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(Whyborne & Griffin #8.5)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  680 ratings  ·  134 reviews
Note: This novella takes place at the same time as events in Fallow (Whyborne & Griffin 8).

Shy secretary Maggie Parkhurst knows there’s nothing special about her. She’s neither sorceress, nor fighter, nor scholar. What could she possibly have to offer Persephone, the chieftess of the inhuman ketoi—and the woman Maggie’s fallen in love with?

After Maggie’s friend Irene g
ebook, 90 pages
Published January 20th 2017 by Jordan L. Hawk
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Ms. Smartarse
As the "main gang" bustles off to help Griffin investigate his creepy hometown (see: Fallow), Ms. Parkhurst is left behind to suffer in silence. The universe however, seems quite keen on keeping her lovesick moping time to a minimum. At least, when it comes to Dr. Whyborne.

First, she gets pestered by the odd head librarian, who makes no secret of his fanboy-ing over Dr. Whyborne. Then, Maggie's old childhood friend shows up, ready to pop the question. And let's not forget the sleepless nights,
Nick Pageant
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading this, I think I might be a lesbian... or a shark-toothed mermaid. Either way, this was great fun and a welcome addition to my favorite series of not-always m/m adventure stories. If you're a devoted W&G fan this is a must-read.
This was a sweet story mixed with some action that our two heroines find themselves in the middle of. I have always loved Miss Parkhurst. I was happy to see her get a little bit of happiness in her life. I love Persephone too and her methods of courtship *gag* lol.

This was my first FF read. It was definitely sweet and hot. I enjoyed it but I'm not sure FF is something I would pick up on regular basis but I loved this little split off from the action with Whyborne & Griffin.
K.J. Charles
Vastly enjoyable, very funny at points, f/f in the Whyborne and Griffin world. I will never tire of the paramilitary librarians and the deadpan humour is brilliant. Sweet, hot, and tentacular.
3.5 Stars

Undertow runs parallel to the events in Fallow, this time featuring Whyborne’s ketoi sister, Persephone, and his adoring secretary, Maggie Parkhurst.

The two women have been dancing around each other since they first met and it was a lot of fun to watch them grow closer here, as they joined forces to fight yet another of Widdershins diabolical foes.

Ms. Parkhurst is ever the sweet and endearing character and I’m so glad we got to witness her love story with Persephone first hand. Persep
R * A Reader Obsessed *
3.5 Stars

My first FF and most likely my last. Lol.

This by no means is a remark on Hawk’s wonderful writing but lady bits do nothing for me. However, absolutely essential if you’re a reading-in-series-order purist, as this further propels the main story arc quite nicely.

As always, full of action and never short on the horror nor the feels, the love between Ms. Parkhurst and Persephone was sweet, silly, and swoony (and yes, explicit) - just like Whyborne and Griffin!

Really, a must read for those

I love how Hawk did this, how she gave us Maggie and Persephone. We got them and we also got a look at our beloved friends from the other books. (view spoiler)

There is no way but to end this with:

Librarians Forever

Fits slot 17. of my reading challenge - A book involving a mythical creature
¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★°**★
1.5 All by Myself Stars

Ok, I'm all by myself on this one. So, do not mind me

I adore Griffin and Whybourne, they are the main reason I made it to 8.5 books. So when this one came out. I simply could not resist. I snatched it up. And, when I opened it I wanted to love it.

My favorite quote, when she said ...."if she kissed me" so cute!

But......GAWD, the visualization killed me. A shark tooth fin armed mermaid , not sexy. Would you let such a person per se' kiss you? Or seriously, would you run fo
Richard Derus
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindled, quiltbag
I completely forgot to write this review. Oops.

I liked seeing Maggie Parkhurst get some at last! Go Maggie, blow down that closet door and grab what you want. Especially since what you want wants you right back.

I like this series so much and wish we lived in an Iridium Age of Screen SF instead of merely a Platinum Age. We'd see this series of books on our screens in a blink. So much lovely backstory, so much exciting action...this shorter entry included, and with the added bonus of more facetime
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
4.5 “I’m garbage for any and everything related to Whyborne and Griffin” stars rounded up.

