Book Reviews

Hexslayer (Hexworld 3) by Jordan L. Hawk at Widdershins Press

Genre Gay / Historical / Paranormal / Fantasy / Alternate Reality / 19th Century / Shifters / Magic / Wizards & Witches / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 06-October-2017

Book Blurb

Horse shifter Nick has one rule: never trust a witch.

Nick has devoted his life to making his saloon a safe haven for the feral familiars of New York. So when a brutal killer slaughters a feral under his protection, Nick has no choice but to try and catch the murderer. Even if that means bonding with a handsome Irish witch.

Officer Jamie MacDougal came back from the war in Cuba missing part of a leg and most of his heart. After his former lover becomes one of the killer’s victims, Jamie will do anything to solve the case.

Nick comes to Jamie with a proposal: after making a temporary bond, they will work together to stop the murders. Once the killer is caught, they walk away and never see one another again.

It sounds simple enough. But the passion that flares between the two men won’t be so easily extinguished. And if Nick can’t learn to trust his witch, he stands to lose everything—including his life.

Book Review

“The more you hide your feelings for someone. The more you fall for them.” - Unknown

Nick never thought he would come to a time in his life when he would willingly bond with a witch. He has spent years helping the feral community feel safe but now they are being brutally murdered. Nick is determined to find out who is killing them. When his goal to keep fellow familiars safe (which can only be achieved by bonding) clashes with his ability to help, Nick makes Jamie, a detective with the Witch Police. They plan to bond for a month then have the bond dissolved after that time. Being Jamie's familiar will give Nick the connections and authority to legally investigate the murders.

Due to Nick's prejudice against witches, his first meeting with Jamie overrides his good sense and he treats Jamie like the enemy. Instead of becoming angry, Jamie tries to keep his perspective but grouchy Nick doesn't make it easy. Even with the conflict between them, they are drawn together physically. They spend a lot of time helping fellow ferals get around unfair legislation, not expecting anything in return. Nick withholds information, some of which Jamie deserves to know. Nick has known from the beginning that Jamie is his witch, but even after they have bonded, Nick doesn't tell Jamie.

As they grow closer, Nick's defenses begin to dissolve. It starts with Nick having to admit that Jamie “isn't too bad for a witch”. As a horse familiar, he swore he would never let anyone ride on his back but he finally allows Jamie that privilege. Nick's most ardent rule is that he does not have sex with witches. That resolve also goes out the window when Nick and Jamie experience the strength of their bond; it is the best sex either has ever had. Nick starts to have serious second thoughts about dissolving the bond when the allotted time is over but doesn't mention that to Jamie either.

The investigation that started with one murder, becomes more complex as several other ferals are killed. The closer they get to the truth, the more dangerous it becomes for Jamie and Nick, but that doesn't deter them from following the trail left by the murderer. They finally get a description of the murderer, but it doesn't make sense…

When Jordan writes books like this one, I'm not sure whether I should praise her imagination or be very afraid of her. The amazing thing to me is how much I am enjoying this series when I normally avoid scary books and shifters in particular, but here I am clinging to every word and holding my breath most of the time. Jamie and Nick are fascinating characters, with flaws like everyone else; that makes them more interesting. It was fun seeing the characters from the other books: Tom and Cicero; Malachi and Owen; and Dominick Rook. Jordan's writing is brilliant, descriptive, and frightening. There are several threads, too many to mention in this short review, that run through the love story and they are all expertly tied together in the conclusion. Thank you, Jordan, for once again entertaining and scaring me all at the same time. I can hardly wait to see what happens next in Hexworld.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 260 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-October-2017
Price $4.99 ebook
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