Saturday, July 26, 2008

Mayan Secrets


Book Title: Mayan Secrets
Author: Ciar Cullen
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: samhainpublishing.com
ISBN: 1-59998-178-5
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Sphinx Minx


Troya Twamley is a forever after kind of girl. She's just broken her engagement to a star major league ball player who didn't understand that after three years of living together. She plans a sabbatical in Greece, to finish writing another biography of a dead explorer and to forget all about Mike.

Tyre Rasmussen, an eccentric archaeologist who firmly believes in no attachments, tempts her to a dig in Mexico instead. He has the long lost journal of Frederick Catherwood, written in 1840 and describing the Mayan Entrance to the Underworld.

Troya has always been fascinated by Catherwood. And she is more than tempted by "Indiana" Rasmussen as well. There's lots of sizzle as the two try to save a colleague and determine the truth. Is it a myth, or do they truly enter the gateway to hell?

The information on the ancient culture was fascinating, but I would have liked a little more detail on the workings of the exploration. I was intrigued by the proximity of modern restaurants and hotels to the site of ancient artifacts.

Tyre has a devoted twin sister named Babylonia and a diverse team helping him. Sinjin Twaine is a slightly older archeologist who claims to talk to ancient rulers. There are references to an earlier book (Mayan Nights) which focuses on SinJin. But this is a completely new adventure, reading very well on its own.

The romance and the mystery are both well-paced and believable. The characters are clearly drawn and highly understandable. Lust, palpable danger, and the eerie possibility of otherworldly evil at work - this is hard to put down.

A Taste of Love: Richard


Book Title: A Taste of Love: Richard
Author: Marie Rochelle
Publisher: Phaze Books
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60659-001-0
Genre: Interracial (BW/WM)
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


When Dawn Summers met Richard Drace three years ago, it was love at first sight. Working with the man who owned her heart was hard, especially when he didn’t share the same attraction. Thanks to a nasty episode in Richard’s restaurant, Dawn decided to leave her position at D4 and the man she loves. Six months later, all Richard has left is a failing business that he attributes to running Dawn off. He must humble himself to regain the one person who can pull his business out of the red. Richard has to apologize to Dawn.

Having Richard privy to her secrets is something Dawn is trying to prevent from happening. Losing Richard and the respect he has for her is not an option. However, between crazy ex’s, playing Magnum P.I., a scandal, and a few relatives that care enough to give the cold hard truth, the couple will have to find a way to make everything work out.

Dawn is Richard’s first taste of true love and the man clearly wanted a second chance. Forget that he’s gorgeous with a body made to have a woman ripping off the sheets and screaming until she has laryngitis. His attitude in the beginning was a bit funky and I was happy that Dawn didn’t just run to him. Richard needed to be brought down a peg or two. Dawn disappointed me a bit when I discovered her secret. I couldn’t imagine her not knowing how beautiful she truly was inside and out. But, then again when the man you love can’t see the forest for the trees I guess it could give you a momentary lapse in judgment. I think we all have suffered from feeling less than worthy a time or two, so I was happy to see her bounce back.

A Taste of Love: Richard is a wonderful sequel for the Drace brothers. And, it would appear that Brad and Lee have the two most headstrong women out of this brood. I am anxiously awaiting their stories. I believe they are going to have one serious fight on their hands. Marie Rochelle’s characters always draw you in and remind you of family, co-workers and friends. This story is no exception to that rule.

One Reckless Night


Book Title: One Reckless Night
Author: Yvette Hines
Publisher: Tease Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.teasepublishingllc.com/
ISBN: 987-1-934678-87-9
Genre: IR/MC Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph

Cinnamon Buns (5 Nymphs)
Julinda is doing everything possible to avoid Anthony in the close quarters they are forced to share on a train. Finally realizing that it was impossible to fight the attraction, Julinda gives in, but with rules. Julinda only wants one last fling, but Anthony intends to get her back forever. Their battle of the wills is a steamy reunion.

Illicit (5 Nymphs)
Amber’s entire views change when a horrible end comes to her marriage. Running into a handsome stranger named Chris on a rainy night opens the floodgates of passion for both of them. That one night brings life back to Amber and Chris.

By Invitation Only (5 Nymphs)
Usually Sally is a very cautious and level-headed kind of girl. Deciding that she is tired of missing out on opportunities, Sally has a heated sexual experience with her neighbors. This lead her to the one man she has been fantasizing about.

Slightly Sinful (5 Nymphs)
Sinful is the perfect description of Delilah’s sexual weekend getaway with a friend. A romp with a sexy stranger is not easily forgotten, especially when he turns out to be a business associate.

One Reckless Night is what happens when four people let down their guards and walk on the wild side. None of them guessed that their lives would be changed for the better. Yvette Hines created characters that had me reading with my fingers crossed, praying for a happily ever after, and she did not disappoint me. I loved the emotional ride!

Bare Devotion


Book Title: Bare Devotion
Author: Lacey Thorn
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 978-1-41991-405-8
Genre: Romance/Suspense/Menage
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Catherine Daniels is a widow and a mother who lives for her children. While she is keeping her relationship secret from her adult kids, she enjoys every moment with him and lives in fear of them finding out. When the time comes for her to tell them, she does so without remorse and the reaction of some of them does not surprise her.

Ally Samms has an ability to connect with others by touching something that that person has touched. She is on the trail of a fire bug who killed her mother and aunt which leads her to a town called Legacy. Now that she knows what job Blake does, she is determined to help where it is needed badly to solve the murders. When she and Blake come together as lovers, they become flammable and Blake has other things on his mind for them now that he has her with him.

I found Bare Devotions very intriguing and enjoyed every moment reading this story. This is the fourth book in the series and a very impressive book that told of love at first touch, a pyromaniac who used the Lord as a reason to kill, along with family bonding whether you were family or not in a small town setting. From the mild flirtations to the very hot sex scenes Lacey Thorn has written in a very wonderful way and leaves you to look forward to the next book.

Mistress to the Beast


Book Title: Mistress to the Beast
Author: Eve Vaughn
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/index.php
ISBN: 1-60504-179-3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph

Having her father’s store taken away from him just might be the last straw that could kill him. Lila Saunders was not about to let the property development company, Ramsey’s, do this without a fight. Her only course of action is to go down to the office and try to reason with the heartless man in charge.

