Friday, July 18, 2008

One Too Many


Book Title: One Too Many
Author: Marie-Nicole Ryan
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 1-59998-950-6
Genre: Mystery-Suspense
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Sphinx Minx


Miranda is on her honeymoon with Detective Chief Inspector David French, Earl of Middlebury, in this sequel to Ryan's Love On The Run. She's not ready for a life of leisure as lady of the manor, but she hasn't yet told David of her plans to buy an antique shop or two. Finding the owner of one of those shops dead and mutilated doesn't loosen her tongue. Randi tries to help her husband with the investigation, much to his dismay. Murder is dangerous business.

Kinsey Green is the small English village where three murders occur in four days. The small town gossip and characters are clearly portrayed. Detective Chief Inspector Wills Beecham is not happy to have David working on the crime in his turf.

The first victim was a ladies man and the women he was reportedly involved with were varied and diverse: an ex-model, a mannish gardener, a socialite and a hausfrau. Their husbands are equally unique, and there's a female business partner who stands to profit from his death.

A tattooed hairdresser and Randi's adorable son Jamie are also part of the well-written supporting cast.I liked the sense of place here and found this more real than the gadabout Europe nature of the earlier book. Ryan did a great job unraveling this complex tale just a bit at a time to keep the reader fully involved. The climax is fast-paced and harrowing. It's a great action packed suspense novel.

OC Pride: Crossing the Line


Book Title: OC Pride: Crossing the Line
Author: Stephanie Vaughan
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerepress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-391-8
Genre: Gay Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

For those around him, Jamie MacPherson appears to have it made. He owns a ritzy car repair shop which is so exclusive, clients have to be recommended and come with references in hand. Wealthy patrons willingly wait for weeks to have Jamie’s craftsmen work on their expensive toys. Free time is spent with a few good friends and he lives in a great beach house. The problem is that he’s lonely, unhappy, and tired of attracting twinks who only want to be with him because of his money and position. His last lover, Ben, has found someone else, and Jamie can’t get past the hurt of losing him. Jamie may be great at fixing cars, but he’s a bust when it comes to fixing his heart.

Ryan Van Alstyn has problems of his own. His last partner died, and even though it’s been a couple of years, he’s still reluctant to start a new relationship with someone else because losing them is too painful. Yet he, too, is a lonely and unhappy man. When he meets Jamie at the restaurant where he works as a waiter, he’s attracted to the burly, friendly man but chooses to ignore it to avoid the possible pain. Jamie is persistent and despite Ryan’s mind being reluctant to try for love again, his heart tells him it’s time.

OC Pride: Crossing the Line is the second in Ms. Vaughan’s current series. While on the surface it would appear that these two men are different, they are, in truth, very similar. Maybe not physically or in life experiences, but where it counts…in the heart. Both are wounded by hurts from their past; Ryan’s afraid to love again, and Jamie feeling that he’s not worthy enough to be loved at all. While I felt sympathy for Ryan’s fear, it was Jamie’s insecurity and low self-esteem that brought true sadness into the story. She skillfully interjected pieces of their pasts throughout to explain their actions and how it could and would affect their new relationship, without making it sound trite or pathetic

While the sex between Jamie and Ryan was blistering hot, the thing I liked most about this story was that the growing love between these two men was like watching a flower unfold one petal at a time. Their feelings grow, change and evolve, becoming more intense and deeper the further into the story you read. And while I thoroughly enjoyed the entire tale, the true “ah ha” moment was when Ryan realized for the first time how deep Jamie’s feeling of worthlessness went. This well-written jewel covers a wide range of emotions, and at times is so realistically portrayed I could almost believe it was happening in the real world and not in one of fiction. This is one I’ll definitely be re-reading in the future.

Cosmic Scandal


Book Title: Cosmic Scandal
Author: Lyndi Lamont
Publisher: Amber Heat Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberHeat/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-293-4
Genre: Science Fiction
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Prince Myrek, heir to the Ziganese throne and ambassador to the planet Mhajav, rushes into the hospital with his son in his arms seeking help. The child is breathing but otherwise unresponsive. While he waits for news of his son, Myrek meets Dr. Khira, a geneticist who is researching a cure for his son’s hereditary illness. Over a period of time, Myrek and Khira fall in love, but the Ziganese law states that Myrek must marry a virgin and Mhajavi law forbids virgins from marrying.

