Reviewed by Heather C
Author: KJ Charles & Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal / Whyborne & Griffin #3
Heroes: Robert/Simon & Whyborne/Griffin
Genre: M/M Historical Romance, Paranormal
Length: 15,000 words
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Available at: Smashwords & All Romance eBooks
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Blurb: London, 1899. The beautiful people are dying…
A malevolent power is attacking London’s bright young things, and the only clue to what’s happening is written in ancient Egyptian script. As ghost-hunter Simon Feximal and his companion Robert Caldwell investigate the mysterious deaths, the arrival in London of a notorious scholar-sorcerer seems to hold the answer to more than one of their problems.
A quiet break in London while en route to Egypt turns dramatic for Dr Percival Endicott Whyborne and his lover Griffin Flaherty when they encounter the hostile ghost-hunter. Feximal clearly suspects the worst of Whyborne – and his flirtatious sidekick seems to think a great deal too well of Griffin…
Jordan L Hawk’s heroes Whyborne and Griffin meet KJ Charles’ occult detectives from the Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal in a mystery that takes all four lovers through the decadent underworld of Victorian London in pursuit of an ancient and deadly evil.
OMFG! This was awesome!! Just imagine my excitement when I discovered that two of my favorite authors were writing a story together…Whyborne and Griffin and Robert and Simon all in that one little story together! Wait, not that kind of together, you pervs.
I’ve been following Whyborne and Griffin for a little over a year now; its one of my favorite series and they are definitely one of my favorite couples! And The Magpie Lord was another of my favorite reads from 2013. So when I found out Jordan and KJ were collaborating together, I had to quickly read the Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal stories just so I would be ready for the
big short story. Okay, yes its short at about 15,000 words and there is A LOT going on, but in no way is it lacking. Plus, IT’S FREEEEEEEE!
Remnant, takes place four months after Stormhaven and five years after Butterflies. (Yes, I know I’m throwing out a lot of book titles here, but if you see that you are not recognizing any of them, then you need to go check out just what you are missing.) The story is told in alternating POVs by Robert and Whyborne. Drats, I was hoping to get inside Griffin’s head once more. But oh my, my we get to see a new side of Whyborne. The jealous Whyborne!
Robert and Simon are working a case where beautiful people are turning up as mutilated corpses. Whyborne and Griffin have traveled to London for Whyborne to translate an artifact for Christine. I’m not going to tell you how, but the two couples end up working on Simon’s case together…and OMG is it perfection! Of course not everyone in the foursome (not that kind of foursome) will get along. Robert and Griffin have a bit of fun teasing and testing the self-control of their lovers. Ha! And some of it is abso-freaking-lutely HILARIOUS!!! I LOVED seeing Whyborne through Robert’s eyes. He’s the most adorable little sorcerer out there (don’t tell him I said that because he will deny being a sorcerer). And a jealous Whyborne is a possessive Whyborne!
There have been some changes between Robert and Simon since we last saw them in Butterflies, it has been five years after all. And while I can’t say that I know them as well as I know Whyborne and Griffin, its interesting to see how Simon and Robert really work together…and what happens when Robert gets a bit out of line.
Can this be read as a stand alone? Well, the Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal stories are super short and easy to catch up on, but I don’t think you will be lost in Simon and Robert’s relationship if you skipped directly to this one. On the other hand, if you aren’t caught up on Whyborne and Griffin, well, there are some pretty big Stormhaven spoilers here. BUT, I think if you haven’t read any book from either series, you shouldn’t have any difficulty following the story.
It was a lot of fun seeing the two distinct voices of KJ and Jordan coming together to write this darling little story. I do hope this isn’t their last collaboration.
Can’t wait for Whyborne & Griffin #4; looks like the boys might be headed to Egypt next. And I wonder what case of Simon’s Robert will choose share with us next…
Overall Impression: I Loved It!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*