“First Line Fridays” is by Hoarding Books and is all about the first line of a current/upcoming read. Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you turn to page 56 (or 56%) in what you’re reading a find a snippet that jumps out at you. The idea to combine the two came from Kat @ Here There Be Dragons“
I found this meme on The Writerly Way. And I’m doing this on a Thursday just to be difficult.
Hexworld: Hexbreaker – Jordan L. Hawk
Will a dark history doom their future together?
New York copper Tom Halloran is a man with a past. If anyone finds out he once ran with the notorious O’Connell tunnel gang, he’ll spend the rest of his life doing hard time behind bars. But Tom’s secret is threatened when a horrible murder on his beat seems to have been caused by the same ancient magic that killed his gang.
Cat shifter Cicero is determined to investigate the disappearance of one friend and the death of another, even though no one else believes the cases are connected. When the trail of his investigation crosses Tom’s, the very bohemian Cicero instinctively recognizes the uncultured Irish patrolman as his witch. Though they’re completely unsuited to one another, Cicero has no choice but to work alongside Tom…all the while fighting against the passion growing within.
Tom knows that taking Cicero as his familiar would only lead to discovery and disaster. Yet as the heat between them builds, Tom’s need for the other man threatens to overcome every rational argument against becoming involved.
But when their investigation uncovers a conspiracy that threatens all of New York, Tom must make the hardest decision of his life: to live a lie and gain his heart’s desire, or to confess the truth and sacrifice it all.
Gay guys, cats and gay guys that turn into cats. What more could you ask for?
I had a reading slump for a few months and this book got me back on track. I love how the author handled the shape shifting part. It would have been really cheesy but she made it seem natural and smooth. You couldn’t help but love Cicero and of course he knows you do.
My only complaint, my pet peeve is that the other half of the pair (Tom Halloran in this case) always has to be some hulking, overly muscled man. Like 99% of the time one of the main MC is built like a truck. For me this is an equivalent of having the female romantic interest with exaggeratedly large boobs. This is the only reason why I can’t go beyond a few pages of Psycop. Other than how he looks, Tom is a likable, all around nice guy.
The author also wrapped things quite nicely at the end but left just enough openings for the next book. Jordan L. Hawk has always been good at keeping the momentum of her series going so, yeah, on to the next one.
4 Stars – minor quibbles but I loved it to bits