Thursday, June 12, 2008

Black Dragon




Book Title: Black Dragon
Author: December Quinn
Publisher: Cerridwen Press
Publisher URL: http://www.cerridwenpress.com/
ISBN: 9781419913099
Genre: Historical Romance
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Satyr Vael

For Isabelle de Harvington, life should be full of peace and love. Unfortunately, in the thirteen century, politics play strong roles when it comes to marriage. Convinced she loves a minstrel from her father's home; Isabelle is devastated when she finds that she is to marry not the minstrel William, but the brooding Gruffydd ap Hywel, who first met her at a very embarrassing moment in Isabelle's young life. To add insult to injury, Gruffydd is Welsh. A political marriage is the last thing Isabelle wants.

When she joins her new husband in his Welsh castle, Isabelle is utterly miserable. She tries everything she knows to make him want to get rid of her, but none of it works. While he's just as reticent about the marriage as she is, he's made a promise to Prince Llewellyn to marry this daughter of an influential lord. To make matters worse, Gruffydd must dodge his persistent wife while he carries out his oath as the Black Dragon -- protector of the roads and the people. It wouldn't be so bad if Isabelle's mere presence didn't set him on fire.

Troubles escalate, however, forcing Gruffydd to choose between keeping his secrets and losing the woman who's managed to work her way into his locked heart.

Black Dragon is amazing. From the first page, I was swept away into a world and time I truly adore. And the story hadn't even started. Ms Quinn took the time to include an author's foreword, detailing the intricacies of the Welsh language, the politics of the era, and even the societal structure. I enjoyed the foreword almost as much as the book itself.

The story is rich in detail, from places to characters, to sights, sounds, and smells. Ms Quinn wrote some of the hottest love scenes that fit the tone beautifully. In a lot of stories set in this time period, it's common to either be too purple, or too modernly explicit. Ms Quinn found a perfect balance and the result are scenes that made my heart race. And I don't read m/f romances very often.

Another thing I loved was that Ms Quinn didn't skimp on the darker aspects. The thirteen century was a very violent period, and the author didn't shy away from that. The tense moments felt real enough to keep me reading well past one in the morning. The ending was incredibly satisfying as well. In fact, I'm hoping Black Dragon goes to print because I'd be honored to give it a place on my bookshelf.

Hostage




Book Title: Hostage
Author: Josh Lanyon, Sarah Black and Laura Baumbach
Publisher: ManLoveRomance Press
Publisher URL: http://www.mlrpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-934531-26-6
Genre: Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


In Dangerous Ground by Josh Lanyon (5 Nymphs) Special Agents Will Brandt and Taylor MacAllister are partners at the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Taylor is recovering from job related injuries and Will is trying to recover from almost losing his partner. They take a much needed vacation that quickly turns into work. Danger is near and the man Taylor loves is abducted. Now it’s time to fight to retrieve what he can never live without.

Laura Baumbach’s Burn Card (5 Nymphs) takes us to Las Vegas where we meet CSI Cody Baxter and his love interest, Gil Turko, the owner of Body Armor, Inc. What starts out as a routine crime scene investigation quickly becomes an act of kidnapping. Gil has just found his other half and will not give up on locating the man he loves. Will the truth behind the abduction be discovered before it’s too late?

A Classic Story of Good and Evil by Sarah Black (5 Nymphs) delivers us into the heart of the Vietnam War where we meet First Lieutenants Daniel Dawson and Will Hutchins. They are USMC pilots who have enjoyed a wonderful friendship and are now ready to give in to their deeply rooted attraction. A trip to recover troops and deliver supplies becomes an adventure to reclaim the man he loves from the enemy. Is their bond strong enough to help them escape harm’s way?

Hostage gained my complete attention from the first paragraph. What I love about the stories is that each has strong characters and fascinating events surrounding them. They all have handsome men who are willing to fight for their loved one. That’s where the likeness begins and ends. Each story is different when it comes to plot, time period, and scenery. I have to admit I was very impressed by what each author delivered. There is a bonus story included in this book entitled The Second Indian Wars by Sarah Black. And while I haven’t written a review for it, this story held its ground with the company it’s keeping. If you love action, suspense, and drama encompassed with love making hot enough to scorch your eyebrows off, then Hostage is definitely the book you don’t want to miss.

Sex Me At Last


Book Title: Sex Me At Last
Author: Tianna Xander & Bonnie Rose Leigh
Publisher: Extasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-067-7
Genre: Sci-Fi, Shapeshifter, Fantasy, Ménage, and Series
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Now that Harlow Abernathy has no immediate family left alive, she really feels alone and only wants to pursue her career in science. When Ryo & Jered finally ask her if she will go with them, the panic sets in fast. During an attack from her great aunt she finds that she can change form and willingly protects Ryo after he’s been shot. Once she realizes there is a deep love for the men nothing will stop her from doing whatever it takes to keep them.

Ryo of Kneese and Jered Hallen are leaders of the Hienial Triad and have found their mate on Earth. They have found not only their mate, but also others who are from their planet there as well and want to take them if they choose to go back to their home planet. The men are willing to go slow so as not to scare Harlow away from them and will sacrifice their need to bond with her in order to keep her with them.

Children of the Triad: Sex Me At Last was so fabulously written I was overwhelmed by the love the three had for each other. The characters bring you to another level with descriptions of when they changed into animals and the lovemaking was very intimate making sure each of them was satisfied completely. This series seemed like a challenge for Tianna Xander & Bonnie Rose Leigh to write so many different stories and for it to continue as it has is wonderful of them to share with readers.

The Hell You Say


Book Title: The Hell You Say
Book #3 Adrien English Mystery Series
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: ManLoveRomance Press
Publisher URL: http://www.mlrpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-934531-01-3
Genre: Gay Mystery, Suspense
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Adrien English, mystery writer and store owner of the Cloak and Dagger Books, noticed that his employee Angus is frightened by the phone calls lately. Since it was the Christmas season, Adrien suggested Angus take a two week vacation, giving him eight hundred dollars as a bonus and Christmas gift. After Angus leaves, threats are directed toward Adrien and always curious, he starts to investigate, learning that this is a satanic cult with connections to the murder cases that his friend and part time lover Detective Jake Riordan is working. Adrien and Jake exchange information on the case until Jake announces that his long time girlfriend Kate Keegan is pregnant and they are getting married. Even after being dumped and warned to back off by Jake, Adrien continues to investigate until the case is solved.

