Tuesday, December 23, 2008

As Serious as the Grave




Book Title: As Serious as the Grave
Author: Kiernan Kelly
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerepress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-452-6
Genre: M/M paranormal/horror
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Rose Nymph

Ever since the Dante comet passed the Earth, the dead have been coming back to life. After being done in, by of all things, a mosquito bite, Tyler Grayle found himself on a gurney complete with toe tag. Luckily for him, the furor over whether the previously deceased could be productive members of society or not has eased off for the time being. Tyler has a job and his own little cubical, even if his boss is totally necrophobic. He has a home and he has a best friend named Daniel, who stuck by him during the pesky “dying and coming back to life” thing. I mean sure, there are the strange looks, people giving him attitude for no apparent reason; certain guys in bars laying it on thick and then looking at him like he was lower than scum after a quiet whisper in said guy’s ear from the ever helpful barman; idiots with a whole lot of power and not a lot of brain cells to back it up, demanding the living impaired be stripped of all rights, effective immediately. On second thoughts, things are getting serious…

As Serious as the Grave mixes the fantastical with stark reality, tackling the very real dangers of bigotry, ignorance and fear set against a paranormal backdrop. Unexplained powers are bringing back the dead and whether Tyler likes it or not, he’s been given a new lease of life. He didn’t ask for it, didn’t chose to be this way but to be persecuted for something out of his control drives him to the edge. Running parallel with the worsening relations between the living and the “re-living” is Tyler’s budding relationship with Daniel, providing a little light relief, keeping Tyler grounded when he is in danger of losing control. Despite the unpleasant themes running through this story, Kiernan Kelly has created realistic characters that I cared about and portrays a positive message of love providing the strength to overcome anything.

Gingersnaps: Santa Paws


Book Title: Gingersnaps: Santa Paws
Author: Lena Austin
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60521-098-8
Genre: Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

He really did not mean to be bad so to show he is sorry, JR Thornton dons a Santa suit to deliver gifts to the orphanage run by his sister-in-law. Problem, JR is met at the door and finds himself on the business end of a locked and loaded shotgun held by Phaedra, a pissed off wood fairy.

Gingersnaps: Santa Paws is part of the Night Critters Series. The fabulous and hilarious Lena Austin delivers her own rendition of the poem Twas The Night Before Christmas with plenty of rocking and rolling in the house. This is a great tale to lighten the mood and laugh out loud.

Callie’s Shadow


Book Title: Callie’s Shadow
Author: Wendy Stone
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing, LLC
Publisher URL: http://www.nobleromance.com/
ISBN: 9781605920092
Genre: Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

Callie Wolfe, werewolf and supernatural crime-fighter with the Agency for Supernatural Police, is in love with her boss, Shadow. If he feels anything for her in return, he sure doesn't show it until Callie loses her cool and confronts him about his standoffish behavior, only to end up in his warm embrace. When Callie and her co-agents find themselves embroiled in a fight to rid their city of a band of murdering rogue vampires, Callie and Shadow must juggle their budding, sexually charged relationship with tracking down and capturing the killers.

This is actually two romances for the price of one. Callie and Shadow juggle their relationship while their co-agents Angel and Marcus juggle theirs while trying to find some killers. A rogue vampire and werewolf are plotting to take over humans and use them for food and entertainment. The four agents are hot on their tail after some gruesome murders alert them to the problem.

I found this to be a very enjoyable book. Tracking the killers is compounded by the relationships of these four agents, both personally and as a team. Ms. Stone did a great job keeping my interest throughout the book.

Special Content Alert: Brief forced intercourse, exhibitionism and graphic violence

Dragon's Devotion


Book Title: Dragon's Devotion
Author: Willa Okati
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-856-2
Genre: Shape shifters, M/M
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Former soldier Kenth is the leader of a small group of people who wanted to start a new life away from the cities. Needing to check on the rabbit traps, he walks toward them. Instead of rabbits, he finds a beautiful flame colored dragon with his foot caught. When the dragon transforms into a man, Kenth falls in love. Baen has never met a human before, but there is something about Kenth that Baen finds irresistible.

Dragon’s Devotion is Book Four in the Dragon series. Kenth misses the dragons when he leaves the city; he always admires their beauty in flight. When he meets Baen, he hopes the dragon will stay. Having never met a human before Kenth, Baen is drawn by the loving kindness in the man. Willa Okati delivers another heartwarming and enjoyable episode in Dragon’s Devotion.

The Band


Book Title: The Band
Author: Mychael Black and Shayne Carmichael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-374-1
Genre: Contemporary Romance M/M
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Cheitan and Giovanni, part of the Gawth band, is feeding off the energy from the fans as they perform the last show of their tour. Best friends since childhood, Chei and G are also part time lovers, although Chei would wish it otherwise. Chei has been secretly in love with G for years and waiting for G to make up his mind to settle into a long term relationship. When G finally decides to settle, he chooses his former part time lover Geoffrey. Brokenhearted, Chei turns to their neighbor Robbie. The more time Chei spends with Robbie, the more his feelings change. Now Chei is faced with loving two men and how to deal with this dilemma.

The Band is a unique story of three men and their journey to find love. G lives for the moment, not giving a lot of thought to the future. Chei is a caretaker, protecting the people he loves, while Robbie is a caregiver, always willing to give others what they need to be happy, even if he must be denied happiness. Mychael Black and Shayne Carmichael created a tale illustrating the behind-the-scenes view of rising musical stars. The story is enjoyable with an added twist.

Revenge


Title: Revenge
Author; Rita Karnopp
Publisher: Eternal Press
Publisher URL: http://www.eternalpress.ca/
ISBN: 9781897559710
Genre: Romantic suspense
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Sphinx Minx

Abi Madden is a marriage counselor who feels like a failure when she finally accepts the fact that her own marriage is in ruins. Someone is making attempts on her life, and that of her newborn daughter Kelly.

Abi’s older sister Chyna thinks it is the soon-to-be-ex-husband Trevor. She’s always disliked him.

Abi and the baby flee to Canada with Miles Sandler, the police officer investigating her case. He’s been burned romantically as well, and the two form a comfortable friendship that could develop into so much more.

Chyna starts out as a delightfully bossy, leap-before-you-look type character, and she gets herself into real trouble here.

Abi is so introspective it can be annoying. And why would any intelligent female, awakened at 3 AM by the doorbell and finding only a small box, take the box inside before calling for help?

This book starts as a really engrossing page-turner. Then the cast gets bigger and the plot becomes muddled. There’s a baby who never fusses and a semi-mystic connection to an Indian tribe. I found the solution to the mystery way too complex, with far too many characters contributing to the danger and the resolution.

No One But Madison


Book Title: No One But Madison
Author: Doreen Orsini
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419918077
Genre: BDSM
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

Thrust into a world of bondage and submission to uncover an abusive Dom in one of New York's BDSM clubs, undercover journalist Madison Garrett strives to maintain her freedom while training for her most challenging role. When she discovers her arrogant boss, Drake Williams, is the masked "Master D" training her, secret fantasies come to life and passions unfurl.When word of Madison's plans leaks out, submissives matching her description are brutally attacked. Drake has no choice. To save the woman who has enslaved his heart, he must take her training to the highest level.

Ms. Orsini has skillfully woven Madison’s training for her undercover role with the suspense of uncovering the abusive killer. The tension between Madison and Drake is palpable and you can see the sparks fly. Even as her training evolves, Madison still maintains her personality, which is what Drake wants.

