Saturday, August 23, 2008

Bent


Book Title: Bent
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerepress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-434-2
Genre: BDSM Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Jim Upton is an ex-professor who had his life destroyed when a vindictive female student accused him of rape. The only problem with that accusation is that the man’s gay, and he’s never been interested in women. Unfortunately, that didn’t stop him from losing his job, his home or his lover during the brutal legal proceedings that followed. It’s also left him a lonely, scared and bitter man in need of someone to help him cope. Jim doesn’t have a family, he doesn’t have friends and his self-worth is virtually non-existent. The only things that allow him to get through each day are his free-lance writing assignments and his obsessive routine.

Marcus Goodfellow is a Dom who’s heavily into the BDSM lifestyle. When he comes across Jim, screaming at a worker in a local bookstore, he recognizes an out-of-control bottom that needs a Master to give him the rules and structure he craves. Their initial introduction doesn’t go well and Jim continues on his tirade, adding Marcus to his insults which prompts him to threaten a spanking. It’s only after Jim storms out that Marcus learns the truth of what made Jim into the man he is. There’s something about the intelligent, lonely man that sparks Marcus’s interest, causing him to pursue him relentlessly, and it’s not long before he wears him down enough to introduce him to the beginning aspects of his lifestyle. The question is whether this in control top can find a way to make life with an out-of-control, wounded bottom work.

Bent is Sean Michael’s latest WOW book in the BDSM world. On the surface, it appears to be like any other book where a Dom meets his perfect bottom. That is true of this book as well, but it’s so much more. Marcus is the stable, grounding backbone of this satisfying tale of love and recovery. He’s also dedicated, determined and firm in his beliefs in a BDSM lifestyle, and the force behind Jim’s return to the world of the living. While there were a few instances where I cringed a little at his treatment of Jim, it wasn’t a physical thing but more a mental one when he insisted Jim expose his feelings when distressed and in need. He wasn’t doing it to be cruel but to allow Jim to express his feeling and heal.

Jim starts off as belligerent and almost unlikable, but seeing him through Marcus’ eyes quickly shows what he is; a scared, hurt and sad man looking for love, companionship and direction. Getting past the hurts of his childhood and the way he was raised are only a small part of what he has to overcome, because losing his home, partner and job have pushed him nearly to the edge. He might not understand why he needs Marcus initially, but it’s not long before he at least realizes that he’s happier, calmer and more focused with Marcus in his life.

While domination and submission are important aspects of this well-written tale, it’s certainly not the only ones. The tender, caring emotions between Jim and Marcus are very real, as is the blistering hot passion, love and their need for a little pain. What sets this story apart from others in this genre is the equality of need one man feels for the other. The commitment both men feels, and their love truly makes Bent a joy to read.

Paranormal Mates Society Vol. I (Print)


Book Title: Paranormal Mates Society Vol. I (Print)
Author: Willa Oaki, Lacey Savage, Rachel Bo, Dakota Cassidy
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-811-1
Genre: Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Matchmaker’s Match by Willa Oaki 5 Nymphs
Satan has taken on a new persona; he is now Scratch, a computer geek with an online dating service designed to torment humanity and more with love and romance as a weapon. But Scratch finds the tables turned on him when a hunky angel and the fun-loving Norse God Loki drop in for a visit.

Finders Keepers by Lacey Savage 3 Nymphs
Claudia Foster’s intuition guides her to post an ad on the Paranormal Mates Society website. She is not looking for a mate, or so she thought, until she meets Xander, a retired genie that has Claudia squirming in her seat and ready to fulfill Xander’s wishes.

Long Tall Furry by Rachel Bo 3 Nymphs
Cursed by an Amazonian witch woman, all the females of Sinna’s family are fire serpent shape shifters. She joins Paranormal Mates Society on a dare from her sisters and is drawn to the profile of a Yeti. Fire and ice, they are destined for a meltdown or the steamiest ride of their lives.

Chunkybuttfunky by Dakota Cassidy 4 Nymphs
Full figured vampire Cadence Cranston is looking for a date, so she browses the Paranormal Mates Society’s website, finding a cute werewolf. The problem is Collin Grayson only wants to date other werewolves; what is a vampire to do? Hide your bat wings and your fangs and pretend to howl.

Paranormal Mates Society Vol. 1 is a laugh a minute. Four creative stories with very unlikely mates of demons, angels, gods, genies, serpents, yeti, humans and vampires is a real stress reliever. The four talented authors each produced a saga with witty dialog and sizzling love scenes. The anthology is worth reading again and again, any time you need a hilarious pick-me-up.

Paranormal Mates Society Vol. II (Print)


Book Title: Paranormal Mates Society Vol. II (Print)
Author: Isabella Jordan, Michelle Hoppe, Kyla Logan and Lia Connor
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-819-7
Genre: Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Werewolves of London by Isabella Jordon 4 Nymphs
Using the name Grace Cho to post a profile on Paranormal Mates Society’s website, Grace a snow leopard is on a mission for the Thoth Agency to investigate the murder of a respected agency member. Prime suspect Carter Annis, werewolf, is convinced that Grace is the woman foretold of in the prophecies. When Carter meets Grace, it is so undeniable that Grace forgets her mission in favor of enjoying more of Carter’s bedroom skills.

Fins of the Flesh by Michelle Hoppe 3 Nymphs
Katherine takes matters into her own hands and secretly signs her daughter Valerie up at Paranormal Mates Society. Accustomed to her mother’s plotting, Val escapes to the human world where she meets Dylan, a human tourist. Dylan did not try to find love on the island of St. Kitts; Valerie is everything he is looking for. Val, a mermaid considers living in the human world with Dylan. Before Dylan and Valerie can make plans for a life together, their secrets are revealed by a most unlikely source.

Sea of Love by Kyla Logan 3 Nymphs
Mermaid Danara joins Paranormal Mates Society on the advice of her friend Claudia. Taine is ruler of the Monach Selkies and it is time to find a mate. He turns to the online dating service where he meets Danara but not everyone is happy with the prospect of a mermaid and a selkie mating. It seems others had designs on the fair Danara. Claudia is from Vol. 1 Finders Keepers

Shiver by Lia Conner 4 Nymphs
A love hate battle has been going on for hundreds of years between once human Daniel and the Siren, who lures sailors to their demise. Daniel escaped death by stealing a kiss, which changed him forever. They meet from time to time in a sexual frenzy, yet neither has ever bested the other until now. Daniel has found the key to release them both from their torment. Matchmaker’s Match Vol. 1

Paranormal Mates Society Vol. II continues the saga of the online dating website for the other-than-human creatures seeking mates. In this volume, the stories add a little more intrigue, but just as entertaining with stories about mermaids, selkies and sirens. These are very creative and enjoyable tales.

