Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Altered Heart

Book Title: Altered Heart
Author: Kate Steele
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-822-8
Genre: LGBT Shape shifter, Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Rio Hardin decides to call it a night and go to his rented room when a large guy grabs his shoulder and offers to pay for sex. A runaway turned street hustler, Rio needs rent money so he accepts the guy’s offer. That guy turns out to be Kevin Sutter, a sadistic alpha werewolf. Rio is bitten and held captive by Sutter for weeks before he is rescued. The Committee for Supernatural Behavioral Enforcement had received reports of Sutter’s activities and sent enforcer and werewolf Mick Matranga to arrest Sutter. When Mick confronts Sutter, it ends with a fight to Sutter’s death. Mick then moves on to the other part of his mission of rescuing the used and abused Rio.

Altered Heart is an emotionally gripping well written plot with realistic circumstances that most people can relate to. Rio is a runaway who has suffered many abuses. Survival is his only motivation for being a hustler; there is no pleasure in the acts he must perform to live. He has lost his ability to trust strangers and separates his emotions from his body. Surviving all the abuse he has endured, Rio’s mental state is still capable of having reasonable judgment and the more time he spends with Mick, the more Rio realizes that Mick has no hidden agenda and is not the enemy; the desire to be with Mick begin to surface. Mick is an honorable and compassionate man who can be a bad ass when it comes to people breaking the law and abusing others. His wolf knows that Rio is his mate, but Mick denies his instincts rather than push Rio into something that he is not prepared to deal with. All of that changes when Rio is facing his first full moon change, Mick endeavors to ease the pain by giving Rio sexual pleasure, which also serves to bond the mates, making two wolves very happy at last. The extraordinary Kate Steele has the ability to engage your heart, mind and libido in this compelling story that exhibits the plight of runaways; some of the obstacles they face and the social awareness of a few caring individuals. The real life characters lured me into the saga and held me spellbound to the very end of this tantalizing, thought provoking and very sensual tale. Altered Heart is a keeper to be read more than once.

On Wings, Rising

Book Title: On Wings, Rising
Author: Ann Somerville
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-60504-205-6
Genre: Gay-Lesbian Romance, Romantic SciFi-Futuristic
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Dinun qel Noto is a resident of a Dinun settlement known as Getake. He prefers to spend his time camping under the stars while he makes his living, rather than dealing with his community’s intolerant opinion of his sexuality. His latest excursion helps him find a treasure he never thought to see with his own eyes. Dinun discovers an injured Angel named Moon.

Moon is from a group of telepathic Angels. They are as beautiful as they are deadly when provoked, but have a sensuality that enthralls humans. Dinun soon discovers he is not immune to Moon’s raw magnetism. The two men become companions and lovers while seeking those who have invaded their home world. They are working on borrowed time as they attempt to rescue kidnapped Angel children, prevent the threat from escalating, and maintain their budding relationship.

Dinun soon learns you don’t need wings to be a hero, just the heart of a warrior.

Dinun is a maverick if I’ve ever read about one. His choice to be openly gay has caused him to live without a lover in his community but he would have it no other way. Dinun is the product of two strong parents, and I doubt he could have ever denied his true desires. Moon is a respected member of his community and has had a life filled with love and support. Exposing Dinun to his people was a mixture of bitter and sweet. Dinun observes living freely without sexual hang-ups and longs to enjoy such a marvel, but he knows he will ultimately return to Getake. The setting is breathtaking, the characters perfectly detailed, and the story keeps you captivated until the end. The altered dialect of the Angels is just one more characteristic that allows you to visualize them more clearly. Ann Somerville has written a wonderful story about love, honor, commitment, and sacrifice in On Wings, Rising. Ms. Somerville has created a wonderful start to this series and I’m anxiously awaiting the next installment.


Book Title: Kidnapped
Author: Jade James
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-746-7
Genre: LGBT Futuristic Vampire Ménage
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Sierra Rand receives an invitation to Fantasy House to meet her computer-matched vampires Van Merck and his mate, Roman Trance. Sierra does not want to be mated so she goes into hiding. The problem is that Van and Roman have been keeping watch; they find her and the sexual appeal is so strong between the three that Sierra can not resist.

Kidnapped is an interesting vampire story with a modern twist. Sierra has a reasonable fear of vampires, but she found Van and Roman irresistible. Van and Roman love each other yet they both feel there is more needed to enhance their relationship and they both desire Sierra. Jade James has created a sensual and tantalizing story that I enjoyed.

Rogue Warriors 3: Queen

Book Title: Rogue Warriors 3: Queen
Author: Marie Treanor
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-915-6
Genre: Futuristic, Paranormal, Action/Adventure, Cyber-Punk
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Princess Gina is heir to the Dragul crown, a position that holds equal shares of privilege and obligation. She has traveled to the dome to fulfill one of her commitments -- the arranged marriage to a powerful leader. While there are certain political reasons for the union, Gina wants to experience sexual pleasure before entering a loveless marriage with a stranger.

Sylvus is a powerful leader of the western Dragul and Gina’s betrothed. He is unsure of how his intended will respond to him, but has come prepared to fight for the unity his people need and the happiness that he and Gina deserve.

Gina gains a night of pleasure, not with one man, but two capable and attentive lovers. That one evening will begin a chain of events destined to either fortify or destroy the pending alliance.

Gina loves her father and while she respects his decision, she feels cheated by the arranged marriage. Still treated as a child in some aspects, I understand why she is hurt. Then you have Sylvus, a leader whose actions helped him to earn his position in life. Strong, dependable, respected and well liked, he is the kind of man you want on your side. Sylvus wants Gina to give their marriage a fair chance but knows she is reluctant to wed him. While he is capable of providing an alternative solution to alliance, he wants a future with Gina and refuses to let the opportunity pass through his fingers like running water. I enjoyed watching them interact. Their fervor and desire were undeniable and Sylvus recognized what lied underneath their lust. The love they wanted was within reach if only Gina would give their relationship a chance. Marie Treanor brings us action, romance, and a healthy dose of passion in Rogue Warriors 3: Queen.