Hunter Jamison is said to be a beast, inside and outside. A horrible accident has left his once perfect face scarred and his soul broken and cold. Because of this, he avoids being seen in public and pays for female companionship. He has long since given up the hope of ever being loved by a woman and living like a normal person. The most beautiful woman Hunter has ever laid eyes on storms into his office mad as hell. He makes an indecent proposal that Lila agrees to. Hunter will discontinue the takeover of her father’s store if she becomes his temporary mistress.

Mistress to the Beast is a sexual tug of war between a woman who is passionate about her beliefs and a man who has given up on life. Lila’s love for her father is so touching and watching her agree to basically pimp herself out to save him was shocking, but in a good way. Talk about taking one for the team! Hunter sometimes crossed the line with his actions but I am glad to see he was remorseful and that Lila could touch his heart. I adore a broken man being put back together with the one woman meant for him, and this story is a perfect example of that. Eve Vaughn has created another winner.

Galen’s Pet


Book Title: Galen’s Pet
Author: Vonna Harper
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-737-5
Genre: BDSM Futuristic Fantasy
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Space explorer Galen is on the planet 8361X in hot pursuit of a beautiful Summin fem-beast by the name of Rei. His primary objective is to capture and study the human-like creature but Galen has other ideas in mind. He wants to control and dominate Rei and make her his pet.

Rei is fuming and unsure of whom should receive her wrath. Her leaders for believing these newcomers were harmless, or Galen for not only having the audacity to capture her but also wanting to make her his property. Rei has one goal, to survive the ordeal at Galen’s hands. She is smarter than Galen realizes and Rei is fiercely determined to crush his advances.

Vonna Harper has taken us to the stars for a bit of D/s in Galen’s Pet. Galen has come to terms with his station in life. To rebel would have put him in a situation far worse than traveling the universe. Galen feels he has no control over his life, so what better way to relieve that ache than to dominate someone for a change, even if it means abducting a fem-beast. Rei is strong and independent and knows that her past sexual experience was lacking. Galen finds a reason to live in Rei and Rei has discovered that men are able to give women mind-blowing orgasms. If intergalactic travel with dominant men who know how to tie a woman in knots, literally, is your cup of tea then you will enjoy Galen’s Pet.

Channeling Morpheus: Vertigo


Book Title: Channeling Morpheus: Vertigo
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60521-005-6
Genre: Paranormal/Gay/Cyber-Punk
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Satyr Vael

Wild Bill has tried to get the young, self-proclaimed vampire hunter Michael out of his mind. Wanting to put as much distance between them as he can, Bill heads out of state, convinced Michael won’t follow.

Boy, is he wrong. Michael finds him, all right, and before the night is over, Bill indulges himself in the one man he can’t shake. But will a night of vampiric bliss be Bill’s last?

Channeling Morpheus: Vertigo is just as hot as the first book, Channeling Morpheus: Payback. In this one, we’re treated to Bill’s point-of-view, and I must say, I like it quite a lot. The descriptions -- from the heady scent of Michael’s arousal, to the sweet, addictive tang of his blood -- are rich and detailed, and beyond alluring. It’s easy to see why Bill can’t get Michael out of his head.

Like the first book, this one ends with a promise of more to come, and I couldn’t be happier.

If you enjoyed the first book, then you absolutely must read Channeling Morpheus: Vertigo.

Breathing Her Air


Book Title: Breathing Her Air
Author: Lacey Thorn
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419917684
Genre: Ménage a trois or More / Futuristic
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Alea is tracking one of the killers of her uncle Prince Michan when she runs across Drew and Sorran Xandova, her chosen mates. When Drew and Sorran see Alea in her warrior pants and an unwavering desire to discover the culprits, they knew their desire to have a brave and strong mate had come to fruition.

I’ve been reading this series since it first began, and I admit I’m truly pleased with the newest book Breathing Her Air. Alea is a mixture of fire and shyness. She knows what is expected and embraces the two men who have come to her with gentle touches and desire-filled eyes. Sorran and Drew are proud and feel unworthy of the gift they bestowed upon them. They received it quite a few times and their bond grew from that moment on. I’m looking forward to the next installment and watching the Guardians finally gather for the impending battle. Ms. Thorn has written a wonderful story to include in this fantastic series.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Tyler's Woman


Book Title: Tyler's Woman
Author: Jan Springer
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419916557
Genre: Ménage, Gay, Futuristic
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

A virus was unleashed killing the majority of the world's female population, resulting in the institution of the Claiming Law. Simply put, a woman is sexual property claimable by groups of men and has no rights.

Laurie Callahan has been in love with Tyler Outlaw since she was a teenager. She has contracted the virus and Tyler’s style of loving has quenched her new sexual appetite. Tyler decides to take his teaching skills and enlist in the war. He hopes that he will be able to help others who have suffered and educate those with a desire to learn. While overseas, an act of bravery will cost him his freedom.

Tyler receives a lifeline when he discovers that his new cellmate is his best friend Hunter Brown. The men would endure the same brutal torture for years. Five years later, Tyler is a free man and ready to reclaim his woman. He refuses to allow little things like Laurie’s marriage to his archrivals, the Barlow brothers, or news of her pregnancy throw a monkey wrench in his plans. Laurie will have to accept both men and the love they share for one another. Will she be able to accept the new arrangement?

Jan Springer shows us just how out of control biochemical warfare can get in Tyler's Woman. Laurie was not innocent prior to the release of the chemical, but her ache for Tyler increased along with her love. Tyler was honor bound to go and fight in the war and I am unsure he would have decided otherwise if he knew the horrors awaiting him. He has a great deal of integrity. Hunter is the kind of friend you always want at your back, and the man you want in your bed. He is steadfast and full of love and hope. Reading what all three characters endured puts tears in your eyes. However, you see their strength and determination, even when their spirits should have been broken. The sexual chemistry is charged and the love is true. Jan Springer brings war and love up close and personal in Tyler's Woman. If you have read the other books in this series, you will not be disappointed with the latest installment.

Paid in Full


Book Title: Paid in Full
Author: Moira Reid
Publisher: Cobblestone Press
Publisher URL: http://www.cobblestone-press.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60088-224-1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Sphinx Minx

Savannah Spencer is tired of loser dates and has spent $2000 to join elovepro, a super expensive and supposedly exclusive online dating service. But she’s still getting jerks, perhaps because she truthfully listed her occupation as “body-piercing technician.”

The dating service has a double your money back guarantee, and Savannah thinks she deserves her refund.