Paranormal Mates Society Vol. III (Print)


Book Title: Paranormal Mates Society Vol. III (Print)
Author: Kira Stone, Ann Jacobs, Amelia Elias, Cat Marsters, Isabella Jordan
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-820-3
Genre: Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Insomnia by Kira Stone 5 Nymphs
Pe-Ben, aka Pete Benjamin, is a God who brings winter to the lands. Everyone he meets falls asleep after a few minutes of conversation. He joins Paranormal Mates Society in hopes that he can find a man able to resist his sleep potent voice. Sandy Mann is that man; his job is to shepherd people into the realm of Morpheus for a night of dream-filled R&R. When Pete meets Sandy, they have a sexual explosion that sends sleep right out the window for everybody; needless to say that Morpheus is not pleased. Pe-Ben in Shiver Vol. II

O Positive by Ann Jacobs 3 Nymphs
Erica Stone is a submissive vampire so she joins Paranormal Mates Society seeking a vampire playmate. Vampire Anthony Wilder owns an upscale dungeon, but none of the subs are vamps. Frustrated, he joins PMS and meets Erica; she could be the sub of his dreams.

Loving Fury by Amelia Elias 3 Nymphs
When Ceyx, a satyr, hacks into Paranormal Mates Society’s computer and resets the matching criteria just for fun, he causes a hot match between the Goddess Thera, a fury whose purpose is to destroy and Ares, the god of war. The sparks are flying until they discover that sex is more fun.

Playing with Matches by Cat Marsters 3 Nymphs
Nerissa, a former nymph, now controls Paranormal Mates Society and is on the warpath to find out who hacked the system. Nerissa tracks down Ceyx, who is delighted to see her again, but he wonders how much sex it is going to take to get back the nymph he once knew.

The Midnight Hour by Isabella Jordan 4 Nymphs
Helen Slader is sent by the agency to watch former agent Grace Shaw and her new werewolf husband Carter Annis. While Helen is watching them, Spencer Kingston is watching Helen and waiting for a chance to lure Helen into his bed. Note: This story is part of Werewolves in London Vol. ll.

Paranormal Mates Society Vol. lll is a collection of creative stories with a variety of sensuous creatures. The talented authors each wrote an episode that has a connection to volumes one or two. I suggest getting all three volumes for your reading pleasure.

Catnip Crazy


Book Title: Catnip Crazy
Author: Julia Talbot
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60521-051-3
Genre: Paranormal, M/M, Shape shifters
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Were-cat and co-owner of the Cat House bar Cole Lee noticed a cat tail round the corner, headed for the men’s room. When he stepped into the area, he found a dead body on the floor. The club was closed down and cops were all over the place. The only good thing that evening is Cole meeting Detective Alan Shaw. Alan can’t resist Cole; good thing Alan is a cat person.

Catnip Crazy is the second installment in the Cat House series. The talented Julia Talbot delivers a hilarious tale of chase the cat. Alan is a tough cop who did not believe in shifters. Cole knows the chemistry between them cannot be denied and takes the chance that he can convince Alan they belong together. Murder, mayhem, intrigue and mystery topped with sizzling hot sex can all be found in this tantalizing story. I enjoyed this excellent saga immensely.

Cats and Dogs


Book Title: Cats and Dogs
Author: Julia Talbot
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-989-7
Genre: Paranormal, Ménage, Bisexual
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Abby and her boyfriend Kyle Leon, two were-cats, have an invitation to The Cat House, a new bar in town. Also invited by the co-owner is Cameron Bayard or Bay for short. Bay is a werewolf. When the three meet, there is an instant attraction. Kyle is normally not fond of werewolves, but he can’t resist Bay. After spending a hot night making love, Bay disappears. Sensing something is wrong, Abby and Kyle go on a hunt to locate Bay. Once Abby and Kyle have Bay back safely, they make a promise to keep him.

Cats and Dogs is the first book in the Cat House series. Abby is a feisty kitty who likes to play. Kyle loves Abby and will do whatever makes her happy; they both realize that Bay is someone special that they want to keep in their lives. Bay is a lone wolf who has a definite preference for these two cats. Julia Talbot has created a delightfully funny saga of very sexy Cats and Dogs loving each other. This is a fantastic story that I enjoyed greatly.

Reunited


Book Title: Reunited
Author: Sally Painter
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419917035
Genre: Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Demons hunted Jen Ormand while she was a child. Unfortunately, no one believed in her or her gifts, so Jen’s parents shipped her off to a psychiatric hospital. Years later, she has learned to ignore the signs of demons existence, but they haven’t forgotten about Jen. Jen is the Reconciler, and the last hope of keeping demons from overrunning the world.

Garrett Dermonté is a gargoyle and the Commander of the Clisneach Guard. He never lost faith in the prophecy or strayed from his duty to find the Reconciler. When he encounters Jen, he knows that she is the woman the prophecy has spoken of and becomes her Protector. Soon the chemistry is undeniable, and he becomes her lover.

Will Garrett gain his ultimate wish and make Jen his love… his wife… his mate?

Sally Painter has written a fantastic beginning for the Gargoyle Seduced series. Jen is your girl next door mixed with a bit of Buffy meets Bewitched. Jen is no witch, but she has powers that are definitely coming in handy. Garrett is strong, determined, and hotter than the dog days of summer. The man is a walking triple orgasm. Reunited combines gargoyle myth, action, and romance to create a story that will definitely grab your attention. If you enjoy books about gargoyles then Reunited is a book you don’t want to miss.

Slave Boy


Book Title: Slave Boy
Author: Evangeline Anderson
Publisher: LooseId
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-731-3
Genre: LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Haven is a respected member of The Order of the Light, and it’s most respected and successful mediator. The sect is made up of powerful men and woman; mediators and healers who roam the vast universe, righting the wrongs they come across. It’s during one such trip that Haven comes across a kind-hearted, thin, and ragged slave boy on the world of Rigel Six. He recognizes the light coming from Wren’s soul immediately, so to keep him out of a sex slaver’s hands, he buys the young man and takes him back to the planet Radiant where Wren becomes his novice.

Wren has loved Haven since the first moment they met, and the years have only made those feeling more intense and deep. He loves and desires the tall, handsome man he calls Master, but rules of their order forbids physical relations between them. They are, nonetheless, emotionally bonded one to the other, never happy to be apart. If they give in to their desires, they will be separated forever.

