Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Predator and Prey

Author: M.D. Grimm
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-63476-862-7
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Digger Sullivan prefers the peaceful life, exploring the sea, rather than dealing with a scornful society on land. Shark shifter Reef is craving a break from his guard duties. Reef’s boredom quickly ends when Digger finds one of the scrolls Reef and his shark shifter clan are protecting.

Predator and Prey is the ninth book in The Shifters series. This series is written in two parts. The first part features shifters finding their mates while the second part features the guardians of the magical scrolls. The second part of the series starts with Hunted Guardian, book seven, which gives a little history of the scrolls. However, The Serpent and the Angel provides a little more insight into the shifter’s enemy, as well as why the scrolls are so important to him.

Four dark magic scrolls joined together in a unique ritual could obliterate shifters across the world. It must be noted that there are master shifters who are immortal, as well as protectors of the shifters. The question is, if the enemy has all four scrolls, will he succeed in destroying the immortal master shifters along with the mortals or will good finally achieve victory over evil? 

M.D. Grimm has created another remarkable addition to this enjoyable series. I am looking forward to reading the eventful closing stages this series is heading towards.

Stronger, Better, Faster, More

Author: Katey Hawthorne & Carlin Grant
Publisher: Loose Id
Publishers URL: http://www.loose-id.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-68252-057-4
Genre: {M/M}, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal          
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Beau is working hard to make a good life for himself.  He’s got more to overcome than most, since Beau hasn’t always been known as Beau.  He’s also picked up a few new traits and he’s not sure what is going on.  While he’s out one night he gets a surprise, in the form of Vel, his high school crush.

Stronger, Better, Faster, More is the new book by co-authors Katey Hawthorne and Carlin Grant.  This story is one that fans of superheroes are sure to like.  The main characters, and even a few secondary ones, suddenly find themselves with a few unique characteristics that they didn’t have before.  While the way they received their ‘superpowers’ are similar, the powers themselves vary.  For Vel it is speed, while Beau’s is super-endurance. Both men have been using their new gifts to help others and it is during one of those moments that the two run into each other.

Beau and Vel know each other from high school soccer, however, at the time Beau was on the girl’s league.  When they meet up again, the crush Beau had on the other man comes back full force yet, because of all the obvious changes in his life, he’s afraid to tell Vel.   The connection between the two men grows as Vel moves in with Beau and they start looking into why they suddenly have superpowers. 

It is fun to watch the romance grow between these two young men and once they come together, they really heat up the pages.  But the story isn’t just about the two coming together, it also looks into why Beau and Vel have developed superpowers.  This part of the story is going to surprise some of the readers, especially the part when Beau and Vel meet the main bad guy.  Without giving too much away, the bad guy is a bit of a creep and I am surprised that he was able to get away with what and how he did it.  

I was not sure how I would like this story, but the blurb really grabbed me and I needed to see how the story would go.  Once I started to read Stronger, Better, Faster, More I was pulled into the world created by these authors and could not put the book down until the end.  Fans of the authors are sure to like this new story and I, for one, will be checking out their backlist.

The Spindrift Gifts

Author: Aidee Ladnier
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: www.mlrbooks.com
ISBN: MLR-1-02015-0488
Genre: {M/M} Sci-Fi 
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Painful slave programming implanted during his infancy is now intruding on Jimenez’s health and happiness.

The Spindrift Gifts is the sequel to The Klockwerk Kraken. In this installment, Teo and Jimenez have returned to Teo’s home planet Celos, a planet renowned for their advanced medical treatments. However, Jimenez’s treatments are not progressing well until he discovers a Celos tradition designed to preserve memories.

The background of Teo and Jimenez are featured in The Klockwerk KrakenA former way station bar owner, Teo Houdin distills rare quality alcoholic beverages, has six arms, and a charismatic personality.

Jimenez is currently a licensed space pilot with a compassionate nature. The tattoos from his past are actually implanted arousal sensors. 

Aidee Ladnier has created a poignant as well as an enjoyable love saga.  The true message of The Spindrift Gifts is that memories are precious along with the link that holds families together.   

