Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Ballad of Jimothy Redwing

Book Title: The Ballad of Jimothy Redwing
Author: Maia Strong
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504-036-3
Genre: Gay Fantasy
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Wand’ring Minstrel Jimothy Redwing is traveling from Tesna to Couvin to deliver letters to the citizens there. Stopping for the night, Jimothy beds down under a rock overhang. He is awakened the next morning by a smiling man on horseback. Ricky Lennox is on his way home to Couvin and offers Jimothy a ride. They stop at a cabin for the night, where they become lovers. Upon arrival at Couvin, Jimothy is surprised by something he learns about Ricky. However, Ricky refuses to give up his love for Jimothy. For the first time in his life, Jimothy considers having a permanent home.

The Ballad of Jimothy Redwing is a wonderful fantasy with well developed characters, intrigue, and heartwarming emotions. Maia Strong presents a fantastic happy-for-now saga, leaving the door open for a possible sequel. The romance displays intimate spice, along with a bond between two strong, loving men. I enjoyed this impressive tale.

Dragon's Delight

Book Title: Dragon's Delight
Author: Willa Okati
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-612-4
Genre: Gay Futuristic, Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Collin takes a moment to say his private goodbye to his best friend Nyas, who had gone off to fight against riots and rebel uprisings on war torn Earth. Nyas was reported missing. Collin had stayed home to keep the peace in their old neighborhood. While bringing closure to his past, Collin is swept up by the dragon Zacharei, who claims he is returning Collin home to his dragon lord. Avalier’s pet human Kay-lin had gone missing while Avalier was away at his last battle. Kay-lin had been reluctant to finalize their mating and ran away. Recovering from a head injury, Avalier mistakes Collin for Kay-lin. Starved for food and affection, Collin quickly becomes addicted to the fork tongued kisses, the gentle lovemaking and pampering he receives from Avalier. Collin decides life with the Nyas look-alike dragon is a bond worth fighting for.

Dragon’s Delight is a beautiful heartwarming story of loss and gain. Collin lost his chance at love with Nyas but gained a loving mate, who needs him. Avalier suffers from memory loss but gains the love and bonding he desired with Collin. The very talented Willa Okati presents another magnificent tale of love, humor and the intimate emotional connection of Collin and Avalier’s body, mind and soul bonding. Dragon’s Delight is book two in this fantastic Dragons series; I look forward to the next episode of these delightfully sexy dragons and their mates.

Oh Yum! - Built to Last

Book Title: Oh Yum! - Built to Last
Author: Sierra Dafoe
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419916823
Genre: Contemporary Older Woman, Younger Man
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Nationally syndicated advice columnist, Ginny Chase, is finding it difficult to take the advice she’d give to her readers, if one of them had written in with a problem similar to her own. How to get over the unexpected death of a seemingly healthy husband? Her knee-jerk answer is to sell her Boston condo and move to a rundown farmhouse in Maine. As much as she loves the house and town, she doesn’t love the leaking roof, old wiring, leaning foundation, and the multitude of other repairs that need to be done. She also doesn’t love the first excessively high repair quote a local contractor has given her. The only answer is to get another bid, and when she does, she get much more than she bargained for.

Local carpenter, Mike Standish, is thrilled when he’s given the opportunity to bid on repairing one of the isolated and often neglected farmhouses that dot the Maine landscape. It was the type of work he’d dreamed of while building cookie-cutter modern houses when he worked in Augusta for two years. What he didn’t expect when the owner opened the door was to be hit with a wave of desire so intense, it almost buckled his knees. It’s not long after he starts repairs before he realizes that it’s not only her house he wants to fix. The question is whether a twenty-four year-old man can fix the broken heart of a forty year-old widow, and teach her to love again?

