Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Bastet

Title: Bastet
Author: TA Chase
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: www.mlrbooks.com
ISBN: MLR-1-02016-0555
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Kellan Largent, a grad student at Harvard, is waiting at the bus stop when a handsome stranger approaches and strikes up a conversation with Kellan. The stranger is Baz, a man that seems very interested in Kellan’s research into the Earth Warrior cult. However, Baz is not the only one interested in Kellan’s finds; there is an evil man who will do anything for the immorality spell, including kill Kellan for the temple’s secret location.

Bastet is the first book in the Earth Warriors series. The well-written plot has suspense, action and a dash of cultural history, interwoven with steamy romance, as well as moments of humor. The characters are believable with great interaction between them. Baz is one of seven chosen to be an earth warrior by the Egyptian deity Isis who granted them immorality, along with the ability to shift forms. Their objective is to protect the Earth from destruction and keep the secrets of the Earth Warriors from mortals.

Kellan is shy unless he is talking about his passion for knowledge, then Kellan turns into a chatterbox. Although his intellectual mind finds it hard to believe Baz can shift forms, Kellan feels safe with Baz. Their growing love for each other is articulated with sultry touches, as well as incredible intimate scenes.

Baz was sent to keep Kellan from finding out the truth about the cult, but also to keep Kellan alive. Kellan’s research discoveries on ancient Egyptian religious cults have placed his life in jeopardy. While performing his duty as protector, Baz fell in love with Kellan. Baz is a romantic who treats Kellan with loving respect.

T. A. Chase has created an extremely enjoyable saga. I look forward to the next installment in the Earth Warriors series.

Unbreak Me

Title: Unbreak Me
Author: Julieanne Lynch
Publisher:  Totally Bound
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-78651-032-7   
Genre: {M/F} Erotic, Contemporary
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph

Though she has overcome many obstacles, Molly Rice still struggles every single day.  Being born to horrible parents started the empty existence she deals with.  Life is better, but far from perfect.  If there was any way Molly could become wallpaper and blend into the background, that would be her wish.  But what she gets is the unexpected chance to save someone else. 

Connor Ellison just can’t do it anymore.  The money and upscale lifestyle doesn’t give Connor what he truly needs.  Between his job and his parents, all the happiness has been drained from his life and nobody seems to understand that.  At the lowest point of his life, Connor meets a pretty brunette who stops him from doing something stupid.

Molly butts into Connor’s life just in time to help him turn things around.  He’s surprised that a complete stranger could have such compassion for him, considering his parents didn’t seem to give a damn.  She was the only one he felt comfortable with, and Connor didn’t want to give that up.  Because of her past, dating wasn’t something Molly thought about much.  Dealing with her addiction was more than enough to monopolize Molly’s attention, but still there was the emptiness.  Being with Connor made some of her demons disappear and gave Molly the hope for love.

The couple’s bliss is constantly being interrupted by people who do their best to bring them down.  Molly and Connor become distant when too many negative people and events crop up and things take a turn for the worse.  Molly is involved in an accident that nearly kills her and some people are holding Connor responsible.  Without Molly by his side, Connor gives in to his father’s demands.  At this point, it seems the couple will never sort things out, but after a lot of time and soul searching they do.

If you are having a pity party, then I challenge you to read Unbreak Me.  I was so outraged and devastated by the lives of Molly and Connor, that it made my bad days seem like a picnic in the park.  The physical and mental abuse Molly suffered was difficult to read about.  I am amazed that she could be so positive and helpful with Connor.  I loved her opening words to him when they met.  Molly’s humor and honesty turned the entire situation around and I loved that about her.  Connor now makes me believe that maybe the best things in life are free.  He had plenty of money, a high profile job and lifestyle, but his family was awful.  He and Molly will always be broken, but because they found each other, now they have closure and hope

Beauty, Inc.

Title: Beauty, Inc.
Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-62380-890-7
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx
Release Date: June 8, 2016

Beauty is Chemist Dr. Robert “Belle” Belleterre, a kindhearted young man who is the exact opposite of his father and two older brothers. CEO of Beauty, Inc, Magnus Strong looks like a beast but in reality is a very compassionate man.

