Wednesday, October 1, 2008

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Adrien English Mysteries 4: Death of a Pirate King




Book Title: Adrien English Mysteries 4: Death of a Pirate King
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-744-3
Genre: LGBT Romance Suspense
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Mystery author and amateur sleuth Adrien English is having lunch with the Hollywood movie makers at actor Paul Kane’s Laurel Canyon mansion, when financial backer Porter Jones falls dead into his fish soup right next to Adrien. Still recovering from pneumonia, Adrien asked if anyone else could do CPR, but alas, it was too late to save Porter. To make matters worst, Jake Riordan, now a Lieutenant and the former closet lover who dumped Adrien two years prior, arrives to conduct the investigation. Of course Adrien is number one suspect in yet another murder and too curious to leave matters to police. Doing his own investigation causes conflict with current lover Guy Snowden and Adrien’s family and places him in direct contact with Jake again.

Adrien English Mysteries 4: Death of a Pirate King is an extraordinary suspense that will hold you spellbound from page one to the end; I could not stop reading until I discovered who murdered Porter Jones. Josh Lanyon continues the story of Adrien and Jake by producing a brilliant plot that is well paced, gripping and emotional. Add to this a cast of characters with more hidden skeletons than a five star hotel has closets. Adrien is an openly gay survivor who uses cocky dialog to hide his pain; he is warm and caring, very perceptive in everything except his choice of lovers. Adrien has learned to deal with reality, along with discovering some painful revelations about Jake. Jake, on the other hand, is self-centered and still hiding behind the illusion of normal. Jake has turned the corner in this episode. Although he still has issues that need work, a kick in the pants might help, but the question still remains, where will Adrien and Jake go from here and will they ever find happiness? This is an incredible story and currently my favorite of the series.

Alpha 4: Beg


Book Title: Alpha 4: Beg
Author: Treva Harte
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-781-8
Genre: Ménage Werewolf Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

At birth, Tala Kinkaid was promised to Hunt, the alpha of the rich and powerful werewolf pack headquartered in Las Vegas. She has plans of her own for her life, which begins with furthering her education at either Berkeley or Stanford; they don’t include a mate she’s never met. So, on the evening of her eighteenth birthday, she hops on a plane and heads to Sin City, with every intention of refusing the man she’s been contracted to mate with. Hunt isn’t what she expected, and she soon finds herself enthralled and aroused by the older, smarter Alpha. But plans change in Vegas. Instead of walking away from her destiny with Hunt, she suddenly finds she’s bound to three strong wolves anxious to claim her as their mate.

Alpha 4: Beg is just as fast-paced and sexy as the first three books in this well thought out werewolf series. Ms. Harte has once again written a story teaming with sex, lust, danger, sexual chemistry, and werewolf politics that kept this reader racing to the end. All four of its characters, Tala, Hunt, Dunne and Arlin are very different in personality and temperament, which makes them so perfect for each other. In spite of Beg’s unusual and complicated mating group, Ms. Harte does a wonderful job sorting out their problems, and working a sensible and believable solution into its action packed plot. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book in this shifter series.

Alpha 3: Home


Book Title: Alpha 3: Home
Author: Treva Harte
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-409-1
Genre: LGBT Shifter Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Feeling that he doesn’t fit in with his pack any longer, Rome runs, only to have Gray, the wolf he’s been crazy about for years, find him in the middle of a bar fight. Gray’s determined to take him back home and Rome isn’t thrilled. He isn’t an alpha and will never have a family of his own and the male wolf he wants has turned him down. There’s no chance for happiness or a child, until it’s ordered for Gray to mate with the lone breeding age female in the area and they’ll need Rome to arouse the gay Gray enough to impregnate Mia. What the pack leaders don’t know is that Mia has been lusting after Rome for years so she doesn’t consider refusing. Can she learn to love Gray as much as Rome, and build a family, or will she stay an outsider; her child the only thing that binds the three of them together?

Alpha 3: Home is Ms. Harte’s third release in her ongoing Alpha werewolf world. While it might be possible to read this story as a stand-alone, greater understanding and pleasure will result if they are read in order. I feel that it’s necessary in order to understand not only the characters and where they stand in the pack, but with the intricacies of pack politics.

Home is a different type of story than the first two in this series, taking on the complicated topic of a threesome; in this case a straight female, a bi-sexual male, and a gay male. Grey’s character undergoes the most change in this intriguing tale; when he comes to realize that he cares as much for his female, Mia, as he does for his bi-sexual lover Rome. This change was wonderful to see; that he didn’t let his decade’s long idea of what his gay sexuality was (and had been) to rule his feelings, and destroy a chance at a family with Mia. That these three were able to put aside their differences and come together in love, passion and desire…well it was wonderfully satisfying to watch. Ms. Harte managed to once again draw me into her story from the very beginning and kept me reading, as I raced to the end.

Alpha 2: Stay


Book Title: Alpha 2: Stay
Author: Treva Harte
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-339-1
Genre: Non-traditional Werewolf Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Lowell left Lin’s pack when she was just a small child and became Alpha of his own after defeating its prior leader. He’d always wanted a mate and knew that becoming leader of his own pack was the only way to have a female and family of his own. The only problem is that he’s spent years alone and unhappy, until he runs into Lin on the night of her eighteenth birthday. Lins’s all grown up and beautiful and Lowell can’t stop his feelings of attraction, even though he often took care of her as a small child. She’s everything Lowell’s ever wanted in a mate, and she’s more than ready to let him claim her for his own. Even knowing his old Alpha, Lin’s father, isn’t going to be happy won’t stop Lowell from taking what’s his…his mate…his alpha female and he’s not willing to let her family stand in his way.

Ms. Harte has penned another fast-paced werewolf tale with Alpha 2: Stay, a sequel to Walk Away, and they should be read in order for the greatest enjoyment, and understanding of pack life and continuing characters. Stay drew me into the story from the very first page and didn’t let go until I’d finished the last world. It was wonderful seeing Lin all grown up and coming into her own as Lowell’s alpha female. Despite the challenges these two lovers faced, they were always able to turn to each other for love and support. Lowell’s a bit of an anguished character with his human sides need to submit in the bedroom. Surprisingly his mate, Lin, has a strong personality for one so young, and she’s more than willing to dominant Lowell when he needs it. These two are absolutely perfect for each, inside the bedroom and out. They only have to convince her family, and his pack, that she’s up to the challenge and made for the job.

