbidden in law. There are cautious glances, a friendly touch, male attraction and emotions, smells of s tempting body and big admiration. "Would I dare too..", etc, and some involuntary banned steamy dreams. (view spoiler)[ (Poor, poor Whyborne, he'd pushed aside all that was his natural manly needs.)(hide spoiler)]Well, pretty soon explodes "everything", and it takes off with full force, on all fronts...~**~**~**~**~**~**~I will not make a slightest attempt to explain this mysterious and complex drama these men are investigates together. Every now and then I read actually with squinting eyes, because it was nasty with these dark basements and mysterious sound. There was everything from ancient Egyptian mythology, ancient Egyptian tomb discoveries, (view spoiler)[ newly emptied graves in Widdershins,(hide spoiler)] strange beings and beasts. Perhaps, however, is the most frightening of the dangerously old, newly awakened, Brotherhood. ~ Read for yourself and be amazed and appalled.~**~**~**~**~**~**~‘I collapsed facedown into the bedding, my arms limp as cooked noodles.’I will not deny that I was a bit restless in the beginning. I want to have romance immediately and all at once (maybe not really but...). Anyway, I had to patiently wait for a while. When it finally came, that first wonderful kiss, it was so worth the wait. ‘The icy air outside quelled my unruly member quickly enough.’Something as enhances this story is of course the use of some expressions and words like: "member", "Oh dear lord", "indeed", "Buck up, old fellow" etc. So funny and sweet oldish.I could ramble on about these wonderful men, the writing style, the adventure, a female role model and colleague (Christine), a nasty father, fear to show your feelings (love to another man), ridiculous colleagues, horrible homophobes and laws, freezing cold bedrooms (brrr), a cute cat, the winter chill, steaming hot sex, dirty talks (view spoiler)[“Want to see what's going to be splitting you open.”“Unh,” I said, because there were no words left in my brain.' (hide spoiler)], etc, etc ...but I will stop here. Recommended! ~ My hopes for the next book (Threshold), and the continuation of this series, is soaring and a magnet for further reading about Ival & Griff.I LIKE - amazingly well done with lovebirds I need to "see" more of~~~~~~~~~~~~# Some nice old images that might show there have always been lovely love between "men who loves men": (view spoiler)[(hide spoiler)]~~~~~~~~~~~~# Hugs and big thanks to my reading buddy Bev - and especially to Andrea who cheered and inspired us all the way through this adventure.# The 'Whyborne & Griffin' series by Jordan L. 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  • Heather C
    2018-12-06 22:47

    What did I love about this book?The Characters: They were so sweet! I love the socially impaired book nerd (Whyborne) secretly lusting after the handsome PI (Griffin). I think these two will defiantly be one of my favorite couples. The Setting: It was dark and spooky and kind of alternate historical. It was unique with these horrible, disgusting monsters and sorcery and...just different. Hard to explain. The Mystery: I couldn't figure it out and was shocked quite a few times. Although now that I think about it...I should have been able to figure it out. The Sexual Tension: Whoa, man these guys were delicious. I was NOT expecting this book to be so hot!! Plus, the relationship went much farther than I expected. The Ending: It was all kinds of crazy. My only complaint: I got lost in some of the verbiage at times and the story breaks were located in some odd places. 4.5 StarsI CANNOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT WHYBORNE AND GRIFFIN!!!!

  • Lois Bujold
    2018-12-01 01:58

    More in the string of paranormal m/m quasi-historical romances I have wandered into -- Amazon is a dangerous place late at night -- set around the turn of the last century, this time in an American setting -- a Massachusetts town straight out of H.P Lovecraft crossed with The Mummy. Quite well written, and I very much liked voice of the the narrator/protagonist, a painfully shy philologist and linguistic genius working at the local museum, who meets the man of his dreams in the form of an ex-Pinkerton's agent from Chicago with a complicated and suitably angsty backstory. Together, they fight supernatural crime, etc. (Quite a lot of etc.) The plot wanders into the routine for this sort of thing at the climax -- defeating an evil conspiracy of rich men attempting regrettable magic deeds -- but the characterization and evocative detail does not.I am entirely unhorrified by Lovecraftian horror -- if I wanted something to keep me awake nights tossing in frantic dismay (which I don't, as I already have insomnia), I'd read cnn.com. So the level of unrealism in the threats here suited me fine. I'm curious enough about the characters, however, to perhaps follow them up sometime.Ta, L.