War Chest

Title:  War Chest
Author:  Lynne Connolly
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN:  9781619230798
Genre:  {M/F} Historical
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph

Ruth Simpson’s primary goal was to make sure her nephews were in good hands.  Securing a position as a governess with their care giver was the perfect solution.  Since her sister’s disgrace Ruth’s parents treated her worse than ever, so she knew she was risking be disowned.  Ruth was willing to take that chance for a better life.  Never in a million years did she expect to be attracted to the handsome duke who seduced her sister.

Being the god of war has perks that Marcus, the Duke of Lyndhurst, enjoys.   But, it also brought problems that haunted him daily.  Marcus knew the tall, elegant lady who showed up seeking a job wasn’t being truthful, but he was curious.  He needed a distraction right now, and Ruth would do nicely.  Spending time with her was the only thing Marcus looked forward to.  If circumstances were different, Marcus would choose to have Ruth with him forever.

Marcus and Ruth’s romance is threatened by secrets and the interference of others.  Ruth has no idea that Marcus is a god or of the obligations he has, while Marcus is clueless about Ruth’s true identity.  Falling in love with her nephews has Ruth confused.  Part of her wants to stay, while another part knows that staying is impossible.  A life or death situation puts things in perspective when the couple is nearly robbed of their chance to choose.  I was mesmerized by the drama that unfolded towards the end of the story.  Of course one hopes things work out for the best, but there were moments I was afraid for Ruth and Marcus.  My favorite scene was when Marcus found Ruth after she tried leaving him.  If your heart doesn’t melt after reading that, I swear it’s made of stone.  

War Chest, the fifth installment of the Even Gods Fall In Love series, reminded me of the appeal of an immortal gentleman.  Even with all his powers, at the end of the day, Marcus needed what all men need, a good woman by his side.  His willingness to give it all up for Ruth was touching and selfless and I know readers will eat this up like a late night snack.

Vegas Sin

Title: Vegas Sin
Author: Jambrea Jo Jones
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publisher URL: www.pride-publishing.com
ISBN: 978-1-78430-952-7
Genre: {M/M} Romantic Suspense
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Harrison Boone, head of security at the Totally Five Star Hotel, is the perfect stress relief for Detective Owen Carpenter. Unfortunately, before Harrison and Owen could do more than exchange names, a woman was reported missing from a wedding shower in progress at the hotel.

Vegas Sin is Part of the Totally Five Star imprint. The plot is a well-paced thriller featuring a budding romance between Harrison and Owen. The secondary characters add a touch of humor to the story.  But the main character is the psychotic kidnapper who is realistically terrifying.

Owen is a compassionate man dedicated to taking care of his ailing mother, his sister and his sister’s young daughter. Having a career in law enforcement is a family tradition for Owen.

Harrison is an honorable man formerly in the armed forces, who does his job with highly efficient accuracy. Since Harrison has no family living in Vegas, he thinks of the employees’ as part of his extended family. Harrison takes personal pride in the superbly prepared sociable elegance the hotel offers their guest.

The person responsible for the kidnappings is the worst kind of person imaginable. He is the very definition of a functioning sociopath, a meticulous planner; who lacks empathy or remorse.  He is a predator aroused by the thrill of killing. The perpetrator is so withdrawn from reality that he believes himself invincible. The driving force of his psychosis is his delusions of grandeur. 

Jambrea Jo Jones has created an exceptionally impressive as well as enjoyable suspense saga. Suspense is the main theme of this story; however there are a few sizzling intimacy scenes illustrated as Owen and Harrison’s association cultivates into a relationship. 

The Millionaire Upstairs

Author: M.J. O’Shea
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press  
ISBN/BIN: 9781634767941
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Dreamspun Desires           
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

A job at Harrison Kingsley was a dream Sasha thought would never come true.  When an interview turns right into a job offer, he is thrilled.  His day is made when he gets the chance to meet the king himself, Harrison Kingsley, until he realized the man was a bit of an ass. 

