Reviewed by Heather C
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Whyborne & Griffin #3
The Heroes: Percival Endicott Whyborne & Griffin Flaherty
Genre: M/M Historical Romance, Paranormal
Length: 68, 140 words
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Available at: Smashwords, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Mysterious happenings are nothing new to reclusive scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne, but finding one of his colleagues screaming for help in the street is rather unusual. Allan Tambling claims he can’t remember any of the last hour—but someone murdered his uncle, and Allan is covered in blood.
Whyborne’s lover, dashing ex-Pinkerton detective Griffin Flaherty, agrees to prove Allan’s innocence. But when Allan is deemed insane and locked away in the Stormhaven Lunatic Asylum, Griffin finds himself reliving the horrifying memories of his own ordeal inside a madhouse.
Along with their friend Christine, the two men become drawn deeper and deeper into a dark web of conspiracy, magic, and murder. Their only clue: a missing artifact depicting an unknown god. Who stole the artifact, and why can’t Allan remember what happened? And what is the truth behind the terrible experiments conducted on Stormhaven’s forbidden fourth floor?
It will take all of Whyborne’s sorcery and Griffin’s derring-do to stop the murderers and save Allan. But first, they must survive an even greater challenge: a visit from Griffin’s family.
*Sigh* I’ve adored Whyborne and Griffin from the beginning! Sometimes I struggle with reading books about established couples, hence the reason why I have put off reading this one for so long, but Whyborne and Griffin were as wonderful as always. Definitely still up there on my favorite couples list, and more in love with each other than ever.
The mystery: Whyborne and Griffin have encountered (and survived) disgusting monsters and alien creatures…and this time they are up against an unknown god and its crazy followers. This all leads W&G to Stormhaven (an insane asylum)…and Griffin has to face his past…literally. I struggled a bit with the water/dream scenes, although I believe that’s just me and not the fault of the writing. Also, there wasn’t any big twist at the end like there was in the previous two books.
The family: We finally get to meet Griffin’s adoptive parents…and his cousin Ruth. Yeah, that gets interesting.
The BFF: Christine is still one kick-ass woman; she’s always ready for a little breaking-and-entering and whatever else W&G decide to invite her along for…almost. And I love how she defends and supports Whyborne no matter how ridiculous she thinks he is being…even when it comes to his choices about Griffin.
This wasn’t my favorite storyline/mystery of the series, but the progression of the love story just did it for me. Plus, I can’t wait to see what spells Whyborne will learn next, and how we will get Griffin to forgive him for it.
I will leave you with a few of my favorite quotes…
Given our past history, I doubted his word, but I followed him anyway. I would have followed him anywhere: to a saloon, or bathhouse, or hell itself. Did he understand that? He felt such shame at his fits and his past, but I could not possibly imagine loving him more. Except I did. Every day. Which didn’t really disprove my point.
“Yes, I-I wish to be with you until the breath leaves my body, until the last stars burn out and the earth falls into the dying sun.” ~ Whyborne
Overall Impression: I Loved It!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*