Alpha 1: Walk Away


Book Title: Alpha 1: Walk Away
Author: Treva Harte
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-223-3
Genre: Paranormal, Werewolf
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

When young werewolf Dek walked away from an even younger Leila, he broke her heart and she swore he’d never walk back into her life again. When he spies her one night while she’s out with friends, he has to have her again and follows her home. But he gets much more than just the mind blowing sex he was expecting. He’s shocked to learn that he has a daughter, and now that he knows she exists, he’s determined to claim Leila and their daughter for his own. The question is whether Leila can learn to live the life of an alpha female and co-leader of the pack. Dek’s ‘top dog’ and he’s not willing to take no for an answer.

Alpha 1: Walk Away by Treva Harte is such a fast-paced read that it’s over almost before you know it. Dek is a typical controlling Alpha and he doesn’t take orders from anyone…except from his Alpha female, Leila, but she makes him howl. These two have so much history that when their lives collide again, you know they’ll generate passion and heat, so be ready with a fan. Dek and Leila often struggle to make their lives happy and safe. After all life isn’t easy in a werewolf pack, and several unique and interesting secondary characters only make things more difficult.

For lovers of werewolf tales get ready for a unique ride, with this cast of likable and interesting characters. Watch for the next book in this ongoing series with Alpha 2: Stay.

Mountain’s Echo


Book Title: Mountain’s Echo
Author: Debbie Gould
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.redrosepublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60435-144-6
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Nymph Rating: 2 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Sphinx Minx

Jake and Scott have been friends since kindergarten. They are now partners in their own business, saving the world from bad guys by completing covert missions. Scott has been injured in their current assignment, and they call his sister Maggie to patch his wounds.

Maggie and Jake share a romantic history. She willingly gave him her virginity. He was four years older than she. She had loved him for years. He later lied and said she was nothing to him. Brother Scott had intervened and did not want her sacrificing her education and future as a veterinarian. Distraught, she injured herself severely in an auto accident. Scott and Jake joined the army almost immediately afterward.

Ten years have passed. Jake and Maggie have had no contact, but continue to pine for each other. Scott has evidently not reconsidered his actions, nor has he tried to salvage the relationship for his sister or best buddy.

I found much of the story immature. Both Jake and Maggie spent ten years mooning over what might have been, not attempting to make contact or move on. Scott basically did the same thing for two years, failing to track down Trina, the love of his life.

I find it hard to respect characters who looked backwards, rather than forwards, in their lives. The description of idealized first love was way too wordy and introspective. The solution to their problems seemed too rosy and simplistic.

The action improved near the end. Maggie showed some spunk when kidnapped, and the danger was palpable. But I felt the drug trafficking story moved too slowly to be totally believable.

True love conquers all and the ending was sweet for everyone. But I felt the love story suited the romantic notions of a teen more than the life experiences of an adult woman. Yes, you can meet the love of your life in your teens. But with no contact for ten years, I doubt that love could deepen. Surely the characters would have grown and changed.

Sanguinary Seductions


Book Title: Sanguinary Seductions
Author: Collection
Publisher: Extasy Books
Publisher’s URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-136-0
Genre: Anthology
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Before Morning by A.J. Llewellyn 5 Nymphs
Sensuous love story of a vampire and his intended mate, Kano and Askemua, two men destined to be together forever.

Betrayed by a Kiss by Astrid Cooper 3 Nymphs
Lured into a love nest and nurtured for years by Cristobal, Deeanne finally learns the true meaning of the vampire’s kiss.

Blood of the Alizarene by Evelyn Starr 3 Nymphs
Drucilla Delisle dreamed of making love to Peter Granatum. In reality Drucilla is subjected to a dark, agonizing seduction for Peter’s sexual pleasure.

Der Werwolf by K.B. Forrest 5 Nymphs
University Professor Usha finds the theory of werewolves to be very arousing, especially when werewolves Tigran the grey and Artaxias, the silver mane are more than happy to help Usha with her research.

Devil Woman by AP Miller 3 Nymphs
Drake had always desired Sarah and one night he got more than he had wished, Sarah is now a vampire.

Dexter by Marc Jarrod 3 Nymphs
Dexter, a demon, always felt he was in the wrong place and Angel Rochelle agrees with him after he saved a mortal soul instead of taking it; can a demon be promoted to heaven?

Draining Jayne by Viola Grace 4 Nymphs
The plan the fugitive had in mind for the captured Alliance Hunters was to have Jayne Simmons destroyed by her partner Denel Arius, but Denel had other plans for Jayne that were a lot more intimate and enjoyable for both partners.

Erotic Ramblings of a Vampire by D.J. Manly 5 Nymphs
In his memoirs, Damion the vampire tells how his intended prey became his very erotic pleasure.

Erotic Ramblings of a Werewolf by D.J. Manly 5 Nymphs
This is Christopher’s story of how he became a werewolf and hot to trot for his vampire lover.

Hunted by Laura Tolomei 3 Nymphs
Kendryck is a hunter tracking down predators disturbing a peaceful village, until he discovers the mysterious origin of the bloody deaths.

I’m a Vampire in the Line of Garlic by Jackie Rose 3 Nymphs
Political American history and what really goes on in the White House with its paranormal residents gives a new twist to the State of Affairs meetings.

Initiation by Jade Marqueen 3 Nymphs
Camille, a newly turned vampire, has a choice to make; join the clan of Aurora with its decadent delights or be destroyed.

Midnight at Morning’s by A.J. Llewellyn 5 Nymphs
Phantom Lover Kimo and Lopaka find out change can get really hot and steamy with the help of Hooker Bunny and Bunny Raper porn stars.

The Reluctant Incubus by Stephani Hecht 2 Nymphs
Incubus Thren may regret many things, but none of them include having an angel in his arms.

Revenant by German Bradley 3 Nymphs
It was an accident that took Giles’s wife and his guilt that lead him to the dark side of damnation; be careful what you wish for if you want to hold on to your soul.

Samantha’s Seduction by Tianna Xander 3 Nymphs
Samantha set out to kill the vampire who murdered her boyfriend but instead she found her boyfriend who promptly started killing her with sensuous pleasure.

Sandi’s Crimson Knights by Bonnie Rose Leigh 3 Nymphs
Sandi, a werewolf, shared dreams of making love with her mates for years; finally Ned and Nate arrived to claim her.

