Wednesday, March 19, 2008

I Love Lacy


Book Title: I Love Lacy
Author: Lillian Feisty
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing
ISBN: 9781419915628
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Sphinx Minx

Private Eye Mason O'Malley doesn't know what hit him in this goofy, highly erotic escapade. He doesn't want a girlfriend. A girlfriend would lead to marriage and kids. And his dangerous job means that can never be. But when a red-headed nutcase calls on him...

Lacy Kane, food critic and highly talented Aromatherapian, has lost her priceless tiara. It's a family legacy, and she needs to wear it 37 minutes a day to preserve her supernatural aroma detecting abilities.

Who removed the tiara from Lacy's safe? Was it Cousin Ralph, jealous of her abilities? Or a Vegas chef, infuriated by a bad review? Whatever! This mix of pheromones and sexual fantasies delivers laughs and titillation.

Spanking, handcuffs, gunplay -- this smart and silly novella has it all, and then some.

Torrid Tarot - Cauldron of Keridwen


Book Title: Torrid Tarot - Cauldron of Keridwen
Author: K.Z. Snow
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/index.asp
ISBN: 9781419914362
Genre: Fantasy, Ménage
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

In the valley of Cauldron where all the other strange people live, Hilendra is relaxing beside a pond with her two lovers, Elswin and Purnab, from the village of Galdesh. Without these two, Hilendra could live out her life without intimacy. Since she is an empath with the secret ability to heal and part of the valley’s community of people who have paranormal powers, they were considered outcast by the fearful villagers. Hilendra has become weary of her lovers, and attempts to break away from them. She could feel that they are using her and she has no desire for either of them. Hilendra’s attention has turned to a sensual stranger who visits her in the middle of the night. Saaldon is a mandrac with the ability to change his facial looks as well as shift into a dragon and he craves a relationship with Hilendra. When Saaldon reveals his true identity and crucial information for Hilendra to deliver to the brotherhood Order of the Wing and Tongue, she can feel the stirrings of love between them and a glimpse of her future.

Torrid Tarot-Cauldron of Keridwen is a heartwarming of the tarot card Ace of Cups. The overflowing goblet is a symbol of love, past, present and future. The person who receives this card is likely to be sympathetic or empathetic with a warm and open heart. K.Z. Snow gives an example of this with Hilendra, who is warm and caring even to Elswin and Purnab, the villains in this saga. Saaldon also exhibits this trait by demanding enemy Brodagian spies Elswin and Purnab not be killed; only confined. This is a well written beautiful love story with sensual love play and a touch of humor that made this fantasy very enjoyable to read.

Her Last Fling


Book Title: Her Last Fling
Author: Jana Mercy
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419914522
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Nymph rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Bramble Nymph

Ignoring his mother’s matchmaking efforts, dentist Noah Hilton decides that he is only ready for pleasurable flings and not the ever-after stuff his mom wants. He never thought that the color pink would have a devastating effect on his libido but one look at Katy Simmons’ long, shapely legs beneath a bright pink miniskirt bowls him over. Too bad Katy has decided that she doesn’t want meaningless flings destroying her sanity. Any man who wants her won’t be getting any milk for free till he decides to buy the cow. Can both fight off the insane attraction without rethinking their strategies and their approach?

Katy is a practical woman with her ideals tightly in place. She enjoys life and at the same time has her head on her shoulders. In this day and age, where marriage is losing its meaning, her efforts to find a true relationship are commendable. Burned by his own experience, Noah makes no attempt to hide the fact that he does not think of himself as marriage material. Given this, he deserves kudos for pursuing the woman who makes him go nuts in mere seconds. Even though they fall in lust at the first sight and sex is the next event, the relationship does evolve with help from a zealous mother and her zany cronies.

A lot of chemistry and plenty of steam between the two make the tale a fun and sassy read. The plot doesn’t focus on the main relationship only and there are many colorful supporting characters who have their own say, amidst the chaos. Noah’s mother, Bertie Hilton and Katy’s friend Lindsey make the most impact with their outrageous behavior. Ms. Mercy cleverly brings in cow jokes and even hilarious stuffed cows that make you want to roll your eyes. I am seriously hoping that the author decides to give some very deserving secondary characters their own books.

