Sunday, November 8, 2015

Cardeno C. Promo for Holiday Sale and Giveaway

“Home” for the Holidays by Cardeno C.

I love the holiday season – cool weather, glowing fires, hot beverages, and most of all, enjoying time with friends and family. To celebrate this season, I’m offering the box set of all seven of my Home eBooks for a sale price of $9.99. The special offer will begin on Thanksgiving, November 26 and expire on December 2nd.

The Home Collection: finding love brings you home. 7 full-length, free-standing, feel good, gay romance novels. Amazon buy link: All Romance ebooks buy link: B&N buy link: Kobo buy link:

Where He Ends & I Begin: For best friends Jake & Nate the question isn't how they ended up in bed together but how they stay there.

Walk With Me: Serious, responsible Seth longs for sexy, outspoken Eli but must decide if he's willing to veer from his safe life-plan.

The One Who Saves Me: Boyfriends come & go but best friends are forever has always been Andrew & Caleb's mantra. Can they be both?

Love at First Sight: David must find the courage to share himself & Jonathan must find the strength to tell the truth.

Home Again: Two men whose love has never faltered relive their most treasured moments in order to secure their future.

Just What the Truth Is: If Ben wants to find love with Micah, he'll have to own up to the truth of who he is.

He Completes Me: Aaron has waited years for a man who can share his heart and he insists it's party boy Zach.

I wish you happy reading this holiday season and all year long!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Don’t Drink the Holy Water

Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publisher URL:
ISBN: 978-1-78430-865-0
Genre: {M/M} Vampire Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

West is a new vampire still in training when he first meets Axel, even though the circumstances were ominous at the time, the attraction was immediate and long lasting.

Don’t Drink the Holy Water is the fourth book in The Vamp for Me series. In this episode, West is a victim of a cruel vampire attack. Coven leader Claude’s only option was to turn West into a vampire. West is the sole provider of his four siblings, which is the main reason Claude chose to save West’s life.  When West had adjusted to being a vampire, with the help of Claude, West moved to Portland, a larger coven with more humans to help care for the children while the vampires slept.

Axel has some notoriety as a sand boarder and was in Portland for a competition when he and West met for a second time. Again the attraction between them was immediate, but both men had issues, delaying their chance to really get to know each other before their budding relationship was lost forever. 

Don’t Drink the Holy Water is an enjoyable installment, I am curious to see where this series is headed since the location has changed as well as a different coven leader is featured.   

Dogwood Days

Title: Dogwood Days
Author: Poppy Dennison
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-63476-456-8
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Jefferson Lee has fond memories of summers spent with his Uncle Sherman in Holly Creek. He may enjoy life in the city now but when his uncle suffers a bad fall, Jefferson Lee doesn’t hesitate to return to the small town to take care of him. His uncle usually plays a big part in publicising the annual Dogwood Days festival to attract tourists, but with Sherman out of action, the responsibility now falls to Jefferson Lee.

He’s a familiar face who understands small town politics, so the residents are more than happy to see Jefferson Lee put his journalistic talents to Holly Creek’s good use. And he’s enjoying every minute of it, especially as it means Jefferson Lee gets to spend plenty of time with the local sheriff, Zane Yarbrough. Before he knows it, Jefferson Lee is struggling to face the thought of ever leaving.

He’s made a lot of friends in Holly Creek over the years and he’s touched by how welcoming they have all been, but financial issues means Jefferson Lee can’t afford to stick around for much longer. His growing attraction to Zane is obvious for everyone to see however, so his friends decide that a little meddling is in order. Can the temptation of the handsome small town sheriff lure Jefferson Lee away from the big city for good? 

Dogwood Days is a fun story that really captures the energy of small town life. I enjoyed the gossipy feel; Jefferson Lee couldn’t go anywhere or do anything without someone knowing about it. The story does well to balance out the sometimes oppressive feel of such small town closeness with the spirit and camaraderie of residents coming together for the town’s best interests. I love how much depth the characters have. Jefferson Lee’s blossoming romance with the sheriff is very sweet and steady. I could really relate to the difficulties the pair face as they try to make their situation work under the watchful eye of the town. There are also plenty of supporting characters who definitely have their own story to tell. The build-up to the festival running in parallel with the impending decision Jefferson Lee has to make at the end makes for an exciting read. 


