Title: Hexslayer (Hexworld #3)
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 6, 2017
Genre(s): Gay, Historical, Shifter
Page Count: 344 pages
Reviewed by: ColinJ
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Horse shifter Nick has one rule: never trust a witch.
Nick has devoted his life to making his saloon a safe haven for the feral familiars of New York. So when a brutal killer slaughters a feral under his protection, Nick has no choice but to try and catch the murderer. Even if that means bonding with a handsome Irish witch.
Officer Jamie MacDougal came back from the war in Cuba missing part of a leg and most of his heart. After his former lover becomes one of the killer’s victims, Jamie will do anything to solve the case.
Nick comes to Jamie with a proposal: after making a temporary bond, they will work together to stop the murders. Once the killer is caught, they walk away and never see one another again.
It sounds simple enough. But the passion that flares between the two men won’t be so easily extinguished. And if Nick can’t learn to trust his witch, he stands to lose everything—including his life.
As ever, the author knows how to spin a fine yarn. This tale has excitement and just the right amount of tension to keep the reader gripped. Characterisation is familiar in that a number of the characters have been used in previous stories, but this still leaves opportunities for the development of new roles, specifically the two leads. These individuals demonstrate characteristics that present themes often visited by the author: opposites attract, differences provide for exploration of personalities, bigotry strongly from outside thereby drawing the characters together, but also subtly between the individuals thereby keeping them apart. This aside, the storyline offers a whodunit with lots of twists and turns and nefarious characters that the reader can love to hate.
The relationship between the two lead characters is probably the weakest part of the story as they are very similar to other lead characters devised by the author. They do have unique backgrounds and attributes, but from the perspective of personality there is little that makes them new. That said, it would be difficult to fit characters to this story who were out of the norm. The relationship itself is steamy at times, maybe a little less than in other books, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.
The pace grows throughout with a frantic showdown that is well worth the wait. The only difficulty with such a pace is that the reader can miss things that could be important. The author does have an epilogue chapter to fill in the gaps but perhaps more could have been made of this.
As for the ending, it is clear that the series is now starting to draw together the separate tales into a more focused and exciting direction. I look forward to further books in the series.