Saturday, May 10, 2008

Otherworld


Book Title: The Veil: Otherworld
Author: H.A. Fowler
Publisher: Cobblestone Press
Publisher URL: http://www.cobblestone-press.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60088-236-4
Genre: Vampire / Urban Fantasy
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

They’ve saved the world from a clutches of a crazed serial killer bent on destroying the protective barrier separating this world from that of Hell, preventing the unleashing of its horrors. Now Vampire Police Detective Devon Harrigan and his lover, human Priestess Helene DuSolaire are spending time enjoying each others company and making love at every opportunity. Life is good for these two, and knowing the enemy of humanity has been defeated, allows them to go back to their everyday lives. That is until that same evil reaches across the veil during a religious ceremony, ripping Helene out the world and straight into the pit of Hell itself.

Left bereft with their emotional/mental bond suddenly gone, Devon spirals out of control. Alone and in a physical pain he didn’t know was possible, he struggles to come to grips with the loss of his one true love. Demanding help from every corner, he’s furious when he’s denied by everyone, saying Helene has served her purpose with her destruction. Devon refuses to accept this and begs the one woman he hates most in the world for her help. With the assistance of a few friends and against the advice of nearly everyone around him, Devon walks into Hell itself, to rescue the woman he loves.

Otherworld is the sequel to The Veil, and this well plotted, written and original urban romance takes up approximately 2 months after the last book left off. I loved seeing Devon and Helene happy and in love after what happened at the end of the first book. These two people are as different as two lovers could be…vampire detective and human priestess. Yet they are perfect for each other, with a physical and emotional bond that is literal in meaning… they can speak to each other mind to mind. This twist I loved. The emotions between them are high, the passion intense and the sex blistering hot.

The determination of Devon to do anything he has too shows the depth of his feeling and to what extremes he’s willing to go to in order to retrieve Helene from hell itself. The inclusion of intriguing secondary characters, both old and new, makes for an interesting and well rounded plotline and races forward at a nearly breakneck speed. I especially liked Devon’s best friend and partner, werewolf Joe Calloway and his determination to help him friend no matter what.

The most interesting, along with the most difficult part of the story to follow was the period of time when Devon was actually in Hell being tormented by his memories. Memories from the time he was human and with his family, up to the present. Since the scenes jumped around randomly, just like thoughts, I became a little confused at times. Even so it gave a good expression of what kind of things Devon had experienced in his five hundred years of life.

Sisters of Silverwood: Getting Lucky


Book Title: Sisters of Silverwood: Getting Lucky
Author: Viola Grace
Publisher: Extasy Books
Publisher’s site URL: http://www.extasybooks.net/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-030-1
Genre: Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Westa Lucidine, who is called Lucky by her friends, is just that…lucky. When she finally meets Henry, knowing that he had been stalking her for a while, she is smitten right away even though she wants to resist him. He is there to protect and take Lucky to the Silverwood Lake area.

Henry Inlough knows he will protect Lucky with his life if necessary and has been keeping her out of trouble during her outings around town. What he has not told her is that he is her mate for life so as not to scare her away. After his fight with Tamsin, who is an elf of the Golden Court, he realizes how important Lucky is to him and takes her to his home.

Sisters of Silverwood: Getting Lucky was not what I expected at all and a wonderful treat instead. This is the beginning of the sisterhood that is needed to help the survival of the human race, especially when the elves of the light want total power over everyone. Lucky is the first of the women and will be helping to bring along the other women that will have an affect on the balance of nature.

I love Sisters of Silverwood: Getting Lucky because there was no deception on Henry’s part and he wanted Lucky to feel the same way he feels about her. When Lucky meets up again with Artemis Whynot who was a counselor at the camp during her teenage years she is very happy to see her. I am looking forward to reading the next episode of the Sisters of Silverwood.

Carnal Inheritance


Book Title: Carnal Inheritance
Author: Kate Hill
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-881-4
Genre: Paranormal, Action/Adventure
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Elise is a young female vampire who is living on her own, struggling with finances while she tries to finish college. She hasn’t seen her vampire sire for over two years, and even though they’d argued, she’s devastated when she learns he’s been killed in an accident. Returning home for the funeral and will reading she’s shocked to discover that her sire has left her a fortune. She inherits not only his expansive estate, but one of the most highly lucrative lumber companies in the Vampire Nation.

