Threshold is the second book in Jordan L. Hawk’s Whyborne & Griffin series. I read this book almost as soon as I finished reading Widdershins, the first book in the series. If I could condense this series into a brief description, I would call it an action adventure supernatural mystery with m/m romance and elements of magic, all set in Victorian-era America.
Whyborne and Griffin have survived the events at the end of Widdershins, and just when they think that their lives are returning to normal, Whyborne’s father summons them to the family manse. There’s something odd happening at one of the family mines, and Mr. Whyborne wants Griffin to investigate. So, along with their friend Dr. Christine Putnam, out delightful duo hop on a train and head south to the town of Threshold.
The matters at the mine are already being investigated by a team of Pinkertons, including (gasp) Griffin’s ex-boyfriend Elliot. Poor Whyborne worries that Griffin will choose Elliot over him, but there is hardly the time for melodrama because there are indeed strange things happening at the mine. Once again, Whyborne and Griffin are confronted with the supernatural, and they are going to have to use all of their skills to defeat this evil that threatens to destroy them all.
Hawk established a fascinating world in Widdershins, and now they have taken those characters and thrown them into a new setting. Whyborne is significantly less worldly than his two friends, and Threshold is a very different place than his familiar Widdershins. Whyborne must contend with feelings of jealousy and inadequacy; why would Griffin choose him when he can go back to the handsome Elliot? Whyborne must gain confidence in himself and the unique talents that he began to acquire in the first book.
I loved everything about this book. Whyborne and Griffin have such great chemistry, and I’m glad that Christine accompanied the gentlemen on this new adventure. Not only is she wicked smart, but she brings some wry humor to the proceedings.
I would absolutely recommend Threshold to anyone whose interest was piqued by this review. Readers ought to start with Widdershins to truly appreciate the story arc. As of this writing, I have read the first three books in the Whyborne & Griffin series, and I am rationing out the remaining books as a special treat to myself. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series, as well as anything else that Hawk has to offer.