Rating: 5 stars out of 5
As exceptional as others in this series, Hexslayer is the tale of Nick, a horse familiar who has no love lost for any witch and snubs his nose at the MWP—Ministry of Witch Police—even though one of the familiars who found his witch and works there is his brother, Rook (The 13th Hex).
For years, Nick has housed feral familiars in the tenement apartments above his bar, Caballus. He’s made it his personal business to assist any and all familiars who do not want to be tied down to a witch and has even been operating an underground escape route for those who need to get out of the city. No one knows of that except his employee Kyle, however. He’d certainly never let on to Rook, who is now a “goody two shoes” in Nick’s book.
But when Nick meets Jamie MacDougal, MWP witch and former war hero, something clicks and he’s shocked to realize he may be looking at his own witch. Refusing to believe it, and definitely not willing to act on it, he’s surprised to find that Jamie came back from the war with an artificial leg and that Jamie is not typical of any witch he’s ever met before. In fact, the man is so sexy and so sweet that Nick decides to propose that he and Jamie form a temporary bond, to be separated by a hexbreaker after one month. They will work together to solve the mystery of who is killing feral familiars in a ritualistic way and leaving the bodies surrounded by blood and symbols for all to see.
What he doesn’t count on is falling in love. And what Jamie doesn’t count on is finding out that someone close to him is involved in the nefarious plot to do away with familiars altogether.
There’s mystery and intrigue, action and adventure, fighting and loving, and very definitely a happily ever after in store for these two men who seemed to be mismatched from the start, but in reality, they form the other half of each other’s soul.
I highly recommend this story, and in fact this entire series, to lovers of mystery and romance. If you love the author’s Whyborne & Griffin series, you are sure to love this one too. This can be read as a standalone; however, there are repeating characters from previous books so reading the first ones in the series is recommended. In any event, don’t hesitate to pick this story up.
Cover art by Jordan L. Hawk features two men in the upper frame of the cover, the smaller one representing Jamie in the background, the larger, darker-skinned man in the forefront representing Nick, Jamie’s familiar and horse shifter. The lower frame shows the shadow of a horse superimposed on a Hexworld map and linking this cover to others in the series. Though somewhat dark, it is very attention-getting and perfectly portrays the theme of the story.
Kindle Edition, 344 pages
Published October 6th 2017 by Jordan L. Hawk