Saturday, April 26, 2008

Out of Bounds


Book Title: Out of Bounds
Author: T.A. Chase
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-59998-924-7
Genre: Contemporary, GBLT (M/M)
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Ruby Minx

Kasey Johnson is a professional basketball player who also happens to be gay but he keeps his sexual preference under the radar because he doesn’t want any negative effects on either his playing career or endorsements. He has recently been traded to the major league franchise in Phoenix and a couple of the players on his new team who suspect his sexual orientation have subjected him to the usual taunts, which lately have been getting worse.

Ingram Fletcher, the owner of a local gay night club where celebrities hang out, has lusted after Kasey since the first time he saw him a year ago but he hasn’t approached him because he doesn’t know if he would welcome his advances. One night Kasey and his twin brother Garrett drop in to Gram’s night club for a bit of fun but Kasey is too tired to party. Gram sees Kasey lying on the couch and goes over to talk to him; one thing leads to another and they end up in Gram’s office having their own party.

Kasey knows that even with the incredible passion he feels for Gram and the mind- blowing sex, he can’t afford to be seen with him or his career may well be over. At first he tries to play it cool but soon their feelings for each other reach the boiling point and he has to decide whether to continue the relationship or stop seeing Gram, to protect his career. Then he runs out of time as he is selected to play in the All-Star Game out of town and he invites Gram to go with him. Will Kasey have the courage to step up, be a man, and acknowledge Gram as his lover, knowing the impact this will have on his career? You will have to read this terrific book to find out.

Out of Bounds is Book 1of the Love of Sports series and what a wonderful introduction it is. Both Kasey and Gram are great characters that are warm and loving and I thought that T.A. Chase did a brilliant job of getting the right balance between Kasey, the gifted basketball player and Gram, the slightly older love interest who always had his back. This is one book that I will read again more than once and I highly recommend it as a great addition to the bookshelves of T.A. Chase’s fans as well as readers unfamiliar with his work. I can’t wait for Book 2 in this series.

Stanton and Anton


Book Title: Stanton and Anton
Author: D. J. Manly
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.net/ebjmsite/index.php
ISBN: 1-55410-827-6
Genre: Gay Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Stanton Lang and Anton Ross met at Middletown Private Academic Institute. Anton’s father arranged for him to be roommates with Stanton and make friends with the powerful family. Stanton found Anton very appealing and became Anton’s first lover. Anton started to notice that there was something different about Stanton so finally after months as lovers, Stanton revealed that he had been turned into a werewolf to gain power. Both men were expected to marry and produce an heir to carry on the family business. Even though he was married, Stanton refused to give up his lover. When Anton ended the relationship, Stanton went into a rage. He attacked Anton and turned him. Stanton also called on the demon Sitri to bind Anton to him with a love spell that only Anton’s strong will was able to resist. The events that started with Stanton and Anton have come to a battle in which the grandsons Nicolas and Adam must fight.

Stanton and Anton gives us the background of the curse that Nicolas sought to break in Book 1 of The Wolf Saga. D. J. Manly reveals more secrets of this astonishing plot with the added dash of erotic intimate scenes. This is a fantastic series that keeps getting better with each episode.

Nicholas


Book Title: Nicholas
Author: D.J. Manly
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.net/ebjmsite/index.php
ISBN: 1-55410-806-3
Genre: Gay Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Nicolas Ross is on a mission to break the curse on his family. The curse was placed on his grandfather Anton by his one friend Stanton Lang, grandfather to Adam Lang. Nicolas is Alpha of a pack of werewolves and the pack is not happy with the plans to be mortal, but Nicolas is determined, so he kidnaps his enemy Adam in hopes of learning how to reverse the curse. Between searching for answers and finding the key to the curse, Nicolas and Adam fall in love. Finally finding the source, a demon called Sitri, Nicolas learns that the only way to end the curse is to kill Adam and Adam learns that the only way to save Nicolas’ life is to renounce him to the public and never see him again.

Nicholas is a dark tale of romance, greed and jealousy. In this first book of the Wolf Saga, the very clever D. J. Manly introduces the story with well developed characters and a unique attraction evolving into love between enemies that is intertwined with very erotic love scenes and intriguing revelations as the well written plot unfolds. I enjoyed this very impressive beginning; I am looking forward to the next episode.

NOTE: The title and character spelling are different, but in no way diminishes the quality of the story.