Her Last Fling is a nice lightweight contemporary romance that makes you think about priorities in life. The ending did leave a few unanswered questions in my mind but dealt with the emotions of relationships in a very real way. Ms. Mercy drives her point home with lots of laughs along the way. Why only get free milk when you can get you own cream and butter if you have your own cow? So don’t borrow! Buy a copy of Her Last Fling to get that personal taste!

Beginnings: Night Music


Book Title: Beginnings: Night Music
Author: Charlene Teglia
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-59998-231-5
Genre: Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Ruby Minx

Sometimes life is a bitch, and then you die. Meghan Davies has it all – she’s young, rich, famous, and the bass player in the famous rock band The Sirens. She has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Rom is a creature of the night. He is in love with Meghan but never approached her although he has been sending her flowers for years. He didn’t want to deprive her of the things most women aspire to - someone to love and a family, things he could not offer her. Now everything has changed. Meghan has been marked by death and it is time for him to claim her on All Hallow’s Eve.

One taste of Meghan’s blood is all it takes for Rom to want to possess and mark her. For Meghan, she wants the memories of their fantastic, amazing sex to sustain her until she dies. When she realizes why he chose that particular night to meet her she is not afraid of him. To die or to be reborn and live forever? Was there ever an easier choice? Immortality wins hands down.

Beginnings: Night Music is Book 2 of The Sirens series and follows the lives of members of a rock band. The sex scenes between Rom and Meghan are powerful and erotic with the underlying dark mystery of Rom’s origins. The book is funny but is also full of emotion once Meghan realizes that her life is over. This is a terrific short story and I would recommend it to anyone who loves happily ever after.

Night Rhythm


Book Title: Night Rhythm
Author: Charlene Teglia
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publisher’s URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-59998-888-7
Genre: Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Ruby Minx


Valentine has been waiting for centuries for his wife to be reborn. When she died the first time, he was overcome by grief. He was determined to continue living to find her again and arranged for a vampire to turn him into one of the undead. He searches without success, then one morning he answers the doorbell and there she is … but she does not remember him or their former life together. Her name is Lisa and she is the drummer for the Seattle based rock band The Sirens. Now that he has found her again, will she ever recall their previous life together?

He gets her address from a mutual friend and visits her the next day when he gives her a present, a pearl necklace, that evokes memories of a time long past. She does not invite him into her house and Valentine suggests that she invite him into her dreams instead. When Lisa falls asleep, her dreams are vivid and intense. She sees flashbacks of her life with Valentine when they were first married, as he made love to her while she was wearing the same pearl necklace. She is so overcome with emotion that she awakes, overwhelmed and aroused by images of them together.

When Valentine returns to the house, Lisa continues to experience a sense of déjà vu until she realizes what and who he is.

Night Rhythms is book 3 of The Sirens series. Charlene Teglia has done a terrific job of Lisa’s and Valentine’s characters and kept my interest until the end when she wrapped up this centuries-old love story. A very enjoyable read.

Aquamarine: Catch of the Day


Book Title: Aquamarine: Catch of the Day
Author: Brigit Zahara
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 978-1-41991-509-3
Genre: Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Ruby Minx


Claudia is escaping the winter doldrums by seeking rest and relaxation in the Mediterranean. Part of the reason for her vacation is a recent break-up with her current freeloading boyfriend who was never available for her but whose flaws she had been too blind to see. The break-up has led Claudia to re-think her life, in light of her approaching fortieth birthday. She feels that she needs to make a complete transformation, possibly relocating and even a career change from her current profession as a criminal attorney.

One day while on the beach, a naked man comes out of the ocean and walks toward her. The only adornment he is wearing is a strange aquamarine necklace. She is immediately struck by his muscular body and other physical attributes and finds herself being assailed by images and fantasies of the two of them having sex.

Talas is a mystical sea-bound creature who has never had a relationship with anyone, male or female, and Claudia cannot believe that he has not had sex before. She teaches him everything she knows and he proves to be a fast learner. Soon the pupil becomes the tutor as Talas acquires new skills in the art of lovemaking. The love scenes between them are sensuous and arousing as both Talas and Claudia fall under each other’s spell.