Dreamspinner Press has started a new subscription line, Dreamspun Desires, similar to the Harlequin Romance books many readers are familiar with.  The line, which started this month, will put out two books each month.  The Millionaire Upstairs is one of January’s books and is written by author M.J. O’Shea.  This story brings the readers two characters that pulled me into the story right away and, let me warn you, Harrison Kingsley is not always a likeable man.

This story takes place within the fashion world and throws Sasha, a young man from a small town, up against Harrison, the reigning fashion leader and all around ass.  Their first introduction to each other is a bit of a classical maneuver with Sasha celebrating his new job and Harrison being a jerk.  Move ahead a couple of years and Sasha is excelling at his job while making sure he avoids Harrison as much as possible.  When these two are thrown together, there is a connection that exists neither man knows how to handle.  As I mentioned earlier, Harrison is not very likeable in the beginning and I wanted to tell Sasha to move on and forget about the attraction he feels for the older man.  Once readers learn more about the fashion guru, it is easier to understand why he acts the way he does. 

The Millionaire Upstairs has all the look and feel of the old Harlequin books.  It is fast-paced and while the sex scenes exist, they are not over the top.  The secondary characters are as entertaining as the main characters, which helps move the story along. Fans of Ms. O’Shea are sure to love this story and, for those who have not yet tried any books by this author, The Millionaire Upstairs is a great place to start. 

I will be interested in seeing what the publisher has planned for this line. 

Redona's Wrath

Author: D. J. Manly
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: www.amberquill.com
ISBN: 978-1-68175-128-3
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Protecting the citizens of Spectrum Skies, as well as maintaining a companionable relationship, is taking a toll on vampire prince Pascal and his human lover London.

Redona's Wrath is the fifth book in the Spectrum Skies series. Redona is the demon queen of Hell. She and her followers survive on the souls of wicked humans. However, Redona has become greedy; she wants the right of entry to the humans above ground. One of Redona’s dark powers is deception, which she uses to create havoc, especially between Pascal and London. 

D. J. Manly has created another impressive addition to the Spectrum Skies series. It appears that Pascal has put a stop to Redona, but has Pascal finally succeeded in permanently sealing the doorway to Hell? 

Illicit (Box Set)

Title:  Illicit (Box Set)
Author:  Marteeka Karland
Publisher:  Changeling Press
Publisher URL:  www.changelingpress.com
ISBN/BIN:  07596-02449
Genre:  {M/F}, Sci-Fi, Action, Futuristic, Anthology
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Illicit Mating - 4 Nymphs

Gabrielle, along with a friend, apply to become brides for Cluath.  Worr sees them and decides they will become his and his brother’s.  The problem is there is a plot afoot to take over all the stations in space, including Earth.  Gabrielle must work alongside Worr to save both populations.

Illicit Sex - 4 Nymphs

Kil can’t believe what his brother did.  Lyra wants nothing to do with him because he thinks women should be protected and obey.  What Kil gets is a woman willing to fight for what she believes in.  Lyra is taken by enemies, and Kil finds he can’t live without her.

Illicit Craving - 4 Nymphs

Bacia arrives just in time to help her brother save his mate.  She is taking over security on the station and goes undercover.  Jaxon is an undercover agent for Earth and ends up saving Bacia from mercs working for the enemy.  As they learn to trust each other, both realize they are working to save both their worlds.

Illicit Love - 4 Nymphs

Drac is the Supreme General for the Cluath and is extremely upset about the attempts on his children’s lives.  Drac gets an unexpected visitor, Celestine, who was sent by the mercs as a gift to make him leave the Colony.  Celestine realizes Drac isn’t as bad as she had been told and ends up helping him try to end the plot against both Earth and the Cluath.

Illicit is an interesting look at a dying alien culture that has to look to other planets and races to repopulate their world.  Humans are the closest to the Cluath.  Cluath is building colonies on other planets for Earth’s population in order to survive.  Several factions on both planets want something else.