The agency doesn’t want to give up on her so easily. After all, they’ve had 400 success stories and no failures until now. Handsome Jack Drake appears as a date and sparks fly.

This is a fun novella about a girl who wants to be loved for herself -- even if she is reluctant to reveal exactly who that is. The story is fresh and clever.

Savannah’s friend Mara and the agency receptionist Penelope are the only supporting characters, deftly described in a minimum of words. Savannah is funny, likable, and wacky. Jack is hunky, confused, and smitten.

Author Reid does a great job of dealing with expectations, the truth, and the modern world. This is a cute little gem.

A Man, A Jersey and a Tight End


Book Title: A Man, A Jersey and a Tight End
Author: AM Riley
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerepress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-317-8
Genre: Gay Drama
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Brian hasn’t seen his lover, Paul, for six months. Paul’s been out of town on business and due to his college classes, Brian was forced to stay home. Brian’s having trouble dealing with the separation and has been pushing his limits with Jim for the last couple of months. He’s been tense, unhappy and ready to climb the walls as he waits for his Daddy to come home again. The stress is making him cranky, unruly and he’s having trouble sleeping. He’s not the only one in the household who is feeling unsettled. Even though Scott has been home more, he’s still feeling like a third wheel when his man, Jim, has to play disciplinarian to Brian for the missing Paul.

Part of Brian’s problem has been his inability to tell Paul about his need to explore other aspects of a BDSM lifestyle. He’s afraid his desires will drive the men he loves away, instead of taking the chance on confessing his curiosity. Things get better for Brian once Paul gets home but the other brat of the household, Scott is still acting out. While out on the road, Scott does the unexpected; he brings home a lonely gay young man, Joshua. Then if the household wasn’t in enough of an uproar, Paul’s old Dom friend, Freddie, comes to stay.

A Man, A Jersey and a Tight end picks up where Goldilocks and His Three Bears left off. This fun, sexual romp revolves around the multi-partnered relationship of our two Doms and their two subs living in the same house and loving each other. There’s lots of sex going on in this home, but it’s never anything other than relaxing and loving. Even when it becomes kinky and a little heavy as Paul and Brian are experimenting or when Scott is being disciplined by Jim, you never doubt the love and commitment of either couple.

Adding Freddie to the household in the second half changes things, especially when he takes over caring for the confused and often unruly Joshua, who is testing the boundaries set for him. These two strangers have a great deal to learn about each other as they change their relationship from that of mentor/student to friends and finally, lovers.

Put the three brats together and watch out for the sparks and trouble. Paul, Jim and Freddie have their hands full keeping control of their men, but it’s a job they truly love.

Lionsmate


Book Title: Lionsmate
Author: Marteeka Karland
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-997-2
Genre: Genre: Futuristic, Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Dykstra, a Lionsblood, is a fair and just man, but feared all the same. Docile women, while fine for other men, could find it hard to capture his attention. Dykstra doesn’t need a woman who comes with instructions on being submissive; he wants to mold her with his own two hands. A visit to a human farm brings him in contact with Talia, who is as spirited as she is beautiful. Dykstra is sure of one thing after the encounter -- the fates have brought him to his Lionsmate.

Marteeka Karland knows how to make a shapeshifter sexy. Dykstra is handsome in any form he chooses. Watching him step back and consider Talia’s feelings instead of worrying about his own needs made me like him a little more. Talia is a delight to watch. She knows she loves Dykstra, and while she may not understand his actions, she knows she can’t accept anything less than mutual feelings from him. I love a strong female character who knows her true worth. Fans and newcomers to Ms. Karland’s novels will enjoy this new series. Lionsmate’s feral edgy sex, strong characters, skillfully written setting and plot draw you into Dykstra and Talia’s adventure.

Pay Dirt


Book Title: Pay Dirt
Author: Moira Reid
Publisher: Cobblestone Press
Publisher URL: http://www.cobblestone-press.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60088-211-1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Sphinx Minx


Elle Parson loses her job and wins $10 million in the Texas Two-Step Lottery. Someone tries to snatch her purse, then she kisses a blind man and it turns out to be the best kiss of her life. She’s shot at, drugged, and falls hopelessly in love – all in a couple of action-packed days.

The homeless blind guy turns out to be an undercover cop, after the Houston Marauder. He’s not blind at all and he likes what he sees in Elle. There have been three abductions and two women are dead. Nick’s sister Toni McCray was victim number two and, although she has come out of her coma, she has not really returned to the living. She has a husband and child and Nick is sure apprehending her abductor will bring Toni back to normal.

Always living on the financial brink, Elle earned some needed cash at a gentleman’s club just over a year ago. She met some sleazeball guys and some women customers who admired the Chippendale dancers. She isn’t proud of her stint as a stripper.

Elle fantasizes about how ten million could change her life. Detective Nick Damato is not impressed with money, but then he does have quite a bit of it. He hides his own wealth from Elle and most of the world.

Elle’s ex-boss, Jeremy Sharmiah, is a real jerk who hit on her and threatened to reveal her past when she spurned him. Nick’s partners on the force are down-to-earth guys trying to solve the crime. The killer and the methods used are unusual, to say the least. The story is engrossing and action-packed, if not totally believable.

The mystery is solved with a few unique twists, and the erotic scenes are extremely well written. Author Reid keeps the reader interested and involved as she spins this riveting tale.

The Prince's Angel




Book Title: The Prince's Angel
Author: Mychael Black and Shayne Carmichael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-000-9
Genre: Gay Paranormal Romance
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Cian Carmichael is enjoying the solitude of his home, it is a pleasure he can seldom experience these days. Cian is an angel, and a vampire hunter sent to bring the rogue vampires under control. Vampires live side by side with mortals under two sets of laws, The Romanorum make the vampire rules. London vampires are governed by Prince Mael Black. When the cities become infested with rogues, Mael turns to Cian for help. The last thing Cian expects is to fall in love with Mael. Despite the dangers in becoming involved with Cian, Mael finds he cannot resist him.

The Prince’s Angel is a poignant strike to the heart delivered by a cast of characters that literally spring to life. As in the real world, not everyone is happy obeying the law and become rogue by killing mortals, a crime that will not only bring on the wrath of Mael, but also the rage of Cian, the heavenly version of Dirty Harry. He has a reputation of roasting violators to a crisp. The brilliant duo of Mychael Black and Shayne Carmichael construct an excellent intricate plot, with sultry characters that radiate all the emotional elements related to life. There is action and chaos from beginning to end, interjected with sensual love scenes. This is an extraordinary story that I am looking forward to reading more of in the upcoming sequels to The Legends of the Romanorum / Inferi Brotherhood series.