The next morning Claudia sees Talas in the ocean and as she swims in his direction he shouts for her to return to shore. She obeys but wonders whether he is hiding something; when she sees him again later that day she doesn’t quite believe his explanation. Then Talas loses his necklace and he is devastated. He explains to Claudia what he is and tells her that without the necklace they will never be able to have sex again. How will they ever overcome such an insurmountable obstacle?

Aquamarine: Catch of the Day is quite an unusual story with likeable characters and Ms Zahara does a very good job of the plot. The emotion between Talas and Claudia when they realize that they may never be together again is touching, and the desperation they feel is evident as they try to find the necklace that is their lifeline. This story is part of the Aquamarine series, and even though there is a common theme of the sea, each book is a standalone.

Necuratul


Book Title: Necuratul
Author: Sheri Lewis Wohl
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-344-5
Genre: Dark Paranormal Thriller
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

When it comes to fighting evil, there are two options; The Division, a reactive group that uses man-made weapons and the Anima Mundi, a proactive group that uses the weapons at the Division’s disposal as well as their God given talents to eliminate the treats to mankind. Catherine “Cat” Lohr is part of the Anima Mundi.

When a blood bathing psychopath named Elizabeth Bathory returns to the 21st century, it will take a group of strong hunters from Anima Mundi to put a stop to her reign of terror. Martin Ludlum, the group’s leader, and two of his most powerful hunters, Cat Lohr and Adam Bell, will have to use all their abilities to hunt down and destroy Elizabeth.

Now Cat has to come face to face with a man she ran away from six months ago. Adam is a true Alpha male and knows his mate when he sees her. Cat’s past is causing her to doubt her feelings for Adam and was part of the reason she tucked tail and ran from their mutual attraction. But no amount of running is going to help Cat escape her true destiny.

Sheri Lewis Wohl delivers suspense, passion and action in Necuratul. Each of the characters is strong and believable. From beginning to end, there were no dull moments in this story. We watch hidden pasts being revealed, new love being acquired and new roles being assumed. The sex between Cat and Adam shows you that a quiet Alpha male should never be doubted for his skills to thrill his lover. Readers who enjoy dark paranormal thrillers will find Necuratul a definite treat, and I’m looking forward to reading the second book in this series.

Blood Claim


Book Title: Blood Claim
Author: Laura Baumbach, Angela Fiddler and Jet Mykles
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: http://www.mlrpress.com/books.php
ISBN: 978-1-934531-16-7
Genre: Erotic / Paranormal / Vampire
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Winner Takes All by Laura Baumbach 5 Nymphs
Malcolm Crane is a thousand year old vampire, with piercing blue eyes, broad shoulders and a chiseled body acquired from years of being a brutal warrior. Malcolm is an opposing figure, and the emerging victor in a winner-take-all bet. The only thing left for him to do is to collect his prizes and decide their fates.

Hunter Pray is a twenty-four year old freelance photographer. Born the only child of two only children, Hunter is use to being on his own but no one said he enjoyed being lonely. At five foot eight inch Hunter is compact, sports a well defined body, and packs quite a punch that Malcolm is ill-prepared to receive.

What starts as a simple act of collecting a prize turns into a complicated lesson in life and love. Sometimes those things considered human frailties are actually our greatest strengths. When Hunter discovers all of Malcolm’s secrets, will he be able to forgive and move forward with his fantasy lover?

Gift of the Raven by Angela Fiddler 5 Nymphs
Luke is a century old vampire who would trade in his long life for some decent heat. He still carries a torch for his on-again, off-again lover Corbin, but can’t get past feelings of being manipulated into changing Corbin into a vampire. Corbin has had a rough life filled with being used by those who should have cared for him. His past is full of hurt and has left him lacking in his ability to show and give love freely.

Soon Luke and Corbin will have to face demons from their pasts. Their fragile relationship and faith in one another will be tested. Will Luke and Corbin have the strength get over the past and save each other or is the rife the means to certain death? Everyone needs a source of unconditional love, maybe it’s time these two learn to accept it from one another.