Built to Last is a tender and heartwarming tale of one woman’s struggle to overcome a devastating loss, and Ms. Dafoe does it with compassion, understanding, and humor. Her expression of Ginny’s heartache was perfect, giving the reader a realistic depiction of the guilt a surviving spouse feels when they begin to feel attraction and desire for someone other than their deceased loved one. Mike is just as realistically portrayed…dedicated, hardworking and determined, not only to do a good job, but to show a wounded woman that age doesn’t matter. That happiness is just out of reach and all she has to do is put out a hand to grasp it. He might be young and not have as much life experience, but he knows who he wants in his life and his bed, and that woman is Ginny. Good work Ms. Dafoe. I look forward to your next release.

Agency: Monkeying Around

Book Title: Agency: Monkeying Around
Author: Michelle Hasker
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-960-6
Genre: Paranormal/Action Adventure
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Jessica Ward and Chase Montgomery are back and they have been sent undercover into the lion’s den. Erik Hardaway has invited the couple to his home where those who have an insatiable appetite for sex come to play. The Boss has warned them against failure, the only question is, will Jess and Chase be able to pull together as a team?

Chase and Jess will discover love in Agency: Monkeying Around. We soon see that discovering it will not be the couple’s problem; handling it and accepting it is where the true drama lies. Jess is selfish and living in a “Me Me” world. Chase knows he loves Jess but does not want to put himself out there for a woman who has trouble committing. I was truly upset with some of Jess’s statements and actions towards Chase, but happy that he was a bigger man than most and did not give up on the woman he loves. Michelle Hasker has delivered yet another fantastic story in the Agency series. There is a bit of mystery, suspense and delicious erotic encounters. Not to mention we discover that The Boss will be next to go on a mission. I’m anxiously awaiting his face to face with Sydney. If you enjoyed the first two books in this series, you will find the third installment just as appealing.

Of Dragons

Book Title: Of Dragons
Author: Melody Knight
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Publisher URL: https://www.redrosepublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60435-077-7
Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Futuristic
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Glynt is trying not to be upset with Ryon who had climbed up her balcony when he saw flashing lights and he is now in her room thinking she needs rescuing. She is the guardian of the dimensional gateways, sent to earth and had attracted the large dragonflies from her dimension who are flesh eater. When Ryon has to make a decision regarding their relationship it surprises her more than she could believe to know he wants to stay with her.

Ryon Colley has found out he has blond curls that were not there that morning. Apparently the blast of lights from Glynt changed his hair. It has him totally confused and trying to get to the bottom of his troubles. He is a macho police officer with a partner with the same attitude he has and they both go through something that will change what they believe is normal.

Of Dragons is a story that tells of how worlds are connected to each other and how love can become a reality for those who want it. While reading this book there were times when I got lost and had to back track. Once the action picked up with the characters towards the end of the book it was great. The descriptions of the dragonflies were unbelievable and had me wanting to get a closer look. Both Ryon & Glynt and Pike & Ronnie were trying very hard not to notice the sexual attraction between them, even though they tried to keep their feelings from each other.


Book Title: Merge
Author: Chris Owen
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-390-1
Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Sci-Fi
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Finn Cormag has crossed into Beta dimension and is now with Ari. Finn has just changed from being a self-sufficient scientist to being a man without the means to take care of himself. His support system of family and friends is no more. Finn losses his identity and has no means of supporting himself in Beta. Finn tries to dampen the melancholy effect by remembering that coming to Beta also places him in Ari’s home, arms and bed.

People from Ari's dimension start to disappear and reappear so Finn decides to do some covert investigating in hopes of finding ties between his situation and the phenomenon. This research gives Ari and Finn time to gain clues to what is going on and to help their relationship blossom.

Finn is finally able to gain access to the man he has loved since he was young in Merge. I understood Finn's reluctance to rely on Ari too heavily. He has wanted this man for so long that he did not want anything to cause the perfect opportunity to sour into something not so palatable. Ari was nervous about pursuing more with Finn since he has just broken up with his lover mere days before Finn's arrival. The chemistry between the men was hot and tantalizing. They were two bookworms too sexy for words who had the power to turn the other on in a heartbeat. Chris Owen has written a wonderful sequel to Converge that is filled with mystery, suspense and invigorating lovemaking sizzling enough to curl your toes.