Calendar Boys July: Vintage


Book Title: Calendar Boys July: Vintage
Author: Jamie Craig
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-297-2
Genre: Gay Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 4
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Renowned Paris chef Alain Tiessart has been married to his restaurant for more than ten years. Professionally, he’s successful but he can’t say the same on the personal front. Brief liaisons with beautiful young men are fine to fill his physical needs, but it doesn’t make him any less lonely. Realizing he isn’t getting any younger and that his life is slipping away, he decides to make some changes in his life. With the busiest holiday weekend of the year only days away, he packs up his car, leaving his restaurant in the hands of his trusted assistant, and heads to the French countryside and his long time friend, Simon Hastings.

Retired English businessman Simon Hastings lives two hours away from Paris in a small town in the French countryside. He’s prepared to spend another holiday alone, when he’s surprised by the arrival of his best friend, Alain, who’s driven in from Paris. Simon welcomes Alain for the weekend, but he isn’t so open to the suggestion that their decade-long relationship change to that of lovers and partners. Afraid to destroy the only friendship he has, Simon turns Alain down flat. What he doesn’t seem to remember is the old adage that all’s fair in love and war…and Alain has his mind set on winning not only the battle, but the war for Simon’s heart, any way he can.

The newest book in Jamie Craig’s Calendar Boys series is Vintage, and I have to admit it’s one of my favorites. It’s a bit unusual for an author to have the main characters in a contemporary romance (whether gay or straight) to be pushing fifty, but that’s exactly what happens in this romantic and sexy July release. Alain is, by far, the more outspoken of our guys and watching as he finagles Simon into doing what he wants, via a wager, is nothing less than witty and fun. While Simon is a little grumpy and afraid to change, Alain is vivacious and outgoing, willing to take a chance on them as a couple.

I loved the amount of history supporting Simon and Alain’s long friendship, showing why Simon was unwilling to risk having it destroyed. His fear made him appear more human, just as Alain’s willingness to put his heart on the line did for him. Despite the hurdles of a long-distance relationship, these older men know the value of treasuring what means the most…each other, and adjusting their individual lives accordingly. In the case of Alain and Simon familiarity doesn’t breed contempt; it breeds love, passion, tenderness and caring. Vintage is another enjoyable addition to the Calendar Boys series.

Intimate Traitors


Book Title: Intimate Traitors
Author: Astrid Amara
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-730-6
Genre: LGBT Science Fiction
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

To the world, Armen Markus is the Commander of interrogations of Block B at Sardek Prison. To The Resistance, he’s the key to keeping those detained from giving up sensitive information. When he sees his older lover, Ravi Jai, in the crowd of new prisoners, no amount of years can make him forget their time together. Armen will assist his former lover, no matter the cost.

Intimate Traitors brings us two characters with a love that continues to thrive. Armen has never stopped wanting to aid The Resistance. When he took on his job with Sardek Prison in hopes of helping them, he did not expect he would lose Ravi. Ravi was hurt with Armen’s career choice and found it hard to move past what he considered betrayal. Coming face-to-face unleashed all the pent up emotions shared by both men. Astrid Amara has written a wonderful suspense filled story. If tales about wartime romance gives you a thrill, then you will thoroughly enjoy Intimate Traitors.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Rampant


Book Title: Rampant
Author: Eric Del Carlo
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-705-4
Genre: LGBT Fantasy
Nymph Rating: 4.5 nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Woodland Nymph

20 year old Wyst is in splendid shape; he’s young, vigorous has an active sex life and is happy with his life in Village. The Hex is a mysterious, powerful “goddess” who influences the lives and deaths of the villagers. Tradition forbade contact with the Hex and intimacy with her meant banishment from Village or death. Lured by the Hex to her grotto she tells him in a mystical almost musical voice that a plague is coming and imparts him with a cryptic message about a cure. Soon after returning, the villagers discover the Hex’s mark on Wyst and give him the choice; Wyst chooses banishment from Village and finds himself heading out on the Road of the Gleam which leads to City.

With nowhere to go when he arrives in City, Wyst is eventually provided a temporary respite, courtesy of Niîn a former villager himself, then spends the night huddled in an alcove, out of the rain. During his first morning in City, he meets an exterminator, Gâmomal, and Wyst realizes he knew his father. Surprised at how much they’re attracted to each other, they quickly head to Gâmomal’s place and act upon their desires. Wyst readily agrees when Gâmomal asks him to stay and leaves him a spare key to his apartment.

After Gâmomal returns to work, Wyst goes out exploring and when a man falls dead in the street, a police officer asks him to carry the body where he’d be paid upon delivery. Wyst realizes he’s found work he can do then signs on to collect the dead. In the meantime, Gâmomal is happy and relieved to find Wyst still at his apartment when he returns at the end of his day.

Soon Wyst is having more than just warm thoughts towards Gâmomal as he realizes he truly cares for this man and that his feelings towards him are deepening. Gâmomal’s feelings towards him are more important to him than any other individual’s had ever been. When made available, together they go to the hospital to be tested for the illness and hold each other’s hand as they wait.

Rampant is a moving and thought-provoking story about more than just two men falling in love under some of the bleakest circumstances. Eric Del Carlo has created two extraordinary male leads as well as several fascinating and unusual supporting characters then placed them in what at times can be a dark and cruel world. Wyst is, at times, like an innocent placed in the middle of a strange new world and Gâmomal is the knowledgeable City man who’s presented with a rare opportunity to learn more about his father. These two characters balance each other perfectly.

At the end of this book I was left with a feeling of hope not only for Wyst and Gâmomal but for humanity. I strongly recommend this book to anyone looking for a poignant read.

Dead Man’s Rain


Book Title: Dead Man’s Rain
Author: Frank Tuttle
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504-033-2
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Satyr Vael

Rannit is a town where Trolls lurk in caves and tunnels, spooks and other things that go bump in the night traipse around the town. Markhat is a War vet who mourns his Sarge’s death and makes his way by being a Finder--one who finds fathers and sons gone missing after the War. Mama Hog, his dubious “friend”--an aging cryptic card-reader--sends him work in the form of Widow Merlat.

