Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Countess Takes A Lover


Book Title: The Countess Takes A Lover
Author: Bonnie Dee
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-59998-937-9
Genre: Historical Romance
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Countess Meredith du Chevalier is a widow who does as she pleases by taking on lovers, handling her finances and running her household. When she decides to take Christopher as a novice in lovemaking, she finds out more about herself than she even knew was hidden underneath the façade she portrayed to others.

Christopher Whitby is fascinated with plant life and wants to be a Botanist at heart but his father has other plans for him to become the heir that finds a wife and takes over when his father either dies or becomes too old. Once he finds out why Meredith took an interest in him, the anger and hurt blossoms beyond anything Christopher could think of thus he begins the plot to get revenge against both her and his parents.

The Countess Takes a Lover, being a historical romance, is more than what I bargained for and the lovemaking scenes leave little to the imagination. Chris & Meredith find completion with each other and learn more things regarding gardening way past the normal. With the proper society in England’s ton, one has to be very careful of how you carried yourself throughout your life and do exactly everything expected of the family. What Bonnie Dee has written is a very beautiful love story regardless of hurt, anger and betrayal the outcome is satisfying for almost everyone involved.

Windwalker’s Mate


Book Title: Windwalker’s Mate
Author: Margaret L. Carter
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-241-5
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Horror
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx



Shannon is so confused about her powers that when she gets angry the powers come alive without her realizing it and hurt her stepfather in the process. Her love for Nathan had blossomed as a teenager and when he let her go, the influence of her mother causes her to suppress that love for a time. Because their son is at the center of things, the two lovers put aside the emotions that they have and join forces with the police to find Nathan’s father.

Nathan has become apart of the Windwalker’s spirit at the first ritual that involved sex with Shannon and he still has the mark on him. When he finds out that his father intends to use their son Daniel to open the Gate to Other Worlds, he does all he can to protect both of them. Because of her love for him, that is what will keep him from following the Windwalker into a world unknown.

I found this story to be a great mystery in the occult and know that it is not the normal for everyday life. From the title Windwalker’s Mate it leads you in a different direction but I enjoyed reading every word that kept you on the edge each step of the way. With Shannon’s fear of what happened that night at the ritual and Nathan’s mark from the Windwalker after they completed the sexual act on him after all those years had me wondering why it took so long for them to get back together.

Margaret L. Carter has done a very creative job with this book. I want to say that if you need something different then this is the story for you with every element included. After the betrayal of Nathan’s father to everyone involved, what more can he do to the couple? The way this story ends kind of leaves you wondering it there is more of a tale to be told.

Night Moves


Book Title: Night Moves
Author: Matt Brooks, Erastes, Kiernan Kelly, Kira Stone
Publisher: Aspen Mountain Press
Publisher URL: http://www.aspenmountainpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60168-083-9
Genre: Paranormal/Vampire
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Theron's Boys by Kiernan Kelly - 5 Nymphs
Christian Wolfe is a bartender and dancer at Blood Alley, an elite club owned by Theron Shade. He only admits he might have declined Theron’s proposal of being Turned if he had known what the ramifications associated with becoming a vampire had encompassed. But then again he does gain two important possessions by agreeing: the gift of immortality and his first bite from true love. Life, as he knows it, is threatened and Christian decides it’s time to end his meager existence as one of Theron’s boys and start enjoying life as a man in love.

Inferno by Matt Brooks - 5 Nymphs
Blaise has decided to go to Inferno for a night of dancing and sweat-slick enjoyment. What he gains is a companion named Robert. Robert knows the road that Blaise has only half traveled and offers to help him complete his journey with an extra bonus he didn’t expect.

Chiaroscuro by Erastes - 5 Nymphs
Michel de Posco is an artist struggling to pay off his family’s debt to his Patron. The weasel of a man has stolen a great deal from Michel’s family but he is in no position to show his contempt. Michel is commissioned to paint the portrait of a man whose essences he will never capture on his canvas. His beauty is beyond compare. But what Michel doesn’t anticipate is the true gifts that will be bestowed upon him by the one who has captured his attention and his heart.

Immortal Steps by Kira Stone - 5 Nymphs
There is a hidden society of vampires among us who use Hunters to help those with vampiric DNA complete their change before it is too late. The DNA is a silent killer if you do not change and Tain O’Halloran has no idea of the danger that lurks in his body. Kyle Lohan has watched the brilliant dancer and has waited years for the privilege of assisting with his change and then claiming his heart and body as his own. After all, Kyle is Tain’s most dedicated fan.

The authors of Night Moves have brought us four fantastic stories about vampires. While each story presents characters with an allure that keeps readers begging for more; the similarities will end there. I was enthralled with the novel as a whole. The Vampires all had the ability to gain their mates with a healthy dose of kindness laced with a sex appeal too intense to be denied. And in the blink of an eye they were ready to protect those they loved with a fierce determination that enemies could never stand against. There is no weak link in this anthology. Readers of the genre will find the stories intriguingly sensual, laced with romance, and lessons of self discover.

So Much More Than Naked


Book Title: So Much More Than Naked
Author: D.J. Manly
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-041-7
Genre: Contemporary, GBLT (M/M), BDSM
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Ruby Minx

It had to be a mistake. That’s the first thing Darcy thought when he arrived at the address given to him by his brother Martin of his supposed blind date. Instead of meeting a woman who might be a suitable date to take to Martin’s wedding, he is greeted by Ryan, a Dom who had placed an ad for a submissive.

Ryan doesn’t think it’s a mistake that Darcy ended up at his house. He is immediately attracted to Darcy, who has been denying for years that he is gay. Darcy, while he also feels an attraction to Ryan, does everything he can to suppress it, but on the night of Martin’s wedding he crosses the line and can no longer deny it. Ryan makes him feel cared for, which is something he has never experienced as he has always been the responsible one, the one in control, looking after his mother and younger brother.

When tragedy strikes, Darcy does not know where to turn and he is falling apart. Ryan, who is a sex therapist, challenges him to submit and give over control. Darcy is at first hesitant but he wants to prove to Ryan that he is not what and who he thinks he is so he agrees. It is the most incredible sexual experience for Darcy who up until this point was a virgin at 26. He realizes then that it’s game over.

So Much More Than Naked is much more than just another book about letting go of control or denying one’s sexual orientation because of concerns and fears about others’ perceptions. It’s about release and giving someone else power over your life, realizing that you don’t always have to be strong. It’s also about accepting help when the burden is too great to bear alone, admitting that you need someone else and not being afraid to let that person know you love him. Darcy had to learn a valuable lesson that loving and being loved is the most important thing in life and that he could put his total trust in Ryan, knowing he will keep him safe. I would highly recommend this wonderful book as, once again, D.J. Manly hits one out the park.

The Dioni Chronicles III: Sebastian’s Surrender


Book Title: The Dioni Chronicles III: Sebastian’s Surrender
Author: Dana Littlejohn
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.redrosepublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60435-140-8
Genre: Erotic romance/paranormal/MC/IR
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph


The next vampire in line who is to be granted a wife is Sebastian Santos. However, Sebastian is less than jazzed because he really does not care for humans. Their only purpose to him is for feeding. A wife would destroy his solitude but he had to carry out his duty to the clan. Finding his mate sleeping on his porch one evening came as a complete shock.

Amber was frightened of all the things Sebastian made her feel and she was wondering if he might be crazy. Sebastian had just asked her to be his wife and revealed himself as being a vampire the first time she met him. And to make matters weirder, she felt drawn to him.