It’s during a difficult and trying inter-planetary diplomatic mediation to save the planet Gowan from annihilation that Haven and Wren find themselves in the untenable position. Do they follow the demands of their sect, or do whatever is necessary to save millions of innocent and peaceful people on the planet of Gowan? The Gowans unintended enemies, the Tiberions, are an extremely powerful and vicious race bent on domination, and they’re also sticklers for tradition and protocol. In their world that means to negotiate, and to prevent offense, Haven is required to have a sex slave, and Wren is playing the part.

Slave Boy is a wonderfully written and moving science fiction story set in a lushly detailed and believable world of the future. While the background of the story is definitely heavily weighted on the science fiction component, the actual backbone of the tale is that of a forbidden romance, pure and simple. The plot and characters are as complex as the love of Haven and Wren is tender, caring and passionate. Add in some strange sexual practices in public, a villainous regime, a few mean and hateful diplomats and a threat to annihilate an entire planet for a perceived insult and you have all the components needed for a page turning and enthralling read.

Snagged


Book Title: Snagged
Author: Jet Mykles
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-757-3
Genre: LGBT Erotic Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

In the dark den of his boss’s house, Kyle breaks into the safe to steal the documents that will free him from the life of a thief, but when he opens the safe, the papers are gone. To make matters worst, Seth sneaks up on him and shows Kyle that he has the sought after documents. Seth is the only man who can rattle Kyle. Kyle is not gay; he has never wanted sex with a guy before, but he can’t stop looking at Seth or understand why he is attracted to him.

Snagged is a secret agent man story with undercover operations and a hint of danger. For years Kyle has been caught up in a life not of his choosing. But he is smart and plans for his break away from a forced criminal life, what he does not know is that Seth is working behind the scenes to help Kyle to freedom. Seth is in love with Kyle and will do anything he can to see him free and happy, even if it means sending Kyle away. Jet Mykles produced a very impressive story of two men discovering love together with a promise of an intriguing life. I enjoyed the cloak and dagger foundation of this tale.

Hearts Awakened


Book Title: Hearts Awakened
Author: Linda Winfree
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher Site URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-60504-186-6
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Reviewer: Rhiannon Nymph


Mark has a problem - he’s in love with his best friend’s baby sister. He can’t help himself. He has known Tori since she was a young girl. Since the day he watched as she passionately informed her brother that he could not decide who she dated, he had fallen for her. After the lost of his wife and child, Mark has not allowed himself to love another or let another woman touch his heart, until Tori. If he gives his heart to Tori, does he deserve her love? He wants to give his heart to her but he’s afraid of being hurt again.

Tori has a lot of problems. As a teenager a rapist took everything from her, especially her spirit and her fear of being loved. Close quarters alone with a man is traumatic. The thought of a man’s touch on her body scares the living daylights out of her, until Mark. She longs for him to touch her. She imagines what it would be like to be with him, but she’s scared to try. She doesn’t know how or where to begin.

After a taking a road trip together Mark and Tori decide to try to have a relationship, but a string of bad family luck and a stand-off with her brother, Tori pushes Mark away. How can two people who believe they are unworthy of love, love each other?

Hearts Awakened is just that. It’s the story of two hearts brought together by circumstance, kept together by love. Linda Winfree knows how to tell a story and tell it well. I fell in love with Mark, as soon his story began to unfold. My heart went out to Tori as she struggled to love a man from a distance. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone, and I have. If you love stories that touch and caress your heart, pick up a copy of Hearts Awakened by Linda Winfree. Trust me, you won’t be sorry.

Calendar Boys August: Scorched


Book Title: Calendar Boys August: Scorched
Author: Jamie Craig
Publisher: Amber Quill
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-327-6
Genre: Gay / Contemporary / Series
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Southern Utah is on fire and volunteer firefighter Aaron Meyers is working with hundreds of others, from all over the country, to save his hometown from destruction. It’s hot, sweaty work, and everyone is exhausted from the long hours spent fighting the flames and its continuing advancement into inhabited areas. Aaron needs to stay focused on the job, but he keeps getting distracted every time he sees or thinks about Xander Wescott, his teenage crush.

Xander Wescott left his hometown as soon as he graduated high school. Desperate to get away from the bigoted, narrow-minded people he grew up around, he found a new life, and love, in New York. He’s now a New York City firefighter, and while he never intended to return, that’s exactly what he does when he learns that flames are threatening his hometown and its residents. He remembers Aaron Meyers as the gangly kid brother of his best friend Eddie but what he finds is a gorgeous man that he’d like to know better.

Scorched is the August release in the ongoing Calendar Boys series by the amazing writing duo known as Jamie Craig. Nearly every summer flames engulf parts of the western United States, so it’s very realistic to have this month’s release revolve around the firefighters who risk life and limb keeping others safe. Ms. Craig does a wonderful job describing the conditions under which Aaron and Xander fall in love…danger, stifling heat, hot summer winds, and day after day without a drop of rain in sight. Between the fire plotline and the well-placed pieces of back-story, both Aaron and Xander come across as well-rounded, three-dimensional characters that you can’t help but like. That’s not the case with Aaron’s older brother Eddie. He comes across as a hateful, arrogant bigot who’d rather hurt the people he profess to care for, instead of accepting them for what they are. This guy was easy to dislike. If you’re looking for an enjoyable afternoon read filled with hot, sexy men, you should definitely give this scorcher a try.

Fates Magic


Book Title: Fates Magic
Author: Brenna Lyons
Publisher: Phaze Books
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60659-067-6
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
Nymph Rating: 2.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Silver Minx


Ondrea O’Ken has been invited to the most important matchmaking event in her life. This is where she will find out who will be her destined mate. She meets up with Gabriel Sarke, who is hoping for her hand. Gabriel’s family has not had fates magic show them their mates for many generations. Ondrea and Gabriel decide to go to the Fates Room to see if Ondrea and Gabriel are fated for one another. This is a final test for Ondrea, she is unsure of Gabriel and wants to find out if he is her destiny. However, in the mirrors of the Fates Room, Ondrea see herself and another man.

Kieran Medici, who is a schoolmate of Ondrea, has already been to the Fates Room and seen his future…Ondrea. He is willing to fight for her, especially since the Medici family and the O’ken family do not see eye to eye. He has to prove himself to Ondrea and together they fight off Gabriel, who still wants Ondrea for himself.