Oh Yum! A Lady in Waiting

Book Title: Oh Yum! A Lady in Waiting
Author: Samantha Kane
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 978-1-41991-680-9
Genre: Regency-set/Historical
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Sylvie, Marchioness of Bartlebyrne tries to cope with the fact that she is so lonely. She applies herself wherever she can to stay busy now that her husband has died. There is to be a new Vicar in town and she is his benefactor, which means she must meet with him everyday to discuss any problems with the townspeople. Now all she has to do is figure out what she really wants to do with the rest of her life.

Edmund James wants nothing more than to live in London being the rake he is with friends attending outrageous sex parties among other things. Although his father has other ideas for him and if he does not want to be disowned then he will be taking the job as Vicar. The demands he places on Sylvie makes her long to want more each time they are together. Then he himself has to come to grips with how he feels for her.

A Lady in Waiting is a wonderful love story surrounding two people that find love when they were not even looking for it. The shyness to the outright boldness of the lovers showed that they were very caring of each other when it came to the lovemaking and locations of their trysts. There is plenty of hot sex, suspense and more if this is to your liking. Samantha Kane has brought to life her characters of the Regency time and whisked me away with the descriptions of their clothing and homes.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Heart Song

Book Title: Heart Song
Author: Julia Daniels
Publisher: Cerridwen Press
Publisher URL: http://www.cerridwenpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-41991-486-7
Genre: Historical Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

When Chloe Brandt had to come back to Southern Pass for her sister’s funeral, it was never to return to a life of abuse by her father who was drunk. Now that she knows that she still loves Reese there is nothing that will stand in her way of not showing him every waking hour of the day.

Reese Lloyd is a farmer working his land and always thinking about a woman who has left him for a better life in Lincoln. The fact that he wants nothing more but to have the woman of his dreams as his wife does not quickly change the feelings he has that she will leave him again, which causes a huge riff between them.

Heart Song is so nostalgic with references to the flappers and it’s wonderfully written by Julia Daniels. What she writes about is love, abuse and the reclaiming of life for two people who deserved some happiness. It was very interesting that Chloe’s sister Daisy never wrote her about what was going on in her life with Reese’s brother. There were more questions than answers for them after finding out about what was left for them by the couple after their untimely deaths. I knew that things would come to a head with her father’s abusive behavior eventually and the outcome did surprise me but will leave you wondering too about some of the actions taken.


Title: Icefire
Author: Lynne Connolly
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419916410
Genre: Shape-shifter
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Ryan Hawthorne is the charismatic vocalist and songwriter of the rock band, Pure Wildfire. He’s led a lonely, tortured life since the drug related death of his addict girlfriend, Maria, five years before. Although the entire band is clean and has been for years, he’s never gotten over Maria’s fatal overdose, and has always thought her death wasn’t accidental as it appeared—he thinks she was murdered and he’s back in New York to find out more.

Gina Russo is Maria’s step-sister and she’s been hired as Pure Wildfire’s new public relations person. She’s doesn’t want the job and doesn’t like or trust Ryan. The problem is that she doesn’t know him and she and her father never bothered to get all the facts together on what happened to Maria, or Ryan’s involvement in her death. Their first meeting is anonymous and totally public—in front of an entire concert crowd, and when Ryan discovers her identity he’s furious. Yet the pull between them is intense, and not something that either of them can deny or stop. Together these two lovers hunt for the truth while trying to stay alive.

Icefire is the second release in Ms. Connolly’s ongoing series revolving around the lives and loves of the shape-shifter rock band Pure Wildfire. While this interesting story can be read as a stand-alone novel, the characters of the first release are scattered throughout this story, and it would make it easier to follow the relationships if Sunfire was read first.