Sebastian’s Surrender gave me another taste of Dana Littlejohn’s wonderful writing style. Sebastian made a quick change the second he became aware of Amber and that made him seem softer. I enjoyed the fact that Amber was hesitant about getting involved with Sebastian, but I wish her turmoil had dragged on a bit longer. If you enjoyed the first two books of the series, then this one is a must read.

Quest into the Forbidden


Book Title: Quest into the Forbidden
Author: Vanessa N. Gilfoy
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 978-1-41991-400-3
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Holt, now the king of Gildon, is out to undo the damage his father, the former king, has done. To accomplish that, Holt has to go into the Elven lands to see King Andraste who wants nothing to do with him. Along the way, Holt finds a fortune teller who gives him the future he does not want. When he gets closer to the kingdom Holt finds a beautiful Elven woman swimming at a waterfall and falls in love with her.

Ceres, an Elven princess and next in line, is caught between her father and Holt with very mixed emotions. She has chosen Holt as her fated mate and regrets her decision afterwards.

As Holt and Warren get about an hour away from the front gates of the city, Ceres comes charging down the mountain with an elven army behind her. Holt sends Warren on to get help from his army in the city and stays with Ceres to defend her from the elven army. When Holt realizes he is killing Ceres’ people, he loses the will to fight anymore and goes back to her to protect her from harm.

Vanessa Gilfoy has done a beautiful job of taking you into the Elven and human realm. Quest into the Forbidden has shown me that love can truly become a factor in deciding choices in life. Holt and Ceres find a love that is life-long, even if death takes one of them. When Ceres finds out why she is not allowed to fate a human, she is torn as to what to really do about her love for Holt or stay to rule in her father’s place.


Reader Advisory: This book contains graphic violence.

The Sight of Home


Book Title: The Sight of Home
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Books
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerepress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-297-3
Genre: Gay Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Blind since a plane crash when he was five, Stone Watson is used to getting around on his own. It’s not until his historical novel becomes a hit, that this quiet and unassuming history professor is forced out of his comfort zone and onto a thirty-six week, sixty city book tour he isn’t equipped to do alone. Even with his Seeing Eye dog, Leeah, he still needs the two eyes of a human to help him so decides to hire an assistant to be eyes and ears while he’s on the road.

Mason Vergis is the perfect candidate to help protect and care for Professor Watson. He’s big, strong, muscular, very capable and served ten years in the military. He’s also spent several of the intervening years as a bodyguard, so he’s well able to take care of any problems that might arise while on the book tour as well as help him function with the day to day routine. He wants this job, wants to do something else beside baby-sit a spoiled, rich client. He also wants and needs physical and emotional companionship. He just never expected to it in the form of a sexy, blind history professor.

These two guys are great together, both emotionally and physically. While their sexual intimacy might have been a little quick under normal circumstances, in the context of the short nature of this story, it was well written and perfectly done, never seeming rushed but with a near perfect flow. Everything about the growing relationship between these two works. Mason is a big guy, used to protecting those around him and Stone only makes him more of what he already is…a caring, tender and thoughtful man who looks out for those he cares for. The surprising thing for him is how much he does care and it scares him more than a little. Stone, on the other hand, is more than willing to develop a relationship with the big man whose sexy smell and gravely voice drives him to distraction. He’s used to being alone and independent, but also knows when to ask for help. It doesn’t make him less of a man, only a smarter and safer one, and if Mason wants to cuddle while he takes care of him, that’s all the better.

I loved how Mr. Michaels wrote Stone’s character. Too often in modern literature, ‘people’ with any kind of disability are relegated to the background, to unimportant secondary characters that always support and never lead the plot. In this well written short, that isn’t the case, and in that I applaud the author for using a non-perfect man has his primary character. In this well written story, he shows how alike we are no matter what our physical limitations; wanting love, happiness and someone to call our own. While I thoroughly enjoyed the story as written, I would have loved to read more about these two intriguing men. Keep up the good work and I eagerly await the next release by this talented author.

Tears of Anubis


Book Title: Tears of Anubis
Author: Michele Bardsley
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 978-1-41991-451-5
Genre: Werewolf
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph


Elle Reddington’s past is one filled with devastation from the deaths of her husband and her parents. She is constantly plagued by erotic dreams of a wolf-man who claims that she is his mate.

Xavier Sky is an Alpha Anubinake, a group of shape shifters whose existence is being threatened. He has waited a long time to claim Elle as his mate and finds it more difficult to repress his desires. Time is running out for his people, so he must claim her now.

Tears of Anubis is a touching tale of two people without family coming together to make a perfect union. Watching Xavier trying to give Elle time to accept her true nature and him as her mate was emotional and exciting. I felt each character’s needs and loved seeing Elle’s past unravel. Michele Bardsley knows how to build up to a fantastic ending that readers will enjoy.

Under My Skin


Book Title: Under My Skin
Author: M. L. Rhodes
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-244-6
Genre: Gay Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Sebastian Keller, owner of Great Escapes Travel Book Shop, is having issues with the loud music coming from Rad Tattoos, a new shop next door. When Sebastian goes over to confront the owner, Dylan Radamacher, about the noise, Dylan flirts with Sebastian. Sebastian is attracted to bad boy Dylan but given his history of bad choices in boyfriends, Sebastian runs back to his shop determined to avoid Dylan. Sebastian’s resolve is forgotten when Dylan stops by after closing and invites him to dinner. Dylan shows Sebastian that he is not the bad boy that Sebastian perceived, but a kind and loving man hoping for more than a one night stand.

Under My Skin is a compassionate love story that deals with overcoming real fears. Sebastian has a history of falling for the wrong guys; his last boyfriend Beck, had maxed out his credit cards, emptied his bank account, cleaned out his apartment and left a note saying since I’ve drained you dry, it’s time to move on to the next sucker. Dylan has never had a long term relationship before, but he wanted a chance to show Sebastian that he is the right decision. M. L. Rhodes exemplifies characters so alive; the emotions exhibited melt your heart, and the very sensuous love scene causes a rise in the temperature. Under My Skin is a well written, fantastic and exciting story that has me breathless for more.

Tempting Adam


Book Title: Tempting Adam
Author: Shelli Stevens
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-59998-912-3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Christy Wallace may be a respected Spanish teacher in the Seattle school system but she also likes things a little spicy. That’s why she’s taken up teaching the salsa dancing she loves so much during the summer school break. It allows the petite beauty to be the wild and racy woman she normally holds in check. When she meets tall and attractive Adam in her friend’s coffee shop she’s smitten, and when he suggests dinner, readily agrees. How was she to know that the man of her dreams would turn out to be the older brother of her gay best friend; the friend who she’s agreed to pose as his girlfriend.

Adam is a wealthy successful apple farmer and he and his parents have come to Seattle to visit his younger brother, Nate. When he goes to a local coffee shop, he never imagines he’ll meet a beautiful and attractive woman who will change his life. He also doesn’t expect that after a night filled with blistering hot passion that he’ll walk into a restaurant and have his ideal woman introduced as his brother’s girlfriend. His continued attraction is a problem for him but he can’t keep away or keep his hands off her. The question is whether he can live with himself if he takes her for himself.

Tempting Adam is the second book in Ms. Stevens new and ongoing Seattle Steam contemporary romance series. While this one has a few references to previous characters, this book can truly be read as a stand-alone story.

Once again Ms. Stevens has crafted a vividly described world with interesting and likable characters. I loved that the lifestyles of Adam and Christy were so dissimilar, apple farmer versus teacher/salsa dancing instructor. These two had an instant attraction which almost jumped off the page and once they became intimate, it turned blistering hot and intense. Adam’s brother, Nate, on the other hand needed to be slapped upside the head for suggesting his stupid deception in the first place. This is the part that I had trouble with, it just seemed to be expected and I wasn’t surprised when it occurred, which I found disappointing. Don’t get me wrong, the writing is good, the characters well rounded, the relationships well done, and the scenes nicely plotted, all within a good page turning pace.