  • Richard Derus
    2018-11-17 02:50

    Rating: 3.5* of fiveThe Publisher Says: Some things should stay buried.Repressed scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne has two skills: reading dead languages and hiding in his office at the Ladysmith Museum. After the tragic death of the friend he secretly loved, he’s ruthlessly suppressed any desire for another man.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 following the death of his partner, hoping to start a new life. But the powerful cult which murdered Glenn has taken root in Widdershins, and only the spells in the book can stop them. Spells the intellectual Whyborne doesn’t believe are real.As the investigation draws the two men closer, Griffin’s rakish charm threatens to shatter Whyborne’s iron control. When the cult resurrects an evil sorcerer who commands terrifying monsters, can Whyborne overcome his fear and learn to trust? Will Griffin let go of his past and risk falling in love? Or will Griffin’s secrets cost Whyborne both his heart and his life?My Review: I finally bought this bagatelle for myself, after literally years sitting on my wishlist, this past birthday. I figure at *mumbletymumble* years old I can finally let go of the fear that They Will Not Approve and read whatever the heck I darned well please. Including paranormal romps with scads of gay sex and significantly smaller helpings of logic.Uh huh. Like I can publicly admit how old I am in the context of reading *blush*shame* a, um, y'know, a book like this one is.Y'know.Fine. No really. FINE.It's *deep breath* a smexy silly romance with True Luuuv and Evil Monsters and Supernatural Creatures! It has No Redeeming Social Value! I read it because it was A Good Story!There, are y'all happy now? Whatever tiny scrap of credibility I ever had as a book reviewer is gone.And that, my chick-a-biddies, is how romantic fiction readers of every stripe are made to feel. It's complete crap and it's indicative of a nasty, judgmental streak in the culture of literacy. *What* are you reading, philistine, tut the superiority addicts, don't call that literature, don't sully our ever-so-pure air blathering about your, your, lesser, baser, frankly uninteresting...books (so called) that do nothing but entertain those of, frankly, limited intellectual capacity. I wonder what these reviewers, these Guardians of the Gates, would do if their precious darlings of Literature were subjected to the eighteenth century's test of worthiness in reading matter: "Novels?! Men do not read novels. The weaker sex read novels because they are not capable of processing True and Fine Thinking such as scholars read! Men who write entertainments such as novels are merely pandering to the feeble and inferior baser instincts of the ladies. Shame! Shame on you, sir, for hastening the decline of Our Noble Culture!"This is how it always goes through the generations. So let's stop judging what each other read and be happy that some people enjoy reading more than staring at screens. Although to be fair, I did read this on Kindle, so....Having had my rant about the foolishness of judging others, I continue to the book at hand, first of a series of paranormals set in fictional Widdershins, Massachusetts. This town was settled after its founding father escaped from Salem during the Witch Hunt. He was, unlike the other poor sods tried and judicially murdered for witchcraft, guilty as original sin of the crime. Theron Blackbyrne was a beautiful, hunky blond Sodomite as well as a witch. His reach, sadly, exceeded his grasp, as certain essentials needed for the grand spell he wanted to cast, the one that would buy him immortality, eternal youth, and all the boy booty he could dream of, were simply unavailable in the New World. So he left some explicit instructions with his acolytes on what they needed to procure and when they needed to use it to resurrect him in order that he be able to complete his spell.Several centuries elapse. The acolytes, surprise!, weren't at all eager to resurrect the master in whose service they'd become rich...poor followers are useless, ask any politician...in order to hand over all their worldly acquisitions. Um, no thanks, I'm good. He molders in the grave, they use the bits and bobs they got from Blackbyrne to acquire more bits and bobs, time passes and the town of Widdershins grows in prosperity as a port city, the local worthies open themselves a museum with an Egyptian antiquities focus...the items needed for Blackbyrne's resurrection accumulate, almost in spite of the great and good...and then a tragedy occurs that properly starts our story.Percival Endicott Whyborne, wimpy bookish kid turned scholarly shirt-lifting introvert, introduces himself to us as the second son of an overbearing Widdershins magnate. He is also, in his own mind at least, the murderer of his childhood crush object who also happens to be his father's best friend's son. His unnatural lust for this friend is bound up in his survivor's guilt based on his inability to rescue the boy who drowned in a lake.It is Whyborne's fate to act as the catalyst for Blackbyrne's resurrection. It is his good fortune to have the esoteric knowledge, the robust support systems, and the steely moral center to offer resistance to the terrible forces Blackbyrne would like to harness in his quest for immortality...including Yog-Sothoth, mentioned by name! Luck is on Earth's side, since Whyborne went to Miskatonic University in Arkham and learned all sorts of useful philological tricks.H.P. Lovecraft's Mythos has long, long, long tentacles.Whyborne, who detests being called Percy, has the excellent fortune to meet and fall in lust, in love, then into the arms of, strong, capable, experienced Griffin Flaherty. Another lad of the time whose Sodomitical tendencies were the catalyst for his exile from his only home and then his worst nightmare coming true, Griffin likes cats (an entire star off my rating of the book for that horrible lapse in authorial judgment) and goofy, gawky men, which makes him the best possible partner for Whyborne. The worst nightmare part is the bit that's most important. Griffin, you see, has experienced the dark and terrifying reach of the Mythos into ordinary life first hand. Its indelible mark on his soul means he will go to any length to combat the entry of those from Outside into our safe little home. Whyborne is embroiled with the Blackbyrne followers by virtue of birth and constitutionally unable to tolerate their wickedness by nature. He and Griffin must combat the actual demons and face their personal ones simultaneously and together.The remaining half-star was lost to this book by the sheer improbability of a multi-century evil cabal surviving in Puritanical Massachusetts, the improbably used facets of Lovecraft's Mythos with Egyptian mythology, and assorted anachronistic speech patterns. My standards for entertaining fiction aren't all that high, but Griffin's invented nickname for Whyborne (since he understandably dislikes Percy) flew straight into my craw and stuck there."Ival"? How is that even pronounced?!The next entry in the series is a short work called Eidolon. I'll be reviewing it soon..