Title: Twofer
Author: Daisy Harris
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 9781619233669
Genre: {M/M}, New Adult           
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph
ARC to be published 12/22/15

Two young men from different backgrounds head off to college and end up as roommates.  Eventually, they begin to fall in love, however, both men are bottoms and don’t think their relationship stands a chance.  Neither Frankie nor Jeremy were planning on finding a partner but now that they have, they search for a way to make their relationship last.

Twofer is another well written story by author Daisy Harris.  This story will easily pull the reader in, as college students Frankie and Jeremy struggle to figure out if what they have is something to fight for, or just a passing fancy.  These two men are totally different from each other in many ways.  Jeremy comes from a Midwestern background.  He’s not used to flashy and he’s too shy to go after the guy he has had a crush on since the start of school.  Frankie, on the other hand, is flashy to the point of flaming at times.  He has no problems of going after who he wants and does not care if that makes him look slutty.  When the two are thrown together as roommates, they have a bit of a rocky start.  Frankie eventually sees Jeremy as a project however, and sets out to get Jeremy laid. 

The two end up spending a lot of time together as Frankie sets out to give his roommate a makeover.  Along the way, between haircuts and new clothes, Frankie starts to have feelings for Jeremy.  The two men have one big problem that could be the end of their relationship before it even gets started.

I liked the journey the author sent these two on.  What starts out as a way to get rid of Jeremy’s virginity soon becomes something more.  That does not mean that it is all fun and games.  Feelings get in the way when the two decide that they need to find a third who will help Jeremy lose his virginity while keeping Frankie close so that Jeremy does not freak out.  All the confusion and hurt feelings are easy to understand when you remember just how young these two really are.  Of course that does not mean that these two don’t heat up the pages.  Between experimenting with toys and a partner swap later in the story, these two really keep things hopping.

Fans of Ms. Harris are sure to enjoy this newest book by the author and, if you are thinking of giving her a try, then Twofer is a great place to start.  

Whisper Pride Pack

Author:   T. Cobbin
Publisher:  Beachwalk Press, Inc.
Publisher URL:
ISBN/BIN:  9781940744957 
Genre:  {M/F} Erotic Paranormal
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph

Relocating to a new town and job on the drop of a dime is a blessing for Josie.  She narrowly escaped a horror worse than death because of her mother’s fixation, so dealing with a bitchy co-worker should be a breeze.  But, working with a deliciously yummy boss and keeping her hands to herself is going to be impossible.  Josie keeps silent about the details that brought her to town, completely unaware that the small town has secrets of its own.

Conan has no doubt that his new employee with the angelic voice is also his mate.  All the Alpha can do is imagine mating with Josie on the spot.  Things go from zero to one hundred quickly between him and Josie, so Conan has to find the right moment to spring the news on her that he’s a shifter. 

Josie and Conan settle into coupledom effortlessly, but others around them disrupt their new happiness.  Between pack members and Josie’s mother, danger once again finds Josie, but this time Conan is there to protect her.  

Whisper Pride Pack shocked me with the details of Josie’s mother.  I know she was an addict, but I couldn’t believe what she did to Josie.  I was so disgusted that I hoped for a much worse outcome for her.  T. Cobbin picked an addiction that was unusual and that added to the uniqueness of the story.  Readers get a spicy union with the right amount of drama added in this story.  If I am right, readers haven’t seen the last of this pack.  Once they read this story, I know they will anticipate another one as much as I am.

The Neighbors

Title: The Neighbors
Author: Hurri Cosmo
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL:
ISBN: 978-1-68175-100-9
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal 
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Danny’s life is one crisis after another. Between school and taking care of his mother, Danny rarely has time to relax with his friends. However, Danny’s new neighbors Gabriel and his brother Samuel prove to be the saviors Danny so desperately needed.