Wolfe's Recluse by Jet Mykles 5 Nymphs
Matt has been a recluse since his traumatic discover of vampires. Alone and lonely, Matt’s only connections with the outside world are his phone and his computer. A brilliant programmer, he is fortunate to have a boss who allows him to work from home without question. It doesn’t hurt that the boss is sexy and gives Matt some of the best fantasies his analytical mind can dream up.

Wolfe is Matt’s boss. He’s handsome, charming, and has the patience of a saint. Wolfe has liked Matt from the beginning, and he wants to help Matt reenter the world. While Matt and Wolfe have a mutual attraction, Wolfe is harboring secrets that could shatter Matt’s fragile existence.
Sometimes love comes disguised as our worst nightmare. Will Matt find a way to overcome the truth of their linked pasts and create a happy future?

Blood Claim was a wonderful book. Each story was wonderfully written and has a different lesson in the art of giving unconditional love. Acceptance and forgiveness were constant themes throughout the stories. The sex was wonderfully erotic with more than enough heat to get you through a winter’s night. Laura Baumbach, Angela Fiddler and Jet Mykles bring passion and suspense laced with morsels of humor in Blood Claim. Readers of the genre will enjoy Blood Claim from beginning to end.

Be With You


Book Title: Be With You
Author: Marie Rochelle
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Publisher URL: https://www.redrosepublishing.com/bookstore/
ISBN: 978-1-60435-065-4
Genre: Contemporary, MC/IR
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph


Sage Nicole has lusted after Rally ever since she was a little girl. Her crush evolved into love, much like the young girl blossomed into an attractive and determined woman. Yet Rally could only see Sage as the burden his family took on when her parents were killed in an accident. Maybe Sage should just accept the fact that Rally belonged to another woman and move on with her life.

Even though he was often short with Sage and avoided her like the plague, Rally Teveare is fond of Sage. And lately his fondness seems to be growing into something stronger and Rally isn’t happy about it. Rally is already in a relationship, so Sage will just have to get over her infatuation with him. Sage’s announcement about quitting her job and moving out is the first falling domino that opens Rally’s eyes. She is more important to Rally than even he realized and he has to let her know before it is too late. Or is it already too late?

Rally and Sage are like a ticking bomb that explodes in Be With You. Sage’s pain of longing for a man who won’t give her the time of day is so sad. I know many readers will easily identify with this character. I was happy to see the character overcome Rally’s rejection and try to get on with her life plans, rather than turning into an emotional wreck. Sure Sage was crushed, but she knew how to put on a good front while giving Rally a wake-up call. Rally, on the other hand, started off on my bad side with his abrasive reaction to Sage. When I thought he was taking Aponi’s side against Sage, I was so enraged that I had to fan myself with the pages to calm down. As Rochelle gave me more insight into Rally’s reasons for his actions, I couldn’t be mad at him. He tried so hard to stay away from Sage until he saw another man moving in on her. He deserved the scare of losing her to another man, and I am glad he got it. Rally’s remorse is such a turn on. I would forgive this gorgeous gentleman of almost anything. His story with Sage is one that should be shared.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Dark Masterpiece


Book Title: Dark Masterpiece
Author: Brieanna Robertson
Publisher: Forbidden Publications
ISBN: none
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Nymph Rating: 2 1/2 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Sphinx Minx


Traevyn Whitelaw, a reclusive modern day artist, is the subject of Evie Austin's final class report. She's inspired by his work, but can find no real personal information on the man. And now she's going to be his apprentice for the summer. There are a few drawbacks to this marvelous opportunity. Evie has to bring her younger brother along. Plus Traevyn doesn't want them at his gothic mansion by the sea.

Evie is the plucky, friendly type. She's short and curvy, always a "sister" rather than a sex goddess. She always wants the guys she can't have. She cleans house for Traevyn, cooks his meals, and eventually brings him out of his shell. Traevyn is beautiful, with long black hair reflecting his Indian ancestry. He has been a recluse for two years. His gorgeous wife left after an affair with his best friend. His angelic daughter was tragically killed. He is afraid to love again.

Evie's brother Seth is the third main character. Though the siblings have not been close, this strange summer brings them together.