Cosmic Scandal is another delightful episode in the Alliance series. For the first time, Myrek desires to follow his heart rather than his duty but Khira knows their love is doomed. Lyndi Lamont continues this fabulous saga of two planets struggle to come together with Myrek older brother to Rulik, who was introduced in the first book Diplomatic Relations. This is a very enjoyable series; I look forward to the next installment.

Stone's Prisoner


Book Title: Stone's Prisoner
Author: Jade James
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-720-7
Genre: Contemporary Ménage
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

One year ago, Stone Bane’s ex-wife ripped out his heart with a pair of dirty pliers. He promised he would pay her back and her time has come. Stone is demanding payment in full and there will not be any IOU’s with this purchase.

Valerie Malone has been hurting since Stone left her and filed for divorce. She has endured a great deal since that fateful night, but the loneliness of her bed and the safety of being in Stone’s arms has been the hardest part.

Stone’s cousin Heath is there to lend a helping hand in fulfilling Valerie’s fantasies. But, Heath has a different motive for being part of the weekend of fun. He wants to see his cousin reunite with his ex-wife and their marriage reborn.

Valerie was Stone's Prisoner from the very beginning. Not when he kidnapped her, but when she first fell in love with him years ago. She had to learn to live without him being in her life, and I could feel her pain radiating through her words. Stone allowed rage to blind him from seeing the truth that was right before his eyes. Everyone knew Valerie’s feelings except the one person who should never have doubted her love. Valerie was a better woman than most; I would have expected him to beg a bit more. On an upcoming note, I have to say that Heath sounds hotter than the Las Vegas dessert, and I am anxious to read his story. Jade James has written another wonderful book in this series filled with a few twists and a nice new pair of handcuffs. If you are looking for a ménage with headboard-banging sex, toe-curling orgasms and a happy ending, grab a copy of Stone’s Prisoner.

Sight Unseen


Book Title: Sight Unseen
Author: Mychael Black and Shayne Carmichael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-408-3
Genre: Gay Erotic Romance Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Jamie Smith operates an antique shop and was having a slow day when a customer comes in looking for a pearl necklace. While discussing the necklace, a band of vampires break in and trash the shop. Samuel Haridan hides Jamie but knows Jamie is still in danger, so Haridan takes Jamie home to Rome with him and introduces Jamie to the world of vampires.

Sight Unseen is another episode in the Legends of the Romanorum Inferi Brotherhood series which began with The Prince’s Angel. In this installment the magnificent team of Mychael Black and Shayne Carmichael gives us a peek into the law and order of the vampire society. These are not your average vampires. These vampires have rank and privilege; law breakers are dealt with in a swift and ruthless manner. Yet they are seductive loving protectors to the ones they choose, as Jamie soon learned with Haridan. The attraction was immediate and very intimate. As with all their stories, Sight Unseen is well written with a touch of humor and excellent characters and plot. I look forward to the next thrilling episode.

Dark Submission


Book Title: Dark Submission
Author: Shayne Carmichael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: N/A
Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, BDSM
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Luc Devon has found himself between the proverbial rock and a hard place. The only alternative left, if he cannot find a job and a home, is to return to his parent’s home in Iowa. He answers an ad for a secretary and gets more than he could have hoped for. Luc has a place to lay his head, a job he enjoys, and an employer who makes him feel things he cannot fully describe.

Marcus James had no idea when he placed the ad his reward would be an exceptional secretary harboring hidden curiosities for the BDSM lifestyle. Both men have to share their secrets in order to create a happy Master/submissive relationship.

Shayne Carmichael delivers spice and love in Dark Submission. Luc is a hidden treasure that Marcus has patiently awaited to cross his path. He’s not only good at his job; he has a natural submissive response that turns Marcus on. Marcus hoped that in time, he could tap into Luc’s submissive side. When he finally faced the depth of Luc’s acceptance, Marcus knew there would be no return to the employer-employee relationship. Mr. Carmichael brings a wonderful story to us filled with whips, leather, and some erotically enticing loving. If Masters with a kind heart and a wicked hand is the theme you are seeking, then you will enjoy Dark Submission.