  • Lena♥Ribka
    2018-12-09 02:58

    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.

  • Steelwhisper
    2018-12-05 21:46

    4.5* Some mild spoilers below!This was a fresh, very enjoyable read, which except for one or two niggles really warmed my heart. I absolutely adored the balance of plot and character development, it was perfect. I sat on the edge of my chair even though I'm not (anymore) into paranormal or horror tales, still I was quite invested in the PNR plot of this and wanted things to be unravelled and come to closure. It wasn't that dime a dozen a plot either, there were several twists the results of which I never saw coming.All three main characters, shy Percival, broken Griffin and beard Christine, were absolutely completely delicious. I loved and love them and this is a book I definitely will reread. I adored that on the romantic side of the plot there was like 80% less sex than your average m/m. Not just that, this time the author fairly managed to keep in character and have the sexual experience build comparatively slowly, (view spoiler)[concentrating on practices and mannerisms geared to set a total and also repressed virgin like Percival at ease. I could have done without the episode of anal sex there, because it felt put on, as if the author thought she had to have anal to have this count as "full" m/m romance. However, their relationship would have supported staying with the other practices.(hide spoiler)]I adored how the author played for once really and truly with UST and allowed the intimacy to unfold slowly.By the way: nice cover! Fitting that there are no headless chunks of meat on a slab.While I'd say that some of the language and locations and a few expressions were slightly wrong or anachronistic for the era, it was never truly taking me out of the story. I loved reading an author who acknowledged that "cock" was considered an unspeakable word at the time, at least by a well-mannered person and who used "member" instead in most of Percival's inner dialogue. Not just that it was fully in character, it is also delightful to be spared the usually hopelessly vulgar prose of many m/m stories for once. The spare uses of "cock" when they happened were perfectly picked to show how Percy was approaching sexuality at last.The niggles. There were few: I would like for the author to take greater care to eradicate any anachronisms. I disliked the old hairy trope of the big misunderstanding when it came. I'd have wished for something else to be used in the climax. The slight touch of Mary-Sueishness to Percival in the brothel scene and later during the showdown. A bit less on both these occasions I'd have just as believed and found enough of a character development. All of this is not enough to detract more than half a star here. Let me be blunt, of course this book doesn't really compare with some of the masterpieces I gave 5* to. But that's not how I grade. I look at "what the plan is", meaning at what a book wants to be, and I grade within that scope. I do not really compare a book like this with Shakespeare or Mary Renault. So yes, I can and do give it 5* and hope the author keeps writing such fresh stories!