Sins of an Angel by Stephani Hecht 3 Nymphs
Archangel Case is on a mission when he is sidetracked by a succubus secretly plotting to make him her captive.

A Stone’s Throw: Addi by C.R. Moss 3 Nymphs
Vampire Addi comes face to face with her past at a boutique co-owned by Edom, the love of her life.

A Tale of Opposites by Lynn Crain 3 Nymphs
Bound together by destiny, vampire brothers Duncan and Lucien are united with sisters Florrie, the shield maiden, and sorceress Clarise to protect humans from the rogue vampires on the attack.

Through the Red Door Starkly by KA M’Lady 3 Nymphs
In this dark fantasy, magic and mysticism is the doorway to belief or perhaps the first loss of sanity when you step into the realm beyond the hidden door to Knell.

The Vamp by Kira Chase 3 Nymphs
Vampire Gabriella never gave love much thought until she met Jordan, now Gabriella must break both their hearts by sending Jordan away or turn her.

Sanguinary Seductions is a collection of twenty two stories of things that go bump in the night, including the bed springs. There is something for everyone here, along with sampling a variety of talented authors for the price of one story. Indulge your paranormal fantasies here.

By a Silken Thread


Book Title: By a Silken Thread
Author: MK Mancos
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-60504-198-X
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Paranormal Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Sphinx Minx

Artist Tara Johanan loses control of her car in New Jersey and dies at the same moment Dr. Charlotte Durand is shot in Florida and left for dead. Tara is brought back to life, but her near-death experience leaves her with Charlotte’s memories. Charlotte is comatose and unable to relate the details of her attack. So Tara travels to Florida and tries to unmask the shooter in this engrossing paranormal tale.

Detective Marcus Danforth is Charlotte’s brother. And he feels Tara’s knowledge of the shooting brands her as a would-be killer, or at least an accomplice. But he is drawn to her, and soon they are romantically involved.

Charlotte had purchased one of Tara’s prints, but the two had no other connection beyond that in this suspenseful tale of the metaphysical.

This is a fascinating story with engaging subplots. Marcus has an old girlfriend who wants him back. Charlotte lost a young patient and the parents struggle to regain control of their lives. Charlotte’s fiancé battles with her parents for control of her medical care.

Well-written and well-paced, this is a great read for anyone who likes suspense with just a bit of the inexplicable.

Immortal Seduction




Book Title: Immortal Seduction
Author: ME Monte
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-466-3
Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Darren Cox is dead and has been since a rival sniper killed him while on an assassination mission for the CIA. For the last ten years, he’s worked for the Retriever’s Division of the Agency for Afterlife Activity, helping troubled souls pass over, and even banishing a few demons when needed. He wasn’t a warm and fuzzy kind of guy alive, and being dead hasn’t changed that. Darren’s rough, rude, arrogant, abrasive, and cold, not the type of personality to make friends, and he’s run off more than one partner with his behavior. He hasn’t however been able to run off his newest partner, enthusiastic nineteen year-old Tanner Simms, the youngest and most annoying operative in the history of the division.

No matter what he says or does to the energetic young man, Darren isn’t able so shake him, and even worse he can’t figure out why his boss thinks he can teach the kid anything. So Tanner has a special talent…so what. It’s not until he sees the strange tattoo inside Tanner’s lower lip that Darren understands the kid’s importance. It seems that Tanner is more than just a sexy young man who threatens his self-control; he’s also the one that demons speak of with fear. He’s the ‘Demon Slayer’ and the key to the ghostly serial killer they need to find and destroy, before he can kill again.

M.E. Monte has taken the whole concept of the afterlife and turned it on its ear, with her unique and intriguing dramatic gay romance Immortal Seduction. She caught me totally off-guard with her world filled with characters trapped between heaven and hell…not bad enough to go to hell, but not good enough to enter heaven either. These special individuals will spend eternity somewhere in between, trying to keep the living safe from unsettled trapped ghosts and evil demons. And finding out their ‘place of employment’ was sanctioned by God was just icing on the cake. I loved that the employees of the Agency continued their existence, living and loving as before, and love’s exactly what Tanner is after in his pursuit of the older, more mature and dominant Darren.

Tanner is everything that Darren isn’t…friendly to everyone, kind, energetic, perky and enthused at doing his job. What I truly enjoyed was watching as Darren’s attitude changed the longer he partnered with Tanner, and how protective he was of his young lover. It didn’t matter how growly Darren was, Tanner never gave up on him. Add great secondary characters to this fast-paced tale, a few demons and ghosts and a plot that keeps you reading from beginning to end, and you have all the things needed for a book worthy to be read again and again. There isn’t anything about this book that I didn’t enjoy and Immortal Seduction is going straight into this reader’s keeper pile. Take it from me; you don’t want to miss this one.

Peanut Butter Kisses


Book Title: Peanut Butter Kisses
Author: Pepper Espinoza
Publisher: Amber Quill
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-362-7
Genre: Gay Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Josh Boothe is thrilled to be assisting talented pastry chef, Peter Summers, in another sugar art competition and he’s afraid that if they come in second again, Peter will find another assistant. What Josh doesn’t know is that getting another assistant never entered Peter’s mind. Peter is very talented and able to conceive and construct elaborate pieces of art from sugar and chocolate, but winning the competition isn’t vital to him. What he really wants is to build a personal and lasting partnership with Josh, both in the bedroom and the kitchen.

Peanut Butter Kisses is a fun and charming short story, set in a world I’ve never seen before in literary fiction, that of a state culinary pastry competition. For a reader who’s actually watched such an event on the Food Network, it was an interesting eye into a world previously only seen from the outside. Written entirely from Josh’s viewpoint, the story focuses on his insecurity of where he stands in Peter’s life, making him a rather passive character. It’s only when Peter starts driving their relationship forward, changing it from entirely profession to a personal one that you get to see a little backbone come into Josh’s character. The plot of this well-written short might not be complicated but it’s certainly enjoyable and perfect for a light afternoon read.

Romancing the Stones


Book Title: Romancing the Stones
Author: Catherine Berlin
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-60504-137-8
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Things haven’t been going well for Dr. Charlie Blair at her Peruvian archeological dig. She nearly drowned while trying to retrieve a priceless golden Incan artifact, and then lost it when its hidden chamber flooded. Now she’s finally home looking forward to a long hot shower when she’s forced to confront an intruder dripping wet and naked, and the intruder is a cop. Things just get worse after a dead body is discovered in her basement. She gets mugged, followed and almost kidnapped, more than once. Nothing is going right, except for the unexpected attraction she feels for the hunky detective ‘hot on the trail’ of a serial killer and Vaiden’s determined to protect her, even if that means protecting her from herself.

