Rate: 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Paranormal, Historical
Duration: 9 hours and 15 minutes
Narrator: Julian G. Simmons
Published: May 24, 2013
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 View: I enjoyed this first in the series, but not as much as other books by the author. Perhaps because this is one of her oldest volumes and her writing had matured over time. Even so, the story was interesting and engaging; especially, the historical aspects.
I liked everything about this story, from the characters, the events, to the every day mundane situations. It almost read as an MM installment in the Indiana Jones franchise. The addition of Christine to the story gave more to the plot than a simple love story. At the same time, it helped the author set the characteristic of the time; in which women in the workforce were as frown upon as gay men.
The relationship between Griffin and Percival felt more like an HFN than an HEA to me. Maybe if Percival had taken a little longer to fall for Griffin, it would have worked better for me. He went from 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds.
Narrator: I got the additional audio edition, but I didn’t like the narrator. I’m not sure if it was the quality of the recording or the voices; it needed a little more. It was good enough to listen as I drove or when cooking, but not a narration to be immersed on.
What I liked the most: The historical aspect and how well the author integrated little bits of history to the fictional elements.
I wanted more of: A relationship between Griffin and Percival. I felt more of a connection between Leander and Percival.
Who should read it: Jordan L. Hawk fans.