Her sire’s will also stipulates that his two wolf friends and mangers, Verne and Ace, will continue in their jobs and help her run the company. Things aren’t as they initially seem when she learns that her sire’s death wasn’t an accident and that the handsome Verne and Ace were much more than just managers to her sire.

Carnal Inheritance is the second in Kate Hill’s new and ongoing series Carnal 2. This one gets off to a quick start when Elise learns of her sire’s death, and jumps just as fast to the funeral and the time immediately following it. It’s at the gravesite that she first meets Ace and Verne and feels the first tugs of attraction to the gorgeous duo, and this attraction is soon a blistering fire of need which rages through the story as you hurry to the end. The book is well plotted; fast paced and has three likable and sexy characters whose physical relationship burn up the pages
The initial introduction of the bad guy was nicely carried out was the continuing threats. I loved how the author pulled in the three characters from the first book, Carnal Temptation, and used them as part of the resolution of the threats in this one.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

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Monday, May 5, 2008

Dancing on the Wind




Book Title: Dancing on the Wind
Author: Charlotte Boyett-Compo
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 978-1-41991-5-178
Genre: Romantic Shapeshifter
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Agent Mikhail Fallon is an Alpha Reaper with a single minded agenda – to stay Extension (partner) free. Too bad the Supervisor has other ideas. They have done an extensive search and are sure that Keenan is just what the Reaper with the attitude needs.

Keenan McCullough is a primary channeller, what those outside the Exchange would call a psychic. She knows from the first glance she’s attracted to Mikhail, but isn’t looking for any permanent attachments. A few rolls in the hay is one thing but bonding, well that a horse of another color.

The chemistry is mutual and the bonding is immediate. The twosome find themselves surround by an ex-lover, a hopeful suitor, and a crazy mother. And while they are combating the evil trying to harm citizens, they have no idea of the real threat is right under their noses.

Dancing on the Wind brings us up close and personal to a modern day Reaper. Mikhail is tall, dark, and dangerous with a libido to put a seventeen year old to shame. He has years of skills that come in handy inside and outside of the bedroom. Keenan is small, feisty, and determined. Her beauty is personified internally and externally. Mikhail had no idea love would hit him so hard, or that Keenan could put such a strong hold on his heart. Watching these two was like watching firecrackers explode for no apparent reason. You know there has to be a match causing them to react; you just never know when it’s going to touch the wire. Charlotte Boyett-Compo has become one of my favorite authors. Mrs. Boyett-Compo’s Reaper stories never leave you wanting. The characters are well written and the plot and scenery always pull you into the novel. She combines a bit of suspense, drama, horror, action and erotic play to keep you on your toes. I have never been disappointed with one of her stories and that holds true with Dancing on the Wind. If you enjoy the genre or the Reaper series, you are in for a delightful treat.

Starlight Desire


Book Title: Starlight Desire
Author: Astrid Cooper
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-053-0
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx


John and Samantha perform the first part of desire level which bonds their mind, body and spirit into one. They have shared two levels of Felinus pleasure. Samantha and John are linked in mind and she can hear his thoughts, just as he can hear hers. The next part of mating is called mutatis and must be performed on his home world, so that he can renew his body and spirit with the energy currents from the planet or die. Waiting for passage to Chizan, John receives a message that Harimal’s ship is lost. Now John must choose between completing the mating ritual and searching for his brother.

Starlight Desire is book two in the Starlight series. Each episode adds more interesting characters; Taren is a shifter cat with wings. Astrid Cooper illustrates another fascinating layer to an intriguing plot combined with sensual pleasures. The series continues to lure me towards the next episode which I hope will be soon. This is a wonderful well written series that is very enjoyable.

Witches Knot: Celebration for the Dead


Book Title: Witches Knot: Celebration for the Dead
Author: Lauren Dane
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 978-1-41991-581-9
Genre: Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Ruby Minx

Minx Rodriguez is a Hunter; she spends her life hunting vampires because of what the Oathbreakers had done to her and her family. Every year she heads to Mexico on El Dia de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead, to celebrate the lives of her family members who had been murdered. This year she’s also hunting Perdue, the vampire who had killed her friends and family and held her prisoner.

