Saturday, November 22, 2008

Devils on Horseback - Zeke


Book Title: Devils on Horseback - Zeke
Author: Beth Williamson
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504-238-1
Genre: Historical Romance, Western Romance
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Zeke Blackwood is the strategist of the Devils on Horseback. Cool and reserved, Zeke’s a man who knows how to get things done. After witnessing the violent death of a woman he loved, Zeke turned to the dulling comfort of alcohol. He gains a chance to reclaim his life when asked to become the town’s sheriff. The star helps Zeke to choose sobriety, but the council expects Zeke to give up women. Something that wasn’t hard to consider until he met the feisty new saloon girl, Naomi Tucker.

Naomi isn’t looking for love; just a place to call home. She has her own demons to defeat, and while she will do what is necessary to make ends meet, Naomi has her limits. Coming face to face with Zeke turns her world upside down. Will they find their happily-ever-after with so many obstacles in their way?

I love this series and Devils on Horseback - Zeke has cemented that fondness! Zeke has deserved a loving relationship for a while now, and he finds that with Naomi. Naomi is no push over. She is fierce and determined with a warm heart. Watching those two mix words was like watching gas added to a three-alarm fire. All the Devils have demons to defeat, and it’s nice to see their women strong enough to assist and love them through the bad times. I had hopes of Lee finding what he needs in this installment, but he is still having his pity party. I know Beth Williamson has a strong, loyal and beautiful woman waiting in the wings to straighten him out and show him just what a man with one arm can do. If you’re a fan of the series, you truly won’t be disappointed.

Ace of Wands


Book Title: Ace of Wands
Author: Morgan Ferdinand
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-534-9
Genre: Gay Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Werewolf Nicholas and his business partner vampire Alex are paranormal private investigators on stakeout watching The Ace of Wands’ steady flow of business; it seems the dark forces and sex magic is at work in the shop. Things heat up when Alex is kidnapped. Nick and Alex’s donor and part lover John must ride to the rescue and save him before his captors realize that Alex is a different kind of vampire and find a new way to kill him.

Ace of Wands is a new installment of The Pardoner’s Tale. Nick and Alex is the classic odd couple. Nick is on a mission to annihilate as many demons as he can while Nick tolerates Alex because of his valuable gifts. Alex is playful and a flirt and Nick is his favorite target. He continues to make sexual suggestions to Nick, in the hopes that one day Nick will take him up on his offer. Morgan Ferdinand has delivered another funny episode in the saga of Nick and Alex; I particularly enjoyed Nick in wolf form.

A-Muse-Ing


Book Title: A-Muse-Ing
Author: Willa Okati
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-798-6
Genre: LGBT Romantic Comedy
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph reviewer: Critter Nymph


Harper is a writer for a New York based soap opera. He is also trying to put together a number of episodes for a proposed sci-fi series. Harper has one major problem however that could ruin all his dreams. Writers block. Enter Rory, Harper’s muse. Rory, who has become corporal in order to help Harper with the new show, is on probation for past misdeeds. If he does not follow the rules this time, he will be terminated

After falling asleep on his keyboard, Harper wakes up to find that not only has his computer crashed but the scripts for both his new show and the soap opera he writes for are gone. Heading for the kitchen for some much needed caffeine, he finds a naked man standing in his kitchen. Already running late for work, Harper literally runs from the man hoping he is just a figment of his imagination. Unfortunately when the guy shows up outside Harper's place of work, he has to accept that maybe Rory is real after all, at least to a point. As Rory and Harper become closer not only are the scripts for the new show moving along but also the way they feel for each other. Being a muse however has rules and one of those is leaving once Harper has gotten over his writers block and on the way to becoming head writer for the new show. Will Harper be able to find a way to kept Rory or will becoming head writer mean giving up the one person that means the most to him?

Willa Okati’s A-Muse-Ing is a hilarious must-read. The reader will have a hard time not laughing as Harper tries to handle his sugar-addicted muse. The passion Rory and Harper feel for each other, as well as the problems they encounter with Harper’s ex and Rory’s boss are handled perfectly. The secondary characters, which include a turtle, add to the enjoyment of the story. If you’re looking for a good romantic comedy then make sure you pick up Willa Okati's A-Muse-Ing.

Closer to You: Lee


Book Title: Closer to You: Lee
Author: Marie Rochelle
Publisher: Phaze Books
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59426-769-7
Genre: Contemporary Interracial Erotic Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Lee is the eldest of the Drace brothers and the words dominant, handsome, and wealthy sum him up perfectly. Lee’s good looks are a powerful lure, and he normally has to beat women off with a stick. However, normally took a back seat the day he met Cherise Roberts. There is no question about Cherise’s attraction to Lee. The true question is whether Lee is formidable enough to break down her walls and gain the love he is desperately seeking.