The Neighbors is an interesting spin on traditional vampire myths. Gabriel and Samuel are vampires because of a curse. Their characteristics are the same as any other human; the only difference is that they have fangs. The vampires and Danny’s history is a little confusing, as well as the meaning of living blood was not completely clear either. The storyline hints at the living blood’s purpose but not the origin.

Nevertheless, the plot illustrated dealing with high school bullies, along with living in poverty brought on by long term illness. There is also an enemy of the vampires featured as the suspense element. 

Overall, Hurri Cosmo has created an enjoyable saga that grants the reader to form their own interpretation.  

Paws, Preening and A Pumpkin Patch

Author: Charlie Richards
Publisher: eXtasy Books
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-4874-0549-6
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Series          
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Do a bear and a raven have anything in common?  It looks like Hess and Gilbert are about to find out.  That is if the government does not destroy everything first.

Paws, Preening and A Pumpkin Patch is the 31st book in the Wolves of Stone Ridge series by author Charlie Richards.  This story introduces several new characters to the series, as well as some new problems.  Gilbert is one of the shifters recently rescued from the labs in Russia.  Part of a flock made up with a variety of bird species, Gilbert is the beta of their small ‘pack’.  Each of the members has issues to overcome due to spending decades in cages, sometimes unable to shift.  While lonely, Gilbert knows it is important that everyone in his flock is healthy and safe before he thinks about himself.  When he meets his mate at a bar, he blows him off knowing it’s for the best.

Hess is a Kodiak bear.  He’s always been a solider in one way or the other. At his back was usually his friend Dillan.  He’s in Colorado to meet up with Dillan, as well as to talk with the Stone Ridge Alpha.  Deciding to stop by one of the local bars, he is intrigued by a smell that leads him straight to Gilbert.  He is a little shocked when the little bird walks away, but once he has a target in sight, Hess does not give up and sets out to woo his mate.   

I liked the way the author handles the situation between the two men without drawing out the “should I or shouldn’t I” mate issue that existed.  Of course the physical part of Gilbert’s and Hess’ mating is hot, and even though Hess is tough and intimidating, he is gentle with Gilbert making the mating everything it should be.  Problems arise however when Hess’ computer searches are flagged and the government shows up to cause trouble.  

Paws, Preening and A Pumpkin Patch is full of great secondary characters.  Some are old friends that fans of the series already know.  These guys show up to lend Hess a hand, both with information about his mate and also to protect Gilbert when the government comes knocking.  There is also the introduction of new characters as readers get to know Gilbert’s bird family.  I really hope that  all the rest of the flock get their own stories, however I can’t wait to see Hector and Rocky’s story first as I really could not help falling for the little bird.  

Friday, October 23, 2015

Jackson & Nick

Author: Laura Baumbach
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL:
ISBN: MLR-1-02015-0460
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Jackson Kain and Dr. Nick Kirby’s relaxing vacation is promptly interrupted when dry lightening sparks a California wild fire.

Jackson & Nick is book number six in the MLR Press Storming Love Wild Fire series. The plot is a budding romance with a potent survival theme.

Jackson, a New York City fireman and Nick, a hospital trauma doctor have known each other on a professional level long before they started dating. With two very busy schedules, the purpose of their two week getaway was to hopefully build a relationship.

Jackson and Nick had one night of intimacy together before their harrowing experience began. Trapped in the woods by the fire, Jackson and Nick’s only option is to reach the lake, but Nick is afraid of deep bodies of water plus there are wild creatures trying to escape the fire as well. 

Laura Baumbach has created an impressive as well as riveting short story that I enjoyed immensely.   

Madness Ends

Title:  Madness Ends
Author:  Beth D. Carter
Publisher:  Totally Bound
Publisher URL:
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-78430-840-7
Genre:  {M/F/M}, Ménage, Action, Suspense, Sequel
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph
Release November 10, 2015

Kaiya becomes the Men of Hell’s accountant after her cousin makes a bargain with their grandfather.  What she doesn’t expect is to have a relationship like her cousin’s after meeting Gabby and Boone.