The Stone House

Book Title: The Stone House
Author: JoJo Brown
Publisher: Extasy
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.net/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-052-3
Genre: Paranormal, Werewolf, Shapeshifter, Romance
Nymph Rating: 2.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Silver Minx

Eloise Astrid Hakan had a normal life until an unexpected invitation to The Stone House changed her life. Eloise had no idea why she received such an invitation; she goes to the house intending to inform them of the mistake. She meets the Master of the house, Dustin Seidman, feeling instant attraction for him. Confused, she runs from him fearing that the same fate that had taken the women of her family for generations would claim her as well.

Dustin had a quest. He was fierce in proving himself to the council, because of his cousin Bjorn’s mistakes. Eloise is key to saving his clan and he is determined to protect her from the Dark Ones. Will love save them or will Bjorn destroy them all?

I really enjoyed the story in this book. Another great twist on girl meets boy. The sex was classic and enjoyable. I have always enjoyed the paranormal twists on love stories and this is no exception. There were times throughout the book that I had to go back a re-read because I didn’t catch what had happened. Other times, things suddenly happened without explaining when or how they happened. Overall, not a bad book but with having to re-read paragraphs, took away from the story for me.

Frozen in Time

Book Title: Frozen in Time
Author: Koko Brown
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-776-4
Genre: Multicultural Time Travel Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Reese Johnson has dreams but lacks the self-confidence to make them part of her reality. Settling to work as the manager of Gotham City Comics, Reese wishes for the fortitude to take the next step. It won’t be a fairy godmother who grants Reese’s wish, but Loki, the Norse god of mischief. His solution will definitely eliminate her mundane existence while forcing Reese to do his bidding.Eirik Sigurdsson, a Viking Warlord, sees the feisty beauty and is utterly captivated. His past makes him denounce love, but it does not dampen his libido. Between Eirik’s arrogance, Reese’s pride, a mischievous god and a king with his own agenda, problems are sure to pop-up. For all the pain Eirik has endured, will he gain the love he deserves or will it vanish like the sands of time?

Eirik is handsome, built to last, arrogant, and possesses enough skills as a lover to leave you immobile and in need of a snack. He believes in taking care of his family and those in his keep. Beauty and brains are Reese’s strong suits, but her lack of self-esteem dampens her existence. Mischief brought them together, but both walk away with new insights and are stronger and happier. Eirik gains love and trust while Reese discovers her strength and determination. Koko Brown is a fantastic author, and thrusts us back in time for their story. With appealing characters, a beautiful yet harsh setting, and easy flowing canter throughout the novel, Frozen in Time will captivate you, wreak havoc on your senses, and leave you wishing for more.

Burn Card

Book Title: Burn Card
Author: Laura Baumbach
Publisher: Aspen Mountain Press
Publisher URL: http://www.aspenmountainpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60168-133-1
Genre: M/M Contemporary Thriller
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Las Vegas CSI Coty Baxter is working a crime scene alone after the other criminalist is taken home sick. Coty has just finished bagging the evidence when he is knocked out from behind. Waking up bound and blindfolded his first thought is of his lover, bodyguard Gil Turko. Using the process of elimination method and his trained senses, Coty figures out the identity of his kidnapper. At home waiting for his love, Gil has been informed by the police of Coty’s missing status. Vowing revenge on the abductor, Gil fights to keep anxiety at bay. The two questions that remain is who did this and why.

Burn Card is a tantalizing mystery of cops, murder and greed. Coty is smart and savvy, totally committed to his job and life with Gil. Gil is almost obsessed with protecting Coty, who comes first in Gil’s life. The incredible Laura Baumbach produced an excellent tale packed with intrigue, emotions and sensual characters in this well written plot that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Second Moon

Book Title: Second Moon
Author: Lynn Lorenz
Publisher: Liquid Silver
Publisher URL: http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59578-499-5
Genre: Werewolves
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Samantha Waters comes from a line of witches, a fact that she takes with a grain of salt. She has no belief in her intuition after the betrayal by her former fiancé and is weary of men. During a rare second moon, Sam meets a lonely widower named Duke.

Detective Duke Stevens is no ordinary man; he’s a wolf and without a Lifemate, he will surely die. While contemplating his fate, Sam approaches the handsome detective and is desperate for his assistance. Duke believes instantly that Sam is the answer to his prayer.

Lynn Lorenz delivers a story about second chances at life and love in Second Moon. Sam put a great deal of faith in a man whose secrets ultimately hurt her deeply. While I understood her pain, sometimes you have to chalk relationship mishaps up and have faith that the next person won’t make the same mistakes. Duke was a good husband who missed his wife, but the big strapping man was not ready for the eternal rest he was facing. After watching him with family and neighbors, I knew he was loved and that it wasn’t time for him to die. Their attraction was instantaneous, and while Duke knew time was not on his side, I gained a great deal of respect for him when he didn’t pressure Sam to commit to a relationship. He recognized her for what she was, and had faith in her ability to come to terms with their relationship before he expired. I had hoped for a bit more interaction to compel Sam into taking on the commitment. And, while the story was enjoyable, the plot could have been a bit stronger. If you enjoy alpha wolves with a sweet side, witches, and outdoor fun under a full moon, then you will enjoy Second Moon.

Under Fire

Book Title: Under Fire
Author: Beth Cornelison
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504-054-7
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Jackson McKay is a research scientist in the field of nanotechnology, and even though his work is meant for medical applications, it also has dangerous military ones as well. It’s not until he and his daughter, Emily, are kidnapped by terrorists that Jackson comes to realize that the security of his work has been compromised. Once he regains consciousness, he’s given a choice; turn over his files to a group of merciless killers or watch his only child die. He’s willing to do anything to protect Emily and that includes betraying his country. It’s during a daring escape to seek help that Jackson becomes the prey of a deranged killer who won’t give up, tracking him into a raging wildfire.