Marie Rochelle provides another wonderful installment in the Drace brothers’ love lives. Lee is a man after my heart. Forget his wealth and looks for a second. Lee loves his family and his view on interracial relationships has changed since his introduction in Zack’s story. He recognizes that love can come when you least expect it and you cannot always choose the exact package that it’s introduced in. I know Lee’s attraction to Cherise, and then later his love, came as a slight shock to him but his body and heart didn’t care about her color; just that they had to have her. Cherise made me want to lock her in timeout! I’ve never seen a woman fight love so hard. I understand once bitten twice shy, but sometimes you just have to throw caution to the wind and go for it. I really thought it was too late for them a few times throughout the story, but the couple proved they were made of stronger stuff than most. Closer to You: Lee is a wonderful story, a bit shorter than the previous two, but still packed with laughter, love, and toe curling loving. A wonderful addition to the series, and a fantastic read for those who have enjoyed reading about the Drace brothers thus far.

The Edge of Nothingness


Book Title: The Edge of Nothingness
Author: Shayne Carmichael
Publisher: Phaze Books
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59426-661-4
Genre: Gay Paranormal Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

On the roof of the old storehouse, ten year old Zach Bern was hiding from his younger sister but before he could climb down at his mother’s summons, he saw vampires moving in and attacking the village. Held immobile by the horror of watching his mother killed and his sister kidnapped, Zach is trapped on the burning roof in a fire set to burn the dead. Before the fire could reach him, Zach is rescued by a rival vampire leader and the image of that face remains embedded in Zach’s mind for years.

The Edge of Nothingness is a love/hate romance. The face Zach associated with years of hatred is the face he comes to love when he is caught in a raid against the vampires. Zach is treated as a guest in the vampire leader’s home and Zach soon develops a desire to be with him. Night is a vampire with strong principles; he resists taking a mortal as a lover, but the connection between the two men proves to be too strong even for a vampire to break. Shayne Carmichael produces a heartwarming and creative romance that I enjoyed immensely.

Weekend Leave


Book Title: Weekend Leave
Author: Bobby Michaels
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL:http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-800-6
Genre: LGBT Erotic Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph reviewer: Critter Nymph


Robby is a quiet, reserved 18 year old who has recently graduated from high school and is just waiting till he leaves for college. Rick is on leave before heading to Quantico for OCS. Neither man thought that one single weekend could change every thing.

With a flight attendant mom and no father, 18 year old Robby is used to spending weekends alone. The only thing making this weekend different from any other was his promise to watch his neighbor’s cats. That changes however when Rick showed up at his door. Rick is home on weekend leave after spending a year in Iraq. Although he does not get along with them, Rick feels he should spend the time with his family; only they don’t appear to be home. Going next door, he finds out that his parents have gone away for the weekend. With Rick unable to stay at his parents place due to cat allergies, Robby invites him to stay with him. It’s not long before Robby realizes that he is falling in love with the handsome marine. Knowing Rick can’t be gay, Robby tries to keep his feelings to himself. Rick has fallen for Robby just as fast and is just waiting for Robby to feel comfortable enough to admit how he feels. Nothing can keep these two apart however and soon they have to start wondering what to do about the future.

Fans of Bobby Michaels will love Weekend Leave. The love these two feel for each other is intense and while the sex may seem on the raw side to some, Rick shows great tenderness towards Robby on more than one occasion. Although I thought the story ended way too soon, I enjoyed the story and will add it to my growing list of books written by Bobby Michaels. I hope that we will see the men from Weekend Leave again soon.

One Night at The Office


Book Title: One Night at The Office
Author: Raven Starr
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.redrosepublishing.com/
ISBN: 9789-1-60435-166-8
Genre: Interracial Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Mika Light Feather arrives at the warehouse for one night of work, but before she can enter the building, a small group of homeless men approach her. Just as one man reaches Mika, the door opens and her manager for the night pulls her inside. One look at sexy Caleb King and Mika is sure she is in for a night that will be anything but boring. Caleb finds Mika irresistible. In that one night, they both found the something different missing from their lives.

One Night At The Office is a sexy snippet with a twist. Raven Starr delivers a delightful little tale to breakup a mundane afternoon. While I wished for more character development, the story is still enjoyable for a quick read.

Mary And The Bear


Book Title: Mary And The Bear
Author: Zena Wynn
Publisher: Phaze Books
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59426-675-1
Genre: Contemporary paranormal shapeshifter erotic romance
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Since birth, Mary Elizabeth Brown has lived in her sister Bab’s shadow. After Bab’s death, her best friend and boss Kiesha Morgan approaches Mary Elizabeth with the opportunity for a change of pace. Keisha believes it’s time for her to put down roots away from the family that never seemed to lover her enough. Her solution – move to Refuge, North Carolina and begin a new life. Mary Elizabeth thought she would find peace away from her mother’s viperous tongue. What truly awaited her in those beautiful hills was a chance at love with her new landlord – Hugh Mosely.