Ms. Connolly has again written a smooth-flowing plot, with a relationship between Ryan and Gina that starts with a bang, quickly moving from hostility, lust and finally to love, at a realistic and believable pace. The passion and desire between them is intense, yet both are reluctant to start something with the ghost of Maria standing between them. It’s only after Gina gets closer to the band members and starts investigating her sister’s death on her own that she begins to see Ryan as what he is—sexy, talented and still devastated and feeling guilty five years after Maria’s death. Ms. Connolly’s expression of Ryan’s continuing angst is so well done, you can almost feel his pain and Gina’s love of her sister is never doubted. I loved these two lovers together; the intensity of their feelings for each other was almost palpable, and the sex was phenomenal.

What I did have problems with was the odd relationship between Gina and her father. She loved him and appeared to value his judgment and opinion, yet he never shows anything but scorn for her, what she wants, and her developing intimacy with Ryan. Truth-be-told, I didn’t like him and he would have made a great villain for the piece, if he wasn’t such a clear possibility. Still, when the real bad guy was revealed near the end, I wasn’t so much surprised at his identity as I was disappointed that it wasn’t someone else. He was just too obvious.

In a Dark Embrace

Book Title: In a Dark Embrace
Author: Simone Bern
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419916717
Genre: Werewolf Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Lee Gibson tries very hard to lead a normal life, which is difficult considering she’s a witch with a penchant for leather, motorcycles, hunky men, and rough sex. One evening after riding into the woods, she comes across a gorgeous, but unusual man, who turns out to be a werewolf. The two indulge in a night of hot, passionate sex. After experiencing a bad break-up in the past, she doesn’t intend for their encounter to lead to anything except a one-night stand, but that doesn’t prevent her from thinking of the sexy werewolf at every turn.

Like every other werewolf he knows, RMCP Jeremy Blake has given up on the hope of finding one woman with which to spend the rest of his life. That is, until he comes across a sexy little witch standing in the middle of the woods. Unlike other women he’s been involved with in the past, this lovely woman embraces the dark and predatory side of his nature and actively encourages him to be rough and domineering. She’s the woman of his dreams and he’s not willing to let a little reluctance on her part stand in the way of their future happiness together.

In a Dark Embrace is a well-written paranormal story filled with passion and desire, and the intense physical/emotional attraction between Lee and Jeremy is believable and realistic. Yet there is something missing from this tale—no sense of attachment between the characters and the reader, which is unfortunate as this novel has so much potential. The desire that rages between our characters is seemingly the only thing that holds this story together since the suspense element plays such a minor part until the very end. Don’t get me wrong, I like Lee and Jeremy as individuals, and as a couple they are smoking hot, but her constant whining about not letting him get too close started to grate on my nerves after a while. Jeremy, on the other hand, I found endearing—after all, he was willing to give love between them a chance, and was expecting it to work out.

Rogue Warriors: Soldier

Book Title: Rogue Warriors: Soldier
Author: Marie Treanor
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-914-9
Genre: Futuristic/Paranormal/Shapeshifter
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Sergeant Tanya Blake grew up with dreams and stories of dragons. Dragons were meant to be signs of safety and wellbeing. So while Tanya is locked away in a civilian prison in the heart of Dome City, she will need her dreams of the dragon to help her escape the dark thoughts hovering close to the edge of her mind that are trying to provoke her into killing the Draguls.

Sorin is a Dragul mind-specialist who has come to study Tanya and to discover why and how her mind was altered. Both recognize the differences in the other. Tanya’s strength and latent abilities are shown to Sorin from his first glimpse of the captive. Sorin’s leather and power are almost too much for Tanya’s sexual fantasies to endure. But through it all Sorin is determined to keep Tanya safe and help eradicate the compulsion she has been put under.

Love, protection and commitment are what Sorin delivers to Tanya in Rogue Warriors: Soldier. The lengths that Sorin is willing to go to for her are touching. Tanya has stopped relying on others and has not left space in her heart for love. So when Sorin shows her just what she truly means to him, the last of her defenses tumble down. Marie Treanor has written a fantastic sequel in the Rogue Warriors series. Tanya and Sorin’s erotic play is enticing with a perfect balance of love and raw passion. Rogue Warriors: Soldier is a love story with a twist of adventure.

