Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Hexworld 2
Genre: Paranormal (Historical)
Rating: Five Petals
On the Author's Website:
A straight-laced policeman. A lighthearted thief. A murdered millionaire.
Fox shifter Malachi steals for one of the biggest crime rings in New York City. But when he witnesses the murder of a millionaire, the only person who can keep him safe is Dr. Owen Yates, forensic hexman for the Metropolitan Witch Police—and Malachi’s witch.
Owen is horrified to discover his familiar is an uneducated thief. Even worse, Malachi threatens to unleash Owen’s deepest desires…desires Owen can’t act upon, as he’s destined for an arranged marriage to secure the Yates family fortune
Their agreement: Malachi will be Owen’s lover as well as his partner, until the day of the wedding. But as their hunt for the murderer carries them from teeming slums to Fifth Avenue mansions, Owens begins to realize Malachi commands his heart as well as his body.
With dark forces drawing ever closer around them, Owen must decide whether to bow to the demands of duty, or to risk everything for the man he loves.
I received this book as an ARC via the author in exchange for an honest review.
Malachi is a thief. He knows he's low class and uncultured, but in his world of crime he fits right in. Then he's accused of murdering a prominent millionaire and only Owen's timely interference keeps Malachi from the hangman's noose. It turns out, Owen is Malachi's witch. Except, Owen is as high class as they come and bonding with Malachi is the exact opposite of what Owen's family expects of him. Finding the real murderer and bridging the differences in their backgrounds might seem insurmountable, but the way Hawk weaves the plot of the story together is so well done that their differences are quickly turned to strengths.
I enjoyed reading the romance the most in this book. Owen is sweet, if struggling with his needs, while Malachi knows what he wants and how to provide for Owen. Their relationship just worked. Trying to balance what they were building together with Owen's pending marriage added an extra dimension of plot and depth to the book and to their relationship, which only had me rooting even more for them to succeed.
The magic in this story is also very well constructed. I probably said this about the first book in the series, but the familiar/witch symbiotic relationship is so unique and so interesting that every new tidbit of information I learn has me begging for more. The magic is also intrinsic to the world building. The story is historical, set in New York, but with the added twist of the existence of magic to really make it interesting. There are two police departments, for example, one for regular criminals and one for magical crimes. Malachi dodging and dealing around both departments and the way those departments work together in a quasi-rivalry provided the perfect amount of depth. There were so many more examples of perfect world building that I could give, and each one served to increase how much I enjoyed this story. I loved every minute of this book and can't wait for more.
I have zero complaints about this book. The romance, the magic, the world building, and everything else was so well crafted. I loved every minute of reading this story and can't wait not only to re-read, but for the next book in the series to arrive. I highly recommend it, although it would be best to begin with the first book in the series: Hexbreaker.
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