No One But Madison is a fantastic depiction of the safe, sane and consensual lifestyle of BDSM, as well as a good thriller The author leaves you guessing until the end. I highly recommend this book as a keeper to be reread for anyone that likes to read BDSM. I know I will.

Home Station on the Prairie


Book Title: Home Station on the Prairie
Author: Kara Larson
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerepress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-528-8
Genre: historical western, gay erotic romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Rose Nymph

The year is 1860 and Jamie Boyd is working as a stock tender at a relay station in the Nebraska territory. With only Pa and the ponies for company, life is hard but then Jamie never was very good with people. At least the horses never made fun of him for his lowly job or his dreams of being a Pony Express rider. Still, it would be nice to have a friend who talked back to him once in a while.

Returning one day from a supply run, Pa brings good news. The powers that be want to upgrade the place to a home Station, housing three riders and Jamie’s going to be one of them! Just when he thought things couldn’t get any better, Jamie recognizes the man set to replace him as stock tender. He’d known Thad Richardson since his childhood back in Iowa. Jamie had been able to push aside the feelings Thad stirred in him as he was growing up, but now that they are living in close quarters, undeniable emotions quickly resurface.

The joy of finally realizing his dream and having actual real people to talk to is short lived, however. With an unsettled political climate and the worry of technological progression looming large, Jamie wants to bury his head in the sand until it all blows over. Is his deepening relationship with Thad enough to keep him from running away?

With wonderfully descriptive writing that creates the perfect setting, Home Station on the Prairie took me to a different time and place. I could picture the scenery, feel the exhaustion of such a hard life and almost smell the weary riders and tired horses as they returned from long days and nights on the prairie. The solitary existence made me care deeply for the characters’ well-being and worry for their futures. I wanted Jamie to achieve his goals and be happy and felt his frustration as circumstances out of his control threatened his livelihood. The style of writing requires you invest all your attention to reap the benefit of such detail to western life on the brink of war. If you are a fan of this genre (and maybe even if you aren’t) I recommend you make that investment.

Soul Mates: Bound by Blood


Book Title: Soul Mates: Bound by Blood
Author: Jourdan Lane
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 1-933389-76-1
Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Peter is no stranger to one-night stands. He constantly dissuades the advances of men looking for quick sex while working as a bartender at the Houston nightclub, Rave. The one customer who makes Peter forget his rule about dating customers is Lucien Delacroix.

Lucien is handsome, charming, rich, and immune to the word “no”. He is the owner of a rival gay nightclub, The Den, and ready to make Peter his lover. Peter can’t stop thinking of the alluring man, and discovering Lucien is a vampire makes him apprehensive. Even with so many obstacles placed squarely in their way, their love transcends and thrives. Human or not, Peter is up for the fight, and ready to stake claim on the relationship he desires.

Soul Mates: Bound by Blood is book one of the Soul Mates series. Peter hasn’t had the best of luck when it comes to relationships. His beauty attracts men from all lifestyles. Take, for instance, Lucien. He has waited centuries for a man to set his world on its ear, and won’t walk quietly away from Peter. Their passion ignites the pages of this book. Soul Mates: Bound by Blood has a bounty of wonderful characters. It was hard to select a favorite, when even the supporting characters possess attributes that leave a lasting impression. Jourdan Lane’s attention to detail transports you to each bar, apartment, and home. There is an abundance of action, sex, and suspense, and I strongly recommend this book to those who enjoy vampire love stories.

Up in the Smokies


Book Title: Up in the Smokies
Author: Mel Spenser
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerepress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-451-9
Genre: Contemporary M/M short
Nymph Rating: 2.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Rose Nymph

For years, Smoky Mountain Rentals owner Ben has rented a cabin to Kevin. He has watched from afar as every year Kevin has brought boyfriends up to share in the beautiful scenery and long hiking trips. This year however, Kevin is alone.

He had booked the place for him and Thomas but when Kevin arrives, Thomas is nowhere to be seen. Kevin doesn’t like being alone as it gives him too much time to think about things; about how this is feeling less like a romantic getaway and more like a last ditched attempt to make things work. As if on cue, his cell phone rings. It’s the call he’s been dreading and even if he had half expected it, Thomas’ words still hurt.

Not too keen on the vacation for one thing, Kevin contemplates leaving until all of a sudden, Ben is right outside his cabin. Maybe this year Kevin will finally see what’s been right under his nose all this time.

Unfortunately, I found Up in the Smokies difficult to read at times. It seemed disjointed and a little repetitive in places but the premise and character development showed a lot of promise. Ben’s longing for Kevin is handled well but perhaps this story could have benefited from being lengthened. Although I warmed to the characters, I don’t feel I was given enough time to immerse myself in their situation. The ending was nice and I think that given a little more time, I could really come to care for these guys.

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Curtis Reincarnation


Book Title: The Curtis Reincarnation
Author: Zathyn Priest
Publisher: Torquere Books
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-540-0
Genre: Gay/Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph reviewer: Critter Nymph

Tyler Curtis is on the top of the music world. Unfortunately, he is paying a price that is too high and knows he is due for a crash, sooner than later. Jordan is a computer geek who is waiting for Mr. Right and is not willing to settle for Mr. Right Now. When his sister wins tickets and back-stage passes to the Tyler Curtis concert, she forces him to go with her. Determined to sleep with the gorgeous young rock star, she has the whole night planned. Unfortunately, Jordan meets Tyler first and is totally enthralled with the young man. Surprised by not only Tyler’s innocence but also with the strong feelings he is having for the rock star bad boy, Jordan wonders just where things are going. With a controlling manager, a scheming mom, and the ever-present media, the two men have more than the normal relationship issues to face.

I loved The Curtis Reincarnation by Zathyn Priest. Alec Tyler aka Tyler Curtis is one of those characters that you just can’t help falling in love with. Although he has had an extremely hard life, he still has a naivety about him. Jordan is the strong silent knight that sweeps in to rescue Alec. The two men literally fall in love at first sight. The dark world of a rock-n-roll star crumbles fast as these two men fight to stay together. Karma has a way of catching up with those who try to hurt Alec giving him the closure he needs. I would strongly recommend The Curtis Reincarnation to any reader of the gay genre.

Pulling Away


Book Title: Pulling Away
Author: Shawn Lane
Publisher: Amber Allure
ISBN: 978-1-60272-432-7
Genre: Gay / Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Caen Nymph


Noah and Charlie have grown up together. They’ve never been close friends. But with Noah and Charlie living back in their old neighbourhood, and the fact they’re both out as gay men, they come together in hot passion. But Charlie keeps pulling away, and Noah doesn’t know what to do. But when Charlie realises its Noah he wants and needs, he goes to find his man.

Pulling Away is a great story and I enjoyed it immensely. It touched all the subjects I adore, and it did so very well. There was angst and some hot lovin’ in this story. My only complaint was that it ended much too soon for my liking. However, it was an enjoyable ride.