  • Chelsea
    2018-11-18 04:08

    I am soooooo glad there are more books in this series because I may have died if I couldn't read more about these two. I am in love with this story!!!! Just look at my updates! If you like paranormal mysteries and shy, vulnerable, possessive, awkward, sweet men. If you like great world building and strong side characters. If you like friends to lovers and super HOT sex. If you like beautiful descriptive writing and humour, you'll LOVE this book!I could go on, but I've just finished night shift and refused to sleep so I could finish this, so words are not looking right now :-P Just read the book please :-D

  • Kaje Harper
    2018-11-26 05:52

    4.5 stars. This book is an engaging read from start to finish, with a narrator who is appealing, believable and who develops and grows through the course of the story. Percival Endicott Whyborne begins the story as a quiet, repressed scholar, substituting a life of the mind for any engagement in the wider world. His internal guilt, over the accidental but preventable death of the boy he once loved, has kept him away from any other emotional entanglements. But when ex-Pinkerton detective Griffin Flaherty approaches him for help in a perplexing case, involving a cryptic book, Whyborne cannot remain disengaged.I enjoyed the story, the tone, the melding of historical details and feel with a slightly more modern sensibility to produce a fun, fast and romantic paranormal mystery. This has a bit of the feel of my favorite Tamara Allen historicals. The sex in this one is on-page, and well done. The presence of a strong female secondary character is a bonus. The end wrapped up just a little fast, with a couple of dangling threads that were a concern, but I believe there is to be a sequel which will potentially address some of those. The progression of the romance was very satisfying, and the moment of misunderstanding and angst was plot-driven and worked for me. This book didn't grab my heart inexorably, but I was very fond of Whyborne, and of Griffin, and will look forward eagerly to the next installment. And as a bonus, the cover is just lovely.

  • Bark
    2018-12-18 01:05

    Percival Whyborne is a shy, socially awkward kind of guy, comfortable hiding away with moldy old tomes. The thought of taking a lunch outside his office and having to actually converse with someone is out of his comfort zone. He can speak 13 languages and can read even more but he doesn’t think that any big thing.He’s sweet and modest and hiding himself from the world for more reasons than shyness.When Griffin Flaherty, a handsome PI walks into his life and ask Whyborne to decipher a mysterious journal his world is about to get a whole heck of a lot more exciting. As you may have guessed, this is no ordinary old book.Some very sinister things happen and Whyborne finds himself playing a huge role in all of it. He’s also forced to put some demons in his past to rest which resulted in some pretty great character building. Along the way, he and Griffin become friends and in between mystery solving and monster slaying there’s plenty of time for innocent kisses and a whole lot more.Widdershins is a strange mix of monsters, mystery, and action along with a well-developed sweet and very sexy romance. I was worried it would fall down and fail me but somehow it all works. There is great care taken here to develop all aspects of the story. It has spooky atmosphere and lovable characters. There was only one point where I had my doubts, when Whyborne discovers something in Griffin’s room, but I got over it and cannot wait to read more."This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast.com."I listen to a ton of audio and I am pretty picky about narration. This narrator did a decent job with Whyborne but unfortunately a not-so-great job with Griffin’s character. They have very different personalities but sound exactly alike which left me feeling a little confused here and there (though I admit that is not too difficult a feat). I would’ve liked more of a distinction between the two and would give the narration a 3 while the story gets a 4 1/2. Even with that said, I've just restarted the audio because I can't face deleting it without listening one more time.

  • Natasha
    2018-11-20 22:39

    What a bunch of mindfuckery!What a totally awesome, fun, interesting book! Man, I loved this. It needs a place on my favorites shelf.First off.. Guardians? WTF? READING about them made me feel yucky. That's so messed! Ewwwwwww!Also this book was cute and Percival was just adorable! Also the sex scenes? Uh... hot. Hot hot hot! Like jalapeno hot.If you read a lot of M/M romance... like myself, read this because it's an unusual world and a time period I'm not used to reading about in M/M books, but the actual romance is great and the story is probably even better.