The final scenes where Adam finally learns his brother is gay were very well done and I loved the surprise both brothers received when their parents admitted they’d known for years that Nate liked men. It was also eye-opening that Adam didn’t have a clue, suggesting their relationship needed a little work. The parents were the nice middle class one that everyone dreams of, and the locale of Adam’s home town typical small town America…all of which was enjoyable to read about. I have to admit that I loved the scenes in the bar with the mechanical bull, which I didn’t expect and enjoyed immensely. I eagerly await the next book in this interesting series.

Masquerade of the Cursed King


Book Title: Masquerade of the Cursed King
Author: Vanessa N. Gilfoy
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 978-1-41991-276-4
Genre: Fantasy
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Eleanor Borona was not happy with her life and was continually trying to run away from it but her parents caught her every time. From childhood, she has loved Erick and would do anything to be near him even though he knew nothing of her feelings for him. Being a hybrid did not help matters along after Eleanor grew up and Erick had changed so much it was hard for her to stay around him.

Frederick (Erick) was king of Biston, not by his own choosing but with the help of the Western elves, he was able to overpower the Gildon army. When Erick was told his future by an old wizard woman he did not listen closely, understand or believe what she was foretelling at all. Because of his hatred for his mother, who is a hybrid and abused him in his younger years, Eleanor does not have a chance with him. Now if he could only stop smelling Eleanor’s pheromones that make him want to throw her to the floor and have his way with her completely.

Masquerade of the Cursed King was a little long and did not get to the masquerade until further in the book. With two headstrong and proud people who are fated for each other and are constantly provoking one another so much, it causes them to ignore their feelings even more. To be used so was not what Erick wanted and when he found out about all of the betrayals, it set him up for something worse.

Because he’d been protected so much Erick was unable to be himself and that caused him to make a lot of bad decisions with his kingdom. Upon finding out the truth that Eleanor was the one he really loved he still refused to believe it and would marry her off to anyone to remove her from being around him all the time. Everyone involved comes to an ending that hopefully works for all of them and that kind of left everything hanging for another novel perhaps?

Supernatural Bonds - Drui Claiming


Book Title: Supernatural Bonds - Drui Claiming
Author: Jory Strong
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419916977
Genre: Paranormal / Ménage a trois or More / Gay
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Xanthus is everything a dragon should be…possessive, domineering, intense and demanding. It’s his way or no way and his attraction to a certain beauty who is denying him is making him more than a little cranky. When she tries to cut off their budding relationship, he refuses to believe she’s serious. Then he learns she has another man in her life and he’s furious, at least initially. Then he starts to think that maybe he might have a chance to still be with her.

Marika is a Drui, a member of an ancient race who always has more than one permanent bed partner, so no matter how much she longs for Xanthaus, she can’t have him. Dragons never share and she already has a partner in her life, Tallis, a shapeshifting Sjen, who’s been with her for years and whom she will not give up. It’s not until she overhears a comment about Xanthus’s family and their desires that she begins to hope. She wants both men in her bed, but that isn’t going to happen unless she can get two totally Alpha males to give their threesome a chance.

Drui Claiming is the fourth book in Ms. Strong’s ongoing Supernatural Bonds series and it takes up where the last book left off. While it is meant to read as a stand alone, it would probably be better if it were read in the series order. As with others in this original series, Drui Claiming is well written and plotted with interesting characters. It also includes characters from the previous book as secondaries, giving the reader a continuing look at the lives of the people they became familiar with in the previous release Sophie’s Dragon.

The passion between Marika and Tallis is intense; each knowing what turns the other on during their dominant/submissive play, setting that person on fire. Then add in Xanthus to the mix, and you have nothing short of the all consuming heat of Dragon’s fire. Whether it’s Marika with the men or the men together, the sexual intimacy between these people is hot…hot…hot.

Darling Brat


Book Title: Darling Brat
Author: Kate Steele
Publisher: Loose id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-698-9
Genre: LGBT Erotic Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Mark Bartel returns home from a week long business trip to find his lover Joe Moning has a surprise he wants to show Mark. Feeling tired and wanting nothing more than to make love to Joe, Mark agrees to go along with Joe’s plans. The surprise is a ten acre plot of land that Joe owns; he wants Mark to design a house for them so they can move in together. Mark is an architect and Joe is a carpenter, they are both ready to move their relationship forward to the next level.

Darling Brat is a continued segment of Thaw in Winter. Kate Steele provides a character update of easy going Joe, serious Mark who pouts when things don’t go his way, and the infamous Derek who is still up to his old tricks. This is a creative and funny addition to a captivating saga that I thoroughly enjoy. I look forward to more of these delightful characters in the future.

Blind Faith


Book Title: Blind Faith
Author: Claire Thompson
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 978-1-41991-4-645
Genre: Gay, Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Aidan Byrne lost his eye sight in a horrific car accident. Broken and disabled, Aidan had to learn to live in the dark. He can no longer work in his chosen profession but has discovered other talents he possesses. Aidan refuses to accept the pity of others and has chosen to live like a hermit. But the memories he has of Zane have kept him just close enough to the surface to not fall too deeply into the dark and to give up on life all together.

Zane Wilde, the last name should say it all. Zane has a gypsy’s soul. While his heart knew that he truly loved Aidan, his traveling eye and need for adventure kept their budding relationship at bay. Zane has returned home to Aidan. Seeing the man he loves in his current state of withdrawal from the world is emotionally unsettling and he refuses to allow it to continue. Zane’s touch caresses all the feelings that Aidan has tried to hide for years and has Aidan ready to reclaim his life, his happiness, and hopefully Zane’s heart.

When you meet someone, you step out on Blind Faith. You never know what that person is willing to do, or for that matter, if your happiness is a true consideration. Zane and Aidan are characters you can’t help but to love. Zane is wild and carefree, but his love for Aidan is too important to walk away from. Aidan seemed to live by that old saying “if you love someone set them free, if they return it was meant to be”. Both men needed the same things – security, commitment and love. The sad thing is that both could have lost out because Zane was selfishly leaving his lover and Aidan wasn’t selfish enough to voice his true desires. But the blindness, in my opinion, gave Aidan the strength to admit what he wanted and show Zane a new side in their bedroom. And their love making was just that… love making. Watching Zane and Aidan claim each other body and soul was invigorating. Blind Faith was engaging with lessons on love and commitment. Claire Thompson has brought us a fantastically written story that readers will find hard to put down.

Lycan Warriors - Carnal


Book Title: Lycan Warriors - Carnal
Author: Nathalie Gray
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419914683
Genre: Werewolf
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Cristoval Vanatos is the charismatic and dedicated leader of a group of Lycan rebels. In the eyes of the law, he and others of his kind are considered little more than freaks or mutants and they deserve nothing except death. Unfortunately at the death of his father, he was captured and now finds himself in the hands of group of scientists bent on discovering as much about his Lycan physiology as possible and they don’t care how much pain they cause him to do it. He gets his first glimpse of a female Lycan when he’s injected with an aphrodisiac and told to mate with her.

Dragana is a woman brought back from the dead…literally. She wakes to find herself suspended in a cell of fluid, with tubes and wires hanging from her body. Desperate to escape, she manages to injure and kill several of her captures. It’s not until they throw her into another cell with a male Lycan that she realizes she isn’t alone, that together they have hope for escape. She’s still the same woman, just different. She’s still a killing machine capable of dealing out death and vengeance, but she’s also changed and no longer the quick-to-react tough talking woman she was before. Coming back from the dead does change you, after all.

