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(Reluctant Necromancer – Book 1)
by Kaye Draper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Urban Fantasy, Medium Burn / Slow Build RH, Novella
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited
Down & Dirty
A Necromancer who doesn’t really know she is a Necromancer and a Medium who doesn’t follow the rules. It’s fun, it’s fast – and it’s free on Kindle Unlimited.
What is it about?
(Blurb from GoodReads)
Spooky reverse harem that bends the tropes…
Weird. Creepy. Frumpy. Boyish. At the young age of twenty-nine, reluctant necromancer Esper Jones is an outcast, labeled “the old witch on the hill” and avoided by all sane residents of the tiny village of Hellsfork Michigan. And that’s just fine with her. Dealing with people has all the appeal of poking her own eyes out.
But Esper’s quiet world is upset when a strange, beautiful man named Toma blows into town and destroys the walls Esper has carefully built around herself. Esper has never met another supernatural before, and she finds herself oddly drawn to the pretty medium who claims he can speak to ghosts.
Drawn into the medium’s crazy enthusiasm for rescuing people who are already dead, Esper finds herself traipsing through cemeteries and using the curse she has always hated to wake the dead and ask for answers. Because the ghosts of Hellsfork are restless, and only Esper and Toma can help put them to rest.
Thoughts on Ghostromance
I’ve come to adore Kaye Draper for a lot of reasons, but the main one? She discards tropes, stomps on them, sets them on fire and laughs manically while she does so…. or so it seems. I have yet to encounter a written work of hers that follows the so called ‘rules’, and I love it that way.
Ghostromance is no different, though the trope destroying sledgehammer isn’t quite as apparent here as it is in her other works, like the Not Quite series. Here, we have Esper, an incredibly unpopular and insecure almost thirty year old gal who just happens to harbor a powerful Necromancer gift. Good times, right? Well, those times really DO become good when a purple eyed stranger smashes into her life, bringing with him a wealth of supernatural knowledge, a touch of danger, plenty of lust – and a sense of fashion that wings his eyeliner perfectly.
Like most of her writings, this is a Novella, but the action that happens and the connections that are forged make the narrative feel longer than the paltry 98 pages we are gifted. In other words, it’s fantastic.
~ First Person, Single POV
~ This book? M/F – but this is a slow build Reverse Harem, so who knows where we are going?
Character Age Range:
My Final Verdict on Ghostromance
Charming, unique and compelling, this slow build Reverse Harem is a trope smashing delight – and it’s free on Kindle Unlimited.
Published October 19th, 2019
If you enjoyed this review of Ghostromance, please consider checking out a few of my other articles.
- Reaper Untamed by Debbie Cassidy – A Book Review
- The Enemy’s Triumph by Kristen Banet – A Book Review
- Resurrect by Moreno & Woods – A Book Review
What are you reading today? Have you read this series yet? What about other books by Kaye Draper? Leave a comment, I would love to talk!