Beauty, Inc. is part of the fairytale series A Pennymaker Tale. The plot consists of strong intelligent characters, realistic trauma, emotional conflict, a touch of humor and dazzling scenes of intimacy.

Belle is fighting an uphill battle alone, trying to save his father’s business while his father and brothers are thoughtlessly doing everything to destroy it. When Belle is forced to move to New York and work for Magnus, Belle’s loyalty begins to change. Belle is very much attracted to Magnus, but feels guilty about turning his back on family.

Magnus continues to wear his scars as a reminder of his past, he does not believe he is worthy of love until Belle breaks through Magnus’s shield. Magnus does everything within his power to help others yet he denies his own desires for happiness.
  
Tara Lain has created a marvelously uplifting saga that I immensely enjoyed. The main characters are a perfect example of what it means to love thy neighbor. Even though Belle’s family seems to be callous, the reason for their actions is comprehensible.  

Finding Family

Author: Connie Bailey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 9781634771528
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Dreamspun Desires        
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Charles made his money the old fashion way.  He inherited it.  Much to his shock, he also inherited his three small cousins.  Knowing children won’t fit into his playboy life, Charles hires a nanny to care for the children.  Jon knows what it is like to be an orphan and has no trouble bonding with the kids; it’s the uncle he is worried about.

Finding Family is an interesting new book by author Connie Bailey.  It follows a well-used theme, yet there are some refreshing aspects to it as well.  Charles is a rich man who lived his life for himself until the day his parents died and he is named head of the family business.  Shortly after the death of his parents, his uncle and aunt pass and he finds himself the guardian of his three much younger cousins.  Charles now finds himself with a lot on his plate, yet he is not ready for all the responsibilities thrown at him.  I have to say that I spent a majority of the book not liking Charles.  He lost his family members, due to alcohol, and is following in their footsteps.  He also had no concern for his cousins and, more than once, I wanted to smack him and tell him to step up.

Charles’ assistant knows he needs a nanny and after the children have gone through several women, many of whom thought it would give them a chance with Charles, he hires a man.  Jon grew up in an orphanage, staying even after he ages out.  He knows that it is time to go out into the real world and when the offer to become a nanny comes up, he takes it.  Jon has no idea what to expect and he is shocked when he sees the life he has stepped into.  I liked Jon, especially the way he handles the children.  More than once, he had me laughing as he dealt with the kids and started to show them the love they had been missing. 

There is a relationship building between Jon and Charles, but while the relationship is in its infancy, the two men are faced with issues that cause problems in more than their relationship.  Money is missing from Charles’ company and Charles has been made the fall guy.  There is one point in this story, while Charles was working, when I thought “You idiot, that’s going to come back and kick you in the butt.”  While it was easy to see the problems come Charles’ way, the why and who behind them was surprising.  

The various little twists and turns keep the story moving nicely and I really liked a couple of the secondary characters. I think it would be interesting to see them get stories of their own.  The author did a great job wrapping Finding Family up and I think fans of this author are really going to like this new book.    

THIRDS Beyond the Books Volume 1

Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-63477-307-2
Genre: {M/M} Shifter Series
Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx
Release Date:  June 8th, 2016

A collection of Flash Fiction written in response to prompts submitted by Thirds Series readers. 

THIRDS stands for Therian-Human Intelligence, Recon, Defense Squadron. The military style agency was established by the government for equal rights law enforcement for all species.

THIRDS – Beyond the Books, Flash Fiction Vol. 1 features primary romance characters Sloane Brodie, Team leader, Jaguar Therian and Dexter J. Daley “Dex, Rookie, Human.  Book 1Hell & High Water, Book 2Blood & Thunder, Book 3Rack & Ruin, Book 4Rise & Fall.

Ash Keeler, Entry tactics and Close Quarter Combat expert, Lion Therian and Cael Maddock, Recon agent, Tech expert, Cheetah Therian are featured in Book 5Against the Grain.