Soul Bonds


Book Title: Soul Bonds
Author: Lynn Lorenz
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-709-2
Genre: LGBT Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Sammi is an orphan who spent most of his childhood in one foster home after another, often being physically and mentally abused. By the age of sixteen he’d had enough, leaving one uncertain life for another, supporting himself by hustling on the streets. Now, at age twenty, he’s on the run from a powerful and vicious older man, Donovan, who wants to sell him as a sex slave. Sammi has no money, no identity, no home and no friends. He needs to find someone who he can go home with, someone who will trade a night of sex for shelter. Sammi is psychic…he can hear and feel other people’s emotions and when he’s finds Mitchell, his life is changed forever.

Mitchell is still mourning the death of his lover, Steve, five years after the fact. He’s lonely and uncertain how he ended up in a gay bar, wondering why he even bothered. He has one rule he never breaks: under no circumstances does he ever take someone home. Then he meets Sammi, and his neat and orderly life is turned upside down. They have an instant connection, which Mitchell doesn’t understand, and all thoughts of safety go flying out the window. He takes Sammi home for the best sex of their lives when their soul bond snaps into place.

Soul Bonds is another winner for Ms. Lorenz. I liked both characters, especially Sammi, who had lived through so much heartache and disappointment in his short life. He’s stronger than he’ll admit, or he would have never survived the abuse he’s been through. The paranormal component of his life doesn’t play a leading role in this story; it’s more of a continuing undercurrent that guides the story along its pathway. The only exception to this is the blistering hot, binding attraction between Sammi and Mitchell at the beginning of the story. Here is where the psychic part of Sammi becomes vital to their future.

I would have liked to know more about the real Mitchell than what I gleaned from the pages of the story. What made him tick? How did his old lover die and why? He is a dedicated man who isn’t afraid to accept Sammi and for that, I liked him even more. There were plenty of scenes which I enjoyed, but the ones that truly stick out in my mind are the ones where Mitchell is searching the streets for Sammi, and the outstandingly crafted clinic scene where Sammi went in for a medical check-up. These scenes shine.

Rent Boy


Book Title: Rent Boy
Author: A. J. Llewellyn
Publisher: Extasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: None
Genre: Gay, Fantasy Games
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Fate just handed Kimo Wilder an opportunity too good to refuse, a straight Rent Boy eager to bed him. Booked into a Maui hotel, Kimo is waiting for the rent boy to arrive.

In this summer holiday teaser Rent Boy, part of the Phantom Lover series, A.J. Llewellyn delivers another facet of Kimo Wilder. Searching for a new adventure, Kimo accepts the offer of the Rent Boy to add a little spice to his life. Kimo’s sizzling performance inside the room is hot enough to rival any fireworks display outside, but what about Lopaka?

In the Arms of the Wind


Book Title: In the Arms of the Wind
Author: Charlotte Boyett-Compo
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419915376
Genre: Romance Suspense
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Kaycee Connor has found herself between a rock and a hard place, well a safe room to be exact. She was sure of her desire not to go out with Thomas again, and having him assassinated in the adjoining room took care of having to dismiss his attempts at date number two.

Police Detective Daniel Gallagher is investigating the brutal murder. Danny discovers the only witness to the crime can turn his insides to mush, and decides to do whatever is necessary to keep Kaycee safe from all forms of harm including his powerful crime family.

Kaycee and Danny discover a love worth keeping safe from harm In the Arms of the Wind. Kaycee is smart, compassionate, and a bit vulnerable. She hasn't been with many men, and is not your typical beauty. Danny is too handsome by half, and as dangerous as he is handsome. He has not felt cared for or wanted by his family in years. Now with Kaycee in his life, Danny has finally gotten a taste of what it's truly like to be loved and wanted and will do anything to keep the source of that warm feeling in his life, bed, and heart. Kaycee is getting a bit of backbone of her own. I enjoyed the characters, setting, and plot of this story. Charlotte Boyett-Compo is an author who is truly versatile in her writing. I love the fact that no matter how strong her lead male character, he always has a tiny weakness that is clear to the readers. In addition, the female lead always knows how to acclimate to that weakness without taking advantage or making him weaker for admitting the imperfection. If you are looking for action, suspense, a bit of family drama, and sizzling, sexual encounters, then In the Arms of the Wind is just the story you should read.

Paws to Heal


Book Title: Paws to Heal
Author: Lena Austin
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60521-019-3
Genre: Paranormal Ménage
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

After being enemies for thirty years, former friends Duke Katriena and Eduardo decide to heal the breach between them.