It seems the rich widow is seeing her dead husband walk the grounds of their mansion. Convinced the wraith is after her, she asks Markhat to find out how to deal with it. When Markhat arrives at the estate, however, he finds much more than tales of spooks. Between a grouchy but ultimately friendly butler, a pack of dogs, and three very bizarre (and far-from-good) heirs to the Merlat fortune, Markhat has his hands full with this whole ghost business.

Dead Man’s Rain was….well, interesting. In a good way, mind you. One thing is certain: Frank Tuttle excels at atmosphere. From the very first paragraph, you know you’re in for one hell of a paranormal ride. The attention to detail in the world, the characters, the action, makes for an amazing story. I don’t know if this is going to be a series, but I’d certainly enjoy reading more of Markhat and this world in which he lives.

While this isn’t a romance, if you enjoy fantasy with a touch of paranormal, you’ll like Dead Man’s Rain. I give it 4.5 Nymphs.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Ash, Trey, and the Aether Sprite


Book Title: Ash, Trey, and the Aether Sprite
Author: Denise Kendrick and R. D. Solange
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.net/ebjmsite/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-044-8
Genre: Gay, M/M Ménage
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Ash returns home after an unsuccessful search. Ash is a seeker, he leaves his body to find lost items for a fee. Trey is his minder, he takes care of Ash, making sure he returns to his body and replenishes his energy with food and rest. They are in love with each other. One day, their friend Violet shows up on their doorstep in a borrowed male body, Violet is a sprite and she really likes Trey. The problem is Violet does not know how to operate the male organ, and seeks out Ash and Trey for instructions on the sexual care and feelings of the male body.

Ash, Trey and the Aether Sprite is an unusual fantasy story. Denise Kendrick and R. D. Solange have created a funny tale with a hint of mystery, and unique characters, Ash can travel at will with his mind, Trey is more a bodyguard and lover for Ash, making sure nothing goes wrong, and Violet is just plain curious about everything. This is an enjoyable story to read for fun.

What Worse Place Can I Beg in Your Love?


Book Title: What Worse Place Can I Beg in Your Love?
Author: Syd McGinley
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publisher URL: http://www.lyricalpress.com/
ISBN: N/A
Genre: Erotica/BDSM/Extreme Sex
Nymph Rating: 4 nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Woodland Nymph

The protagonist in this story is nameless and stands at 5 foot 7 with a body of solid natural muscle. His former lover David had left him for being too submissive, so he signed on with the military as a xeno-cartographer. He found life as a civilian in the military an unpleasant experience and regrets ever signing on. The story begins with our lead character being held hostage in a cell by aliens and close to losing his grip on reality. His cellmate, Joe was assigned by the military to protect him, but it’s not long before he’s moved to another cell away from Joe after an incident between the two men.

Our captive soon realizes he’s not in a jail but in a pound on display for prospective owners. When he’s taken home by a muscular seven foot tall alien he’s a little surprised at how comforting his new Master is towards him on the first night in his new home. His new master is enormous with legs like a raptor, rock hard thighs, a smooth hairless body that’s obsidian all over with a four vertebrae length tail. At first glance the alien seems to have no features whatsoever; with vertical eyelids and no ears or nose, but upon further inspection the captive learns he’s anything but featureless.

He soon learns if he’s good during his training and doesn’t fuss in the evenings, his master will allow him to sleep on the bed. One part of his training consists of him getting used to his master’s shark-like teeth, which can be terrifying. Over time Pet becomes consumed with a longing to feel his clawed Master take him sexually and when he does it’s nothing like he’s ever felt before.

I found What Worse Place Can I Beg in Your Love? to be a highly erotic and satisfying read about one man’s journey of finding inner peace and true happiness. Syd McGinley has created a very interesting and likable lead character who you surprisingly forget doesn’t have a name (until you have to write the review, that is) and placed him in a fascinating alien world where humans are merely pets. The way the author slowly builds the trust in the D/s relationship between Pet and his Master is perfectly written. This is obviously not your typical hearts and flowers romance, but Syd McGinley does instill our lead character with warm and affectionate (some would say romantic) feelings towards his Master and his Master with moments of tenderness and affection for his Pet. If you’re looking for love and sweetness this is not the book for you, but if you’re a fan of m/m D/s stories or yaoi books such as Ai No Kusabi then this book is a must read for you.

Cat O' Nines 5: Cat's Paw


Book Title: Cat O' Nines 5: Cat's Paw
Author: Lia Connor
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60521-041-4
Genres: Paranormal, Action/Adventure
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


When it comes to family, the four Gatos siblings have come a long way in a short period of time. They now see the true value of each sibling and are ready to fight tooth and nail to keep them safe from harm. Teamed with their mates, they will face their arch-rival Rafael and Anuetta, a Catkind female with a grudge. The claws are coming out and only one group will remain standing when the Mexican desert dust settles.

Lia Connor went all out in this episode of the Cat O’ Nine series. We not only get all of the siblings and their mates under one cover, the group has to face a new enemy who is threatening their existance. I was doing the happy dance when Rafael finally got a little of his own back for a change. All of the siblings come out in full force, stronger and prepared to defend home and heart. It was like mixing the Brady Bunch meets Wild Kingdom. Action, suspense, and enough sex to make you wish for a year’s supply of Duracell. What more could I ask for? Well, I could ask for a continuation in the series, but that would be up to Ms. Connor. Cat O' Nines 5: Cat's Paw will have you purring for more.

Regularly Scheduled Life


Book Title: Regularly Scheduled Life
Author: K. A. Mitchell
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-60504-184-X
Genre: Gay Romance
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

When the school bell rings that morning, the terrible sound of gunshots fills the halls. Without considering the consequences, teacher Sean Farnham runs to tackle the shooter, sustaining a bullet wound to his leg. Despite his action, he is unable to save the lives of the principal and two students. Kyle DiRusso hears about the shooting on the radio. Sean and Kyle have enjoyed six years in a happy relationship, but in the flash of an instant, their lives have irrevocably changed.

Regularly Scheduled Life encapsulates the raw emotions associated with life-altering trauma. Sean struggles to make something positive out of the tragedy, yet he is unwilling to admit how the crisis has changed him, his impulsive nature and optimist view, places them in a predicament that is out of his control. Kyle fights to save their relationship from the dangers of publicity and the prejudice that goes along with it. K.A. Mitchell has produced a story of realism, interjected with all the expressions of turmoil. This is a brilliant and well constructed romance that I found fascinating.