“I want to strip away these coverings you land dwellers hide inside, so I can see you. I want to touch you until you sing my name.”

What do you get when you read a Jordan L. Hawk story?
-Humor. Sometimes chuckles. Sometimes cackles. But you are ALWAYS guaranteed laughs.

Awkward confession time: I found Persephone adorable. Yes, a shark-toothed sea creature with fins affixed to he
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***3.5 Stars***

A fun FF addition to the Whyborne & Griffin series!

This takes place concurrently with Fallow. Here we see Ms. Maggie Parkhurst, Whyborne’s secretary, battling the Fidelis alongside Persephone, Whyborne’s ketoi sister.

They both hold their own against their enemies and declare their love for each other along the way.

I’m looking forward to seeing how this relationship will fit in with the rest of the gang in the following books.
milou  ☁️
"Percival is stupid," Persephone muttered. "And he has stupid hair." She glanced at me. "Not like your hair, Maggie."

This is an entire novella told from the pov of Maggie Parkhurt, Whyborne's secretary at the Ladysmith museum. Up until the last book we only ever saw her through the eyes of Whyborne whenever she worked alongside him at the museum and would help him with his visitors or bring him coffee. For the longest time Maggie had this intense crush oh Whyborne and she would blush furiousl
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ff-romance, novella
3.75 stars rounded up

Confession: I have NO impression on Maggie Parkhurst whatsoever *laugh*. Seriously, the only thing I remembered about her was her crush to Whyborne and that she gave him that scarf(?). But that was it. I didn't remember her having any feeling for Penelope in the previous book.

I do need to make a note; somehow for me, Maggie's voice sounds so much like Whyborne! I just couldn't separate her being a "female" voice, if that makes any sense to you?

But overall, I was happy with
C.S. Poe
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Like every story told in the W&G universe, Undertow was a thrilling, magical adventure that Jordan Hawk has become a master at weaving. Even without our regular heroes at the helm, this novella doesn't skip a beat in pulling readers back into the darkest depths of Widdershins, where mystery, terror, and true love reside.
We all remember Maggie, Whyborne's lovely, shy secretary at the Ladysmith? This is her tale, and what happens when the disappearance of a friend rests on her shoulders to sol
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

I was leary going into this because human/non-human pairings don't work for me. Since I love this series & this world, I was hoping this would be the exception for me. It wasn't. All the talk of fins & gills & her "orca like skin" made me spend the entire book chanting "Please no tentacle porn. please no tentacle porn." Spoiler alert......there was tentacle porn. Totally not my jam.

The overall plot was also just ok. Not sure if it was truly just meh or if it was my sea crea

Great little story with Persephone and a badass Miss Maggie Parkhurst. Loved the deadpan humour too, and that the nutty librarians also made an appearance...I definitely think Mr Quinn has hidden something deep in the tunnels of the Ladysmith museum.... 4 stars.
Roxana Chirilă
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This novella is a bit sillier than most of the W&G series, but I really enjoyed the silliness nonetheless. Maggie, Whyborne's secretary who's had a crush on him since forever, has been unable to get her mind off the *other* Whyborne twin since she's seen her.

This is a love story between two women, one of whom is a humanoid shark creature with pointy teeth and tentacle hair. And while I, personally, would be intimidated, Maggie isn't.

It's also a story about people killing other people, reveng
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Book Reaction:
Rating: 4.5 Stars - perfection is only half a step away
I'm going to be honest: I absolutely skipped the sex scenes in this because, well, shark/orca/fish. Maybe Hawk managed to de-emphasize anything to do with the shark/orca/fish factor to a degree that I could have tolerated it, but all of that is so central to Persephone that I'm not sure how that could be done. So, skip, skip, skip for me.

That being said, I was so ecstatic to see Miss Parkhurst finally getting her own special happiness after seeing her affections for our beloved Whyborne go so sp
Shan( Shans_Shelves)
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Lovely! It was spectacular to see more of Persephone and Maggie. I was so excited about that particular development and seeing them get together was fabulous. This was my first ever FF and I loved it. Although I really hope there are better adjectives than 'petals' and 'pearl' in future ones. 😐
Jules Lovestoread
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved it! Of course. ;) Maggie and Persephone were so much fun. <3 Full review coming to
♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
This is creepy villains, supernatural forces, extraordinary humans, complex creatures, great action scenes, and all of the rest of what are the fantastic ingredients in this world of Widdershins.