The story has its moments, but I was bothered by some lapses in logic. Evie's parents made her take her brother because they were traveling. Yet at one point the author states they are taking care of her cat. Who fed Traevyn and scoured the tub during the two years before Evie arrived? How much experience can 21-year-old Evie really have with wine?

I felt Evie's relationship with her friend Meg deBoer's family was unnecessary to the plot. Jeff is the charming brother everyone loves, Maxim is the married one Evie obsesses over, and Barrett is a real boor who tries to date her. She relishes the closeness of the clan, but there are few real details about her own parents and their situation. Evie is sweet and romantic, saving herself for the ideal marriage. Her character changes little during the course of the story, but she does get a happy ending

The Exile: Carved In Memory


Book Title: The Exile: Carved In Memory
Author: Adrianna Dane
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Publisher’s URL: http://amberquill.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-207-1
Genre: Gay / Fantasy / BDSM / Voyeurism / Exhibitionism / Series
Nymph Rating: 4 nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Woodland Nymph

Carved in Memory is the second in The Exile series revolving around the Brotherhood and Mannos, the Isle of Men.

In this story we meet Alonzo a receiver who was once chosen by one of the Ancient island lords and has since been exiled from Mannos. Ancients do not forgive and Alonzo was sure Lord Phineas meant to exact his full measure of revenge from him. Phineas had loved him and it was his undying love for the Ancient Master that had contributed to his exile, but when all was said and done it was Master Phineas who owned Alonzo, body and soul. Alonzo was exiled to the mainland a century ago and has been stuck in Diamond City as an acquisitor ever since. As an acquisitor, Alonzo is always looking out for objects from Mannos to either be returned to the island or placed in collector’s museums. The items could not end up on the streets or the public market.

Angel-Boy is a young man of twenty-five and thanks to Alonzo runs a second hand store down by the docks in Crowtown. When Alonzo realized Angel-Boy’s talent of being able to read the history of an object that’s been in his hands, he set him up with the store, which Angel-Boy then rented from him. Their arrangement has worked well for both of them so far, that is until Angel-Boy comes across a masthead. When the item is brought to him Angel-Boy can feel Alonzo’s energy all over it and calls him. When Alonzo sees the masthead, memories come flooding back of another time, a time when he was tied to that very mast for the pleasure of the Ancients and the pleasure of the Masters.

As payment for the masthead, Angel-Boy wants to spend one night with Alonzo. He’s been aware of Angel-Boy’s infatuation with him but has always tried to keep it nothing but business between them; he didn’t want anyone to love him. Alonzo cared for Angel-Boy and that was why he helped get him off the streets and into his own business. He liked Angel-Boy but if he gave in, it would change things and he didn’t want to lead Angel-Boy on as he would never be able to love him. Alonzo finds he’s unable to resist the temptation Angel-Boy presents and kisses him, figuring at least one of them will get their heart’s desire for the night.

Alonzo is surprised at how quickly his body responds to Angel-Boy and admits to himself he could have loved him if he wasn’t already broken. He enjoyed their night together more than he should have, more than he expected, this wasn’t supposed to happen. The morning after, Angel-Boy admits his love for Alonzo who tells him there can never be anything more between them. Determined, Angel-Boy informs Alonzo this is how he will expect payments from him from now on. Alonzo eventually reconsiders and wonders if he’s possibly found a way to survive the mainland after all.

The Exile: Carved In Memory is a short but very enjoyable installment in this series. Adrianna Dane has created a multi-layered and very fascinating character in Alonzo and only seems to have begun to scratch the surface of his story. Angel-Boy is a brash confident young man who knows what he wants and is more than willing to go after it. If you’re looking for a happily ever after ending then this book is not for you, but I highly recommend it to fans of m/m fantasy who don’t need the happily ever after. I for one will be anticipating the next installment in this series and hope for the continuation of Alonzo’s story.