The Regent's Knight


Book Title: The Regent's Knight
Author: J.M. Snyder
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure
ISBN: 978-1-60272-234-7
Genre: Gay/Fantasy/Action/Adventure
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Satyr Vael

Since their teenage years, Amery and Tovin have been much more than friends. Unfortunately, they must hide their love, making the public believe they despise one another. After all, Amery's position as regent demands it. It also demands that he take a wife and the crown, forsaking the knight he loves more than life itself.

War, however, is on their doorstep and enemies of the kingdom of Pharr are bearing down on the castle. Desperation spurs both men into action, providing them a possible solution...if they can survive the Cyrian attack.

The Regent's Knight is a wonderful fantasy, as well as a beautiful romance. The story moves along at a good pace, never becoming boring and always with just the right amount of sensuality. While I found Amery a bit trying at times with his whining, he proves his strength at the end and shows that there's more to him than meets the eye. Tovin is his perfect match: strong, equally determined, and equally stubborn. Together, they are unstoppable -- in and out of the bedroom. Their love is strong and they are unwilling to give up what they have just for the sake of the kingdom.

This novel is an easy, comfortable read, though the final battle had me frantically paging down. If you enjoy fantasy stories with gorgeous, loving men, then you need to read The Regent's Knight.

Vargas Girl


Book Title: Vargas Girl
Author: Kris Eton
Publisher: Cobblestone Press
Publisher URL: http://www.cobblestone-press.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60088-230-2
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Nymph rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Bramble Nymph

Sexy pop art is just cheeky trash for some but for Tyler Jameson collecting the naughty, spicy art form is life. Even if there isn’t a bare spot in his living room already overflowing living with Alberto Vargas’ stylized paintings, he goes and signs up for bidding when a much prized Vargas girl is put up for auction. Sasha Rennik saunters in the antique shop to do the same and captures Tyler’s attention with her incredible resemblance to the models his favorite artist so lovingly paints. Both have an intense desire to own the pin-up art but one of them has all the wrong reasons. Who is going to come out as the winner in this highly charged auction?

Tyler managed to surprise me at many levels. His enthusiasm for paintings of beautiful half-naked women had me thinking the worse about him but he managed to show his wonderful inner self and made me his ally in no time. His appreciation for the erotic pin-ups manages to put off Sasha, who has all the reasons in the world to dislike the particular artwork. I liked the way the author puts these two very unlikely characters together and slowly fans the sparks between them. Despite the differences in their personalities, I am sure in due time, their relationship will have enough strength to defy gravity.

The whole pin-up art angle made the plot different and interesting. The fast pace of the story and funny, entertaining dialogue added to the appeal. Even though I am not a fan of lead pairs who give in to their attraction early before the bonding even starts, the sexual tension was intense enough to make me forget. As the focus is on Tyler and Sasha, I was pleasantly surprised that Tyler’s friend Damon and Sasha’s sister Stephanie made their mark in their short appearances. I wouldn’t mind reading more about these two if Ms. Eton decides to do a follow-up.

Despite the rushed ending, Vargas Girl is a finely-written story complete with a strong cast. Ms. Eton’s style will surely hold your attention from the first sentence to the last. I loved the way she made me see something precious hiding behind the obviously scandalous medium! Pick up a copy of Vargas Girl and appreciate the simplicity of it all!

When Love Commands


Book Title: When Love Commands
Author: Dahlia Rose
Publisher: Phaze
Publisher’s URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59426-869-4
Genre: Contemporary, Interracial (BW/WM), Military Hero
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Sergeant Daniel Butler grew up in the foster care system. He never got attached to people, and never knew what it was like to have a home of his own. Major Claire Kirkland grew up in a single family home, but was determined to have her dreams come true. When the two met during the Iraqi War, it was instant attraction. Events caused them to be separated before they could really get to know each other, but the one thing that gave Daniel faith was Claire’s declaration of finding him. After being apart Daniel decides to not wait for love to find him, but hunt it down with the skills only a soldier could possess.

War doesn’t always have to bring sadness. If we are blessed, it can bring unforeseen love like that found by Claire and Daniel in When Love Commands. Daniel is a strong man who is determined to find the gray eyed hot chocolate beauty that captured his attention. Claire is a “relationship” kind of girl and without knowing Daniel’s intentions decides she wants this handsome man who makes her heart race. She will accept him even if he is only in her life for a few short days. The story gives so many sides of war. The pain of loss, the guilt of survivors, and the emotional rollercoaster soldier’s loved ones and families ride every day they are separated. Dahlia Rose has brought a wonderful story to readers. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author, and I have no doubt that readers of the genre will find this as heart-warming of a story as I have. Incredible story Dahlia, you should proud!