The Hell You Say takes you through revelations of the dark satanic cults with the history and beliefs attached. Adrien is like a bloodhound on the trail, never turning loose until justice is served, but as good as he is with investigations, he has lousy instincts when it comes to finding love, he settles for being used sexually. Jake is good at his work, but a cold callous coward when it comes to living life. He is more concerned with his public image than admitting he has sexual desires for men. Although there is mention of intimate interaction, this is not a romance story with a happy-ever-after theme. The focus is on the suspense. Josh Lanyon delivers a very creative and clever plot that holds your attention as it builds the mystery into a tantalizing epiphany moment.

Big, Blooming & Wild! Greenhouse Effect


Book Title: Big, Blooming & Wild! Greenhouse Effect
Author: Nia K. Foxx
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-994-1
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph


During her five year career as a Horticulturist at the Institute of Big Basin Wildlife, Jennifer Wilde had never hosted a visit for the higher ups. She could feel change blowing in the wind and was doing her best to be prepared. The new CEO was rumored to be all work and no play, so Jennifer wanted to make a good impression with her work. The heart stopping attraction she felt when she laid eyes on Wik was completely unexpected.

Scientist and Botan shifter, Wik Redwood, is amazed that he hasn’t died from horniness. He has been in pollen for five years and losing hope of ever finding a mate. Throwing himself into his research is what finally brings him into contact with the lush lady that he cannot live without.

Wik and Jennifer fit like a hand and glove in their passionate love story. Poor Wik was so eager to have Jennifer, it almost frightened her away. Seeing her doubt the depth of Wik’s interest in a real relationship had me worried but not for long. Nia K. Foxx created a riveting addition to the series that I consider to be a must read and I am looking forward to the next one.

Toy Box: Sounds


Book Title: Toy Box: Sounds
Author: Kiernan Kelly, Naomi Brooks and Angelia Sparrow, Mychael Black
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-382-6
Genre: Gay Anthology
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Sounding Like Trust by Kiernan Kelly 4.5 Nymphs
Arthur Drexall is a man that nobody notices, thirty three years old and still a virgin. Tired of being a doormat, Arthur seeks help from a self confidence teacher Grant Trust. After only one sound session, Arthur walks away with his head held high.
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Grant Trust applies seduction in his training, and in the end, Arthur is feeling worthy of all life has to offer.

Sideshow Roses by Angelia Sparrow and Naomi Brooks 3.5 Nymphs
Nick Harper and his carnival performer lover Jacob, Torturo the Pain King were relaxing after a show. Always the romantic, Jacob decided to present Nick with a rose in a most unusual display for Valentine’s Day.

Nick and Jacob add a sexy new way to give flowers to your lover.

A Play of Shadow by Mychael Black 5 Nymphs
Master Vampire Marcus Artorius Triarius invoked fear and respect in humans and vampires. Only with Lance and the love they shared allowed Triarius to be submissive at times. Triarius taught Lance how to control the shadows, and in doing so added a whole new intensity to their lovemaking when the shadow took on the form of a metal rod.

Triarius is a hard task master, and worthy of the fear, yet Lance seems to convert his jaded outlook, producing a balanced calm motivated by love. I first met Triarius and Lance in Spiked Anthology and have grown very fond of these vampires, I hope to see more soon.

Toy Box: Sounds is a miniature illustration of the exceptionally gifted authors showcased. Each story is well written and intriguing; with erotic scenes that fuel the imagination with ways to attain the ultimate ecstasy.

Vince


Book Title: Vince
Author: J.M. Snyder
Publisher: Lulu Press
Publisher URL: http://www.lulu.com/
ISBN: None Available
Genre: Erotic Romance
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Callisto Nymph


Something happened the summer before high school that tore Vince Sanford's and Eric Somers' friendship apart, leaving Vince with an anger, a hatred, that he can't control. Now Eric wants back in his life again but Vince is afraid to give him a second chance.

It’s hard to forgive. It’s hard to forget. And sometimes, it’s so difficult that it blends into one’s psyche and warps them into something not quite right.

And thus we have Vince. Vince Sanford who has a bigot for a father, a chain-smoking, hand-wringing mother and a little brother that idolizes the ground their father walks on. I liked Vince who is without a doubt, the best anti-hero ever. Snarky, brittle, and intelligent even as a teenager, he seems invincible yet vulnerable.

Snyder’s description of Vince’s life is harsh and probably more real than anything I’ve ever read. The teen struggles to be everything that is not considered conformity, the parents that are simply not getting him and the cookie cutter world he can’t fit in because he’s like a squished brownie to their plain wafers.

And as the story rolls on, it becomes clear that Vince was once ‘normal’ and that time seems to coincide with his friendship with Eric Somers. Not unsurprisingly, that ‘normal’ time also ends when Eric and Vince’s friendship crumbles, which leads Vince on the path of “never forgiving, never forgetting” as his heart, even in the beginning of the story which is set three years from the ending of their friendship, still bleeds for Eric. Eric also became a favorite of mine as he, the still ‘normal’ one, slowly but steadily tries to fix what he’s broken with Vince dodging him at every turn.

Jumping from Vince’s teen years to college years and melding present with past, J.M. Snyder creates a love story that seems doomed from the beginning, with twists and turns that left me full of too many emotions to name, especially when Vince’s mind, stretched taut with hate finally, finally lets go, delivering a beautiful ending that gives me high hopes for their future. I highly recommend it for those who believe in the invincibility of love, even when it’s taken a hit or two.

Taming the Mountain Mist


Book Title: Taming the Mountain Mist
Author: KC Warwick
Publisher: Torquere Press, Single Shots
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: None
Genre: Gay Historical
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Roman Garrison Commander Justin becomes separated from his guides in the thick mist on the moors. Cold and tired, Justin tries to decide what to do next when he notices a beautiful wolf. So taken with the sight before him; Justin does not attempt to defend himself. In the next moment, the wolf becomes a man. Falan offers to escort Justin back to the fort and being so taken with Falan’s beauty; Justin accepts the offer and conveys his desire to see Falan again. Both Justin and Falan feel the instant attraction between them, and the lure to explore where this awareness will lead them.