  • Sara
    2018-12-13 04:50

    ACK! I would ask the normal question of why did it take me so long to read this, but I know why; the paranormal aspect of the story. It's not what I normally read these days but a few friends promised me I would love this if I gave it a chance and OH BOY did I ever. The paranormal scenes of the story are actually brilliant. They reminded me of watching Supernatural or an episode of my beloved X-Files... Mulder, there's something out there. It was easy and comfortable to get lost in each page of this book, even the parts that grossed me out or made me jump. This whole story is brilliant and smart and witty and engaging and fucking romantic. Good lord. This was just amazing. I loved Whyborne from the beginning. His fumbling, awkward ways are bits of myself and he endeared himself to me early on. I loved getting to know him, his lonely history, but how damn smart he was and how undeserving of love or affection he felt. The moments where he lets his guard down melted me into a puddle of goo and when you add Mr. Griffin Flaherty to that mix. Sparks fly and champagne... corks... pop. *Groans*Griffin, you my dear were stunning and your story is no less intriguing than your Ival's. That name? Ival? I am a sucker for endearments and names being used that way? Knowing where and why it was given? Yeah, Griffin was stunning and I love his dirty mouth and what he makes Whyborne admit. *nods* Yep, that man is gorgeous. But speaking about gorgeous and bad ass... I want to be Christine! Hell yeah and a fist pump to one kick ass female character in a m/m romance novel who is more than just a sidekick or a caricature. Christine rocks and I adore her honest friendship with Whyborne. She is amazing.So this story was one that I counted as out of my comfort zone but I took a chance and it paid off. I am hooked on the adventures of this trio and the romance between two amazing men. I can't wait for more, I am all aboard and ready to go.

  • Ms. Smartarse
    2018-11-18 00:04

    I got into the M/M romance genre relatively late, and mostly because I needed some respite from the overly flowery and cliche-filled vocabulary of the historical romance genre. I wanted to get that awesome feeling of reading "guilty pleasure" again, without getting hung up on language subtleties. As such,Josh Lanyon's no-nonsense approach was a welcome change, which ultimately proved to be seriously addictive.So when my best friend calledJordan L. Hawk better than Lanyon, the comparison sounded almost blasphemous to my fangirl ears. I felt oddly honor-bound to refute it. Never mind that I had been the one to recommend the book(s) in the first place... based on Roxana's review.... and that's how I met your mo-- er found a new book series to obsess about. I got a Victorian era (well, the American equivalent of it) fantasy slash mystery slash fluff slash er slaaaaaaaaaash, featuring two rather likable and highly flawed main characters, and for bonus points there's an interesting mystery to flavor their illicit rendezvous.To be fair, the mystery aspect of the story reminded me a bit too much of Full Metal Alchemist, although I imagine it's not the first book/manga that ever dealt with the (un)ethical side of alchemy... even if it was the only one I've read. Additionally, the more controversial aspects of it ended up being rushed through, in favor of devoting more time to the more salacious aspect of Whyborne and Griffin's relationship. Oh who am I kidding?! Those were my favorite parts of the book, and I've reread the relevant passages several times over, before finally pushing the "next page" button on my Kindle. Heck, I even documented these moments with a most appropriate gif (crazy giggling and pillow hugging included) here on GR:Score: 3.2/5 starsI wouldn't say that Jordan L. Hawk's writing is necessarily better than Josh Lanyon's, but I very much like it. So much so, that I devoured the following 3 books in the series in quick succession, and happily maxed-out my e-book budget on Amazon to get all the published books in the series.OK, that's an exaggeration: the 3-book collections have a very good price - but you get my meaning. New obsession!============================================Review of book 1.5: EidolonReview of book 2: ThresholdReview of book 3: StormhavenReview of book 4: NecropolisReview of book 5: BloodlineReview of book 6: HoarfrostReview of book 7: MaelstromReview of book 8: Fallow

  • Mandapanda
    2018-11-17 23:42

    Edit: Reread it before checking out the sequel and I liked it a lot better the second time round. Upped from 3.5 to 4 stars.Original review:3.5 stars. Solid historical paranormal mystery about a repressed introverted Philologist who is embroiled in a murder investigation with a dashing private investigator. I'm not sure why I didn't enjoy this more than I did because all the ingredients were there, good story and an appealing pairing. After all who doesn't love the shy nerdy professor type! But I just wasn't completely caught up in the romance and I felt like I had read the story before. Maybe I'm having an off day. Anyway I enjoy this author's work and I admire that she is self-published and does such a good job of it. I will no doubt pick up the next book in this series.