Calvin Summers, Sniper, Human and Ethan Hobbs “Hobbs”, Demolitions expert, Tabby Tiger Therian are featured in Book 6Catch a Tiger by the Tail.

A sneak peek at Austen Payne, Squadron Specialist Agent, Cheetah Therian and Osmond Zachary “Zach”, Brown bear Therian, opening scene in Rack & Ruin, Austen gets hurt by a member of the Coalition.  Austen is in hiding and hurt, so Sloane asks Agent Osmund Zachary to protect Austen. These characters will be featured in a future book.

Overall, THIRDS – Beyond the Books, Flash Fiction Vol. 1 is somewhat tedious to read, several of the numerous prompts are repetitive. The THIRDS series details Action, Comedy and Romance with an in depth character descriptions and background. Readers who have not read the series may have a hard time engaging with the characters. I did enjoy the stories featuring the agents in their animal forms.


All royalties from this book will be donated to the Big Cat Rescue. http://bigcatrescue.org/

Quiver

Title:  Quiver
Author:  Viola Grace
Publisher:  eXtasy Books
Publisher URL:  www.extasybooks.com
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-4874-0735-3
Genre: {M/F}, Sci-Fi, Space Opera, Series
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Anna discovers that she has royal Nyal blood when she starts having some strange symptoms.  After talking with her family, she decides to become a bride to escape having what happened to her grandmother happen to her.

Quiver is the 34th book in the Terran Times Second Wave series.  Because Anna is Terran, she is offered, by the Nyal Prince, to one of the Guardians first instead of going through a bride auction.  Quake takes her after doing some research and offers a rather large bride price, partly to irritate his mother.  The chemistry between Anna and Quake is hot.

This story gives more information about the Nyal Imperium, specifically regarding getting a bride.  One thing that is key is that the bride is having her first heat.  It is expected that by the end of the couples bonding, she will be pregnant.  I loved Quake’s mother.  Her whole attitude from when she first met Anna and the change once she determined she would be a grandmother was funny.  Then she took Anna under her wing to the point that Anna was a little overwhelmed.

One great thing about the Terran Times Second Wave series is that the author has created some very interesting worlds and people that populate them.  While there are some mini-series within this one, most are standalone stories that transport the reader to that world.  

I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

The Trouble with Mirrors


Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publisher URL: www.pride-publishing.com
ISBN: 978-1-78651-420-2
Genre: {M/M} Vampire Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Turned at the age of twenty, Paolo will forever have a butt made to wear sexy shorts. Nevertheless, Paolo is a little envious of the mated vampires in the coven until he meets the perfect guy to be a vampire mate.

The Trouble with Mirrors is the fifth book in The Vamp for Me series. The series is a romantic comedy with a touch of drama and steamy intimacy. The vampires are a group of misfits, forming a coven led by Claude, who started a dating site to attract willing human mates. Without mates, the only other feeding options is blood bank deliveries or go on a hunt for dinner and risk sunburn if you lose track of the time.

Paolo is on a fact gathering mission when he encounters his future mate Dakota, but Dakota is in big trouble. His brother is forcing him to join the Dark Slayers, the very group Paolo is spying on. Things get tense when an attempted escape is discovered and survival is not looking to be in Paolo’s favor.

Bailey Bradford has created an exceptionally intriguing and enjoyable episode that poses several questions in the reader’s mind, as well as builds the desire for the next book in hopes of finding the answers to the mysteries revealed. 

Burn for You

Title:  Burn for You
Author:  Stacey Kennedy
Publisher:  Loose Id LLC
Publisher URL:  www.loose-id.com
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-68252-116-8
Genre: {M/F}, BDSM, Contemporary, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Sadie, as the last one to finish the pact she and her friends made, schedules her fantasy through Castle Dolce Vita.  She is surprised by Dax but knows it was a one-time deal.  Both are surprised after Dax is injured and needs home health care and Sadie ends up being his nurse.

Burn for You is the fourth and last book in the Pact of Seduction series.  Sadie is usually really reserved and it took a lot for her to uphold her end, even letting a friend take her turn while she worked up her courage.  Dax only wants the casual encounters done through the Castle and is surprised by Sadie. 