Connor Bell is a vampire, who is an Oathkeeper, and he is in love with Minx but two weeks ago he had skipped town when his feelings for Minx overwhelmed him. Now he’s back and he has to ask her forgiveness as well as get to her before Perdue does. When he finds Minx it’s clear that what she’s saying and what she’s feeling are two entirely different things. She wants him just as much as he wants her - the only difference is he is admitting his feelings at last. The first time they make love it’s even more earth-shattering than they ever imagined and finally, when he bites her and they become part of each other, it rocks her to her foundations.

I wish I could give the reader a sense of the different foods simmering in the background of this book – from Pico de Gallo, pescado tacos with fresh tomatillo sauce, pan dulce, pan de muerto – I could go on and on but you get the idea. The author weaves Minx’s Mexican heritage, including the foods and smells, into the fabric of the story to create a rich tapestry that serves as a backdrop for the love between Minx and Connor. The language in the book creates a sultry aura which spikes the eroticism to unbelievable heights and very few authors can better Lauren Dane when it comes to creating just the right ambience for love and sex.

But lurking in the shadows is the ever present menace of the Oathbreakers and Perdue in particular, and Minx and Connor will have to overcome the looming danger before they can be together. Can they withstand the threat and survive? You will have to read the book to find out.

Witches Knot: Celebration For The Dead is the fifth book in this series and it is a worthy follow-up to the previous stories, with visits from characters that anyone familiar with the series will recognise. The fight with Perdue was as violent as any in vampire lore and the end was almost surreal. I thought that the build-up was as good as or even better than the battle itself and is a testament to the skill of Ms Dane in the plotting of her stories. The characters in Witches Knot: Celebration for the Dead are as complex as those in the preceding books and make this story a wonderful read.

Children of the Goddess Book 1: Regina in the Sun


Book Title: Children of the Goddess Book 1: Regina in the Sun
Author: R.G. Alexander
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-59998-924-7
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Regina, who goes by Reggie, is a gypsy reader who’s gone through unbelievable situations all her life and has been turned into an unborn vampire at the age of eighteen. What she has not figured out is who she really is, in the make up of life through the Mother Goddess. After escaping from the Werewolves she makes it to the Ye Olde Haven Pub, which offers sanctuary for Trueblood Vampires. While waiting, she does a gypsy dance to the music being played and collapses to be caught up by Lux.

Zander & Lux Sairel are the proprietors of the Ye Olde Haven Pub who find themselves with an unborn that is not welcomed by Trueblood vampires at all. Lux is a healer by trade and brother to Zander, who is Mediator of the Clan along with being the head of his family since his father stepped down. When Zander comes to grips with his feelings for Regina there is nothing that will stop him from claiming her except her consent that means so much to him.

Children of the Goddess Book 1: Regina in the Sun is so well written you can’t help but love the actions of Regina and Zander throughout the story. This book is action-packed with fighting, bad behavior, betrayal and very explicit love scenes that will keep you reading all the way through. Between Lux and Zander, I am not sure who enjoys life more because they certainly make every effort to do so.

As Regina tries to save her clan, the Deva, she knows that there are many risks she must take to do so and willingly becomes a spy. She does it because of her love for them. When the Shadow Wolf finds out the true purpose for Regina in the scheme of things by the Mother Goddess, he will do anything possible to have her. R. G. Alexander had done a fabulous job and I am impatiently waiting to read the next saga of Children of the Goddess to see what will come about regarding Regina and Zander. Lux is having issues himself and needs something to bring him back to normal.

Untamed Heart


Book Title: Untamed Heart
Author: Ally Blue
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-59998-881-X
Genre: Gay-Lesbian Romance (M/M)
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Satyr Vael

Assassin Leon Fisher has one thing on his mind: revenge for the brutal murder of his lover Ted. Killing the one responsible, however, does nothing to ease Leon's pain and anger. The deed done, Leon tumbles into a downward spiral of depression and alcoholism, forcing his somewhat nameless employer to give him an ultimatum: go to their mountain retreat deep in the Alaskan woods or be terminated. Permanently. Leon goes along with the plan, albeit reluctantly.