  • Isabel
    2018-12-01 21:45

    This book is fantastic, and I have to say thanks to Em and Mandy, who encouraged me to reading it!It has so many ingredients that I love: mystery, fantasy, magic, history, books, enigmas and ciphers, has a great female character and two fabulous MCs!I enjoyed this book immensely and I love Whyborne and Griffin! I want to read more of them, because they are amazing and hot together!!!

  • Meags
    2018-11-29 01:39

    4 StarsJolly good fun!Widdershins is one hell of an engaging story, full of mystery, intrigue, horror and humour, and featuring a romance that will leave you smiling for days. Here, Hawk has crafted an astoundingly impressive historically set story, starring two extremely adorable male leads, one feisty female sidekick, and a bunch of ghoulish foes just begging to be thwarted!

  • Emma Sea
    2018-11-30 23:48

    The two MCS together are romantic and hot. The female character kicks ass, booyah! The plot itself is well-structured, but for some reason it didn't grab me. (view spoiler)[ It just seemed so vast for a small town, where everybody minds their own business. After saving the world, what on earth could be left for book 2? (hide spoiler)]. I'd like to read about Widdershins again, and I'll take as much of Ival and Griffin as I can get.

  • Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
    2018-12-12 23:07

    "I craved him, like an opium addict craved the pipe: the sound of his voice, the touch of his hand, his mere presence in the same room."Recommended to me by Jade : my fizzy confidant and expert advise giver with all that makes you feel things™ How a private detective, an archaeologist, and a comparative philologist were to thwart the plans of a powerful secret society, I had no idea.Widdershins made me feel allll the things™ and I couldn't help but feel the different shades of self satisfaction as I read (and re-read ;)) the adventures that Griffin Flaherty and Percival Whyborne experienced. (and re-experienced ;) )This review is flagged NSFW (Note-worthy Sexual innuendoes Following Widdershins) _________________ The MysteryThis novel is first and foremost a mystery. The romance bit is secondary to the plot line, however the mystery is what the story fell back on for me. Call me out for being a daft idiot, but I only started getting into the grooves of the mystery taking place after about 70% of the book. There was a lot that went on and sub characters that weren't explained so it was hard for me to flesh out the story. Especially because it does have a paranormal aspect to it - I wanted to magic and darkness to come alive before my eyes. (I am not blaming my kindle. Papaya is my one true love and she knows more about me than I do. Papaya is the name of my kindle.) However, from my perspective it didn't happen. This was one of the major drawbacks that caused my rating to be average. The MenLet me just... Let me just give you a couple of my reactions with some gifs. 1."Perhaps he simply couldn’t imagine anyone would stay with a man who wasn’t entirely whole. Who had been broken, and hadn’t managed to put all the pieces back together."2."Then he kissed me back, and it would never be enough, a thousand years of this would not be enough."3."Surely he had to know. I was on my knees in front of—oh. He knew exactly what I intended. He just wanted to hear me say it."4."I need you.” The skin of his neck was warm, just above the collar, and he shivered when my breath touched it. “You make me feel alive. Everything else is just a role, but this is real."The Mating (Apologies, I honestly just needed a synonym for sex that started with 'm'...)"You are as much a cipher to me as that book.”Griffin was everything. Damaged and Dirty. But then, so was Whyborne. Shy and Strong."God, I wanted more time. A fortnight hadn’t been enough. A lifetime wouldn’t have been enough"(Yeah, you and I both bud...) The romance in this book killed it. It deserved everything and more and these characters - holy hell. They could make your eyes roll back. With uhh happiness. Yeah, with happiness. In all seriousness, both of them had something that just filled you with a bitter sweet feeling and the love, albeit not centre focused was why I adored this story. I had dedicated my life to words. But sometimes, words are not needed. We sat together quietly in the warmth of the fire, and watched snow drift past the window, for as long as we were able."