Drac and his family are fighting to make sure the populations for both planets to survive and not just the wealthy.  They end up fighting, along with their mates, to make it happen.  I really liked reading this book as the women turned out to be very strong and showed they were worthy of standing with their men, even with some of the things that happened to them.  I really liked Bacia’s story because she showed Jaxon that a woman can be a warrior too.  The four couples had some great chemistry.  The only downside in the story about Kil and Lyra was the drug and its one major side effect.  I liked that Kil did his best to remain honorable under the circumstances.

I would love to read more stories about the Cluath and Earth in the future.  While it seemed as if things were wrapped up, I felt the ending wasn’t quite what it should have been if things were completely tied up.  I enjoyed reading Illicit, as I also thought that this could be a possibility in the future if there are other planets with life.

I will be reading Illicit again.

Publisher's Note: Illicit (Box Set) contains the previously published novellas Illicit Mating, Illicit Sex, Illicit Craving, and Illicit Love. 

Winter Ball

Title: Winter Ball
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 9781623808983
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Holiday          
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Skip coaches and plays for one of the many local rec soccer teams.  The team isn’t very good, but it gives Skip the chance to form ties with others.  Along the way, he becomes close with Richie and his feelings grow into something more than what he ever thought he would find.

Winter Ball is another well done story by author Amy Lane.  Ms. Lane brings the readers two characters that they are sure to like right from the get go.  Skipper Keith is an IT expert for a local company.  In his spare time, he plays in a recreational soccer league. He likes the group of guys he plays with but has no plans of telling any of them that he is gay.  Richie is also a member of the soccer team and Skip’s best friend.  It’s not unusual for the two of them to spend time together, but both of them are shocked when their relationship goes from friends to lovers. 

I loved the way the author brings these two together.  Their first time is unexpected and shocks both of them, but that first time forms a bond between the two men that is so strong that it can only go forward.  I liked that rather than run scared, Richie and Skip work hard to spend more time with each other to see what it is that they feel for each other.  While the relationship between the two men goes smoothly, it is outside forces that try to cause problems. 

There are many secondary characters in Winter Ball that play important roles in the story.  There is Carpenter, a co-worker of Skip’s, who becomes a good friend as well as a great addition to the soccer team.  I loved the Thanksgiving that Skip spent with Carpenter’s family.  There are the members on the rec team.  Most of them turn out to be good friends, however, there are a couple that leave a lot to be desire.  Then there is Richie’s family.  Let’s just say that there is a reason why Richie denied a side of himself for so long.

Like all of Ms. Lane’s books, Winter Ball was a story I could not put down.  I loved the way the author pulled me into the world she created and could not wait to see how the story would play out.  I will be re-reading this book again many times. 

Snip! Snap! Dragon!

Author:  CJ England
Publisher:  Changeling Press
ISBN/BIN:  07577-02443
Genre:  {M/F} Paranormal, Christmas
Rating:  3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph

The last thing Eadlin Knight wants is being set up with a man like her father.  Bankers bore her.   Eadlin wants love at first sight and eternal love.  Ever since learning how her kin was swept off her feet by a handsome stranger, Eadlin has been hoping to have a similar experience. 

Drayce Drakehaven was sorry he’d agreed to this dare.  Now he was stuck having to socialize with dull humans.   An episode a week prior left Drayce in a strange mood, so he thought party crashing might add some levity.  The last thing he expected was to find his mate at this Christmas party.

Eadlin and Drayce have an instant and familiar connection that is shaken when Drayce comes on too strong.  Total honesty is the method Drayce uses to persuade Eadlin how much she means to him.  Will she accept the future that could be or is it too much for her to absorb? 

Snip! Snap! Dragon! (Reindeer Games) is what happens when history repeats itself and a couple finds their happiness.  Eadlin gets more than she hoped for in her dragon lover, Drayce.  All things considered, Eadlin kept an open mind, even when she thought she was dreaming.  This short whirlwind romance packs a passionate punch that readers will enjoy.

Catching Dragos

Title:  Catching Dragos
Author:  Gail Koger
Publisher:  Loose Id LLC
Publisher URL:  www.loose-id.com
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-68252-051-2
Genre:  {M/F}, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Series
Rating:  5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Mariah is a judge for the supernatural world.  She is hired to find something taken by a man who she thinks is a con man and thief.  What she doesn’t know, until it is too late, is that Fabian is the top demon hunter from a rival clan.