Topaz Delirium

Book Title: Topaz Delirium
Author: Lynne Connelly
Publisher: Loose-Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-664-4
Genre: Paranormal/Shapeshifters/Suspense
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Svetlana Yevchenko works for Department 57 and does her job so well she is called on often. Now that she is modeling for Jasper it is harder to keep her feelings from surfacing for everyone to see, especially him. From the negative way Svetlana reacted to the orgies on the yacht, what was most important to her and sharing her body with others was not an option she would choose.

Jasper Lebec, a famous Paris designer by trade and agent at heart knows he is lost when it comes to his feelings for Svetlana. When he tells her of his fate in life she refuses to accept the truth of it and will do whatever it takes to prove him wrong. Now that the assignment is over they have to deal with their feelings for each other and the outcome is more than even they expected.

Topaz Delirium is so beautifully written that I wanted the story to last much longer. The characters and designs were described in so much detail it was hard not to see them in your mind’s eye. There was hot, hot sex and plenty of action going on throughout the entire story; you may want to take a break. This story keeps you reading, trying to figure out who was the villain is and more importantly, the heroes who saved others from harm. Lynne Connolly writes of love, sex and drugs that keep you going from one emotion to another throughout the book. She brings alive each character and the vanity that some of them had was typical of the fashion world.

Dangerous Boys and Their Toy

Book Title: Dangerous Boys and Their Toy
Author: Shayla Black
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419916885
Genre: Ménage a trois or More / Light Bondage / Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Detective Cameron Martinez and bounty hunter R.A. Thorn are on a mission. Their key witness has gone into hiding and they have to find him before the trial date, or innocent victims will go without retribution. A stakeout doesn’t turn up the key witness, but it does lead them to a beautiful woman by the name of Brenna Sheridan.

Brenna is everything the two men have never found in a woman. A perfect balance of beauty, guts and southern charms, Brenna is there on her own mission and is ill prepared for the two men. Brenna has her own problem, namely trying to have her first supernova orgasm. But just days away from the trial, the two men deliver what they believe is a fair trade – supernova orgasms for pertinent information.

Dangerous Boys and Their Toy takes us on a journey to discover love, lust, and fugitives on the run. Thorn was running from true intimacy, thanks to the heartache administered during his youth. Cam is in touch with his sensitive side, thanks to a youth surrounded by sisters. Brenna feels her father’s abandonment is a direct link to some of her sexual troubles. Ms. Shayla Black has written a story that includes humor, suspense, action, drama and erotic fantasies. I thoroughly enjoyed not only the characters, but the way she peeled the layers back for each one of them and allowed a glimpse of what makes them tick. The story was well written, and sure to be a worthy read to fans and new comers alike.

Carnal Interlude

Book Title: Carnal Interlude
Author: Kate Hill
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-882-1
Genre: Paranormal, Action/Adventure
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Vampire Bastian takes his wife Floris to their secluded country home to celebrate her birthday. It’s supposed to be a two-week vacation filled with fun, love, and sex. What they get instead is a perilous car ride on ice-packed roads, and when they finally arrive at their destination, they find they aren’t alone as expected.

Marci won the leadership of his pack a few months ago, but several members aren’t happy with his decisions and politics since taking over. On the run after being set upon by assassins, he seeks refuge in the house of Bastian and Floris. Instead of throwing him out when they arrive, they invite him to stay, tend his wounds and soon suggest he share their bed.

Carnal Interlude in the third in Ms. Hill’s ongoing Carnal 2 series. It’s a very short tale at a little over thirty pages so there wasn’t much time to develop a believable emotional connection between Marci, Bastian, and Floris. Yet enough space was devoted at the beginning of the tale to the relationship between our vampires to accept their strong emotional tie. The assassination attempt on Marci’s life was well-written and realistic as was the second attempt near the end. The physical intimacy between our three characters was intense and passionate; unfortunately I didn’t find the suddenness of their union believable.