Detective Rob Vaiden is in the middle of a serial murder case when he meets the very naked Charlie Blair, who just happens to be pointing a Glock at his chest. He’s can’t afford to get distracted, but that’s exactly what happens as soon as he sets eyes on the shapely spitfire. Finding a dead body in her basement, that matches other victims of the killer dubbed ‘Orion’, convinces Vaiden that Charlie is in danger and she’s driving him crazy getting into trouble at every turn. How does a man keep a woman safe who doesn’t think she needs help until it almost gets her killed? He’s determined to figure out who the killer is and how Charlie is involved, before ‘Orion’ makes her his next victim.

For a lover of history and archeology in general, Romancing the Stones was an unexpected, but happy treasure. Ms. Berlin has done a wonderful job juggling all aspects of this well-written but complicated tale…romance, suspense, history, myth, murder, and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end. The characters are intriguing, the pace quick and lively, and the overall story entertaining; leaving you with the desire to read more about these people and what happens after the book ends. Charlie is strong, tenacious, smart, independent, sexy and used to taking care of herself. Vaiden is a dedicated, quick-witted, determined, hardworking hunk who’s protective of what he considers his. At times, these two mix as well as oil and water but when they come together, it’s filled with passion and fire. On top of all this, Ms. Berlin has included some great secondary characters that only make the story better and even leave a few questions about them that I’d still like answered. Oh, well, maybe I’ll get my answers in a future book following the lives and adventures of these two lovers.

Seducing The Wolf


Book Title: Seducing The Wolf
Author: Marisa Chenery
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Publisher URL: http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59578-492-6
Genre: Werewolf Paranormal Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Billie York works as a personal trainer at her family’s gym, and she has a talent that no one but her family knows about. Once she meets a person, she can always locate them no matter where they are. This unique ability comes in handy when her brother, Hayes, has a fight with his wife and Billie has to bring his intoxicated butt home. She finds him in the Wulf’s Den, so drunk he can’t even get to her vehicle without help. Billie meets Royce when he offers to help get her brother to the car, and despite their mutual attraction and a sizzling kiss, he refuses to see her again. Growing up as the only female in a household with five men has taught Billie to go after what she wants, and she’s not willing to let a little thing like Royce’s reluctance get in her way.

As a werewolf, Royce knows on scenting her that Billie is his mate. He also knows that she’s a human, a mortal, just like the mate he loved and lost years before. Afraid his heart won’t survive losing another woman, he fights his attraction. He also knows it’s a battle he’ll lose, because it’s just a matter of time before he’ll seek her out and claim her for his own. What Royce doesn’t know is that another male werewolf is stalking him, and he’s willing to use Billie to get what he wants…Royce’s blood to use in a magic spell.

Seducing the Wolf is the third book by Ms. Chenery set in the pack world of the Wulf’s Den. While it’s not necessary to have read the first two books, it does lead to a greater understanding of some secondary characters and their continuing antagonistic relationships. Ms. Chenery does a wonderful job bringing the paranormal lives of her characters to life, strategically adding pieces of background history/information without sounding dry, boring or preachy.

I loved Billie’s kick-ass attitude and her no-nonsense way of dealing with her father and four over-protective older brothers. They might be larger, but Billie doesn’t let a little thing like size stand in the way of ‘taking down’ one of her brothers, if necessary. Her ability to locate anyone was also a nice addition to her personality and an unexpected but pleasant surprise, which added a nice touch to the plotline. Royce was a little more predictable than his mate, which didn’t lessen the likeability of his character, or the vital part he played in the plot. As an important character from the first two books, it was nice to see Royce find his HEA with a mate able to stand up for herself in the werewolf world.

It was nice to see the primary characters from the first two books, especially Beowulf and Roxie. The villain here was, as expected Grendel, and his ‘I hate you’ attitude once again got him into more trouble than he expected, endangering not only Billie and Royce, but Billie’s brother, Finn, as well. I look forward to seeing what Ms. Chenery does with Finn in a future book.

Asian Spice


Book Title: Asian Spice
Author: Dana Littlejohn
Publisher: Phaze Books
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60659-007-2
Genre: Contemporary Interracial
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph


After being dismissed by her boyfriend for being too strong and making more money than him, Taniea decides it’s time for a change. On the drop of a dime, she accepted a job offer that would transfer her to China and add some new experiences to her life.

Michael Chen is the handsome co-worker assigned to show Taniea around China while she is there. Taniea makes Michael an offer that he has no intention of refusing and their passions boil over like an unwatched pot on the stove.

Asian Spice is a romantic story of what happens when a woman meets a real man who accepts her as his equal. I was a bit shocked by Taniea’s boldness at times but I loved the fact that she didn’t change to try and keep a man. Michael surprised me in the end, but definitely in a good way. As a couple they, they were hotter than summer in Las Vegas, and a perfect balance. Dana Littlejohn has written another scorcher.

Protective Custody


Book Title: Protective Custody
Author: Paige Tyler
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Publisher URL: http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59578-488-9
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Paisley McCoy loves her job as a reporter for a local magazine, the San Francisco Bay Beat, and getting to write reviews for area nightclubs is just icing on the cake of life. So when her office is broken into and her files ransacked, she can’t understand why anyone would bother. Then someone tries to break into her apartment while she’s home. These two events get her a 24/7 bodyguard in the form of Inspector Gray Beckham, courtesy of her police captain father. He’s gorgeous, sexy, arrogant, opinionated, and certain he’s always right, which means he’s the exact opposite of the men she’s usually attracted to…but attracted she is and there’s no use denying it.

Gray Beckham is a hardworking, dedicated police inspector who isn’t thrilled when he’s pulled off of an important burglary stake-out to ‘baby-sit’ his captain’s sexy daughter and it doesn’t help that she’s acting like a spoiled brat. He might not like the protection detail he’s been assigned, but he takes his job seriously and is determined to keep her safe. What they don’t know is that her stalker is more deadly and close at hand than they ever imagined.