Catching Dragos is technically the second book in the The Dragos Clan series; however, readers should be aware that book one is not available as the publisher for that book is out of business.  Catching Dragos can be read by itself.  Not only is this book funny, it is an interesting look at the world that Mariah and Fabian come from where fighting demons and vengeful gods are a normal way of life.

I was laughing at the Mariah’s antics in the beginning, then later after Fabian and Mariah got together.  What makes the story really funny is what happens when the grandmothers get involved.  The grandmothers hate each other, but end up working together to help Mariah and Fabian. 

The rest of the cast of characters is interesting.  Of course the villain just keeps coming as one would expect with demons involved.  I loved the familiar Mariah and Fabian picked up on one of their trips. 

Catching Dragos was a book I could not put down.  It is one I will also be reading again and looking forward to reading more about The Dragos Clan in the future.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Darker Cravings

Title:  Darker Cravings
Author:  Candice Gilmer
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL:  www.samhainpublishing.com
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-61923-080-4
Genre:  {M/F/M}, Paranormal, Series
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

ARC 1-19-2016

Nicole is getting ready to transfer to a new job, when she meets Joseph and James.  Her life is about to take a major turn when she enters into a relationship with both men.

Darker Cravings is the second book in the Mythical Knights series by Candice Gilmer.  The Templars continue to make an appearance, though this story is about a vampire triad.

James and Joseph have an interesting past which makes them very cautious when they think Nicole might be their third. Things come to a head after an accident when James, Joseph and Nicole are together one night that accelerates Nicole turning.  Because of this situation, the Templars get involved when Nicole requests a favor from one of the Knights.  Several characters from the previous book show up and the bad guy is finally named, though catching him is far from resolved.

James’ and Joseph’s past come back to haunt them and results in a cliffhanger that I hope is resolved in a future story. The relationship between James, Joseph and Nicole finally settles and the chemistry is hot between them.

I recommend readers read the series in order to get the most out of it, especially regarding the thread that continues in each book.  I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.  

Readers should be aware this book was originally released by Lyrical Press under the title A Darker Trinity.

Assassins are People Too

Author: S.C. Wynne
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: www.loose-id.com
ISBN: 978-1-68252-028-4
Genre: {M/M} Mystery & Suspense
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Emotions are not part of the equation for paid assassin Marc Francis. Nevertheless, Marc’s head could not overrule his heart’s strong attraction to his apartment neighbor, Dillon Carter.

Assassins are People Too is an energetic action plot of two men who become unlikely lovers with little to no future of a normal relationship. Marc and Dillon’s stolen moments of intimacy are marred by murder attempts from Marc’s enemies.

Marc is a shadow man who has lost his humanity. He is trapped in an unsupported service where being killed is a more probable future than retirement. Unfortunately, Marc’s desire for Dillon jeopardizes Dillon’s life, as well.

Before meeting Marc, Dillon lived a quiet almost boring life. Dillon is a kindhearted man who rescues discarded plants and looks for the goodness in everyone, even though some people are beyond redemption. 

S.C. Wynne has created an intriguing as well as enjoyable saga that ends with two possibilities, a cliffhanger with a future sequel or Marc and Dillon living in the moment leaving the readers to decide their conclusion.         

Eyes Only For Me

Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 9781634766876
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary        
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Clay and Ronnie are nothing alike, yet have been friends for years.  When Clay needs Ronnie the most, the other man is there to lend a hand.  So what are these two to do, when a night of passion reveals more than either may be ready to handle. 

Eyes Only For Me is the newest book by Andrew Grey and is a well done gay for you story.  The main characters are easy to like and are older than we usually see, which works really well in this story.  Clay is gay and has been in love with Ronnie for a while. Since Ronnie is straight and a bit of a player and Clay doesn’t want to lose his friend, he says nothing. When Clay’s father ends up in the hospital, Ronnie steps up.  I like that the author uses this moment to show what kind of man Ronnie really is.  I also like that the author shows how strong the men’s current relationship is, as it is sure to take a few hits once the nature of that relationship changes. 

