Spooky! Drakenwood (Whyborne & Griffin #9) Audiobook by Jordan L Hawk Narrated by

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Blurb

Someone is killing members of the old families…and the evidence points to Whyborne.

Widdershins has been unusually quiet for months. But now a mysterious creature from the Outside is on the loose, assassinating members of the town’s old families by draining their blood. Whyborne and Griffin set out to solve the mystery—but as the evidence piles up, the police begin to suspect Whyborne himself is the murderer.

Now Whyborne must both clear his name and stop the horrors the monster threatens to unleash. His only hope: an alliance with his old enemies the Endicotts.

Because something terrible lurks in the Draakenwood, and it will stop at nothing to seize control of the maelstrom itself.

Draakenwood is the ninth book in the Whyborne & Griffin series, where magic, mystery, and m/m romance collide with Victorian era America.

 

Review

One could argue that you already know what this review is going to say, because I basically just repeat myself in every review I do for this series: I LOVED IT! I have no idea how Ms. Hawk manages to be 9 books in to a series and still continues to keep everything fresh, interesting and never ever tiresome or repetetive. I realise that not everyone loves the same kind of books, but truly, regardless of what kind of stories notmally does it for you, this series WILL do it for you. Ms. Hawk is a master! A true storyteller. She blends romance, friendship, family, suspense, the supernatural and historical fiction seamlessly and she never ever drops the ball! Really – we are 9 books in, and every thread that she has ever dangled has been neatly tied or woven deeper into the fabric of the main story arc. How she manages this while still somehow keeping each installment of the series self contained is a complete mystery to me – but she does!

This story picks up after Fallow ended. So many things are up in the air. The Fidelis is still an obvious threat but most of all there’s the impending arrival of the unknown masters, and with them, the end of the world, to worry about. This is a threat so much bigger than Whyborne, even bigger than the maelstroem and Whyborne ends up allying with old enemies to try and find out more, things are getting even more complicated by the arrival of a new police chief in town, who is out to make a name for himself. Widdershins knows it’s own, and this man is not one of them! This story is creepy and intense and it leaves you desperately needing the next book in the series.

I would say: go read it! But you really shouldn’t start here. Go back to the beginning. Start with Widdershins and be happy because you’ll know going in, that you will have 9 brilliant books ahead of you, with more to come!

Number of stars 6 out of 5

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Spooky! Infected Books 1 and 2 by Andrea Speed

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Blurbs

Book 1

In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds.

The murder of a former cop draws Roan into an odd case where an unidentifiable species of cat appears to be showing an unusual level of intelligence. He juggles that with trying to find a missing teenage boy, who, unbeknownst to his parents, was “cat” obsessed. And when someone is brutally murdering infecteds, Eli Winters, leader of the Church of the Divine Transformation, hires Roan to find the killer before he closes in on Eli.

Working the crimes will lead Roan through a maze of hate, personal grudges, and mortal danger. With help from his tiger-strain infected partner, Paris Lehane, he does his best to survive in a world that hates and fears their kind… and occasionally worships them. 

Book 2

Sequel to Infected: Prey
Infected: Book Two

In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a
born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve
crimes involving other infecteds.

The newly married Roan is struggling to balance his work with his home
life as he grows increasingly distracted by his husband Paris’s declining
health. One case with strong emotions attached takes up most of his time:
finding the murderer of a missing little rich girl. It’s a family with
secrets so toxic they’d rather no one investigate, and there’s no shortage
of suspects. But despite the dangers and obstructions involved, Roan won’t
stop… until he loses something infinitely precious as well.

Reviews

Book 1

While this review is only for the first book, the first six books are
available at a bargain priced set that I thought was worth mentioning.

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This is one of my favorite series. There’s great world building that feels
similar to True Blood or Anita Blake Vampire Hunter, werecats live openly
in society, the ability spread by a disease, with a complicated and
interesting world building on how society reacts to them. They are envied,
feared, even worshiped by some.