The premise for this new contemporary romance isn’t new, but that doesn’t stop Protective Custody from being an enjoyable afternoon read. The characters of Paisley and Gray are hot, passionate and sexy together and the story fast and lively. But one of the best things was that I didn’t figure out who the stalker was until almost the end, and I was surprised at his identity. What I did have problems with was that in spite of the danger Paisley was in, she and Gray didn’t use good judgment in where and when they had sex. It was as if this smart and dedicated man had suddenly lost all his self-control, allowing his emotions and physical needs to rule his mind and actions. This was totally out of character for how he was portrayed in the beginning and ending of the story. If the story had been a little longer, allowing more time before they became involved, and they had both been more careful in the where and how, the plot would have been more believable.

An Inner Darkness


Book Title: An Inner Darkness
Author: Ally Blue
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-60504-227-7
Genre: Gay Romance
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Sam Raintree, Dr. Bo Broussard and Bo’s ex-wife Janine have all gathered at Sam’s and Bo’s apartment to commemorate his younger son’s birthday. But too much bitterness has build up in the past year for Janine to resist making nasty remarks, mostly directed at Sam, whom she blames for the breakup of her marriage, so the peace does not last long. Another issue that has the potential to become dangerous is Bo’s older son Adrian, who at eleven years old is showing signs of psychokinesis, which is the same ability as Sam. Confused about what is happening to him, Adrian turns to Bo and Sam for help. Afraid that Sam and Bo are encouraging delusions in Adrian, Janine escalates the conflicts by not allowing Bo to see his sons. This pushes Adrian over the edge and all hell breaks lose.

An Inner Darkness is book 5 in the Bay City Paranormal Investigations series. Sam and Bo have settled into a committed relationship. Bo has finally come completely out of the closet, Sean and Adrian are adjusting to Sam and the BCPI business is doing well. Janine, however, is still filled with jealousy and bitterness for no apparent reason other than she enjoys playing the role of the scorned ex-wife and manipulating everyone. I was hopeful someone would slap her, but Sam and Bo are ever the gentlemen. Facing real terror proved to be a better incentive for Janine to change her bad attitude and accept reality about herself. Ally Blue has produced another exciting episode that holds you in suspense to the very end, with a liberal portion of emotional turmoil and sensual lovemaking.

Killer Curves


Book Title: Killer Curves
Author: Regina Carlysle
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419917844
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Nymph rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Bramble Nymph

Being married to a racing mega-star wasn’t easy for Carrie Martin Salem. When a devastating crash resulted in Mark’s death, she left her glitzy and glamorous life in the public eye to lick her wounds in private in Mesquite Creek, Texas. Even though racecar driver J.T. Sims was her husband’s best friend, he was always there for her whenever she needed support. Now three years down the road, does she have what it takes to change their relationship from being just friends to lovers?

Though Carrie wants to come across as a tough, mature woman, she is still hurting on the inside. At times, I just wanted to strangle her already dead husband for turning her into an emotional coward. It is clear that J.T wants the woman badly and is determined to put his point across. He is no doubt sexy but his flaring temper makes him appear childish at times instead of an understanding man. They already have a dormant relationship and J.T just has to show up at her doorstep to fan out the flames.

The sex that they share is explosive. The raunchy episodes are totally uplifting for Carrie’s soul as she seems to come out of her self-constructed protective shell each time J.T takes her passion soaring. The plot relies heavily on sex as it was meant to wash away Carrie’s burdens and doubts. I do agree that all of it changes her point of view but I would have liked more conversation along with jaunty episodes in the bedroom.

The author deals with their emotions carefully near the end, making the story incredibly romantic and sensual. The fear of pain and loss makes most of us respond as we do, and Ms. Carlysle sleekly brings all the feelings together. With the excitement and adrenaline rush familiar to the racing circuit, Killer Curves overcomes a hard hitting bend in the road to love!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Outlook Orgasmic


Book Title: Outlook Orgasmic
Author: Hannah Beckham
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-943-9
Genre: Paranormal, Action/Adventure, Humor and Satire
Nymph rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Bramble Nymph

For Greek vampire Niko Pappas, Kansas City had a strange pull. That was the only reason he stuck to the city bravely dealing with Elijah Doorman’s crazy threats. Terri Smythe’s itchy feet made her move from New York to Missouri but the great step couldn’t cure the boredom bothering her. A mystical gift from a novelty shop called Madam Periwinkle’s Erotic Delights brings her face to face with a dead body that becomes her cure-all. Can she bring everything to order before her recent orgasms become a distant memory?

Terri can be any real life gal bogged down by boredom and looking for a chance to get out. Niko is a strong and magnificent vampire on a mission but I just couldn’t get that hero-like feel from him. His qualities never showed up enough for me to fall in love with him but he sure knew how to make Terri’s fantasies come to life. The pull was instant and the relationship starts after a stint of bone-melting sex. It is all up to the reader to find the romance between them and believe in it.

The sex happens at some seriously outrageous times and even though it was steamy enough to burn the pages, I found myself glancing behind for any chance of danger. The busy plot has the reader on the edge finding answers to the questions that bother Terri. There is so much going on in the short length of the story that I found myself re-reading parts just to keep on track. It does have a little twisted surprise at the end that made me admire the author’s imagination.

The Magic 8-Ball that Terri gets from the erotic shop, Madam Periwinkle’s Erotic Delights, is a character in itself. I really laughed at some of its predictions and longed for a device of my own. The bantering between Terri and her best girls, Maggie, Rena and Dana was pretty entertaining. All in all, I really liked the idea of constructing stories around a novelty erotic shop that has paranormal aspects connected to it and Outlook Orgasmic has left the field wide open for more fun reads like this.

Storm Warning


Book Title: Storm Warning
Author: Sydney Somers
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-60504-192-0
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Blair Murphy is a tenacious journalist who’s on the trail of a corrupt local politician when she meets a hot and hunky stranger who makes her forget about her undercover investigation…at least for a little while. Drew Reid is everything she’s ever wanted in a man: charming, sexy, has a sense of humor that makes her laugh, and he’s protective. What’s not to like about the man? Despite their blistering physical attraction, Blair finds it difficult to trust a man who refuses to disclose the identity of the woman who keeps calling his cell phone.

Drew Reid is a demon-slayer and he’s on the ragged edge of burn-out, which is what gets him a forced two-week vacation. He’s not happy being away from his family and friends until he spies sexy Blair Murphy tailing a small group of men. With his job, he doesn’t need an inquisitive woman in his life; when she leaves, he thinks it’s for the best, except he can’t stop thinking about her. When they meet again at a co-worker’s party, he’s shocked to learn the woman of his dreams is the younger sister of his best friend, Brax. He doesn’t need the complication, but he can’t stay away from her either.