When smokejumper Lauren Michaels and her crew parachute into the area, they too are caught up in the nightmare when the four come under fire by two of the killers tracking Jackson through the burning forest. Forced to leave her two remaining, wounded friends behind, Lauren takes Jackson on a wild race down a burning mountain to the police below, all the while being followed by one remaining killer who’s intent on retaking the wayward scientist captive. If they don’t get help, Emily will die for certain and millions of others could as well, if Jackson’s research falls into the wrong hands.

Under Fire is the first book by Ms. Cornelison that I’ve had the pleasure of reading, and it won’t be my last. She’s skillfully constructed a fast-paced and intriguing romantic suspense that caught my attention on the first page and didn’t let up as I raced to the end. It’s filled with all the aspects that make for a great page turning story…danger, betrayal, revenge, pain, fear, hope, and a blistering hot desire between our hero and heroine, Jackson and Lauren. Under Fire is an emotionally charged read, only made more so every time one of the terrorists threaten young Emily. These scenes allow great insight into the interaction and feelings of the terrorists, especially Cara. The twists and turns just keep coming in this action packed story, often leaving me wondering what else could happen to Jackson and Lauren on their flight down the mountain, and the author never disappointed...not once!

Ms. Cornelison has done a wonderful job in expressing the stress between the players, whether between our ‘bad guys’, or Jackson and Lauren, allowing tension and unrest to almost seep from the pages. All the characters are well-written and believable and the plot revolving around nanotechnology highly plausible in today’s advanced world. It also gives pause for thought at what price we sometimes pay in the name of science. Will a discovery be used for good as it was intended, or warped and made reprehensible in the name of death and destruction? This portion of the story could have been ripped right off the page of any national newspaper, which is more than a little scary!

Dark Heart

Book Title: Dark Heart
Author: Thom Lane
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-782-5
Genre: BDSM LGBT Fantasy Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

In Amaranth, the desires of a slave are irrelevant, but their labor is as necessary as oil to a motor. Tam has spent most of his life in the city as a slave of the Wayfarers' Guild, providing service in any capacity the mistress deems fit. On a rainy day, Tam runs to assist a mage with his lame horse.

Lucan is ruthless, commanding and overwhelming, but adds touches of tenderness at just the right moments. You always know your place with him and he doesn’t allow slaves to overstep their rights. These are all the qualities Tam yearned to find in a master. After spending time with Lucan, the mage attracts Tam like a moth to a flame. Tam has deeply rooted feelings and dreams of an eternity shared in the command of one strong master – Lucan.

A guild request to perform a task will cause Lucan to call on all of his well-honed skills. However, what he will soon discover is that Tam isn’t as insignificant as one is led to believe, and will come to change Lucan’s opinion of him. Events will lead the master to understand just how necessary Tam really is.

Thom Lane brings us fantasy, magic and new found love in Dark Heart. While Lucan has earned his reputation, he does have a softer side that briefly makes appearances. I believe discovering Tam’s lack of fear for his magical skill allowed him to find space in his life for the handsome slave. There are many who would have fled him and his touch, but Tam only wanted to embrace him that much more. Tam has years of training and knows how to act, work, and stay invisible until needed. He has a healthy amount of fear, but being in Lucan’s vicinity scrambled the poor lad’s brains at times. I will give him credit for his tenacity and quick mind. Lucan would have been a fool not to see the true value of Tam. While I felt Tam’s hurt and sadness over Lucan’s lack of aid at times, I could clearly see both sides of the coin and understood his reaction. If you enjoy a bit of adventure and erotic sex mixed with your magic, then you should enjoy Dark Heart.

The Blindfold

Book Title: The Blindfold
Author: Anastasia Rabiyah
Publisher: Loveyoudivine
Publisher URL: http://www.loveyoudivine.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60054-244-2
Genre: M/M Erotic Romance
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Leo is sitting blindfolded and nude with his hands tied behind his back in Marcel’s basement. Co-workers, Leo has lusted after Marcel for months, but Marcel gave no indication he was interested in more than a work relationship, until Marcel asked Leo to spend the weekend with him. Things were not going as Leo expected.

The Blindfold is a seduction of the senses; Marcel torments Leo with sensual touches and exotic tastes but denies sexual contact while learning all about Leo’s aspirations for a relationship. Anastasia Rabiyah has created an enjoyable story with the potential to become a more extensive saga.

In The Stars: Taurus

Book Title: In The Stars: Taurus
Author: Jade MarQueen
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-081-3
Genre: Ménage a trios, romance, BDSM
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Fire Nymph

Madeline dressed in a dress she was saving for a special occasion. There was something about the day that made her feel special. She made her way to her flower shop and was mesmerized by the man wearing black with the piercing green eyes, and shocked to see the return of an old friend/lover with a new haircut, but why would he cut his hair. Madeline didn’t have time to think of such things as her world went into a spiral of emotion that would span over a year.

Laurel, a man of conflicting emotions, doesn’t know what he wants. He wants to be with only woman, until an old lover comes back into his life. Can Laurel keep to what he promised, while trying to restrain himself from taking both Madeline and his former male lover?

Dion has a secret. He doesn’t want Laurel or Madeline to know what is wrong, but he has found he has no choice as his heart warms to them both, and love blossoms between the three.

Will these three find happily ever after, or just ever after? Find out in the pages of In the Stars: Taurus by Jade MarQueen.

This story was great! I have a few problems, when a word was missed in a sentence, but I barely noticed that. The book was capturing, keeping my attention through every page. The characters were perfect! I felt their emotions as if they were my own. Ms. MarQueen grabbed me and held me the entire time. Recommended read in this one.

