KU Book Review – The Beacon Hill Sorcerer Series by SJ Himes #KU #Review

Today I am reviewing The Beacon Hill Sorcerer Series, and since there are only two books in it at the present time I decided to review each book separately. They are both such good books I couldn’t sum them up in one review.

Blurb for Book One

The Necromancer’s Dance

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.

MATURE CONTENT Contains graphic violence, a cranky necromancer, a sexy Irish vampire, and a pesky demon.
77,000 words

My Review

I quickly fell in love with Angelus. He has an ‘I don’t care’ attitude that made smile time and time again.

The fact he also stands up to the vampires and doesn’t even blink, also endeared him to me. In so many stories vampires are the top of the food/strength ladder and they look down on anyone they feel is beneath them (which is usually everyone). Angelus has already killed vampires (not that he’s proud of it, but it is what it is) and that gives him the respect (and fear) of the vampires and so they have a sort of agreement.

Simeon is patient and is willing to give advice when needed and stand back when he’s not. He slowly breaks down Angelus’ walls and inserts himself into the Necromancer’s life and eventually his heart. Also, he isn’t afraid of Angelus, which sets him apart from the other vampires in his Bloodclan.

This story is full of love, action, intrigue, betrayal, and much more.

A highly recommended read 4*

 

Blurb for book two

The Necromancer’s Dilemma

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 Violence, gore, sex, vampires. A cute dragon and some snark. Okay, lots of snark.

My Review

I really grew to like Daniel in this and by contrast, I hated his father. Parents are supposed to love and nurture their children. Daniel’s father needed a few harsh lessons and even then I don’t think he would have learned anything.

My other favorite character in this one is Angelus’ little dragon, Eroch. He is sweet and always tries to be helpful.

The reader gets to find out more about the secondary characters in this one; Milly gets a visit from her ex-husband, Daniel tangles with his father, and Issac tries to keep his secret.

My favorite parts of this book is that we get to see the bond between Angelus and Simeon get stronger. It is wonderful to read about their love growing.

A highly recommended read 4*

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P.O.E.T.S Day – Hastings Town

Welcome to poets day. Today I have another early one of my poems.

This poem was written when I used to go out to the nightclubs in my hometown.  I remember thinking it was like a whole different world compared to the daytime in the town center. Hope you enjoy my take on Hastings Nightlife 🙂

 

Hastings Town

The sun is setting on the sand,

The seagulls are flying inland.

Everybody is heading home,

The night is coming like a dome.

Night is coming to Hastings town,

Everywhere is quiet with no sound.

 

Now it’s night,

The kids take flight.

The clubs are open now.

But don’t have too many,

Or you’ll not have a penny.

And one last warning,

About the morning…

(You’ll regret it!)

 

(Written 2001)

 

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GA Review – What No One Sees by Craftingmom (AKA Taylor Ryan) #Review #GayAuthors

 

Welcome to another GA Review post. My story review this week is What No One Sees by Craftingmom. Craftingmom is a Promising author on GA and is a popular author on GA. Craftingmom is also a self-published Author. Her books can be found on Amazon under the pen name Taylor Ryan. Or check out her Author profile on GA – Craftingmom

Her About Me Says.

My writings are usually rather angst-ridden. As anyone who has read All In or Tears of the Neko can tell, my stories delve into the emotional side of the characters and relationships are built over time. The genre of the story isn’t as important to me as the development of the characters; therefore, stories will fall into just about any genre– modern, historical, fantasy, sci-fi, shifter, slave-fic, etc. I read it all, so odds are, I might write about it at some point too.

Before writing the Tears of the Neko (my first m/m fiction which is available now on Amazon), I primarily wrote young adult fiction, some of which are already published. But having expanded my reading repertoire in the last couple years, I have found a new area of writing that I am very passionate about. And coming to GA with all the wonderful people here has just fueled my desire to write. So thank you all!

Also, if you want to read more about me, Cia interviewed me for the November 2014 CSR, so you can read more here :

http://www.gayauthors.org/forums/blog/258/entry-14998-csr-discussion-day-tears-of-the-neko-by-craftingmom/

You can also find me on Goodreads now: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13593379.Taylor_Ryan

Taylor Ryan is my pen name for my M/M works to keep them separate from my young adult works.

