Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Claiming of Patrick Donnelly

Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Wilde City Press
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ISBN/BIN: 978-1-925313-52-9
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal/Horror Sequel
Rating: 4 nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Fisher Marx left his job with the World Police Unit after barely living through his last assignment against the ghosts on Alcatraz Island. Now he’s living a quieter life, working as a deputy for Hickory County. Then he hears rumors of a young man who claims to have been abused by ghosts for years. When he goes to the home to check out the rumors, Fisher meets Patrick and it quickly becomes obvious the ghostly claims are true. It’s a meeting that changes his life in ways Fisher never imagined.

The Claiming of Patrick Donnelly is the sequel to the 2009 release, The Ghosts of Alcatraz by Carol Lynne. It’s possible to read this new release as a standalone but due to the recurring characters, I recommend they be read in order. 

If you’ve followed the career of author Carol Lynne, you’re likely aware she doesn’t write a great many books that fall in the paranormal/horror genre. This new release is a well written and creative follow up to the original work involving several of the same characters. The plot is fast paced, details vivid and there’s enough background provided on Fisher and Patrick to understand them. Patrick’s ghostly haunting is the backbone of the story but Ms. Lynne doesn’t allow it to totally overbalance the story. There’s still time for Fisher and Patrick’s relationship to blossom. I can’t forget to mention the action packed and dangerous ghost filled scenes scattered in the story. The author does a creative job explaining the ghosts, how some of them got that way and why they are after Patrick. I also enjoyed the participation and help of the secondary characters, both new and old. If you like reading books in the genre I suggest giving this one a try.

Boyfriend Forever

Author: Diana DeRicci
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN: MLR-1-02015-0450
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Seven years is a long time for love to survive when you are miles apart. Jayden Sindler and Nash Vargas both thought their relationship was over, but neither man had the desire to move on.

Boyfriend Forever is the second book in the Boyfriend series. The title says it all. Jayden and Nash have a love so strong that time and distance could not sever the bond their hearts had united.  Featuring a circumstance beyond anyone’s control premise, the heartbreaking scenario is one that many readers can relate to.

However, on a more cheering comment, the characters are admirable. Nash has reached a maturity level to be proud of; he is considerate as well as being respectable. Nash does not expect everything to be the same after seven years, but he is hopeful he and Jayden can have a chance at a fresh start. Jayden chose to cherish his memories of Nash rather than seek out a relationship with someone new. Jayden and Nash both recognized their own errors in judgment made. The recognition was a supportive stepping stone to a new beginning. 

Diana DeRicci has created an emotionally outstanding saga that will melt your heart and renew your faith in the power of love.    

Boyfriend for The Weekend

Author: Diana DeRicci
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN: MLR-1-02015-0442
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Jayden Sindler and Nash Vargas made a personal business arrangement to be a make believe couple for Jayden’s sister’s wedding. The arrangement was suitable for both men: Jayden would have a shield from the women who refused to accept that he is gay and Nash would have a fun filled short vacation in sunny Florida.  What Jayden and Nash did not count on was the mutual attraction that promptly developed between them.

Boyfriend for The Weekend is the first book in the Boyfriend series, a spinoff of the Arbor Heights series. The well written plot brings several topics to the forefront, homophobia being the main issue. The plot also illustrates the psychosomatic impact on the characters.

Jayden is openly gay with a career and on good terms with most of his family. His relationships have been casual, as well as short term, before meeting Nash.

Nash’s life consisted of a controlling abusive environment until he was finally able to break free. Fortunately Nash has friends willing to support and protect him. For Nash, meeting Jayden opened a world of freedom to be himself. Nevertheless, Jayden is determined not to stifle Nash’s new found independence. Jayden believes Nash should explore more options. However, Nash does not want to be free if it means losing Jayden.  

Jayden and Nash have come to a crossroad in their relationship. Their journey continues in Boyfriend Forever. 

Diana DeRicci has created an impressive enjoyable saga. The engaging characters and the subject matter are realistic. The intimacy is passionate.

Blood Tied

Title: Blood Tied
Author: Jacob Z. Flores
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-63476-521-3
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Thad Blackmoor thinks emotions are a waste of time and keeps his tightly under control, making him seem as icy and rigid as his magical ability to call cold and snow. He refuses to express how he feels and his goal in life is to become more powerful than his brother Pierce and father.

