Title: The Necromancer’s Smile (The Necromancer’s Smile #1)
Author: Lisa Oliver
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: March 6th 2018
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 202
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.2 stars out of 5
Detective Dakar Rhodes is an alpha wolf shifter who’s short on sleep and patience. Called to yet another crime scene, definitely the work of a serial killer, he’s shocked to learn the Pedace Police Department has a Necromancer as a consultant. Considering he’d moved to Pedace because of the lack of a coven in the area, he wasn’t pleased with the new development. His previous dealings with magic users never ended well. But when ordered to show the consultant the respect befitting his position, Dakar bites his tongue and longs for a swift conclusion to the case.
Necromancer Prince Sebastian York, or Sy to his friends, has a real issue with people. He doesn’t like or trust them, but because of his position, he has to deal with them. Dead people are so much easier – at least they don’t want anything from him. But Sy has been raised to do his duty and when he’s called to a crime scene, he doesn’t expect anything much to happen beyond talking to a few spirits. The last thing he thought he’d find is a wolf shifter claiming to be his mate.
One short meeting has a wealth of repercussions. Finding a serial killer is easy; coping with relationships is anything but. Demons, journalists, long held grudges and a familiar with loyalty issues all combine to make for a hectic time. It’s a case of one step forward, two steps back for Dakar and Sy, but when evil comes calling will they be able to rely on each other for a chance at an HEA?
I gotta say at first, reading the blurb I really looked forward to reading The Necromancer’s Smile. Then I started reading and got a little wary, Dakar was rude and tactless, while Sy seemed too innocent and compliant for his age, I mean a seventy year old man talking to his dick about improper behaviour? Really. I kept going though, and boy, am I happy I did. After getting over a few unexpected quirks of the characters’ I started getting to know them and the plot more. After finishing reading, I had this excited – having read a really thrilling and awesome book – kind of feeling. There are humorous moments in the book, or maybe it’s merely my sense of humor, but come on – Oral deposits?
I do admit I still think Dakar was rude in the beginning, I reread it to be sure. The first meeting between Dakar, Sy and Brock is so annoying because of how Dakar displayed lack of manners- without even introducing himself assumes Brock is the necromancer and Sy is his boytoy (which he actually said out loud). Since neither are new at their work I feel they should have shown more professionalism.
I really enjoyed Brock scolding him.
But I also liked the way Dakar actually listened to him.
I loved Brock’s loyalty and role as a bodyguard/butler and his stoic nature. Nothing can waver that man from protecting Sy.
Sy might seem like a person who’s too compliant at first but don’t let it fool you, he’s not a person who takes everything lying down. He takes his work seriously and is a bit of a loner, he’s used to letting Brock handle everything and trusts him completely. Sy had no real interest in sex before Dakar came along which may explain him admonishing his dick for improper behaviour. The way Sy’s parents treated him growing up had a strong impact on him and his life.
Dakar fails standing by his mate at times which is something he has to work through – with everything happening they don’t really get any bonding time – but his heart is in the right place, he wants to protect and care for his mate. What I also really like here is that Dakar, when they have had time to work on their bond, feels he will come to love Sy. Just because they are true mates it isn’t instantaneous love. The pull, the attraction, the need to be close, to care and protect – is still there though. I would have liked Brad and the villain to have been more fleshed out however.
This book is written in third person perspective with the character’s thoughts added in. My issue with this book is simply that there’s no clear distinction between the narration and the characters’ thoughts as well as the editing having missed some grammar errors unfortunately.
I had to revise my thinking for this book rather quickly but I ended up loving it. I believe the wariness I felt at the beginning were because the characters’ personalities and their behaviour were so unexpected. That was probably also why I started liking them so much.
This story can be read as a standalone, just skip the epilogue, but if you like this book you’ll not want to stop there.