Carnal is the third in Ms. Gray’s ongoing Lycan Warriors futuristic werewolf series, and it picks up where the last book Primal left off. The action and adventure continues in this well written book but is more character driven with the intense emotions of Cristoval and Dragana as they struggle to survive their scientist torturers and their rising mutual desire and attraction. When these two come together, the only words suitable are blistering hot and primal.

The villains in this book are ones normally thought of as quiet and studious…scientists, but in this piece they are anything but. Here they are dispensers of pain, agony and death, more than a little reminiscent of Nazi scientists during WWII, determined to do whatever they thought needed in the name of scientific discovery. This is especially true of Killen, the main torturer, and he is definitely a man easy to hate and to wish for an ugly and painful end.

While the secondary characters from the previous Lycan books didn’t appear until the latter portion of the story, they still played an integral part in the climatic and action packed ending. It was great to see these ‘people’ again and to get reacquainted with their lives and loves.

Heart of the West - Lassoed


Book Title: Heart of the West - Lassoed
Author: Ann Jacobs
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419915697
Genre: BDSM
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Diana McTavish hasn’t been out of rehab for long and she’s having trouble trusting any man other than her two little brothers. Not even switching from a submissive to a dominant role while playing at the local BDSM dungeon is working for her either, not emotionally or physically. Her heart isn’t in giving pain to another person, no matter how much they want it, and seeing Matt, her old love, playing with subs at the club is tearing her apart. She still wants him, still needs him, but the thought of giving up her control to any Dom, even Matt, scares her to death.

When Matt moved back home after retiring from the NFL, he was determined to learn to be what Diana needed…a Dom. Having never been involved in that lifestyle he was surprised at how easily he fit, at least in the giving of pleasure, just not the public sex. He’s willing to do whatever is needed to prove to Diana that he can be trusted, and if that means giving up his control and letting her call the shots then he’s willing to try.

Lassoed is Ms. Jacobs’ third book in her Heart of the West series revolving around the lives and loves of the three McTavish children. This one is about Diana and how she tries to put her life back together after surviving years of emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her Dom ex-husband. This is actually my favorite of the series and I was thrilled to watch as Diana learned to put her fear aside and trust again, in the form of the man she’s loved her entire life, Matt. These two old lovers were perfect together as teenagers and they are still the perfect other half of a whole. The way in which Matt submits, allowing Diana to maintain control and feel more comfortable with their intimacy show just how much he cares for her. This man is willing to do whatever is necessary for the woman he’s loved forever to feel safe…for her to trust him as she did when they were teenagers.

This is ultimately a feel-good story of one person’s success in exorcising her personal demons of distrust and fear and finding her way back to the one man she was always meant to be with. The sex between these old lovers is intense, passionate and caring. Just what Diana needed to let down her emotional barriers and trust again, and to give her hope for the future.

While this story carries the BDSM label it is by far the mildest of the three books in this series, and it’s all in the first few pages. So if sex play of this kind in any form makes you uncomfortable then choose this series carefully or avoid it all together. If, on the other hand, you enjoy well written books in this genre then give this book and series a try. You’ll be glad you did.

Desperate Alliance


Book Title: Desperate Alliance
Author: Robie Madison
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419914348
Genre: Futuristic
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Rating: Mystical Nymph

Hallie Clearwater is a human who has been cybernetically enhanced as a child to save her life and overcome several birth defects. Unfortunately, there is a portion of the human population known as pure human supremacists who feel individuals who have been enhanced are freaks and shouldn’t have the same rights as the pure. Still there are others, like her brother, who are willing to compromise. It’s during such a negotiation session that Hallie’s brother is killed. Now she’s on a mission, both literally and emotionally, to bring his murderers to justice and to do it she needs the help of Daniel Highcliff.

Daniel Highcliff has been imprisoned for most of the last year in one of the worst prisons imaginable for a crime he didn’t commit. Beaten, starved and abused, the only thing he has left when Hallie comes with his release authorization is his pride. Lucky for these two, Daniel doesn’t agree with the tenets of the PHF (Pure Human Faction), because when he sees her he wants her and to her amazement, negotiates to have her. Still he’d agree to almost anything to get out of prison and helping Hallie also gives him the chance he needs to clear his name.

The premise for this well written and plotted futuristic romance is both unique and original, which this reader truly appreciated. I also loved that in Desperate Alliance the female lead, Hallie, was by far the stronger of the two physically and that Daniel didn’t care. Not only didn’t he care she was stronger; he couldn’t have cared less that she was enhanced. This man truly only cared about who she was on the inside and nothing else mattered. These two are likeable as individuals, but make them a couple and you have an unbeatable hot, passionate and intense emotional and physical combination.

The scenes and memories revolving around Daniel’s time in prison were excellently done, giving the reader a true feel for how brutal and inhumane his treatment had been. This alone made you understand to what extremes Daniel was willing to go to get away from his sadistic jailers. I also enjoyed that the author doled out pieces of information and character history a little at a time, skillfully integrating them into the plot as it unfolded as these two struggled to not only survive, but to catch a killer and clear Daniel’s good name.

Desperate Alliance is the newest release by a talented author I was unfamiliar with before reading this book, and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this futuristic romance. The characters are likeable to the extreme, the bigotry and prejudice is easily believable and the reaction of the PHF expected by people afraid of change and having their place in life usurped. This is one book that would make a great continuing series.

Weary Memory




Book Title: Weary Memory
Author: Elizabeth Jewell
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-356-7
Genre: Gay (M/M)/Paranormal/ History Rewritten
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Woodland Nymph

Weary Memory is the first book in the Memories series.

Alex has been working for a vampire for the last six months and has found the work pretty interesting. With his linguistic background, translating prophetic documents and books is a large part of his job which helps contribute to their main priority, which is protecting the “normal” folk. After letting himself into Liam’s with research notes he needs looked over for validity, Alex comes across an old sketchbook of Liam’s. Unable to resist he opens the sketchbook to find naked pornographic drawings of first one then a second woman and finally a man. Seeing Liam’s drawings of the man unnerves him and brings back a memory he’s locked away for more than twenty years.

Liam is a two hundred seventy seven year old vampire, who doesn’t look a day over 35. One hundred years ago Liam himself was a vicious killer but now he hunts them.

After Liam discovers Alex looking through his sketchbook, Alex surprisingly wants to open up to Liam and tell him the secret he’s never told another person. He’s not sure why it’s all coming out now, he thought he had locked it away where it would never touch him again, but he was wrong. As Liam speaks to him calmly and compassionately, Alex can’t think straight and is going through several different emotions all at the same time. Listening to Liam tell him about how he was tortured by Monique, the woman who turned him and the difference between violence and sex, he’s taken aback when Liam offers to help him. Alex finds himself strangely drawn to Liam, he finds the vampire alluring and dangerous while at the same time safe and steady. Will Alex take Liam up on his offer of help and will he ever be able to deal with the haunting memories?

Weary Memory is a terrific and touching story of one man’s beginning steps in healing and learning to live with the horrific memories of abuse at the hands of his father and of the second man, who happens to be a vampire who wants to help him. Elizabeth Jewell has created two wonderful and extremely likable characters that seem to perfectly balance each other. The honesty and openness between these two men will quickly and easily have you caring about both of them. By the time I reached the end of this book, the author left me only wanting more! Fans of the m/m genre do not miss this book!

This is a story of healing for two adults, one of whom has been the victim of childhood sexual abuse. The material may be difficult for some readers.