Justice


Book Title: Justice
Author: Sara Bell
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-189-1
Genre: Gay erotic romance, contemporary
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Marcus “Marc” Elliott is a professional medium. His sister Maggie reads Tarot cards and they are in business together. Marc finds it hard to believe in readings and Maggie found it equally as hard believing in his gift while growing up. But when a Tarot card keeps showing up he finds out that it centers around his past and future contact with the one person who hurt him the most: Dean Ryder.

Dean Ryder lost his faith at the age of seven. His way of coping with the horrors presented to him was abandon his beliefs in Heaven and Hell. Now there are evil entities at work intent of doing Dean serious harm, and there is only one person who is capable on securing him with a safe tomorrow: Marc.

Will Marc be able to find the reason for the haunting and keep Dean safe? Will Dean be able to rekindle the love he once shared with Marc?

Justice is centered on paranormal activity, love, and faith. Marc’s hurt over Dean’s treatment of him has cut him to the quick. He was scared to give anyone access to his heart and settled for quick and easy sex. Dean knew that he loved Marc but wasn’t sure if his words would fall on deaf ears. It was nice to see Dean admit that he knew he was wrong for how he treated Marc. At first I didn’t think Marc would do anything more than assist him with his problem, but was happy to see the love blossom once again. Bell has delivered an enjoyable story in Justice. I’m looking forward to reading more of her works in the near future.

Sex, Lies and Celluloid




Book Title: Sex, Lies and Celluloid
Authors: Jodi Payne and Chris Owen
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-198-3
Genre: Contemporary, GBLT (M/M), Voyeurism
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Ruby Minx

Private Detective Shane Mullin has been hired by Councilor Daniel Brint’s wife Janet to follow her husband and check out if he is buying drugs. At first Shane thinks this is easy money, after all how hard can it be to tail Daniel and take a few pictures of him doing illegal stuff? Then he finds out that the very married Councilor’s double life does not involve buying drugs, he is having sex, lots of gay sex.

As he sees Daniel having indiscriminate hook-ups with numerous men, Shane becomes more and more enamored of him and wishes that he is the one having sex with him. Then he does something no self-respecting private detective should ever do, he inserts himself into the action and starts an online relationship with his client’s husband. Soon this is not enough as they move up to having phone sex then real sex. Shane and Daniel have a lot in common – neither can stop what he is doing, Daniel is obsessed with sex and Shane is obsessed with Daniel.

Shane’s lesbian sidekick Celia is a terrific supporting character. The teasing exchanges between her and Shane are so, so funny; obviously they care about and look out for each other. At one point she tells him that she will train him to be a bitch in no time. The scene where she ‘does a Daniel’ on Shane’s desk with her latest love interest is incredibly comical, and when she walks in on him and Daniel in the same office in flagrante delicto, what can I say?

The story is told from Shane’s POV so we don’t get much insight into Daniel’s feelings for Shane, or his motivations for staying with his wife despite being gay and making innumerable booty calls which could expose him to blackmail. Janet’s motivations for hiring Shane are suspect since she appears to have nothing to gain by exposing Daniel and you get the sense that she may be hiding something as well. Shane has to extricate himself from his web of lies to both Daniel and Janet and there is no easy way to do this. Daniel, on the other hand, will have to come clean about his sexual orientation to both his wife and the public that elected him. What wonderful plot twists for the reader to unravel. How will these characters disentangle themselves?

There is so much sex going on in Daniel’s life, with multiple partners sometimes in the same day that you wonder how he finds the time to do his job. Shane on the other hand is so in love with Daniel, he has lost sight of the fact that Janet hired him to investigate her husband and that she is his client. The dialogue between these two horny characters in this very hot book is so steamy as they have numerous phone sex encounters that I had to take breaks from reading on several occasions.