Needless to say that with everything Clay is going through concerning his dad; he is floored by Ronnie’s actions.  He is also worried how their night of passion will change their friendship and gives Ronnie an out.  Of course, things do not go smoothly for either man, once they return to “normal” life.  It is easy to understand what both men are going through with Ronnie having to come to terms with the fact that he is falling in love with a man, and Clay with the possibility that one night with the man he loves has cost him everything. 

Like all of Mr. Grey’s stories I found myself pulled into the world he built.  I wanted the two men to find their happily ever after, but worried that they would be kept from doing so.  Fans of this author may want to know that this story is a little more angst-ridden than what we normally see from him, yet everything is believable which makes the story more realistic.  Eyes Only For Me is sure to find its way to many keeper shelves, and is one story I will be reading again.  

Panacea

Title:  Panacea
Author:  Viola Grace
Publisher:  eXtasy Books
Publisher URL:  www.extasybooks.com
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-4874-0529-8
Genre:  {M/F}, Sci-Fi, Space Opera, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Lynni had trouble while she was in the tank getting the enhancements that would allow her to live on her new planet.  She is actually very prized by the Lrrko and her familiar is in for a surprise since he thinks she is the quiet one in her family.

Panacea is the 28th book in the Terran Times Second Wave series.  This book picks up where Perfect left off and reunites the two sisters.  This book also elaborates on the contract that was being negotiated regarding the women on Lrrko. 

Lynni is funny and very smart.  She figures things out quickly, including the fact that Leko is using the robot while he is away from Lrrko.  Once she gets there, she makes quite an impression on the Elders. 

The chemistry is great between Lynni and Leko.  I found some of the interactions between the sisters’ familiars funny, especially since they are so realistic in their expressions. 

Panacea is a quick fun read.  I am looking forward to more in this series.  I do wonder if there will be more about the Lrrko in the future or if the author will be taking us to a new world.

Vaqueros and Vigilance

Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Pride Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 9781784308865
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Western, Series          
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Joaquin is trying to recuperate from a gunshot wound, as well as cope with the fact that his father disowned him after he is outed at his mother’s funeral.  He is not sure how he is going to survive, or why he is so drawn to a young man he meets at a bar. 

Vaqueros and Vigilance is the eighth book in the Mossy Glenn Ranch series.  This story picks up shortly after the end of book seven and centers on Joaquin, another ranch hand at the Mossy Glenn.  Because this series is one that must be read in order, it allows the readers to get to know all the characters that show up, so when the readers start this book they are already invested in Joaquin and hoping things will turn out well for him. 

Seb is the young man that Joaquin and the other Mossy Glenn men saved in the last book.  Worried about being captured again by his “Master”, Seb takes off, but not before checking in on Joaquin.  Those few moments he spent with the barely conscious man makes an impression on Seb, who makes it his mission to protect the cowboy that saved his life.  Of course these two end up meeting again and, when they do, the passion between them explodes.  Theirs is not an easy relationship as both have things to overcome.  The author plays things out in a way that is believable and, of course, Will and his men are there to help. 

Vaqueros and Vigilance is a little different than the previous stories as it takes place within a few days’ time.  It also does not have a major crisis to overcome; instead focusing on the relationship between Joaquin and Seb. 

While I try to overlook typing/editing issues, there is one problem in this story that played a big part on the rating.  There is a continuity issue in regard to the names in the beginning of the book that throws the story off.  More than once, I had to go back and reread a section to make sure I wasn’t getting confused.  Thankfully, this is worked out by the middle of the story and the rest of the book flowed smoothly.  I loved the way the author wrapped up the story and wonder if more will follow.  

The Sea Between Us

Author: Neil Plakcy
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: www.loose-id.com
ISBN: 978-1-68252-025-3
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Party planner Adam Beller and building contractor Javier Marisco first met at the Miami Beach Publix grocery; their attraction was immediate as well as irresistible.  Adam and Javier’s attraction developed into a monogamous liaison together, at the present time they are ready to take the relationship to the next level, though there are a few obstacles standing between Adam and Javier’s pathway to matrimony.
    