Persistent Memory




Book Title: Persistent Memory
Author: Elizabeth Jewell
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher’s URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-764-0
Genre: Gay (M/M)/Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 5 nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Woodland Nymph

Persistent Memory is the second book in the Memories series.

The second book picks up three weeks after the end of Weary Memory. Alex has realized making love with Liam has not only helped in starting to replace the bad memories but he now needs it and wants it. While researching an unknown artifact, Alex is unable to stop himself from seducing Liam at the office. He tells the vampire he trusts him so he doesn’t need to be so gentle with him this time. But even after admitting to himself that being in Liam’s arms makes him feel safe and secure, he still finds himself hesitating and tensing up before he’s able to relax his body.

That night Liam dreams of darker times when he preferred the taste of innocent blood and is startled out of his slumber when Alex suddenly pulls away from him. It’s then he realizes he’s unknowingly scraped his teeth on Alex’s neck and is humbled when Alex says he still trusts him. Liam though is concerned; he hasn’t slipped like that in a hundred years and wonders what caused it to happen now. The following morning the mysterious artifact, a wooden cross somehow looks different to Alex and he feels a sharp stabbing pain near his temple when he picks it up. Will this be the end for the lovers?

Persistent Memory is a fantastic continuation of Alex and Liam’s story. In this installment both men begin to realize and admit to themselves there‘s more going on between them than just a friend helping a friend to heal. Elizabeth Jewell has again written very well about a tough and sensitive subject with an ending so moving and emotional I had to blink several times to clear the tears. As with Weary Memory no fan of the m/m genre should miss this book!

Making Memories




Book Title: Making Memories
Author: Elizabeth Jewell
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher’s URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-863-0
Genre: Gay (M/M)/Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 5 nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Woodland Nymph

Making Memories is the third book in the Memories series.

After agreeing there’s more to their relationship, Alex and Liam are going out on their first date. While at the ballet, Liam sees another vampire he recognizes from his past and who still feeds on humans. Antoine is also a necromancer, one who practices dark magic and once had Liam as a student. When they catch up with him, he’s already fed on the Congressman’s daughter he was out with and switches Liam’s mind into Alex’s body and vice versa.

When Alex comes to, all he can feel is the ravenous uncontrollable hunger for blood. Liam finds himself human again and able to stand out in the sunshine without the fear of burning up in flames. The sex they have while being in each other’s bodies seems even more sensational than normal, but Alex finds he’s almost upset that Liam is able to surrender his own body without the usual hesitation Alex has. Liam believes he’s discovered how to kill Antoine but it’s at the risk of Alex losing his life. When Alex’s mind replays all of Liam’s memories, will he be able to let the man he loves more than anyone else touch him ever again?

Making Memories is another outstanding and emotional installment in this series. Just as you think these two men are beginning a relationship, life throws them a huge curve and jeopardizes their love, their souls and their lives. Once again Elizabeth Jewell has written such a powerful story I was moved to tears. As with the first two books in this series, no fan of the m/m genre should miss Making Memories.

Passing Memories




Book Title: Passing Memories
Author: Elizabeth Jewell
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher’s URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-862-3
Genre: Gay (M/M)/Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 5 nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Woodland Nymph

Passing Memories is the fourth book in the Memories series.

Passing Memories takes place a few weeks after the end of Making Memories. Alex realizes he’s no longer the same man he once was. After experiencing Liam’s memories, he admits to himself his sexual needs and desires have changed. Before he can discuss it with his lover, Alex receives a phone call that his father has had a stroke and the doctor wants him there to make decisions. After talking it over with Liam, Alex decides he’ll go to the hospital and Liam will accompany him. When he calls to book the flight though, he only makes a reservation for one.

Shortly after Alex leaves, Liam receives an unwanted visitor. Monique is the vampire who turned him and also taught him the joys of pain along with his sexual desire. Liam never expected to see Monique again as he’d killed her decades ago or at least he thought he had. After talking with Carly, the office assistant, Liam decides to leave right away to be with the man he loves.

Alex is happily surprised when Liam shows up at his hotel room, but goes to the hospital for his mid-morning appointment to speak with his father’s doctor, alone. He then has to make some difficult decisions concerning his father and if that isn’t enough he’s confronted by Monique while out later that day. Feeling rather proud of himself for not losing his cool with her, Alex returns to the hotel and to Liam. What will Alex choose to do about his father? What does Monique want? Will these two lovers ever have any peace?

Passing Memories is a fantastic and fitting ending to an outstanding series. The depth of emotion and understanding that’s grown between these two men is strong enough to withstand anything life may throw at them. Once Alex tells Liam about his father’s abuse and after sharing Liam’s memories, their connection has become unbreakable. Elizabeth Jewell has written an exceptional love story for two extraordinary characters and I haven’t even mentioned the hot, sensual sex! Throughout the series, at no time did I ever feel disappointed. I can not say enough about this book and the entire series; they are all must reads which you’ll want to keep close by to re-read again and again.

Standish




Book Title: Standish
Author: Erastes
Publisher: PD Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.pdpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-933720-09-8
Genre: Gay Fiction / Historical Drama / Romance
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


In the 1820’s, homosexuality is an offense that is punishable by death.

Rafe Goshawk is a wealthy man, who has inherited some of his wealth by his grandfather’s trickery. He has returned from the Continent to claim one such estate as his own – Standish. And while he was contemplating having a place to raise his son, he had no idea of the prize that was waiting for him to claim. A prize he would not be denied: Ambrose Standish.

Ambrose Standish is fragile of health but strong of mind. He knows that his father has left him with no skill to help his family, but he did leave him with the dream of regaining the great house lost in a card game by his late grandfather. With news of Goshawk’s impending arrival at Standish to claim the ill-gained prize, Ambrose is left with lost hope and a strong dislike of Rafe.

Will Rafe claim Ambrose through deception or can he win the young man over with pure untainted love?

Love is never simple and sometimes tolls out more pain than expected. But when it’s real, you find that the pain will help you grow, and make the love felt that much more precious. That is clearly evident in Standish. When we meet Ambrose, he is young, shy, and unworldly. While his mind is sharp from books, he is unaware of the love and passion that another can invoke. Rafe has known love only once in his life and that was smote from him at an early age. Years have taught him to be ruthless and cunning. He sees Ambrose as a challenge that he fully plans to concur, but soon he discovers him as a man his heart intends to love. Watching Rafe and Ambrose endure so much hatred, hurt, and harm left me tearful at best, feeling their wounds as my own at worse. And while I knew Rafe loved Ambrose, I was completely ready to thrash him myself for not divulging truths in the first place. Truths that, in my opinion, may not have saved him from some of his pain, but could have afforded him not to endure others. Standish is a story of passion, intrigue and growth. It’s a story of healing, forgiveness and sacrifice. And finally it is a story about love and acceptance. Erastes thrust us back into post-Napoleonic Europe in Standish, with vivid scenic descriptions and lively period language. He has created a story that readers will enjoy not just because of his style of writing, which is fabulous all onto itself, but because of the lessons learned by two incredible written characters. This is a story to be read and embraced.

A Hidden Beauty


Book Title: A Hidden Beauty
Author: Jaime Craig
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-60504-009-6
Genre: Gay-Lesbian Romance, Historical
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Ruby Minx

Micah Yardley, a student of letters at Harvard, has only ever wanted one thing – to meet Jefferson Dering. Jefferson is a poet and his idol and after hearing a speech he gave at Harvard, Micah travels by coach from Boston to Jefferson’s home in Wroxham a few hours away, in hopes of discussing poetry. Micah wishes that one day he could be a published poet like Jefferson, but his family does not feel that a scholarly career is a worthy pursuit. Luckily, he is the fourth son so there is not a lot of pressure on him to fit into the family mold.