The chemistry between Sadie and Dax is very intense and surprises them both.  Both have some issues that neither really want to look at and it is only with the help of Sadie’s friends and their men, that Sadie decides to go after what she really wants.  Dax has to make some choices as well, especially when the other men descend on him.

One thing I really liked about this series is that all the friends talked with each other and gently pointed out some things as real friends do.  The men, who are all Doms, also made a point of talking with each other to discuss why certain things became issues and pointing out their responsibility to their women. 

The stories in the Pact of Seduction series are ones to be read again.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Nocturnal Delights

Author: Adam Carpenter
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: www.mlrbooks.com
ISBN: MLR-1-02016-0541
Genre: {M/M} Erotic Collection
Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Nocturnal Delights is ten short stories of men overflowing with an insatiable lust are on the hunt for sexual indulgence from whomever and wherever they happen to find it. Sex is the main theme; however I found the description of the scenes to be mechanical and the characters uninteresting.   

You Own Me – 3 Nymphs
The public Sinclair McQueen Talbot is a New York author who spends his days writing and going to book signings. The private Mr. Talbot visits a private sex club that caters exclusively to gay men. It is at the club Sinclair experienced the unforgettable talents of Owen. Sinclair soon discovered intimacy with Owen is the perfect solution to writer’s block.

The Sexiest Package – 3 Nymphs       
Bar owner Ed Roberts is concerned about the effects the downward economy is having on his business. Ed has always admired his partner Corey’s package, so Ed and Corey decided to promote a contest, The Sexiest Package Runway Contest Extravaganza. Needless to say the contest was a crowd pleaser for the bar patrons.

The Cactus League Society – 3 Nymphs
Disowned by his father, Drew Saunders travels from New York to California. In Arizona, Drew discovers the Cactus club where he learns all the techniques to pleasure men.

In a City of Eight Million People – 3 Nymphs
Love at first sight lures Jake and Sean into a night of intimate pleasure. Sean makes a speedy exit before dawn, motivated by a misunderstood declaration of Jake’s sentiments.

Hot, Hot, Hot – 3 Nymphs
Erik is attempting to move forward with his newly single life by updating his wardrobe from bland to sexy and hot.

Passport to a Fling – 3 Nymphs
Three friends bored with New York decided to go to Europe for the summer. Jake goes to London in search of a new life. Matt goes to Paris with hopes of falling in love.  Freddie goes to Rome for a summer of hot flings.

Arezzo Development – 3 Nymphs
The Italian train schedule confused Devon; luckily Carlo guided Devon and joined him on the pleasurable train ride to Tuscany.   

The Spy Who Did Me - 3 Nymphs
Between jobs, Adam is on a European excursion. In Paris, Adam boards the midnight train to Zurich. The long train ride was a night of passion for Adam and his fantasy lover Francisco.

Switching Positions – 3 Nymphs
Baseball fan got the chance of his lifetime to meet and receive both of the catcher’s bats.

A Yearly Tryst – 3 Nymphs
Two weeks out of the year Johnny Lee, owner of Capstone’s Dude Ranch and guest Cutter come together for sexual gratification. 

Overall, I enjoyed the brief descriptions of the various locations. Nevertheless, the one-dimensional characters did not engage my full attention.

Ringed Love

Title: Ringed Love
Author: Elizabeth Noble
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 9781634772488
Genre: {M/M}, Science Fiction, Paranormal, BDSM, Sequel, Series        
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Todd and Nick are on the move, heading for Yellowknife and the chance to start over.  Along the way the two men come to the aid of others also looking for the chance of freedom.  Change is in the air for all of them and as long as Todd and Nick can stay together, the two know everything will turn out fine.

Ringed Love is the sixth and final book in the Sentries series by Elizabeth Noble. It is also the sequel to Tethered Pair.  The author starts the story in a way that readers will find refreshing; with Nick showing a group of young adults what it means to be a vet and sentry.  I had to laugh as the group was charged with helping a cow give birth.  One of the young men reminded me of my nephew when he walked in on the cat having kittens.  This, of course, had me laughing even more.  From there, the author takes the readers back, reminding them how the two met and some of the obstacle they faced along the way. 