Melody's Song


Book Title: Melody's Song
Author: JJ Keller
Publisher: Cobblestone Press
Publisher URL: http://www.cobblestone-press.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60088-256-2
Genre: Paranormal/Interracial
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Melody Haney has the voice of an angel, but she stopped singing at the death of her young son. Her life is stagnant and filled with pain, yet longing for love and another chance at happiness. Life changes when she’s asked to sing for seriously ill children at a local children’s hospital. Volunteering at the hospital is good for her heart, but it puts her into a position she never expects when she comes under suspicion for the theft of expensive chemotherapy drugs, which could be used to dose children with paranormal potential. The new man in her life Dr. Devon Siegal who is a pediatric oncologist at the hospital, is disturbed by the possibility that Melody is involved, but refuses to believe in her guilt. He’s determined to stand by her side in spite of what the evidence shows.

Melody’s Song is a sweet and touching romance, showing that life and love is still possible after suffering a life-altering loss. The story is well-written and believable, the characters of Melody and Devon well-matched and made for each together. The pace is a little slow in spots, but always picks up, pulling you back into the story. Ms. Keller’s expression of Melody’s continuing pain at the loss of her child was tender and heart-wrenching, and when she started singing again…perfect.

Cosmic


Book Title: Cosmic
Author: Sharon Maria Bidwell
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-834-1
Genre: Futuristic M/M/F
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Stranded on a hostile planet for months, Sela finally has hope of rescue when crew members of the Sovereignty spaceship transport her on board. The small group of rebels is on a mission to bring down the corrupt government. Sela finds she is attracted to Axel and his alien lover Snake and both men are attracted to Sela, but all three must learn to trust each other before they can bond.

Cosmic is an adventure in space full of secrets and intrigue. Sharon Maria Bidwell sweeps you along on the space journey revealing each character’s secrets and their past; the emotional turmoil Sela, Axel and Snake must overcome and the irresistible love they share for each other. Cosmic is an enjoyable tale of where the future of space travel may lead.

The Long Way Home


Book Title: The Long Way Home
Author: Z.A Maxfield
Publisher: Aspen Mountain Press
Publisher URL:http://www.aspenmountainpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60168-162-1
Genre: M/M
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph reviewer: Critter Nymph

Kevin is a former police officer who, after suffering traumatic injuries in an automobile accident, developed special abilities. Unable to return to his job, and after a disastrous attempt to help the federal authorities, Kevin retreated to Wyoming. While not exactly happy, he is content with his life. One phone call from his brother in law changes all that. Connor has just become a detective. Tragic circumstances in his life lead him into law enforcement and the last thing he wanted to do was baby-sit some make believe psychic. Working together is a little touch and go for the two men as they learn how to deal with each other. After Kevin has a particularly hard time handling one of his visions, Connor realizes that everything he thought about himself would have to change because Kevin has become his new priority. As the two men look for a serial killer they soon realize that it’s those closer to home they may have to worry about.

I absolutely loved The Long Way Home by ZA Maxfield. I loved it so much that if my PDA had not broken, I would have reread it right away. The characters, both strong law enforcement types, each struggle with traumas from their pasts. While Connor's past has caused him to deny his preference for men, Kevin is openly gay. This, however, is not the sticking point in their relationship; Kevin’s special abilities are. The way that the author handles the criminal aspects of the story, while at the same time allowing the men to express both humor and their growing love for each other keeps what otherwise could be too heavy of a story enjoyable. The Long Way Home is an exceptional book and should be on everyone’s to-be-read list.

One-Two Punch


Book Title: One-Two Punch
Author: Katie Allen
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419918230
Genres : Ménage a trois or More / Gay / Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Beth found the man of her dreams working in her neighborhood gym. The first time she saw Harry left Beth reeling with a desire to meet him. Now if only she could stop being a chicken and approach the handsome gym owner. Harry looked at Beth and knew things were different, that she was different. He couldn’t forget Ky, the man who carved a place in his heart two years ago, but his love for Beth was undeniable.

Harboring feelings for Harry has finally taken its toll on Ky. He can’t deny his love any longer and has come to stake his claim. Will he allow a little thing like Harry’s relationship with Beth to stand in his way? All three people have but one goal – to find a lasting loving relationship. Will they be able to form a sound relationship together?

In One-Two Punch, Katie Allen proves given the right motivation, love can flourish in any setting. This was a nice change from the norm by using a gym for a majority of the story. I also enjoyed the suspense laced throughout this tale. Beth proved women don’t always have to be willing victims. I’m ready to sign up for a few boxing classes. After reading about supporting character Dominic’s love of Girl Scout cookies, I’ll never be able to buy another box without thinking about this book. I would love to see him find a woman who feeds his sweet tooth. If you have a thing for former soldiers, sweaty men, and a bit of action mixed in your love story, pick up a copy of One-Two Punch.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Ask For It


Book Title: Ask For It
Author: Gail Faulkner
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419919138
Genre: Shapeshifter,
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

Sahara was rescued by high king Tor five years ago, and then refused Tor in favor of her late husband due to a misunderstanding of the ritual Corbeth. As a widow of a Leonor warrior, Sahara is out of reach, even for Tor, unless she chooses the male.

Sahara normally avoids Tor, but she must take a risk due to her genetic makeup especially since she must surrender ritually to him. She goes to Tor to ask him to give her a child. Sahara turns out to be a Mist Lioness, a race long thought extinct. In order to bond, she must submit to the ritual taking

Sahara strips Tor’s soul to the savage core, and he now understands the violence of that distant age when her kind walked his world. The Leonor Lions used to be a very violent race with lots of tribal wars. The Leonor are now the Guardians of the United Planet Alliance because of their warrior tendencies. At the same time, the Leonor protects females, to the death if necessary. A weapon created by the Mist Lions is triggered by Sahara’s heat cycle. This weapon can destroy Leonor, but the Mist Lions can stop it by undergoing a ritual sacrifice. Tor refuses to let Sahara do it opting to undergo the ritual himself.

This is a delightful departure from Ms. Faulkner’s normal contemporary stories. She has created a wonderful society of two distinct races: the Leonor and Mist Lions. There are major cultural differences that have to be overcome but both are up to the task. I do want her to expand information about the Leonor and Mist Lions in the future.

I really enjoyed this book. The pictures Ms. Faulkner painted with her words transported me to Leonor. The steamy ritual that both participated in to bond was fantastic. I am looking forward to reading future books in this series.

Note: After reading Ask For It, it is clear that there may to be at least two more books coming, even though the publisher indicates this is not a series.

The Tockleys


Book Title: The Tockleys
Author: Laney Cairo
Publisher: Torquere Books
ISBN: 978-1-60370-538-7
Genre: M/M / Contemporary / Music
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Caen Nymph


As a solo drummer, Lori the lovable goth girl, couldn’t get a gig. So she decides to start her own band. However starting her own band gets her in a lot of trouble, the kind she wished she could have avoided.

Jude is a clean-living Buddhist who loves the music, but not the destruction it brings with booze and drugs. Luk is a teenager who’s got the gift for music. Together the three of them make an amazing band.

As Luk and Jude’s relationship evolves into a budding romance, Lori’s life is spiralling out of control. However both men are too late to save her from the ultimate destruction she eventually will face.

The Tockleys is a great story about music and the rock business in general. The author has done extensive research on her subject, which just makes me appreciate the story even more. I adore music storylines, especially about band mates getting closer together. The illicit world of rock ‘n’ roll just adds flavour to the whole story.

The characters of Luc and Jude were fantastic. Jude especially, he wasn’t the stereotypical guitarist who drank till he passed out. He was a devout Buddhist who didn’t do drugs or drink. He played the music for what it was, without the need of intoxicating materials. Luc was a gem; I thought his character was the truest forms of what you’d find in a normal young man nowadays. He had a natural born talent for music, but he also had the booze and drugs down too, but not enough to make you want to judge him. He counteracted with Jude’s personality amazingly well. Laney Cairo has written two very subtle but strong characters.