Paws to Heal is a glimpse into the history of the characters featured in the first book in the Night Critters series. In this installment, the fabulous Lena Austin delivers an erotic love scene hot enough to give you a Heat Stroke.

Snowdrift


Book Title: Snowdrift
Author: Kris Eton
Publisher: Cobblestone Press
Publisher URL: http://www.cobblestone-press.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60088-216-6
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Piper Henderson has joined her friends for a weekend reunion. Furthermore, while she likes her boyfriend Matt, no one has lit her fire like her old high school crush, Jacob Townsend. Fate and a meddling sister have set up the cards for Piper and Jacob to finally find love in each other's arms.

Piper has never known her beauty and did not have enough faith that she could draw Jacob's attention. Jacob genuinely thought that he was not smart enough for the young woman he knew was destined for a wonderful career. He didn't have faith in Piper's ability to find a mate who would speak to her heart and not be led astray by a materialistic agenda. Together they make a fantastic couple.

Kris Eton's Snowdrift takes us on a weekend excursion designed for love. The setting and characters make the story unforgettable. There is even a bit of suspense thrown to keep you rooted to your seat. There was a point where Jacob really needed to be paddled, due to his pessimistic attitude, but common sense soon prevailed. Snowdrift gives you just the right about of steamy sex and humor to hold your attention from beginning to end.

Barbarian's Bride


Book Title: Barbarian's Bride
Author: Rodine Dobeck
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419916472
Genre: Historical
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Erik the Terror is the half brother to King Guthrum of the Danes. A skilled leader for his brother’s army, Erik has thoroughly sampled the spoils of war. Erik has a vision about a beautiful dark haired woman with pain reflected in her eyes. He soon yearns to be her healing balm and her protector.

After being violated, Merwenna dreams of having a man who will love her and assist with repairing the damage. Merwenna wants to move forward with her life and she knows this man will honor her and never do her harm.

The two meet when the Danes arrive at Chippenham fortress, in an attempt to capture the one who is capable of ending the war. What they find in the mist of conflict is a love that will stand the test of time.

Merwenna has endured what no human should have to live through. Being violated didn’t leave Merwenna frigid or extinguished her vibrant personality. Merwenna’s determination and grit would not allow this to occur, and I gained more respect for the character with each passing line. With the help of Erik, she learns the true beauty of lovemaking. Making no excuses for his past, Erik has decided to stop being the bearer of pain to women. When he meets Merwenna for the first time, his heart knows it found its home. His kindness towards Merwenna and placing her feelings above his own needs led me to love him just a little more. Rodine Dobeck has written an excellent period piece that encompasses what truly happened to women during that era. Barbarian's Bride has a storyline laced with action, suspense, treachery, and most importantly -- love. If you have a thing for warriors, kings, and damsels in distress then Barbarian's Bride is a book worth reading and keeping.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of medieval warfare including rape.

Endangered


Book Title: Endangered
Author: Gabrina Garza
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-6272-273-6
Genre: Gay Shape shifter
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Researcher Tony Colgan and a student researcher are on their way back to Las Sombras, the new research facilities built in Peru with the backing of Christian Snavley. Tony and his sister Katrina have dedicated their lives to the survival of the elusive Shadow cats. But what Tony and Katrina don’t know it that Christian doesn’t just want Shadow cats, he needs them and will stop at nothing to start his own private breeding program. Christian arrives at Las Sombras bringing another assistant with him, Stryker Crogash, who has a secret that can help Christian and eliminate Tony.

Endangered is book 1 in the Shadow Cats series. The plot unfolds with Tony and his younger sister Katrina searching for ways to save the jungle cats from extinction, while Christian believes the rumors that the cat’s body possesses the secret of longevity for man and is looking for ways to make a profit. Stryker is supposed to kill Tony, yet there is an attraction between the two. Gabrina Garza presents a creative and intricate story of man’s destruction of the planet and the creatures who suffer from it. All the elements of an incredible cliffhanger can be found in Endangered, sinister deceptions yet touching moments, sensual love play and awareness of the predicament of jungle animals. This is a most impressive saga and I look forward to the next episode.

Getting Friendly


Book Title: Getting Friendly
Author: Moira McTark
Publisher: Cobblestone Press
Publisher URL: http://www.cobblestone-press.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60088-223-4
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Nichole Drake has loved one man all of her life, Matt Reeves. After twelve years of denying her feelings, she is ready for Matt to give her one night full of passion. Hopefully, one night is all it will take to finally get him out of her system.