Madness Ends is the sequel to Mad Delights and is also tied to the Red Wolves Motorcycle Club series.  Madness Ends brings to a close some of the threads left hanging from the previous story.  Kaiya tries to find out what the previous accountant had done with the club’s money and ends up finding out a little more after she is accosted by him while she, Gabby, and Boone go on a trip for supplies.  It was interesting seeing Kaiya try to let the men know she was open for a relationship with both of them.  Of course there is lots of room for misunderstandings as Boone learns to sign and Gabby tries to hide his past.

The chemistry between the three is hot, but Kaiya has some very understandable feelings of being rejected by Gabby at times.  I liked that Kaiya stood up for herself as she tried to explain why she doesn’t like to be ordered around, as she was a virtual prisoner growing up and after she was rescued at her grandfather’s compound.  Eventually they realize they all have to talk about the past so they can forge a true lasting relationship.

Several twists involve another motorcycle club with ties to Vicious and the accountant shows up with a plan to retrieve the stolen money after aligning himself with Vicious.  The tension between all the various parties, once they arrive at the same place, are so true.  The author did a good job tying everything together at the end. 

Both of these books need to be read in order to understand what happens and why things happen in Madness Ends.  While readers don’t need to read the series these stories are linked to, it adds to the understanding of the first book. 

A Scandal In Paradise

Author:  Stephanie Bedwell-Grime
Publisher:  Liquid Silver
Publisher URL:
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-62210-250-1
Genre:  {M/F} Contemporary
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph

The beach of white sand was the perfect location for Seren Miller’s next assignment.   She needed the distraction.  But, writing the story about a destination wedding isn’t going as smoothly as Seren anticipated. 

Colton Houston thought he’d found the perfect island to get away from it all.  Being one of the world’s richest men didn’t allow him a lot of downtime and he desperately needed some right now.  Colton’s tranquility is interrupted when he’s asked for a favor that goes wrong.

Seren and Colton find themselves accidentally married and stuck with each other in close quarters.  Suspicions quickly turn into steamy sex.  Now something that started as a mistake has them both rethinking the future.

These two develop feelings for each other right from the start, despite the baggage they each carry.  They wasted no time in enjoying their wedding night.  Colton was concerned about his privacy being compromised by Seren, even though Seren had no idea who he really was when they met.  

Stephanie Bedwell-Grime painted a wonderful picture of a rushed romance in A Scandal In ParadiseThe couple grew more in a few days than most people grow in years.  At moments, I feared that Colton and Seren didn’t know each other well enough to stay together.  But, they were so comfortable with each other and they enjoyed the moment.  Money can’t buy everything and that applied to Colton.  Until he met Seren, he didn’t have anyone in his life who knew the real Colton.  He was free to be an average person and I delighted in seeing that simple side of him.  It was comical thinking he could be considered a surfer.  I think readers will appreciate this story as much as I did.

Grimm’s End

Title:  Grimm’s End
Author:  Shiloh Walker
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL:
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-61922-855-9
Genre:  {M/F}, Paranormal, Series
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph
Release date 10-27-2015

Mandy is just existing waiting for word about Will.  Mandy is wondering why he would volunteer to go to the demon side of the rifts.  What will happen when Will finds out Mandy refuses to leave his side once she finds him?

The ninth book in the Grimm’s Circle series, Grimm’s End, is also the last book in this series.  A look at Will’s life will be a huge surprise, especially as you realize some of the major players throughout the history of the world are actually him.  I suspected one person as the story unfolded, but the others were a surprise. I loved reading about how Will became the head Grimm and why he did what he did. 

Mandy goes to Purgatory with Rob, and learning more about him.  Both men realize just how stubborn Mandy is.  A lot of the previous characters show up, but Crow plays a major part, especially when he brings Michael to Purgatory.

The author does a good job keeping readers in suspense as Will’s history unfolds in between battles with demons, trying to heal Mandy and persuading each other to the one side or the other.  There is also an interesting addition at the end of the story that I wish would have led to another story. 

I have really enjoyed reading about the Grimm’s.  The way the stories unfolded, I got a good sense of the world the author created and it explains a lot about the world today.  To get the most of this series, this series must be read in order.  I am sorry to see it end, but am looking forward to reading more stories by this author.

