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Restless Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk

Restless Spirits

Restless Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk

Series: Spirits, Book 1
Published by: Widdershins Publishing on January 5, 2015
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)

Henry Strauss has no time for psychics or mediums. His own experience witnessing their deception has led him to develop machines that can detect spirits without the need for a medium–total objectivity. And he’s determine to prove that they work. So when he receives an invitation from Dominic Gladfield to investigate a haunted house and exorcise it of any malevolent beings, he jumps at the chance. Of course, the $500 prize is just as enticing.

Vincent Night received a similar invitation, but he doesn’t bring any fancy equipment with him. He has his skills as a medium and those of his colleague. And he is equally determined to win the prize. But what neither Vincent or Henry count on is the spark of attraction that pops up when they meet and lingers between them as they investigate Reyhome Castle. And they don’t exactly have time to explore the attraction while they’re still competing for the prize and trying to stay safe from what appears to be a powerful, angry, and violent spirit. To get out alive, they may just have to put all of their misgivings aside…

I actually enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I was going to when I read the blurb. Paranormal mysteries with a romantic subplot seem to be all over the M/M romance sphere. But this one stood out as unique to me. For one, the author doesn’t rely on tropes to carry the story. Yes, you can see them in the story since this is such a common framework. But aside from being the framework, the characters and their interactions have a spirit to them that is fresh and original. And each of the characters–including the side characters–has a rich backstory that comes into play at various points throughout the plot. Everything that happens is grounded in advancing the story, which keeps the momentum and the buildup to the climax going on an even pace.

I give this one a strong recommendation.

Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk

16128152Title: Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin, Book 1)
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Published: December 4, 2012
Pages: 236
Publisher: Jordan L. Hawk
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review:
Percival Endicott Whyborne: scholar of dead languages and museum employee, somewhat repressed, and definitely a bit awkward. Griffin Flaherty: private investigator, and currently embroiled in a rather curious case. Griffin approaches Whyborne to translate the text of an old book, and Whyborne wants nothing more than to make quick work of it and be on his way. But when the two of them are caught up in forces beyond their control — both paranormal and romantic in nature — their hearts and lives may very well be in danger.

I first met these two when I read Remnant, the short crossover with K.J. Charles’ Caldwell & Feximal. So I was definitely excited to dive in and see where it all began for these guys. And I did enjoy this very much. It is, after all, a historical paranormal mystery romance, and I’m definitely a fan of that. I certainly look forward to seeing how things develop throughout the series.

Title: Remnant
Author: K.J. Charles & Jordan L. Hawk
Publication Date: March 11, 2014

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
I haven’t read either of the two series that are converging in this story, though I find myself interested and intrigued about both sets of characters after reading it. I am (disclosure) a big fan of historical paranormal mystery romance stories (of which this is one – though perhaps a bit light on the romance in this iteration) and Remnant does not disappoint. I don’t think it’s necessary to have ready the respective series to engage with and understand this one (I hadn’t and I liked it), though it probably would add to one’s overall enjoyment.