The Sea Between Us is the sequel to Mi Amor. The sequel highlights Adam returning to an east coast college to earn a MBA in marketing and real estate. The separation puts a strain on the relationship, causing Adam to have doubts regarding Javier’s feelings. However, the real issues stems from Javier’s Cuban culture. Some in the Cuban community still believe homosexuality is a choice. This way of thinking is especially true with Javier’s parents, who refuse to accept that their son is gay. 

Neil Plakcy has created a wonderfully compassionate happily ever after romance that I thoroughly enjoyed. The Sea Between Us illustrates the transformation of Adam from a free spirit party boy to a mature responsible man.  

Branding An Icy Heart

Author: Charlie Richards
Publisher: eXtasy Books
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-4874-0552-6
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Series          
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

When Aleksei found out that two of his brothers took male mates, he took off unable to accept what they had.  Now months later, Aleksei hopes that his family is willing to take him back into the fold.  And then he meets Remy, who is not only human, but also Aleksei’s beloved.

Branding An Icy Heart is the 32nd book in Ms. Richards Wolves of Stone Ridge series.  This story has at its center Aleksei, another Kuznetsov brother from Russia, who readers may remember from previous books.  In the previous books, Aleksei made known his absolute dislike of the fact that two of his brothers had taken male mates.  Because of the way he acted, I could not wait for him to get his own story.  The fact that the author chose to not only make that beloved a male but also human, made this a fun story to read. 

Remy is openly gay and recovering from a bad experience, one that has left him scarred in more ways than one.  The first time he meets Aleksei he is drawn to the man, even after he realizes that Aleksei freaked out to be talking to a gay man.  Later when the two once again run into each other, the attraction is even stronger, but Remy cannot understand why the big Russian is acting the way he is. 

There are some funny moments when these two meet again and I had to laugh more than once at the actions of Aleksei’s brothers.  I was surprised that only one of the brothers was able to figure out what was going on.  Needless to say, while the attraction between Remy and Aleksei is strong, they do not have an easy time getting together.  Not only does Aleksei have to overcome some of his attitudes, there is also the fact that Remy does not know anything about the paranormal world that he finds himself a part of.  I think the author handled Aleksei’s coming out in a way that is believable and the relationship between the two men helps make Aleksei a more likeable character. 

Branding An Icy Heart is a well-done addition to this long running series.  While some of the stories may need to be read in order, it is possible to read this book without reading all the others first.  I do suggest you find The Vampire’s Geek and Driving Borscht Batty, however, as both these books deal with the first two Kuznetsov brothers.

Driven Snow

Title: Driven Snow
Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-63476-267-0
Genre: {M/M} Fairy Tale Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

NorCal University is proud of the positive media attention two of their senior students produce. Snowden “Snow” Reynaldi is a chess grandmaster and Riley Prince is a championship quarterback. However, when greed, attempted murder as well as incriminating lies began to circulate, it takes a little bit of help from a few  enchanting individuals to rescue Snow and Riley.

Driven Snow is part of A Pennymaker Tale series. The theme is a classical fairy tale with an intriguing modern twist. The plot illustrates a few intense methods of failed homicides, in addition to an episode of heartbreak. The characters are endearing.

Snow is openly gay; his sexually is not an issue for the school because Snow’s genius intelligent at chess is profitable for NorCal. As for the homophobic students, Snow learned to avoid them most of the time. Besides being a chess champion, the other thing people notice about Snow is that he is pretty and often mistaken for a girl rather than a young man.

From his first day at NorCal, Riley has been keeping secrets. His goal is to be a football coach, so Riley did everything expected of his position as a team member including dating girls.

Tara Lain’s Driven Snow is an impressive saga. I particularly enjoyed the engaging characters even though I momentarily doubted Riley. 

Soldier Boys

Title: Soldier Boys
Author: AKM Miles
Publisher: MLR Press
Publishers URL: http://www.mlrbooks.com
ISBN/BIN: MLR-1-02015-0467
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Holiday, Series          
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

It’s Halloween at Scarcity Sanctuary and everyone has been waiting to see what the kids have chosen to dress up as this year.  While Dillon knows everyone’s secret, even he is shocked to see what happens on Halloween.