The retreat has everything a man could hope for: wait staff, good food, plenty to do and see, and no one to bother him. For Leon, though, the woods are what draw him. One day, he sets out, planning to explore as much as possible. When a bear attack nearly kills him, he finds himself indebted to a mysterious young man -- Grim.

Grim is unlike anyone Leon has ever met. Shy, unnervingly submissive, but with more grit and strength than one expects, Grim nurses Leon back to health and the two find more in common than either hoped for. But Grim's past makes itself known in fleeting glimpses: a nightmare here, a look of sheer terror there, a name slipping. All of it burrows into Leon's mind until he knows he has to find out what happened in Grim's past to make him the way he is now.

But Leon's own past catches up with him and before long, he's racing time and very dangerous people to get Grim before the young man ends up in prison...or worse.

From the first few paragraphs of Untamed Heart, Ms Blue had me in Alaska right beside Leon. I smelled the crisp air, felt the touch of the cold, heard the leaves crunching underfoot. If there's one thing this author can do better than most it's create an atmosphere so rich, it's impossible to escape. Leon is a man with a dangerous, dark past, but he's compassionate when it comes to Grim. Watching him fall in love with his unlikely rescuer was beyond wonderful and watching Grim open to Leon fully was even better. The ending of Untamed Heart was perfect -- absolutely perfect. Like all of her stories, Ms Blue put her men through Hell, but she gave them the happy-ever-after they deserved. Five Nymphs and a Thank You to Ally Blue for a beautiful, captivating story.

The Draegan Lords




Book Title: The Draegan Lords
Author: M. L. Rhodes
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Publisher URL: www.amberquilll.com/amberallure
ISBN: 978-1-60272-945-2 (Paperback)
Genre: Paranormal/ GBLT (M/M)/Action Adventure
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Ruby Minx

The Draegan Lords is the epic story so far of the long battle between the draegans, a race of dragon shapeshifters and their mortal enemy Byram, High Sorcerer and diabolical ruler of Velensperia. 100 years ago, Byram launched a deadly attack against the draegans and their leader, at the time, was killed. The race was almost destroyed except for a few of them who lived in hiding but after a century of repression the remaining draegans, under the leadership of Keiran Hareldson, have begun to fight back

In True of Heart, part I of The Draegan Lords series, Gaige Rizik, Captain of Byram’s High Guard and known as the White Panther, is sent to infiltrate the draegans posing as a human sympathizer to their cause. He realizes immediately that, contrary to what he had been told, the draegans are not bloodthirsty beasts and that Keiran is a charismatic man who only wants the best for his people. Gaige, who is conflicted and torn over his mission, can’t resist Keiran and they fall in love. He defects and becomes the true mate of Keiran but his defection comes at a high personal cost.

In part II of the series Lords of Kellesborne, M.L Rhodes continues the mesmerizing story of the draegans and their Lord Keiran, interspersed with the wonderful romance between Keiran and Gaige. The book opens after Gaige’s rescue when Keiran takes him to the ancient draegan stronghold of Kellesborne to be healed. During their stay Keiran reveals to Gaige a secret of his heritage that could help them in their fight with Byram's forces.

A full scale war looms on the horizon between Byram’s forces bent on annihilation and the draegans who must fight and win if their race is to survive. Both sides seek the maximum advantage in a world where distance is measured in days rather than hours, and victory or defeat can only be assessed by the numbers of casualties.

There is a wealth of raw emotion in Lords of Kellesborne from the sex to Keiran’s fears that his people’s expectations will be impossible to meet when they find out that he is a Draegan Lord who has unique abilities, to his own dread that he will be found wanting when tested in the upcoming fray.

The setting for The Draegan Lords is the wonderful, mystical world of Velensperia and M.L. Rhodes has opened her imagination full throttle to give the reader a veritable feast of all the elements expected in a fantasy including magick, sorcery, love, adventure and amazing secondary characters. When the action in the story shifts from love scenes to battle, the author uses her remarkable visionary skills to create scenes of violence, chaos and destruction.

Once again M.L. Rhodes has given her readers a wonderfully crafted story about characters that are unique and alien yet believable and real at the same time. At the end of the tale the author sets up the scenario for part III in the series, Fires of Ballian, which is eagerly awaited by fans of The Draegan Lords.