The only downside I found throughout this story was the unfortunate information dumping I found at times. Sometimes I felt the writing of the gigs seemed a tad repetitive and as someone who frequently goes to live gigs, I didn’t find much passion in those passages. I also found the character of Lori to be another downside. I felt she pulled the story down, as opposed to bringing a dramatic edge to the whole plot. I felt no connection with her at all, and I feel that tends to happen a lot in m/m fiction when a female best friend is written. I feel that the author played the stereotype to the max, and whilst it certainly may work for others, I just found it to be a tad to cliché with her storyline. I just found it to be an easy and obvious situation to put her in. However I did sympathise with what she dealt with in this story.

Laney Cairo also used lyrics of songs throughout her story and I, for one, am not a fan of those myself per say. But I did enjoy the lyrics that Jude wrote about Luc. I thought the words were very tender and slightly humorous.

Overall this is a good story and one that many will appreciate in the m/m genre. The music element just adds an added taste on top of the tender coming of age story that author has written.

Tricking Tara


Book Title: Tricking Tara
Author: Viola Grace
Publisher: Extasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-170-4
Genre: Paranormal/Romance/Elves
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Tara has taken over the job of a haunted house held by her parents before her and enjoys seeing everyone visiting being scared witless. With the two elves courting her, it is hard to concentrate on keeping focused on her work. Now that she has had some time to think about whom she wants to have, her decision is made and she only has to see their response.

Alexi and Michael are twin elves but very different in appearance as much as night and day. They both want Tara and are determined that one of them will be taking care of her in the near future.

I was very impressed with Tricking Tara because this story had a little spill over from the last one and I was happy to see that Tara was able to handle herself in any situation. The descriptions of the haunted house were great and each year has something different, along with the talent she had to enhance the shows. I must say that Viola Grace has done a creative job of continuing this series of the Sisters of Silverwood Book 5 and the magical people that need human magic to exist.

Masters of Illusion


Book Title: Masters of Illusion
Author: Tawny Taylor
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419917264
Genre: Taboo, M/M, Ménage
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Fifteen years is a long time to wait for love. Blair experienced true love with Damon and Trey. It was the type of unconditional love that enclosed the receiver in an invisible net of safety; love Blair used to draw on to hope and dream for a more stable existence. However, in the blink of an eye, Blair no longer had her source of love and protection. Left to fend for herself, Blair now carries a secret that has tormented her since parting from the men she loves.

Damon and Trey have returned older, wiser, sexier, and ready to have their third back in their lives. They are masters inside and outside of their bedroom. What Trey and Damon want above all else is Blair. They only have two weeks to gain her love and trust. Can they prove to Blair that her place is in their hearts and home?

Masters of Illusion takes us into the lives of three people who first meet during their teenage years. They all lived through personal horrors and relied on the triad to make the situations tolerable. The extremes Trey and Damon went to for personal time with Blair shows the depth of their devotion. A neutral setting with less than neutral equipment designed for pleasure, allows them to share their sexual expertise with Blair. Tawny Taylor has written a wonderful BDSM second-chance-at-love story.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Management Training


Book Title: Management Training
Author: A. P. Miller
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 9781554871421
Genre: Contemporary, BDSM, Light Bondage, M/M, Romance
Nymph Rating: 3 Numphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

President and CEO of her company, Beverly Johnson personifies the image of a smart, cool, always in control boss. She’s a wild tiger craving to be mastered by her stock boy, Mark, at night. He will do anything to please her, but he wants more…and he’ll do what it takes, even if it means becoming someone else. Beverly and Mark’s sexual escapades are the substance of their relationship.

This book showcases some of the darker side of BDSM (some being the descriptive word). Mark and Beverly definitely have a Master/Slave relationship. Mark is torn because he wants to let her know he loves her, but has a major block against it. Mark becomes Maureen and befriends Beverly so he can get close to her and eventually tells Beverly he both loves her and is Maureen.

During Mark’s journey to become Maureen, he meets Andrew /Audra and ends up having a one night stand with him. You don’t find out a whole lot about Mark until the last quarter of the book where you have some idea of his background. The scenes in Beverly’s office are very descriptive and can be somewhat disturbing.

Playing the Market


Book Title: Playing the Market
Author: Drew Zachary
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerepress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-535-6
Genre: Contemporary M/M erotic romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Rose Nymph

Spending most evenings and weekends at the office, there’s no denying Lyle is a workaholic - not that he’s complaining. He gets a thrill out of earning his clients money and gladly puts in the extra time needed to make sure he’s on top of his game. Enjoying the feeling of working his body just as hard as his mind, he makes sure to squeeze in a jog or gym session around his busy schedule. Of course, being able to dress his well toned body immaculately and live a pretty comfortable lifestyle certainly helps. No complaints at all.

Rupe, on the other hand, can think of nothing worse than working day in, day out in a stuffy office. A construction worker by trade, he gets to work out in the fresh air and only does that when he needs to. Otherwise he gets on his bike and just rides; his belongings fitting nicely in his saddle bag, never outstaying his welcome, feeling oh so free.

You couldn’t get more different if you tried but when Lyle and Rupe meet, complacency flies out the window. It seems as though opposites really do attract. They do have one thing in common though – their attraction to each other and it doesn’t take long for them to act on it, at every opportunity. The sex is great but it soon has both men questioning their current lifestyles and as feelings deepen, it seems things can’t go on this way for much longer.

Playing the Market questions whether two seemingly incompatible people can maintain a relationship. The heat and energy between Lyle & Rupe are apparent from start to finish and the couple’s growing attachment is portrayed through increasingly open, loving and experimental sex scenes. The shortfalls of both lifestyles are examined through the characters’ insecurities and I was able to empathize. I thoroughly enjoyed witnessing the development of the relationship and although happy with the conclusion, I was left with a sense of wanting more in order to make sure their compromise really can work.

Moonfire


Book Title: Moonfire
Author: Lynne Connolly
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419919015
Genre: Shape-shifter
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Jake Keyes is the bass player for Pure Wildfire, the hottest rock band on the planet. He’s on an extended vacation in Hawaii when he learns that his wife is dead. Even though he and Cheryl married for convenience sake, he immediately hops on a jet and heads to Texas. Once there, he learns that Cheryl’s best friend and business partner, Terri Gilpatrick, is the prime suspect. Through a psychic link, he’s quickly convinced she’s not the killer; making him determined to protect her from harm, prove her innocence to the law, and catch the true murderer. He’d also love to know what she’d think if she discovers he isn’t human, but a shape-shifting firebird, and Cheryl might have been killed to get to him.

Terri has been friends with Cheryl for years, and she refuses to confirm or deny the violent and hateful accusations that they were lovers. When Cheryl is killed, Terri finds herself arrested for murder. Even though the sheriff says he believes in her innocence, it’s not until Jake arrives in town and he volunteers to post her bail that she finally gets released from jail. Danger abounds and it’s up to Jake to protect Terri from a brutal killer, a group of racist purists and a dangerous and demented stalker.

Moonfire is the third release in Ms. Connolly’s ongoing Pure Wildfire series, and this well-written and fast-paced story is another winner. While it follows characters introduced in the first two books, this one can definitely be read as a stand-alone story.