Love Me Harder

Author: Remmy Duchene
Publisher: Loose Id
Publishers URL:
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62300-981-6
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary       
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Mathew knows better than anyone that life is not always fair.  Working hard to get ahead in life, Mathew is close to dropping on his feet.  He barely has time for sleep, let alone a relationship.  Yet when he meets Asher, he can’t help wanting more. 

Love Me Harder is the newest book by author Remmy Duchene.  It is his first completely African American romance and one that will easily bring this author more fans.  The author has written characters that pull you into their story from the first page and it is not long before you will be hoping that Mathew and Asher can find their happily ever after. 

Mathew is a young man learning to deal with having grown up in the system, knowing that neither parent wanted him.  It is natural that this would affect his life as an adult and the author does a good job bringing this across realistically.  He has goals but in order to meet them, he finds himself working multiple jobs and running himself into the ground.  Enter Asher, a wealthy divorce lawyer, who sees Mathew and can’t help wanting the younger man.  The readers will be able to see the strong connection that exists between the two men and the fact that each became jealous easily, while running from the other feelings they had, was believable given their insecurities.   Theirs is not an easy romance as Mathew, at times, sabotages their budding relationship, but the author finds a way for them to solve their issues in a way that makes the story play true to the characters.  

While Love Me Harder is a great read, there is a continuity issue in the story that threw the story off every so often.   This little issue will not keep me from re-reading this story, and I will continue to look for more books by this author. 

Harvest Howl

Title: Harvest Howl
Author: LaBelle
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL:
ISBN: 978-1-68175-095-8
Genre: {M/M} Werewolf Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Ethan Ryerson was excited to be an immortal werewolf, but that was centuries ago. Nowadays, immortality has lost its charm; that is until Ethan, quite by chance, meets Tucker Scott, a human and Ethan’s mate.  

Harvest Howl is the first book in The Lykos Cycle series. The setting is West Hollywood. The plot is an erotic romance featuring Ethan’s and Tucker’s background, as well as the nature of the wolf. However, this pack’s description resembles Native American skin walkers rather than wolves in the wild. The full moon is the driving force for the pack’s yearnings to hunt and Halloween is the perfect setting for the werewolves to be themselves without costumes. The characters are creditable.

The only times Ethan loses control of his inner wolf is during the week of a full moon, then in turns into a vicious killer which he regrets the next day. The killing cycle causes Ethan to slip into a depression. After meeting Tucker, Ethan tries to redeem his self control by scaring his victims instead of killing them.

Tucker felt like an outsider with his former boyfriend and he has only one true friend. After meeting Ethan, Tucker gained self esteem, love, as well as new friends. 

LaBelle has created an impressive and enjoyable saga. There are few non-romantic exploits in the storyline; the main events showcased are the various detailed intimacies. 

Texas Hustle

Title: Texas Hustle
Author: Cynthia D’Alba
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61923-129-0
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx
Release Date: 11-24-2015

When Porchia Summers was fifteen she was arrested. To save face with their friends, her wealthy parents sent Porchia to live with her grandmother. In the intervening years she’s built a good life for herself in Texas, but Porchia’s relationship with her parents remains strained. Porchia’s world is thrown into chaos when she’s contacted by the ex-boyfriend who got her into trouble—and he wants money. Needing to get away for a few days, Porchia wins a charity bachelor auction for the one man in town who’s been driving her crazy. 

Darren Montgomery’s ecstatic when Porchia, the town’s sexy baker, wins his auction and she agrees to spend a week camping with his family. He’s hoping that, during their time together, their friendly flirting can turn into something more serious. Porchia, being four years older, seems to be a problem for her and Darren needs to convince her that it doesn’t matter. Is that the only reason Porchia’s skittish about relationships? Darren’s determined to convince her that they belong together.

Texas Hustle is the sixth release in the series, Texas Montgomery Mavericks, by Cynthia D’Alba. Due to the close family ties and recurring characters, it would be easier to understand the relationships if they are read in order.

