1) Great mix of suspense, mystery and paranormal. The sex scene that develops in the first chapter is a mix of romantic meeting erotica. i was perfectly fine with this introduction, however, it may turn off the reader who isn’t prepared for graphic sex at the get-go. Some m/m romance readers want build up. Some crave erotic. Some crave erotica. This book mixes all three for the reader’s benefit although in this case, the build-up is the strengthening relationship. Necromancer’s Dilemma is a great follow up to Necromancer’s Dance. Both have had a moving plot, tension between the main characters and great writing pace. Necromancer’s Dilemma showcases the relationship between Angel, a sorcerer, and Simeon, a vampire. Great story showcasing these characters more and therefore encouraging the reader to read more in the series.
2) I was hooked by these stories from the word go. Interesting characters, and magic system/world building, and cutest dragon ever. It felt as though I had stepping into a fully formed universe with a complex history, and I am very pleased there is more to look forward to in this series. A few typos etc, but they didn't detract from the story at all, and the more I read the less I noticed them. Very enjoyable bonus short at the end of the 2nd book too.
The Necromancer's Dance and The Necromancer's Dilemma (2 books as 1 submission) by S.J. Himes
The Necromancer's Dance (The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #1)
Series: The Beacon Hill Sorcerer
Paperback: 284 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (February 25, 2016)
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In a world where magic is real and evil walks amongst humanity, a young sorcerer is beset upon by enemies, both old and new. Angelus Salvatore is the only necromancer in all of Boston, and his name is whispered warily by the undead and fellow sorcerers alike. He and his brother Isaac are the lone survivors of an attack by an army of the undead, in which Angel used a spell so powerful it forever marked his place in history. Now, years later, Angel struggles to balance his career as a teacher of the higher magical arts, his role as big brother, and a tenuous relationship with an Elder vampire from the local clan. When his brother's boyfriend is used as a pawn in a mysterious plot to draw Angel out, Angel is once again drawn back into the old hostilities that fueled the Blood Wars and led to his family's death. Leaning on others for help is something Angel cannot do, and while he searches for clues into who may be targeting him and his brother, Angel finds his heart steadily growing occupied with Simeon, Elder and vampire. Dealing with death magic and vampires on a daily basis may leave Angel jaded when it comes to life and staying that way, but the more time he spends fending off the ancient vampire's attention and affections, the more he realizes he wants to give in. Can Angel find out who wants him dead, and keep his heart safe in the process? How can he fall for a vampire, when his whole family was torn apart by an army of the undead? Death stalks the streets of Boston's historic Beacon Hill....and there is no one more suited to battle against death than a necromancer.
The Necromancer's Dilemma (The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #2)
Series: The Beacon Hill Sorcerer
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2016)
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Even love can die without trust. Angel’s brother, Isaac, has returned home, and the pair begins to make slow and awkward attempts back to each other. Learning how to be a brother to a grown man instead of a parental figure has Angel adjusting his behaviors and habits, and Isaac still remains a mystery. Was it merely entering adulthood that turned Isaac away from an overprotective Angel, or does Isaac carry a secret that will keep them from finally being a real family? Daniel Macavoy, Angel’s new apprentice, is torn between his bond with Angel and the grasping machinations of his father. Dealing with a traumatized apprentice with dangerous holes in his magical education, saving Daniel may be harder than Angel first thought—especially since the biggest problem is not revenge, but guilt. The one shining beacon in his life is Simeon, Elder vampire of Boston’s only Bloodclan. Four hundred years old and sexy as sin, Simeon is warrior and sage, patient and cunning. The strength Angel draws from Simeon’s devotion and the newborn mate-bond between them is steadfast and true…and the fount of death magic that animates the undead lord places Angel in the midst of a power struggle for control over himself, his lover, and his family. Through it all, Angel is beleaguered by the unwanted attention of a troll-hybrid, the adventures of a dragon in the city, and a serial killer has decided to hunt the back alleys and midnight streets of Boston.
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