I guess the first word that comes to mind is…WOW! The plot is incredible and Ms. Connolly has created a story that keeps your attention from beginning to end. The other two stories dealt more with the music industry aspect of Pure Wildfire. This intriguing and original tale leaves the music on the periphery and concentrates more on the personal as Jake and Terri deal with murder, mayhem, danger and hate. The emotional and psychic connection between them is intense, the physical attraction instantaneous, and the sex phenomenally hot. I loved the manner in which Terri discovered that Jake was a shape-shifter and how readily she accepted what he was. The ability of an author to keeping me guessing is always appreciated, and Ms. Connolly did just that with her multitude of unexpected twists and turns. Read this one and enjoy!

A Little Taste of Red


Book Title: A Little Taste of Red
Author: Beth Wylde
Publisher: Phaze Books
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 9781606590027
Genre: Werewolf, Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

When Tinsel Redleigh Sawyers, affectionately nicknamed Red, finds out her grandmother is seriously ill, she drops everything and rushes to the hospital. En route, an unexpected car accident leaves her badly injured. With no hope of rescue in sight, Tinsel is convinced she's going to die until a handsome stranger comes along to save her.

Lance Waverly is out on a hunting expedition with his young nephew when he detects the smell of smoke and blood in the air. A young woman has been thrown from her vehicle and is seriously hurt. She's human but to Lance, her scent is intoxicating and one sniff stirs Lance's most animalistic senses to life. He's a young, unmated werewolf on the lookout for a woman to call his own. Sparks fly between Lance and Tinsel, but a crazy hunter tracks Lance and his brother down and tries to kill the entire family. Lance must protect them all but there is only one way to save Tinsel. He must change her into a werewolf but has to get her permission by Den law

The interaction between Lance and his family is very well written. You can feel the concern that his brother and his wife have for Lance and try to tell Lance what he is experiencing with Tinsel. After the family is threatened, Lance’s young nephew comes to the rescue.

This story focuses mostly on Lance and Tinsel and what is happening to both of them as Tinsel is being cared for. This was a very pleasant variation of the old faerie tale. Ms. Wylde even alludes to it with humor at the end of the book. Anyone looking for a very quick read will enjoy this one.

The Agency


Book Title: The Agency
Author: JJ Massa
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-934166-71-0
Genre: Romance Suspense M/M
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

The Agency: Marek and Tyrone - 5 Nymphs
Tyrone Johnson is a chef in the Agency cafeteria. Marek Dublecek is an agent, known as the Shadow, because of his skills to get the job done. The only problem is Marek returns from his assignments injured and half starved. Mutual love develops when Tyrone discovers Marek loves his cooking. When a deadly incident brings another man into the picture, the two become three.

The Agency: Vanya and Lance - 4 Nymphs
Dr. Vanya Ambrozak has been requested by the agency to discover the chemical makeup of a deadly virus and antidote before it reaches the hands of the terrorists. Since Vanya is a biochemist, agent Lancelot Morgan is assigned to protect Vanya. Both men are attracted to each other, and the attraction quickly turns into love.

The Agency is a tantalizing composite of two stories of an underground anti-terrorist organization, directed by a person known only as The Old Man. Marek and Vanya are orphans from different European countries; they each grew up without any knowledge of love. JJ Massa has created the beginnings of a fascinating series full of intrigue and emotional turmoil with some humor added as a nice balance to the plot. These are impressive installments and I hope to read more about The Agency in the future.

Fey


Book Title: Fey
Author: Tessa Buxton
Publisher: Eternal Press
ISBN: 978-1-897559-73-4
Genre: Fantasy/GLBT
Nymph Rating: 2 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Caen Nymph


Ryan is a busy vet, who’s had a string of odd dates. The only time he feels the passion he so desperately needs is when he’s asleep with his dream lover. But what happens when his dream lover isn’t as fictional as he thought?

I’m always looking to read stories from authors and publishers that aren’t considered to be the usual haunts of e-book readers. So I snapped this one up quite quickly. I have to say I am pleased to be able to review this author’s work and see what the publisher offers. Fey is a cute story and should be considered some light reading. Ryan was amusing to read, and Will was also sweet. The fantasy element just pulls the whole story together. Whilst this is some light entertaining, the author has a long way to go in her writing. But I am looking forward to see what she does next.

Sinful Treats


Book Title: Sinful Treats
Author: Violet Summers
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Publisher URL: http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/
ISBN: 9781595784964
Genre: BDSM, spanking, sex club
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

Kendra went to a sex club named Velvet Ice to help her best friend celebrate her 21st birthday. Since it was Halloween, she dressed up as a she-devil. Kendra and her friends agreed to try and gain access to the third floor, which was a forbidden and mysterious playground.

She manages to gain access when one of her friends distracts security. Sinclair (also known as Sin or Master Sin) notices her and is ready to drag Kendra back down the stairs where she belongs but notices the fascination on her face as she explores the scenes going on around her. He finds himself drawn to her. He knows she's a born Submissive and his attraction to an obvious novice is a big no-no.

Kendra gets herself into trouble with a more experienced Dom and Sin comes to her rescue, but he isn't about to let her go. She came to explore a night of wild fantasy and he is the person to show her exactly what it means to belong to a man like him.

I loved this book. It is very obvious that Ms. Summers did a lot of research regarding BDSM. I could not stop reading Sinful Treats until I finished it. I felt like I was in the room with them and could feel both their reactions. The different scenarios were so steamy that I went for ice cubes to cool down.

I liked the way Sin explained everything he was doing and gave Kendra the time to ask questions. Readers that are curious about BDSM should definitely read Sinful Treats. It can be an introduction as well as a training manual for beginners.

One and Only


Book Title: One and Only
Author: Bianca D’Arc
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504-264-0
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Atticus Maxwell has lived for centuries, alone and miserable, waiting and hoping to someday meet the woman meant to be his other half…and he’s just about given up hope of finding her. Things change when he unexpectedly decides to take a shuttle to a nearly resort and he meets an intriguing woman, Lissa, who changes his life. The crash of their bus sends it rolling down a slippery mountain slope, leaving them the only survivors. It also gives Atticus a purpose for the first time in years; save the fascinating woman who has captured his attention and given him hope.

Lissa takes the shuttle up the mountain to attend a conference in hopes of finding a job. It’s on the bus that she meets a gorgeous man who sets all her psychic abilities on high alert, and makes her heart beat in triple time. Instead of a job, what she gets is a bruised and battered body after she survives the crash of their bus, and when she wakes, finds herself in the arms of the attractive stranger. But the truly amazing revelation is that her rescuer is a vampire enforcer and he needs her blood in order to heal not only himself, but Lissa as well.

Atticus is all that you could want in a romantic lead; wise, mysterious, intriguing, handsome and sexy as sin. Add in his endearing protective qualities and you have the type of hero any woman could easily fall in love with. Lissa is the woman who Atticus has waited centuries for, and she makes the perfect counterpoint to the darkness that rules his life and his soul. Her ready acceptance of his dark, brooding nature only endears her to him more. Their love is fresh, new and enduring, and strong enough to last through eternity.

One and Only is the first book in Ms. D’Arc’s Brotherhood of Blood trilogy, but it’s just the beginning of several interconnected books that follow characters who are introduced in this well-written, sexy paranormal romance. After reading this fast-paced novella, I can’t wait to get my hands on the remaining books in this large series arc. Watch for the next book by this talented author with the release of Rare Vintage, and get acquainted with more of Ms. D’Arc’s great secondary characters

This book has been previously released with another publisher under the same title, and has been substantially revised and expanded.