Our hero Roan is a likable intriguing character. He’s a rare werelion,
even more rare that he was born with the virus and thus has greater
control and power than most shifters. The realities of the fantastic
situation play out in interesting ways, with the strain of shifting taking
the toll on the health of most shifters causing them to die young.

Roan is a private detective and former cop, putting him in an uneasy
position with local police in his investigations into the disappearance of
a teenage boy who had a fascination with werecats and a series of murdered
werecats.

A great element of the novel was Roan’s relationship with his boyfriend
Paris. They’re an established couple at the beginning although I believe a
novella released later tells how they met. Paris is infected with a rare
werecat strain that is more taxing than most other strains and thus his
health and very life are in a precarious state. This felt very much like a
metaphor for any normal terminal illness, although joined with the men
being gay/bi (specifically Roan is gay and Paris is bi) and the stigma of
them being werecats definitely brought to mind HIV, and the way they get
on with living their lives with this hanging over their heads was touching
and thought provoking. Despite their problems of illness and prejudice
they have a real passion for life and love for each other.

Paris is a great love interest. He’s very very attractive, something he
uses to his advantage with a self aware sense of humor. Roan has very
human pangs of jealousy but it’s not really a problem for them either.
Their relationship is mature and there’s an element of friendship to it
beyond sex and romance that I found refreshing. They’re still very hot for
each other but that doesn’t get in the way of the plot or their
investigations.

The book has a strong ending, but not necessarily a happy one. I do think
it works well as a stand alone although I could see where the ending could
be interpreted as a cliffhanger. It’s a series, and the lives of Roan and
Paris continue into the next book.

5 of 5 stars

Book 2

Bloodlines picks up a bit after the first book, with Roan and Paris having
married in Canada between books (at a time when same sex marriage is still
illegal in the USA where they live). Paris’s health continues to decline
and the two men are coming to terms with the reality that he’s not likely
to live much longer. It does bring a darker tone to the book, but it’s not
overwhelmingly oppressive. The two men are both emotionally strong and
still living life to the fullest. The parallels of the werecat virus and
HIV continues and brings a deeper tone to the story.

In the middle of this very personal crisis Roan is persuaded to take on
the case of a missing woman from a wealthy and powerful family who are
strangely opposed to the investigation.

There’s no happy ending to be found here, and it’s a stronger story for
it. It’s still the ending the story demanded and leaves me anxious to get
to the next book.

5 of 5 stars

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Spooky! Fallow (Whyborne & Griffin #8) Audiobook by Jordan L Hawk

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Blurb

When Griffin’s past collides with his present, will it cost the lives of everyone he loves?

Between the threat of a world-ending invasion from the Outside and unwelcome revelations about his own nature, Percival Endicott Whyborne is under a great deal of strain. His husband, Griffin Flaherty, wants to help—but how can he, when Whyborne won’t tell him what’s wrong?

When a man from Griffin’s past murders a sorcerer, the situation grows even more dire. Once a simple farmer from Griffin’s hometown of Fallow, the assassin now bears a terrifying magical corruption, one whose nature even Whyborne can’t explain.

To keep Griffin’s estranged mother safe, they must travel to a dying town in Kansas. But as drought withers the crops of Fallow, a sinister cult sinks its roots deep into the arid soil. And if the cult’s foul harvest isn’t stopped in time, Fallow will be only the first city to fall.

Fallow is the eighth book in the Whyborne & Griffin series, where magic, mystery, and m/m romance collide with Victorian era America.

Review

The fist time I read this, this was my initial reaction:

“I really need to create a new shelf that is just called AWESOME! And every book in this series will be on it! Write quicker Ms. Hawke, I need the next installment yesterday!”

I still feel this way, about the entire series. That being said, this one is not my favourite book, but it still holds all the ingredients for a great Whyborne and Griffin story and we get a lot of interesting back story on Griffin and his family as we once again uproot the both couples and re-plant them in Griffin’s home town of Fallow.

It is not any authors that can manage to be on book 8 of a series and still be going so incredibly strong as Ms. Hawk is. There has not been a single dud between the 8 books and every story leaves you wanting the next book. Quite a feat!