Matt believes that friends with benefits ends good friendships and he's not ready to lose Nichole. Sure he has been just as in love with her as she has with him, but that doesn't mean squat. Nichole has a flighty history with men and he doesn't want to become one of the ones left behind, pining for her.

Moira McTark's Getting Friendly is a wonderful story about friends who are too busy shielding themselves from the possibility of being hurt to realise they are in love with one another. Matt and Nichole have a wonderful balance of chemistry in and outside of the bedroom. Having the couple find love around Valentines Day made the holiday seem that much more special. If you're looking for friends who find the true benefit is loving each other then Getting Friendly is just what the doctor ordered.

Tokyo Ink


Book Title: Tokyo Ink
Author: Ann Vremont
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60521-018-6
Genre: Gay, Futuristic, Cyber-punk
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Head of Iyashii Corporation’s security Tetsu Hogosha is watching the monitors of the tea room as the male geisha performs his dance that will slowly reveal his tattooed flesh with the secret messages embedded in the design. Tetsu has tried to convince himself that he watches the male dancer for the messages and not for the growing desire he feels. When Iyashii sends their top assassin to kill the male geisha, Tetsu must take actions to protect the message at all cost.

Tokyo Ink is a story of greed, revenge, control and sexual desires. Shimizu is a super prison owned by Iyashii Corporation and where Tetsu was born and signed away with his mother’s only crime was that she was caught in Tokyo Bay’s conversion. Now Tetsu’s secret sideline might break Iyashii’s hold on Shimizu. The male geisha is more than he appears, with secrets of his own and desires just as strong for Tetsu. Ann Vremont has produced a power-obsessed world where only the rich can afford to be entertained by the male geisha; life is disposable in the pursuit of building an empire. Chaos and spy plots with a dash of sensuous love play will attach you to this marvelous saga from beginning to end. Tokyo Ink is an impressive and very enjoyable story.

Simply Decadent 2: Sweetest Desires


Book Title: Simply Decadent 2: Sweetest Desires
Author: Anna Leigh Keaton
Publisher: Cobblestone Press
Publisher URL: http://www.cobblestone-press.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60088-222-7
Genre: Contemporary/Paranormal Erotic
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Sharon Brock can't remember the last time a man gave her flowers or candy on Valentines Day. She can remember the last time she got the shaft and was paying the credit card company back in spades for that mistake.

Chet Sterling is a widower and after two years without his wife, he can't seem to move on with his life. Professionally he has kept busy, but his social life is less desirable. When he sees Sharon in his hotel room, feelings that have evaded him for years come rushing to the surface. Can Sharon give Chet a Valentines Day he will treasure forever?

Anna Leigh Keaton's Simply Decadent 2: Sweetest Desires takes us into the lives of Sharon and Chet, while they discover love in the most unlikely place. Sharon attracts the wrong type of men because she doesn't believe she deserves to be treated like a princess. Chet is still aching from the loss of his wife, but his body is ready to feel the heartbeat of someone special again. The two guide each other into the awareness of what they have been missing, and accept the gift of companionship and intimacy. If you like stories where the self worth is recognized and love is found then you should read Simply Decadent 2: Sweetest Desires.

In Flames


Book Title: In Flames
Author: Melody Knight
Publisher: Linden Bay Romance
ISBN: 978-1-60202-061-0
Genre: Contemporary Suspense/Mystery Action/Adventure
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Sphinx Minx


Lady Sophia Donovan has a thing about smoke and fire. It has to do with ritual abuse from her former lover Damian Venkman. Now he's dead and she is suddenly wealthy and powerful. Sophia has a soft spot for animals. She goes to a farm auction and, with her friend Peri, buys all the cows, calves, and goats. Then her clothes catch on fire -- for the first time. Her combustibility and the secrets of her past form the basis for this intriguing mystery.

Camellia Perigord Mackintosh-Hastings, sometimes called Peri, is Sophia's best friend. Strong-willed feminist Camellia took Sophia on as a "client" when the latter was in a women's shelter, before Sophia was rich. There are references to Camellia's other cases and computer hacking, but these are never really explained. Camellia's husband Jake is a spy for the Agency and they have a baby named Pieter.

