Reviewed by Heather C
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Whyborne & Griffin #5
Genre: M/M Historical
Length: 299 Pages
Publisher: Jordan L. Hawk
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Smashwords
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Between his bullying father and dissolute brother, Percival Endicott Whyborne has quite enough problematic family members to deal with. So when his sister returns to Widdershins asking for help solving the mystery of a derelict ship, Whyborne is reluctant to get involved. Until, that is, a brutal murderer strikes, leaving Whyborne and his lover Griffin no choice but to take the case.
The investigation leads them deep into a conspiracy of blackmail, murder, and darkest sorcery. But worst of all are the secrets held within the family itself, one of which will destroy everything Whyborne believed to be true, not only about his family, but about himself.
Imagine this: It’s late January 2013 and Rhys Ford sends me a text message telling me that I MUST read this book called Widdershins. Widder-what? And eww, it’s HISTORICAL!! At the time, I was in such a pathetic book funk that I was willing to give something new a try, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’m even willing to go so far as to say that Whyborne and Griffin are majorly responsible for my subsequent obsession with M/M historical romance…and Jordan for being the master creator of one of my top all time favorite couples. I guess I also need to give Rhys a little credit here too.
If you are familiar with this series, then you know that the clever titles always give a big clue to the focus of the book. Bloodline. It says it all. It uncovers unimaginable family secrets on the Endicott side and reveals that there is more to the town of Widdershins than anyone ever knew…and I really can’t say much more without giving away all kinds of spoilers. I would rather give you the chance to be like me screaming “ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod” every other chapter or “no, Whyborne, don’t do THAT”!!
Bloodline is definitely my favorite book in the entire series…so far.
It seems to me that everything that has happened so far in this series, are only smaller pieces setting up the big revelation that occurs here in Bloodline. And every bit of it holds more importance now than it appeared to at the time. Seriously, think about everything you know about Whyborne and his family and throw it out the window. Then think about all those subtle things that have come up that seemed too easily explained and coincidental. There! Those are the clues!! Ha! I’m not even making sense anymore… My mind is blown!!
Let me try and simplify my thoughts:
The Mystery: Wow, it just amazes me how thought out and tight this was. The mysteries and the prophecies were so completely intertwined that I could not even come up with a decent suspect, besides predicting how it would all come to an end. And it all fit perfectly with the previous books.
The Creatures: Well, as usual, I can’t say what they are, but ohmygod!! Freaky! And beautiful at the same time.
The Sorcery: In the two years since Whyborne discovered sorcery, he’s been studying to learn more and more spells and expand his powers…disregarding all the discouragement from Griffin. When Whyborne starts spiraling out of control, it will always be Griffin there to bring him back.
“…What if…what if there is some darkness in me? Something terrible inside?
“Then we’ll face it together.” Griffin touched my face with one hand, fingers tender. Finding the hotter wetness of tears amidst the cold rain. “You are the love of my life.”
The Romance: I ♥ Whyborne and Griffin, and I LOVE when Whyborne gets all dominant and toppy! But ohmygod these two had my stomach in knots!! I knew they would work everything out, but still…
The Ending: Well THAT was totally tear worthy!! I had to read the last scene twice because I could hardly read through my tears the first time. Just a sec, I’m going to go read it one more time.
What’s next? Looks like book six will be titled Hoarfrost. I do hope that is a clue that Whyborne and Griffin…and Christine will be taking a trip to the Yukon!
Overall Impression: It Was Amazing
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*