Terrorizing its populace, Jack the Ripper has shaken London to its very core. But when Sebastian Michaelis, singular butler of the Phantomhiv...moreSynopsis:
Terrorizing its populace, Jack the Ripper has shaken London to its very core. But when Sebastian Michaelis, singular butler of the Phantomhive house, lays bare the madman's true identity, all that is left for him to do is eliminate the perpetrator in the name of the Queen and Phantomhive. But inhumanly efficient skills don't guarantee victory when the opponent is just as supernaturally gifted! And though Sebastian may be able to save Ciel from physical harm in the battle that ensues, will the young earl ever recover from the emotional scars it will leave on his heart?
I had to reread vol.1 and 2 again before reading this because I couldn't quite remember what happened. I guess that's what happens when you start a series three years prior and take forever to finally start catching up.
Anyway, this volume picks up with the conclusion to the Jack the Ripper case. I think Ciel was both surprised and not surprised by the culprit. I think her reasoning behind doing it was news to him. The thing about the record of your memories playing when cut by a grim reaper's death scythe was certainly interesting. That reaper sure is a mess, though. I felt for Sebastian during that fight. Talk about an irritating guy.
Ciel sure carries a lot on his shoulders for being so young, but it's all things that he took onto himself. I can't quite tell how he and Sebastian feel about each other. At times, Sebastian seems to respect Ciel and others, he mocks him. Ciel seems to take pride in the things Sebastian can do, but he doesn't hesitate to let people know that Sebastian is his loyal dog. Considering their relationship, it's not all that surprising if they don't actually like each other. It's a relationship of mutual benefit, basically. I sure would like to see the day when it comes time for Sebastian to collect Ciel's soul. What will happen?(less)
Kraken: A gothic erotic horror with tentacle non-con.
When boyfriend Parker gives him an ultimatum Will never dreams his heart is about to be...moreSynopsis:
Kraken: A gothic erotic horror with tentacle non-con.
When boyfriend Parker gives him an ultimatum Will never dreams his heart is about to be ripped out: move to a remote off-shore island with him, or call it quits. But Will picks wrong, and now he’s heading into the unknown to fix his mistake. But why do the locals think they recognise him? And why can’t he seem to leave?
Reader advisory: This work of fiction contains explicit sexual activities between men that may offend some people. It also contains scenes of rape, extreme violence, tentacles, and reference to sexual abuse of children.
So I ended up really like this book. This seriously fucked up book. Seriously, talk about some messed up shit.
The story starts off with Will being anxious to get to this island and find the boyfriend that left him behind. On the way, he meets Aiden who takes him over to the island on his boat right after Will witnesses the death of a guy who is also apparently from the island. Everyone says it was an accident, but I'm pretty sure the dude killed himself. I would have, too after learning everything that I did about that damned island.
So Will makes it to the island only to find out that he never should have come. The state he finds Parker in is a shock. He runs off and ends up on the doorstep of the worst person he ever could have come across. What follows is almost sweet, at first, but I never believed any of it because Cyrus is crazy possessive and domineering. Some of those first few tentacle sex scenes were a little hot, but best, consent is dubious because of that weird secretion of Cyrus's makes Will feel like he wants it, even when he doesn't.
That didn't last long, though. Soon enough, things turned from creepy to horrific. Tentacle rape dudes. That is all.
There were some interesting revelations at the end, too. I probably should have seen some of it coming, though. I soooooo didn't. Our monster gets his in the end and I was SO happy about that. I'm still not quite clear on the changes Will has gone through, but I know it has to do with his being podded. But is he immortal, though? Cyrus didn't seem to be, but maybe it takes total destruction to kill whatever they are. At least Will gets to be happy now.(less)
Mysterious happenings are nothing new to reclusive scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne, but finding one of his colleagues screaming for help i...moreSynopsis:
Mysterious happenings are nothing new to reclusive scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne, but finding one of his colleagues screaming for help in the street is rather unusual. Allan Tambling claims he can’t remember any of the last hour—but someone murdered his uncle, and Allan is covered in blood.
Whyborne’s lover, dashing ex-Pinkerton detective Griffin Flaherty, agrees to prove Allan’s innocence. But when Allan is deemed insane and locked away in the Stormhaven Lunatic Asylum, Griffin finds himself reliving the horrifying memories of his own ordeal inside a madhouse.
Along with their friend Christine, the two men become drawn deeper and deeper into a dark web of conspiracy, magic, and murder. Their only clue: a missing artifact depicting an unknown god. Who stole the artifact, and why can’t Allan remember what happened? And what is the truth behind the terrible experiments conducted on Stormhaven’s forbidden fourth floor?
It will take all of Whyborne’s sorcery and Griffin’s derring-do to stop the murderers and save Allan. But first, they must survive an even greater challenge: a visit from Griffin’s family.
Third book in the series and I was not disappointed. It was wonderful. Every time Whybourne and Griffin think they'll have a straightforward, normal case, they end up stumbling upon something crazy and paranormal. This time, an asylum is involved and it wreaks havoc on Griffin's nerves. On top of that, Whybourne is having some increasingly strange dreams and something seems to be trying to take over his mind.