Soldier Boys is the ninth book in the Scarcity Sanctuary series.  This series started with the story of two men, each scarred in some way, who take in several young boys who have problems of their own to overcome.  Each of the following stories have been about one of those little boys, now men, finding the love of their lives.  In between the novels, the author has given the fans of this series little glimpses of the Scarcity family’s lives.  In this newest book, the author lets us see what Halloween is like in the Dillon/Soldier household. 

In a large household, even with most of the kids living on their own, there is a lot going on.  So it is not usual for something to get by Dillon, and that is just what happens in this story.  Be prepared to laugh, and maybe even be brought to tears, as the twins show Soldier just how much they love him. 

Soldier Boys also sets up the next story in the series and I can’t wait to see how the author plans to handle the situation with Bart.  I love these interludes the author gives us and will hate to see this series come to an end.

Dark Within

Title:  Dark Within
Author:  Candice Gilmer
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL:   www.samhainpublishing.com
ISBN/BIN9781619226647
Genre:  {M/F}, Paranormal, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Marissa is attacked on her way home one night by her ex-boyfriend and is saved by Neil in his wolf form.  When she is found later by the Knights Templar, things get a little strange.  What happens when you find out monsters are real?

Dark Within is the first book in the Mythical Knights series by an author I haven’t read before. The werewolves in this story always change during the full moon, which goes back to the older archetypes from the past.  They are also caged on that night so they don’t roam, so it was interesting that Neil’s sister-in-law opened his cage to let him run. The Templars are actually the “police force” for the supernatural beings in this series.  While there were some glimpses of their lives, I hope more is learned in the future about these men. 

Marissa has some major issues around Halloween, especially since that was the night her parents and brother died.  She has two friends that stage interventions to try to get her to start living a full life instead of going through the motions.  As a result, Neil gets the brunt of some of her insecurities, though he ends up saving her a second time from her ex, who is now a vampire. One of the Templars tried to squash Marissa’s memories of that night, though later unblocked those memories when everyone realized she and Neil were mates.

The chemistry between Marissa and Neil is scorching, though the sex scenes in this story don’t get too explicit.  Enough is given that readers get the picture though.  This is also where Marissa finds out about Neil and freaks out, then some of her friends help her figure things out later.

Needless to say, this was a tale with lots of twists and one of the threads is going to be showing up throughout the books and is something the Templars will be investigating as questions still need to be answered regarding the ex-boyfriend. 

I am looking forward to learning about the Mythical Knights in future stories.  I do want to know how Kelsey and David got together as they were already a couple in Dark Within.  Readers need to be aware that Dark Within was originally published as Unholy Night, according to the publisher.

Monday, December 21, 2015

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Still Missing

Title: Still Missing
Author: Christiane France
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: www.amberquill.com
ISBN: 978-1-68175-113-9
Genre: {M/M} Mystery Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Every time Greg Stewartson thinks he is making headway in finding out the name of Ash Tyler’s birth mother, Greg runs into another road block.

Still Missing is part of the Amethyst Cove Mysteries series. Amethyst Cove Security & Investigations is owned by two former cops, Ian Coulter and Greg Stewartson. Still Missing continues the Missing, But Not Dead story.

Greg’s chance meeting with Ash Tyler at the beach turns into a mutual attraction that evolved into a loving relationship. Ash did not hire Greg to investigate his case but Greg is intrigued enough to do a little research on his own.

Ash was adopted, he had a wonderful life with loving parents, but now as an adult, Ash wonders who his birth parents were. The few clues Greg has managed to gather leads to a mystery Greg is determined to solve. However, the key source of possible information is the missing Jack Smith.

The question is does Jack Smith really exist or is the name fake? Is Jack hiding out somewhere or is he dead?  These are just some of the questions Greg and Ash are beginning to contemplate. 

Because of all of the questions Still Missing instigates, I look forward to the next installment of this enjoyable saga.