Warmly recommended, just as any other book in the series, but read them in order! You need the whole thing to get the big picture!

Number of stars 6 out of 5

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Spooky! Destroyer of Worlds by Jordan L Hawk

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Blurb

After becoming possessed by the vampire spirit Gray, telekinetic Caleb Jansen thought his situation couldn’t get any worse. But that was before Graham Forsyth, head of SPECTR’s sinister Research Division, took him into custody.

Forsyth claims he can exorcise Gray before the forty-day time limit runs out. But once at RD, Caleb and Gray find themselves ensnared in a web of lies. What is the truth behind the tests Forsyth is performing on them? What does the agency really plan to do with Gray? And most worrisome of all, why does Gray sense demons within the walls of RD’s compound?

Caleb’s boyfriend, SPECTR agent John Starkweather, has suspicions of his own. With the help of his friend Sean and a shadowy organization known only by their symbol of a moth, John intends to save Caleb and Gray at any cost.

But when divided loyalties threaten his last chance at exorcism, Caleb discovers love may come at a price higher than he’d ever imagined.

Review

OMG out of the frying pan into the fire!

Because Caleb/Grey became known to the public after saving John’s ex-boyfriend in the previous book, General Forsyth has the perfect opportunity to claim that they needed to imprison them. And Caleb wants to believe that R & D will have the capabilities to exorcise before time runs out.

Jordan L Hawk ramps up the intrigue, introducing us to the Vigilant, showing us glimpses of what General Forsyth has planned, and a lot of revelations and running around. Much of the story is spent building up to the 6th and final book. It’s still a page turner and you learn a lot of the why and how of the story.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Spooky! The Ghost Slept Over by Marshall Thornton

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Blurb

 A ghostly romantic triangle!
When failed actor Cal Parsons travels to rural New York to claim the estate of his famous and estranged ex-partner he discovers something he wasn’t expecting…the ghost of his ex! And, worse, his ex invites Cal to join him for all eternity. Now. As Cal attempts to rid himself of the ghost by any means he begins to fall for the attractive attorney representing the estate. Will Cal be able to begin a new relationship or will he be seduced into the ever after?

 

 

 

Review

I had a lot of fun reading this! The story centres on a struggling actor (Cal), his dead ex (McCormack), who refuses to stay dead and the lawyer dealing with the McCormack’s estate, (Dewitt).
Cal and McCormack had been lovers years before, but had broken up (McCormack’s decision). When McCormack dies, he wills his estate to Cal who moves into his dead lover’s house while dealing with the inheritance. Cal finds himself dealing with the estate lawyer, the local theatre group and with his ex-lover – who wants Cal to ‘join him on the other side! This is not a scary read, but it is a bit unnerving to have a ghost dogging your every step, especially if you’re trying to ‘get it on’ with your new love interest ☺
The local play group come with their own agenda and Cal begins to think that selling everything and leaving may be the best way to go. Between himself and Dewitt, things get sorted out to the satisfaction of all involved – all without Cal having to die ☺
The plot is clever, almost reminiscent of old comedies of the 40’s and 50’s, (think The Ghost and Mrs. Muir).
Funny, romantic comedy; definitely recommend!

4 stars out of 5

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Spooky! Maelstrom (Whyborne & Griffin #7) Audiobook by Jordan L Hawk Narrated by Julian G Simmons

Amazon Link

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Blurb
Between his father’s sudden—and rather suspicious—generosity, and his own rash promise to help Christine plan her wedding, Percival Endicott Whyborne has quite enough to worry about. But when the donation of a mysterious codex to the Ladysmith Museum draws the attention of a murderous cult, Whyborne finds himself in a race against time to unlock its secrets first.

Griffin has a case of his own: the disappearance of an historic map, which quickly escalates to murder. Someone is sacrificing men in dark rituals—and all the clues lead back to the museum.

With their friends Christine and Iskander, Whyborne and Griffin must discover the cult’s true goal before it’s too late. For dark forces are afoot at the very heart of the museum, and they want more than Whyborne’s codex.

They want his life.