Taming the Mountain Mist is a heart warming story of love, honor and duty. KC Warwick illustrates the turmoil of duty versus the desires of the heart. This is a very intriguing and enjoyable teaser.

Crazy for Kate


Book Title: Crazy for Kate
Author: Kelly McDonough
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 1-59998-602-7
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Nymph Rating: 2 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Sphinx Minx

Christopher Shields wrote in his high school yearbook that he wanted marriage and a family. But his first love, Maureen, dumped him five years ago and he hasn't had a real romance since. He's a hunky construction worker who comes from a large family and loves kids.

Kate McKaye went to the same high school. She was a cheerleader and editor of the school paper. Now she's divorced. Her husband Scott cheated on her with her college roommate. It seems he only wanted a beauty on his arm for public functions. He hasn't seen his two daughters since he left, but he does send money and presents. Kate works part time, doing the church newsletter, and she dotes on her two girls. She hasn't dated since Scott left two years ago. But sparks fly when she and Chris work together at the church carnival.

Chris believes he cannot father children. He is very attracted to Kate, and fears this will end the relationship, as it did the one with Maureen.

Author McDonough writes well, but the main characters were just so angelic and good that there was no question they would end up together. The tale would have benefited from a few challenges and obstacles. Kate's girls adored Chris from the beginning. Children Megan and Molly are portrayed as too perfect for words. Kate's ex-husband backs away from a custody battle before it has a chance to start. Father Tierney and the church are rooting for the couple. It's a sweet tale, but not compelling reading.

I couldn't help wondering why straight-laced old-fashioned Chris thought his childhood mumps had left him sterile. Do guys usually check this out when they get engaged? And then advertise their sterility to family members?

Though both main characters are introspective, worrying about the “what ifs” of the relationship, the reader never senses that anything bad will happen. This is a sugary sweet, feel good story of nice people getting the happy ending they deserve.

Taste Test: Blind Dates


Book Title: Taste Test: Blind Dates
Author: Edited by Mychael Black
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerepress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-315-1
Genre: Gay/Erotic Romance/Anthology
Nymph Rating: 4.5 nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Woodland Nymph

The Cure by Jodi Payne 5 Nymphs
Jeremy’s been out of a relationship for over a year and agrees to go on a blind date and meets Benjamin for dinner. By the end of the date, Jeremy decides not to see him again, as he finds Ben to be an arrogant man. When the unexpected happens and Ben becomes a knight in shining armor, will Jeremy change his mind? All I can say is this story left me wanting more!

Dinner and a Movie by Alex Marcus-Jacobs 4.5 Nymphs
Mark is a straight man and isn’t sure how, but finds he’s agreed to a blind date with Sam, arranged by one of his co-workers. After making sure his apartment is clean, the table is set and the meal he cooked is perfect he hears the knock on the door. Imagine his surprise when he opens the door and Sam is a man! Will Mark go through with the date or will he send Sam home hungry? I understand this is Alex Marcus-Jacobs first published story and all I can say is I hope to read a lot more by this author!

Catching Out by Lee Benoit 4 Nymphs
Ab is more than disappointed by the end of his latest blind date set up by his brother. While out walking across from the old railroad station, he meets Mole. Mole is like no other man he’s ever met and Ab soon finds himself drawn to this eccentric man. Through Mole, Ab meets several colorful and likable characters who you’ll easily come to care about. With all their differences, can there ever be more between them? I enjoyed this story very much and found Ab to be a terrific character. I would have liked to have gotten to know more about Mole though. I found him to be a very fascinating character.

Taste Test: Blind Dates is a terrific anthology of three very different and wonderful stories. Each one of these authors have created characters that will have you thinking twice before making an assumption about a person. You will be happy to have read these stories but be warned, all three of them will leave you wanting more! I strongly recommend this anthology to any fan of the m/m genre, don’t miss this book!

Hot Shot


Book Title: Hot Shot
Author: M. J. Fredrick
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-59998-954-9
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Sphinx Minx


Thirty-two-year-old Peyton Michaels is writing a series about heroes. She completes her fire training and gets assigned to the crew of Hot Shot firefighter Gabe Cooper. Her interest in Gabe quickly exceeds her interest in journalism.

Peyton's husband Dan died in the line of duty nineteen months ago. She feels both guilt and anger that he left her because of his love for the SWAT team. And Gabe reminds her of Dan. Gabe loves his job. He lives to "face the dragon and kick its ass." Peyton is reluctant to become involved with another man who thrives on danger.

Peyton helps Gabe rescue a group of Girl Scouts and then their own lives are in danger. Things get really interesting when we learn that this killer fire was actually started by an arsonist.

The supporting cast is interesting. Young Kim worships Gabe as a hero. Gabe's ex-wife is in charge of the firefighting crew. And her husband Doug is accused of starting the fire.

The real danger faced by the fire crew, and the connections to actual events in the recent past, make for interesting reading. Fredrick has given us an intriguing mystery and interesting insights into love and life. This action packed novel will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Rookery Cove: Kidnapping Karisma


Book Title: Rookery Cove: Kidnapping Karisma
Author: Tuesday Morrigan
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-891-3
Genre: Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Karisma Knowles only wants to design erotic delicates for supernaturals on a regular basis. Now she finally decided to accept the offer from Rookery Cove Aphrodisiacs to work for them. When she leaves to stay at Rookery Cove hotel, the men from the Alpha male pack show up and are determined to have her as their mate. The Kanakis Pack consists of different breeds but has banned together and need Karisma to complete them. One of the men, Aleka wants her to stay with them and give up working for herself, which she refuses to do.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Rookery Cove: Kidnapping Karisma. As the men were expressing their emotions toward Karisma, she found that she needed more from them besides lust in a relationship. To have more than one man after you was exciting but four was a little too much for her to comprehend. To be kidnapped, gassed unconscious and awaken tied to a bed was not what she expect from men determined to make her their mate. Tuesday Morrigan has written wonderfully about faeries, shape shifters and humans with very hot sex scenes.

