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.
Good, but not as engaging as others
I'm a big fan of this author's books; I've purchased all her e-books and pre-ordered this one. So I will continue to purchase her books, even though **Hexmaker** was a bit of a disappointment.
Her first book in this series, "Hexbreaker" and the short story "The 13th Hex" were an absolute joy to read. And so, I had great expectations for this book.
I read this author's works because she writes engaging characters and places them in interesting locations. In her best books, the locations themselves are both unique and recognizable; you feel as a reader that you could walk around one of her locations.
However, this book, **Hexmaker**, feels more like a preliminary draft. The city and locations are undeveloped. Only two scenes felt genuine to the location.
The main characters in **Hexmaker** are one-dimensional and leave you cold. Their relationship was unnecessarily rushed by the author - it would have been an easy fix to expand the timeframe involved by a few weeks. Rather than add tension, the restricted timeframe of a few days just served as an excuse for the characters to focus on the mechanics of sexual intercourse rather than developing a relationship.
Frankly, I was more interested in the glimpses of side characters from her first book (notably, Officer Quigley and Isaac the mastiff) than in the main characters. The main characters were that trite: poor little rich boy meets poor boy thief.
If you purchased this book and have not read others by this author, I highly recommend the first book in this series and "Widdershins," the first book in another of her series. "Widdershins" is free on iBooks, I believe.