Also feel free to check out this drawing by one of our fellow authors here, Rook Lee, who drew this cool picture of Kayden sleeping in the window: this is the link on GA, but is only part of the picture. Click on the link to deviant art in their gallery to see the full image! http://www.gayauthors.org/forums/gallery/image/11009-sleeping-neko/

Thank you for dropping by and checking me out!

What No One Sees by Craftingmom

Blurb/Description

Avery has been abused by his father since he was eleven, when his mom left them. Because his father is so well respected in the town (and because of Avery’s own shame), no one has discovered the family’s secret–his father’s breakdown and delusions due to his wife leaving that he reaps on his son. When a college student arrives, Avery doesn’t want to admit he might like the new guy in town. This story chronicles Avery’s torment and how one person finally sees him as worthy

WARNING:  This story is highly steeped in the physical, mental, and sexual abuse of a teen (now 17) by his father.  It’s a story of a small town where a respected man breaks down after his wife leaves–taking his anger and frustrations, both physical and sexual, out on his son who reminds him of his wife.  Avery’s story shows how easy it is for neighbors, friends, etc, to not be aware, to miss the signs, of someone who is obviously hurting.

This story is inspired by an unfinished story on AFF called Broken by guiltypleasure (she’s not on GA).

My Review:

Firstly, please take heed of the warning in the blurb. This story has a lot of abuse in it and it could be a trigger to some people. Also, make sure you have a box of tissues nearby, you may need them.

This is one of Craftingmom’s stories that I reread fairly often. The reason I like it is it is real. As much we would like it not to be true things like this happen. People get away with some truly terrible things just because they have the social standing for people to not believe they would do anything bad.

Avery is a broken young man but there is hope deep inside him. When the new guy starts to take notice of him the reader sees there is a small part of Avery that isn’t broken and is still fighting.

The new guy doesn’t care about the fathers social standing. He doesn’t care about anything except for the fact that he knows something isn’t right with Avery. Towards the end, even a member of the police is getting suspicious.

I wanted to get my hands on the father in this story. I am not normally prone to violence outside of my fantasy stories (where my bad guys usually meet a very bloody and painful end) but if this jerk had been a real person I would have been out for blood.

This story treats a very sensitive subject with respect and shows exactly how it can go on right under people’s noses. As the title suggests, What no one sees, because no one looks.

A highly recommended read 4*s

 

Just click the link here and read it for FREE now… Read What No One Sees Now

 

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Wednesday Briefs – Here Kitty Kitty, Chapter 5.2

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Welcome to another Wednesday Briefs. All comments are welcomed and please check out the other authors at the end of this post.


Chapter 5.2

Kitryn watched as Meg’s mouth dropped open. She let go of the door in time for Fran to jump into her arms.

“Where you been? You said you’d be back. Why did you no come back?” Fran fired questions rapidly and Kitryn finally snapped out of his shock.

“Fran hush. Meg, as much as I wasn’t to get the same answers as Fran, I need somewhere out of the sun to put Simon. He’s heavy and won’t wake up for at least another few hours.”

Meg nodded numbly and, still holding Fran, she led the way to a back bedroom. The curtains were drawn and Kitryn gratefully dropped his burden gently onto the bed. After unrolling Simon, he tucked the man under the covers. Once he was sure Simon was safe he exited the room to find Meg in the kitchen getting the still chattering kits drinks and snacks. A box of chocolates already sat open on the dining table.

Kitryn bided his time and soon enough the kits heads started drooping. Meg helped him to get them settled in her bed and they returned to the kitchen.

“Meg, what happened?”

Meg paused with the kettle in her hand. With a sigh, she put it down and joined him at the table.

“I was banished.” Her tone was very matter of fact, but her eyes held utter devastation.