This is a good story about destiny and love conquering all, in the classic format of boy meets girl, boy loses girls, and boy has to win girl back. The sex is just enough for the imagination to fill in the details. There were quite a few times, I found myself wondering about how things happened. For example, why the two families disputed? I understand that it is warriors versus healers but there seemed to be more too it. Details were scarce in this book. Taken as a whole, the book was good and I enjoyed reading it.

Night Owl


Book Title: Night Owl
Author: Willa Okati
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60521-040-7
Genre: Paranormal, Gay
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Returning from the Armed Forces, Taj knows that family, home and love are the greatest gifts. While he is searching for a lover that will be his everything, Alder finds him. Alder is an exotic, affectionate, passionate and loyal owl who takes the form of a man. Taj loves and vows his fidelity to Alder. When Alder loses his wings and can no longer fly; Taj stands fast, refusing to give up Alder to despair.

Night Owl is a beautifully poetic love story that takes you beyond the simple use of the word. Willa Okati presents a splendid example of the real meaning of love and commitment. Alder suffers despair over the loss of his wings and a wounded spirit at the loss of the freedom found in flying. When Alder listens to his awakening heart, and learns the meaning of “to thine own self be true”, he discovers the answers and joy he seeks. Taj is the anchor; he never gives up or loses faith in Alder or the love they share. Not only does he say the words, he expresses his love and honor through his actions. This is an extraordinary and very moving story that I greatly enjoyed.

A Stranger in Paradise-King of Wands


Book Title: A Stranger in Paradise-King of Wands
Author: Tianna Xandar
Publisher: Extasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-073-8
Genre: Tarot Series, Paranormal, Shapeshifter, Ménage a trois, Romance
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Silver Minx


Adam Greer is the Alpha of the Paradise clan and he is looking to save his people extinction. With the help of his friend Nick Hill, they track down families of the pride that left because of the previous council’s rulings. They are hoping that TJ Woodward will be able to help them. What they didn’t know is that TJ died and his friend Nina Bidel took over his work for him, from all the manuscripts that were left to her after his death. Unfortunately, someone is trying to kill her and take the legacy that TJ left for her.

Adam and Nick save her life and they invite her back to their home in Paradise. Together the three of them unlock the secrets of Nina’s past and why someone is after her.

I found this very interesting. I loved the suspense and trying to figure out who Nina was. The sexual suspense was great, as well. The emotions came through great in this book. There were a few times that I had to stop and re-read sections because I got confused. In addition, some things throughout the book were not explained how it happened. Largely, this book was really good. I have enjoyed this author’s work before and look forward to more from her.

Night Critters: Bad Fur Day


Book Title: Night Critters: Bad Fur Day
Author: Lena Austin and Tuesday Richards
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-974-3
Genre: Paranormal, Futuristic, Humor and Satire
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Staci Thornburn is determined to be first to get an interview with the new Chinese Ambassador Jiao Long, a Foo Dog Dragon mix. Instead, she accidentally insults him and he places a twenty four hour curse of bad luck on her. As luck would have it, Jiao ends up causing havoc for everyone and Staci has to rescue him.

Night Critters: Bad Fur Day is the third installment in the Night Critters Series. Staci is a feisty, independent female with a heart of gold. Jiao is a lonely, sensual man, mature enough to hold himself accountable for his actions; a caring man who will do everything in his power to help others. The fabulous Lena Austin and Tuesday Richards have produced an outstanding plot, featuring characters with emotions that will melt your heart, combined with plenty of pun intended hilarious dialog and flaming intimate encounters so hot your hard drive will need an air conditioner. This is a fantastic very enjoyable story.

Trading Faces


Book Title: Trading Faces
Author: Denise Belinda McDonald
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-60504-125-4
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Nymph Rating: 2 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Sphinx Minx


Elyse Cabot goes to the memorial service for her ex-husband, but she looks into the casket and doesn’t recognize him. His twin brother Jonathan is at the service, except it’s not Jonathan; it’s Matthew. He claims to have found his brother murdered and switched identities. Matthew insists he was the intended target. Then Elyse finds that a safety deposit box with her name on it that contains a fortune in diamonds. She is in danger.

Elyse shares this information with Jack Walling, Jonathan’s old friend and a private investigator. She doesn’t go to the police because she wants to protect her ex.

Strangely, though Jack attended the service to support his old buddy, he never spoke to the surviving twin and had no idea of the deception.

Elyse is stalked by a heavily perfumed woman. Jack tries to keep an eye on Elyse, but she keeps walking into more danger. She doesn’t take his advice; he scolds and she sulks. He desires her, but keeps mistaking her many relatives for romantic competition. Their dance of romance is a continual two steps forward, one step back. I found their relationship less than compelling.

The mystery itself is puzzling. The real cops aren’t questioning anybody about the original murder, and later do little when a gunshot victim is admitted to the hospital. The villain does not seem smart or competent enough to evade detection for long. Some other details seemed illogical as well.

The characters confused me. Handsome Jack seems to have no romantic history. Matthew, a top accountant, values flash over substance. He referred to Elyse as “Plain Jane,” and told people she wasn’t very bright. He called her damaged goods when the marriage failed to produce children. The author fails to mention any of Matthew’s redeeming qualities. But Elyse claims she will always love him. How they met and married in the first place is the real mystery!

The premise of McDonald’s book was intriguing, but there were too many lapses of logic for me to recommend it highly.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Beyond the Veil


Book Title: Beyond the Veil
Author: Stevie Woods
Publisher: Phaze Books
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59426-829-8
Genre: Historical M/M erotic romance
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

David Jordan is a teacher of languages and archeology. He has saved for a once in a lifetime trip to Egypt, but he now faces the worse type of slavery imaginable for a man. David is frightened of what the future holds, but a pair of brown eyes seems to share gentleness and the hope of escape. Robert Charteris is the owner of said eyes and will become David’s savior. He has made it a personal mission to assist those forced into slavery, but David is different. David is the man who will help Robert’s heart beat once more with freely flowing love.

Stevie Woods has written a captivating historical novel in Beyond the Veil. The characters draw you not only into the tale itself, but also into the time. I enjoy how Stevie doesn’t just give you a story, but touches on history and delivers a bit of your past intertwined with interesting characters and plots. All of the characters seemed to have some internal struggle they had to overcome. We are able to watch them draw on not only inner strength but also strength from their loved ones to overcome their conflict. David and Robert’s love grew in leaps and bound, and their relationship had a gradual precession. If you enjoy battles on the high seas, traveling to exotic locations and men who love men, then you truly should not miss an opportunity to read Stevie Woods' Beyond the Veil.