His outlook takes a turn when he comes across a banshee attacking Aiden Teine, a fire fiery.  When the fight is over, the banshee’s dead and Thad’s rescued a battered Aiden. Thad’s surprised by his attraction to Aiden but it also starts to thaw his frozen heart, but there’s little time for romance. There’s a dangerous shadow weaver to deal with and there’s possibly a connection to the previous vampyre attack. Thad, his brothers and Aiden have to go to Otherworld for answers and he’ll need all his growing powers to survive. And his other problem—how to get Ben, an annoying warlock one-night-stand to realize he isn’t interested.

Blood Tied is the second release by Jacob Z. Flores in his series, The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge. The plot line is ongoing and numerous characters are recurring so I recommend the books be read in order.

Mr. Flores has written a nice sequel and in the opening scenes does an excellent job in explaining why Thad hasn’t felt important to his family and why. It’s sad that a guy with two brothers and a dad feels so totally alone since the death of his mother. But then the way the family is written, there are times I didn’t like any of them either. That’s one of my biggest issues. The personalities of the Blackmoor men tend to be antagonistic and they bicker and fight too much…it gets annoying.

I’m a big fan of Fae characters, so I was thrilled the author created Aiden as Thad’s love interest for Blood Tied. He did a nice job bringing together so many different paranormal creatures and even managed to get the mysterious Conclave into the plot. I’ve been wondering about them and am happy to know more---and I still don’t trust them. 

I’m happy to report this new release is as fast paced and entertaining as the first and there’s plenty of angst, action and danger. There also sizzling romance. Yes, it’s instant attraction, which isn’t my favorite, but the author did a good job of believably explaining it within the story context…thank you, Mr. Flores. You’ll find lots of previous characters, and a few plots twists to keep your interest. I admit the villain wasn’t a surprise for me this time. Happy reading.


Title: Gabriel
Author: D.J. Manly
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN/BIN: MLR-1-02015-0439
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal; Contemporary; Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Two years have passed since Terrance’s gift for communicating with the dead was last called into action. He and Alex have been able to settle down into some semblance of a normal life. They have bought a new house, a real fixer-upper that they are looking forward to working on, once Terrance’s new book starts to bring in some money. Best of all, Terrance’s son Gabriel, who share’s Terrance’s gift, is now living with them.

Terrance has been able to teach Gabriel ways to keep some distance between his mind and the dead. Thanks to his Dad’s advice, Gabriel is able to live a relatively normal life. He loves living with his Dad and Alex, and is even enjoying school, although that may have more to do with his crush on Colton than anything else.

As Gabriel’s 18th birthday approaches, they had been doing well to keep the spirits at bay. But there is an evil stirring and Terrance and Gabriel are finding it harder and harder to ignore. When their friends and loved ones start to get embroiled in the drama, there’s nothing else for it – father and son are going to have to open up the gates of communication and face the evil once and for all.

Gabriel is the third installment of The Severing series. The strength of this series has been in the stories – all have been engaging, unpredictable, and enjoyable to read. It is obvious that the author is really enjoying exploring these character’s lives. However I feel like Gabriel suffers slightly from having too much packed into one book. It was great to learn more about the character of Gabriel. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Colton – he began in the forefront of Gabriel’s life but ended up used and discarded, which was slightly unsatisfying. Then there was Owen, a new character who was very interesting and a welcomed addition to the group.

As Gabriel’s story is being explored, there were storylines running in parallel; that of the family working on the new house, Terrance trying to get his book published, and Alex dealing with his friend Wes’ crisis of confidence. It was nice to revisit Wes’ character and see how he has been coping since the first book. However, all these subplots were vying for attention with the evil that was threatening to destroy the world. As interesting as all the plots were, they sometimes seemed incompatible, and the dialog got a little confusing at times. 

There are some superb characters in this series that keep me coming back for more. There is quite a shocking ending to Gabriel that could definitely leave this open for another installment, but I have to admit that there is part of me that really wants to see these wonderful characters left in peace.

Protective Instincts

Author: S.J. Frost
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN: MLR-1-02015-0444
Genre: {M/M} Vampires Series
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Daniel Valente and Ryunosuke Kimura have been enjoying the tranquility of their English countryside home. However, the peace is about to be interrupted when they must resolve events of the past, as well as deal with helping to build a better Tribunal future.
Protective Instincts is the sixth book in the Instincts series. In this episode, Ryu is nominated to be a judge, but as in every government there are those who will oppose adding anyone to their privileged ranks. Ryu expects opposition from a past adversary. The surprise in the story is Ryu’s antagonist is not the only enemy.

I have read this series from the beginning book, Natural Instincts, and I suggest any fan of vampires do the same; you will not regret it. The vampire characters are charismatic and just a bit impertinent. The vampires also have amazing pets as protectors.