“What?” Kitryn hissed. He didn’t want to wake the kits. “Why in the name of the Goddess would Mars banish you? You were his closest advisor. Hell, you have the same power as Fran. You could have seen what was going to happen in time for us to—”

“I did!” Kitryn stopped and stared at her. She was silent a few seconds before continuing. “I told Mars he had a mole inside the group. I even told him who it was. He didn’t believe me and when I insisted he needed to up the patrols without telling this person he went mad. He gave me twenty-four hours to pack and be off the territory. He said if he found out I’d spread my lies to anyone else he would kill me as a traitor. He told me I was to tell anyone who asked that he was sending me on a mission and that I wasn’t allowed to speak about the details. When I tried to protest that I at least wanted to get my family out he said if I tried he would kill them as traitors too. Kit, he even said he’d kill Fran. So, she couldn’t spread her evil powers any further, apparently.”

Kitryn sat in shock. Mars had always been a good leader as far as Kitryn had ever seen. But, as he thought back he started to see the changes in behavior that he’d dismissed before. New rules confining the group to the territory boundaries. Only the inner circle allowed to leave for any reason.

Eventually, he looked up at Meg and asked, “Why?”

“He wasn’t himself. My power is not infallible. I saw only one traitor. I didn’t see that someone had gotten to Mars. Kit, you and I both know Mars would never hurt any member of our group. He also wouldn’t put anyone in danger, especially the kits. I’ve managed to put some of it together, but there are still bits missing. From what I can piece together some sort of magic user gave something to one of the kits when they visited a nearby town. The object wouldn’t affect children but would do something to adults that made them more susceptible to suggestion. The magic user must have been in the territory at some point because once the object had affected an adult, the bastard would have to be nearby to make use of the suggestibility and give the adult instructions to follow.”

“Sort of like being hypnotized.”

“Yes, that would be the closest analogy.”

Kitryn leaned back in his chair and ran his finger through his hair. “So, what do we do now?”


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Book Review – Dragon’s Heat (City Dragons Book 1) by Lisa Oliver #Review

Blurb:

Dragon’s Heat – City Dragon’s Book 1

Jon Erskine had made a good life for himself as one of the top Forensic Accounts and Systems Analysts in the country. He doesn’t mind working with paranormal clients – after all, he’s a shifter himself. However, he could do without all the slurs and derogatory comments. Not all shifters are wolves, bears and other predators. Still, his expertise and reputation is solid and Jon is more than capable of holding his own. That is until Dirk Hollingsworth runs from his office.

Dirk is running out of time. He has to find out who’s been stealing from his company before his father turns up for his wedding in three weeks’ time. Acting on the recommendation of a friend, Dirk turns to Jon, or at least thinks about it. That is, until he catches the man’s scent in the doorway of his office and does a runner. Not the proudest moment for one of the proudest of all shifters, but Dirk has a responsibility to his clan and catching the tantalizing scent of a dog isn’t going to change anything. Or so he thinks.

Family betrayals, a strong-willed dragon spirit; all things collide as Jon and Dirk struggle to find common ground. Calling off the wedding is easy; staying alive might be that much harder. M/M, graphic content. Suitable ages 18+

My Review

When I first ‘met’ Dirk I disliked him. As far I could see he wasn’t good mare material for the lovely shifter that had already wormed his way into my affection.

And to think his family and business were more important than his mate? nope, he wasn’t making a friend in me.

Then Lisa introduced his dragon and him I got to like. He didn’t care about human worries, he only cared about caring for his mate – whatever species he happened to be.

It didn’t take long for Dirk to be brought to heel by his dragon and he soon realized exactly what he could be missing out on. Once he stopped thinking like a jerk, I actually started to like him. He even groveled quite nicely 😉

By the end, he has a wonderful mate and has even managed to ferret out all the troublemakers in the company. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

 

A highly recommended read, one click all the way 🙂

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Book Review – Finder by J. E. Lorin #KU #Free #Review

Blurb

At the age of sixteen, August Goodson developed a strange and mysterious power overnight: he can find people. Victims of murder, suicide, kidnapping, accidents, and rape; August can find them all, usually dead, but sometimes still alive. Nine years later finds August volunteering his services to the police. He’s still smarting from the loss of his long-time love Dante, who cheated on him with his best friend, and harbors a deep crush on the incredibly handsome, and oh-so-straight, Detective Luke Williams. But there are bigger concerns on August’s mind: a serial killer is loose in the city, one whose victims are a little too much like him for comfort. When August finds a living victim who may be one of the serial killer’s, he’s drawn even deeper into the case. Will he make it out alive, or will he soon be the one in need of finding?