I found Texas Hustle to be a nice addition to the series and I enjoyed getting to know Darren and Porchia (I love her name). The author did a nice job with the personality development of both characters and the plot line involving Darren’s family is fun, and gave a great look at a loving family with a Texas lifestyle. The camping trip’s also a nice opportunity of bring in several individuals we met previously and to see how some of their relationships have progressed. It’s all integrated well with the budding romance between Darren and Porchia. 

The story is full of things to keep your interest. There’s a charity bachelor auction, family camping, horseback riding, a dangerous ex-boyfriend, blackmail, arson and two kinds of family. One is supportive and loving, while the other is dysfunctional and judgmental. The pacing is even but don’t expect a rollercoaster ride. The descriptions are vivid, pulling the reader into the story. The resolution of the villain part of the story works out well, as does Porchia’s problems with her stuffy parents. I hope you enjoy these two lovers and their story as much as I did. 


Title: Reckoning
Author: Fyn Alexander
Publisher: Loose Id
Publishers URL:
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62300-993-9
Genre: {M/M}, Mystery, BDSM, Series        
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Angel thought he knew what his Daddy did for a living.  When he is sent on a mission, and truths are revealed, neither Angel nor Kael is sure how their relationship will play out.

Reckoning is the fourth story in the Angel and the Assassin series and, like the previous three books, this one will pull you right in.  The author snags you at the beginning by having Kael see a psychiatrist.  Any fan of this series knows this is a not a safe thing, and I have to say I was a little afraid for the shrink.  Of course things go the way you may expect, which leads to some intense time for Angel and Kael once they get home.

Angel and Kael have been together for about two years now and both think their relationship is working out perfectly. But Kael is struggling with personal and job related issues, and Angel is training with MI6.  With things slowly going out of control for both of them, their relationship starts to take some hits.  Later when Kael and Angel are sent out on missions, secrets are revealed that really affect their personal lives.

One of the things that Reckoning does is showcase just how innocent Angel still is, even after spending all this time with Kael.  There are moments, such as when Angel is in the dungeon with Kael, or killing someone for MI6, that it is easy to forget that Angel is only 19.  When the reader keeps that in mind, they can understand why the young man would feel betrayed by Kael and has no idea how to handle his feelings. 

Kael, on the other hand, is growing emotionally because of his time with Angel. However, he has trouble understanding Angel’s reactions when he finds out that not all Kael’s kills are ‘justified’ but strictly work ordered.  It takes some doing before they find their way and, at one point, Angel becomes so assertive I could not help wondering if he was finally starting to come into his own and, if so, what that will mean for their relationship down the road.

There are several returning secondary characters and times when Kael has to hand out his own brand of justice.  In the end, Reckoning does a good job furthering the men’s relationship as well as the series.  Fans of the series are sure to love the book, and those thinking of reading the book need to remember that this series must be read in order. 

Feast Anew

Title: Feast Anew
Author: Kate Steele
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL:
BIN: 07489-02415
Genre: {M/M} Vampire Series
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Two weeks after breaking up with his vampire lover, Toby Heaton realizes he made the wrong decision. Toby chose to save his brother’s life, but in doing so, Toby did not know that breaking the bond with his lover Demetrios would cost both of them their lives until it was almost too late.

Feast Anew is the third book in the Feasts of Fortune series.  In this episode anger, jealousy, regret and loneliness are the main elements illustrated in the plot. The storyline has a wonderfully descriptive consistency of action, compassion as well as a touch of amusement. The characters are especially engaging.

Toby and Demetrios stumble upon several major eye-openers. Toby discovers what being a chrysalis child really means to a vampire, in addition to the root of the conspiracy to break up Toby and De. Toby also discovers a few secrets about his twin brother Taylor. De discovers being too indulgent encourages immature expectations. 

Kate Steele has created an exceptionally gratifying installment to the series. I enjoyed Feast Anew immensely.  

A Feast of Choice

Author: Kate Steele
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL:
BIN: 04905-01576
Genre: {M/M} Vampire Series
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Toby Heaton, a human, awakens to find himself imprisoned by a vampire who has a score to settle with Toby’s vampire lover, Demetrios.  This enemy has waited hundreds of years to extract his petty revenge on De. Toby is forced to be the tool to bring about Demetrios’ destruction and possibly destroy Toby as well.