Hugh Mosely is a big man with an even bigger heart. A were-bear, Hugh is searching for his mate, but knows that finding his one will be harder than finding honey in a beehive. Upon meeting Mary Elizabeth, his instincts to protect kick in. An unanticipated reaction that Hugh tries desperately to rein in, but for every step back, his attraction to his new tenant pulls him two steps closer. Hugh has his work cut out for him with Mary Elizabeth’s brother-in-law bitten by the fatal attraction bug, her controlling mother, and her fear of not being worthy of love.

Mary And The Bear brings us not only a few new fascinating characters, but also a glimpse into what I hope will be two upcoming installments for the series. Let’s begin with Mary Elizabeth. I truly felt sorry for her situation. To know that you aren’t getting the love you deserve from a stranger is one thing, but her mother is a piece of work. The more information she gives about her sister, the clearer her situation becomes. Hugh is the man of my dreams. I can truly say that I plan to look for a man with some of his characteristics. He saw Mary Elizabeth’s pain, and even before they mated, he had the urge to heal her wounds. I tell you the man was just romantic. He proved to her that he would be a sole and soul provider. Looking at her past, he unlocked what has caused her grief and made her release the hurt. He was a source of love, friendship, and devotion for Mary Elizabeth and was at her disposal. There are truly no words for the love he showered on her, and I’m so happy he was able to give her the strength to fight back and move forward. The True Mates series is truly becoming one of my favorites, and Zena Wynn has taken up ranks as one of my must-buy authors. Her stories are entertaining yet they bring hard issues to the forefront. The question of abuse, not physical but definitely mental comes to mind after reading this incredible story. Your family should infuse you with love in your tender years, not tear you down. Regardless of the treatment, Mary Elizabeth still grew into a wonderful woman who knew her strengths and learned to accept the love so freely given. I’m anxiously awaiting the next installment in this fantastic series.

First to Die




Book Title: First to Die
Author: Cris Anson
Publisher: Cerridwen Press
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/default.aspx?skinid=13
ISBN: 978-1-41991-762-2
Genre: Romance/Suspense
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

When the owner of a company asks Tamara Hart to lay out a plan to be implemented knowing that she needs to complete a job that may cause many problems for each of the board members listening. From the first accident to the last, she’s in danger and really had no knowledge of who wanted her not around anymore. As always, Simon was there to support her even though he had his doubts in the beginning about her true character. She had made some decisions that will lead to more arguments and deaths for the family.

Simon Sutcliffe is still grieving for his son that was lost in a fire a year ago but with a summons from his father, he is back at a board meeting that will change his life forever. With his soon to be ex-wife sitting at the table, he is not willing to look at her because of his hatred for her for letting their son die at an early age for her own enjoyment. Now that he has seen Tamara and requested she bring some items in without knowing who she was but hiding his sexual attraction from her as she did the same thing.

First to Die captivated me so much, I was thinking about it all the times I was not able to read and was very surprised by everyone’s actions throughout the book. The characters were so intense with their determination to have things their way always. I was lead one way first with deceit and secrets, when the murders started. It was anyone’s guess who was doing the killing and I loved every moment of reading this book.

This was wonderful story that Cris Anson wrote with all the extra drama you could ever want with a lot of family money. I found myself cheering Tamara for her courage to go on with life after the first accident among the many others in the book. As the love grows between these two lovers, an understanding forms of what each has brought to the relationship and they love harder than they thought possible. Towards the end of this story there was still danger to the couple and I won’t give away the ending that I was very happy to read.

Frost Fair


Book Title: Frost Fair
Author: Erastes
Publisher: Linden Bay Romance
Publisher URL: http://www.lindenbayromance.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60202-156-3
Genre: Gay Historical
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

After escorting the debt collector to the door of his small print shop, Gideon Frost locks the door and makes his way to St. Paul’s Churchyard where performing a few sex acts could yield him the money to pay his bills if he is lucky, but before any deeds could be executed, Runners were spotted. Grabbing his potential customer’s arm, Gideon and the gentleman escape the Runners. Gideon had received a contract for prints, but payment was not due until the job was complete and Gideon wanted the prints to be perfect for Joshua Redfern, the wealthy gentleman Gideon desired. What Gideon did not know is that Joshua desired Gideon as well and that the requested prints were only an excuse Joshua used to see Gideon.