Flipped Fables


Book Title: Flipped Fables
Author: Edited by SA Clements
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-490-8
Genre: Gay Fantasy Anthology
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

The Man Who Cried Werewolf by Kiernan Kelly - 5 Nymphs
Hilarious story of tabloid reporter Dylan Shepherd who discovered werewolves do exist when he travelled to a Midwest farm to investigate and met a sexy wolf man named Zach.

A Sheepherder in Fabulous Clothing by Rob Rosen - 3 Nymphs
How can Len, a mere sheepherder, win the heart of Blondelle, whose part of a troupe of traveling performers? By getting in the act and becoming drag Queen Lenora, of course.

Shifter 2.0 by Winnie Jerome - 5 Nymphs
Cat shifter Daniel Tyler was not looking for a boyfriend, only a one night stand, when he returned Alex Colton’s pet. One night with the handsome and unique Alex turns into many and Daniel realizes Alex is the purr-fect boyfriend.

Bad Hair Day by Clare London - 4 Nymphs
A new twist to an old fairytale of Prince Stephan on a quest to save a not-your-typical long haired princess, locked in the tower by a witch who suffers from a bad case of heartburn.

Wild Fox Chase by Misa Izanaki - 5 Nymphs
Jake is out to catch the beautiful silver fox, whose fur will be a gift for the bride his parents have chosen for him. When Jake discovers Kenji and the magical fox are one and the same, the chase takes a more desirable turn for the fox and his mate, Jake.

Sweet Persuasion by Angelia Sparrow - 3 Nymphs
Mortal shepherd Iakobos is kissed by the Sun God Apollo and caressed by the Wind God Zephyros when the two lovers have a contest to determine who has the stronger effect on mortals.

The Nature of Love by Anah Crow - 4 Nymphs
Lovers Col and Ari are broken hearted when Ari must return home and marry, but the power of love can change things, and so it was when a dove saved Ari’s life and hearts were mended.

Court and Country by GS Wiley - 3 Nymphs
William Montmorency always dreamed of living at court; his best friend John Kittering was content to stay in the country. William had everything he ever wanted living at court, except love, which could only be found in the country and John’s embrace.

The Cock and the Jewel by Sean Michael - 5 Nymphs
This is a delightful tale of second chances. Yuppie Thomas learned the hard way that it is not about the image but the love he shared with piercing artist Axe.

Flipped Fables is a wonderful collection of sexy tales by fabulous authors who added their own special brand of storytelling and humor. All of these stories are about love and no animals were harmed in the making of this tantalizing and enjoyable book.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Cry Wolf


Book Title: Cry Wolf
Author: Cassidy Ryan
Publisher: Torquere Books
ISBN: 978-1-60370-464-9
Genre: Gay Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Caen Nymph


Leandro’s life in his small village was stifling and uninteresting but he finds the company of his good friend Cale to be enough to stick around. However, Cale has secrets of his own that he needs to guard with his very life. However when Leandro finds out Cale’s secret, their friendship gets a whole lot closer, despite Cale’s objections about his friend’s safety.

Cry Wolf is a lovely story; both the imagery and prose are beautifully written. The story was elegant and the characters were lovely. This was a tender story about acceptance and love.

Falling for You


Book Title: Falling for You
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-830-3
Genre: Shape-Shifter/Vampire Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Alek is a Trueblood Vampire, and like others of his genetic line, he’s on the run and hiding from the powerful Vampire Council, who hate what they are. This also explains why he hasn’t seen his family in nearly two hundred years. His enemies have somehow found him, and he’s been attacked and thrown in a deep cave to die. It’s while waiting to die, a silver blade still lodged in his aorta, that he encounters Jo when she falls down a shaft and onto his lap. He can’t believe his good luck when Jo agrees to help him by pulling out the knife, and then allows him to use her blood to strengthen himself enough to save both their lives.

Jo Carter is going out of her mind and the reason is for five days out of each month she has an overwhelming craving for sex. It doesn’t matter what the man looks like, what his size or even his shape or smell; she needs the sex and the desire is only getting stronger. It’s while she’s out running, trying to exhaust herself, when she accidentally falls into a hole, landing on top of a dying man. Except he’s not human, he’s a vampire and he needs her blood to heal himself or they’ll both die, stranded in an out-of-the-way cave.

With Falling for You, the second in her Trueblood series, Ms. Elsborg has once again drawn her readers into the dark, dangerous and secretive world of a pureblood Vampire on the run. The characters of Jo and Alek are likable and sexy, and I loved that Ms. Elsborg brought the worlds of werewolves and vampires together in this fast-paced and well-plotted paranormal romance. But this tale of love found isn’t just a romance; it’s also a little bit of a mystery. Who are Jo’s real parents? Why is she being followed? Who wants to hurt her and why didn’t she know she was a werewolf? All these questions make for an intriguing plot from beginning to end. Read and enjoy.

Starlight Seduction


Book Title: Starlight Seduction
Author: Astrid Cooper
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-185-8
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Samantha and John return to Chizan to perform the ceremony to show that they are fully mated. Sam has survived being held prisoner by the starlord, but now she has fears about herself and refuses to share the deepest level of passion with John. Returning with Sam to his earth home surrounded by the sea, John encourages Sam to listen to dolphin songs. With the music, powerful dreams and love, the soul mates experience the full passion of Starlight.

Starlight Seduction is Book 5 in the Starlight series. The talented and creative Astrid Cooper concludes our Starlight journey into the progression of felinus mating rituals. The bonding of heart, mind and soul transforms Samantha; she is now more cat than human and is perfectly attuned to John. This is an impressive series that I greatly enjoyed.

The Pridelands 5: Khalid's Challenge


Book Title: The Pridelands 5: Khalid's Challenge
Author: Jade Buchanan
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-846-3
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Khalid Steinsson has taken the time to see what his siblings have not and worked to help them gain their mates. Now, his past has come full circle and it’s time to face Pran Devan, the love of his life. It’s been fifteen years, and neither has moved on to love another. If anything, Pran has basked in his anger, hurt and pain. He wears it as a shield to hide how he truly feels from the world. Khalid has his own pain to contend with hidden away, but uses his resolve to deflect its appearance. The time has come to lay the past to rest. Will the happiness that eluded Khalid and Pran fifteen years ago finally come to pass?

I’ve enjoyed watching Khalid prove he knew his siblings far better than they knew themselves. He has worked his magic to give them a chance at love and happiness with their new mates. Now, he has to correct a few past mistakes, to gain the future he deserves. I have to admit, I was proud of his reaction to the truth of what really happened, and felt proud of his display of devotion and commitment. Pran could be an ass, but underneath the actions was a pain that festered over the years. Only Khalid could help remove that damage and leave pure love in its place. The Pridelands 5: Khalid's Challenge is a wonderful addition to the Pridelands series.

Stolen Magic


Book Title: Stolen Magic
Author: A. J. Llewellyn
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-183-4
Genre: Paranormal Romance, M/M
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Manalo is openly gay and a happy man since Koa became his lover three weeks ago. The problem is Koa is Hawaii’s top heavyweight boxer and in the closet. To add to his problems, on a quest for fame and fortune, Koa has stolen magic from Iolani, Queen of the Underworld. More trouble finds Koa when he is beaten by a rejected female and her friends. Koa returned to Manalo’s home in need of medical treatment, but refused to go to the hospital. Concerned for his lover’s health, Manalo calls his friends, powerful kahuna Kimo and Lopaka. After Kimo’s healing magic, Manalo and Koa soon discover how essential Kimo and Lopaka are to their survival.