  • ttg
    2018-12-08 05:51

    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 Griffon align well to. Dash and Dingo and The Only Gold are some of my favorite m/m historicals, 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 Griffon’s chemistry also didn’t feel very realized. 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.

  • Em
    2018-12-03 04:54

    Loved, loved, loved this book! Thanks to Susan and Mandy for recommending it! It was everything I was hoping it would be and a hell of a lot more. Widdershins is a resurrection mystery with a lot of action, some really scary scenes and two fantastic MC's. Percival is a withdrawn nerdy character who wouldn't say boo to a goose and Griffin is his saviour! He's confident, full of life and believes in Percial. The love scenes are very sweet but also seriously hot and the connection they share is so special. I love paranormal historicals, and it's great have a whole series of adventurers to work my way through.

  • Rhys Ford
    2018-12-09 00:08

    If you're going to buy one book this month... quarter...year... it would be this one. Seriously, fantastic writing, tight plot and great world building. I can't endorse this book enough. Well I could but I've got to sleep at some point. Read the blurb, buy the book and then go head over to Hainted which I just started last night. Also a fricking incredible read.Absolutely GORGEOUS writing. Author's now on my autobuy list.

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2018-12-14 03:42

    3.5 stars (Sigh, will Goodreads never add half stars?)“I seldom ate out, both for reasons of economy and because I feared someone might try to speak to me.” I've definitely had an interest in these historical M/M romance stories as of late. This story seemed perfect and - in ways - was. You have two great heroes of the story coming together over a paranormal force they have to solve together.Story-wise, there's a strong mystery with a semi-surprising ending that's far reaching. It's solved through both brain and brawn as the fumbling and awkward Percival uncovers a secret language code and uses his wits to solve a mystery that relies on ancient code. Detective Griffin uses his connections with the seedier parts of town and his strength as a private investigator. Their blend of techniques works well to find out who the big bad is behind the bad.Oh, and Christine was a little cliche but such fun. Plenty of tense scenes and tight moments when the characters seemed trapped and face creatively invented monsters. Violence and gore isn't held back from the book, loaning realism. Some creepy monsters crawling around, but they stay in the background behind the real enemy.Romance wise, it's ridiculously sweet for the first part. Loved both characters. Shy and awkward Percival was impossible to resist as he was besmitten by the confident newcomer. He doesn't get appreciation at work and is used to being the brunt of jokes, his family life sucks, and he prefers being alone over anything else. He wins in the hero factor, while Griffin started out strong for me but started weakening. He began to get a little whiny for my tastes and weak-willed. Their relationship started depending too much on too many sex scenes and this dampered my enthusiasm.Dialogue is charming, a lot of times funny, fitting naturally. Just the right amount of humor added a fun touch.Overall it's a good start to the series and I'll definitely check out the others sometime soon. The build up for the main mystery was a little slow, but that was when the relationship stood at its strongest. Later the story improved but the relationship faltered some. Guess everything can't be perfect at once.

  • TL
    2018-12-07 03:53

    Fell in love even more the second time around :) Mystery, some magic, suspense/drama and romance... what's not to love? Whyborne and Griffin fit so well together, the chemistry between them is electric. And Christine, will forever be my book sister... kind of a girl crush on herDoing a poor job (in my mind) but I love these characters so much, can't recommend it enough. Check em out :)Pre-read/review:*edited slightly, sorry for the spam*my personal vision for these characters :)*review to come when I re-read someday down the road*

  • Sofia
    2018-12-14 01:53

    3.75 starsLiked the story, the plot and the characters main and secondary. Ms Hawk writes a flowing narrative with well round characters and she does not stint this ability with her secondary characters. In fact all the people she introduces us to are interesting, (not all likeable but that is not a requirement for me). Aside from her development of Whybourne and Griffin, we have people like Christine (loved her), Bradley (wimp), Whybourne's parents etc, all people with their own personality and history who further enrich the story.Ms Hawk is also able to create atmosphere, so we are placed in the correct time, place and season with people of a certain background, all this is reflected by her writing.I had a slight problem with some of the endearments but that is probably a personal dislike of mine.I look forward to continuing the series.