08 May, 2018


Title: Threshold
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Whyborne & Griffin 2
Genres: LGBT, Romance, Historical
Publisher: Jordan L. Hawk
Release: June 4th, 2013
Source: eBook
Pages: 249

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Introverted scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne wants nothing more than to live quietly with his lover, ex-Pinkerton detective Griffin Flaherty. Unfortunately, Whyborne's railroad tycoon father has other ideas, namely hiring Griffin to investigate mysterious events at a coal mine.

Whyborne, Griffin, and their friend Christine travel to Threshold Mountain, a place of dark legend even before the mine burrowed into its heart. A contingent of Pinkertons-including Griffin's ex-lover Elliot-already guard the mine. But Griffin knows better than anyone just how unprepared the detectives are to face the otherworldly forces threatening them.

Soon, Whyborne and Griffin are on the trail of mysterious disappearances, deadly accidents, and whispered secrets. Is Elliot an ally, or does he only want to rekindle his relationship with Griffin? And if so, how can Whyborne possibly hope to compete with the stunningly handsome Pinkerton-especially when Griffin is hiding secrets about his past?

For in a town where friends become enemies and horror lurks behind a human mask, Whyborne can't afford to trust anything-including his own heart.


EXPECTATIONS: Since I really enjoyed the first book, I expected no less from the second one. I failed to consider my luck: second books tend to be worse.

THE WORLD: A coal mine some place in America, mining coal for train fuel, one belonging to Whyborne's father. Supernatural things are happening, at least from what Whyborne's father gathered, and thus he hires Griffin, his son's lover, to investigate. For miners claim there's buzzing, vibration sounds from behind the walls. Some even say they can hear clear voices, inviting them over to where they promise lies a rich vein of coal. People are disappearing. Others die in the strangest of accidents. Some return strange and different... Almost like they were changed.

CHARACTERS: Whyborne, of course, is too suspicious of his father to allow Griffin go alone. Christine doesn't mind investigating the excavation site nearby either, especially since a lot of clue strings seem to lead directly into it. But even this lovely company didn't help Whyborne's mood when they ran into Griffin's ex. A mighty handsome man, no less.

ROMANCE: Now this annoyed me quite a bit. I really do hate the whole "but I thought this, therefore I did that, because I thought..." - we all know how that ends. There'll be a lot of back and forth action with no fruits to bear. Then they'll make up. And in romance book cases, there'll be make-up sex. There's no plot line that'd make this less tedious. 

GOOD: Author writes amazing lovecraftian beings, which I love a lot. And the unexpected plot twists are amazing, even if I can't say I liked the theme of this one. I like the magic a lot too, it seems to be inching towards progress. And Whyborne is an interesting character, I love me a person who craves knowledge this badly. 

BAD: Well, definitely the romance line. Plus, I kinda hate the theme of "cowboys vs aliens", and this was exactly the vibe I got from this book. 

OVERALL: It's a pretty good horror fantasy lgbt romance book, and that's a mouthful to say. And while I didn't enjoy this particular book all that much, the good parts of it were just about good enough for me to have absolute faith in author. I will continue with the series. Those plot twists are epic.

What do you think about THRESHOLD



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