Virile Marco Willis is Sophia's lover and Jake's partner in the Agency. Marco is the only one without money, and this proves an obstacle in his relationship with the fiery redhead. He wants to protect Sophia, but neither of them understands a relationship well enough for it to go smoothly.

Sophia's uncle may have a motive to harm her. Gerald Beaumont was hurt financially when she inherited and came close to being investigated in an arms case. And could Damian somehow return from the dead? There's an immense mansion with a church and tunnels, as well as a burial area to be explored. Author Knight also explores the innate differences between men and women in relationships.

The characters are all quirky. The amount of money involved made it a bit tough for me to relate to the cast. This is interesting, but confusing. This is a stand alone sequel to an earlier work by Knight, In Trysts. There are references to the earlier plot, which make sense. And there are references to non-essential characters that could have been deleted. This book reads well on its own, but I’d recommend reading the earlier volume first.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Sugar and Spice


Book Title: Sugar and Spice
Author: Liz Andrews
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-682-8
Genre: Full-Figured Heroine Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Rayne Jankowski is from a family of psychics, and believes that whoever doled out the paranormal abilities to her family sidestepped her and kept walking. It's a slightly bitter pill to swallow, so she relocates to Manitou Springs, Colorado for a fresh start. The move has given Rayne a chance to establish new friendships and become a successful health food café owner. Rayne does not realize that it’s not just her cooking skills drawing her fan of customers to the café.

Scott Marsten, head ranger for the Cheyenne Mountains State Park, has been coming into Rayne's café like clockwork since the first day he met her. Her eclectic style and generous hips have been on his mind and Scott is ready to take their daily hellos to the next level.
Will Rayne's powers be the cause of Scott approaching her for more, or does the man see the true beauty of Rayne?

Rayne is not just made of Sugar and Spice, and has more to offer than any woman Scott has come across in the past. Rayne has allowed her size to add doubts about not only her worth to herself, but to others. This is something my voluptuous sisters should attempt to stop doing. Scott looks at Rayne and sees all the extra curves he could hold on to while they made love. Then he sampled her cooking, sharp mind, and wit, and the man couldn't help but be drawn to such a rare flower. Liz Andrews has written a fantastic story filled with humor and erotic encounters. If you like stories with characters that have paranormal abilities, and the worthy woman gets her man, then Sugar and Spice is just what you are looking for.

Thoroughly Tempted


Book Title: Thoroughly Tempted
Author: Lyric James
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-59998-514-4
Genre: Interracial Romance
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Sierra Morgan is co-owner of Tempted, a luxury spa situated on prime beach side property in Florida. She has come a long way and is proud of her accomplishments. While enjoying a bit of vacation time alone at the spa Wesley Duncan, her business partner's drop-dead gorgeous cousin, shows up. Wesley needs a bit of time away from his family to reflect on his life. A police officer wounded in the line of duty, he wants to make firm decisions on the next phase of his future. When the two lock eyes all bets are off about their love-them-and-leave-them approach to relationships. Soon, both Sierra and Wesley will be Thoroughly Tempted to have more than a quick roll in the hay.

I absolutely loved Thoroughly Tempted. Sierra and Wesley have both run from the “c” word for so long that they knew deep down this affair would leave no room for escape. Their chemistry was a perfect blend of erotic and playfulness and the resort made the perfect backdrop for this love affair. Ms. James has written a fantastic story that is sure to be a pleaser. If you enjoy cops, beaches, and sassy women then Thoroughly Tempted is just what you are looking for.

Almost Home


Book Title: Almost Home
Author: Gabrina Garza
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Publisher URL: http://amberquill.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-288-0
Genre: Paranormal/Time Travel
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Monica Reeves needs to make some serious decisions fast and knowing her negative feelings about her fiancé does not make it any easier. Now that she is in England at the manor and trying to get some cleaning done, Chester the cat keeps getting in the way by falling out the window into the storm that’s brewing. When she is whisked into the past she is confused by the sight of Will as she was just reading about in newspaper clipping about his death. This is not exactly the house her grandmother talked about all those years during her visits and now Monica has to decide whether to keep the house or sell it. Then she can get back to her fiancé who has made wedding plans for them instead of asking her.

Almost Home is written in two different centuries which makes the story even more appealing. This book is filled with so much character, love and mystery I wanted to reread it again to make sure I did not miss anything. The love between Monica and Will was so very genuine and lasting, they could survive everything thrown at them. Gabrina Garza has done a wonderful job of writing about love that will stand for all times.