My Review

I really felt for August’s character in this story.

To suddenly find you have this strange ability? To be abandoned by parents that adopted you? To be cheated on by your long-term boyfriend and best friend? And finally, to have a crush on a straight man?

I don’t know how August is still a mostly sensible functioning adult. However, he is still pushing forward and using his abilities to find and bring to light people who have died in sometimes sad and sometimes horrific circumstances.

I liked Detective Luke Williams from the start. He seems caring and he wants August to be safe when he’s ‘doing his thing’.

As for Luke’s work partner, Detective Mark Gladstone, I didn’t like him at all at first. He was abrupt, dismissive, and at times downright rude. But, as I got to know him I warmed up to him and by the end…well, I’ll leave it to you to find out.

The clues that get dropped as to the identity of the serial killer keep the reader guessing all through the story, and although some may get a gut feeling as to who it is, there is no proof. When the culprit is revealed it is a surprise to all the characters and I think it will be to most of the readers too.

A highly entertaining read 4*s

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Valentine’s Day – Part two

Part Two

We sat sharing memories of holidays past until our appetizers arrived. Spinach and Cheese ravioli with roasted garlic and sun-dried tomato cream sauce.

My mouth watered at the amazing smells of the food. I’d been so nervous I’d skipped lunch and I was starving.

We fed each other, giggling like naughty kids and trying not to drop food on each other. Work had been so hectic that we’d hardly see each other recently and it was great to spend time just being a couple with no other worries to spoil the fun. Well, almost no other worries.

Our empty plates were exchanged for a classic Caesar salad and that was quickly followed by our entrée.

“Is this?” Terry didn’t finish his question as he was too busy moaning over the mouthful he’d just taken.

“It’s a Hornblower Surf and Turf. According to the menu I downloaded, its petit filet mignon, with a wild mushroom demi-glace. Grilled salmon with truffled potatoes au gratin. And finally, carrots and green beans.”

“It’s delicious.” Terry had to put a hand in front of his mouth, so he didn’t spray food over the table. I just rolled my eyes and returned t my food. He was right, it was delicious.

As dessert got nearer I felt myself tensing up again. The plates were cleared, and I saw our server heading our way.

“Your desserts, Sirs.” With a flourish, he placed a plate in front of each of us. The chocolate Tuxedo Bombs looked perfect, and Terry’s was exactly as I ‘d asked it to be prepared.

I heard Terry’s sharply indrawn breath and I watched him stiffen as he realized what he was seeing.

On the top of his chocolate bomb was a dollop of fresh cream and nestled in the cream was a rainbow gold ring.

I slipped out of my seat and dropped to one knee beside him. Pulling his hand into mine I drew in a deep breath.

“Terry, I know we haven’t been together long, but you are it for me. I want to wake up you and go to sleep with you every night for the rest of our lives. I want to show the world that you are mine and that I am yours.

“Would you do me the honor of becoming my husband?”

I watched as tears gathered and fell down Terry’s cheeks, I hoped they were happy tears. God, I really hoped they were happy tears.

“Yes,” he whispered.

“We can’t hear over here,” came a shout from behind me, and I realized we had gathered a large audience.

“YES!” Terry yelled and pulled me up into his arms.

The loud sound of cheers and whistles surrounded us as I slipped the ring on Terry’s finger and he kissed the breath out of me.

After we’d finished dessert we took a walk around the deck. We took photos of the Statue of Liberty and even got a willing lady to take a picture of us together.

When the DJ started the music, we were asked to take the first dance—good practice one guest said.

The other guests soon joined us, and all the couples held each other close to the soft music and slowly spun around the beautifully lit dance floor.

***

“This is the best night of my life,” Terry declared as we fell into bed together later that evening.

“I know, but I’m knackered from all that dancing.” I rubbed at an ache in my back, I wasn’t as young as I once was.

“Not too tired I hope.” Terry trailed a finger down my chest and I found that actually, my back didn’t ache that much…

 

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