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  • An Unsuitable Occupation for a Lady on Aug. 21, 2013

    Loved this story! It had all the elements I love- strong male and female leads, interesting plot development of two spy's on a mission for their government, and a 'happily-ever-after'. I don't feel that Chiara's denying wanting to get married and then changing her mind was disjointed after finding out why she originally felt that way, and then meeting her first true love. It made perfect sense to me. To tell you the truth- I'm writing this after re-reading it! Yes, it's true. I opened it and after realizing I'd already read it before- kept reading it. It was that good. The only reason I'm on this site is because I was looking to see if she wrote any more books about the secondary characters, or if she had a website listed so I could write and ask her. And I love the historical facts in the end too. It only made it seem a much more real possibility- even though I realize she must have taken some poetic license with it. This is truly a good story for Historical Romance readers!
  • For the Love of Them on Jan. 02, 2014

    Not great. Emma, a lawyer, starts out very strong, ambitious, and justifiably angry at her previous place of employment, only to go home and be treated shabbily by her two former lovers and her parents. They treat her as a child. They all shut her out of a very important decision involving her inheritance, and she ends up just accepting it all, after some token resistance. Phoo-y! Not in this lifetime! Not to mention this story needs a proof-reader badly. At one point early on, I think there was mention of a sister- but then not another mention; huh? Sorry I wasted the time almost finishing this. Couldn't stomach any more.
  • Restless Spirits on Jan. 08, 2015

    Another Winner of Jodan L Hawk's! When I read the Whyborne & Griffin series, I thought- historical, paranormal, mm. But all the way through this book I thought mm Steampunk. And I don't consider Native American interracial, but I suppose some do. All that said- this was a suspenseful, thrilling paranormal fantasy, story that could've been now or in the past. It was almost like an alternative universe. Similar but different. There's only one sex scene, but it was loving and beautiful, and you truly don't miss there not being more. You're thrilled and cheering for Henry and Vincent at the end, which says it all. Great beginning to what I hope is another great series. Yay! ;D
  • Maelstrom on Jan. 07, 2016

    Another great suspense in this fantastical series by Jordan L Hawk. 4 stars because as complex as these stories are- it's getting harder and harder to remember mentioned past tidbits, without going back and reviewing. Also Whyborne & Griffin's established roles as submissive but strong, and dominant but vulnerable respectively, were waffling greatly in this particular installment, which left me unsettled. Despite this, I can't wait for the next story.