Recovery


Book Title: Recovery
Author: CB Potts
Publisher: Torquere
Publisher’s URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-363-5
Genre: Gay/Erotic Romance/Western
Nymph Rating: 4 nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Woodland Nymph

Adam is returning home from the war and realizes almost instantly he’s lost his lover Tom, who is also returning from the war. Adam is happy to be home in Philadelphia with his family but finds it difficult to readjust to civilian life. Soon he’s arguing with his father about what he’s going to do with the rest of his life. When he decides to get into politics, no one in the family is happy with his choice.

So when his dad suggests he take some time to clear his head by going to Texas to help out an old friend, Adam agrees to go for not only himself but to keep the peace with his family. Calvin has been friends with Adam’s father since before he met Adam’s mother. He runs an outfit for hunters, mostly boar hunting, and was unable to open this season due to recent floods and now he needs to repair the hunters cabins as well as clear the damaged land.

After spending a day of removing debris around the first set of cabins, Adam and Calvin admit and act upon their attraction for each other. Before he realizes it, the days have turned into weeks, the weeks have become a month and Adam can’t imagine ever leaving Texas or Calvin. What will Adam do? Will he stay and does Calvin even want him too?

Recovery is a terrific gem of a story. The relationship between Adam and Calvin builds at an easy natural pace and they have what the other man needs. I also enjoyed the realistic relationship between Adam and his family and thank goodness for little sisters. CB Potts has done a very good job in writing about a soldier’s return from war and the difficulties of adjusting to life after being on the frontlines. I only wish the book had been longer for more of Adam and Calvin and to see some of the family member’s reactions.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Settler's Mine 1: The Rivals


Book Title: Settler's Mine 1: The Rivals
Author: Mechele Armstrong
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-494-7
Genre: Nontraditional Erotic Sci Fi/Futuristic
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Layla is on the run from two experienced bounty hunters, Orion and Balt. They are rivals who weren’t expecting to battle each other to redeem the prize. What starts out as a way to make a large amount of platinum ends in the three finding the largest prize imaginable – Orion, Balt, and Layla are heartmates.

The Rivals is the first story in the Settler’s Mine series. Layla is a woman of many talents. Not only is she strong of mind and body, she is a trained spy. Coming to terms with finding her heartmates was difficult when Layla considered the danger awaiting her mates. Orion and Balt have been battling for years. Each is strong, determined, and resourceful. I laughed so hard at the moment when they discovered they were heartmates. Watching the good natured ribbing they gave was entertaining, but knowing they would be joined as mates was priceless. Mechele Armstrong has written a wonderful story filled with action, hot erotic scenes, and characters that make you drool, laugh, and smile. The Rivals was a wonderful change from the normal polyamorous stories, and I’m looking forward to the next book in this fascinating series.

Settler's Mine 2: The Lovers


Book Title: Settler's Mine 2: The Lovers
Author: Mechele Armstrong
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-552-4
Genre: Polyamorous Science Fiction/Futuristic
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Amory has arrived at Settler's Mine, in search of his heartstone. His vow to the one he loves, dictates that he finds his stone and return home, and it’s a vow Amory has every plan on keeping. To find one heartmate is a wonderful treat but to discover two is rare and celebrated by all. Amory’s stone and fate’s wicked sense of humor have decided that Amory’s true mates are Zelda and Bren, the owners of the mine. Will Amory be able to deny his heart or will he give in and embrace the gift he is granted?

The Lovers is book two in the Settler’s Mine series. Amory is young and honor bound. When Zelda and Bren meet him, the attraction draws them to his presence like a moth to a flame. Watching Amory try to fight his attraction for the lovers was comical at best. I have to give him credit for giving it all he had, but it was a losing battle from the first glow of his heartstone. Zelda has become hardened a bit from life, but I believe that Amory helped give her back some of her softer side. And as for Bren, every woman should have a Bren in her life. The man was gorgeous with a sexual appetite that could keep a body in traction. But besides that, Bren had a heart full of love for his mates and was willing to do anything to keep them happy. Mechele Armstrong has written yet another wonderful installment in the series. I found myself yet again having a difficult time putting down the book. Fans and newcomers will find The Lovers to be a wonderful treat.

Settler’s Mine 3: The Woman


Book Title: Settler’s Mine 3: The Woman
Author: Mechele Armstrong
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-688-0
Genre: Polyamorous Science Fiction/Futuristic
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Natives are a no nonsense race of people and the Ebolians are a race of seers who follow their visions. While Jax, a Native, and Tam, an Ebolian, may seem like a strangely mated pair they make the perfect couple. When Tam’s visions tell him to travel to the Settler’s Mine, Jax jumps on board without batting an eye regardless of the fact that they each already possess their heartstones.

Kiann is also an Ebolian and her visions have led her to the Settler’s Mine to search for her heartstone. The three accidently meet and are drawn together by an unexplainable attraction. Tam and Jax believe they have been brought into Kiann’s life to help find her heartstone, but in actuality Kiann is their heartmate.

The Woman is the third book in the Settler’s Mine series. Kiann is beautiful and charming. Her sweet nature and innocence are aphrodisiacs for Jax and Tam. Jax is scared to share Tam with Kiann and that fear seems to be the driving force behind his reluctance to accept Kiann as his mate. Tam is ready and willing to make Kiann their third. He has an overwhelming attraction for her that he won’t deny. Mechele Armstrong has written yet another solid story in this series. With intriguing characters, exciting erotic play, and a fantastic plot, The Woman doesn’t lack in its ability to sustain your attention. Throw in a dash of suspense and action and you’ve just been given a book that will keep you entertained and enthralled. I’m waiting anxiously for book four of the wonderful series.

The King’s Diamond


Book Title: The King’s Diamond
Author: Jenna Jones
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerepress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-343-8
Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Fantasy
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Damalepazhur has become the new king since his father’s recent death while fighting a border war. He needs to have the fabled diamond to protect him from assassins. Chamberlain Lukaru, who helps the king with running his kingdom and a friend since childhood with whom he trusts with his life, always reminds him of who he is. Lukaru, along with the astrologers, find and brings the diamond named Ketu, who was born from the Gods and lived among the river people, to the king. Now that he knows who is trying to dethrone him, he takes matters into his own hands by making changes which shocks everyone. Then capture one of the king’s wives and younger brother who is spouting lies to gain leverage to take his place as king.