In The Stars: Aries

Book Title: In The Stars: Aries
Author: Jade MarQueen
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-043-1
Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Romance, Series
Nymph Rating: 2.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Fire Nymph

Lily is a boxer whom takes no guff from anybody, not even a loud mouth jerk in the audience of her latest fight. Her anger got the better of her and she had punched the jerk before she could think of the consequences. The consequences of her actions had her loaned out to the loud mouth jerk for his illegal business. Her sudden feelings for the stranger in the rent-a-cop uniform has her thinking of betraying the only man to ever love her, even if he did abuse her.

London, undercover cop in the casino, finds himself unexpectedly attracted to this Amazon boxer. A quick romp in the parking lot of the casino sets off a string of events not even London can understand. His body is winning the battle of control over his brain.

Can London keep his head on straight long enough to find the information he seeks? Will Lily betray the man that has treated her badly, yet loved her for as long as she can remember? Find out in the pages of In The Star: Aries by Jade MarQueen.

Jade MarQueen wrote a good story. It was a little hard to follow, as I didn’t understand where certain elements of the story came from or even their importance to the plot. There were a few problems with the flow of the plot; however, it didn’t hinder the book too badly. I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it with caution.


Title: Infidelity
Author: Debbie Gould
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Publisher URL: http://redrosepublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60435-171-2
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Sphinx Minx

Pregnant Melanie Hunter struggled on the stairs with her abusive spouse. She lost her unborn child and husband Tony ended up dead. Now his older brother Joseph wants Melanie to pay.

Her brother Dan and his best friend Luke McLean run a company specializing in security but they are having a hard time keeping Melanie safe. Dan feels guilty for not knowing of his sister’s problems. And Luke suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after sixteen days of torture in Iraq. Luke believes he can no longer make love to a woman, although his feelings for his old sweetheart Melanie have always been strong.

Revenge is the motive for stalking Melanie. But the identity of the person responsible is carefully hidden until the end.

The mystery is satisfying, but some of the characters are puzzling. Does Tony’s family have mob connections? Or are they all just bullies? Does his icy mother really care? Who left the dead roses? What was so appealing about Tony to his mistress? Why did Melanie stay with Tony five years?

There’s a great intuitive German shepherd named Sarge and a stable of horses to tend for all you animal lovers out there. Author Gould provides some first-rate action scenes as well. Melanie’s growing strength is both welcome and believable, while Luke is definitely one of the more complex heroes I have met recently.

Spaceport: Marked

Book Title: Spaceport: Marked
Author: Jade Buchanan
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-938-5
Genre: Sci-Fi, Ménage, Gay
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Chet watches one of the corridor kids being forced to perform a sexual act in a very abusive manner; he offers to take the young man’s place so that he can escape. On another level of the spaceport, Dinesh is escorting his home planet charges to meet with Councilor Ainsley Porter when he interrupts an attack on Ainsley. The act of saving Ainsley declares Dinesh as his protector for life. Moments later in Ainsley’s office, Chet is brought in handcuffed and charged with fighting. With just the three of them in the office, Chet, who is a Nil Raja prostitute, begs Dinesh, who is a Nil Raja warrior for his protection, and Dinesh gladly accepts.

Spaceport: Marked is a beautiful story of three men finding and loving each other. Ainsley is human and uses his position as Councilor to make life better for the inhabitants on spaceport. His focus has always been his work until Dinesh enters his life, now he can’t keep his mind on his job. Dinesh believes fate brought him together with the other two men, a strong capable warrior, he is perfectly happy to spend the rest of his life protecting and loving them. Chet is happiest when having sexual encounters with partners of his choosing. He felt an immediate bond with Ainsley and Dinesh, now his life has changed from prostitute to sensual lover. The three have joined into a committed relationship, loving and working together to improve the spaceport. The fabulous Jade Buchanan produced a fascinating and heartwarming plot with three sexy and very loveable men. The love scenes are intensely erotic. This is an outstanding story that I enjoyed immensely.


Book Title: Betrayals
Author: Janet Quinn
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-326-9
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Sphinx Minx

Kayla Hampton is a feisty CPA, investigating shoddy construction that cost her father a devastating investment loss. She is capable, intelligent and blind since childhood. This makes her an unusual, and thoroughly appealing, heroine.

Logan Lambert runs the construction company that supervised the building destroyed by an earthquake. He swears his plan was up to code. Kayla judges him to be an honest man -- and an extremely attractive one.

The two team up to find who has betrayed Logan and the company. There are phony ledgers, red herrings, and an abundance of palpable dangers.

Author Quinn does an excellent job, pacing her clues and the development of the romance. Her main characters are liable and realistic. And the mystery itself is totally absorbing. While much of the story is presented through the mind of the culprit, we are kept in the dark as to his identity until the end.

Kayla learns to trust Logan, and he learns her very viable strengths in this absorbing novel. The author provides many interesting insights into the world of the blind. Author Quinn also demonstrates a well-grounded view into the construction industry.

I would have preferred a few more details about Kayla’s father and some of the other supporting characters, but all-in-all, this was a very enjoyable read.

Monday, October 13, 2008

So Much More Than Naked II

Book Title: So Much More Than Naked II
Author: D.J. Manly
Publisher: Extasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-151-3
Genre: Gay Romance, M/M, BDSM, Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Ryan is the love of Darcy’s life, but he’s still having trouble with letting go of his control and moving their relationship to the next step. Giving up his apartment and living together full time is something Darcy’s not ready to do, and his unwillingness to concede is putting a strain on their normally smooth love life. The tension only gets worse when his brother Martin comes for a short visit and instead of bringing him to the home he shares with Ryan, he plans on taking him to the apartment he rarely uses. Hurt by what he perceives as Darcy’s rejection, Ryan’s beginning to think his lover doesn’t really love or understand him…doesn’t think of him as a life partner after all.

