Hexmaker (Hexworld #2)

Author: Jordan L Hawk

Publisher: self

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel in a Series

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb:  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.

Hexmaker is the second book in Jordan L. Hawk’s Hexworld series, following the adventures of witch policemen and the familiars they bond with. Download today to enter a world of magic, romance, and intrigue.

 

Review:  Jordan Hawk delivers another amazing book! Humans, witches and familiars all live together in this world. A witch and it’s familiar are similar to soul mates. Together their magic is stronger. Each only has one and when they meet the familiar knows right away they’ve met their witch. There’s a societal hierarchy that puts all kinds of restraints on the familiars. The witches are revered while the familiars are thought of lessors in some circles. If you’re not bonded to a witch you’re considered a feral and not protected. In this world you can be forced to bond with a witch therefor giving all of you power over to them. It’s not supposed to happen but it does. The only commonly known way to break the bond is death. Basically being a feral or familiar in this world is a dangerous thing. There’s meant to be a level of trust between a familiar and it’s witch. However that’s not always the case.

Book 2 in this series features the red haired fox thief named Malachi. Malachi was scooped out of an orphanage and taught the trade of theft to survive. He’s working a job at a rich nob’s house when he stumbles upon a murder. And the murderer. The cops think they’ve nabbed their guy until Owen comes to his rescue with one of his hexes proving Malachi didn’t murder the dead guy. Malachi knows right away the copper Owen is his witch. Yep. The thief is meant to be the familiar of the rich copper. Great! Malachi gives the cops the slip but realizes soon someone is trying to kill him. He seeks out his witch for protection and admits they’re meant to be bonded. There’s an attraction there but Owen is about to be married. Not because he loves her but it’s out of duty to his family. Owen has just found his familiar and has a few short days left at the job hr loved to solve this perplexing case before he’s meant to retire, marry and join the family business. Malachi pushes for them to get physical and enjoy their time together. If only he had time to really enjoy it. There’s a murder to solve, attempts made on Malachi’s life and family obligations to worry about.

This book was probably one of the sexiest books I’ve ever read by Jordan Hawk. Owen and Malachi have a kink. Owen likes to be bossed around. Mal is happy to oblige. I think it helps that Owen is an uptight guy who has never really explored his desires with men beyond a few quick offs with strangers. Malachi taking over gives him a freedom to let go and just feel the pleasure. It was incredibly hot. Of course what helps make this so steamy is the fact they obviously care about each other.

I also loved the opposites attract angle of this story. Owen was born rich. He was educated and given every chance in life but isn’t exactly free to be himself. Malachi is poor and a thief. He’s looked down upon by most people. He has no family. No home. But he’s free to be himself and enjoy the moments that present themselves. Together they kind of complete each other. More than just the magical elements. I thought that aspect was beautiful and very well written.

There’s a plot line carried over from the first book that looks like it will run into the third book. I have to say after finishing Hexmaker I’m even more intrigued to find out who is behind it all. Along with the hows and whys. There are some cameos from the characters in book one in this installment. I loved getting to see them again. Makes me want to reread the first book again already. Hexmaker delivers on many levels. Sexy and engaging romance. Fantastic characters and unique world building. Great fight scenes. Malachi’s character keeps it all lively with is street brogue and honesty. Great book. Anybody who loves great story telling and magic must read this series.

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