This book contains scenes of violence and rape and may not be suitable for everyone

Werewulf Journals 4: Sated Pleasures


Book Title: Werewulf Journals 4: Sated Pleasures
Author: Camille Anthony
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-638-5
Genre: Multicultural/BDSM/BBW/Werewolf/Paranormal
Nymphs Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph


Indigo is a multimorph, which is a shapeshifter not confined to one specific animal or thing. She and her team have been requested to investigate the murders of clients at Sated Pleasures. Indigo has many skills that should solve this mystery in no time. The only thing Indio did not count on was the God-like and charming Prince Rickard. It is impossible for Indigo to not want him and the man knows it.

Prince Rickard of Destovia is every woman’s fantasy and some men’s fantasy as well. Woman cannot resist him but as much as he enjoys his playboy lifestyle, he would also love to find a woman who is the perfect match for just him. When Rickard lays eyes on Indigo, he is automatically drawn to her. No matter what form she takes on, Rickard cannot resist her. Rickard comes to term with his relationship with Pavel, all thanks to the incredible skills of Indigo and she takes him to levels the he never imagined.

Werewulf Journals 4: Sated Pleasures is a grab bag full of surprises. It is a few stories wrapped up into one and is certainly a page turner. I enjoyed the return of Pavel and Kaila and seeing their story pick up where it left off instead of farther down the road. Prince Rickard has many sides, just like Indigo, and I would enjoy more details into their souls and day-to-day lives. Camille Anthony surprised me with Indigo and it took me a minute to absorb her character. Once I did, it dawned on me that Indigo had to be as deep as she was to help fill the void in Rickard. They are certainly a match like no other and I would love to read more about their hot relationship. This is a steamy addition to the series and it should not be missed.

Inking Aaron


Book Title: Inking Aaron
Author: Cheryl Dragon
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-661-3
Genre: Contemporary, GBLT (M/M) Multicultural
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Ruby Minx

Mohan is trying to get the lease for his tattoo parlour renewed in an upscale Las Vegas hotel. Between losing staff and declining business, it seems to be an uphill battle and at thirty-five, he is not looking forward to starting over again at another location. All-American Aaron is attracted to Mohan and he is the epitome of the successful young executive; at twenty-eight he is well on his way up the corporate ladder as a Vice President in the hotel.

Aaron’s boss tells Mohan that he is unlikely to renew his lease unless he can find promotional events to bring new business into the hotel and Aaron is desperate for him to stay. Mohan, who is also attracted to Aaron, is wary of “suits” and men who are in the closet where he suspects Aaron is firmly entrenched. He has had a number of bad experiences with other men who used him then moved on and he has sworn that it will never happen to him again. He wants to do more than ink Aaron’s body, he also wants to keep him but only on the condition that Aaron acknowledges their relationship and no longer hides in the closet. Since rebelling against his strict Hindu upbringing and leaving home at 18 because his parents could not accept his homosexuality he is determined to live his life openly as a gay man.

To Aaron, Mohan is completely opposite to him and the other “preppy” men with whom he has been involved and he makes the first move when he arranges to have his body inked. As soon as he enters Mohan’s tattoo den the attraction which had been simmering for a year explodes into the most sexual and sensual experience of his life as Mohan teaches him that tantric sex is not just something you learn about in yoga class. Aaron tells Mohan he loves him but Mohan does not believe Aaron is sincere and thinks he is only looking for a new experience before moving on.

When a swarm of reporters descend on Mohan’s tattoo parlour as he is inking a celebrity, his business and the hotel benefit from the surge in publicity and he is sure it is a P.R. stunt arranged by Aaron to keep him in the hotel. He’s furious and refuses to have anything to do with Aaron who he thinks did it to have continued access to his body while still living “on the down low”. Aaron has to prove to his man that he is sincere and does it in a very big way, but you will have to read the book for the big finale.

In Inking Aaron the author takes a different approach to a familiar plot line by giving the readers a peek into a diverse cultural experience. Mohan’s and Aaron’s characters are well developed and the dialogue between them and Aaron’s sister who is also gay, gives additional credibility to the story. This is a delightful book and I would recommend it to anyone who loves the genre.