Aware that Darcy is a natural Dom, Ryan has kept his secret need to be submissive carefully hidden. His reluctance to share this portion of his sexual desire with Darcy puts their already shaky relationship to the test, when Ryan’s ex-lover, Cameron appears on the scene, wanting to renew their physical intimacy. Knowing he needs to stay away from the man his best friend calls a psycho doesn’t keep Ryan from giving in to his need to be dominated, and the circumstances that follow could lead to the end of the most important relationship of his life.

So Much More Than Naked II is a wonderfully poignant sequel to the trials and tribulations of the love between Ryan and Darcy. Mr. Manly has once again created a story that pulls his readers into the tale at the beginning, throwing twists and turns to keep the pace of this story zipping along at a fast, well-plotted speed. Some readers don’t enjoy continuing tales of the same characters, but this reader doesn’t happen to one of them.

Watching these two lovers learn and grow from their mistakes was a heart-warming, and at times, painful experience. I was glad that this tale dealt more with Ryan, as it gave me a much firmer handle on who is was and what made him tick. What life experiences had molded him into the sexy, but sensitive man he’d become…a dedicated man who wanted to help others. He is a man who just wants someone to love and to be loved back, just as passionately. But it also made me more than a little sad for those individuals who don’t grow up in a loving, nurturing environment. It’s also an excellent example of why a couple needs to be honest and open with their significant other, who matter what their sex. Reading unspoken signals is a tricky business, and I don’t know about you, but I flunked mind reading 101, as I so often tell my dear husband.

So Much More Than Naked

Book Title: So Much More Than Naked
Author: D.J. Manly
Publisher: Extasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-041-7
Genre: M/M, Gay, BDSM, Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

When Darcy was nineteen, he and his younger brother, Martin, were orphaned when their emotionally unstable mother committed suicide. He took over the raising of his brother and became the stable force holding their small family together. Unfortunately, the need for order and neatness has turned him into a stuffy, workaholic professor who has few friends and no social life.

Martin is now getting married and he wants his rigid, control freak, older brother to bring a date to the ceremony. The only problem is that Darcy doesn’t date. Ever. Knowing Darcy won’t get himself a date; Martin sets his brother up with an online dating service. Except things go wrong when the wedding date accidentally turns out to be a gay, sex therapist, Ryan, who’s looking for a submissive, for a little light bondage. And Darcy is perfect for the job, if he’ll just admit his desires and let’s go of his need for control.

With So Much More Than Naked, DJ Manly has penned a tale that’s more than just two likable gay men, meeting and falling in love. It’s a tale of struggle to understand not only themselves, but how they relate to each other and the people they love. Darcy, in particular, is painful to watch as he tries to figure out who he is and what he wants out of life, and because of his internal conflict, nothing about his relationship with Ryan is smooth, or worry free.

I definitely had a better feel for Darcy’s character than I did with Ryan, which only made me wonder why he’d placed a personals ad in the first place. What had happened in his past that his counselor suggested such a step? Ryan seemed like a genuinely nice guy and I often wondered why he didn’t push Darcy a little further or harder as their relationship progressed. The flow of this well-written gay romance allows the reader to connect to Darcy’s feelings of love, pain, loss and fear on a personal level, leading the reader on an emotional roller-coaster of change and discovery. I look forward to the next installment of this delightful storyline.


Book Title: Saint
Author: T.L. Gray
Publisher: Cerridwen Press
Publisher URL: http://www.cerridwenpress.com/
ISBN: 9781419915048
Genre: Romance - Suspense
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Silver Minx

Maria Carvania is a journalist who has information to take down an entire drug lord’s operation. She has been on the run for 7 months and supposedly under witness protection. Unfortunately, the men protecting her are dropping like flies. Her only hope is Colonel Seth Harris and his 3 men.

Seth Harris spent 6 years trying to make his life as simple and peaceful, until Maria is dropped into his lap. She brings back memories that he doesn’t want but does give him back a sense of purpose. Maria is determined to believe that justice is on her side, despite what Seth and his men think. Seth wants to be rid of her as quickly as possible. However both of them have secrets they are desperately trying to hide

This was a great read! The suspense was so great that I spent most of my time on edge trying to figure out the secrets. T. L. Gray has a great gift for keeping you on edge and wondering. Some of the questions I was asking myself were “What was Seth running from and why was he so desperate to get rid of Maria. What were the secrets of his men? Why was Maria so determined and so sure she could bring down the bad guy?” This was great. Even the romance that was building with Seth and Maria was a bit of a surprise. Wonderful!!!

Soul Familiar 2: Unpredictable

Book Title: Soul Familiar 2: Unpredictable
Author: Kate Steele
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-806-7
Genre: Paranormal, Gay
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Narrated by soul familiar Alex Layton, the story continues with Alex and his wizard-in-training Tyler Montgomery joining their souls, becoming mates for life. Alex’s father is happy with his son’s union, pops in to announce that the bonded couple will face a challenge of Magical Combat in a few weeks time. Never one to put things off, Tyler demands an explanation; put simply, it is a ritual to test the strength of their bond. But before Alex and Tyler reach the scheduled day, the opposing team pop in and that soul familiar happens to be Alex’s ex-boyfriend. Now Alex starts to worry because revenge against Alex has been added to the combat test. The revenge shortly appears in the form of a rare soul familiar with out of control magic wrecking havoc on Alex and Tyler’s spells.

Soul Familiar 2: Unpredictable is the next episode in this incredible series. Alex is hilarious with his witty comments and Tyler is rational and indulgent. With the love Alex shares with Tyler, Alex has proven to be even more considerate than before. He thinks about the needs of others first and displays his gentler side. Tyler loves and depends on Alex to guide him, but is also willing to share whatever burdens they face. The amazing Kate Steele has produced another well written dazzling episode with sexy characters that are so devoted that you can actually feel the love. The intimate scenes are electrifying and the whole story is immensely enjoyable. I am looking forward to the next installment.