Devils on Horseback - Jake

Book Title: Devils on Horseback - Jake
Author: Beth Williamson
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978- 1-59998-899-2
Genre: Historical Romance, Western Romance
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Jacob Sheridan, Jake to his friends, is the laidback member of DH Enterprises and has a way with the ladies. But just like his comrades, he has demons that seem to haunt him on a daily basis. Running from an Army Captain who is writing his own laws, the Devils find themselves in Tanger, Texas. And for the first time Jake has met a woman worthy of his love, Gabrielle Rinaldi.

Gabrielle, affectionately known as Gabby is a straight shooter, if you ever want to meet one. When the Devils show up in town, she is more than a little unhappy to discover that they have been hired with money that the town can ill afford. But one look at Jake and her Italian passion is rearing its heels and ready for pleasure.

Will the Devils discover who is behind the attacks on the town, before it’s too late? Can Gabby be the balm needed to help Jake heal his internal wounds?

Devils on Horseback – Jake begins shortly after the Devils we’ve come to love escape the crazy captain who is tracking them. Jake has been through a great deal in his life. Between a mother who didn’t believe in him, and the blows inflicted by war, he’s one step from falling off the cliff into insanity. But the misery was necessary to deliver him into Gabby’s loving arms. Gabby has also had her share of disappointment and hurt, but she finds the strength to move forward when she encounters Jake. Beth Williamson has delivered yet another intriguing installment in the Devils on Horseback series. The plots, setting, characters and storyline will keep you riveted. I have to say it was nice to see Nate again, even if it was for a hot second. If you enjoyed the first book, you will not be disappointed with its sequel.

Fallen Angels

Book Title: Fallen Angels
Author: Marty Rayne
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-708-5
Genre: Contemporary LGBT
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Undercover agent Adam Hardy is traveling down a desolate road following Fallen Angel’s biker gang leader Mammon. They were on their way to a safe house in the middle of the Everglades to meet the big boss and Adam’s target Lucifer. Adam finds it hard to keep his mind on his assignment when he is attracted to Mammon. What Adam did not know was that Marc Insman, known as Mammon, is just as attracted to Adam. Alone in the cabin, a mutual seduction takes place. After their intense lovemaking, Marc discovers Adam is a government agent, but Marc cannot bring himself to kill Adam; so they formulate a plan to bring down Lucifer, by exposing the illegal source of his wealth. The Fallen Angels is a group of computer geeks hiding behind a biker gang persona and essential to some of Lucifer’s business, but nobody knows the full scope of Lucifer’s operations.

Fallen Angels is an enticing story of suspense, love and control. Everything about Adam’s job is surrounded by mystery. His assignments come from The Agency, but he is not sure what branch of the government he actually works for. Marc wants to break the ties with Lucifer, but lacks the courage until Lucifer chooses Adam to be his new sub. Lucifer is a Dom who rescues beautiful young men, then turn them into his sex slaves. Marty Rayne has created an intriguing plot that is well written, emotional and erotic. I enjoyed Fallen Angels immensely.

He’s So Shy

Book Title: He’s So Shy
Author: Lena Matthews
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-697-2
Genre: Multicultural Erotic Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph

Office gossip never did sit well with Gillian Foxe. Tired of listening to false rumors about her co-worker Lennon, Gillian decides to make him her new project. Obviously the man was a bit shy. Getting Lennon to socialize outside the office would be just the thing to bring him out of his shell and show the other co-workers what a great guy he was. Now all Gillian has to do is convince Lennon.

Lennon Wright is a man who likes to keep business and pleasure separate because of the nature of his job. Having his co-workers assume he is gay and shy didn’t bug Lennon until he started thinking of spending more one-on-one time with Gillian. Even though he isn’t anywhere near shy, Lennon does have some secrets that might be hard for Gillian to accept. Would she be open to the real man inside or would she be turned off?