The King’s Diamond is not what you expect it to be but better and reading about the humility of a proud king who is use to others of his kingdom bowing, was not use to bowing to his subjects for anything. The diamond was also a surprise with his determination to protect the king as well as be his valet. With all the suspense about who was actually trying to kill the king made you wonder how they were able to persuade others to do their bidding without detection from the guards? This king was a little too kind but wanted a separate life and was not able to because of his status.

The Bond That Heals Us


Book Title: The Bond That Heals Us
Author: Christine d'Abo
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419915864
Genre: Futuristic
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Sara is a hardworking and dedicated doctor on the Eurus colony, who always puts the well-being of others above her own safety and happiness. So when an unknown alien aircraft crashes near her colony, she doesn’t hesitate or worry about the possible danger but rushes to help the wounded aboard. She never expects to open the ships door and find the most gorgeous man imaginable staring out at her. The attraction between her and the captain isn’t expected, nor is the intense affair that soon follows.

Davin left the power of healing behind when his mother died. Now he’s a ships captain working on the edge of civilized space smuggling supplies to the highest bidder. When he opens the ship’s hatch, he never expects to see a woman whose very presence makes him want to claim her for his own. He doesn’t understand their strange attraction but can’t stay away from her either. When the health and lives of the colony miners are endangered, they must work together to find the source of the parasitic infection or watch dozens of innocent men die.

The Bond That Heals Us is the second book in Ms. d’Abo’s ongoing Eternal Bonds series. It’s a fast-paced, well-written futuristic romance with an intriguing suspenseful plotline filled with interesting primary and secondary characters that will keep you guessing from the very first page. The attraction and sexual tension between Sara and Davin starts at their first meeting and when they finally give in to their mutual lust…watch out. The intricately crafted plot flows smoothly from scene to scene, and there is plenty of suspense and action as our hero and heroine hunt for the source endangering the entire colony. This is one fascinating futuristic story/series that you don’t want to miss. Read and enjoy!

Finding Home


Book Title: Finding Home
Author: Cameron Dane
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-700-9
Genre: LGBT Multicultural Erotic Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

When security expert Rhone Quinn lands at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, he meets young Adam Reyes and the lives of both men are changed forever. Adam has been living hand to mouth since he came out of the closet to his family, which only got him thrown out of the house with little more than the clothes on his back. Young and with nowhere to go, he’s been living a meager existence by picking the pockets of unsuspecting travelers when they return to their cars. When Adam spies his next mark, in the form of Rhone whose cell phone he lifts, he never expects to get caught, but that’s exactly what happens. Something about the young man causes Rhone to do something unusual and out of character. Instead of calling the police, he goes with his gut instinct and offers the youth a job with his security company.

What follows is a story of a growing relationship that moves from mentor, to friend, and then long-term roommate. Finally it leads to Adam joining Quinn Security as a full partner. Years pass and straight Rhone, who is normally observant, has missed a couple of important things about his friend Adam…that’s he’s gay, and that Adam’s love for him has grown past that of close friend and co-worker, and into that of lover. Then one day the truth of Adam’s feelings is revealed, and Rhone must decide whether it will bring them closer together or drive the friends apart forever.

With Finding Home, Cameron Dane has once again penned a well-written and interesting gay contemporary romance with an unusual set-up for a novella. The first half is done in short sections, each one covering a portion of a year in the lives of these two men, giving you snippets of information and showing how their relationship is changing and growing. It’s the second half, written in the present, where you see the culmination of their feelings, and the truth of Adam’s love for Rhone is finally revealed. The personal emotions that Adam and Rhone have for each other have grown for so long, that straight Rhone doesn’t even realize why he’s been miserable since Adam moved out of their apartment…that’s he’s been missing the other half of them. Still, I have to give the man credit, when he commits to something, nothing is going to change his mind, and he wants Adam.

I have to applaud Ms. Dane. She did an excellent job of describing both Adam’s love for Rhone, and Rhone’s new found acceptance of his unexpected sexual feelings for Adam, without the scenes being mushy, trite, or overdone. But get your fan ready. When these two old friends/new lovers finally get together, the sex is emotional, hot, and explosive, taking up the vast majority of the last half.

Finding Home is more of a two-person tale with little in the way of secondary characters until the end when they play a vital role in throwing Adam and Rhone together, forcing Adams feelings into the light. I guess the telling point of this tale is that to find happiness sometimes all you have to do is look in your own backyard, even if you need the help of friends and family to find it.

It’s All Relative


Book Title: It’s All Relative
Author: J.M. Snyder
Publisher: Fictionwise
Publisher URL: http://fictionwise.com/
ISBN: None Available
Genre: Gay Erotic Romance
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Callisto Nymph

When Michael Knapp brings his lover Dan Biggs home to meet his parents, he doesn't expect things to go smoothly. His mother's been trying to marry him off for years and he isn't even sure his father knows he exists. As the middle son, he's sure that coming out over dinner is the perfect way to finally get noticed. But a phone call interrupts his announcement--Aunt Evie, the family matriarch, is dead. With Dan in tow, Michael follows his family to Sugar Creek, where he spent his summers growing up, to prepare for the funeral.

Every once in a while you find a story that is just…amazing. The story of a dysfunctional family isn’t a new one but to see it so cunningly portrayed, the emotions razor sharp and staggering, put this story, in my mind, high above all others. Michael Knapp is the middle child of the Knapp family, the good egg. His older brother, Ray “isn’t all there” and his little sister Cat ‘Don’t call me Caitlin’ is the quintessential teen drama queen complete with tongue ring. Then there’s his father whose about as distant as can be and his mother, whom is full of small town close-mindedness on the subject of Michael’s coming out. Michael himself is a conundrum of childishness and maturity and despite the fact that he’s twenty five, reading this story gave me a sense of growth as Michael slowly leaves childhood fully behind and moves into adulthood.