Jefferson exceeds all of Micah’s expectations. He is warm and welcoming and invites Micah into his home for poetry readings over dinner and drinks. Micah falls more and more under Jefferson’s spell every time they meet until the natural outlet of sex can no longer be restrained. Micah, who is a virgin, realizes that he loves more than Jefferson’s poetry – he is falling in love with the man as well, but when Jefferson kisses him he does not follow through with his sexual urges. Instead he returns to Boston immediately, upset at his feelings for another man.

After he returns home, Micah carries on a long distance correspondence relationship with Jefferson. The letters, which take up almost one quarter of the book, reveal their feelings and everything else they cannot say in person. But Jefferson has secrets. Ten years earlier he had been caught in a compromising situation with another young man and this caused him to exile himself to Wroxham where he lives in obscurity. Jefferson does not wish to have a similar situation develop with Micah but he can’t give him up, although he seems to have difficulty moving on after what happened all those years ago.

The background for this book seems to be the nineteenth century but there are no real details of when the story actually takes place except for the mode of transportation, the language, clothing and supporting characters. The pace is very slow; almost like a serene and peaceful stream and the setting is romantic and sensual.

There are paranormal influences in the story that affect Jefferson and his family but I found this to be quite distracting, especially at the end of the book.

A Hidden Beauty is beautifully written and the story is finely crafted. The language is “olde worlde” and is appropriate for the period in which the story appears to take place. I thought the pace of the love affair between the two characters was quite fitting given the era, but it seemed to me that Micah’s character was very juvenile and ordinary and maybe this was intentional on the part of the author. However, Jamie Craig does a good job on Jefferson in his role of seducer and experienced older lover.

I found this book to be a surprisingly good read and would recommend it to anyone who loves the genre.

Into the Mist


Book Title: Into the Mist
Author: Maya Banks
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/index.php
ISBN: 1-59998-069-X
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Covert Hostage Recovery specialist Eli Chance is sitting at the bar in a Singapore nightclub when Falcon Mercenary Tyana Berezovsky walks up to him and asks Eli if he wanted to dance. With one look at her, Eli decides he wants a lot more than a dance. Tyana is on a fact-finding mission, gathering information she hopes will help save her brother Damiano, who has become an out of control shifter after being exposed along with Eli’s team to a powerful chemical that changes the DNA. Tyana’s mission is sidelined for a moment when Eli takes her to his place and makes love to her. Not getting the answers she seeks, Tyana is determined to try again. However her agenda has changed. She still wants answers, but now she also wants to spend another night with Eli.

Into the Mist is impressive story of intricate uncover missions. Eli and his team worked as unclassified employees for the U.S. and he is a born elemental shifter; he can change into smoke or mist at will. Tyana is the only female member of the Falcon Mercenary team who operates mostly in Europe; she speaks several languages and is deadly with weapons. Maya Banks has created a very intriguing plot with a remarkable cast of characters and sensual love scenes. The personal revelations of the characters have a realism that touches the emotions. I look forward to the next episode of Into the Mist.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Uniforms


Book Title: Uniforms
Author: AKM Miles
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-227-0
Genre: Gay erotic romance, contemporary
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Jackson knows he is a fortunate man. His childhood was less than spectacular, but with the help and love of his mentor, he removed his gang uniform and replaced it with one of honor: Jackson is a policeman. Now he has a house but without a man to love, it’s pretty hard to make it a home.

Sam shows up on Jackson’s doorstep beaten and begging for assistance. Sam wants to leave the gang, but knows without Jackson’s assistance the only way out is certain death. Can Jackson help Sam gain the normal life he is seeking?

People wear different hats aka uniforms all through their lives. In Uniforms we watch Jackson and Sam remove the damaged inadequate uniforms and replace them with those of the healthy adequate variety. They transition from being gang members to being productive citizens, secretly gay to openly loving, and most importantly, from having no real family to creating their own. They were both willing to do what was necessary to make the other feel loved and protected. Jackson recognized himself in Sam and couldn’t do anything else but try and give Sam the same chance he was given. AKM Miles was able to help me feel their love, their glow, and their hope for a less lonely future. The story is heartwarming and quite touching in certain parts. There is a balance of chemistry, plot, and real life drama that makes it hard to not love these two wonderful characters. I found Uniforms to be a wonderful story and would recommend it to others who enjoy the genre.

Seven Sinners


Book Title: Seven Sinners
Author: Red Garnier
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 978-1-41991-555-0
Genre: Contemporary / Paranormal / Vampire
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Phillip Gaston Maxwell has been a vampire for close to a century and sex has lost some of its appeal. But Anna, his best friend who was turned by the same sire, is the one who keeps the act from becoming too mundane. Phillip is hosting a bachelor’s party for Daniel, a member of his House, and decides that this is the perfect opportunity to seduce the handsome Incubus. The party soon turns out to be more than even Phillip could imagine, as all present become aware of Phillip’s feelings for Anna.

When Seven Sinners get together you will find lust, sex and sin. And if you are fortunate you may even find love. Phillip found all four that night. He was hiding from his feelings for Anna for so long that even he couldn’t see the forest for the trees. But the men of his House recognized his and Anna’s longing looks for what they were. The story was left a bit up in the air, which leads me to believe that there is hopefully a sequel in the works. I can only hope that Phillip will take the bull by the horns and pursue the woman he loves. Red Garnier delivers a story filled to the brim with erotic encounters, designed to entice and charge your libido.

Ring My Bell


Book Title: Ring My Bell
Author: BA Tortuga
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-227-0
Genre: Gay erotic romance, contemporary
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


A drunken bar brawl has Collin working community service during the Christmas season. Ringing a bell on cold winter days is enough to dampen Collin’s holiday spirit. He’s a walking Scrooge in boots. Hungry, tired and feet aching from hours of standing has only increased his grouchy disposition. Finding a crater in the road while he is headed home doesn’t improve his mood one iota. When he spies a naked man battered, bruised and covered in feathers, Collin realizes things could be far worse for him: he could be that poor naked sap.

Gaz and his boss had a bit of a falling out. His punishment was to be thrown to Earth with his wings ripped off. Too bad his boss wasn’t nice enough to drop him near his home in Napa Valley instead of in North Texas. But the time spent with Collin helps Gaz to realize he was actually given a wonderful present with the pain of his punishment – Gaz was given someone to love.

Ring My Bell proves that angels aren’t always perfect, and that the big guy has a wicked sense of humor. Gaz doesn’t agree with the rules he has to follow and has argued one too many times. But when he meets Collin, he recognizes that even in his time of punishment he was given a reward. Collin is in an especially frosty mood and not up to being a Good Samaritan, but Gaz pulls it out of him easily. He was uncomfortable with how he felt about the man, but soon found that they both had a healing balm to sooth the others aches and pains. Gaz and Collin were both great characters. They were believable and had an easy way of communicating. Collin and Gaz learned to accept what the other offered and never looked back. The story was amusing and entertaining. BA Tortuga delivers a wonderful holiday story in Ring My Bell that is sure to be a hit.

Wolf


Book Title: Wolf
Authors: Dakota Cassidy, Marteeka Karland, Kira Stone and Sierra Dafoe
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-813-5
Genre: Gay-Lesbian Romance/Shapeshifter
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Werelock by Dakota Cassidy 4 Nymphs
Addison Ross never knew picking pumpkins could wreak havoc on her solitude existence. But thanks to her sister and persistent niece and nephew, Addy has become the proud owner of a pumpkin, a talisman, and a werelock named Caleb Marsden. While Caleb’s mind tells him to keep Abby safe, his heart tells him to claim her as his own.