Big, Blooming & Wild! Daria’s Dilemma


Book Title: Big, Blooming & Wild! Daria’s Dilemma
Author: Eve Vaughn
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-996-5
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph


On girl’s club night out, not many men approached Daria West. Compared to her friends, she was the fat friend. When Daria is approached by the most mouth-watering man she ever saw in her life, she can’t believe that he truly wants her.

For almost ten years, since he reached pollisexation, Ethan Granger has been searching for his mate. He was beginning to think he might die from horniness if he didn’t find her soon. The second he lays eyes on Daria, he knows he has to have her.

As if being a tree shifter was not enough of a shocker, Ethan was still keeping the secret about his twin, Cole. Cole and Ethan both wanted Daria as their mate, and hoped to make her fall in love with them. Would he be able to make her accept them both?

I never knew tree shifters, times two, would have such an appeal. Even though Ethan is my favorite, I was cheering for Cole too. To say that Daria was less than happy about the stunt these two pulled on her is an understatement. It was refreshing to see the woman character actually have concerns about the strange circumstance and not just accept it without blinking an eye. Those men worked hard for Daria’s forgiveness and Eve Vaughn created a winning story in Big, Blooming & Wild! Daria’s Dilemma.

Phoenix Rising


Book Title: Phoenix Rising
Author: Kimberly Gardner
Publisher: ManLoveRomance Press
Publisher URL: http://www.mlrpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-934531-17-4
Genre: Gay Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

For his thirty-sixth birthday, Jimmy Trent gets two dozen roses, one dozen balloons and a night with a sexy young stripper, Adam Hyland. Adam is living in his car, stripping to survive, so when Jimmy invites him to stay for champagne, Adam dares to hope for more.

Phoenix Rising is an romantic struggle of two men attempting to overcome their fears and build a relationship. Younger than Jimmy, Adam is openly gay, independent and very aware of the hurt from social censure. Sensing that Jimmy can only see the good in people, Adam tries to protect him. Jimmy is a closet gay; he assumes that his family and friends know, yet he has never told them, and lives his life in a state of denial. Only the fear of losing Adam can force Jimmy out of his safety zone. While Adam and Jimmy do progress with their relationship, they have yet to reach the total commitment phase, settling with the happy-for-now stage instead. Kimberly Gardner has produced a story with all the elements of an emotional rollercoaster, the joy of being together and the heartache of separation. This is a most impressive tale that I enjoyed.

The Ta'e'sha Caesurae: Bitter Wine


Book Title: The Ta'e'sha Caesurae: Bitter Wine
Author: Theolyn Boese
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-728-3
Genre: BDSM & Polyamorous Futuristic Shapeshifter
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

There are rules when you have a husband, even if he is not a husband you chose but one who has taken you from your world and your family. The rule is a simple one; never send him to the willing arms of a lover. Ruri didn’t get the memo and has walked in on her husband Kiger and Hadri Velaan, his lover. Ruri feels there is no way to get the man she is finally willing to accept to turn back time and give her a second change. Kiger feels Ruri will never love him and accepts the love of Hadri. However, Hadri is greedy and plans to have them both. Has Ruri’s past actions damaged her relationship with Kiger to the point of no return?

The Ta'e'sha Caesurae: Bitter Wine brings back Ruri and her story. I understood why she was so hard, I don’t think any woman would want to be abducted and married before she knew what hit her. However, her level of hostility was unacceptable at times and she needed a bit of anger management. Kiger loved his wife at first glance and knew if given a chance, he could make her happy. Hadri loved Kiger from afar and wanted a family and home with him and his new mate. He decided to bide his time because no other lover would do. Theolyn Boese has written yet another fantastic installment in this series. I never thought I would see the mighty Ruri eat some of her words, but darn if it didn’t happen. Kiger is such a sweetie, he deserved happiness and it finally arrives as he never anticipated. If you enjoyed the first two books in this series, you will not be disappointed with The Ta'e'sha Caesurae: Bitter Wine.

Eye of the Dragon


Book Title: Eye of the Dragon
Author: BA Tortuga
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-412-0
Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Cam is on the trail of an ancient Chinese artifact, a ruby that has a mysterious history, when he meets Poe, an adventurer in Mexico. Together they travel to the mountains of Utah, searching for a lost wagon train. What they find is danger and a stone that drives men to insanity.

Eye of the Dragon is a stimulating story of adventure, mystery and hot man love. Cam is a young, intelligent and curious professor who is out to solve a puzzle. Poe has a more monetary reason in mind, yet the more danger that comes; the more Poe becomes a loving protector for Cam. The amazing BA Tortuga delivers a well written plot entwined with southern dialog humor, intense love scenes and Indiana Jones action that will keep you absolutely spellbound to the end. This is a fantastic story that I enjoyed immensely.

Children of the Dust 4: Resurrection


Book Title: Children of the Dust 4: Resurrection
Author: Eve Vaughn
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-667-4
Genre: Futuristic, Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


With Jack & Sydney’s continued resistance of each other and the other team members trying not to notice what’s going on was making things difficult. Now that all the different group of Freedom Fighters had banded together to take down the Cyrellian aliens so they could finally get them off the planet Earth and take back their lives. When Jack was injured during a return trip on the way out of the city, Bennet, from a rebel group, decides to leave him and Anna went along with it. Sydney refuses to let Jack stay by himself and they find themselves running for their lives. After days of hiding, the couple makes it back to the compound and finds all of the others safely back along with plenty of tension, too.

Children of the Dust 4: Resurrection left me with a feeling of completion that was welcomed at the end of this story. This book was as enjoyable as the first three and I could not get enough of all the characters interacting with each other. The idea that the people finally saw the truth and rebelled against the Cyrellian aliens makes you hope that it will continue on in the future.

On a side note here I wanted to say that after reading all four books, I was very impressed by the creativeness that Eve Vaughn used to write and look forward to reading all of the other books she has written. All of the characters brought something to this series that had you wanting to be apart of at one time or another and some feistier than others. If you want action, sci-fi adventure, then this is a series for you.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Art of Sensuality


Book Title: Art of Sensuality
Author: Jax Cassidy
Publisher: Parker Publishing, LLC
Publisher URL: http://www.parker-publishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-6004-3044-2
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Nymph Rating: 5
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Moon Nymph


Art meets passion is more than just a cliché in Art of Sensuality. Machiko Barrett, a petite Amerasian, discovered a talent with paints at a young age but her mental health forced her to give up on her talent. She’s now an adult who’s alive without truly living until her creative passion emerges once again and Caleb comes into her life.