Defiant Love


Title: Defiant Love
Author: Kassie Burns
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-973-6
Genre: Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 2.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Moon Nymph

Lora O’Hare is part Irish and has been bestowed with an unusual gift. She can hear the cry of the banshee. It’s only happened two times in her life and both times, someone dear to her died. The first time it was her beloved father and the second her aunt.

The banshee she hears, and sees, on her computer screen at work seems to be connected to Greg Thomas, her boss at a travel magazine. Glamorous Getaways is a den of competition and she’s sure that her co-workers wouldn’t take her seriously if they knew she’d been sleeping with the boss for weeks. Breaking up is hard to do and it’s even harder when you’re in love.

Lora breaks up with Greg for the good of both their reputations. Office romance just doesn’t work. The man does everything he can to mend the break up but she isn’t interested until the banshee shows up. Before she knows it, he’s coming over to her place and it’s her responsibility to keep the man alive. It didn’t work the first two times. What can she do differently this time?

Kassie Burns has an original idea here but the plot doesn’t move much past the obvious. Girl meets boy, falls in love, and tries to save him from the supernatural. The idea of a mystic banshee howling before loved ones die is great, but not fully developed. Her dad died. Her aunt died. There’s nothing about her relationship with either of them or the turmoil she went through when they died and she couldn’t stop it. The sex scenes were flowery and fizzled instead of sizzled. Grammatical errors didn’t help this paranormal read.

Pawprints - Second Nature


Author: Anne Cain
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-680-4
Genre: LGBT Shape-shifter Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Gabriel “Gabe” Scott and Hayden Everett have been a part of each other’s lives since high school. Their relationship has grown from being teenage sweethearts to contemplating marriage while finishing their senior year of college. Gabe is no stranger to loyalty seeing that his Second Nature is the ability to shift into the form of a dog. Too bad Hayden is scared of dogs, thanks to a vicious attack in his teen years. Now Gabe is struggling to find a way to share his secret with Hayden.

Hayden knows that there is no other person who he would share his life with. But as the full moon approaches, Hayden and Gabe will discover they both have hidden abilities. The question is can they keep their relationship?

Pawprints - Second Nature reminds us of why dogs are man’s best friend. Gabe is a quiet spoken man, who avoids conflict at all costs. But when loved ones are threatened, Gabe get’s his hackles up and is ready to protect heart and home. Hayden completes Gabe in so many ways. Discovering his ability to shift helps form a new link with the love of his life, and proves that not all canines are as ruthless as he has feared. And even as we watch Gabe and Hayden learn to accept their abilities, we get a glimpse of a budding relationship between two wonderfully written characters – Alex and Brey. I can only hope that they will have their own story in this series. Anne Cain has created an incredible sequel. Pawprints - Second Nature delivers the ideal combination of drama, suspense, action and humor topped off with heart-pounding, bed-rocking sexual encounters. This is sure to be a hit to those who enjoy stories about shifters.

Gio's Dream


Book Title: Gio's Dream
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 978-1-41991-052-4
Genre: Contemporary / Gay
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Giovanni “Gio” Brunelli is a top advertising executive in Manhattan. His profession has allowed him to gain an exciting and lucrative career. One that doesn’t hold a candle to the small town life he had in Kansas City, the life he misses. Nino, Gio’s father, has a health condition that will require his son’s assistance while he recovers. The widower will need his son at home but Nino feels Gio could be of better use helping his business partner, Rafe, with the daily operations and hopefully discovering a way to save the company from going under. What a tangled web for Gio. He has escaped the trapping of the Big Apple, just to be thrust into confronting his feelings for Rafe Gargano: his father’s best friend and business partner.

Gio’s Dream reminds me of that old saying “out of the frying pan and into the fire”. Rafe was Gio’s teenage crush that morphed into true love. Rafe finds himself in a situation where he can finally express his feelings for Gio. Neither man is willing to walk away from what they have waited years to gain from the other. And while Gio and Rafe are coming to grips with their feelings, there is a dangerous enemy ready to kill them both if given the opportunity. Carol Lynne delivers romance, passion, hot erotic encounters and then combines dashes of humor, drama and suspense to keep the readers on the edge of their seats. This is a fantastic novel and I’m looking forward to reading more from Ms. Lynne.