Review
This one is my favourite! I know I feel this way about every book in this series, but that is only because they keep getting better! Even if you wouldn’t think it possible!

I am in awe of Ms. Hawke and in desperate love with Julian G. Simmons narration of her work. I cannot read these books. I need Julian to read them to me. And he will, over and over and over again. This series is a keeper and one for the ‘Continuos re-reads’ shelf!

Maelstrom draws on every other book in the series and neatly ties up ends you didn’t even realise were lose! Whilst still leaving enough room for desperate fangirls like me to hope and wish for more. It was awesome – and as always Mr. Simmons was amazing. He IS Whyborne.

This book was so intense that you just could not stop reading. And that ending! Oh lordy! Talk about a cliffhanger in the overall story arc! Cannot wait for the continuation of this plot!

If you haven’t already read this amazing series, you have to drop everything and go get it. And get the audio too while you are at it, it adds magnificently to the experience, so please, let Mr. Simmons read it to you.

Go get it! Now! You will not be sorry.

Number of stars 6 out of 5
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Spooky! Stich by Tommy Kovac

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Blurb

In an eerie attic filled with living toys and dolls, one rag doll named
Stitch begins to awaken from his cotton-filled amnesia. Why does Granny
Pairley keep Stitch and his rag doll cousins captive in the playroom? Did
they once have lives outside the attic walls? Taunted by a pair of nasty
fairies called the Benders, and menaced by the very stinky Yum-Tum Bear,
Stitch finds comfort with Simon, the handsomest of the rag doll boys.
Along come the ghastly puppets Voodoo Dolly and Tinybones, leading Stitch
through hidden passageways to a dreadful secret room.
This digest-size re-issue of Stitch collects the entire story, plus
all-new extras exclusive to this edition.

Review

This is an old favorite, and a rather unusual book. It’s actually a
graphic novel (aka comic) and it doesn’t follow any expected rules or
structure. The black and white art is cute yet creepy and perfectly
compliments the prose.

The story begins with Stitch, his sister and cousins already transformed
into rag dolls by their lonely and disturbed grandmother. Their memories
of the past lives are fuzzy at best and they spend their time exploring
the vast mysterious world of the old playroom where they live. The other
toys are alive and often are strange and menacing. This reads something
like an adult horror version of Raggedy Ann meets Toy Story. Despite being
very much not a children’s story, this still captures something of the
nearly forgotten essence of childhood, the power of make believe and
wonder and yes, fear.

What you might not expect is that this strangely sweet and macabre story
is also a gay love story. Stitch is somewhat in denial but coming to
accept that he is in love with his cute cousin Simon, who is also a rag
doll, and faces childish teasing from the other toys. Simon loves him back
and seems more at peace with his feelings. The two girl dolls are spunky
and likable. The grandmother is a distant presence but I feel her
personality strongly through the story. Her madness and loneliness sets
everything in motion.

I’ve given a lot of thought to the ending over the years, not quite sure
if it’s a happy ending or not, and I think it’s a stronger ending in it’s
ambiguity. Part of me wants a sequel just because I love the story so much
and want more, while I also think it’s perfect exactly as it is.

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Spooky! Eater of Lives By Jordan L Hawk

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Blurb

When a supernatural killer is implicated in a string of cannibalistic murders, federal exorcist John Starkweather must track the demon down with the help of his live-in lover, Caleb Jansen. Caleb is possessed by Gray, a vampire spirit who is a natural demon hunter.

Caleb’s desire to find the killer is tempered by the knowledge his own time is running out. If John can’t successfully figure out how to exorcise Gray before forty days are up, the possession becomes permanent.

When John’s ex shows up, looking for a place to stay while visiting the city on business, tensions mount even higher. Lines are drawn and Caleb learns some decisions, once made, can never be changed.

Review

Well Jordan L Hawk has definitely hooked me in on her storyline! I picked this story up and read through it in one sitting.

We have the concern as to whether Grey can be exorcized, while all of us readers don’t want that to happen. There is the ex-boyfriend of John showing up, and Shawn telling Caleb he should step out of the picture. And while all of this is going on there is General Forsyth from R & D nosing around.