Sex, Lies and Celluloid is definitely not a primer on how to have a loving relationship with your spouse but it will entertain you and make you laugh out loud, although it is not without pathos. Daniel’s character is the most promiscuous one I have met to date and if you hate cheating spouses, this book will curl your hair but Daniel is so likeable, despite all of his flaws, I became a fan. Jodi Payne and Chris Owen have done it again; written a book that I couldn’t put down, and in the process have created different types of heroes in Daniel and Shane. Daniel is depraved and decadent but he is engaging and very sweet. Shane, on the other hand, although just as immoral as Daniel, is single and looking for love but in all the wrong places. Sex, Lies and Celluloid is a great read that will engage, enrage and amuse you with really cool dialogue, and you will reread it time and again because you can’t help yourself.

Tygers 4: Sweet Awakening


Book Title: Tygers 4: Sweet Awakening
Author: Melinda Barron
Publisher: Loose-id
Publisher URL: http://loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-637-8
Genre: BDSM Polyamorous Romantic Suspense
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Harper Sampson’s older sister, Helena has gone missing after spending a week at the exclusive BDSM resort Paragon’s, located in the Caribbean. She’s tried getting help from the police, but the people she’s talked to have acted disgusted since Helena was at ‘one of those places.’ The owner of Tygers, the local club where her sister plays, gives her aide by suggesting a detective agency run by two Dominants.

Several years before, Harper tried the submissive lifestyle at the suggestion of her sister, but found she didn’t like it. Now she’s willing to try it again if it means infiltrating Paragon’s in the investigation of her sister disappearance. That also means that she has to give herself over to learning what it means to be in a dominant/submissive relationship, and her teachers are sexy Walker Bryant and his equally luscious friend Oscar.

Walker Bryant is not only a private detective, he’s also a Dominant, and he’s been friends with Oscar since grade school. They’ve shared many women through the years and both of them want to teach Harper what it means to say ‘Master’ and mean it. Together detective and lawyer work to quell her fears and show her how enjoyable being their ‘slave’ can really be. Walker’s lighter, more tender and yet demanding of obedience, and Oscar’s darker push with an edge of pain, all which bring Harper to the heights of pleasure she’d only dreamed.

Sweet Awakening is the fourth offering in Ms. Barron’s ongoing Tygers series. This one is a little different in the premise than the others because the female in this piece, Harper isn’t a member of the Dominant/Submissive lifestyle. As always, this intriguing look into the BDSB lifestyle is well written and plotted with interesting characters and a fast pace. While both Walker and Oscar are dominant men in every sense of the word, they are also kind, tender, compassionate, and filled with the need to see to the wants and needs of their new woman, Harper. The manner in which they initiate her to the pleasures and rules of their lifestyle was very well written, giving the readers a thorough and vivid description of the relationship between a loving ‘master’ and his ‘slave. I liked how the author evolved the feelings of these three from virtual strangers to lovers willing to do anything to protect the others. As these three learn how to relate to and love each other, the physical pleasure/pain is passionate and nothing short of blistering hot, leaving them all asking for more, and you the reader needing a fan.

While this book is as always tastefully written, it is also open and vivid in its descriptions of what goes on during a BDSM scene. If books of this nature make you uncomfortable then this one is definitely not for you. On the other hand, if you enjoy a well written and sexy tale with a BDSM theme, then this series is one you will want to try. This reader is anxiously awaiting the next book in this exciting series.

Men of the Void – The Unyielding Spartan


Book Title: Men of the Void – The Unyielding Spartan
Author: Nia K. Foxx
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-923-1
Genre: Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


The Void is a place between heaven and hell where lost souls with serious past indiscretions wait for someone to need them. It is made of chambers, and depending on the man’s sins he travels from one realm to the next to make penance until he is allowed to reenter the world.

Casey Nielson is a physician and while she would not consider herself nonromantic she would say she is a bit leery of commitment. The book that brought Giric to Sierra draws everyone woman in her circle to seek its touch except for Casey.

Lysander of Sparta is hopeful that he is in his last realm of the Void. His sins were many and his current penance is for womanizing. When he sees Casey, he knows this could be a woman he could build a life with, if only she would give him a chance.

The Unyielding Spartan is the second book in the Men of the Void series. Divinity controls this realm of the Void and you have to love her wicked sense of humor in the story. Lysander is power of body, strong of mind and will and can command without uttering a single word. In simple terms, a true Alpha male and the type of man who Casey has never been attracted to until now! Casey is headstrong and I believe a bit too scared to really open up to faith and let love enter her heart and soul. But her options are taken away while in the presence of Lysander. Casey needed a man who wouldn’t bow down to her every whim and that’s just want the doctor received. I’m looking forward to reading Vickie’s story. From the description of her and what she has been through, I believe she deserves love more than most. Nia A Foxx has a way of grabbing the reader’s attention and holding on with both hands. The Unyielding Spartan turned out to be a real page turner and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

Fit To Be Tied


Book Title: Fit To Be Tied
Author: Myla Jackson
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419915055
Genre: Western Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Left near penniless by her now deceased gambling husband, in desperation Julia Blackmon resorts to thievery to keep food on the table and the bank from taking her home and land. Except it doesn’t go as planned and she ends up the trussed-up captive of her intended victim. Tied naked to his bed, Julia discovers the wanton side of her personality when her new cowboy shows her his talents on loving a woman.