This takes a bit of time to build, but it works, especially in terms of Maggie, our Miss Parkhurst, and the arc through which her story travels. We learn about how she came to be in Widdershins, experience her intelligence, and watch as her innate strengths gain power and momentum.

Hawk doesn't spend much
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have liked most of the shorts in this series because the plot did not seem as draggy for me. This novella is no exception and the story is actually one of the most exciting ones. This is the first book in the series which features our poor Miss Parkhurst's as the protagonist, and it's also the first book which doesn't feature M/M romance as well.

After 8 books of waiting for Whyborne to reciprocrate her unrequited love, I'm glad that our poor Maggie Parkhurst finally gets some love. Whyborne is
Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
I know my limits. I like Maggie and want to see her find love, and Persephone is fun. I do want to read more f/f, but not when one of those "f"s is a fish with shark teeth that can rip Maggie to shreds and covered in scales that can cut Maggie to, well, shreds. Fish don't even have the same anatomy down there, do they? IDK. I don't want to know.

So I'm happy these two are finding love, somehow, however improbably. I hope Maggie stocks up on disinfectant and bandages and tartar sauce. Maybe she ca
Lisa The Novel Approach
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
While Whyborne and Griffin are off dealing with the Fideles cult in Kansas, trouble has come to Widdershins. Because, of course it has. What else would you expect from a horrible murder town? However, just because our regular heroes are away that doesn’t mean all is lost. The town is in good hands. Persephone, Miss Parkhurst, Heliabel, Mr. Quinn, and the rest of the librarians are on watch—and you’d be surprised what a bunch of dictionary-wielding librarians, some ketoi, and a simple secretary c ...more
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
If this book had not come out today (1/20/17), it would've been an unrelentingly depressing day for me. Instead, I spent most of the day reading it and smiling dreamily.

I still can't really believe that these two are a couple and that there is actually a book about them. It's amazing. There is so much to love; I'm seriously giddy. This book is not only a sweet and epic love story, but also, there are a lot of wonderful details about life in Widdershins, as well as an exciting plot. Mr. Quinn pl
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-f, historical, mystery, sf
It makes me ever so happy that this book even exists! I was ever so delighted by Persephone's courting of Maggie (the SQUID <3 <3 <3), and I was enthralled by the melodrama with Maggie's "childhood friend" (nooooooooo), and I loved the librarians as always (yesssss), and did I mention how happy I am to see an entire book about lesbians (well, a lesbian and a bi/pan woman) in a huge m/m series like this?

Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made me so happy.

I've adored Jordan's stories for YEARS, but as a queer woman was really missing something. This more than delivered on everything I could have hoped. Her story-telling is crisp and thorough. Her characters are fully fleshed. She is just such a GOOD writer.
Diane Dannenfeldt
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 50-100_pgs, pnr, f-f
Excellent short story. I'm so glad that they finally got together. They both deserve happiness. The bad guys got what hey deserved for the torturing and killing of the hybrids and ketoi. Can't wait for the next book in the series!!!
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Jordan L. Hawk is a non-binary queer author from North Carolina. Childhood tales of mountain ghosts and mysterious creatures gave them a life-long love of things that go bump in the night. When they aren’t writing, they brew their own beer and try to keep the cats from destroying the house. Their best-selling Whyborne & Griffin series (beginning with Widdershins) can be found in print, ebook, ...more

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“The night candle on the bedside table burst into spontaneous flame. The golden glow revealed a creature whose pale white skin was marked with dark blue swirls, like some barbarian war paint. Fins jutted from her arms and legs, and the claws tipping fingers and toes clung to the house’s woodsiding. A host of slender tendrils squirmed around her face in place of hair, and her grin revealed row after row of shark’s teeth.

Oh, thank heavens. Nothing to be afraid of after all”
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