After Anna


Book Title: After Anna
Author: Theda Black
Publisher: Extasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.net/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-032-5
Genre: m/m, gay mainstream urban romance, contemporary
Nymph Rating: 3.5 nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Woodland Nymph

Will is trying to deal with the hurt, anger and feelings of betrayal after discovering his lover’s secret life following her death. His best friend, fellow cop and partner Tyler is there to help him try to deal with Anna’s death. When Will breaks a glass and cuts his hand without even realizing it, Tyler is there to bandage him. When things start to change between them Will starts to feel uneasy and resists his growing attraction for his best friend.

For Tyler, Will is his walking wet dream and the first time they have sex, it surpasses anything even he could have imagined. After being injured while chasing a robber from a small grocery store, Will realizes he’s not ready to bring their relationship out into the open. In their line of work it could cost them their lives. Tyler’s not ashamed of his feelings for Will and wants to have it all. He doesn’t care about appearances and how things look to others, but he’s keeping a secret from his best friend which could cost him everything. . Will these two friends ever be able to make a relationship work?

After Anna is not your typical happily ever after romance. Theda Black has written a complex relationship between two very different men. Sometimes a little too complex for even the reader to follow, but while together, their relationship works on every level. There are some very powerful emotional scenes between Tyler and Will and the sex scenes are very well written. Theda Black has created a terrific character in Tyler who you can’t help but empathize with right from the start. Will, on the other hand, who tends to over think everything has moments where you’ll sympathize with him for the pain and uncertainty he’s going through, but then there are moments he’ll completely aggravate you. I recommend After Anna to fans of the best friends turned lovers genre, but be forewarned if happily ever after is your thing, then this is not the book for you.

Queen of Carnage


Book Title: Queen of Carnage
Author: Michael Barnette
Publisher: Loose ID
Publisher’s URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-636-1
Genre: BDSM Futuristic Shape-shifter/Vampire Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4 nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Woodland Nymph

Tigress is a tygon shifter from Tiara and Captain of the battle cruiser, Queen of Carnage. Her job is to help protect the Alliance of Worlds and the supernatural beings inhabiting them. She is a strong female who excels at fighting and is not afraid to go into battle. Tigress is in love and having a passionate affair with the Prince of the Blood Jozef and being a natural dominant, enjoys punishing him at times just to hear him beg.

Jozef, Prince of the Blood is a vampire with strong submissive tendencies. As they mate for life, love never comes twice for a vampire and Jozef’s mate was Eleanor, who died while being tortured by the humans at Central Command. He cared about Tigress and enjoyed the time they spent together but Jozef had loved Eleanor so he couldn’t love Tigress…could he?

After attending a meeting with representatives from Central Command, Jozef is attacked with sunguns and taken hostage. When Tigress hears this she is enraged and quickly receives permission from Heinrick, a vampire of Old Earth blood and who is First of the Council, to use whatever means necessary to bring Jozef back home. Will Jozef survive? Will Tigress find him before its too late?

Queen of Carnage is like a thrill ride for the reader to enjoy. The non-stop action keeps you turning the pages and the scorching love scenes will make you tingle! Michael Barnette has created a wonderful lead in the strong, confident, and independent Tigress. The relationship and the bond between these two protagonists is a strong one that you can feel right from the start. I finished reading Queen of Carnage with the hope this writer will continue Tigress and Jozef’s story as I was left yearning for more. I highly recommend this book to any fan of the sci-fi or shapeshifter or paranormal genres, especially those that prefer a strong female lead.

Ravished


Book Title: Ravished
Author: Fawn Lowery
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher’s site URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN:
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Silvia is distraught when her husband John decides to not go with her on their vacation to Florida and says she will go by herself without him. While lying on the beach at the hotel, she is roughly abducted, sack over her head and hauled away to somewhere else unknown to her. Feeling guilt because of what is happening to her still does not keep Silvia from reacting to every pleasure given.

Ravished is quick and to the point of no return. I loved the surprise given her and don’t want to give away the ending here. This just makes you want to do the same with a loved one. All Silvia can think about during her abduction is of her husband John and what he will think of her. Fawn Lowery does a wonderful job of letting your imagination work here and also give you a few ideas along the way.