Richard Rayburn is furious with his deceased grandfather when he discovers that his will stipulates that unless he’s married by his twenty-fifth birthday, the land goes to another man. Then things get worse when his fiancé backs out of their wedding the day before. Now he only has one day in which to find a bride. His luck changes when he’s attacked by the Black Bandit and discovers beautiful Julia, a widow he met earlier that night. After a night of passion, he offers her an unusual ultimatum. Marry him or go to jail.

Fit To Be Tied is a poignant well-written western tale of two people desperate to hold on what they hold dear at the same time they are desperately seeking what they both crave. Love and family. Ms. Jackson has done a great job in describing the fear of both characters on losing their homes. Especially for Julia, who would have nothing and had no place to go and it’s easy to emphasize with her fear. While the dialogue may be a little stilted in places, in others it’s snappy and sexy. These two might have started off as strangers, but the flames burn bright and intense as they learn the pleasure of sharing each other bodies. Now if Richard can just convince Julia to marry him instead of going to jail.

Stepping Stones


Book Title: Stepping Stones
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher’s URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-311-6
Genre: Contemporary/Ménage (M/M/M)/Interracial
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Ruby Minx


Donovan and Declan are twins. Donovan has always been protective of his brother since they were children and it continues into adulthood. He left home years ago and made a new life for himself because he could not stay in the same house as Declan without revealing his feelings towards his twin. Years later, when Declan is beaten by his boyfriend Chet and asks Donovan for help, he has no choice but to bring him home to stay.

When Declan shows up, he is so badly injured that Donovan wants to hold him forever and never let him go. Declan has no idea about Donovan’s love for him other than as a brother until Marc, Donovan’s best friend and lover tells him, leading him to declare his own feelings to Donovan. After resolving their relationship issues, the three men are well on the way to a loving threesome when Chet shows up, gunning for them.

Stepping Stones is different type of love story because of the subject matter and Carol Lynne handles it with a great deal of sensitivity. The characters are very well developed for a novella and the sex is as hot as the reader has come to expect from this author, without detracting from a very exciting plot.


This book is about twincest and may be offensive to some readers.

Snowbound: Captive Heat


Book Title: Snowbound: Captive Heat
Author: Lexxie Couper
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/index.php_
ISBN: 978-1-59596- 922-4
Genre: Paranormal
Nymphs Rating: 4
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph


Darci Watson makes a bet that has her jumping from a helicopter onto a mountain. The landing didn’t turn out as she expected, so Darci loses the bet. As much as this crazy Aussie hates losing, she quickly gets over it when she discovers a mysteriously sexy man.

Lexxie Couper really knows how to dangle a bone in Snowbound: Captive Heat and leave you salivating. The passion is so overwhelming it will hit you like a ton of bricks. Every moment is the perfect build up to what I hope is only the beginning of Darci’s bigger adventure. I have too many questions to let Darci’s erotic adventure go. This enjoyable story is certainly a must read.

Cat’s Cradle


Book Title: Cat’s Cradle
Author: Lia Connor
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-576-9
Genre: Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Tony is a handsome kind-hearted man that most people have classified as not-too-bright. After years of being used, he doesn’t know his own worth. While taking care of the family bar, Gatos, he is delivered the news that his sisters, Gabriella and Marnie, are missing. So when his girlfriend shows up to break it off, Tony figures he has bigger fish to fry and focuses his energy on preparing to locate his sisters. Tony thought he would be left alone, but soon discovers a couple of Catkind named Samaelle and David. He thinks the twosome is offering a quick romp in the hay, but Samaelle and David both know the truth: Tony is their mate.