Ryu and Daniel are eternal partners, which is a vampire version of a monogamous marriage. Ryu and Daniel are completely different in personalities, but the yin and yang traits work well for the couple. Ryu lives by the samurai warrior’s code, loyalty, self discipline, respectful and honorable.

Daniel, on the other hand, does not have a humble bone in his body. Daniel is outrageously frank in his assessments of others, as well as a deceptively deadly warrior who has no qualms about intimidating anyone perceived to be an enemy. 

S.J. Frost has again created another incredible addition to this series. The characters are amusing, in addition to being compelling. The reader is agreeably drawn into the narrative and held until the conclusion. 

A Treasure of Gold

Author:  Piper Huguley
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN:  9781619227439   
Genre:  {M/F} Historical, Multicultural
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph

Nettie Bledsoe has devoted her life to the church and helping others.  So when she stumbles upon a wounded man, Nettie can’t just walk away.  Despite warnings from her family, Nettie knows she has to get involved.  The church members surely couldn’t have a problem with Nettie caring for a motherless child. 

People looked down on Jay Evans because of his job, the same job that lead to him getting shot.  Jay wants to change his life for his daughter, Goldie, but it’s not as easy as he thought.  Long ago, the church failed Jay, so he’s hesitant about accepting Nettie’s help.  Until he regains his strength and school resumes, Jay has to find something to do with Goldie.

Bonding with Goldie was easy for Nettie, but she was caught off guard by the pull she felt towards Jay.  He wasn’t what Nettie expected, and she saw a side of him that others didn’t.  It had been a long time since Jay considered having a woman in his life.  Because of him, Nettie could possibly be shunned by the church and her family.  Nettie’s will was strong, but Jay was afraid of the influence they had on her. 

Nettie and Jay are so different, but that doesn’t stop them where matters of the heart are concerned.  Nettie is a no-nonsense country girl who believes the church can do no wrong.  Jay is a numbers man and single father who’s trying to go legit.  At first Jay isn’t happy about Nettie’s meddling, but soon he can’t imagine continuing life without her.  Jay had issues that only Nettie could have resolved.  She gave him life after tragedy and Jay gave Nettie hope.  Nettie never expected to have a family of her own and I know her family would have stifled the light in her eventually.   Nettie’s family loved her without a doubt, which probably led to their controlling ways.  They meant well though, and eventually they changed their tune. 

A Treasure of Gold is the third book of the Migrations of the Heart series, but I feel it can be read as a stand alone without a problem.  Readers will become invested in the characters because they’ll feel so comfortable with them, as if they are neighbors from down the road.  I enjoyed the simpler time that this story was set in and the involvement of the church without being too preachy.  Piper Huguley does a wonderful job of building a foundation that makes a very memorable and touching story.  

Forbidden Secrets

Author: Liberty Lace
Publisher: Wilde City Press
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ISBN: 978-1-925313-45-1
Genre: {M/M} Erotic, Taboo, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Twins Thaddeus and Tristan Rose are mirror images in looks, but have different character traits. The main source to their differences is Thad’s long held secrets.

Forbidden Secrets is the first book in the Forbidden Glades series. Conditions of their parent’s legacy forced the twins to live together for one year or lose the family’s estate. The setting is the swamp area of Louisiana.

Thad and Tristan had not seen each other for years because of their clashing personalities. During their teenage years, Thad realized the feelings he had for Tristan were more than brotherly love. After high school graduation, Thad became a world traveler to distance himself. Tristan moved to New York and started a business. Now honoring their parent’s wishes brought about revelations for both Thad and Tristan. 

Liberty Lace has created an out of the ordinary as well as an enjoyable short story. Though the subject matter is Incest, the emphasis on the character’s sentiments is romantically sweet. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Claimed By Desire

Author: Skye Jones
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
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ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62210-236-5
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal; Shifter; Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Aeron is a gay man who lives in a small town in Wales. He lives with his sick mother and has dedicated his life to caring for her. Aeron is struggling to earn enough money to care for the two of them though, as some of the local employers are less than supportive of his sexuality. When he gets a chance to work for the mysterious Dylan, helping out on his farm, Aeron is desperate to get the job and determined to keep his sexuality a secret. When he finally lays eyes on the brooding man however, he realises that it might be much harder than he first thought.

Dylan has kept to himself since returning to Wales, too busy mourning the loss of his mate Nikos and planning his revenge to care about what the locals think. When Aeron appears on his land however, Dylan’s wolf sits up and takes notice. He can sense Aeron’s attraction but is in no mood to get distracted from his plan to avenge Nikos. Aeron is like a dog with a bone though, and Dylan is finding it harder and harder to come up with a reason to fight Aeron off.