A Perfect Match

Book Title: A Perfect Match
Author: Shelley Bradley
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504-012-7
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Rating: Mystical Nymph

Sports reporter Mitch MacKinnon isn’t thrilled when his editor assigns him to write an exposé on a local dating service, A Perfect Match, and its owner, Juliette Lowell. A community interest article is not the type of story he’s interested in writing, but he can’t get out of it either. Mitch might think that Juliette is the sexiest woman he’s ever seen, but he also thinks her methods of matching couples is nothing sort of laughable. After writing an unattractive article about her company, Juliette challenges him to go through her match system, attempting to make him a believer in her system. What neither expects is to find she and Mitch are a 93% perfect match. Can Mitch write an objective story that will further his career, without alienating Juliette?

On the surface, A Perfect Match is a typical old-fashioned boy meets girl romance. Its modern twist is its look into the future of dating as the world gets bigger, faster paced and more technology dependent. Even though these two are wildly attracted to each from the outset, they’re also about as far apart in wants, needs, and aspirations as humanly possible. It was fun to watch Juliette and Mitch dance around their mutual attraction, matching desires and wits, as they both struggle to change their perceptions of who and what they want out of life. I loved that Mitch knew he wanted Juliette, despite their differences, Juliette…well, she was a little slower to come around. Enough so that at times I wanted to shake her and say ‘Wake up. Are you blind?’

Reclaiming Love

Book Title: Reclaiming Love
Author: V.L. McElfresh
Publisher: Cobblestone Press
Publisher URL: http://www.cobblestone-press.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60088-293-7
Genre: Gay/Suspense
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

An abusive relationship altered Kevin Stohler from being an outgoing and flirtatious man to an introvert around dominant men. He crosses paths with Connor McCann, a transplant to the city, who is seeking friends while on a routine outing. Kevin is trying to figure out why Connor wants him, and Connor is trying to figure out how to get past Kevin’s defenses to get him. In addition, the abusive slime ball that tore Kevin’s psyche to shreds is stalking him and has every intention on reclaiming the partner he abused or making sure no one else can have him.

Reclaiming Love is a wonderful story about love, commitment, new relationships, friendship, and relearning self-worth and self-love. I know that is a mouth full, but there is so much more this story represents that I wanted to touch on the strong themes that gripped me from the first line to the final sentence. V.L. McElfresh brings the subject of abuse to the forefront and shows us the courage Kevin exudes while reclaiming his life. His character is one you can’t help but to love. Kevin’s not in denial about who he is or what he wants but fear has him in an iron grip, and he is struggling to regain his normal carefree persona. Connor is a gem of a lover. Forget that the man is handsome and wealthy. Connor overlooks flaws to see the true beauty and essence hidden within. He has had his own painful time in life, but doesn’t run from love even when he knows it’s not a sweet and easy romance. Connor kept saying he wasn’t a patient man, and while I personally was ready to throw a shoe or two, he still held it together and handled whatever issues came his way. This is a wonderful story that I found myself drawn into it until the wee hours of the morning. Reclaiming Love is sure to leave the reader with a few valuable lessons about life and love.

The Shape of Things

Book Title: The Shape of Things
Author: Mychael Black
Publisher: Phaze Books
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60659-041-6
Genre: Paranormal shape shifter, M/M Erotic Romance
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

The year is 2015 and Earth has changed. The Sanquine Council of vampires is in control and under the direction of Prince Devon Hart, but that too is about to change. Devon is walking home from an evening of feeding provided by one of the humans at the Coventry, a pleasure house that caters to vampires, when he is attacked and imprisoned by a power hungry general who wants to rule the world. When Devon is dumped at the edge of the forest, the general is confident that he has seen the last of Devon, thinking either the sun or the shifters will kill him. Imagine the general’s surprise when Devon and the shifters return to do a takeover and permanent removal of the general and corrupt council.

The Shape of Things is an amazing story of love between the races. Devon is a vampire who forms a mutual attraction with Vincent Sheridan, a shifter. They both try to resist, knowing the possible prejudice they could face, but the desire is too strong, and that desire quickly turns into a strong love. The mega-talented Mychael Black has created the ultimate surprise of characters in a well paced plot that is heartwarming and seductive. The love scenes are alluring and incredibly erotic. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The Shape of Things is an excellent futuristic story.

Daringly Delicious

Book Title: Daringly Delicious
Author: Leigh Ellwood
Publisher: Phaze Books
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60659-072-0
Genre: Contemporary BBW Erotic Romance
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph

Every dessert Tish Richmond makes is so sinfully good, it is almost better than sex. Landing a new client for her business was much easier than snagging a man as far as Tish was concerned. If only she were more slim and trim, maybe she could attract a man.

Vinnie is a hot Sicilian man who came to town looking for a change of scenery. The moment he laid eyes on Tish, he knew she was the kind of luscious woman he wanted in his bed. All he has to do is convince Tish that he burns for her body.

Daringly Delicious is a hot little read that gave me a whole new view on the uses of chocolate. These two people were salivating for each other the moment they met. The lingering sexual tension mixed with shyness was alluring and adorable at the same time. Watching Vinnie trying not to frighten Tish off by coming on too strong was certainly a turn on. I am praying there is a linking story because I need more of these sexy Sicilian men. Every woman should have a man like Vinnie, but if they don’t then reading about him is the next best thing. Thank you Leigh Ellwood for this steamy story.


Book Title: Blindsided
Author: Marie Rochelle
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Publisher URL: https://www.redrosepublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60435-208-5
Genre: Contemporary, Interracial/Multicultural
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Attorney Daria Jacobs is a strong black woman who puts family first. Therefore, when her cousin Ronnie gets in a spot of trouble, helping him in court is the only solution. Daria arrives in the determined fashion that every cavalry should and is astounded by her desire for Las Vegas Detective Lindow Woods, the officer who arrested Ronnie. Months later, Daria is threatened and she turns to the handsome detective for help.