Romentics: Nick of Time


Book Title: Romentics: Nick of Time
Author: Scott & Scott
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-642-2
Genre: LGBT Erotic Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 5 nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Woodland Nymph

31 year old Brent Sawyer is returning home to New England for his sister Heidi’s wedding. In addition to Heidi, Brent has three more meddling and older sisters, Carrie, Hannah and Martha with Heidi being the closest in age, which is one of the reasons they have such a close relationship. Brent also has a brother, Adam who’s 14 years younger and who he helped raise due to his mom’s illness until he moved to New York to pursue his dream. Due to a knee injury though, he had to abandon his dream of being a professional dancer.

During the drive home, he sees a beautiful massive mountain of a man working in a field with stones. When they briefly make eye contact, Brent almost drives into a tree. Fresh off a breakup with Cory, his boyfriend of six months, Brent tells himself he’s way too horny and a stay in the country will do him good.

Nick, standing at six foot four with a chest carved from stone, is a dry layer (which highly amuses Brent when he hears that term). He takes pride in his work and can tell where to place a stone just by looking at it. If he does notice a weak spot or unbalanced stone (which rarely ever happens) he’ll undo all his work and spend as long as it takes re-configuring the stones until he’s satisfied.

He’s learned over the years that most people don’t have half his energy, curiosity or determination to see a project through to its end. As a result, he’s always told himself if he ever found someone with the same standards as himself he’d hold on tight and treasure that person. Nick has always wanted stability in his life, to be able to provide for someone, put a roof over their head, food on the table and watch kids grow and prosper. That’s one of the many reasons why he’s marrying his good friend Una as well as to help raise her three children.

Even before they officially meet, the sparks are flying between them and Nick’s first impression of Brent is that he’s loose and reckless, but undeniably sexy. Brent reminds him of Alex, who was his lover and partner of two years but, Alex’s lies and permissiveness put an end to that.

Romentics: Nick of Time is a funny, sexy, wonderful and heartfelt story of two men falling in love in spite of what they see as their differences. No matter how hard they try to resist each other, it’s just not possible. Kudos to Scott and Scott for creating two such extraordinarily enjoyable characters. Brent is totally irresistible; he’s smart and handsome but also charming, witty, funny with strong family ties. Moments of which come through when he’s having a chat with his little brother, a talk with his mom or when he’s able to read his sister, Heidi with just a look. Nick is not only gorgeous but extremely smart, generous, confident, kind, charming in his own right with a heart of gold. I was drawn into this story right from the start and quickly and easily found myself liking and caring about all of the characters. I strongly recommend this book to fans of the m/m genre and to anyone looking for a good solid romantic read.

Rookery Cove: Ocean’s Call


Book Title: Rookery Cove: Ocean’s Call
Author: Dawn Montgomery
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-932-3
Genre: Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Nikita’s a sex therapist who wants to hide from everyone who knows her and needs some serious relaxation away from the stress. Now that she has agreed to take the job Rookery Cove offered, she is having second thoughts but won’t back down because of the perks that come with it. Being with both Draven and Connor in a relationship is new but also exciting for her.

Draven and Connor will not take no for an answer from Nikita, who thinks these two men are very hot. Both men are Selkies, who are both partners and lovers, looking for a woman to complete them. They want nothing more than to love her without any fears and she has decided to do the same thing with them.

Rookery Cove: Ocean’s Call is a beautiful love story surrounding three people who want the same things from a relationship. From the descriptions of the ship on the water, I found myself wanting to see the ocean for signs of fish. These characters enhanced each other by their willingness to trust with their emotions and not look for faults. There are some very heavy sex scenes that will leave you panting for more. Dawn Montgomery has written of a kinky sexual toys company on an island that only a few know where it is. This was a truly enjoyable story to read.

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Happy Onion


Book Title: The Happy Onion
Author: Ally Blue
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-60504-124-6
Genre: Gay Romance
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Thomas Stone moves from Santa Fe to Ashville with the intention of taking over management of a new night club. Unfortunately, when he gets into town, he finds that ‘things’ have hit a snag and he no longer has a job…at least for now. With very limited funds, he’s forced to find work and ends up tending bar at a quaint restaurant with the unusual name of The Happy Onion. Finally employed, he treats himself out to a night at a local gay club and ends up in bed with a sexy, hunky guy who he regrets letting go the next morning. He has one steadfast rule: never, ever get involved with the boss. So when he discovers that his mystery man is none other than his new boss, Phil Sorrells, whom he hasn’t met yet, he’s less than happy. The only problem is he can’t keep his hands off the man.

Phil Sorrells is thrilled when he discovers that the sexy and dominant little blonde he slept with once, and whom he can’t forget, is the new bartender hired for his restaurant, The Happy Onion. For the first time in his life, he’s hooked. From his dominant personality, his sexy grin and his fiery temper wrapped up in the body of an angel, Thom is everything Phil’s ever wanted in a partner. He’s all Phil can think of, interrupting his sleep and his work. For the first time in Phil’s life, he’s thinking monogamy, long-term relationship and sharing a life and home. Instead of scaring him, as he expected, it gives him a feeling of contentment. Now all Phil has to do is convince the stubborn, pig-headed little Thom to give them a chance together. It doesn’t help that they have some pretty basic differences in opinion and lifestyles, or that Thom is hiding something from his past. Will love win out or will they be torn apart?

The Happy Onion is another excellent contemporary gay romance by Ally Blue. Her take on Thom and Phil, and their growing relationship, was a pleasure to read and pulled me into the story from the first page. Our guys are good, whether separate or together, and make the perfect couple. They do have wide differences of opinion on some pretty basic topics, and Thom has lots of heavy emotional baggage from the past to deal with. While these problems might seem to bog down the story, they in fact, only make the men more likable and realistic. But even during their most difficult times, Thom and Phil are a joy, and the friendly, bantering dialogue was a real plus. Not only is the sex between Thom and Phil blistering hot, but the unexpected twists and turns of events around them propel the story forward in unexpected ways that held my interest, thus kept me ever racing to the end. It’s a rare M/M romance where the smaller of the two men is the more dominant, but that’s exactly what happens in this lively story. I would definitely like to see these guys revisited again in the future.