When an evil presence makes itself known in the village, Dylan is ready and waiting to fulfil his destiny, regardless of the consequences. But it’s not only Dylan that the evil wants. Dylan wants to protect those around him the only way he knows how – by pushing those who care away. Will he be forever destined to live a life of solitude and heartache, or will his wolf finally be allowed to come out and play?

Claimed By Desire is part of the author’s Wild Hunters series. I enjoyed the first book and had high hopes for this second instalment. I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed at all. I personally love a pairing where one is older and rugged, with the weight of the world on his shoulders, while the other is more youthful and full of energy. I couldn’t get enough of Dylan and Aeron. There is great chemistry between them and they share some very erotic scenes. Aeron is definitely the character I connected with the most. He is kind, caring, and there is an honesty to him that just makes you love him. Dylan is great too – gruff and hard but with an element of vulnerability that meant you were never going to be put off by his behaviour.

I absolutely loved the Welsh setting and the plot was thrilling. There is a real sense of urgency at the end as Dylan gets closer to finding closure to a very painful chapter in his life, but it is never predictable. Characters from the first book make a welcome appearance to help fight off a pretty scary foe in a satisfying conclusion. I highly recommend this series to fans of the genre and can’t wait for the next instalment.

Circle Of Steel

Author: KC Kendricks
Publisher: Amber Allure
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ISBN: 978-1-68175-071-2
Genre: {M/M} Mystery Series
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

FBI agent Rick Mohr has been shot and his live in lover Private Investigator Ian Coulter fears the worst. However, once Rick is on the road to recovery, Ian and Rick turn their focus to finding the answers to the key questions of who is the shooter and why did he choose Rick as a target?

Circle Of Steel is part of the Amethyst Cove Mysteries series. The plot centers on several issues that have a direct impact on Rick and Ian’s relationship. Their lack of marital status causes problems for hospital care plus adds a level of tension to the relationship.

Attempting to discuss their personal situation, their contradictory personalities progress into an explosive exchange of verbal assault. One bone of contention between Rick and Ian is a matter of trust, as well as their different methods for solving crimes. Rick wants to overprotect Ian, while Ian, a former street cop, takes a few risks in his investigations. 

KC Kendricks has created another intriguing and enjoyable episode to the series. I look forward to the next installment, especially since the perpetrator introduced in this episode is still on the loose.   

Hay and Heartbreak

Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Pride Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-78430-747-9
Genre: {M/M}, Western, Series          
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Daniel has every right to be bitter after the way he was framed for murder.  Instead he is just trying to stay clean and make some sense of his life.  When he finds out his brother has been injured, he decides to go to Montana to help care for his brother.  He hopes that this will help bring him and his brother closer together, but Daniel is afraid to hope too much for fear of once again being hurt. 

Hay and Heartbreak is the seventh book in the Mossy Glenn Ranch series.  This story brings back Daniel, Duke’s brother who we met briefly in Broncos and Bullies.  It also centers on Hector, one of the ranch hands who has shown up in previous stories.  This story is one that pulled me in from the beginning.  Daniel is a bit of a gentle soul who has had a rough time of it growing up.  As a result, he turned to drugs and found himself in prison.  After ten years he’s out and trying to cope with life on the outside.  I worried about Daniel through the whole story, afraid that he would once again turn to drugs as a way of coping. 

Hector has a bit of history on the ranch, known as a love them and leave them type.  What the other hands don’t seem to understand, however, is that Hector is starting to look for something more.  When these two men meet, the attraction is instant and noticeable by everyone around them.  But both men have issues to overcome and neither is really sure a long term relationship is something they are ready for.  The author did a terrific job bringing these two men together however.  Not only are the men given time to know one another, but each is also given the chance to get to know themselves better as well.  There are times when it looks like the two men may not find their happily ever after, but the problems are soon overcome and the men do find their place in life. 

There is more going on in Hay and Heartbreak besides the romance of Daniel and Hector.  There are some unusual events going on at the ranch that leaves everyone wondering about Duke’s accident.  While the events surrounding Duke are cleared up, the mystery of what occurred at the line cabins has an open feeling about it, even though the men think that has been solved as well. 

As with the other books in this series, Hay and Heartbreak is full of previous characters who show up in the role of secondary characters.  I love seeing all these guys popping in, as it carries the family feeling the ranch has over to each new book.  I am curious to see where the author plans to take the next story and if Sebastian will be one of the characters involved.  