Lindow is a patient man, and aware of their mutually attraction. While he could get tired of her denials, her sassiness and determination are elements that attracted him to the young attorney from the beginning. He is working against time to find Ronnie, keep Daria safe, and put a drug king pen behind bars.

Marie Rochelle delivers actions, suspense, romance and touches of humor in Blindsided. Daria is a focused woman with rules in life and Lindow is just the man to make her break them. Lindow demands respect without uttering a sound, and the first person to call him to bat in a long time is Daria. Their magnetism is clear from the start. Watching Daria fight the inevitable outcome was comical at times. I knew that man possessed the right stuff to gain everything on his wish list, but I wanted to see how long she could actually battle the attraction. I’ll give Daria credit, she tried to stay focused, but the war for domination was over before it began. Blindsided is a wonderful story that kept my attention from beginning to end. Fans and new comers alike will find this story interesting and entertaining.

(Just Like) Starting Over

Book Title: (Just Like) Starting Over
Author: Pepper Espinoza
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-318-4
Genre: Gay / Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

A car accident has left Guillermo "Guy" Rivera with not only a broken arm and leg, but also suffering from amnesia. His caregiver, Dane Mathis, is helping to make his life comfortable, but their magnetism is too strong for Guy to ignore. After a month of Dane cooking, bathing, and spending time with him, Guy wants to know if the reality of being in Dane’s arms can live up to his dreams. Dane however, has a few secrets that could lead to Guy walking away without a second thought. What will Dane do for love?

Guy’s brief loss of memory and debilitation throws him into Dane’s path. Dane knows that his past mistakes are what led to him being alone and lonely. He owns up to them, but he doesn’t give himself a fair chance in my book. It’s hard to ask for forgiveness when you can’t find the strength to forgive yourself. Guy took into account not just the past, but also the time Dane cared for him when he needed it the most. There were also other factors that allowed Guy helped to view Dane in a new light. This is a wonderful love story that touches your heart. Sometimes I have wondered who would care for me if something dire happened. Guy didn’t have to wonder; he found out and embraced the love that was freely given.

Lycan Lore 2: Offspring

Book Title: Lycan Lore 2: Offspring
Author: Shannon Leigh
Publisher: Amber Heat
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/Amber%20Heat/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-360-3
Genre: Dark Fantasy / Werewolf / Shapeshifter / Ménage
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Heather is on the run for her life and she is pregnant, which complicates her situation of being a werewolf. When she unknowingly turns Mike, he is confused and not accepting of what she has done to him. All she wants to do is survive and raise her child, with or without anyone’s help.

Mike, a college student, is bound by honor to protect Heather even in her condition and wants the responsibility of caring for her unborn child. Now that Clay has told him what he must face, he will not let anything come between himself and Heather.

Clay and Cassandra are true lifemates that have an unending passion for each other, living their lives quietly. They heard the news about an attack and start searching for Heather, who was turned by her boyfriend months ago. With Clay being in charge of protecting the humans, he will put down any werewolf who kills. After they find Heather and she goes into labor they help to save the baby from her.

Lycan Lore 2: Offspring was as fabulous as the first book and I enjoyed reading more about Clay, Cassandra and Heather. There was a lot of concern from everyone involved about what they were going to do to survive changing and their blood lust of humans. Shannon Leigh has done a wonderful job of writing about werewolves. She has created so much love between her characters and their reasons for living.

The Chap In Chaps

Book Title: The Chap In Chaps
Author: Deirdre O'Dare
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-363-4
Genres: Gay / Historical / The Old West / Action /
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Charles Smythe has found himself in Arizona Territory ready to claim a ranch inherited from his late uncle. He has no plans on returning to his English lifestyle, a thought that’s cemented into his mind when he meets Sombra.

Sombra has traveled to the territory for his own reasons. He takes every precaution to avoid making the same costly mistakes from his past. Sombra has come a long way since his greenhorn days and is an outstanding ranch foreman.

Charles and Sombra recognize the non-skirt chasers kinship in one another, and soon they share erotic games designed to educate, entertain, and entice.

The Chap In Chaps is a story about love, fresh starts, and most importantly personal growth. Charles knows this is an opportunity for a new life and throws himself into the task. I was pleasantly surprised at his actions and happy to see him ask for help and not come in with a holier-than-thou attitude. Sombra has firmly placed his mistakes in the past and created a wonderful new life for himself. He identified the passion hidden away in Charles and knew if given the chance, he would take Charles to his bed. Their common connections were there and over time lead them to a harmonious coexistence. If chaps, ranches, English men, and rugged cowboys are in your fantasy realm, then The Chap In Chaps will be everything but disappointing. From the scenery to the characters, this story is ripe for the picking and sure to please your palate.

A Vampire in Waikiki

Book Title: A Vampire in Waikiki
Author: A. J. Llewellyn
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-133-9
Genre: Gay romance, Ménage, Vampire
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Jimmy Thunder is on the set engaged in making his first gay-for-pay porn movie. Not only is this his first movie, but also his first time having sex with a man. The more Jimmy and co-star Angelis get into the scene, the more excited they become, and they both forget about the camera and focus on pleasing each other. Jimmy is falling hard for Angelis but this attraction causes problems, like revealing he is a vampire and hoping Angelis can get pass the fear and not run away.

A Vampire in Waikiki is a sexy tale of discoveries. First Jimmy is a vampire who considered himself a ladies man; he even has two girlfriends, and neither of them knew the truth about Jimmy and his sister. They are not your average vampires, both have some unique traits. Jimmy is a natural protector of almost everyone around him and a very sensual lover. Even after both girlfriends become jealous when they learn he is gay, Jimmy still resolves their problems so everyone is happy. Angelis is obsessed with Jimmy and the attraction started long before he recruited Jimmy to do movies. Angelis loves Jimmy but he lives in fear of his abusive ex-boyfriend. The amazing A.J. Llewellyn has produced another tantalizing story with incredible characters and sex scenes so hot, I had to pause to wipe the drool off of my keyboard. This is a captivating and enjoyable saga.

