(Review) Threshold ★★★★☆

Book: Threshold

Author: Jordan L. Hawk

Series: Whyborne & Griffin (Book #2)

Book 1 review

Genre: Historical Romance; M/M; Mystery

Pub date: 06/02/2013

Pages: 172

Audio: 7hrs 19mins

Narrator: Julian G. Simmons

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.

Threshold is the second book in the Whyborne & Griffin series written by Jordan L. Hawk.  You can read my review of the first book here: Widdershins.  This series spans several genres including historical romance, mystery, m/m and has strong supernatural aspects.  Especially in this book. I got the audio version of this one.  The narrator Julian G. Simmons was new to me.  Not a huge surprise since in the past I’ve mostly listened to books with a woman as the main character.  He did a fine job.  Nothing exciting to mention.  It was easy to distinguish between the different character’s voices.  He didn’t mess up on any words and even managed a good female voice.

One of the reasons I used to always avoid book series that had the same couple in every book was the drama.  In every book there usually is something that threatens to tear them apart and after awhile it gets annoying.  I’m hoping this series isn’t like that.  In Threshold what threatens their relationship is Griffin’s old friend and ex-lover Elliot.  Almost as soon as he sees him he starts acting like a total jerk to Whyborne.  Although, he gives his reasons in the end, it didn’t stop the sick feeling I get when these things happen.  I get so attached to the characters, even though I know that things must work out between them since it’s a series written about them I still dislike these romantic problems.

I thought Widdershins, the first book, was strange.  Threshold is much much stranger!  The supernatural aspect is something out of a sci-fi novel and I contemplated classifying it as thus but decided not to.  All of the disappearances and strange events just get more creepy.  Seriously, it’s the stuff of nightmares.  Whyborne’s father hires Griffin to investigate since he’s familiar with supernatural occurrences.  Whyborne and Christine go along to help.

Whyborne has some personal growth in Threshold.  I’m looking forward to seeing if he’s changed much in the third book Stormhaven.  Obviously, considering the fact Griffin was a jerk for most of the book, Whyborne was my favorite in this one.  I think I relate to him more since he’s scholarly and has some self-esteem and social issues.  It will be nice to see how he grows as a person through the series. Griffin too.  He has very little confidence in himself beyond his detective business.

All in all it was a good book and I would highly recommend it.  I decided to give it four stars instead of five mostly because of the whole romantic thing.  Also, the supernatural aspect was very strange and hard to believe.  So, if you enjoy historical romance, m/m, mystery, horror, earth based sci-fi or supernatural books you may enjoy Threshold.  I wouldn’t suggest this series as a first m/m read unless you plan to skip most of the sex scenes because they are quite graphic and I’ll admit to skipping through them myself.  I look forward to seeing what crazy adventures Jordan L. Hawk has stirred up in Stormhaven!

Favorite quotes:

“If we cannot find models in our past, we must try to build a future where they can exist, and devil take anyone who tries to tell us we can’t.”

“She kept leaning farther and farther forward, and I became concerned her bodice wasn’t up to the task of containing her bounty.”

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