Once a Hero

Title: Once a Hero
Author: Ari McKay
Publisher: Torquere Press Publishers
Publisher URL:
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61040-959-9
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Ezra Levin spent years as either an Israeli soldier or in Mossad and when he left the military, he joined Hercules Security. As an operative known as Ghost he was great at his job, but after a few years he left to follow his dream of becoming a chef. By age forty-five he’s employed as the private chef of Judge Mason Whittaker and his son, Jamie.

Mason’s past job as district attorney has made his many enemies and now one of them is after him. When the danger escalates, Ezra knows he can’t protect Mason and Jamie alone, so he calls on his old friend and boss, Cade Thornton, from Hercules Security. The person responsible is in the fight of his life because Ezra’s determined to protect the two people that mean the most to him and he’s not willing to lose the man he loves.

Once a Hero is the fourth release in Ari McKay’s series, Herc’s Mercs. While reading the others would be helpful, this release can be read as a standalone.

This new release fits well into this family of books and I liked that the author created a convincing way to bring some of the past characters in for brief appearances. They filled a vital role but didn’t bog down the plot and I enjoyed seeing Ezra interact with them.  Now to the rest of the book…there are parts I like and others that I had troubles with.

Likes: Ezra’s career switch from soldier to chef is unique and creative, and his growing relationship with Jamie is a nice look at the life Ezra would like for himself. The pacing is smooth, the descriptions good and the family relationship warm.  Seeing Ezra step back into his old life in order to protect Mason and Jamie, while keeping the household running, showed not only his love and dedication, but his ability to do vastly different tasks.

Dislikes: Ezra’s speech pattern seems stiff at times, and when Mason is told about the danger to himself and his son, he’s initially unwilling to take the necessary precautions, which seems nuts for an intelligent man. Mason and Ezra make a good couple but after living under the same roof for so many months, their relationship progressed much quicker than I expected. With the situation Mason was in, Ezra being distracted while leaving the garage didn’t seem realistic for a man of his experience and that set up the ending…it was very swift. 

So, it’s not that I didn’t enjoy the book or find it entertaining; there were just a few things I wish had been different.  

The Wolf Whisperer

Author: Stephani Hecht
Publisher: eXtasy Books
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-4874-0439-0
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Series        
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

There are only two things you can do when one of your pack goes feral: put them down or call the Wolf Whisperer and hope he can bring your pack member back to you.  That’s where Cree comes in.  Sent to the Wayne County pack to help one of their members, Cree is in for a big surprise.  One that gives him hope that his life may soon be changing.

The fourteenth book in the Wayne County Wolves series, The Wolf Whisperer, is different from what we have seen in the past.  Cree is a Whisperer, called in when wolves go feral.  You would think that he would be a wolf you wanted on your side. However, Cree is treated almost as bad as assassins are, so when he shows up at Chris’ pack, he is surprised by how he is treated.  I really felt for Cree when he tells how he has been treated in the past and his past treatment also makes it easy to understand why he mistrusts what he sees and hears while at the Wayne County pack. 

Burt is a long time member of the Wayne County pack; in fact he grew up with Chris and is one of his betas.  When a current situation triggers memories from his past, he goes feral, one of the worst things that can happen to a wolf.  In order to protect the pack and Burt, he is locked up in one of the pack’s cells.  This makes things harder for Burt, as his treatment, while not abusive, is not what he is used to. 

Readers of the series are used to certain steps when it comes to mates coming together.  Because of Burt’s current situation, things do not play out as normal.  This little switch gives the story a fresh feel, keeping it from being just a rehashed story with a new title.  I liked the way the author has these two get to know each other, and the build up to their coming together ends wonderfully.  

There is a visit from an old enemy that comes out of the blue but it ended as it should have and left me wondering what, or who, would fill the void that was just made. I did feel a little cheated as The Wolf Whisperer came to an end as it felt like the story was just taking off.  


Title: Heart
Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publisher URL:
ISBN: 978-1-78430-725-7
Genre: {M/M} Shifter Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

This plot features three subject matters. Transgender, spiritual lost and a quest to discover an unknown identity. Shaman Rolly has returned home to his pack, bringing a catatonic patient named Lotu with him. Rolly has decided it is time to claim his mate. Rolly’s mate is transgender Erdwin/Edie, who has just come out of the closet and been accepted by the pack. Erdwin/Edie’s younger sister Rhea is on a mission to find her parental ancestry.