Mac thinks of Caleb, and his tattoo, when she should be working. He thinks of her constantly as well. The two are inexplicably drawn together.

The relationship between the two begins with lust but moves past that throughout the story to include trust and feelings. He’s an art lover and has hidden secrets, just like her. Both of their pasts form an obstacle that seems impossible to overcome. Interactions between these two characters are sizzling and intimate at the same time. They heal one another through the simple act of relating.

Readers will start a turbulent journey with these characters and hope for the best. With so many obstructions, a happy ending appears unfeasible but read to the end and you may just get what you wish for. Sweet romance, with a healthy dose of erotica, moves this book into the erotic romance genre.

Jax Cassidy’s writing shows sensuality and raw emotions combined. The journey described in this story is easy to visualize with descriptive writing that is at its best. Parker Publishing has a hit with this one and readers will want to check out future writings by this author.



This book isn’t available for purchase until November 17, 2008, which is why there is no buy link!

Oh, How The Mighty Are Ballin’


Book Title: Oh, How The Mighty Are Ballin’
Author: Jeanie Johnson & Jahya Leigh
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Publisher URL: https://www.redrosepublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60435-168-2
Genre: Contemporary, MC/IR
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph


Cargo pants, polo shirts, cleats, a stop watch and a whistle make up the usual outfit worn by Bella-Sophia “Blitz” Forrester. After all, that’s what all college football coaches wear. Blitz is a woman who holds her own in the man’s world of sports with several degrees and a lot of experience under her belt. However, no amount of clothing can hide the siren’s body Blitz has and no make-up is necessary to cover her already flawless face. Blitz breaks the mold, no matter how you look at it.

Wulf Altenoder has a body that would tempt a saint and lips that would cause fantasies about what those lips can do. He’s also a soccer guru who has just been hired to coach soccer at Emory University. Meeting and working alongside coach Forrester was something Wulf had been anticipating. He was thrown for quite a loop when he realized that Coach Forrester was a woman.

When Wulf and Blitz meet, it’s like a cross between the 4th of July and WWF Smackdown. Wulf thought Blitz was gorgeous and on the waiting list to becoming his, while Blitz thought Wulf was an ass trying to play games with her.

The dynamic duo, Johnson and Leigh, strike again! You can tell by their names alone, Blitz and Wulf, these characters will take you on a wild ride in Oh, How The Mighty Are Ballin’. Blitz tries her best to ignore the fact that she wants Wulf, no matter how cocky he is. Her insulting his style of dress, native land, and his belief that brunch was a real meal only made Wulf want Blitz more. He fell in love with her quick temper because he knew her passion was just as quickly ignited. Wulf also knew that Blitz was his only, even if she didn’t realize it yet. Their union classifies as a 10 on the Richter scale, and I cannot wait for the aftershocks. If you adore a love story with a comic twist and blazing sex, then reading this story is your destiny.

Bottoms Up


Book Title: Bottoms Up
Author: Lorne Rodman
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-397-0
Genre: Gay Erotic Romance/Contemporary BDSM
Nymph Rating: 4.5 nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Woodland Nymph

Trace Kent is a blond haired, blue eyed college student majoring in humanities. When he bumps into the campus’ gardener he finds himself strongly attracted to the older man. After meeting for a drink, they end up at Colt’s place where they sensually feed each other take out Italian with their fingers, followed by a hot round of sex with Colt spanking Trace. The next morning Trace runs off before Colt awakens, confused and more than a little shaken at how much he enjoyed being spanked.

David Colt, the school’s gardener, is a natural Dom and enjoys nothing more than leaving his mark or marks on his lover. He’s not sure what it is about Trace that can twist his belly in a knot but admits the kid is worth taking a chance on. David waits a little while and then approaches a still skittish Trace and gets him to agree to a second date. He realizes though if Trace can’t or won’t accept the fact he likes to be dominated it will end their relationship before it even began.

Bottoms Up is a sharp, hot, sexy little read! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and liked everything about the characters, Trace and Colt. Lorne Rodman has done a terrific job in writing this story of a young man discovering himself and the older, more experienced man who’s ready to help him on that journey. If you are a fan of the m/m bdsm genre do not miss this book, it is a must read for you.

Manwich


Book Title: Manwich
Author: Sedonia Guillone
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419917271
Genre: Ménage a trois or More / Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Satyr Vael

When ghostwriter Kayla Morgan gets called into Agent Lauren Danner’s office, she has no idea her life is about to change -- in some amazing ways. Famous romance author Valeria Martin is recovering from a car accident and needs someone to finish her latest book. Kayla can’t believe her luck when Lauren wants her to do it. Just as Kayla’s about to jump all over the chance, Lauren throws in an unexpected caveat. Valerie Martin doesn’t write sex scenes that she hasn’t done herself and she expects her ghostwriter to do the same. There’s a big catch: it’s a ménage. A fantasy situation Kayla has only dreamed about, but never dared to believe would happen.

Then comes along her gorgeous hunky neighbor, Shawn MacKay. After a nasty breakup, he’s noticing Kayla in a whole new light. When she finally tells him about the book, convinced that she’s not going to do it because she doesn’t want to lose him, Shawn has a solution to her problem. And maybe, just maybe, it’s a way to end his constant worrying over his photojournalist brother in the process.

Manwich was hot! While a few points seemed a bit too convenient, they’re easy to overlook in the scheme of things. Namely, Shawn’s scheme. His care and devotion to Kayla is admirable, but so is his concern over his brother Ryan’s safety. The threesomes were beyond awesome, but the best part in the whole book was near the end. The three of them are working out how to initiate the ménage scene in the book, and within the blink of an eye, Kayla and Shawn slip into the roles of the book’s characters. Wow! It was highly erotic, even just the banter between them.

If you enjoy Ms. Guillone’s work, then don’t pass Manwich up. I give it 3.5 Nymphs for a very good read.

Wild Raspberries




Book Title: Wild Raspberries
Author: Jane Davitt
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-319-2
Genre: Gay Erotic Romance/Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 5 nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Woodland Nymph

Twenty year old Daniel Seaton is tired and extremely hungry. He left home and has found life on the road to be a lot harder than he expected it to be. When he stumbles across what he thinks are wild raspberries, he dives in and helps himself to handfuls of the juicy and delicious fruit. At the sound of an unexpected voice and the realization that a rifle is being pointed at him, he freezes in place, scared and unsure of what to do.