Wild Ones by Kira Stone 5 Nymphs
Luc is the alpha of a small pack of werewolves with the ability to control the elements. Their talent is rare and demands they find their fourth to obtain the pack’s balance. It will take all four to stick a cord of harmony. Billy still can’t believe he gets furry once a month. He isn’t sure why he was bitten or what draws him to a territory in the Canadian wilderness that he has marked as his own. But he is certain that facing the pack that is following him will be his only way to keep his territory. The question is can Luc tame the wild pup?

Witching Hour by Marteeka Karland 5 Nymphs
Hazel is a witch, without formal training, who refuses to give up trying to hone her skills. Drake is an alpha werewolf who lives in Hazel’s building. He was attempting to keep his distance until her scent captured his lustful attention. Now Drake will do everything in his power to claim his virgin witch – mind, body and soul.

Wolf Bound by Sierra Dafoe 5 Nymphs
Jenna had no idea her lover could be so treacherous. But when she finds herself stranded on a ski slope, the reality of her fate becomes all too clear. Jenna awakes in a cave with a wolf that appeared when she was first injured. But this is no ordinary wolf. Soon Jenna is faced with deciding which way she is willing to lose the man she loves – by walking away or by him being exposed and possibly killed. Both choices will leave her with a gaping hole in her heart, but which decision can she live with over time?

Wolf is a fantastic novel filled with gorgeous shapeshifters. Each story has a bit of humor, adventure, and a healthy appetite for some serious loving. I appreciated having the wolves broached from four very different outlooks. Each story was built around a common theme of dominant wolves willing to sacrifice to take care of those they love. If you enjoy stories about shapeshifters, Wolf is a must read.

Lila's Capture


Book Title: Lila's Capture
Author: Jade James
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-660-6
Genre: BDSM Ménage
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Lila Barton is a woman with a hidden desire. It’s a secret that she has only written about in her hidden diary. Seth Bane is Lila’s boyfriend, and upon finding the diary decides that he wants to help Lila’s fantasies become reality. Will Lila be upset by Seth’s invasion of her privacy or can the events he has planned help soothe her temper?

Being in a secure relationship can help you reap a bounty of fun and it is evident in Lila's Capture. Seth had no idea that his and Lila’s adventurous desires were so parallel. He knew that he wanted to make her his wife but her words only cemented that fact. Now he has an opportunity to fulfill her fantasies. Lila found herself not wanting to voice her needs to Seth, for fear of destroying their happy relationship. The couple both loved each other enough to put the others needs in the forefront. Neither wanted to do anything that would hurt the other. And both Seth and Lila wanted to increase the pleasure their partner receives. The scenes were erotic with a fair amount passion. For those women who have daydreamed about having twins in your bed, you will enjoy reading Lila’s Capture. Jade James has written a wonderful story about abduction laced in seduction and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel.

Fairy Dust


Book Title: Fairy Dust
Author: Tielle St. Clare
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419915215
Genre: Fantasy Ménage
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Fairy Godmother Marlena added a sex additive to her fairy dust so instead of the fairy tales ending with the perfect kiss, they expanded into the sexual realm. Marlena’s boss Martin is not pleased and decides Marlena will become part of the fairy tales so she can learn what true love is. What Marlena learns in the three stories she was in is the various positions in the sexual category. In the last story, Little Red Riding Hood, Marlena found the love she was looking for with the wolf and the Huntsman, but fairy tales can not be changed, and Marlena could not remain in the story.

Fairy Dust is not your children’s version of fairy tales. With Marlena’s super-charged fairy dust, the troll becomes a well endowed hunk, Snow White incites an orgy, and the wolf is a werewolf. Tielle St. Clare creates wicked little tales that are humorous and sexy. You must read this story to see how the happily ever after comes about. I enjoyed this impressive and tantalizing story a great deal.

Children of the Triad Book 5: Sex Me Fast


Book Title: Children of the Triad Book 5: Sex Me Fast
Author: Tianna Xander & Bonnie Rose Leigh
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-039-4
Genre: Shape shifters/Series/Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Ménage a Trios
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Mercy Lawton is an Amazonian warrior on a mission from The Goddess, even though she does not know what she is looking for. When she runs into the two males that will be her mates, her response is not what you think it will be.

Timon Kirkan & Nicolao Pritton are hated enemies and now have to change their whole way of life because of Mercy who will not become their mate because they are men. After The Goddess pays them a visit, they begin to change and it comes willingly to them after they see the benefits from it.

This was an enjoyable read and I look forward to the next book of the Children of the Triad Series. The characters are very different and for them to work together speaks volumes to me. With Mercy’s feelings being more important to Timon & Nicolao (I love both male names), it amazes me how fast the change was. Tianna Xander & Bonnie Rose Leigh combined both pleasure and adventure into this story it also leaves you wanting more of it.

Playing with Fire: The Knight of Wands


Book Title: Playing with Fire: The Knight of Wands
Author: Kiernan Kelly
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher’s URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-300-0
Genre: M/M/Gay Erotic/Romance/Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4 nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Woodland Nymph

Marcus Jacobs is a clown and has been with the Morgan and Morgan Circus his entire life. His father was a clown, his mother walked the highwire and his grandfather was also a clown. While getting ready for a show, he reflects on the time when he was six years old and his father gave him the tarot card which he now keeps taped inside the cover of his makeup box. His father always told him to never forget with humor no heartache is unbearable. When Marcus is injured during his highwire routine, he has no choice but to move in with his best friend as he’s unable to completely take care of himself.

Jericho Morgan is part owner of the circus, with his sister Wisteria, and best friend to Marcus. A while back, Jericho accepted that his feelings ran a lot deeper than just friendship for Marcus and felt as if he were dying inside when he witnessed Marcus’ fall. His is the first face Marcus sees upon awakening in the hospital and he goes to battle with his sister when she tells him she wants to leave Marcus behind when the circus moves on. After Marcus moves into his trailer, Jericho realizes having him around and not being able to touch him is more difficult than he thought it would be. One day while helping Marcus to bathe, he can no longer hide his feelings and with Marcus’ encouragement confesses his love for the man.

Marcus is at first surprised by Jericho’s confession but he’s even more surprised by his own desire to become intimately involved with his best friend. The lovers happiness is short lived, though when tragedy strikes the circus. Does someone have it in for the show? Will the new lovers ever be happy together?

Playing with Fire: The Knight of Wands is a heartfelt and refreshingly different love story of two men trying to make a relationship work in some rather unfortunate circumstances. Kiernan Kelly has created a very colorful world around the lives of “Cirkys” and placed two strong and noble men in the midst of it all. The author has also written some very touching scenes which moved me to tears. This book is not only about the growing relationship between Marcus and Jericho, it’s also about family and what makes someone family. Jericho and Marcus seem perfect for each other and you’ll find yourself rooting for them all the way. If you are a fan of the m/m genre then you must read this book.

Incognito 9: Pursuing Penelope


Book Title: Incognito 9: Pursuing Penelope
Author: Madison Layle & Anna Leigh Keaton
Publisher: Cobblestone Press
Publisher URL: http://www.cobblestone-press.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60088-242-5
Genre: BDSM
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Penelope Schwartz is beautiful, submissive, and, thanks to her first visit to Incognito BDSM club, the prime suspect of arson. That fateful night, she was rescued by two handsome fireman, Joseph and Blake, but little did she realize how many times and ways they would be her saviors in the days to come.