Secrets and Lies


Book Title: Secrets and Lies
Author: Amanda Young
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-706-1
Genre: LGBT Vampire Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Teague Johnson and his older brother Cadge are likely the last two remaining members of their ancient vampire race, the Daywalkers. Living under the cloak of forged documents and histories, they survive by hiding in plain sight, living among humans as owner/operators of an elite sex club, the Oasis. Their club plays host to a number of creatures, including the Nightwalkers, the mutant and deadly vampire race created by the union of a Daywalker and a human. These are the vampires allergic to the sun and who need vast amounts of human blood to survive. It’s these same vampires who brought about the near extinction of Cadge and Teague’s people, including their parents.

Teague is a loner, a man who doesn’t get close to anyone aside from his brother and that includes the men he takes as casual lovers. He doesn’t do cuddling, kissing or getting to know his one-night-stands outside of their brief intimate encounters. Teague doesn’t need anyone who could stick their noses in his business or to discover his secrets. All that changes when he gets sexually involved with young club attendee, Kyle Drake. Teague can’t get enough of Kyle, and looks forward to their weekly trysts…that is until Kyle unexpectedly disappears from his life.

A brutal death in the club by a rogue Nightwalker thrusts Teague and his brother into a dangerous position, threatening not only their livelihood, but their very existence. Then Teague finds his lover is missing, and it’s up to him to save Kyle from a ruthless killer before it’s too late.

Secrets and Lies is another intriguing and well-written paranormal story by talented Ms. Young. On the surface, it appears to be a typical vampire tale, and then she adds in the twist of their ‘real’ origin, giving her story a unique spin I’ve never read before. Teague is an intense, sexy and interesting man, long used to depending on no one but his brother. I loved the description of Teague’s unrest and confusion of his feelings for Kyle and his almost overwhelming desire to protect him. These two lovers make a good counterpoint to each other and they’re obviously perfect for each other, even as Teague struggles not to admit his feelings for Kyle. Together they are passionate, sexy and erotic.

The secondary characters are few; mainly brother Cadge and old friend Red, but they play important roles in this fast-pace vampire tale. Cadge is withdrawn and angry since the death of his lover five years before and Red seems to be the only person able to reach past his grief. Their relationship was never explained and would make a great next book if this is going to be a series.

The Wild, Wild Anybody’s Guess: Aloha!


Book Title: The Wild, Wild Anybody’s Guess: Aloha!
Author: Jayha Leigh
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-648-4
Genre: Multicultural Vampire Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph

Aloha Carrington is a strong southern woman who isn’t afraid to march to the beat of a different drum. She likes her clothing neon, her trampoline and video game console in her living room, and her crazy friends close by. All she needs to make her life spicier is to meet the man with the orgasm-inducing voice.

On the first day he met Aloha, Ianikut Maksim Aleksandrovich, or Imax to the posse, had already decided the name of their future daughter. Being one of the most powerful vampires and next in line to be king didn’t prevent him from falling head over heels in love. Aloha would be his, even if it meant going against his father and being exiled by his own people. Anyone foolish enough to try and keep Aloha from Imax obviously had a death wish and Imax had no problem making their wish a reality.

Bestirring and bananas barely begin to describe The Wild, Wild Anybody’s Guess: Aloha! Aloha gave Imax a run for his money and I nearly dissolved when she let him catch her. Opposites not only attract when a vampire prince fiends for a Southern sister, they make the perfect couple. Aloha shines bright enough to make the sun seem dim in comparison, and I don’t mean just her outfits. As powerful as she is, Aloha submits to Imax, while wrapping him around her little finger. Thank you Jayha Leigh for always keeping your female characters equal to their Alpha, but smart enough to know when to let the man think he has won. Imax is a true Alpha gentleman to the core and he loves like he fights… hard. Imax takes Aloha home to meet his parents and all hell breaks loose. This is the most show-stopping scene in the story. Off the wall weddings are becoming my favorite thing, thanks to Jayha Leigh’s brilliance. The ending is a perfect explosive beginning for Andrew and Silana’s story and I can’t wait! This second story in the Wild series is a must read all the way.