At the age of thirty four, Tyler Edwards has a long and difficult past. A past that causes him to be distrustful of anyone he meets. When he finds a young man trespassing on his property and eating his berries, he’s immediately suspicious. Unable to stop himself, he takes the weakened and bedraggled young man home so he can get some long overdue rest.

In exchange for food, Daniel agrees to help Tyler out with some work on the cabin. After Tyler is injured and grudgingly asks Daniel to stay on and help out, Daniel readily agrees as he looks forward to sleeping on a soft couch and having a full stomach. As their relationship changes and their feelings for each other grow, Tyler finds himself reacting to Daniel in ways totally inconsistent with his nature. With Tyler’s past though, will they be able to have a future together?

Wild Raspberries is a fantastic book! It’s one of those perfect stories you’ll want to read again and again. Jane Davitt has created two extraordinary and dynamically different characters in Daniel and Tyler. Daniel is totally irresistible and, despite his youth, very knowledgeable. He has a terrific sense of humor and is more than capable of holding his own with the strong willed, independent and highly intelligent Tyler. They complement each other perfectly and the author allows the relationship between them to build and grow at a wonderfully natural pace. Jane Davitt has even managed to write the perfect ending for these two characters. I can not say enough about the many reasons why I like this book so much, without giving the entire story away. So do yourself a favor and don’t miss it!

Western Wind - Black Moon Reaper


Book Title: Western Wind - Black Moon Reaper
Author: Charlotte Boyett-Compo
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419916205
Genre: Futuristic
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

All the Reapers have a past, as well as a painful final path that has led them to their current life. Lord Phelan Kiel is no exception. A twist of love gone wrong and jealousy pushed him to death’s hands and into the Triune Goddess’ claws. Phelan has eluded love and become content with the few physical encounters he allows to occur. For years, his fellow Reapers have wondered about Phelan’s sexual preference and they will be shocked when it’s finally determined.

Charlotte Boyett-Compo has finally put Phelan’s preferences out for everyone to see in Western Wind - Black Moon Reaper. I’ll be the first to admit I wasn’t shocked in the least, but learning of Lord Kheelan’s past was beyond what I expected. The Goddess truly is starting to disturb me a bit; I wish that woman could find a man who would help her leave everyone else’s alone. It’s a shame but I like Lord Kheelan more, and that’s saying a lot. The introduction of a new Reaper, Gunman Fontabeau Sorn, and a WindWarrior, Desdon Brell, brings new blood to the popular series. Not to mention, a Madame by the name of Lucy who is as feisty and fiercely protective as she is beautiful. Ms. Boyett-Compo has kept this series interesting and far from the mundane. The new characters are just as fascinating as the original characters, and give me hope that this series will have a long life ahead of it. Fantastic book Ms. Boyett-Compo, and I’m looking forward to the next installment.

Dragon's Deal


Book Title: Dragon's Deal
Author: Willa Okati
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-803-6
Genre: Paranormal, Gay, Dragons
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Two men, in search of someone to keep them company, find one another at the ocean’s edge, far away from the crowded cities. Alan, an ex-soldier is tired of wars and is in search of a better life and Sian, a misfit dragon without a way back home. The dragon and human form a partnership by joining in a mating bond.

Alan is a good hearted man who keeps a smile on his face and a positive attitude. Sian is a curious dragon who knows very little about humans, but what he quickly learns is that he likes sex with Alan a lot. True to form, Willa Okati produces another sensuous, witty and extremely clever dragon story. This is an amazing and very enjoyable series that I hope to see the whole collection in print someday. But for now, I take great pleasure in each episode and look forward to the next addition.

Strawberry Hill


Book Title: Strawberry Hill
Author: Heather Beck
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Publisher URL: redrosepublishing.com
ISBN: 978-1-60435-112-5
Genre: Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 3 1/2 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Sphinx Minx


Aurora is 22 years old and a bit of a party girl. But last Saturday night, after too many drinks, she really embarrassed herself. She later takes a walk up Strawberry Hill and, quite literally, revisits her past.

Author Heather Beck gives us a lovely learning experience in this short contemplative piece. Aurora revisits the strengths and sweetness of her early years. This could make some big changes in her future. The story is enjoyable and thoughtful. Heather Beck is a skillful writer. I’d really like to know where Aurora goes from here.

Starlight Passion


Book Title: Starlight Passion
Author: Astrid Cooper
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-102-5
Genre: Paranormal, Cat shifter, Ménage
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Samantha, a human woman and John, a cat shifter prove to all that love is the greatest power in the galaxy. Starlight Passion burns and consumes all who achieve this mating level in the Starlight series.

Starlight Passion is book four in the series. Samantha and John prove yet again that their love is strong. But like everything good, bad is waiting in the wings. Villains abound and more surprising revelations come to light. Astrid Cooper continues to deliver a unique storyline with very sensual love scenes and a burning desire for the next installment.

I Spy Something Bloody


Book Title: I Spy Something Bloody
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-710-8
Genre: LGBT Erotic Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 4 nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Woodland Nymph

Mark has been injured and wants to go home. That may be a little difficult for him to do as his ex-lover Stephen isn’t waiting to greet him with open arms. At the age of twenty nine, Mark is a spy for an unknown government agency and was beaten up pretty badly when his latest mission went wrong. He left Stephen for one more mission, which turned into eleven missions over a period of two plus years. Mark’s never forgotten Stephen though. He’s always loved Stephen and just wants to come home and work things out.

Stephen is a doctor and recently celebrated his fiftieth birthday. He’s torn about Mark coming back to his family’s home in the Shenandoah Valley. After waiting for Mark for two years, Stephen’s finally started to move on with his life and is seeing another man.

I Spy Something Bloody is a wonderfully written, emotional story of love lost and one man’s determination to re-gain that love. Mark is a complex and fascinating character who has to deal with a lot of pain, both emotionally and physically, in order to try to move on with his life. I liked him right from the start. Josh Lanyon has done a fantastic job in bringing such depth of character to Mark and moved me to tears on a couple occasions. You can’t help but sympathize with Stephen and the emotional struggle he goes through, but as the story is told from Mark’s point of view, the reader doesn’t get to know Stephen as well as one might like. I highly recommend this book to fans of the m/m genre and to fans who like a little action and intrigue with their romance.

