Widdershins (Whyborne and Griffin #1) by Jordan L. Hawk

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Summary:

Some things should stay buried.

Repressed scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne has two skills: reading dead languages and hiding in his office at the Ladysmith Museum. After the tragic death of the friend he secretly loved, he’s ruthlessly suppressed any desire for another man.

So when handsome ex-Pinkerton Griffin Flaherty approaches him to translate a mysterious book, Whyborne wants to finish the job and get rid of the detective as quickly as possible. Griffin left the Pinkertons following the death of his partner, hoping to start a new life. But the powerful cult which murdered Glenn has taken root in Widdershins, and only the spells in the book can stop them. Spells the intellectual Whyborne doesn’t believe are real.

As the investigation draws the two men closer, Griffin’s rakish charm threatens to shatter Whyborne’s iron control. When the cult resurrects an evil sorcerer who commands terrifying monsters, can Whyborne overcome his fear and learn to trust? Will Griffin let go of his past and risk falling in love? Or will Griffin’s secrets cost Whyborne both his heart and his life?

Review: 

Hi everyone! New Year, New Books! I have been off for a while because of my exams but now I can review so I will swarm you with all the books I have read so far this year (which aren’t that many, I think), so lets get on with it!

I absolutely adored this book! I think it was specially because I wasn’t expecting it to be anything like it ended up being so it was such a pleasant surprise. Furthermore, I saw a fan cast of Whyborne as Tom Hiddleston which totally sold the book to me.

Okay, imagine Sherlock meets Pride, Prejudice and Zombies (because badass ladies), meets  Supernatural. That’s what this book is about, add the m/m romance most of these fandoms ask for and you’ll have the Whyborne and Griffin series.

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Dr. Percival Endicott Whyborne is an introvert translator at a museum in Massachusetts in 1897, he has only one friend, Dr. Christine Putnam (actual love of my life). His life is peaceful and uneventful until one private detective, Griffin Flaherty, comes barging into his office with a task for him: to translate a mysterious book. From there on the lives of these 3 people are filled with adventures, otherworldly monsters and some steamy romance.

It is impossible from second one not to love Whyborne and Griffin, their contrasting characters and constant banter and vulnerability makes you want to cry and smile really big at the same time. The struggle their relationship creates due to the fact that they can’t be open about it because of the time period they are living in also makes you angry with the world, but love can overcome everything right?

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Someone who doesn’t judge them is Dr. Putnam. Christine is one of the strongest female characters I have ever read about and I want to grow up to be someone she would be proud about. She is a doctor in a time where women studying was seen as something wrong and they were frowned upon if they dared be single and have a job.

The book is full of funny and cute moments and of characters defying the norms of that time’s society, because to quote Dr. Putnam: “We do not have someone to be the model for us, so instead of abiding to their rules and not being ourselves, we should be the model for generations to come.” (Of course, she said that more beautifully).

I highly recommend this short (it has like 200 pages) read to anyone who enjoys mystery, adventures, monsters and love. Also, some secret ancient cults too. FANGIRLING MODE ACTIVATED!

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