A Feast of Choice is the second book in the Feasts of Fortune series. The well written plot illustrates incredibly sensual lovemaking, rejection, jealousy and heartbreak. In this episode, Toby has a reasonable incentive to follow the perpetrator’s demands. However, Toby is afraid to trust the enemy; also Toby is angry he has been ensnared into the role of a helpless victim. Although Toby claims to love De, he still deceives him. Now he must live with the consequences of his betrayal.

The series begins with Phantasmagoric Feast. Toby Heaton is passed over for a promotion at his advertising job. His boss said that Toby didn’t have the flair to sell his great ideas to the clients. Now Toby is on a mission to show his co-workers just how audacious he can be. After a few cocktails to settle his nerves, Toby walks across the street into the Mausoleum, a bar owned and operated by vampires. However, Toby’s undertaking to feed a big bad vampire changes when bartender Demetrios offers Toby an evening of pleasure, instead.

Kate Steele has created an excellent saga that I absolutely enjoyed.  A Feast of Choice is a romantic cliffhanger blended with mystery.  I look forward to the next installment. 

Avelyn and the Alien Daddy

Author:  Jessica Coulter Smith
Publisher:   Changeling Press
ISBN/BIN:  07483-02413 
Genre:  {M/F} Futuristic, Sci-Fi, Series
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph

Six months has passed since her divorce and Avelyn Murray needs a fresh start and a job.  Because of her medical issues, Avelyn knows being a Terran bride is not an option, but maybe something else was available.  While on her job search Avelyn meets someone with a dilemma, and she’s certain that she can help.

The day-care told Thrace that his adopted daughter Lily was never to return.  The Terran security officer has no babysitter for his child, whom he can’t seem to comfort.  When Thrace meets Avelyn, he’s immediately drawn to her.  She turns out to be exactly what he wants in a nanny and much more.  How will Avelyn react if she discovers Thrace wants her as a mate?  Should he jeopardize the well-being of his daughter for his own desires?

The love between Avelyn and Lily is apparent to anyone with sight, but the budding affection between Avelyn and Thrace is something different entirely.  Thrace is on the fence about mixing business with pleasure, though there is no doubt in his mind how pleasurable things would be with Avelyn.  He has no idea that Avelyn wants him just as badly.  With the ease of breathing, they become the perfect family for Lily and it is so touching.  I was stunned to discover the full story behind Avelyn’s medical condition and divorce.  Thank goodness Thrace was understanding and Avelyn didn’t let her feelings block her chance at love.  

Avelyn and the Alien Daddy is the third story of the Intergalactic Brides series, and just as the first two, it will suck you in like a vaccum.  It’s hard to resist a single dad as it is, but adding in the fact that he’s easy on the eyes and kind put the final nail in the coffin for me.  Avelyn’s past is sad, but if that’s what she had to endure to wind up with Thrace and Lily then I accept it.  Avelyn moves on like a true champion and Thrace is the perfect cheerleader.  I am already imagining them with a house full of children, and I can’t wait to see what the next story in this series will bring.  

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Whiskers of a Chance

Author: Tempeste O’Riley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 9781634765251
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal        
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Keith can’t stay under his father’s roof one more day.  The only way to get his freedom, even if just temporary, is for him, his sister and her son to buy a home away from the tribe.  What Keith does not plan on is meeting his mate the day he moves in.  Now he has even more reasons to find a way to get out from under his father’s thumb.

Whiskers of a Chance is a new paranormal romance from Tempeste O’Riley.  This story centers on Keith, a Lynx shifter.  While wolves are still one of my favorites, I like this switch as it helps the story stand out from others in this sub-genre.  As is normal for this sub-genre, the shifters know when they have come across their mates, so when Keith is enticed by a wonderful smell as he is moving into his new home; he knows his mate is nearby.  He prays the gods have given him a male mate but is shocked when that mate is also human.  Keith’s father is a bit of an ass, so Keith has only a narrow understanding of the shifter world he lives in.  This means there are times when he is not sure how to proceed with his mating to Jason. 