Veiled Passions


Book Title: Veiled Passions
Author: Jeanie Johnson and Jayha Leigh
Publisher: Self Published
Publisher URL: http://www.lulu.com/
ISBN: Not Given
Genre: Romance
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Engineer Isoke Morehouse is a beautiful full figured southern woman, with brains to boot. Too bad she couldn’t think her way out of attending this year’s National Society of Engineers convention. Watching a room full of engineers trying to shake their groove thing is about as appealing as having her nails pulled off one by one. And, if that’s not bad enough, the Arizona heat has the devil asking for air conditioning. But there is one bright side to this year’s trip. Isoke gets to steal glances at her handsome boss Dr. Njarðar Valdason.

Njarðar, affectionately known as Roar by Isoke, isn’t your average handsome Scandinavian gentleman. He’s as brilliant as he is smart and is in love with Isoke. Roar is at a loss for a way to gain access to the ebony beauty, that is, until the food fight from hell breaks out. Roar is ready for action and takes no prisoners when it comes to the woman he loves.

Veiled Passions is the first story in the Engineered IV Love series. Isoke is a vibrant extravert with the power to command attention just by entering a room. Roar is the classic introvert but don’t let that fool you. When he’s in the bedroom, he takes no prisoners and wields a big stick. I found myself chanting “Roar, Roar” when he stepped up to show Isoke what type of man he really was. I think he should have come with a caution label, but Isoke seemed to handle herself well even if she did step into a kiddy pool thinking she found a guppy but was introduced to a shark. Ms. Johnson and Ms. Leigh have written a wonderful entrance to this series. Between the fascinating characters, hilarious scenes, and love making hot enough to make you wish for fireproof paper, Veiled Passions is a bona-fide page turner that will leave you anxiously awaiting the next installment of the series.

Necklace of Shame


Book Title: Necklace of Shame
Author: Carol Lynne
Genre: Ménage a trois or More / Gay / Contemporary
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419910623
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

At the age of sixteen, Annabel Jenkins is attacked and left for dead by her father. It’s on this life-changing night that she falls in love with Brody, the policeman who rescued her. Now its ten years later, and Bel is a nurse, living and working in a town miles from where she grew up. The man she’s crazy about has never given her more than passing attention and she needs to get on with her life. Her life takes a turn for the worse when her safety is once more in question.

Brody left the police force after Bel was attacked and he’s spent the last ten years trying to stay away from her, while building up his construction business. When it’s learned that Bel’s attacker has been released from prison, Brody rushes to protect her, enlisting the help of his best friend and lover, Callum.

Sheriff Callum McCloud has loved Brody all his life, and they’ve been lovers for years. He’d like nothing more than to live with him and build a life together. He also knows of Brody’s love for Bel and his desire to have her in his life. He’s always cared for Bel and would welcome her into their bed, but will he get the chance or will he lose Brody forever?

Necklace of Shame is another winning story from talented author Carol Lynne. There’s a lot going on in this contemporary romance and it starts with a bang. Ms. Lynne’s description of the brutal attack of young Bel is so realistic, it could have been pulled from the front page of any major newspaper in the country. The attraction between Bel and Brody is intense, as years of love and longing finally explode with passion. Add in Callum who fears that his love will be replaced and you have what you expect to be a love triangle. But a triangle isn’t what you get. Instead, you get a loving threesome whose mutual passion blazes bright enough for the entire town to see.

But this isn’t only a story of love found; it’s also a story of a child’s brutality by an adult who is supposed to love and care for her. The amount of physical violence experienced by Bel is amazing, and that she manages to survive whole and healthy, astounding. Ms. Lynne’s description of the damage perpetrated on Bel by her attacker was so vivid it made me cringe more than once, and that it was done by a family member was sickening. The scene that made the biggest impact on me was Bel’s attack in the parking lot. It was pre-meditated, cold, violent and painfully vivid, giving a clear picture of a dispassionate killer. Even with the violence, this love story isn’t to be missed.

Reader Advisory: This book contains references to rape, incest and graphic violence.

Sugar Mama


Book Title: Sugar Mama
Author: Tuesday Morrigan
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-685-9
Genre: Multicultural Erotic Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph

Middle-aged Candy Drops Sweet Shop owner Theodora Adams has been working hard to get the simpler life she wanted. Now all she wants to work on is her sexy, younger employee. Here she is a size fourteen woman approaching thirty-six, and lusting after a younger man who probably has no interest in her at all. Theodora needs a man who is ready to commit to her wholeheartedly and she doubts if Alejandro is that man. But just imagining that he was the one was hell on her libido.

Alejandro Alba hates that Theodora only sees him as a graduate student who is her employee and too young for her. He has wanted her since the moment he applied at her shop and Alejandro intended to have Theodora. Unfortunately, he did not expect it to be on her terms, and what unexpected terms they were. Any opportunity to be with Theodora was better than none at all.

Alejandro and Theodora wanted different things from each other, but they did have one common notion in mind…..hot sex. Sugar Mama is a love story filled with surprising twists and toe-curling sexual scenes. Alejandro always seemed to have a bag of magic sexual tricks that never ran out and I enjoyed how Theodora responded to them. That man was a master in the bedroom and just reading about it gave me the shivers. Who knew candy had such wonderful uses? Discovering the secrets that each kept from the other had me concerned for a moment. Theodora was so hard headed and Alejandro was so undecided, I feared things would not work out for them. Thank goodness Alejandro never gave up on making Theodora see her full worth and she finally let go of her hang-ups. Tuesday Morrigan really brings down the house with this wonderful read.

Dangerous Bet: Troy’s Revenge


Book Title: Dangerous Bet: Troy’s Revenge
Author: Marie Rochelle
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.redrosepublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60435-153-8
Genre: Contemporary, MC/IR
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Headley Rose experienced love at first sight when she saw her new neighbor Troy Christian. The difference in age hindered a relationship from developing but Headley’s heart knew no man could compare to Troy. She has returned ten years later, and Troy is ready to fight for what he wants. Come hell or high water, Troy plans to possess, tame, and claim the woman he loves.

Marie Rochelle brings us a Texas size love affair in Dangerous Bet: Troy’s Revenge. Headley is a chocolate skin beauty with a compassionate nature and fiery spirit. Troy is a millionaire who has hung up his playboy status and is ready for marriage. The two harbored feelings for one another and both feared the possibility of rejection. There were a few times I could have shook Troy and Headley for not knowing their true worth. When they finally gave in to their passion, I believe Texas heat in May had nothing on the scorching lovemaking they doled out. If you enjoy men who battle for love and the sassy women who will not make it easy for them, then Dangerous Bet: Troy’s Revenge is right up your alley.