Storm Warning is Ms. Somers’ third release in her ongoing Shadow Destroyers series, and should be read in order to get the greatest understanding of the characters and ongoing plotline. Like the other books in the series, Storm Warning is well-written, fast-paced and filled with interesting and intriguing characters determined to save the world from the clutches of the demon horde bent on destruction and domination.

The wonderful job of world-building, which Ms. Somers started in Unbreakable and Stripped Away, has been continued in this exciting third story, allowing the reader to step into its pages not as an observer, but as a participant. Her characters of Blair and Drew are likeable and sexy, and when they come together, the only word to describe their blistering passion is…wow! I loved the integration of important characters from the previous two books, and the new ones added here, especially Drew’s young daughter, Molly. Add in a few demons, corrupt politicians, and an unexpected enemy, and you have all the components needed for a great suspenseful, romantic, paranormal read.

This well-plotted original story and its extended, detailed plotline give me great hope for more equally intriguing books following the Shadow Destroyers in the future. This book is another keeper book in a keeper series.

Guarded by Stone


Book Title: Guarded by Stone
Author: Yolanda Sfetsos
Publisher: Cobblestone Press
Publisher URL: http://www.cobblestone-press.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60088-235-7
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Jemma hurries to Hyde Park in hopes of seeing the handsome man who is the source of her fantasies. For the past month, they greet each other with a polite smile, but they have never spoken. This evening, things are different; no one is in the park and Jemma is attacked by what looked like a man with strange eyes. Coming to her rescue, her handsome stranger takes her home. The next day Jemma seeks out her savior and discovers his name is Mason and he is one of the guardians of Sydney, but there is more to Mason than meets the eye and Jemma discovers her attacker is a creature who feeds on humans.

Guarded by Stone is a creative story of the supernatural. Jemma lives a simple life consisting of working in a bookstore and home. The trek through the park started out as a short cut to her apartment, and then became an excuse to see Mason. Mason leads a lonely life as guardian, ever mindful of his duties. He simply could not resist his attraction to Jemma but by telling her the reality of what he is, he is able to perform his duties and have a life with Jemma too. Yolanda Sfetsos has created an interesting and enjoyable story with unique creatures.

Kiss Me Again


Book Title: Kiss Me Again
Author: Dee Tenorio
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-60504-193-9
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Callisto Nymph


Kira Weston has a good job, a strong, caring best friend and a pretty decent dating life. Unfortunately, she’s still hooked on the one man who broke her heart. Three years later and Ethan Rourke is strolling back into her life, asking for help to avoid his boss’ overly friendly advances.

She doesn’t believe he really needs her but when things get a little messy and Ethan believes she’s dating a gigolo; Kira suddenly has a chance at a little payback.

Only, instead of seduction, she realizes that there might be such things as second chances. Is this her chance to find out just what went wrong?

Or is it time for her to finally give him up?

The theme of redemption has been written before and in truth, the story isn’t truly about redemption but about self-forgiveness. Like a redeeming of a soul, if you will. Kira Weston and Ethan Rourke are former lovers who are still profoundly wrapped within each other. Neither has been able to really move on and both sides are full of regrets.

Neither intends to see the other again if they can avoid it.

But of course, there’d be no story if they didn’t. Writing with a delightfully dry wit and the unquestionably fine skill of touching upon just the right emotions, Ms. Tenorio writes a story about love, trust, and the very human feeling of inadequacy. I loved Kira and Ethan for their so very realistic qualities.

Ethan is not the typical romance hero. He is a sensitive, smart man, stuck in a rut because of a hurtful past and he shields himself tightly because of it. Kira is not the typical romance heroine either. She is impressive in her determination to break down the walls between herself and Ethan but she too, protects herself with dreams of a perfect Prince Charming. Watching them struggle to find each other all over again through the maze of their cluttered and often painful emotions was a tear-jerker from the start.

I was further impressed by the plot of the story. Simple, straightforward, it is turned into a masterpiece by a cast of memorable secondary characters like Peter, Ethan’s playboy friend and Kira’s best friend Betsy, along with sub plots that made me smile as each person somehow found their happy ending. Each play a vital role in the overall story, bringing life and vibrancy to it that made this story a definite re-read.

A full five nymphs and a serious recommendation for those who believe in the beauty of hard-earned second chances.

Cave Creek Cowboy Total Top


Book Title: Cave Creek Cowboy Total Top
Author: Brit Blaise
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-373-3
Genre: Gay Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Spence Thorin is selling his house located on top of a mountain in Arizona, so he gives a little party in hopes that his friend Bev is interested in buying. Bev is not only interested; she arrives with contractor Paul Wilson. Spence and Paul have an instant attraction to each other but the morning after a night of making love, Spence gets the surprise of his life when Paul’s sister comes to pick him up and Spence learns she is pregnant with his child. Spence cannot abandon the mother of his child; he must find a way to help Lupe and still hold on to Paul.

Cave Creek Cowboy Total Top is an imaginative romance. Spence is rich and had a bisexual one-night-stand lifestyle in the past. A dangerous episode caused Spence to examine his life and make some changes. He decided what he really wanted was a long term relationship with a man. Paul wanted Spence, but his prejudices kept getting in the way. Facing his demons, Paul learns his feelings for Spence are stronger than his problems. Brit Blaise has produced a sensuous and tender love story that I enjoyed.

Stealing West


Book Title: Stealing West
Author: Jamie Craig
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-376-4
Genres: Gay / Historical / The Old West / BDSM / Series
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Life as a bank robber is hard enough on Leon Stroud, but couple that with being falsely accused of committing murder and you can understand why he’s on the run. Kenneth, his partner-in-crime, has a new family and wants to protect them. They set out for a new territory as law-abiding citizens, hoping to gain a chance for a fresh start. On their way to California, Leon spots Thomas Grady, a meticulous bounty hunter, and knows there is only one way to help Kenneth. Leon tries to make a break and hopes to refocus Grady’s attention. Leon gets his wish and a great deal more. Grady lives up to his reputation as a bounty hunter and the two ignite with a passion that leaves them dazed and seeking a way to make their connection last.