We get to see the continued strong connection Nick and Todd have.  The chemistry between them heats up the pages and the light BDSM that exists in their relationship is done in a way that flows with the story and does not seem forced.  Then there is the matter of their jobs as sentries.  The “things” the men go up against are fierce, yet Nick and Todd go out of their way protecting others from them.  But time passes and when the men’s lives change, it becomes clear that, while there is a need for sentries, it is a job for more than Nick and Todd, so the two begin training others. 

Watching the men grow old is a change from what we normally see in stories.  It is normal for stories to leave things to the reader’s imagination, yet Ms. Noble takes the readers on a journey that hits on many points of Nick’s and Todd’s lives.  The ending is also different than what we normally see and I have a hard time deciding if it was an ending I liked, or if I would have been happier with things left to my imagination.   

Sentries is a series that I have enjoyed reading.  Getting to know the characters and the world they lived in was fun and I hate to see the series come to an end.  Fans of this series are sure to love the way in which the author wraps everything up and those that have not yet tried these books should know that this is a series that must be read in order.

Pact of Seduction: The Boxed Set

Author:  Stacey Kennedy
Publisher:  Loose Id LLC
Publisher URL:  www.loose-id.com
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-68252-126-7
Genre:  {M/F}, {M/F/M}, BDSM, Contemporary, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Bind Me - 4.5 Nymphs 
Marley is the first of four friends to fulfill her fantasy of trying BDSM.  After her profile goes up on the Castle Dolce Vita site, she is claimed by Reed.  Reed is surprised by Marley’s effect on him.

Beg For It - 4.5 Nymphs 
Bella is the next one and discovers her original fantasy is not something she really wants.  Kole is interested in her and decides to help her fulfill a different one.  He knows it won’t be easy because Bella has always been in control.  What happens when Bella finally submits to Kole is very intense and the scenes are scorching.

Bet on Ecstasy - 4.5 Nymphs 
Kyra has always fantasized about being with two men at the same time.  She thinks that she will spend the evening with Smith and Brock, then walk away.  The men have a very different idea, and have to convince Kyra they belong together.

The Pact of Seduction Boxed Set contains the first three books in the Pact of Seduction series and was issued as a boxed set to celebrate the release of the fourth and last book in the series.  On Marley’s birthday, four friends enter into a pact to pursue a fantasy they have, drawing straws to determine the order in which they will do it.   

Using the Castle Dolce Vita site, which is a BDSM club with some strict rules regarding membership, three of the friends meet their matches. Each book has some very intense scenes in them and the chemistry between all the couples and the ménage burn the pages.   

I loved reading these books, and liked how the author was careful to explain things and make sure safe words were created for the two stories that were BDSM-related.  The fact that Reed and Kole also watched out for Kyra when she had her turn was heartwarming. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series and will be reading these stories again.

The Misbehaved

Title:  The Misbehaved
Author: Jessica Jayne
Publisher:  Totally Bound
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-78651-026-6
Genre:  {M/F} Erotic, Contemporary
Rating:  3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph

Life has always been like a rollercoaster ride that never ends for bar owner Natalea Jones.  Bad parenting started her off on the wrong foot from birth and still haunts her.  It’s a miracle Natalea turned out so well rounded, and it’s all because of one man.  Drake is the best friend Natalea’s ever had and the only man who is off limits to her.  Was a romp in the hay really worth losing the feeling of having a real family life?

Drake Harte’s career is to put out fires, but the one flame he can’t extinguish is the one he carries for Natalea.  For what seemed like forever, Drake has been trying to stake his claim on Natalea, but she isn’t hearing it.  He knows things between them would be perfect, but Natalea has the wrong idea about Drake.  She refuses to take him seriously.  Convincing her otherwise is going to be sweet torture.