Yet these are only a few colorful characters Snyder brings to life as we also meet Dan, Michael’s lover who’s not only Army (read great body) but I found him to also be a sensitive, smart man, his many aunts and an old childhood paramour/friend. Snyder builds a whole other world that I was drawn into from the word go, a world enriched with scents and sights as Michael, upon learning of his beloved Aunt Evie’s death, travels to Sugar Creek to prepare and attain the funeral which brings back numerous detailed memories from his childhood. It’s through these memories we meet Aunt Evie, the soft-hearted but frank matriarch that has held this dysfunctional family together for so long. I enjoyed meeting the family, the many personalities and the stories that came with them.

There is love and acceptance and it’s much like any small town family: big, boisterous and entertaining. And when its just Dan and Michael…oh my heart melted. And in classic J.M. Snyder style, the plot is thick and twisting through the entire story, changing from a coming out to a self discovery to a romance and then switching again into a bit of intrigue. If I found anything at all to be bothered by was the fact that at times, I felt Michael was a bit too childish. Yet, I understood and sympathized despite my mild annoyance and the overall wonderful nature of the book kept me hooked and I highly recommend it with a tip of my hat to Snyder for the whole thrilling, sweet ride.

Strangers in the Night: The Valentine Effect


Book Title: Strangers in the Night: The Valentine Effect
Author: Bonnie Dee
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-59998-866-6
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Carrie Morrison is a woman alone on Valentine’s Day again and tired of fixed dates from family who are only thinking of her best interest. Now she is having second and third thoughts as she is dressing before going out on a date with one of her student’s father. Once she accepts the fact of how much she wants Ric, there is no stopping her from getting what they both want.

Ric Torres is, by day, a mechanic who owns his own shop and by night, a fantastic Latin lover who takes care of his son without thought to himself. After meeting his son’s teacher, who takes his breath away during their parent/teacher meeting, he asks her out on a date. While trying to be patient for Carrie, giving her time to decide about their relationship, he sends her a sweet Valentine with a note attached.

Strangers in the Night: The Valentine Effect is an outstanding book! This story is wrapped around a time of romance and the title speaks for itself. As the characters move throughout this book, they are totally consumed with each other so much that you will be enthralled by their story. Bonnie Dee writes wonderfully about two people who need someone in their lives and they are brought together in such a positive way nothing can stand in their way of loving each other more.

True Hollywood: Los Angeles


Book Title: True Hollywood: Los Angeles
Author: James Buchanan
Publisher: Phaze
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59426-805-2
Genre: M/M/Contemporary/Erotic Romance
Nymph Rating: 2.5 nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Woodland Nymph

Jason is a stuntman and due to the writers’ strike, he’s currently working at his uncle’s motorcycle dealership. While attending a funeral for the man who helped train him and get his start in stunt work, he sees his ex-lover and fellow stuntman Ernie Hill.

Ernie and Jason were together for almost as long as the seven years they’ve been apart. Seeing each other again, the years apart seem to disappear until they’re almost able to pick up right where they left off. The passion between them flares to life almost instantly and is still as familiar as it ever was as each of them remembers what pleases the other sexually.

True Hollywood: Los Angeles is a short tale of reuniting with an old flame and questioning whether they should give it another try. As a big fan of James Buchanan, I was sadly disappointed with this latest release. Unfortunately, the first three quarters of the book moves rather slowly as most of it is dedicated to the sights in Los Angeles. So once Ernie and Jason do get together for the last quarter of the book, there’s just not enough time given to their story or enough time for a connection to build between the reader and the characters. I do hope this author will extend Ernie and Jason’s story in a lengthier book.

The Bodyguard: Sorin


Book Title: The Bodyguard: Sorin
Author: Michelle Hasker
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-692-7
Genre: Vampire Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Kayla has been sent by her father, the God Herne, to protect Sorin, King of the Vampires. The only catch is that she’s not allowed to tell him she has been assigned as his protector. The two are immediately attracted, and what better way to distract a gorgeous vampire with a possessive and dominant streak from why she’s really there than to have lots of hot, kinky sex. She’s never been happier with an assignment than she is in Sorin’s arms. The question is, what’s she going to do when her assignment is over and she’s forced to leave Sorin behind forever?

Sorin is a good king and strong leader to his people, but his personal life has become dull and boring. Even his numerous vampire concubines now fail to give him more than fleeting pleasure. So when he sets eyes on Kayla, it’s lust at first sight. Yet it’s not long after they begin their sexual escapades that Sorin discovers his new playmate is much more than a temporary lover. No, she’s the mate he’s waited his entire life to find, and he isn’t willing to let anyone separate them, not even a traitor, or a god.

Sorin is the third and, I believe, last book in Ms. Hasker’s intriguing series, The Bodyguard. As with the others, Sorin is well-written, fast-paced from beginning to end, and has plenty of hot, kinky sex. Sorin and Kayla are truly perfect for each other, inside the bedroom and out. They’re both strong-willed, determined, dedicated, and hardworking, but most importantly, as a couple they believe in protecting each other…and playing at having fun while making love. I loved seeing more of the two couples from the previous books and enjoyed the addition of Kayla’s father, Herne, to the group of interesting secondary characters vital to the continuing plotline. Add in a dark evil of unknown origin, a couple of possessions, and a betrayal of a trusted friend and you have all the suspense elements needed for an enjoyable afternoon read.

Master of Disaster


Book Title: Master of Disaster
Author: Lani Aames
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-59998-869-0
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Brita Swift has no way of knowing that she would be back with Zeke after breaking up with him a year ago. She is a reporter who has done interviews with many people including an old man who passed on a wooden box to her later after he died. While on her quest Brita decides that she will not tell Zeke the truth until necessary although things change quickly as they both remember the love between them.

Zeke Masters is a storm chaser who has a sixth sense when disasters are about to happen so he can warn people. When Brita shows up on his doorstep during a Category 5 Hurricane he does not know whether to kiss her silly or yell until there is no tomorrow. All he can think about is how to show her that he has changed for the better for their relationship to work.