Stolen Magic is another awesome episode in The Phantom Lover series. Manalo has a heartbreaking lost to violence in his past and had accepted that he would not find love again. He was attracted to Koa but never acted on that attraction, believing that Koa’s straight man’s image was true until Koa started visiting at Manalo’s house almost every night for sex. Manalo, who loved Koa, suffered many painful moments when Koa promoted his public image by having sex with women. Koa is engaged in an internal war of good, bad and evil all fighting for dominance within him, but Kimo and Lopaka are with them every step of the way, lending Koa and Manalo the support they need to stay strong. The incredible A.J. Llewellyn has created a compelling plot where love must stand the test of endurance. The characters are realistic and heart wrenching, the lovemaking is very sensuous and you get the added bonus of a Hawaiian Glossary. Stolen Magic is another fantastic addition in the continually growing Kimo and Lopaka Wilder’s circle of family and friends.

Blackmailed


Book Title: Blackmailed
Author: Tawny Taylor
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419917400
Genre: BDSM
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Office Manager Elena Caine has a secret, and now finds herself caught between two men – the man she is attracted two and the piece of crap blackmailing her. She’s no axe murderer, but if the truth comes out, she could lose her job. That’s not an option for Elena.

VP Kyler Pierce has his own secrets away from work, but not the kind that could get him fired. At home and an exclusive club he is a member of, he is Dom Kyler. While they both have the same mad dog enemy snapping at their heels, Kyler is confident he can find a solution to their quandary. However, information passed to Kyler damages his perception of Elena and has him second-guessing his initial impression of his beautiful coworker. How far will Kyler go to determine the truth and have Elena just where he always wanted her?

Blackmailed takes us into the lives of Elena and Kyler, two people trying to move further in their careers with work and sweat. Kyler has something to prove to himself, and his work ethics have taken him to the top. Elena is the provider in her family and needs to remain as such. Tawny Taylor has written a story about second-chances, love, and the discovery of BDSM. Elena knew she wanted to delve into the world, and Kyler gives her the opportunity she has been waiting for. There are characters in this book that truly had me shaking my head at their underhanded messiness, but you know all dogs have their day. If you like a bit of backhandedness mixed with your seduction and BDSM, then you should read Blackmailed.

The Pro


Book Title: The Pro
Author: D. J. Manly
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-131-5
Genre: Contemporary Romance, M/M
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

In charge of the Special Investigations unit at SFPD, Lieutenant Zach Freeman has devoted four years to gathering evidence against an unsavory character that caused the death of a four-year-old little girl. Zach finally gets a break when he forces high class prostitute Lee Hastings to turn informant on his client. The immediate attraction between Zach and Lee turns into a perilous love for both of them.

The Pro is a romance story of two flawed characters coming together in spite of the odds against them. Zach is a cop obsessed with putting Lebeau in prison for life; he can not forget the image of the little girl that has haunted him and sent his life on a downward spiral into the gin bottle. Lee grew up poor; selling his body to rich men allowed Lee to have an upscale condo and a nice sports car, everything he needed to be happy until he met Zach. Lee discovered he wanted Zach’s love and respect. The amazing D.J. Manly has created an emotionally heartwarming story intermingled with cops and robbers action and sensual love play. The realistic plot and characters are tantalizing and exceedingly enjoyable.

Diamond Wolf


Book Title: Diamond Wolf
Author: Kat Haeske
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publisher URL: http://www.lyricalpress.com/
ISBN: N/A
Genre: Erotica/M/M
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Kieran McManus enjoys life to the fullest. Carefree and handsome, his playboy conduct leads him into more trouble than he could ever hope to escape. When vampire Sir Edward Lawrence captures Kieran, he knows that pain is soon to follow. Sir Edward has a reputation for being sadistic and cruel. After days of torturing Kieran to the brink of death, he calls in a specialist to break the werewolf. A beautiful vampire capable of penetrating Kieran’s defenses and breaking his will without a second thought. The question is – will he?

After reading Kieran’s story, the love he feels for Wulf will seem strange to some, but understandable to others. Wulf has a job to do, and has to decide how well he wants to do it. Kieran is strong enough to elude most of the torture, and is determined to suffer instead of putting his family in harm’s way. His connection with Wulf is one he cannot escape from or erase. Watching them come to terms with the past and work toward a future shows just how far they are willing to go in the name of love. The story is told strictly from Kieran’s point of view, so there is not much of a chance to delve in Wulf’s mind. However, his actions toward Kieran make his view more than clear and helps create a wonderful story that will tug at your heartstrings.

Addicted


Book Title: Addicted
Author: Cassie Stevens
Publisher: Amber Quill
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-380-1
Genre: Gay / Contemporary / BDSM
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Ten years ago, Vic Williams had his heart broken when his lover, Damien, left him. He’s hoped and planned for the day when they’d meet again and now that day has come. As a Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant, Vic has known for weeks that his new Captain is none other than Damien. He’s rehearsed his indifference, cutting remarks and professional demeanor, confident in his ability to work with the man despite their past involvement. What he doesn’t expect is for his past feelings to come racing back, or that his love for Damien is still as strong as ever.

Captain Damien Walker is shocked to learn on the first morning of his new posting that the lover who walked out on him and broke his heart is none other than his new Gunnery Sergeant. As the higher ranked Marine, it’s in Damien power to make Vic’s life miserable for the years of pain and loneliness he’s caused. Still, despite the possible heartache, he’s determined to confront Vic and their past, so they can work together in the present. To that end he goes to Vic’s home uncertain of his welcome or the outcome.

Addicted in the newest release by author Cassie Stevens, and it’s a perfect example of what happens when lovers don’t talk to each other, and one makes a decision that affects them both. It’s clear from the very beginning that neither man has truly gotten over the other, despite their feelings of betrayal. Ms. Stevens does a nice job expressing their emotions and interjects vital pieces of information regarding their past without it seeming like an information jump. It’s obvious that they crave what only the other can give them, and the introduction of the BDSM portion of their lifestyle was a nice addition to the plotline. Both men have careers on the line and they have to decide if being together is worth the risk, and whether they are up to the challenge of hiding their love.

Hot Male


Book Title: Hot Male
Author: Adrianna Dane
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-429-7
Genre: Gay/Science Fiction/Futuristic/BDSM/Ménage
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Leo Southworth has a love of the stars and dreams of traveling to other planets. Thanks to physical injuries sustained during a BDSM session, his dream is destined to remain a fantasy. Leo has trust issues, but thanks to countless discussion centering on similar interests and hot cyber sex, one person has penetrated his shields. Leo is ready to throw caution to the wind and explore his feelings for Sirras.

Sirras is an Avvarian “travveller” who kept personal relationships with alien species on the back burner while performing his job, until he met Leo. Something called out to him, and he wants to remove Leo’s pain and doubts. Sirras wants Leo to travel with him as his companion and lover but there is one person who can stand in his way – Raddlack.

Raddlack knew from his encounter with Sirras that he was the man of his dreams. He has arrived on Earth with one agenda – to reclaim the man who possesses his heart.