Cat’s Cradle is the third book in the Cat O’Nine Tales series. Tony is the strong silent type until you mess with his family. People have deceived and used him for so long, it’s become the expected norm. David is an Omega cat, with Alpha tendencies. He is more than happy to have Samaelle as his mate but having Tony in their bed is the icing on his cake. Samaelle knows that Tony is the one she has been searching for. She is willing to share him with David and reap the rewards of watching her two mates enjoy their pleasures. United this threesome is a force to be reckoned with. Armed with love and determination, it’s hard not to cheer as they begin their lives together. Cat’s Cradle has action, a touch of humor, and erotic encounters to make your teeth ache. I’ll admit I’m looking forward to watching Lucia gain mates who can calm her down. Lia Connor has definitely stirred things up with the creation of these fantastic shapeshifting characters.

Rookery Cove: Nipped


Book Title: Rookery Cove: Nipped
Author: Celia Kyle
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/index.php_
ISBN: 978-1-59596-836-4
Genre: Paranormal
Nymphs Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph


Katerina “Kat” Pawslowski is a jobless cleaning freak. Even her own parents don’t understand her. After seeing an ad for a lab assistant needed for cleaning, Kat knew she would be perfect for the job. Nobody can clean better than a feline shifter.

Will Thorpe and Monty Slade are two scientist hired by Rookery Cove Aphrodisiacs to create an irresistible catnip for all feline shifters. Months have passed and so far every attempt has been unsuccessful. Will is upset over Monty’s nonchalant attitude about working and Monty is concerned that Will spends all his time working. This puts a strain on their relationship as lovers so Monty comes up with a solution. They had to bring in a third mate who would bring harmony to the Alpha shifters and feed the need of their wolf to dominate.

When Monty’s newly hired lab assistant Kat arrived, he immediately knew she was their perfect mate. He and Will both felt it, now if only they can get Kat to come to terms with her secret desires and accept them.

Rookery Cove: Nipped left me wanting another peek inside the walls of the building and the minds of characters to come. Will and Monty have wonderful chemistry and throwing Kat in the mix made everything even hotter. Monty is so charming I imagine it is impossible to not fall in love with him. I loved Kat’s compulsiveness and I identified with her. Kat never imagined her deepest wishes could come true and I was doing cartwheels when she let go of some of her hang ups and stepped onto the wild side. Celia Kyle always creates characters that are easily accepted and these characters are no different. This story should definitely be read.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Serenity


Book Title: Serenity
Author: D. Renee Bagby
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/index.php
ISBN: 1-59998-898-4
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

In the Gezane Universe King Melchior of the Bhresaya, a demon-like race, has grown tired of endless wars with the Humans. He offers a peace treaty with the most powerful human kingdom. The only condition is the unborn princess will become his bride. From the moment of her birth, attempts are made on her life. The first attack from the Bhresaya failed when young princess Serenity showed no fear and asked questions about her future husband. This revelation caused a change of heart for assassin Chigaru who then became her first guard, as time passed, other assassins also turned into guards to their future queen. Serenity’s Bhresaya guards were known as the Hell Hounds, a title they proudly embraced.

Princess Serenity grew up looking forward to love and marriage to King Melchior, but Melchior married Serenity to solidify the peace between the Bhresyas and the Humans, or so he thought. After the wedding, Melchior informed Serenity that he had no intention of having heirs with her. Serenity is devastated by this rejection and after months of being a trophy wife, returns to her home. With Serenity gone, Melchior is forced to face his denials of love for her and the fact that she is his true mate.

Serenity is a unique and well written compelling story of the power of love and the sting of rejection. In this very creative universe of D. Renee Bagby, the issues of prejudice are showcased with the difference of species. The Bhresyas are displayed in a variety of skin colors; Melchior’s skin tone is blue, while Serenity has a human brown skin tone. The obstacles of an interracial relationship are diminished with the acceptance of the love they are destined to share. The emotional journey is heart wrenching, the storyline is insightful and this is an incredible story that I enjoyed immensely.

Golden Eyes


Book Title: Golden Eyes
Author: Maya Banks
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-640-8
Genre: Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Ruby Minx

Sheriff Duncan Kennedy is tracking a reported sighting of an unusual animal in the Rockies when he comes across a group of poachers. After scaring them off, he finds their quarry on the ground, an injured cheetah with an arrow protruding from her leg. He rescues the cheetah and while he is taking her back to his truck to get medical help he is confronted by another poacher who ties him up at gunpoint. As the hunter is about to drag the cheetah away she bites his assailant who runs away from the scene.