Madison Layle and Anna Leigh Keaton have demonstrated you can never judge a book by its cover in Incognito 9: Pursuing Penelope. Penelope has had little experience with love over the years and her background has created the perfect submissive. Joseph and his best friend Blake are men who like to dominate their lovers, while nurturing their lover and supplying a secure environment. They treat the petite woman with kid gloves in some instances, and are rough and demanding in others. And for the first time in the widow’s life, she gets a glimpse at what she has been missing, and is unwilling to let it go. Penelope, Blake and Joseph have a wonderful relationship in and outside of the bedroom. Incognito 9: Pursuing Penelope as a whole brings us suspense, drama, romance and the sex rockets to a seven on the Richter scale. This story is sure to be a pleaser for those who love the genre or have followed the series from the beginning.

Tusks


Book Title: Tusks
Author: William Maltese
Publisher: ManLoveRomance Press
Publisher URL: http://www.mlrpress.com/
ISBN: 978-0-9793110-8-6
Genre: Gay Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Richard Westover, the TV host of Animal Kingdoms in the Wild, has an interview with Christopher Van Hoon at his home in South Africa. Richard is determined to show the Van Hoon family as greedy capitalists with no concern for the land and the animals they have exploited for generations. Richard’s agenda is revenge for the betrayal Christopher’s father inflicted upon Richard’s father sixteen years ago. Van Hoon had commissioned Richard’s father Jack to do a study of feasibility for the Lackland Animal Preserve. When gold was found, the project was dumped and Jack was left heartbroken. Jack was not the only one affected by the failed project; Richard and Christopher had discovered love for each other, but was torn apart before that love could grow.

Tusks centers around the opposing views of the world we live in and the emotional conflicts interfering with love. Richard’s bitterness is an excuse to return to Africa and Christopher; he is desperate to recapture the love he has carried in his memories for sixteen years. Christopher loves Richard now just as he had years ago; he is determined not to lose Richard again, so he finds a compromise they can both live with and be happy. William Maltese has created a fascinating story with real issues and well developed characters that actually come to life. The story is thought provoking and heart wrenching at the same time. Tusks is an impressive read that will stay with you and is worth a return visit.

Friends with Benefits


Book Title: Friends with Benefits
Author: Stone Richards
Publisher: Extasy Books
Publisher URL: http://extasybooks.net/
ISBN: Unavailable
Genre: Gay (M/M) & (M/M/M)/ Romance/Fantasy Game
Nymph Rating: 3.5 nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Woodland Nymph

Hal Montgomery sadly is on a flight to Paris by himself. Ten years ago he and his friend Ty Brewster opened their own Architectural Design company fresh out of college. They specialize in high rise office buildings and recently landed a job in Paris to build a twelve story building, which will house attorneys and accountants. Hal was supposed to be traveling with Ty but they got into a fight and Hal hasn’t seen Ty in over a day. The first time they had sex together was late one night after wrapping up a deal and drinking too much champagne. It was also at this time Hal realized he was in love with Ty.

Shortly after arriving in Paris, Hal is thrilled when Ty surprises him by showing up at his hotel room claiming to be there to make Hal’s fantasy come true. What ensues is a hot ménage a trios with Pierre, an exchange student they knew in college who helped them get the job in Paris. It’s not until after Pierre leaves that Ty does help Hal live out his fantasy.

Friends with Benefits is a short and spicy story revolving around two men possibly moving their relationship forward from just being friends. Stone Richards has been able to provide a complete story in a short amount of time, as well as being able to convey a lot of emotion between these two characters. I recommend this book to fans of the m/m genre.

Asher and the Elevator Romp


Book Title: Asher and the Elevator Romp
Author: Zoe Nichols
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: Unavailable
Genre: M/M/Gay/Erotica
Nymph Rating: 4.5 nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Woodland Nymph

Ash is getting ready for a night out and decides red is his color. After fluffing his skirt, he laces up a cute little red and black corset, puts on a pair of black high heels and a couple of frilly red garters. Ash is the first to admit that he babies his waist length black silky hair with the most expensive conditioners and shampoos he can buy. Just as he’s putting on the finishing touches, Derek arrives with his six foot four inch bronze muscular body dressed all in black.

While waiting for the elevator to arrive, Ash can’t help but tease Derek in the hopes of seducing him. When the elevator arrives with one passenger aboard both Ash and Derek have to behave themselves, but as soon as the passenger gets off, it’s a whole other story.

Asher and the Elevator Romp is a really short but very hot, sexy, fun little story! Zoe Nichols has created one of the most irresistible and fun loving characters I’ve read in a long time in Ash. I certainly hope this author continues Ash’s story as I definitely want to know more about him. I highly recommend this book to all fans of the m/m genre.

A Strange Place in Time


Book Title: A Strange Place in Time
Author: Alyx J. Shaw
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-302-4
Genre: Gay Fantasy, Science Fiction
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

John Arrowsmith is riding his custom built Harley on a road he has never been on before, he doesn’t know where he is going or why, but he feels compelled to follow his instincts. After spending a stormy night with a couple traveling in an RV, John heads out the next morning. Shortly after gaining the highway, John is struck by a truck, sending John and the motorcycle off the road. John is sucked through a slimy portal and transported to another planet with strange deadly creatures and others found only in fairytales. In a world where things mechanical are outlawed and travel by horse is the norm, John must find his way in this new world, and learn why he is here.

A Strange Place in Time is a combination Lord of the Rings and Alice in Wonderland, because indeed John fell down a rabbit hole and landed in the world of elves, wizards and magic. Alyx J. Shaw has created a mystical world with an intriguing journey that builds from the first page until the very last. The focus of this story is John’s quest, so there is very little sexual content in this adventure. The end leaves me with the impression that there is more to come, and I eagerly await the next installment of this unique tale.

Stay With Me


Book Title: Stay With Me
Author: Maya Banks
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-59998-934-4
Genre: Contemporary, Ménage (M/F/M)
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Ruby Minx

Catherine, Logan and Rhys have been married for 5 years and on the night of their fifth anniversary, just before leaving on their vacation to Jamaica, Catherine is going to tell the men in her life that she’s pregnant with their child. She has it all planned but, as usual, they cancel due to yet another “business emergency”. Catherine decides that she has had enough, goes on the trip by herself and vows to use the time as an opportunity to make some tough life decisions about her future that may or may not include Rhys and Logan.

When her husbands realize on their return home that she has “flown the coop”, they immediately try to locate her. A few days later Rhys finds her on a beach in Jamaica after a protracted search since she did not leave any hint of her whereabouts. She agrees to go back to the hotel with him and when Logan shows up they both make love to her hoping that she would forgive them and stay in the marriage. But she feels that it is time to stand up for herself and tell them what she wants out of their relationship instead of always giving in and “sucking it up” when they decide to abandon her for business reasons. Will Rhys and Logan be able to change their evil ways? Will Catherine forget her good resolutions and give in to her men?

Stay With Me is a beautiful story of a woman who makes a stand for herself and decides that enough is enough and takes charge of her own destiny when her marriage goes awry. As usual Maya Banks pens a wonderful love story, this time with three amazing characters. Logan, the alpha male who is totally blindsided when he realizes that Catherine is serious about leaving, and sensitive Rhys who is devastated when Cat states that love is not enough to sustain a marriage that is not working. It takes a near tragedy to make them realize how much she means to them. Catherine took a long time to grow a backbone but when she does, look out! The sex in the book is sensuous, hot enough to burn your fingers, moving when it counts and just plain great. Fans of Maya Banks and new readers alike will want to pick up a copy of Stay With Me, a tale of love almost lost and found again. A great read!!