We meet a new demon, with little hints running through the story. The sex scenes keep getting hotter and hotter……. And we are left with a cliffhanger!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Spooky! Hoarfrost (Whyborne & Griffin #6) Audiobook by Jordan L Hawk Narrated by Julian G Simmons

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Blurb
Sorcerer Percival Endicott Whyborne and his husband Griffin Flaherty have enjoyed an unprecedented stretch of peace and quiet. Unfortunately, the calm is shattered by the arrival of a package from Griffin’s brother Jack, who has uncovered a strange artifact while digging for gold in Alaska. The discovery of a previously unknown civilization could revive the career of their friend Dr. Christine Putnam—or it might kill them all, if the hints of dark sorcery surrounding the find are true.

With Christine and her fiancé Iskander, Whyborne and Griffin must journey to the farthest reaches of the arctic to stop an ancient evil from claiming the life of Griffin’s brother. But in the rough mining camp of Hoarfrost, secrets fly as thickly as the snow, and Whyborne isn’t the only sorcerer drawn by the rumors of magic. Amidst a wilderness of ice and stone, Griffin must either face his greatest fear—or lose everyone he loves.

Review
Hoarfrost once again moves Whyborne out of Widdershins, as he and Griffin – along with Christine and Iskander – goes on a rescue mission for Griffins long lost older brother in Alaska. In this book we also gets Griffin’s point of view, which is a very nice touch. In fact Griffin is the main focal point in the plot line of this book. Almost all of the books in the series revolve around the family you love, siblings and parents, the family you are born with and the one you choose and this one certainly does too.

As always Jordan L. Hawk manages to tie bows on strings from ealier books, strings you didn’t even knew were lose, she manages to tie up nicely. I am in awe of this woman! Six books into the series and it is not only keeping up the awesomeness, she has also managed to not drop a single ball or leave a single plot hole on her way.

Great book, great series!

Number of stars 5 out of 5

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Spooky! The Case of the Guilty Ghost by RJ Scott and Amber Kell

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Blurb

The End Street Detective Agency #6

Bob is lost in grief, Sam is fighting for his life, and there is no middle ground. Can their love survive?

Bob is grieving over his brother’s sacrifice. Guilt-ridden and devastated, he buries himself in vampire mourning and pulls away from Sam.

Magic tears Sam from the vampire castle and he has to face new adversaries alone, when all he wants is Bob at his side.

Ettore is in the Aset Ka waiting room, next in line for the ceremony for his soul to be torn from his body. Aset Ka has other plans, and Ettore finds himself reunited with a lost love and fighting alongside his brother.

A forgotten past binds Theodore ‘Teddy’ McCurray Constantine III to Ettore, and with the curse tied to Ettore broken by his death, Teddy’s past returns to him with a vengeance.

A royal family in denial, a battle between gods, and long forgotten love leaves no time for Sam and Bob to take a breath. Is it too late to save the supernatural world

Review
The Case of the Guilty Ghost is the last in the End Street Detective Agency series. It’s a lovely paranormal world in which Sam slowly comes to terms with having magical powers and meets his mate Bob the Vampire. There is a wonderful array of creatures in this series, a gargoyle called Hal, dragon shifters, a cat familiar called Smudge and a moody ghost called Teddy. Although each story is an individual case you do need to read all the stories to follow the thread Sam’s building power and the strengthening of his relationship with Bob.

This is mainly Teddy’s story. He turns out to be Ettore (Bob’s brother) lost love who was killed by the evil younger brother. Ettore sacrifices himself for Bob at the end of book 5 and in this book the Vampire god Aset Ka sends Ettore’s soul back to carry out a task. Circumstances bring Ettore and Teddy back together but for how long? There is a lot going on in this finale, an evil brother, lovers reunited, vampire politics, kidnapping and the fulfilment of a prophecy. I liked the use of dry humour in the story to lighten the mood. A very enjoyable paranormal series with added mystery and lovely characters.

4 of stars out of 5

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