I have learned to never say never. I once said I would not read m/m historical romance. I had read some and I did not enjoy it as much as contemporary settings. Then I received an arc of Thief (Brook Street #1) by Ava march. Set in 1822, it had many of the elements I love in a romance within a historical setting. Click here for Review (4 star).
I read the next two books in the series and enjoyed them but still felt that maybe historical was just not my genre of choice.
Then a friend recommended Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin 1) by Jordan L Hawk. I was reluctant to dip my toes into the historical pool yet again but eventually I did. Then I wondered why I had ever hesitated. This is the reaction I had:
This is a beautifully written story with so many elements in it that drew me in and kept me on the edge of my seat through the entire book. I keep saying I am not a fan of historical fiction but again, I was wrong. Set in the late 1800’s, it has an almost Indiana Jones feel to it. Museums,mummies,cults,mystery,magic,a wonderful strong female character and a beautiful romance. I cannot formulate a fitting review at the moment but I cannot wait for the next book in the series!
Here is a lovely review by my friend Dianne at Live Your Life Buy the Book. She eloquently describes what I was trying to say above. 😉
The paranormal aspect of Widdershins is wonderful. Her characters are full of life (there is a delightfully strong female character in this series too!) and mystery too. I love them! (All 5 star reviews from me!)
There have been four more entries into this series: (covers linked to Reviews on Live Your Life Buy the Books) with a fifth one, Bloodlines, due for release in the Fall of 2014.
The above list is not quite accurate. Jordan L Hawk co-authored a novella with K.J. Charles called:
Remnant: A Caldwell & Feximal/Whyborne & Griffin Mystery (The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal; Whyborne & Griffin, #3.5) This would be read between Stormhaven and Necropolis.
This collaboration led me to K.J. Charles – A Caldwell & Feximal series, which I felt I must read, so I would know about the characters interacting with Whyborne & Griffin. They are very short stories centering on Journalist Robert Caldwell and Ghost Hunter Simon Feximal. These are fun, and as with Butterflies, a bit creepy. Click the covers for links to their Goodreads pages.
But wait, I am getting a bit ahead of myself. Friends had already raved about the K.J. Charles book, The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies #1). I was told it was a must read. This time I listened, even though it took a while before I could get to it as I have this huge tbr list… but that is another story)
Here we have another m/m historical romance with a paranormal twist and mystery! I was thoroughly taken with this series.
I read an excellent Goodreads review by author Jordan Castillio Price that sums up how I felt about historical romance and her thoughts after reading The Magpie Lord. Review.
( Jordan Castillo Price is another author my friends are always encouraging me to read. She writes m/m paranormal thrillers. I met her at GRL last year – she was very nice :-). You remember the huge tbr list I mentioned above. She is on it and I Will get there before the next GRL!)
There are two more books in the Charm of Magpie series available:
Interlude with Tattoos Book 1.5 and A Case of Possession Book 2
(covers linked to their Goodreads pages)
with two more due for release later this year:
On July 1, 2014, K.J. Charles released a stand alone novel titled Think of England.
I have been reading and hearing good things about this one (of course!) and I can’t wait to read it.
Here is a link to a review by
Lisa at The Novel Approach:
I have learned to keep an open mind, never say never, and take pleasure in those happy surprises that come my way.