Title: Hexhunter (Hexworld #4)
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: February 8, 2019
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance, Witches
Page Count: 244 Pages
Reviewed by: ColinJ
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Detective Bill Quigley fell in love with the familiar Isaac the night they met. But after more than two years, it’s time to admit to himself that Isaac doesn’t return his feelings.
Isaac knows he’s too broken by his experiences for anyone to fall in love with. Especially someone like Bill, who deserves a partner unplagued by Isaac’s nightmares and doubts.
When children go missing from an orphanage, Bill and Isaac must work together to find them. And as years of yearning threaten to ignite into passion, they must decide once and for all whether to take a chance on love.
This story builds on other stories from the series and involves characters who have had stories in their own right as well as, in this case, ones that are either tangential or new. The core to the series involves corruption and misuse of magic contested by a growing group of witches and their familiars. It follows a similar pattern to the other stories whereby the plot facilitates the coming together of two dissimilar individuals whose bonding makes them greater than their individual strengths. This repetitive motif allows the reader to feel some familiarity and certainly the common cast of characters helps in this; however, a little variation would be nice. Characterisation is a strength of the author and this book is no exception. The new characters are developed fully and the familiar characters are seen in a different light. As such, there is a very rich mix of personalities that are placed in different situations, which is a rewarding reading experience. Along with this, the major strength of the author is her story-telling ability. This is no exception. There is a central plot with enough twists to keep the reader interested throughout. Small hints early in the book prepare for later actions but the story does not suffer from over-predictability. There is limited tension but only sufficient to add to the momentum. Locations are effectively described allowing for visualisation of action sequences.
Sadly the growing relationship between the two main characters suffers from overly used features. Both feel unworthy of the other despite the obvious attraction and that this is clearly obvious to those around them. The reader just wants them to get over themselves, but despite their liaisons partway through the book the author uses the denouement to resolve their own problems as well as finally bringing them together.
There is a good sense of pace throughout with plenty of action alongside situational detail. It is not a book that you couldn’t put down, but it is certainly one that would be read quite quickly. There are no real secondary plots, although the underlying theme does get mentioned from time to time so that the reader is able to recognise how this story fits within the larger series.
The denouement is quite exciting if a little predictable. There is a happily ever after, but it is clear that this is just another stepping-stone towards the ultimate conclusion to the series. Another good read that was well worth the effort.