When Natalea’s trifling mother reappears, Drake gets his chance to lay all his cards on the table, so his friend status disappears in the blink of an eye.  These two were always meant to be more than buddies, and now they are both on the same page.  Their story is short, but packed with so much emotion and back story. Part of me wanted more of a glimpse into Natalea’s past, but another part wanted to turn a blind eye when I thought of all the horrible things she experienced because of her mother.  That woman is the reason some people should be sterile.  

The Misbehaved left me feeling the comfortable side of romance, when lovers are actually friends too.  Jessica Jayne did a great job of sharing Natalea’s problems, but not making me feel sorry for her.  In fact, I felt empowered by her strength and inspired by the obstacles she overcame.  

Buckle Up (Box Set)

Author: Julia Talbot
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: www.changelingpress.com
BIN: 07687-02479
Genre: {M/M} {M/M/M} Collection
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Buckle Up – 4.5 Nymphs
Cody is on a mission to find the original designer of an antique belt buckle. The buckle was a gift to Cody’s grandfather. Pawn shop owner Kelvin is immediately attracted to Cody and was eager to help Cody complete his good deed undertaking. 

Crazy in Love – 4.5 Nymphs
Werewolf Keaton has been captured by a psycho doctor and it is up to Keaton’s werewolf mate Dakota to save him from becoming a lab experiment.

Changes in Attitude – 4.5 Nymphs  {M/M/M}
Werewolf Cyrus is running from his warlock lover, Marcus. Before Cyrus can reach safety, he is attacked by a mythical creature, thank the Gods for fire mage Wiley who rescued Cyrus just in time.

Under the Moon – 4.5 Nymphs  
Jamie is in hiding. He detests pack rules so he refuses to date other werewolves. However, Jamie discovers that there is something about alpha werewolf Ty too alluring to resist.

Dream Dice – 4.5 Nymphs
Thayer buys new dice at a convention, not realizing they were magic until he’s transported into another place and time. Thayer’s dream world was filled with never seen before wonders, especially Erlich, a warrior from the wolf clan and Thayer’s savior.

Julia Talbot has created a superb collection of paranormal romances that I enjoyed immensely. In all of the stories the main characters are engaging, amusing and compassionate. 

Query

Title:  Query
Author:  Viola Grace
Publisher:  eXtasy Books
Publisher URL:  www.extasybooks.com
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-4874-0663-9
Genre: {M/F}, Sci-Fi, Space Opera, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Freddy discovers she has alien DNA after she volunteers for the Volunteer Project.  Based on that DNA, she is the Oracle from a race that was thought to be gone.  One of the Guardians on her new world turns out to be her mate.

Query is the 32nd book in the Terran Times Second Wave series.  Other than a few mishaps, this story is different in that there is not major crisis that Freddy has to overcome.  I loved the reason she has Sneed, her toy dragon.  I also had a good laugh at some of the antics of the Guardians and later when Freddy finds out a drink she was given gives her the same reaction as the tea she drinks while she is giving people their fortunes.

Rune is also from a race that had to adapt, but they have a history of taking Terrans as mates.  It was entertaining how Rune and Freddy get together, especially since Freddy already knew he was her mate. 

The glimpses received about the other Guardians are interesting, especially Ember and her brother, Rescue.  I really liked some of the names of the secondary characters in the story.  It will be fun to see some of their stories in the future of this series.

Three of a Kind

Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publisher URL: www.pride-publishing.com
ISBN: 978-1-78651-406-6
Genre: {M/M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Running for his life, Zane’s old truck breaks down. Thankfully Butch stops to help Zane and even offers to take him home. Although Zane is bruised and swollen, Butch’s lover Randy thinks Zane is beautiful.

Three of a Kind is a heartwarming budding romance. The plot illustrates the kind of humanity anyone in trouble would hope to encounter. The characters are amusing, as well as creditable. Butch and Randy were happy to help and were always considerate of Zane’s needs.  

Zane is running from an abusive relationship, he has been badly beaten, but was able to drive from Texas to Arizona before he broke down. Zane knew he needed medical care, but was afraid his ex-boyfriend would find him and finish his attempt to kill Zane.
 