Heart is the fourth book in the Spotless series. The series features the various breeds of mainly cat shifters. The Spotless series is linked to the Leopard's Spots series.  In the Spotless series, starting with Hide, the stories feature the mixed breed children of a fanatical leopard shifter’s forced breeding with all of other cat species. 

As a whole, Heart is an enjoyable saga. I particularly enjoyed the emotional importance of acceptance for Erdwin/Edie.  However, I found all the chaos illustrated a little bit of overkill. Also there is quite a bit of character profile repetition, which I found tedious.     

Valor on the Move

Author: Kiera Andrews
Publisher: Self Published
ISBN/BIN: 9780994092441
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Mystery        
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Coming out to your family is the hardest thing for some to do.  Imagine how hard it must be if your family is the First Family of the United States.  Rafael does not have to imagine, as it is something he lives with every day.  The only thing that makes life easy is the fact that one day soon he can come out to his family and live the life he has always wanted.

Valor on the Move is the newest novel by author Kiera Andrews.  In this story she takes us into the life of Rafael Castillo, the youngest son of the President of the United States. Some would think that this would be a life full of advantages.  For Rafael it is a life of restrictions as he is forced to keep his true self hidden.  The author does a really good job pulling the reader into the world she has created and it will be easy for them to understand all that Rafael is going through.  I cannot imagine what it must feel like to have your every moment monitored, even if those doing the monitoring are doing so to keep you safe.  One of those put in place to monitor Rafael is Shane.

Shane is a member of the Secret Service.  He has finally made his way into the White House, and while it is not covering POTUS, it is just one stop closer.  What he does not count on is being so attracted to his charge.  Readers will see the attraction between the two men right off, but the fact that everyone believes Rafael is straight throws Shane off.  I really like the way the author has these two getting to know each other as it gives the men a basis to form a relationship on other than sexual attraction. Of course there are some problems and when Rafael finds out that his family already strongly suspects that he is gay, he rightly explodes.  I could not believe the way his parents acted, or that one of his brothers is so dense.  When Rafael cannot stay at the White House one more minute, he takes off which results in all kinds of trouble.

While I expected some problems to pop up because of who Rafael is, I was surprised by not only what happened but by who was involved.  The effect all this has on Shane is strong and leaves him questioning what he is doing.  While I loved how everything plays out for Rafael with regards to his family, his relationship with Shane takes a hit.  I wondered how the author planned to bring these two back together again and thought the final wrap up came out great.  

Valor on the Move is another well done story by author Kiera Andrews.  Readers who have not yet tried any stories by her should give the author a try and this book is a great place to start.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Darkness Entwined

Author: Nikki McCoy
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publisher URL:
ISBN: 978-1-78430-722-6
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Unwanted and unpredictable but a useful tool for some, Keenan survives by hiding his powers until he is rescued by Rowan, King of the Vam’kir.

Darkness Entwined is the second book in the Of Blood and Spirit series. The plot’s theme is interracial wars. For centuries, there were two separate pure races. Vampires and shifters are both spiritual children of the light. The vampires considered themselves superior to the shifters. However, Rowan is a blend of both vampire and shifter, which is a source of contention for the vampire counsel.   Keenan is a mix of dark as well as light; he is not approved of by anyone. A proposal to form a treaty between the vampires and shifters meets with opposition from both sides. Nevertheless, the vampires and shifters must join forces to eradicate Roh Se Kahn, who is bent on destroying all creatures of the light.

Darkness Entwined is set in the current world with modern day weapons. The paranormal characters live amongst the humans, who are unaware of their existence. The difference between the species is the life spans and the ability of the paranormal’s speedy healing. Also magic plays an important part in the life of the paranormals.

Nikki McCoy has created an exciting, emotional as well as very enjoyable saga.  In the beginning Rowan and Keenan seem to be unlikely mates but as the story evolved, the reader can see how much of an asset each man is to the other. Together Rowan and Keenan form an unstoppable bond. Although Keenan has finally gained some respect, it is bittersweet because of the loss of his trusted friend. I look forward to the next book for answers regarding several unsolved dilemmas featured. 

Storm Warning

Title:  Storm Warning
Author:  Monette Michaels
Publisher:  Self Published
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ISBN/BIN:  9780986273056
Genre:  {M/F}, Contemporary, Suspense, Series
Rating:  4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

DJ Poe has a new job, but needs to rescue her mother before she starts.  Friends she did a mission with in Afghanistan help her.  When she starts her new job, she runs into the one brother of her friends she hasn’t met.  Tweeter decides DJ is his.