Duncan takes the cheetah home to care for her until he can contact the vet and locks her in his basement but when he checks on her later, he finds instead of an animal, a beautiful woman with an arrow in her leg. Aliyah Carver tells Duncan that she is a shapeshifter who has been trapped in cheetah form for six months after she was captured by poachers in Africa, and imported into the US with other exotic animals to be used for illegal hunts.

When Duncan recovers from his initial shock at Aliyah’s transformation, he removes the arrow at her request, tends to her wound and puts her to bed. While caring for her, he feels drawn to her as he falls for the woman with the golden cheetah eyes. Later that evening when she wakes up naked and aroused, she tells him that it has been a long time since she has had a lover and pleads with him to have sex with her. At first, he is hesitant because of concerns regarding her injury but he soon succumbs to her charms.

The chemistry between Aliyah and Duncan is unmistakable and Golden Eyes is a very entertaining read. The love scenes leave the reader breathless and are vintage Maya Banks. What I found just as interesting as the romance were the chase to nab the poachers and the back story of Aliyah’s and her family’s origins and their fears that, as their numbers dwindle, their race will eventually become extinct. This is a must read for Maya’s fans and anyone who loves a terrific romance with danger, excitement and the element of surprise.

Feral Voyeurism


Book Title: Feral Voyeurism
Author: Lacey Savage
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/index.php
ISBN: 978-1-59596-830-2
Genre: Paranormal Ménage
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Hiding from the Kolen werewolf pack that abused her and killed her lover, Emma Duprey takes a job as a stripper on a Caribbean cruise ship, The Pirate’s Maiden. Durand Robyard is a male stripper on the same ship. Emma is attracted to Durand, but she is afraid to reveal her secret. Durand is also a werewolf and wants Emma for his mate. When Durand tells his lover Christopher Bathurst about Emma, the ghost becomes jealous and fears he will lose Durand to Emma.

Feral Voyeurism is an intricate story that exhibits some of the menacing events in life; brutal attacks, murder and mayhem intertwined with sensual moments and heroes. Lacey Savage has created a unique trio of characters that will keep you entertained with this enjoyable read.

Carnal Temptation


Book Title: Carnal Temptation
Author: Kate Hill
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-880-7
Genre: Ménage, Vampires, Werewolves
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

After agreeing to sire the heir of vampire leader Altah, Pax isn’t certain what to do with his life. He’s busy with his environmental causes but knows he needs more in his life…he needs a mate of his own. He wants someone to share his days and nights with. So when he takes a trip and ends up at the seaside inn, Cliffside Paradise, he never expects to meet two young werewolves, Falken and Felina, who will change his life. He never imagined he’d have wolves for mates but once they meet, he knows they are meant to be together. The question is whether a vampire with royal blood can overcome the prejudice and bigotry of certain members of vampire society or will it destroy his chance at happiness forever?

Carnal Temptation is a nicely written novella that mixes vampires and werewolves. It’s a sexy story for those readers who enjoy a ménage-based theme that also adds in stuffy, snobbish vampire politics, procreation, class bigotry and most importantly of all, hope for a happy future. The attraction between our characters is intense from the beginning and only gets more so as the fast-paced story progresses, and they express their feelings in a few blistering hot physical encounters. What I liked the most about this story was Pax’s determination to keep the two wolves that had come to mean so much to him, no matter what the personal cost.

Satyr's Myst


Book Title: Satyr's Myst
Author: Marie Harte
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-667-0
Genre: Contemporary Ménage
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Rick Hastings awakens to find he has been bound and blindfolded. The last thing he remembers is having a drink with Trevor Jackson. Rick is the wealthy owner of a pleasure resort named Satyr’s Myst on his private Caribbean Island. During his confinement, Rick learns that Trevor’s real name is Trevor Reaper, an ex-cop and brother to Rick’s good friend Ethan. Rick’s good friend plotted together to save his life after Rick received death threats. Rick’s former girlfriend even sent her cousin Lilah Tanner to help keep Rick occupied while the criminals were hunted down. The instant attraction between the three bloomed into love and a ménage lifestyle.

Satyr’s Myst explores the issues of stepping into unknown territory. Rick, who has always known he is bisexual, has to convince Trevor that he is loved by the other two people and this is not a casual affair. Trevor has never been intimate with another man, but he is in love with Rick. Lilah can not believe that two handsome men can love a plain looking woman like her. Marie Harte gives new meaning to the term family unit in this delightful and enjoyable story.