At the Dungeon Master’s Hand


Book Title: At the Dungeon Master’s Hand
Author: Jennifer Cole
Publisher: Dark Eden Press
Publisher URL: http://www.darkedenpress.com/
ISBN: N/A
Genre: BDSM/Fetish
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Natalie was so in need of a serious break from work, she has allowed her two best friends to drag her out for the night. While having a drink, the ladies desert her quickly which means they have been to the Le Club d’Esclavage before. As Natalie is making up her mind to leave in walks Max, for whom she has had the hots a long time and he asks her to have a drink with him. Knowing who the masked man was necessary for her to know and the surprise will make it even better.

Max Renfrew is head of publications at a magazine company and owner of the club the ladies are in. When he sees Natalie there he wants nothing more than to have her at his mercy all night. During the time that Max and Natalie are together, they are enjoying everything that he is putting her through for the evening. What he has figured out is that she is the only woman for him and hopes she feels the same way.

Now this story was so arousing and I learned more about bondage than I knew before. When Natalie finally figured out what she wanted and who she wanted it from spoke volumes to me. Being bound is not easy but realizing the power over another person by submitting makes the difference. I liked that this story was short and to the point, but I also wanted a lot more! At the Dungeon Master’s Hand was very well written and you could do nothing but enjoy every moment while you read it. Jennifer Cole has explored an area most would not even think about but now I am intrigued.

Cover Model


Book Title: Cover Model
Author: Marie Rochelle
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Publisher URL: https://www.redrosepublishing.com/bookstore/
ISBN: 978-1-60435-066-1
Genre: Mainstream/MC/IR
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Your Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph


Kissa Collins is not having any luck finding the perfect man to grace the cover of her new romance novel. Just as she was giving up hope, in walks the most gorgeous, gray eyed man she has ever laid eyes on. It sounded as if he was apologizing for being late, but as far as Kissa is concerned, he was right on time.

Forbes Huntington is one of the best FBI agents around. He enjoys working undercover cases, but the current one he is being assigned isn’t his cup of tea. In order to catch a bank robber, Forbes has to get hired by Kissa to be her cover model. With his charm and good looks, Forbes is confident that all would go as planned. When he is instantly attracted to the mahogany beauty and starts fantasizing about a life with her in it, Forbes becomes torn between his job and his desires.

Forbes hoped that the end of this case wouldn’t cause the end of his relationship with Kissa. Would she forgive him for lying about his original reason for entering her world? Would she be comfortable dating a FBI agent? He would just have to make her understand, because life without her was not an option.

Rochelle knocked another one out of the park with the dual story Cover Model. There is a perfect balance of suspense and drama in this love story. Forbes and Kissa have pizzazz as individuals but as a couple they are even more beguiling. Forbes’ view of life changed in the blink of an eye, without regret or resistance. I can’t resist a man who knows what he wants and is not shy about getting it. Kissa is cautious and I understand her reasons but I must admit I wanted her to cave in faster. Thank the Lord she came to her senses and let that adorable man back in her world! And to make things spicier, Rochelle added Africa and Zane in the mix. These two characters are destined to cause fireworks and I want so much to read their story. She always knows how to leave you wanting more.

Double Take


Book Title: Double Take
Author: Tawny Taylor
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 978-1-41991-445-4
Genre: BDSM/Gay/Ménage (M/F/M)
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Ruby Minx

Fallon is looking for a Master. She’s tired of her present unsatisfying love life and longs for a dominant lover. When her friend Brin set her up with not one, but two Masters, she is apprehensive but decides to go through with it. She is greeted by two of the hottest hunks she has ever seen and she is happy that she made the right decision. She has no idea of their identities because they are masked.

Wrath and Fury, as they call themselves, have different reasons for wanting to become Fallon’s Masters.

Kade, aka Wrath, has known Fallon most of her life and is a friend of her brother’s; he has been away for 8 years in the Navy. When he returned home, he was diagnosed with cancer, although at present he is in remission. He had fallen in love with Fallon several years ago while she was still at college but he never told her, and until a year ago he felt that she regarded him only as a friend and her brother’s buddy. Kade believes that being one of her Masters would be an ideal opportunity for her to get to know him and Zane, his partner, as a first step toward a long term relationship. Also, with Zane in their lives, he would be assured that there was someone to take care of Fallon, should his cancer return.