Jamie Craig brings BDSM to the Old West in Stealing West. The chase was just as exciting as the action after the actual capture. Grady fought his feelings for Leon, which is an understandable reaction when you remember they operate on opposite sides of the law. However, revealing their sexual appetites allowed the men to revel in their newfound closeness; and walls erected to avoid love and bonds eventually tumbled down. Leon knew exactly what he was guilty of and I understood why he was so adamant when he defended himself. There is nothing worse than loving someone and knowing they think the very worse of you as a person. The characters are appealing, the action will keep you on the edge of your seat, and the love story behind these two men will have you cheering for the underdog.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Abraxas Series: Books 1-3


Book Title: The Abraxas Series: Books 1-3
Author: Cinsearae Santiago
Publisher: Lulu Press
Publisher URL: Self Publish Lulu Press
ISBN: 978-1-4357-2847-9
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Nymph Rating: 1.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Fire Nymph


Christine Vargas didn’t expect to live after she was attacked in the dark alley. When she did live, she noticed that she was different. Not quite dead, yet not quite alive either. Christine had new powers that she learned how to use quickly, and then used them to hunt down her attackers and show them what it’s like to be attacked by one stronger.

The attack on the vampires drew attention from the Lord Abraxas, Ryan Price. The lord of a small vampire clan, has lived alone most of his life. A few meaningless relationships here and there. Had he finally found his Lady? The only one able to rule beside him?

Christine and Ryan meet, and the instant attraction is too much for either one of them to ignore. They begin to rule side by side. Facing traitors and crazy ex-girlfriends, will they survive to rule together, or will the truth split them up and leave the clan in harm’s way?

The Abraxas Series had a great plot, a story line that had awesome potential. However, the books were poorly edited, and it killed the story for me. I had troubles following the characters, because I was trying to put together full sentences when I found words missing. I believe with a good dictionary and Thesaurus, accompanied by a serious round of editing, these books would be great.

His Sire's Heart


Book Title: His Sire's Heart
Author: Shayne Carmichael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-377-2
Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Aristid St. Germain prepares for a party hosted by him in the Cotswold district of England. Debauchery is in full swing in the ballroom, but Aristid is too bored to indulge, even though his appetite for pleasure continues to increase and the monster inside is gaining more control over his life. The only man who can save Aristid is the man from his past that chose to leave him when Aristid needed him most.

His Sire’s Heart is a beautiful story of unrequited love. Aristid was desperate for his sire’s love and developed a lifestyle of debauchery to gain his sire’s attention, but his sire never protested anything that Aristid did; proof in Aristid’s mind that his sire did not love him. Meeting Delano is the only time Aristid loses control and actually feels strong desires for someone again. Later when secrets are revealed, Aristid understands why. The extremely talented Shayne Carmichael delivers a heart wrenching tale that will leave you all warm and fuzzy inside. Filled with emotional turmoil and sensuous love scenes, I thoroughly enjoyed this historical romance.

Running From the Past


Book Title: Running From the Past
Author: Katie Reus
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419917981
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Emma Garcia isn’t a Miami socialite by choice, but by necessity. Witnessing a crime prompts her to leave Miami and search of a safe haven. Emma answers an ad for a remote small town ranch and transforms from socialite to cook and housekeeper. It seems like a good trade to Emma when she remembers her life is at stake. Now she is in an extremely different type of danger. If Emma is not careful, she could lose her heart to the sexy ranch owner Caleb Ryder.

Caleb is a retired Marine and every bit as dangerous as Emma believes. He wouldn’t harm a hair on her head and is ready to step in as protector and lover. Caleb is discovering that Emma has come to mean both heart and home to him over the past few days. Now that he has found happiness, Caleb is willing to use every bit of his skills to protect the woman who has captured his attention.

Running From the Past transports us into the world of a rancher and a socialite. Emma isn’t the kind of woman who grew up in wealth with prestigious parents. She is the daughter of an infamous man. While she hasn’t allowed her illegal ties to corrupt her, she has allowed it to dictate finding love and happiness. Caleb has been alone so long that the morsel of happiness Emma brings into his life seems foreign at first. However, I’ll admit he took falling in love better than most male characters I’ve read of late, and decided to throw caution to the wind. I loved the fact that he didn’t judge Emma because of her association with others, but by her own character. It takes a confident man to do that. The story is suspenseful and erotic in just the right places. There is no overkill with Running From the Past. Those who enjoy handsome former military men and the feisty women they love will enjoy this well written story.

Oh, George


Book Title: Oh, George
Author: Christiane France
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-341-2
Genre: Gay Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Zachary Hannington is sitting in his office daydreaming about making love to a man with black hair and a runway model’s body, when his human resources manager comes in to tell him that his personal assistant Daniel is in the hospital and all other experienced employees are not available. With an important meeting this afternoon, Zack’s only option for PA is George Parker from the secretarial pool and the man of his dreams. George is attracted to Zack and he knows Zack feels the same way, but Zack has a rule against dating his employees. Spending the afternoon in close contact, Zack can no longer resist George and is considering breaking his own rule.

Oh, George is a delightful love story. Zack is tired of one night stands and looking for that special someone to have a relationship with. He feels a connection with George but resists acting upon it. When Zack finally gives in to his desires, he does not trust his feelings and jumps to the wrong conclusions about George. George is a sensitive man who knows exactly what he wants, even though he is a little hesitant about asking for it. Christian France has created an emotionally heartwarming tale of love at its beginnings.

Lux in Shadow


Book Title: Lux in Shadow
Author: R. G. Alexander
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-60504-136-X
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Sylvain is a were who has been hunted for years because she is considered a person of destruction who’s clan thinks she is a danger to them. When she sees Lux & Arygon kissing together in the woods she is so fascinated that she does not see an attacker who has been sent to kill her. Now that she has bonded with both men, there is no turning back for none of them.

Arygon Dydarren is a were who has been love with Lux the Vampire since seeing him at the council and will do anything for him, even though it is forbidden to mix races. Knowing that, he was going against everything his were clan believed was law even though he was different himself. He was even more determined to have both Lux and Sylvain as his mates once he had some time alone with each of them and realized that they are soul mates.

Lux had to heal them after they had been attacked so he would not follow them into the afterlife and was shaken by the attack on them. Even with him fighting his feeling for both Arygon and Sylvain, he tried to change things by seeking out others for his own satisfaction and he could not enjoy it because he was constantly thinking of them.