Hot Male doesn’t just bring us one fantastic man, but three delicious morsels. Raddlack wants Sirras to move past what he deems unimportant issues and embrace the future they could have with one another. Sirras has fallen deeply for Leo. He wants to help him to reclaim the man he once was, while helping him to reinvent himself, and traveling amongst the stars is a perfect way to accomplish that. The pain and scars haven’t affected Leo’s desire for love and acceptance. While frightened of Sirras and Raddlack’s reaction, he knows this could be his chance for the relationship of his dreams. Adrianna Dane’s characters each has his own frailty, and will need the love and devotion of the other two to move forward. The bond shared by these three men is strong enough to heal all wounds, and help create a relationship that will stand the test of time. If you enjoy star travel combined with D/s and light BDSM, then pick up a copy of Hot Male.

Illicit Attraction


Book Title: Illicit Attraction
Author: Zena Wynn
Publisher: Phaze
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60659-077-5
Genre: Interracial (BW/WM)
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph


Catrina Jackson only wanted to alleviate a little stress with some good music and a drink in a jazz club. Her peaceful evening was interrupted by men constantly trying to pick her up. This was very puzzling, considering Catrina obviously had on a wedding ring. At first, she wasn’t too sure about Darius Cornelio’s motives, but once he explained how they could help each other, Catrina welcomed his company.

Darius and Catrina were both happily married people looking for an evening out with someone who understood that, and wanted casual conversation with no strings attached. This arrangement might have worked if Darius and Catrina could manage to keep their hands off each other. As much as each of them loved their spouse, would they be able to be faithful?

Illicit Attraction was a steamy love story that made me see red for a minute. Zena Wynn threw me for a loop with this one and gave me more than I was expecting. Normally, I don’t enjoy reading about affairs, but this story is definitely a must read. Catrina and Darius found qualities in each other that reminded them of their spouse, whom they loved. But, when the chemistry is there, I guess it is impossible to ignore it. I opened my mind and I am so glad I did.

Looking for Some Touch


Book Title: Looking for Some Touch
Author: KZ Snow
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-835-8
Genre: LGBT Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Suspense
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Pablo Creed is a citizen of the Utopian Metroplex of Regenerie. He doesn’t want life handed to him on a silver platter, but the opportunity to create an existence he can be proud of. After working as a “giver”, a bisexual whore, this amateur poet is ready for a change of pace. An encounter with an overzealous client cements the decision, and Pablo knows there is no time to waste. He answers an ad for an all-male Coven seeking a “Touch” to spark their combined energy. The three men fascinate Pablo, but one in particular glints his interest. Sex isn’t Pablo’s problem; he’s more than sure he can rise to the occasion. His heart, on the other hand, sees one of the men as more than just an employer.

What a wonderful way to start a series! KZ Snow brings love, magic, and a bit of the unexpected in Looking for Some Touch. The series is a metorplex with various designated areas, and some are clearly not what the public perceives them to be. Pablo is smart, and after years as a giver he clearly needs a gentle push to show him just what he is capable of. The Coven of men all bring something unique to the table. Win is handsome and balanced in his approach to everything, Tole is the dominant force, and Zee has pushover written all over him, but somehow puts his foot down when things get too out of sorts.

There is a great deal going on in this first book, but you’ll appreciate the way Ms. Snow is setting things up for the next installment. She leaves no stone unturned, giving a detailed description of the areas, residents, and the transit system. The story drew me in and I felt like a hidden resident of Utopian. If you’re looking for something out of the norm, then look no further. Looking for Some Touch brings action, adventure, and lust right to you in bold color.

Reconstruction


Book Title: Reconstruction
Author: GS Wiley
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-441-0
Genre: Gay Historical
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

During the reign of Henry VIII and his bid to free England from the church’s political rule, the abbey where James Hallbeck served as a monk was destroyed. With his life in ruins, James returns to his older brother’s home. Forced back into the genteel world, James meets a nobleman named Richard. Even with obstacles, James and Richard find love and pleasure with each other.

Reconstruction is a story of coming to terms with life changes. As the second surviving son, James has lived a sheltered life at the abbey, then after four years back in society; James has the opportunity to join an abbey in France, but the thoughts of leaving Richard causes a change of heart. Richard is a kind and loving man who will do anything for James, even at the risk of his own happiness. GS Wiley has created an interesting and enjoyable romance set in the turbulent times of England’s severance from the Pope.

Faldron Shifters - Feral Intensity


Book Title: Faldron Shifters - Feral Intensity
Author: L.A. Day
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419916373
Genre: Shape-shifter / Gay
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Dirk Valde is a guard for the Valde wolf pack, dedicated to protecting those he loves. Watching two of his friends claim their lifemate has him anxiously waiting to discover his own. During a meeting with the new neighboring coyote pack, Dirk discovers his attraction to a male coyote, the alpha to be exact. Two twists of fate Dirk never saw coming. He is having trouble acknowledging who Rian Adens truly is – his lifemate.

Groomed to be an alpha, Rian’s father will not accept him mating with another male. Rian refuses to hide his true desires so he leaves the pack, seeking a place of acceptance and love. He not only found his safe haven, but also his true lifemate. Now if he can get Dirk to accept him and admit they are fated to be mates.

Faldron Shifters - Feral Intensity is the third book in the Faldron Shifters series. L.A. Day brings back the characters we enjoyed from the previous books for our reading enjoyment. Rian is a true alpha shifter, but he knows it will take tenderness, patience, and persistence to capture his mate’s heart. Dirk felt drawn to Rian before he even knew his name, but he didn’t want to believe he was fated to be with another man. He denied his attraction for longer than even I imagined possible, but when he decided to face it head on, there was no turning back. Ms. Day doesn’t just give us a love story, she brings suspense, drama, and action in Faldron Shifters - Feral Intensity, and I’m anxious to see what happens in the next installment.

Portrait of a Kiss


Book Title: Portrait of a Kiss
Author: T.D. McKinney & Terry Wylis
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL:.http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-410-5
Genre: Gay, Paranormal, Ghost
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph reviewer: Critter Nymph


David Schaeffer has just inherited an old home from his favorite aunt. After going to Mississippi to turn the place into a bed and breakfast, David is surprised to find himself attracted to the man in a painting. Brian Terhune was the last of the original owners. Accused of a horrible crime during the 50’s, Brian could not live with the harassment from the town folks or the guilt over some deaths that occurred, decided instead to take his own life. Now Brian roams the house he once lived in, chasing away all who try to life there. Things are different with David right away however. First off, David, a former cop, does not believe Brian committed the murders and second, David can hear and see Brian. Something no one else has ever been able to do. The two men fall in love almost immediately and begin looking into the murder. Although it could mean Brian will be able to finally rest in peace David is compelled to solve this very old crime. In a small town that remembers the crimes as if they happened yesterday it isn’t easy to do. Eventually the men begin making headway but will the past be laid to rest or will the men regret stirring things up?

I thoroughly enjoyed Portrait of a Kiss by TD McKinney and Terry Wylis. The main characters are drawn to each other from the very beginning and have a definite chemistry. With the aid of some excellent secondary characters, the writers were able to weave humor in a story that deals with a very gruesome crime. I loved the scenes between David and Brian when they forgot about the other people around them and the fact that they could not see or hear Brian. You will need to keep a box of tissue next to you however as this does have some intense ‘tear jerker’ moments. You will not regret picking up this book.