Eight Seconds

Book Title: Eight Seconds
Author: Barrie Abalard
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-374-0
Genre: Gay / Contemporary / Cowboys / Western (Modern Day) /
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Wyatt Knott is a bisexual barebacker, keeping his interest in men on the down low. He’s not ashamed of what he likes, but knows that it’s tough for gay competitors. Cam “The Professor” Chester is a former barebacker who now rides pick-up for the area rodeos. The man has many talents, and while he has kept them under his hat, he has made it known that he is gay and proud of it. Cam and Wyatt take turns saving each other and discover an attraction that leads to actions outside their normal realm.

There is a person intent on harming Cam. They are working against the clock trying to discover the assailant. Will Wyatt and Cam have the happily ever after they both deserve?

Eight Seconds takes us into the heart of a rodeo surrounded by handsome competitors decked out in fitted jeans and well-worn boots. I could almost smell their adrenaline pumping and was fanning while reaching for an ice cold drink. Barrie Abalard delivers us into the midst of love and trepidation. Wyatt is a man after my own heart. He puts his interests and happiness to the side to take care of his family. Cam is too old to play games about what he wants out of life. He was a brave man to come out, but knew there was no other choice for him. If you’re looking for a rodeo romance without the fluff, but full of steamy encouters and sprinkled lightly with suspsense, then Eight Seconds is just the book you are seeking.

Tree of Buried Secrets

Book Title: Tree of Buried Secrets
Author: Cassie Exline
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publisher URL: http://www.lyricalpress.com/
ISBN: none
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Nymph Rating: 5
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Moon Nymph

They met at the tender age of thirteen. Their families would never have thought the two of them to be suitable. Julia is now to elope with her one true love, Alexander, but first they must meet beneath their special apple tree. One more love-making session in the spot where she first took a foray into womanhood and her greatest joy turns to great sorrow within an instant.

The apple orchards are not the same but her memories of that night remain brilliant as ever. Now she is with her children Fiona and Edward but her heart remains below the apple tree. Her children know that something haunts her thoughts but they aren’t sure what it is. Julia decides it’s time to share her deepest darkest secret. Wondering how her dear Edward will react is cause for concern but not a reason for procrastination. She owes it to the memories of so long ago- and a true love that never died.

Cassie Exline has found a touching way for this mother to reveal a deep, dark secret to her beloved son. The characters are realistic and loveable, especially Julia. Learning about her secret and why she lived with it for such a long time was so well worth the read. This story has it all- setting, likeable characters, and a plot that will intrigue readers within all genres.

The Pagan King

Book Title: The Pagan King
Author: Gabrina Garza
Publisher: Amber Heat
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberHeat/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-237-8
Genre: Historical/BDSM
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Tapia Sapadian is captured on her lands while doing chores and does not know what to make of the man who is claiming her. Doomed to be held against her will, and knowing there was nothing she could do about it, did not sit well with her. But when she had saves Grai`’s son and gains her freedom, she’s not so willing to leave him.

Grai` Gunnarsson is the Danes’ King who only wants to live in peace and raise his sons. When he is injured deflecting a sword so his son would be saved, he refuses to acknowledge the injury to anyone because of his pride. Living the sad memories of dead wife and children makes him long for Tapia badly and causes him to own up to his faults even more.

The Pagan King was a very intriguing story about Vikings who pillaged, raped and killed anyone who got in their way. These were bloodthirsty people who found a need to save their way of life and not be converted to Christianity. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the behavior of the men and women alike who continued to surprise me in each chapter. There was definitely a lot of hot sex going on between Grai` and Tapia, so much so that I am sure the whole castle heard them. Gabrina Garza has written a wonderful story that has the imagination working overtime with the characters, sword play and clothing that they were wearing.

Roughstock: And a Smile -- Season One

Book Title: Roughstock: And a Smile -- Season One
Author: BA Tortuga
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerepress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-467-0
Genre: Western Gay Romance
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Keeping a bull rider safe from an angry bull is a dangerous job, and Coke Pharris takes his job very seriously. He’s a dedicated and responsible kind of man, who is devastated when one of his favorite riders is horribly injured during a ride, which prompts him to help him ride again. It’s a big job, and they’re going to need help…and rodeo arena entertainer Dillon is just the man they need. Coke wants Dillon’s help, but he also wants Dillon. Aches and pains from his old injuries leave Coke feeling like he doesn’t have anything to offer Dillon. To make matters worse, some of the other younger men call him gramps just because he moves a little slow after so many back surgeries. What he doesn’t know is that good-looking Dillon doesn’t thinks he’s too old, scarred or beat up and wants more than just friendship; has wanted it for a long time. Can the relationship of these two independent men survive the dangers of their jobs, while trying to help their friend, or will a terrible misunderstanding keep them apart forever?

BA Tortuga has written another entertaining book centered on the world of professional bull riders, and the men who keep them safe with Roughstock: And a Smile. Considering how much I enjoy watching the PBR events on television, this new series has turned out to be a treasure. While I love seeing the actual riding, it was nice to see another side of the event, which Ms. Tortuga provided with her focus on the safety men and arena entertainers. Coke and Dillon are such likable guys that you can’t help but hope their relationship works out. And Coke…he’s a sweetheart who either doesn’t think he deserves a guy of his own, or that he can’t attract one because he’s so beat up from his own bull riding years, and the aches, pains and scars from past surgeries. This man makes your heart ache but Dillon is his breath of fresh air, and his hope for the future. It was fun watching these two dance around their mutual attraction, each afraid to ruin the friendship behind their desire. Once the truth was revealed though, these two open themselves to the possibilities of a future together. They just have to get around a little misunderstanding that could destroy their happiness first.

This reader is looking forward to the next release in this ongoing series. If you enjoy books with a western gay slant, take a chance on this one, you’ll like it.