After reading Lux in Shadow, Book 2 of Children of the Goddess series, I am blown away at how this story unfolded for me. The characters are so prideful but yet complement each other quite well. With all the suspense and fighting among the weres it was hard not to go to the end of the book to see what happens. The fact that Sylvain was way more than what the people expected was not a surprise to me with the male dominant pack.

R. G. Alexander writes of vampires, weres, Goddesses and shadows were fabulous! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I’m looking forward to the next one too.

Black Leather Night and Other Tales (Collection)


Book Title: Black Leather Night and Other Tales (Collection)
Author: Willa Okati
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60521-092-6
Genre: Paranormal Collections, Gay
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Black Leather 5 Nymphs
Robhain, a vampire, watched his two human employees from his tinted window office. Bryne is wearing tight black leather pants again, Robhain yearns to make love to Bryne but is afraid to approach him. If Bryne makes a complaint against him, it could mean Robhain’s execution. Tormented beyond his endurance by those tight pants, Robhain decides it is time to either make love to Bryne or face his death for having intimate contact with a human

Into the Shadows 4 Nymphs
Closing up for the night, Donal, a city money changer, was thinking of what he could do rather than go home, when another money changer Linus invited Donal out with the group of co-workers for drinks at the bar; maybe Donal would get lucky and find a guy to spend the night with. Linus did not really appeal to Donal but he accepted anyway, along with the offered sex in the shower before going to the bar. Donal was hiding from someone who lurked in the shadows. After many drinks and browsing the bar for possible bed partners, Donal’s biggest fear is realized when Kyreion, a vampire no longer in shadow, walks in.

The Hunter 3 Nymphs
Ronan has a long and stressful day in the hospital’s ER; he is a medic taking care of the usual accidents coming into the emergency room and secretly marking holy signs on those who had been bitten by rogue vampires. Tired, but feeling the need for a little sexual company, Ronan goes on the hunt for a hooker. Driving his van with a mattress in the back, Ronan spots Seth, a hooker new to the scene. Ronan invites Seth into the back of the van, promising to pay more than the usual service fee. Ronan is accustomed to one night stands, but one look at Seth tells him that Seth is a keeper.

Tale of the Night 5 Nymphs
Getting ready to go home to his drab little house in the poorest section of the city, Darien, a city guard, was called into Captain Yanof’s office. Nervous about meeting with the tough female commander, Darien is surprised when she informs him that she has a special three day assignment for him, guarding a tame vampire, who is also her brother. Darien has been trained to hunt down and kill rogue vampires and is not sure any could really be considered tame, but this is a chance to earn enough to eat real food, something he could not afford before. Upon arrival at Yanof’s house, Darien meets the beautiful vampire Aydn. Since it is against the law for humans to indulge in sexual acts with vampires, Darien must wage an internal battle with his own body. Darien soon learns that there is more to this assignment than being a temporary guard to a vampire and he must make a choice that could change his life forever.

Crimson Nights – Memory 3 Nymphs
Vampire Malaki and his demon lover Silvan escape to the mountains after Silvan stirs up trouble with the local humans. The two become lost and a rock slide causes Malaki to lose his memory but Silvan refuses to leave him and he finds shelter in a cave. Silvan feels rejected when Malaki calls out the names of former lovers but cannot remember Silvan. By feeding all of Malaki’s hungers, Silvan is remembered and loved.

Crimson Nights – Don’t Look Now 3 Nymphs
Ransom wakes up with a hangover and a male stranger in his bed. Being half demon, Ransom would sometimes get foreseeing dreams and this may be one of them. With bits of the night before coming back to memory, Ransom’s bedmate is a vampire named Fox. There has always been a connection of vampires desiring demons as servants. Since Ransom is only part demon, he thought he was safe; he did not want a master or did he?

Sixty-Nine Reasons 3 Nymphs
Turned then rejected by the master vampire Draylen, young vampire Reziel gathers his pride and sets out to find a place of his own. Meeting a flower girl who turns out to be a demon, Reziel offers Tracy a job as his housekeeper. They find a vacant house and while Reziel is out feeding, Tracy transforms the house into a comfortable home. Before returning home, Reziel meets a half starved vendor. Reziel offers the attractive man sex and a place to live. Tinder is quick to accept, Reziel turns Tinder and takes him home. In one night, Reziel goes from whipped dog to master of two who belong to him.

Missing Pieces 3 Nymphs
Standing outside the window of a one room dugout, feeling an unseen presence at his back, he watched himself and another man in the act of making love. But how could he watch his body and not feel? Shortly after having that thought, he was pushed, by the presence, into his body again. Moments later, both men realize that they did not know who they were or how they came to be in this place. Following on the heels of that thought was also the discovery that one of them is a vampire. Getting only little snippets of memory in their dreams, it is a struggle to regain their identity and face the predicament that brought them to this place.

Black Leather Night and Other Tales is an eight story collection of vampires by the talented Willa Okati. Each story is interesting with different levels of emotion. The one theme that is apparent in each story is prejudice and the lack of trust. This is an amazing collection that I greatly enjoyed.

The Vampire Oracle: Chalice


Book Title: The Vampire Oracle: Chalice
Author: Ericka Scott
Publisher: Cobblestone Press
Publisher URL: http://www.cobblestone-press.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60088-273-9
Genre: Vampire/Suspense
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


The threat of a sadistic ex-husband has turned Sapphire McKenzie into a reclusive vampire. Sapphire is definitely not living the life normally associated with a PI. However, thanks to her AI computer Van Helsing, she has become one of the best detectives around. Nevertheless, while Van is good at what he does, there are things he can’t do, like supply blood, love, and mind-blowing orgasms. The one man able to accomplish all three and leave Sapphire sated was Drake Chastain -- the one that got away.

Drake is knee deep in legal issues and tied to the murders of women he formerly dated. The only person who is skilled enough to find the real murderer is Sapphire. After years of separation, will they be able to join forces and save Drake from serving time in prison?

Drake has had a hard time since his breakup with Sapphire. He loves her, but his attempts to move on haven’t been very successful. Sapphire has missed having Drake in her life and in her bed but stepped back from him for very unselfish reasons. The Vampire Oracle: Chalice is a fast-paced read that stimulates your mind and libido. The characters are entertaining and Sapphire delivers a nice spin on the lifestyle of a private detective. The Vampire Oracle: Chalice is just what you are looking for if you enjoy a mystery mixed with blood, vampires, and sex.