Master Of Obsidian


Book Title: Master Of Obsidian
Author: Jamie Craig
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure
ISBN: 978-1-60272-038-1
Genre: Gay / Dark Fantasy / Vampire / BDSM / Mystery / Detective / Ménage (M/M/F)
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Gideon Keel isn’t the easiest vampire to get along with, but he’s been a fair boss to Jesse Madding for over two years. Gideon has missed having a close friend and refuses to destroy his relationship with Jesse by sullying it with sex. Does he want Jesse, definitely, but what is a vampire to do? Jesse has accepted this status while still longing to know the feel, taste, and smell of Gideon and has daily fantasies to fulfill his needs. While working on an assignment, all of Jesse’s fantasies become reality in a filthy alley. He gets the chance to gain the relationship he has been longing for – the relationship that Gideon has been sidestepping for years. Now the twosome will have to test new boundaries and attempt to keep their business relationship while enjoying their new status as lovers.

Master of Obsidian is a ride on the waves of lust and love. Jamie Craig brings back the vampire too fine to hate and his sidekick Jesse, who wants to be his pet providing enjoyment from the front door to the basement. I will admit that this book is not for those who like their sex sweet and soft. Gideon tests Jesse’s limits and makes him make hard decisions about their relationship. He also has him in a few compromising positions that I’m not sure I could actually agree to, but found hard to avert my eyes away from as I read them in detail. Beyond the sex, Master of Obsidian is a fantastic read and I’m ready for the next book in the series, so bring it on Jamie Craig!

Fated


Book Title: Fated
Author: Lauren Dane
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-60504-133-5
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Megan Warden loved her family, she really did, but being cooped up in a car with her mother, grandmother, and married sisters while driving to a family wedding was nothing short of torturous. Family gatherings were usually fun, but not if you were tired of hearing about finding your mate and settling down. All it did was make a focused and deadly pack enforcer cranky and bitchy, and no amount of ‘special coffee’ could drown out the voices of her loving family as they ‘dissed’ her single life. A mate is what Megan would love to have, and that’s what she gets when she meets Shane, but she also gets more pain and heartache than she ever expected.

Shane Rosario is a successful doctor and an oddball for a werewolf. Raised packless by a mother terrified of his werewolf half, he’s been taught to hate and fear the very part that makes him special. So he’s not thrilled to be attending a wedding where his father’s family will be around him the entire time. Shane’s opinion of the weekend changes dramatically when he spies a beautiful werewolf woman in the airport and their attraction pulls him right into the werewolf world, kicking and screaming. Fate can be a harsh mistress and while he wasn’t looking, it moved in and gave him something he never expected: a werewolf mate. The only problem is he doesn’t want any part of being involved in the werewolf ‘cult’ as his mother calls it, and doesn’t want to live within a pack. Can he get over his past and embrace his future, or will he and his mate be miserable forever?

Fated is the newest release in Lauren Dane’s ongoing Cascadia Wolves series. The danger from the Pellini Group and its leader is over, or at least so it seems. That being the case, I wasn’t certain what to expect when I started the first page, and it opened in the middle of a humorous but painful family road trip. Then to find that our heroine, Megan, was mated to a werewolf who’s ashamed of what he is, and I really was confused. I liked the sexy, dedicated and determined Megan, and found I didn’t care for Shane much as first. He appeared self-centered, arrogant, and unable to compromise in any way. He seemed the epitome of ‘my way or the highway’ in his interaction with his mate…and frankly this made me a little cranky. It wasn’t until a little further along in the story that I began to understand why he acted as he did, and then I wanted to slap his parents for warping his perception of what he was. This was particularly true of his mother, who was more than a little crazy, and I didn’t like her at all. His father I felt horribly sorry for, because in his case, fate had been a real bitch for saddling him with a mate who feared and hated the very thing he was.

The sex between Megan and Shane is frequent and passionate, yet the emotional connection is all one-sided for most of the story, Megan’s. For a couple who has so much potential for happiness, their differences constantly push them in opposite directions, threatening to rip out their hearts in the process. Add in various new and old characters on both sides of our couple, and you have an interesting and complex story that will keep reading from beginning to end. Look for the next book in this series, Always.

My Hawaiian Song of Love


Book Title: My Hawaiian Song of Love
Author: A. J. Llewellyn
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.net/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-091-2
Genre: Ménage, Gay, BDSM
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Katie Garrison’s boyfriend dumps her the night before they were to marry and move to Waikiki, so Katie decides to move alone. Within days of her arrival, she meets two men; Nohea, a seafaring man who makes love to her on the floor of a canoe and Kahanu, an Aloha Patrol officer. Katie soon learns that Kahanu is bisexual and has been in a long term gay relationship with Nohea, and even more of a surprise, is that both men want to be in a three way relationship with Katie. The question is, is she ready for the ultimate sexual, romantic relationship with two men who want her?

My Hawaiian Song of Love is book four in the Phantom Lover series. In this episode, you get an informative tour of exotic hideouts, a touch of magic and vivid characters featured. Katie is rebounding from a recent rejection. I got the impression that her submissive acceptance of the two men is more from fear of being alone. She loves Kahanu, but he is very much under the control of Nohea. Both men claim to love her and want to be with her, but the games that Nohea is so fond of playing places doubts in Katie’s mind about what they really feel about her. The brilliant A. J. Llewellyn presents another masterful story with bigger than life characters that lure you into the middle of the action. Like all great stories, the series has become an addiction and I cannot wait to read what happens next. This is an incredible and very enjoyable series.

Master of the Game


Book Title: Master of the Game
Author: Emma Petersen
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419917219
Genre: Erotica
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Erin Anderson allowed her best friend to persuade her to participate in events over the years, but it has never been this revealing. Revealing, as in the outfit she is wearing to a pain-and-play party. Poor Erin is surround by leather, and floggers, and shackles, oh my! She runs out of the frying pan and into the fire when she attempts to escape the BDSM, and the fire has a name -- Liam Donnelly.

Liam isn’t your typical bad-boy rocker; he’s a man who is tired of meaningless sex and has a record of celibacy to prove it. However, something about Erin motivates his response and he has the bulge to prove it. After they play a wicked twist to Mother May I, will Erin and Liam discover more than a potent physical connection?

Erin and Liam have an instant connection in Master of the Game. Their chemistry was hot enough to cause spontaneous combustion. Liam could see Erin was a rare flower. She is beautiful in body and spirit, without being jaded and seeking monetary gain. Liam is the kind of man every forty-year-old single woman wishes she could meet. He is handsome, young, charming, and rich enough to keep all the BDSM toys current, and top that off with his lack of fear to love openly and deeply. Emma Petersen has written a delightful story sure to quench your thrust for bondage, younger men, and love found in the most peculiar places.