ErRatic


Book Title: ErRatic
Author: N. D. Hansen-Hill
Publisher: Five StarPublisher
ISBN: 978-1594146435
Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Sphinx Minx

Emma Rathburn is not your ordinary mycology expert. Her lab partners accept her episodes as scary, but interesting. Her step-brother Jock Jamieson both hates and fears her. And policeman Harley Chalmers is fascinated -- in spite of the rats and ghosts.

Harley goes to check on Emma when she calls the police about a prowler. She's done this at least eighteen times before, from nearly as many locations. And the prowler always turns out to be of the nonliving variety. Harley investigates and is followed by a dog -- a dog that's been dead for a week. He sees a man he knows has been murdered. Then comes his first experience with the rats. It's a rampage worthy of any horror movie, and it is somehow triggered by Emma.

This is an action packed horror thriller. There's a ghost-busting crew headed by Renaldo Rabbit, deliverer of party goodies. He's teamed with a medium in love with his connection to the other world. Emma's coworkers include an almost Olympic ice skater and a gal who has used her psychic powers to find bodies for the police.

Emma tries to be as ordinary as possible in this highly extraordinary tale. She is a likable main character and Harley, while out of his depth in the paranormal world, is a guy you have to root for. There's a secondary romance as well, and some insight into the nature of true evil.

It's easy to picture the horrific culmination on the big screen, although I felt it was overly long for the book. If paranormal horror is your thing, this book will keep you involved until the very end.

The Squire


Book Title: The Squire
Author: Shawn Lane
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-289-7
Genre: Gay Historical
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Duncan, squire to Sir William. exits the tent to alleviate his bladder when he spies another squire having sex with someone amid the trees surrounding the camp site. Duncan watches until William comes up behind him and pulls Duncan away. Once they reach home, William and Duncan engage in a mutual seduction. When the king commands William to marry, Duncan cannot bear losing William and runs away.

The Squire is a wonderful romance between a knight and his squire. Shawn Lane presents a well written, passionate saga that warms the heart. Duncan thought William preferred fair maidens; William just became aware that Duncan had an interest in intimate relationships. Together they discover their true feelings and desires. I greatly enjoyed this impressive story.

Duke Pretender


Book Title: Duke Pretender
Author: Sharon Lanegran
Publisher: Cerridwen Press
Publisher URL: http://www.cerridwenpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-41991-665-6
Genre: Historical Romance
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Angela Ainsley, the daughter of a Vicar in a small town, pretty much gets her way with almost everyone. When she sees that Jack cares about her, her imagination really gets carried away and that cause problems. After she learns the truth she has to decide whether Jack is the man she wants.

Jack Thorndike is one of the worst rakes in London and has become completely bored with the ton. He is the second son of a Duke and hates the fact that he is compared to his father. Once he realizes how he feels about Angela, he must tell her everything before he can go further with their lives.

After reading Duke Pretender I was left a little unsatisfied, expecting more from this story. The characters were very entertaining from beginning to end, with their involvement in each others lives. With all the mystery surrounding the people of the quiet town, there was not a moment when you were not thinking about who actually committed murder. Sharon Lanegran has written a historical romance filled with suspense, it keeps you reading to see if you are right about who was killing off the townspeople.

Asher and the Threesome


Book Title: Asher and the Threesome
Author: Zoe Nichols
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerepress.com/
ISBN: N/A
Genre: Gay Erotica
Nymph Rating: 4 nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Woodland Nymph

Asher and the Threesome picks up one week after their elevator romp and Asher’s lover Derek liked the thrill and excitement so much, he tells Asher he’d like to try something different. Asher’s not too pleased with his lover’s suggestion and allows Derek to leave early for work on less than the best of terms.

While home alone, Asher starts wondering what exactly Derek may have been suggesting and does some research on the internet. When Derek returns home from the bar, he’s brought along his bartender, Dean. Will Asher be able to accept and go along when he realizes why Derek brought Dean back with him?

Not being a big fan of ménage a’ trios stories, I was a little hesitant about reviewing this book. Asher, though, is an irresistible character and I just had to find out about his next adventure. With that being said, I am thrilled not to have missed this book as Asher and the Threesome is a fun, sexy, scorching read! Once again Zoe Nichols had me hooked from the start and able to feel the emotions that are still growing between Asher and Derek. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride and hope this author has more adventures planned for Asher. I happily recommend Asher and the Threesome to all fans of the m/m genre and as a must read for fans of ménage a’ trios.