Friday, April 1, 2016

ARC #REVIEW The Necromancer's Dance by SJ Himes #mmromance #paranormal #romhero

Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance, part of The Beacon Hill Sorcerer series
Release Date: February 25, 2016
Publisher:  SJ Himes
Length: 225 pages

Description: 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.

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The Necromancer's Dance is a wonderful mix of romance, suspense, and magic. In some ways, with it's mix of vampires, werewolves, demons, dragons, and humans with magical powers, it reminds me of Kim Harrison's The Hollows series.

Angel is a necromancer. This means he can wield death magic, and as such, can control vampires, because they are "dead." The Boston vampire clan, of which Simeon is an Elder, both fears and reveres him. They call upon him to help him out when one of their own is poisoned by drinking from someone with even a trace of magic in their blood. The vampires would love to kill him, but then they'd die too. A fact he never lets them forget.
Angel's life energy and focused will exploded through their systems and he owned his attackers in seconds.

They stopped in macabre tableaus of arrested motion, the two who bit him and took his blood. They stood, eyes wild with fear, their bodies now under Angel's control. They had their thoughts, but he owned their actions.
And this is where things get interesting, because Simeon has been gently courting Angel from afar, waiting for the right moment to make his suit known. Unfortunately for him, Angel is just as wary of vampires as they are of him. After all, they killed his entire family, except his younger brother.
"I... " Angel lost whatever words he was going to speak, his tongue refusing to cooperate. His body knew what it wanted. His heart did too. It was his mind that left him struggling.
But before long, Angel is drawn into a plot to try to kill him, one that involves some mysterious players who have the ability to call forth a demon and curse it to never be free as long as Angel lives. Amid a series of chases, explosions, attacks, and murders, Angel finds friendship, but can he find love? Can he move beyond the hurts of the past? Can he repair his broken relationship with his brother? And can he keep Boston from descending into another war between vampires and magical people?

All I can say is that now I want a little dragon. You'll understand why by the end of the book. :)

I recommend The Necromancer's Dance to anyone who enjoys a well-written, sexy paranormal romance.

OUR RATING: 4.5 stars!



  1. Thank you so much! I'm so happy you liked it! Thank you thank you!

    1. You're very welcome, SJ. As you can see, we quite enjoyed it!