Master of Disaster is an explosive story and I really enjoyed reading it. There was so much to learn about hurricanes and the romance was hot as well. Knowing that their time was limited and acceptance of their connection with the wooden box really made a difference for Zeke & Brita. Lani Aames has written this story beautifully and if you are into mystery, here is a book to be read.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Strangers in the Night: Like a Thief in the Night


Book Title: Strangers in the Night: Like a Thief in the Night
Author: Bettie Sharpe
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-59998-865-8
Genre: Romantic Sci-Fi
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Arden has become an assassin who will kill anyone without any remorse or second thought to life. Her loyalty belongs to Darkriver, the people who kidnapped her at a very young age and trained her to be an efficient assassin. Now that she has been with Aniketos for days her return to the fold may not be so welcoming without recourse to her. Can she accept all that he has to offer her or will she find a way to keep him dead?

Aniketos, an immortal thief, knows who Arden is and wants her like there is no tomorrow. He knows she has been sent to kill him and waits for her to enter into his domain. While he has her confined without clothes in his condo, he allows her freedom because she can not escape and will bend to his will eventually. Knowing that it will cost him everything, he does the impossible to save the one he loves more than anything else in the world.

Strangers in The Night: Like a Thief in the Night is an extraordinary read and who can fault an immortal thief for wanting more out of life. These two lovers are very surprising in their seductions and the sacrifices they make towards each other and I love how they are determined to resist what is natural, given the circumstances. From beginning to end there was always something happening that would keep you reading; wanting to know what was next on the agenda of romance. Bettie Sharpe writes beautifully of mystery, intrigue and very hot sex in this book.

Lemon Drops


Book Title: Lemon Drops
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-245-4
Genre: Gay Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Denny and Cain are in the grocery store shopping for dinner, candy and shaving supplies and they both get a sexual turn on from Denny shaving Cain. Cain has been spending more time with Denny since his lights were cut off at his apartment. What Denny does not know is that Cain has been evicted and spending the night at coffee shops or walking the streets with his suitcase, afraid to tell Denny. Returning from a business trip, Denny stops for coffee, needing the caffeine to drive home. Glancing around the shop, Denny spots Cain sitting at a table looking tired and a little shabby.

Lemon Drops is a heart warming story with a little kink. Cain loves Denny, but is too proud to ask for help because he is afraid to trust in love. Denny loves Cain and has plans for them to live together; however he is a little hurt when Cain was afraid to share his problems. Sean Michael is an expert at arousing and stirring the emotions at the same time. Lemon Drops is an impressive read that I enjoyed.

A-Viking


Book Title: A-Viking
Author: Kiernan Kelly
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-168-6
Genre: Gay Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Chase suffers from hyperactivity so on the advice of his doctor; Chase is taking a two week vacation in Florida. While jogging down the beach, Chase comes across a man barely alive dressed as a Viking. The last thing Bjorn Eriksson remembers is riding out the storm in his long boat Dragon Slayer with his crew after a fearsome battle with his enemy Jorund Blood-Axe in the year 971. Helping Bjorn recover from his trauma, Chase learns that Bjorn is a true Viking who has somehow been transported fifteen hundred years into the future.

A-Viking is an outstanding story full of witty dialogue and extremely sensual love play. The amazing Kiernan Kelly demonstrates a play on words that is hilarious and feisty; the plot is very creative and well paced. This is a fantastic saga that I enjoyed greatly.

Satyr-Day Night Fever


Book Title: Satyr-Day Night Fever
Author: Kiernan Kelly
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-187-7
Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Bill Tragos is getting ready for a gay porn film shoot when his best friend and assistant director Mitch comes in to remind Bill the crew is waiting. Bill and Mitch have been friends since childhood, Mitch thought it was cool that his new friend had a little tail, he liked that Bill is a Satyr. Bill has always desired his straight friend but knew it was hopeless, until one day Mitch kissed Bill and the fantasy becomes reality.

Satyr-Day Night Fever is a humorous and sexy tale of a well endowed Satyr porn star dubbed Pan and his not-so-straight best friend Mitch. Kiernan Kelly exhibits creative talent with characters that are funny and heart warming. I really enjoyed this impressive read, and hope to read more samples of Kiernan Kelly’s fantastic stories.

Erotics Anonymous


Book Title: Erotics Anonymous
Author: Veronica Wilde
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-59998-864-X
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Chelsea Becker wants to be an erotic author who decides to take classes at a well-known college to achieve her goal. Her roommate Nikki is not helping the situation by asking her all kinds of questions she can’t answer. When Chelsea decides to take all of the tests required to be iniated into a secret society, she has second thoughts when asked to do things she would not normally do. As she completes each test her feelings for her Muse are increasing, which is not what the head of the society wished.

Erotics Anonymous was intriguing and wonderful to read. This story will keep you wondering what will happen next and Chelsea was not one to disappoint you. When she finds out about all the deceptions the professor lead her on, her disapproval with the people involved shows on her face. After her Muse rescues her from the orgies, they make their way to a restaurant then apartment where he cares for her, speaks of romance as true for those who want it. Veronica Wilde writes of mysterious sexual escapes, daring challenges and a love you will cheer for.

Cat Scratch Fever


Book Title: Cat Scratch Fever
Author: Jane Davitt
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-331-4
Genre: Gay Urban Fantasy
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Garin’s day is starting off with a buildup of his stored powers; he attracts it causing strange things to happen. He is late for work because he walked rather than risk a mishap with his car. Later that afternoon, Garin’s co-worker announces the health inspector was on the way to review the coffee shop. While cleaning the counters, Garin noticed a tom cat had sneaked in the back door. In the process of trying to remove it, the cat shifts into a man and the health inspector arrives.

Cat Scratch Fever is an amusing tale of half human, half elf Garin, his human lover Simon and the aroused cat called Tom. Jane Davitt has produced a delightful teaser to brighten your day with a little spice. I very much enjoyed this sexy little fantasy.