Storm Warning is the fourth book in the Security Specialists International series, also known as SSI. DJ happens to be the first woman agent hired by SSI because of her background.  Her background, along with Tweeter’s sister Keely’s habit of attracting trouble, puts her talents to the test.

I loved DJ as she is a strong woman.  Readers need to be aware that when she shares some of what happened to her at the hands of her father and his cronies, it could be the cause of some triggers.  DJ is a survivor, and with Tweeter’s help, starts to heal.  I also enjoyed Tweeter’s stealth courting, as he called it.  He goes out of his way to show DJ that he wants a relationship with her for the long term.  I was so happy when they finally got together.

DJ’s mom has to heal, as well.  The women of SSI go a long way to help both heal and I loved the way they were so kick ass when the situation called for it, as readers of the series already know. 

The bad guys are interesting even though a few are predictable, but DJ and Tweeter have lots of help from their fellow agents, and some from other agencies, as they finish their missions.  There were a few twists and turns, though one main situation was one that could be seen coming. 

While readers don’t need to read the series in order to enjoy it, I recommend that the stories be read in order to get the most out of them.  Storm Warning is a great addition to the series and I am looking forward to reading more about Security Specialists International.

In From the Cold

Author:  Meg Adams
Publisher:   Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN:   978-1-61922-871-9
Genre:  {M/F} Contemporary, Christmas
Rating:  4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph

Change wasn’t only blowing in the wind, it had created a tornado for Claire Iverson.  She was tired of hiding in bed and reliving the past.  Claire needed this new job to get her life back on track.  What she didn’t need was the run-in on this dirty flying bus with a rude father who was neglecting his adorable daughter.  Her heart sank when Claire realized the little girl was her new job.

Balancing work and his daughter Suzie is harder than Drake Driscoll expected.  He was counting on the hired nanny to take care of the best thing in his world.  What he hadn’t counted on was the instant attraction to the curvy woman who obviously thought he was the worst father in the world. 

Claire connects with Suzie and Drake so effortlessly but she’s uncertain about what comes next.  Baggage from the past still haunts Claire and it isn’t so easy to share that with Drake, no matter how understanding he is.  Drake has problems of his own, which surface on this business trip and changes things forever.  Claire is overwhelmed by it all, and this could be enough to send her back to cutting herself off from the world.

I loved this reality romance, In From the Cold!  It was a clever mesh with the feel of a day time soap opera and the average person’s life.  Meg Adams painted a picture for me that I wanted to keep staring at.  I was right there on that plane with Claire and the mother in me jumped into life.  I am so glad she wasn’t shy with her opinions.  Drake deserved the little gifts his daughter gave him and I couldn’t help but laugh at the entire thing.  Those moments were when I started warming up to him and a few of my favorite scenes.  He made me relate to being a single parent from the dad’s point of view.  The issues with his best friend and his ex-wife brought me to my knees.  I would never have guessed he was dealing with so much because he appeared so well put together.  They say bad things happen for a reason and this story is a good example of that.  Claire and Drake weren’t the only people who got the new beginning they deserved.  I don’t want to give away the too much, but I know readers will be drawn in by other characters and love this story as much as I did.  It’s like an onion, because it has so many layers that might bring up tears.  

The Forsaken

Title:  The Forsaken
Author:  Shiloh Walker
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
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ISBN/BIN:  978-1-61923-248-8
Genre: {M/F}, Contemporary, Romantic Suspense, Series
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

The Unwanted          4 Nymphs

Both Destin’s and Caleb’s psychic powers meshed too well, according Caleb.  He left Destin because she wouldn’t open up to him, but he kept getting distracted by the feedback when she connected with a rapist.  Now they have to work together to track down another rapist.

The lack of communication between Destin and Caleb was a little disturbing, and when they have to work together again after five years, they still avoided the issue for a while.  Even as they worked together to solve the case, Destin realizes things aren’t always what they seem

The Innocent     4.5 Nymphs

Jay is tracking Linc down because he abruptly dumped her, even as it seemed they were getting close.  Jay’s boss sends her to Hell for a different reason.  Immediately, Jay causes Linc problems. 

The suspense in this story will keep readers guessing until the end.  There were quite a few twists in this story, including one very big surprise that throws several characters into roles they didn’t plan on.

The Forsaken is part of The FBI Psychics series about an organization called the Oswald Group that employs psychics with various talents.  The group also trains them with shielding and how to live with their talents in the real world. 

I enjoyed this book and thought that the two stories were intense.  All the characters were very realistic, even those with seemingly strange abilities.  The author showcased a few issues Destin and Jay had when they used their abilities.  I liked that Jay had someone that she could touch without repercussion in Linc. 

