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?
While reading this book, I was trying to remind myself why I always say I don’t like historicals. This one show me how much I’m missing by don’t reading such genre. It was amazing. I can’t think of a thing I didn’t like about it.
The plot was outstanding, very creative. With a lot of twist and interesting moments. With a perfect amount of romance, which felt very believable and, the best of all, it wasn’t the center of the book. I do like to read romance, but I appreciate a book, like this, that even featuring some romance, it also develop an interesting plot. I loved some very spooky scenes. There were moments when I was thinking why was I torturing myself reading such things in the night, if I knew I will be scare, I still did it and loved it.
The characters were great. I loved each of them, I liked Griffin the most. There’s something about his fears that found a soft spot in my heart. Whyborne was also great, but If I’ll have to choose a favorite, it would be Griffin. I love Christine too, I wish there’s more about her in the next books.
I did have a some issues, more related to my, somehow, dislike for historicals, but I don’t fool myself, it might not be a genre I love to read, but I would rather read something I’m not comfortable with, than missing such amazing writing. I just wonder, why did it take me so long to start reading this, I really had no idea what I was missing, such a great book. I can’t recommended enough.