Summer Love


Book Title: Summer Love
Author: A. J. Llewellyn
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-060-8
Genre: Gay Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Lopaka and Kimo are waiting to hear if Lopaka’s twin sister Muluhia is pregnant and moments later they learn that they are to become parents of a boy and a girl twins. Lopaka and Kimo are overjoyed. To celebrate, Kimo decides to take the whole family on vacation and invoke the protection of the ancients. Kimo knows that both of his babies would be powerful healers. He also knows there is trouble brewing with Nicky and Kaiona, the parents of baby Kimo. Muluhia requests that Kimo summon Kamoho’ali’I, the Shark God, to be her summer lover. She wants the lovemaking experience to help her prepare for her future love.


Summer Love is book 3 in the Phantom Lover Series. This episode is an update of the current events and the questions that will be answered in another book. Kimo and Lopaka have been married eight months, Tutu and Sammy have been married six weeks, and Johnny and Alex are married and teachers at Kimo’s school. A master at setting scenes with intriguing plots, the amazing A. J. Llewellyn continues to lure the reader with informative excursions of the islands and legend rituals. The magic within Kimo and other gifted members of the family is showcased. This captivating tale is an ingenuous strategy that creates a compelling must read temptation for future episodes, and I look forward to the revelations to come.

Cat O’Nines: Cat's Meow


Book Title: Cat O’Nines: Cat's Meow
Author: Lia Connor
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-991-0
Genre: Paranormal/Shapeshifter
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Lucia’s is the wild child of her brood. She parties hard and lives life with no regrets. The Catkind have taken her siblings and Lucia has decided to stop running and to fight. Lucia wants her family back.

Jomei, a Bengal Tiger, and Orion, a white Tiger, are next in the line for the Catkind throne. The renegades claiming human mates has them concerned, so they kidnap Lucia in hopes of gaining some much needed answers. But the answer they receive isn’t supplied in words, but in action. Jomei, Orion and Lucia all get the surprise of a life: they experience a mating bond.

Lucia is beautiful and a bit too self-centered. Her position as a middle child has made her feel the need to draw attention to herself. Jomei is strong and prepared for his role as king. He loves Orion dearly and is prepared to do what is necessary to save Catkind and humans from an impending war. Orion is handsome, charming and eager to please. He only wants what is best for Catkind and his mates. I believe this was Lucia’s first time coming in contact with men who are strong enough to handle her hot temper. Cat O’Nines: Cat's Meow is setting the stage for revelations that will shock not just Lucia’s family, but Catkind alike. Lucia will also gain a position that she is more than willing to occupy. Lia Connor has a way of putting together characters set on battling falling in love until the bitter end. Cat O’Nines: Cat's Meow includes a touch of action, suspense, and romance. Ms. Connor has delivered yet another wonderful installment in the Cat O’Nines series.

The Firm: Nutcracker


Book Title: The Firm: Nutcracker
Author: Tuesday Morrigan
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com
ISBN: 978-1-59596-799-2
Genre: Paranormal, BDSM
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph


Mistress Noelle, also known as Sabrina Noelle, wants to be dominated equally as much as she wants to dominate a submissive. When she meets Kaden Lionheart, Sabrina is attracted to him immediately. Soon after the couple has mind-blowing sex, Sabrina learns that they are business partners and this adds an interesting twist to their relationship.

Kaden Lionheart is shocked to discover that he is mated to the beautiful mistress he met in his club. As if the small topic of him being a shape-shifter wasn’t enough of an issue in their relationship, apparently Sabrina is being blackmailed and thinks Kaden is her blackmailer. Can a Master and a Mistress have a successful relationship? Can Kaden share control with such a strong woman even though living without her is not an option?

As time runs out for the couple, their passion grows and I loved every moment of it. Kaden and Sabrina are such take-charge people, I feared for them as a couple. Sabrina needed a man who could accept all of her needs and at first I thought Kaden might fall short because he is too Alpha to bend. They shared the pants quite well and Tuesday Morrigan wrote another fantastic story in The Firm: Nutcracker

The Firm: Temptress


Book Title: The Firm: Temptress
Author: Tuesday Morrigan
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-687-2
Genre: Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph

Brooklyn Barrister is running for her life and the situation is wearing on her body, mind, and soul. She went to the only person who might be able to help her, Lancaster Lionheart. His idea of help is to give her a job working with his son and long time crush, Khalid.

Khalid is not in the mood for his matchmaking father, nor does he have any intention of mating with Brooklyn. He has to stay away from her, especially with her being in heat. No matter how much he wants Brooklyn’s bountiful body, Khalid can’t ignore the fact that they mix like oil and water. Once he discovers that Brooklyn is in danger, Khalid knows he has to protect her.

The Firm: Temptress is proof that Tuesday Morrigan knows how to enslave readers with her pen. Brooklyn and Khalid’s sex scenes are smoking hot and emotional. I loved watching Brooklyn try to fight her demons alone while Khalid wrestled with falling in love with Brooklyn. They were both so stubborn; I just wanted to shake some sense into them before it was too late. This love story is a must read.

Blue Ruin 2: Close to Me


Author: Katrina Strauss
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-689-7
Genre: BDSM Romantic Suspense Yaoi
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Blue and Derek are still enjoying their relationship. And while Blue takes pleasure in spending time with his lover, he is ready to pursue outside goals. Blue enrolls in a GED class and encounters his old high school crush and bully, Cameron Carter.

Cameron’s opportunity to explain his actions to Blue has finally arrived and he will not be denied his chance. The new found friendship between Cameron and Blue will cause a bit of havoc in Blue’s relationship with Derek.

Derek has no great love for Cameron because of the past hurt he inflicted on Blue. He also does not trust Cameron, but is trying to have faith in Blue. Will there be a way for the three men to coexist or will Blue have to walk away from them both?

Blue Ruin 2: Close to Me takes us on Blue’s discovery of self purpose. Blue believes he could contribute to the financial needs in his home if he increases his level of education. He doesn’t want to feel as if he is riding Derek’s coattail. Derek just wants his pet by his side but understands that Blue needs to stretch his wings a bit. He will do whatever is necessary to keep a smile on Blue’s face. Cameron wants an opportunity he was denied in high school. Katrina Strauss takes us on a journey through a real life drama. The plot, setting, and characters are all written with a real feel to them. I felt sorry for all three of the men, and it was easy to see each person’s dilemma. If you enjoyed the first book in this series, the second is sure to be an enjoyable read.