Zane, aka Fury, has always been gay. He has tried relationships with women before but without success and for the past 6 years he has been living with Kade as his lover, friend, and most recently helpmate and nurse. He agrees to be one of Fallon’s Masters because he knows that Kade is in love with her and he doesn’t want to lose his lover.

The first time Kade, Zane and Fallon play, the heat generated by their lust is off the chart. But there is an emotional element her Masters want that she is not prepared to confront initially, because that would leave her vulnerable. After five weeks of intense D/s play Fallon is anxious to see her Masters without their masks, but she wonders if the lack of mystery will affect the love she is beginning to feel for them.

Kade’s unveiling and revelation of his diagnosis leaves Fallon devastated. She feels that emotionally she cannot handle living with him and Zane in a committed relationship, facing an uncertain future. Not knowing if his cancer will return would break her heart. While she is trying to decide if the best solution is to leave and avoid the pain, or stay and live each day to the fullest, a personal tragedy makes her realize that life is precious and there are no guarantees.

Double Take is a terrific and sometimes unexpectedly poignant book. The emotions of the three characters are laid bare throughout the story as they try to navigate the possibility of a future in a non-traditional, loving relationship. Ms Taylor is at the top of her game and has done her usual fantastic job of keeping me at the edge of my seat until the very end.

Moonlight Madness


Book Title: Moonlight Madness
Author: Marilyn Lee
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com
ISBN: 978-1595963871
Genre: Paranormal, Interracial
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Aleksei and Vladimir, twin vampires, met their sons Acier and Etienne, twin part vampire and part shifters, for the first time when they received a telepathic call for help. It was discovered that Aleksei is Acier father and that Vladimir fathered Etienne, a rare occurrence. Acier had been poisoned from a bite in a brutal attack; his only option is to have a blood transfusion from his father. Acier and Etienne soon learn that they are members of the powerful Dumont family, and the whole family is involved with them now.

When Acier and Etienne go through the life-changing Feast of Indulgence, a mating ritual, it takes the whole family to keep Etienne from killing Acier, the reason being Raven Monclaire is bloodlust or mate to both Acier and Etienne. They are torn between losing the twin bond and losing a mate.

Moonlight Madness is an extraordinary story laden with intense plots and erotic scenes. Marilyn Lee created an amazing assortment of exotic creatures that are simply delightful. The realistic family issues and connection that Acier and Etienne must now tolerate is very entertaining. All the characters have attitude, and the dialogue is hilarious. Moonlight Madness is an outstanding book that I took pleasure in reading.

Wailing for Love


Book Title: Wailing for Love
Author: Beverly Rae
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com
ISBN: 1-59998-716-3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

October 21, 1493 Colleen O’Grady stands naked in front of the Banshee Initiation Committee Headquarters where they proceed to tell her she is dead and has become one of the Chosen for Banshee duty. After centuries of wailing, Colleen is fed up with working low paying day jobs for her living expenses and Banshee wailing as a second job that requires her to herald the preordained death and guide them into the Hereafter. She wants to be mortal with a husband and children and go to the Hereafter at the end of her life, like most people.

Complaining to her best friend Esther, who works at Banshee Broadcasting Network, Esther finds Colleen a witch listed in the yellow book. After a visit with the witch, Colleen learns she has one shot to accomplish this. According to the male witch Sam, Colleen must kiss her true love at exactly midnight during the full moon. That same night, Colleen meets singer Sean Kavanaugh at a night club and its love at first sight for her.

Wailing for Love is a hilarious tale of the Banshee industry. Beverly Rae produced a very creative tale of Banshee corporation policy and infractions. Colleen is a hard working Banshee who does her wailing very well. She didn’t ask to be chosen for this position and was not happy that she had no say in the matter. Sean is an easy going, laid back hunk who dreams of becoming a singing star and works towards that goal. Only after making love to Colleen did Sean become aware that this was more than a simple attraction between them. I was intrigued with this well written plot and the excellent cast of characters; the good, the bad, and the ugly banshees, male witch with a talking female broom, and of course the average mortals making their exits. This fantastic story will make your reading day fun. I enjoyed it immensely.