The Necromancer’s Dilemma (The Beacon Hill Sorcerer Book 2) by SJ Himes #LGBT #Review

Sam reviews The Necromancer’s Dilemma (The Beacon Hill Sorcerer Book 2) by SJ Himes . Self-Published on July 1st, 2016 and is 213 pages.

A complimentary copy was given by the author in exchange for an honest review.



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.

**72k words. Contains bonus short story at the end, “The Necromancer’s Birthday Surprise”, written for Crystal’s Many Reviewers, March 2016. Book TWO in a series. Not standalone.

**Contains male/male sexual content. Violence, gore, sex, vampires. A cute dragon and some snark. Okay, lots of snark.



Necromancer’s Dilemma is the second book in the series. In this book we get more of Simeon and Angel.  I absolutely love these two. They are so sweet but also have a dark side.  Being a vamp and a necromancer they have lots of power and they are not afraid to use it.  I enjoyed how their connection to each other grew even more throughout the story.  The chemistry they have is off the charts. It makes me want to go find my very own vampire.

We also got to learn more about Isaac and Daniel.  Both of these sorcerers are sweet.  They also have a fragile side to them. I love how Angel and Simeon have taken them under their wing.  Not only are they teaching them, they are very protective of them.

Daniel and Isaac seem to be forming a bond. This good for both of them.  I can see them becoming best of friends and possibly more. Daniel’s family is awful.  I just want to wrap him in a big hug and tell him it will be ok.  As for Isaac, he is struggling with something deep. This not only is affecting his own happiness but putting a barrier in his relationship with Angel.   I hope that soon he will be able to let go of the weight he has carried.

I have to admit that one of my favorite secondary characters is Eroch.  The tiny little dragon is fierce but so adorable.    I love how he will fight and protect Angel and the others, but will also wrap around him like a loyal pet.

Once again the plot is full of action and suspense.  It is able to keep you hooked from start to finish.  The author also leaves you wanting more. After reading the ending I am hoping that Isaac will get his story and finally find the happiness he deserves.

Also for a little extra treat, the author has added a bonus story at the end make sure you don’t miss it.

For anyone that enjoys a paranormal book with sorcery, vampires and more, then I highly recommend reading Necromancer’s Dilemma by SJ Himes. This is a part of a series that needs to read in order to fully understand the characters and the plot.

pot of gold

10/10 Pots of Gold

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Read my review for Book 1 Necromancer’s Dance here:

Read my review for SJ Himes other book Wolves of Black Pine here:

Read my review for The Prince’s Consort, book 1 of the Bred for Love series written under SJ Himes pin name Revella Hawthorn here:



I’m a thirty something bisexual cisgendered woman with way too big an imagination, but that comes in handy when I’m writing. I have been writing since I was a child, when I took a four page assignment on what I was going to do on summer vacation and turned it into a 100 page fantasy epic all written by hand…in crayons. No joke.
I work a day job but I can’t share for who, since the Old Man isn’t as liberated as the people who read my books. I’m married, I have furbabies, and I live with loved ones. I adore a certain show about a British consulting detective and his grumpy army doctor, and that spawned an addiction to Johnlock fanfiction, which then evolved into me writing it. Gawd, that’s embarrassing. Put this down in the TMI section of my Bio, okay? I enjoy martial arts, movies where things blow up, and I wish I lived in a Marvel movie.
I live in the beautiful and lonely Berkshire County in Massachusetts, and I see way more wildlife than I care to on a daily basis (bears!). My perfect day is reading surrounded by friends and family who don’t think it’s odd I want to hang out but not talk, and my favorite scent of all time is a cool fall evening with leaves burning….less a scent, and more of an experience.
My writing is focused on gay and lesbian people, who are more than interesting side characters that hang out with the heterosexual MCs. My wish for the future is that when people ask me what I do for a living, I can say, “I write gay romance,” and NOT get weird looks.

The sequel to Wolves of Black Pine will be released in December 2015, titled “Wolf of the Northern Star”.
If you’re feeling brave, I also write under my pen name of Revella Hawthorne, and write fanfiction on as Revella, for a certain British consulting detective and his army doctor. My erotica, Bred For Love:The Prince’s Consort, is available now.

See my Author Page for Revella Hawthorne for upcoming releases in the Bred For Love Series.


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