Both couples had trust issues to overcome, due to their individual circumstances.  Please be aware that both stories dealt with rape and a few other issues that can trigger some readers.  Each story ended with interesting and realistic solutions. 

I am looking forward to reading more in this series.  Each story can be read by itself and The Forsaken combines two novellas of The FBI Psychics series into the FBI Psychics Collection 1.

On Bryson

Title: On Bryson
Author: D. J. Manly
Publisher: Amber Allure
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ISBN: 978-1-68175-068-2
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

NYPD Sergeant Bryson Accurso is determined to find out who shot his cousin. All evidence points to the Gambini mob boss. Soren is more of a hostage of the Gambini family; Soren’s survival depends on following the boss’s orders and the boss has ordered Soren to seduce Bryson.

On Bryson is a wonderfully entertaining romance. The theme is cops in the never ending battle against organized crime. The plot illustrates the illusion of respectable society, criminal cover-ups and a big shootout scene.  The characters are credible.

Soren comes from a conventional religious family; he was banned from the family for being gay. Fortunately his rich clandestine lover’s family welcomed Soren as another son rather than admit both young men were gay. The longer Soren lived with the Gambini family, the more he realized that leaving alive would never be an option. Nevertheless, Soren used his time to gather information on the mob’s various money making operations.

Bryson is openly gay to his family, although Bryson’s father continues to hope to have a daughter-in-law sometime in the future. Bryson has a daring personality; he is almost fearless in his investigations to solve a crime. Bryson is attracted to Soren; however Bryson is reluctant to have a personal relationship with a possible criminal.

D. J. Manly has created a fascinating saga. I especially enjoyed the amusing interaction between the characters and the surprises revealed.  

What’s Your Poison?

Author: SA Welsh
Publisher: eXtasy Books
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ISBN/BIN: 978-1-4874-0476-5
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Jackal shifter Jake has been spending long hours in his lab trying to find an antidote to the toxic solution Trevor used against the Blood Moon Pack. When he finds an answer against the blood poisoning and drugging smoke that affects so many, Jake calls the mated pairs and vampire elders to take the first available doses.  It’s exciting to know that he’s able to help the couples complete their mate bond, but Jake’s farther away from being happy than ever before. Doesn’t he deserve a mate too?

What’s Your Poison? is release five in the Blood Moon Pack Alliance by SA Welsh. 

I’ve liked Jake since his introduction. I appreciate how his personality has been developed so far and his dedication to his work—it’s importance to the plot line and the characters in his world. I’ve been waiting for him to be the focus of his own book—to get his mate and his happily-ever-after, but with this release I’ve been sorely disappointed. It’s short and really more of a filler than a full-fledged release in it’s on right. Poor Jake gets pages at the beginning filled with vital details but then the focus shifts to the previous couples. Then it’s all about them and lots of sex. There’s nothing more about Jake until the unsatisfying and confusing epilogue. I certainly hope things become clearer with the publication of the next release. This one left me feeling unhappy.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Mad Delights

Title:  Mad Delights
Author:  Beth D. Carter
Publisher:  Totally Bound
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ISBN/BIN:  9781784306540
Genre:  {M/F/M}, Crime and Mystery, Series
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Chloe is stalking Romeo, because he rescued her cousin and becomes obsessed with him.  She meets Dax when he confronts her about stalking Romeo.  Chloe finds she is attracted to both men, but what happens when she offers to help them in exchange for themselves?

Mad Delights, a spin-off of the Red Wolves Motorcycle Club, is aptly named as most of those around Chloe, including her family, thinks she has a screw loose.  Her actions would seem to bear that out.  I did have to laugh at some of her antics.  Chloe is an interesting character and the reasons why she behaves the way she does is explained in detail, along with her family ties.  I loved the way Chloe bargained with her grandfather. 

Romeo never thought he would end up in a ménage relationship, though his brother is in one, and decides he will call his brother for advice.  Dax figures it will happen since Chloe has made it clear she wants both men.  The chemistry between the three is hot.

The men end up under attack and several things happen that put all the men and their families in danger.  The club has lost several members and it is playing havoc with moral. There are some twists that cause a few tense moments with rivals. As the reason why becomes clear, things get resolved, except for one major thread which hopefully will get resolved in the next book. 

Reader Advisory:  There is a scene of dubious consent and some racist language. 

Publisher's Note: This book is the prequel to Madness Ends and is best read in sequence. 

Publisher's Note: This book is linked to the Red Wolves Motorcycle Club series.