Fortune’s Deception


Book Title: Fortune’s Deception
Author: Karen Erickson
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher’s site URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-59998-885-2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Brittney is so troubled about her past life; she’s doing everything to change it. She is having trouble keeping a solid relationship with any man and is not sure what she really wants because the life her mother lead is affecting hers. Meeting Charlie was not in her plans, to live carefree and fancy-free with a fling here and there, although when their emotions come into play, she is ready to run from everything.

Charlie Manning, a financial planner, with everyone’s plan to have a lucrative life taking care of their money matters, wants Brittney from the first time he sees her in his office. Their relationship is based on hot heavy sex whenever and wherever they can find a place to do so. When he finds out why Brittney has been so closed to him it changes the way he feels even more and now he is out to do what is necessary to keep her.

Fortune’s Deception has shown that true love always finds a way when it comes to the heart. I was hot then cold with Brittney’s behavior then hot again with the heated sex scenes described between her & Charlie and you wanted to shake her for not seeing what was in front of her. From all that was going on in Brittney’s life growing up, it made her choices in life difficult. Karen Erickson does the characters very beautifully to make you believe in and has wrote this story very well for me. I am hoping that she will continue with Brittney’s friends too!

Carnal Obsession


Book Title: Carnal Obsession
Author: Kate Hill
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-883-8
Genre: Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Noble and Pascal are wolf guards who have been assigned the task of keeping the vampire leader of the Maxis tribe, Ceres, safe at all costs. Noble is well suited to the job of personal guard. He’s older and comes from a long line of wolf warriors who have served several tribal leaders in the past. Pascal, on the other hand, is much younger and, though as well trained, comes from a much lower class so he almost declines the honor. While they have performed their duty with total professionalism, the last year serving the beautiful Ceres has been difficult on both men. The desire they both feel for their mistress is much more than passing lust…it borders on obsession.

For a while, things don’t look good for our hunky wolves when they discover that a potential sire for Ceres’ children is expected to arrive. He’s nothing like expected, and it’s all they can do to keep from insulting the arrogant male vampire, when what they really want to do is rip him to sheds. It’s only after Ceres has him thrown off the property that Noble and Pascal discover that their mistress returns their feelings. The three are soon embroiled in a passionate affair, but what will they do when their romance causes trade sanctions for the Maxis tribe?

Carnal Obsession is the latest release in Ms. Hill’s ongoing Carnal 2 series. Noble and Pascal are both well rounded wolves, giving me a good feel for their personalities and what drives them. I can’t say the same for Ceres. The passion between all three is blistering hot, but I had problems with it taking so long for them to get together. Communication always helps, and there is little between the men and Ceres, aside from official stuff. I thought the scenes with her arrogant suitor were particularly good, as were the reactions of Noble and Pascal.

Under My Skin II


Book Title: Under My Skin II
Author: M. L. Rhodes
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-294-1
Genre: Gay Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

The last thing smart guy Sebastian Keller wanted to do was fall in love with Dylan Radamacher, a tattoo artist whose shop is next door to Sebastian’s book store. Geeks and bad boys don’t mix, yet Sebastian found Dylan impossible to resist. For two months things between them is great, but as their relationship progresses to serious, both have issues with commitment. Dylan is determined not to say I love you, even though Sebastian has confessed it to Dylan.

Under My Skin II is decision time for Sebastian and Dylan. Both are dealing with fears from the past, Sebastian had a painful experience with a bad boy and is still trying to recover from it when he met Dylan. Dylan wants to prove that a bad boy persona does not mean automatic heartbreak, but he must do battle with his own demons before he can entrust his heart to Sebastian. The incredible M. L. Rhodes continues to produce outstanding works; you cannot help but respond to the well written characters that come to life with each sentence. I felt their pain, smiled at their joy and became an enthusiastic voyeur watching their sensual love scenes. This is a fantastic story that should not be missed; be sure to get Under My Skin to see how it all began.

The Last Queen


Book Title: The Last Queen
Author: Christine McKay
Publisher: Cerridwen Press
Publisher URL: http://www.cerridwenpress.com/index.asp
ISBN: 9781419909733
Genre: Futuristic/Romance/Sci-Fi
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Satyr Vael

Adrianne Harris has her demons, but she’s dealt with them all her life the best way she knows how. So when the plane she’s on crashes on the runway, killing all aboard but her, Adrianne tries to put things into perspective. Of course, that would be easier if a gorgeous alien named Navarre didn’t invade her dreams since the crash.

Now the FBI is convinced she’s a killer, her best friend Nikki isn’t sure what to think, Navarre presents one temptation after another… Oh, and there’s a nasty creature called The Hunter and his hounds are snapping at Adrianne’s heels.

What’s a strong-willed woman to do?

The Last Queen was amazing! I adore strong heroines, and Adrianne is, by far, the best I’ve ever read. She’s not the type to lay back and let things just…happen. She demands answers and needs to maintain some sort of control over her life. With everything hitting her at once, there were several times I waited for her to utterly crumble, but she never did.

Navarre’s patience (and sometimes lack thereof) was admirable, to say the least. The passion between them was earth-shattering and full of emotion, down to every little touch and kiss they shared. With this man by her side, it’s no wonder Adrianne refused to let her problems take over.

What I really appreciated was that the author took time to create a plot and an entrancing world--that of the Dragoons. This could have been a shallow romp, but it wasn’t. The Last Queen is rich in details and emotions and action, never becoming boring or overdone.

Kudos to Ms. McKay for a wonderful story. I give The Last Queen 5 Nymphs.

Irish Dreams


Book Title: Irish Dreams
Author: Michelle Hasker
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher’s site URL: http://www.loose-id.net/detail.aspx?ID=668
ISBN: 978-1-59632-644-6
Genre: Fantasy Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Eryn is getting back to her routine after a trip to Ireland to visit her cousin Eileen and gets a desperate call from her to come back over again. When Eryn’s dreams keep her from sleep, they take their toll on her and she is undecided about how she feels about her dream lover Brendan.

Brendan is the brother who is consumed with Eryn and is trying to find her without leaving everything that needs to be done to his brother Liam. After talking to the fairy Maeve he finds out what happen with Eryn and needs her to realize what she much do to solve their dilemma.

Irish Dreams was a very delightful love story and I enjoyed every moment of read it.