If you enjoy searing love scenes and surprise story twists then He’s So Shy is perfect for you. Lena Matthews always creates couples who are easy to relate to and Gillian and Lennon fit this description perfectly. It was humorous watching Gillian trying to bring Lennon out of the shell she thought he was stuck in. When she discovers his true reasons for not hanging out with his co-workers, I was so shocked; you could have knocked me over with a feather. The idea of a straight laced guy with a wild side is a complete turn on and uniting him with Gillian is a match made in heaven. Thank you, Lena Matthews, for another top notch story.

Ride A Cowboy

Book Title: Ride A Cowboy
Author: Pamela Labud
Publisher: Cobblestone Press
Publisher URL: http://www.cobblestone-press.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60088-258-6
Genre: Historical/Western
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Wade MacReynolds is an ex-con trying to get his life in order. It doesn’t matter that he was wrongfully convicted, or went through hell while incarcerated. What truly matters is that he enjoys the fresh air of freedom and is willing to do anything legal to keep his ranch. That means paying restitution or being sent back to prison. Now with a water shortage and neighbors who aren’t very neighborly, Wade goes to the one woman who may be willing to help, Lily Barnett the local Brothel Madame.

Lily has had her share of men and their high handedness. So when Wade approaches her, she is more than willing to give him what he needs for a price. While Lily tried to firmly place Wade in the generic box where she places men, she soon discovers that Wade is a different type of cowboy.

Lily and Wade found a mutual need in Ride A Cowboy. They both were hiding from feelings that would make them rely on someone of the opposite sex. Lily was a character after my own heart. She is strong, determined, and able to exist on her own terms in a male dominate era. Wade didn’t allow his pride to get in the way of what he needed most, and learned to work with Lily’s terms for the agreement. Pamela Labud has written a wonderful story with fantastic characters. If you love westerns you will thoroughly enjoy Ride A Cowboy.

With This Ring

Book Title: With This Ring
Author: J.M. Snyder
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-277-4
Genre: Gay/Fantasy/Superheroes/Series
Nymph Rating: 4.5 nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Woodland Nymph

With This Ring is the fourth book in The Powers of Love series.

It’s been eighteen months since Matt’s horrific ordeal and he and his lover, Vic Braunson are about to celebrate their five year anniversary on New Years Eve. While standing in line at the market Vic notices a tabloid headline and quickly scans the article only to realize his worst fear. The article mentions his lover’s name, M. diLorenzo that he resides in Richmond and works as a swim instructor at a local gym.

There are only a few people that know Matt’s sperm contain super human powers which are given to his lover during sex. Aside from Matt himself of course, there’s Vic, who is the love of his life, Officer Kendra Jones and Jordan Dubrowski, Matt’s first lover from high school. Vic is instantly enraged, wanting the blood of the person he believes instigated the article and concern for the safety of his lover Matt, a man he loves beyond all else.

Matt receives an unexpected phone call from a Doctor in research who claims he can help Matt rid himself of the powers. Vic is, of course, suspicious but Matt, always afraid for Vic’s safety, thinks taking the chance is worth the risk. Vic strongly believes he’s given these gifts for the sole purpose of protecting Matt yet he also wants to make his lover happy, so Vic reluctantly agrees to meet with the Doctor. A couple days later Matt decides to try the Doctor’s invention, only to be devastated when he realizes his connection with Vic is gone. They’ve lost their mental connection, which was a result of the powers and formed between them since the first day they were together.

Feeling more alone than ever before and during another one of her attempts to recruit him to the police force, Vic confides in Officer Jones that he no longer has the powers. It’s not long before Kendra contacts Vic with some disturbing information she discovered about the Doctor and Vic is afraid for Matt when he finds out his lover may be in jeopardy.

With This Ring is a terrific installment in this series. Vic and Matt are the perfect couple and so obviously meant for each other. J.M. Snyder has written a fitting story of love for these two wonderful characters about what one is willing to do to keep the one they love safe and happy. Just when I’d think I had it all figured out J.M. Snyder would throw me a surprising curve which kept me glued to every page. If you like to read stories of love and all that it entails then do not miss this book!