Butch and Randy live out in the middle of nowhere. Butch is an easy going construction worker and Randy is a dreamer who creates sculptures out of metal. All three are honorable men. Each man contributes to the household maintenance. Since Zane is the only one of them that can cook, he is a great asset to Butch and Randy.

Sean Michael has created an impressive as well as a cheerful saga that I very much enjoyed. 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Torquere Press' Love Conquers All Charity Anthology


From diagnosis to ringing the bell, cancer is a bitch. Torquere is looking for fully realized 3,000-10,000 word cancer themed stories with a HEA ending for an anthology titled "Love Conquers All." Proceeds will benefit DJ Manly in her battle with this horrible disease.

Please send your submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with "Love Conquers All" and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is August 15, 2016; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

If the completed anthology reaches a minimum word count of 60K, the book may go to print. Terms of contract will be electronic and print rights for three years, as well as an electronic and print copy of the book.  Print rights are reserved for six months. If the print rights are not optioned, all print rights revert to the author.


We'll also be releasing the story on its own in ebook format. Royalties for the single title electronic version will be 45% net on books sold through Torquere Books and 35% net on books sold through our distributors, again for a period of three years. Torquere Press will be donating all proceeds of their royalties to DJ Manly. If you are interested in donating your author portion of royalties please let us know on your submission.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Bind - repost

Title:  Bind
Author:  Sierra Cartwright
Publisher:  Totally Bound
Publisher URL:  www.totallybound.com
ISBN/BIN:  9781784305895   
Genre: {M/F}, BDSM, Series
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Lara approaches her best friend’s brother about marrying her in order to save her family’s company.  Connor agrees, provided Lara is his wife and submissive in truth. 

The first book in The Donovan Dynasty, Bind, is an intense book that gives a look behind the scenes in the closed world of corporations, as well as BDSM.  I liked that the author did a good job showing that a BDSM relationship between a Dom and sub is what the couple makes it.  There was only one issue I had regarding this and that was the whip, as that would not be something used in the beginning on someone new.  However, I loved the references used regarding the ‘Indiana Jones’ franchise.

Connor is very patient with Lara, especially explaining things to her, but he makes it clear what he expects should he help her.  The chemistry between the two is very intense and I had fun watching their relationship grow.  I’m glad Connor finally came around in one area at the end of their story.

There were several interesting secondary characters and I loved Connor’s assistant.  I had to laugh at that relationship as it provided some lighthearted moments, as did Lara’s neighbor and her dog, Suzy.  I wanted to slap Lara’s father, but he redeemed himself at the end.  Both families were interesting, to say the least, and had a lot to say about Connor’s and Lara’s relationship. 

It will be interesting to see how this series turns out as it is about the three Donovan brothers, though I hope to see one about Erin as well.  The author included an interview about the series at the end of Bind.


This is a repost of our review from last year to help promote the release of this book in mass market paperback in the UK.  Congrats, Sierra and Totally Bound

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Perfect Strangers

Author: Edward Kendrick
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publisher URL: www.pride-publishing.com
ISBN: 978-1-78651-413-4
Genre: {M/M} Crime and Mystery
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Raphael Koenig needs a vacation plus if he is lucky, a sexual fling. New Orleans is the vacation location and Alden Durant provides the fling.

Perfect Strangers is a detailed dark crime story with surprising twist and turns including a touch of romance. The plot is well written and well paced. The realistic characters are justified in their actions or not, depending on the reader’s point of view.

Raphael Koenig is an assassin working for an underground vigilante network.
When Raphael is not correcting a miscarriage in the justice system, he works as a construction laborer. He self medicates with whiskey to ward off the nightmares of his dark childhood, but Raphael considers his kills as righteous because he only assassinates bad people.

Alden is an intriguing character; Alden reveals nothing about himself to Raphael. It is only by accident that Alden and Raphael discover each other’s profession. The intimacy Raphael and Alden shared evolved into love, though they both believed they would never meet again. However, fate has a way of bringing star crossed lovers back together along with revealing the truth. 

