Reviewed by Nikyta
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Hexworld #1
Heroes: Tom & Cicero
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 244 pages
Release Date: May 6, 2016
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Will a dark history doom their future together?
New York copper Tom Halloran is a man with a past. If anyone finds out he once ran with the notorious O’Connell tunnel gang, he’ll spend the rest of his life doing hard time behind bars. But Tom’s secret is threatened when a horrible murder on his beat seems to have been caused by the same ancient magic that killed his gang.
Cat shifter Cicero is determined to investigate the disappearance of one friend and the death of another, even though no one else believes the cases are connected. When the trail of his investigation crosses Tom’s, the very bohemian Cicero instinctively recognizes the uncultured Irish patrolman as his witch. Though they’re completely unsuited to one another, Cicero has no choice but to work alongside Tom…all the while fighting against the passion growing within.
Tom knows that taking Cicero as his familiar would only lead to discovery and disaster. Yet as the heat between them builds, Tom’s need for the other man threatens to overcome every rational argument against becoming involved.
But when their investigation uncovers a conspiracy that threatens all of New York, Tom must make the hardest decision of his life: to live a lie and gain his heart’s desire, or to confess the truth and sacrifice it all.
When I read The 13th Hex, I fell in love with that book and the world Ms. Hawk created so I was excited to get back to this series and explore more of the the MWP. And I must say, Tom and Cicero are very different from Dominic and Rook but I still enjoyed their journey.
Tom may be a hexbreaker but he also has a past as part of a notorious gang that no one knows about especially now that he’s a respectable regular cop. But when he comes across a horrible murder that takes him back to his last night as part of that gang, his secret may be threatened. Then he meets Cicero, a familiar in the MWP who he’s partnered with to investigate the murders, and things change even more for Tom. The first time Cicero sees Tom, he knows immediately Tom’s his witch but he’s not exactly thrilled about it. The more they work together, the more feelings develop but when secrets are revealed and their lives are threatened, will they be able to work through everything or will it all fall down around them?
I must say, I adored Tom! I loved that he was such a gentle giant. He might have looked like a big bruiser but he was so sweet and sincere, I just loved him. It took me a little longer to warm up to Cicero, though. I loved that he was a cat but he was a little too dramatic for my tastes. But the more he worried about Tom and his friends, the more I liked him so by the end, I fell in love with him too. I loved them both together, their passion and how well they fit together.
My only issue with this one is about 30% in, I started to lose interest. I can’t point my finger on why but it took a little bit for me to get back into it (about 20% or so more) before I really got sucked into the book again.
In the end, though, I really enjoyed this one. I loved seeing Tom struggle with his secret and Cicero struggle with the possible bond between them. I’m looking forward to seeing more of this world and getting to know more familiars and witches. Definitely give this a go if you’re looking for an interesting mystery mixed with a historical paranormal setting.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*