Our boys are back in action in Widdershins this time with some occasional visits to the asylum, Stormhaven. Whybourne marvels at Griffin's courage in facing his fears to keep going back there in order to clear a man's name. He's pretty sure he could never be that brave. Each time Griffin tells Whybourne that he's brave, Whybourne is certain he can't possibly be talking about him. But truly, Whybourne is brave. A lot braver than he thinks.
We also get more steamy sex between Whybourne and Griffin and some sweet relationship affirmations for our couple. This was very necessary since an unexpected visit from Griffin's family put a bit of a strain on their relationship at first. It works out in the end, but was a bit sad for Griffin. Thankfully, he has Whybourne there with him. It seems that both of them were insecure in their own ways, but I believe they're truly past that now.
I was surprised by the direction that this case ended up going. And how Whybourne nearly loses himself. If not for Griffin, what would have become of him? Whybourne's magic has saved them all on more than one occasion, but this time, it also played a factor in how he was used and the reasons why. Luckily, Griffin kept him away from the edge.
I hope that we get at least another story with these two. Their relationship may be settled, but I bet Widdershins has more secrets to offer up for unraveling.(less)
Introverted scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne wants nothing more than to live quietly with his lover, ex-Pinkerton detective Griffin Flahert...moreSynopsis:
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.
I loved this sequel. It was even creepier than the first book and it doesn't take long for the story to get on its way. Whyborne has been experimenting more with some of the minor spells in the Arcanorum while Griffin has been away on a case and learns how to call wind. He manages to cause a minor disaster at a museum event thanks to that. Not long after Griffin returns, he and Whyborne go to see Whyborne's father because Niles wants to hire Griffin to investigate strange happenings at a mine he owns in Threshold, West Virginia. Neither Griffin or Whyborne are too gungho about it considering the circumstances in which Griffin met Whyborne's father, but he manages to get them interested enough that they agree to the case. Before you know it, they're on a train with Christine on the way to Threshold.
When they get there, they discover that an ex-lover of Griffin's is the head of the Pinkertons guarding the mine, which brings about Whyborne's insecurities. In comparison to Elliot, he finds himself lacking. For Griffin, Elliot's presence serves to remind him of the time he spent in the mad house and his humble beginnings. It seems that both Whyborne and Griffin were feeling insecure with regards to why the other would want him. It gets cleared up, but not before they have a big fight over a misunderstanding. It serves to make their relationship stronger, I think.
Meanwhile, it seems there really are strange happenings in Threshold and they're even creepier than the strange crap going on in the first book. Seriously. There are flying crustacean things and a case of the bodysnatchers. You'll see. It was very mysterious and kind of gross, too. It shouldn't be a surprise as to who is working with the creatures, but I'd kind of hoped they wouldn't be involved after all. Too bad he turned out to be a huge douche!
As in the first book, the sex is hot. (view spoiler)[There's this scene near the end where Griffin tells Whyborne he wouldn't mind Whyborne taking charge of him and Whyborne does and maaaaaannnn it is so hot! (hide spoiler)] Christine is a badass. I really like her character. It's good that there's a positive female presence in a M/M book that isn't someone's Mother, sister, ex-wife/girlfriend. She's actually useful, too! I rather adore her.
One of my favorite outcomes of the book is that Whyborne seems to be coming out of his shell a little more. He's still pretty timid, but the events of how things turned out in Threshold at least have him standing up for himself when it comes to his father more boldly now. He's also gotten better at some investigative tactics as well. I'm very much looking forward to seeing how he develops more in the third book.
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Repressed scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne has two skills: reading dead languages and hiding in his office a...moreSynopsis:
Some things should stay buried.
Repressed scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne has two skills: reading dead languages and hiding in his office at the Ladysmith Museum. After the tragic death of the friend he secretly loved, he’s ruthlessly suppressed any desire for another man.
So when handsome ex-Pinkerton Griffin Flaherty approaches him to translate a mysterious book, Whyborne wants to finish the job and get rid of the detective as quickly as possible. Griffin left the Pinkertons following the death of his partner, hoping to start a new life. But the powerful cult which murdered Glenn has taken root in Widdershins, and only the spells in the book can stop them. Spells the intellectual Whyborne doesn’t believe are real.
As the investigation draws the two men closer, Griffin’s rakish charm threatens to shatter Whyborne’s iron control. When the cult resurrects an evil sorcerer who commands terrifying monsters, can Whyborne overcome his fear and learn to trust? Will Griffin let go of his past and risk falling in love? Or will Griffin’s secrets cost Whyborne both his heart and his life?
I found myself enjoying this book a lot. I was somewhat surprised. I'd heard that it was good, which is why it was on my TBR and I decided to read it after reading another M/M historical/paranormal romance. I'm glad that I did because there was more going on here than I would have imagined.
We first meet Percival Endicott Whyborne while he's rushing to work and running late for a meeting. When he gets there, he's singled out to work with private detective Griffin Flaherty on a translation case. Whyborne isn't so happy about this as he has his own work to do. Of course, since he can't get out of it, he gets to work. He soon discovers that the book is nothing like he's ever seen before and it mentions spells and rituals he has no doubt are real. It isn't long before he realizes that magic and monsters are real.(less)