Edward Kendrick has created a very impressive saga that I thoroughly enjoyed.  

You Complete Me

Title:  You Complete Me
Author:  Megan Slayer
Publisher:  Loose Id LLC
Publisher URL:  www.loose-id.com
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-68252-076-5
Genre: {M/F}, Paranormal, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Hagan isn’t dead, though being left in the sun when he tried to help a friend doesn’t help.  He hides when he realizes there are hunters in the woods and is surprised when Emily rescues him instead of finishing him off.  Both are very surprised when they realize they are mates.

You Complete Me is the fourth book in the Battle Scarred series.  Emily knows that something is wrong among the Hunters. Because they are supposed to keep the balance among the Supers, to Emily, there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason for hunting most of the Supers she and her partner are ordered to hunt. 

While You Complete Me picks up Hagan’s story and his part in the war, the previous book was about Ava, who he helped escape.  Things come to a head in the war, though there are a few surprises especially at the end. All the previous characters have parts to play, and Ky helps Hagan realize something he already knew.

This story is different as it is slower paced than the previous ones.  There are a few areas where things pick up, but Hagan’s and Emily’s relationship is one of two high points of the story. The interaction with the Source was also sort of anticlimactic. You Complete Me does resolve some major issues though. 

Be aware the Battle Scarred series was previously published by another publisher with the pen name Wendi Zwaduk.

For the Love of A Wolf

Author: Charlie Richards
Publisher: eXtasy Books
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-4874-0693-6
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Series          
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Stake has a major problem.  He has no filter between his brain and his mouth and while he does not mean to hurt anyone with what he says, he has.  Things have gotten so bad that he is close to losing his job.  Sent by his boss, as punishment for his last comments, to help clear trailheads, Stake meets Cecil, who can’t wait to get his hands on Stake.

For the Love of a Wolf is the 34th book in the Wolves of Stone Ridge series.  I liked this newest addition to the series as the characters, especially Stake, are entertaining and leave you wanting to know what is going to happen.  Stake isn’t the first character we have met that has trouble with his mouth running away from him, however, usually this is done by a character that’s young, maybe slightly flighty, not someone mature and with a solid career.  This switch was an interesting change and I felt a little for Stake as he struggled to watch what he said. 

Cecil, on the other hand, is one of the Rochette brothers.  After watching his younger brother find his mate, Cecil is ready to find his own.  When Cecil meets Stake, he is surprised by the other man.  He also can’t believe that the person he sees is the same one everyone has such negative comments about.  I like Cecil’s determination not only getting to know Stake, but also in showing the other man that there is nothing wrong with him. 

The connection between the two men is intense, but since they are mates, readers would expect nothing less.  Seeing Cecil show Stake what he can expect from a male lover, especially one who wants to please him, really heats up the pages of this story. 

Many previous characters show up to give these two a hand.  Needless to say, Stake’s mouth causes a bit of a problems but not ones that can’t be overcome.  Fans of this series are sure to like For the Love of a Wolf and those who have not yet tried the books in this series really should. 

Missing, Presumed Dead

Author: Christiane France
Publisher: Chris Grover
ISBN: e000000002287
Genre: {M/M} Mystery Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Private investigator Greg Stewartson gets a late night visit from his brother Vance and Tim Fensham. Vance is a Hollywood star maker and it seems one of his clients has gone missing.

Missing, Presumed Dead is the first book in the Amethyst Cove Mysteries series. Tim Fensham is the brother of an up and coming movie star who has gone missing. She was last seen in Amethyst Cove, a California coastal town.

The central question of the plot is whether the starlet chose to disappear or was she the victim of a murder?

Former cop Greg Stewartson, now co-owner of the Amethyst Cove Security & Investigations, takes the reader through all the possible scenarios and Greg’s investigative procedures.

When not working the case, Greg and Tim are trying to resist their attraction for each other. Although Greg would like to have a relationship, he has a rule about mixing business with pleasure. Tim is also interested in a relationship but he lives in San Francisco, too far away to be a permanent boyfriend. 

Christiane France has created an impressive saga that I enjoyed immensely.