Jason is a human who finds it is easier to work from home than being surrounded by people on a constant basis.  He would love to have someone by his side but does not ever see that happening.  When he sees his new neighbor, he’s intrigued and decides to introduce himself.  What follows shocks Jason but he is in no hurry to change things.  The author did a great job with Jason.  He comes across in a way that the reader will find themselves rooting for him, while also understanding the way he feels and his actions after everything about Keith is revealed.  I liked that he needs clarification of Keith’s feelings and is unwilling to mate the Lynx shifter just because there is some magical pull tying the men together. 

There is a lot of tension between the main characters and I like that the author does not have them automatically falling over each other just because there is a strong connection between them.  I also like that Keith is willing to give Jason some time even though that causes problems for Keith and his Lynx.  

The author also throws more problems into the story when it becomes necessary for Keith to do something about his father.  There are some secondary characters that play important roles in this story and I think it would be interesting to see them get stories of their own.  Whiskers of a Chance is a great book for those who love shifter stories.  There is a lot of romantic tension, as well as outside issues, to keep the story moving.  The main characters easily pull the reader into the story and readers will find themselves rooting for both of them.  Whiskers of a Chance is one story that will find itself on many reader’s keeper shelves.

Emerald Eyes

Title: Emerald Eyes
Author: Julia Talbot
Publisher: Torquere Press Publishers
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ISBN: 978-1-61040-975-9
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Bloodrose employee Reuben, a wolf shifter, is sent on a mission to guard cat shifter Yves. Trying to keep Yves out of trouble is one of the best jobs Reuben has had of late and as an added bonus, Reuben discovers Yves is his mate.

Emerald Eyes is the sequel to Belling the Cat and part of the Bloodrose stories. The plot illustrates the family history of Luc, the cat shifter mated to Jonny, a vampire and owner of Club Bloodrose. Yves is Luc’s twin. The plot is an action mystery with amusing characters, as well as a little wolf and cat playtime interaction.

Yves has spent years traveling the world looking for a remedy to appease his unwarranted guilt. The cure involves dark magic and special emerald stones. Yves knows he could be on a path of destruction, but he refuses to abandon his quest.

What started out as an assignment for Reuben quickly changed to protecting his mate. Reuben is strong with very keen wolf senses. More than once Reuben saves Yves life.

Julia Talbot has created an intriguing saga that I enjoyed. I was happy for the long awaited justice to come about, yet a little unhappy that Luc’s condition remained the same.  


Title:  Oblige
Author:  Viola Grace
Publisher:  eXtasy Books
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ISBN/BIN:  978-1-4874-0408-6
Genre:  {M/F}, Sci-Fi, Space Opera, Series
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Lilia ends up adopted by the family she is working for in order to compete in a rite that will determine who will control the forests for the next ten years.  One member of the other family has employed underhanded tactics to win, but Lilia ends up with another family member, Xeric, when he steps up to the plate.  What happens is unexpected.

The 26th book of the Terran Times Second Wave series, Oblige, is different with the aspect that Lilia doesn’t have to undergo any alterations of her genetics at all.  Her talent of service is all that was needed when she volunteered.  I was surprised by how easy it was for the Zels to adopt Lilia. This was one of the more interesting aspects of the society that the author created in this book.

Xeric is called back from his duties as a forest ranger to compete in the rite.  Everyone is surprised, especially since Lilia ends up evading Xeric a lot longer than expected.  I enjoyed the way they ended up bargaining for Lilia’s business sense, instead of the usual sexual service expected.  Both Lilia and Xeric are attracted to each other and end up with an arrangement both families are happy with.

Xeric’s brother has almost run the family business to the ground and what happens after Lilia is at the family compound brings things to a head.  I liked that the family supported Lilia and Xeric.  I had to laugh at what happened at the dinner scene and why it happened. 

The author indicated that this is the end of the ‘O’ series and will start the ‘P’ series.  I have been enjoying this series and will be reading Oblige again as I enjoyed some of the banter between the characters.