Frost Fair is an event that took place in London when the Thames freezes enough to support the stalls of vendors. Gideon is a proud man, who struggles to continue the small print shop inherited from his father, but poverty forces Gideon into prostitution at times when the debt collectors become too demanding. When Gideon’s printing press is destroyed by a malicious gentleman during the frost fair, he turns to his secret love Joshua for help. Joshua offers Gideon a position in his household, viewing this as an opportunity to have the man he loves close, but Joshua did not take into account how lies, jealousy and pride could tear them apart. Erastes’ creative rendition of life in the regency period highlights the cruel punishments of being gay. Male with male relationships, if discovered, could result in incarceration and often hanging. Even though today’s laws have changed, the social views remain the same. This is an interesting and emotionally moving story that I found enjoyable.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mexican Heat




Book Title: Mexican Heat
Author: Laura Baumbach and Josh Lanyon
Publisher: ManLoveRomance Press
Publisher URL: http://www.mlrpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-934531-05-1
Genre: Gay Crime Mystery
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

SFPD Detective Gabriel Sandalini walks into Club Madrone, a bar rumored to be mob-owned, looking for his informant. Working undercover as one of Botelli’s soldiers, Gabriel is taking a risk in hopes of gaining more information. Scanning the bar, Gabriel makes eye contact with a tall, dark and handsome stranger sending a sexual message his way. A minute later, the contact is broken and the stranger is gone. With his informant a no-show, Gabriel is snooping around in the club’s private office when the handsome stranger slips in and slams Gabriel down across the desk and proceeds to have rough sex. Gabriel is not opposed to the stranger’s handling; in fact Gabriel thought it was the best he had ever received. The next night at the big meet between west coast mob boss Ricco Botelli and Mexican mob boss Don Jesus Sanchez, Gabriel is surprised to see that Mr. Tall, Dark and Irresistible is lieutenant to their rival, the Mexican drug lord.

Mexican Heat is the first book in the Crimes & Cocktails Mystery Series. Gabriel is an intelligent, dedicated cop with good instincts. Since he has no family and friends, he focuses all of his energies into his work. Gabriel has learned to not show his emotions and to hide his fears with a cocky attitude. Caught between Botelli who does not trust him, Sanchez who does not like his pretty face and his secret desires for the opposing team’s handsome lieutenant, Gabriel can see things are not looking too bright for a healthy future. The extraordinary talent of Laura Baumbach and Josh Lanyon has produced an exciting action-packed thriller that will keep you hanging on the edge of your chair. The plot is well paced and intense; the action is heart stopping and the love scenes are tantalizing. This is a brilliant story that is almost impossible to stop reading until the end. I recommend Mexican Heat to anyone who enjoys this genre.

Vampires of Noctra: Blood Bounty




Book Title: Vampires of Noctra: Blood Bounty
Author: Darcy Abriel
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-395-5
Genre: Gay/Paranormal/Dark Fantasy/Historical
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Satyr Vael

Donté Lucienne is the vampiric captain of the Night Stalker, a pirate ship from the island of Noctra, a colony of vampires and the humans who serve and protect them. Feared and legendary, Lucienne is a fair captain and in return, his men are fiercely loyal to him. When he pulls a quite bedraggled Skye Templeton from the sea, he’s immediately drawn to the man. Yet Skye isn’t quite what he seems to be and over the following weeks, both Skye and Donté fight an intense attraction until truths come to the surface. But will the attraction between them be enough to keep them from doing what they both need to do?

From the start, Vampires of Noctra: Blood Bounty is a rush of lust-filled, action-packed story. The writing is superb, and Darcy Abriel draws in the reader with brilliantly-written passages and descriptions. The tension between Donté and Skye is thick and palpable. There are many, many secrets hiding within both of them, one of which I did not expect, and the revelation was both surprising and incredibly arousing.

Vampires of Noctra: Blood Bounty is the first in what I hope will be a very long series. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Made for Two - Made for Two Champions


Book Title: Made for Two - Made for Two Champions
Author: Madison Hayes
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419918568
Genre: Sci-Fi / Ménage a trois or More
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Yarionna is approaching her twenty-fourth birthday, and eYona traditions dictates she then take her first lover. In the days preceding her birthday, a series of competitions pit the best warriors in the land against each other to determine who will guard her, share her bed and father her children for the next year. She might have a personal preference, but her wants make no difference in determining who will be the new queen’s champion.

Camp is a focused and dedicated soldier who’s been in love with Queen Yarionna for six long years. During that intervening time, he’s honed his body into a fighting machine, determined to be ready when the time comes to take her champion and protector to her bed…and he’s determined that man will be him. And woe to the men who get in his way.

Spaceforce officer Lieutenant Matchstick Maloney is a hot tempered, impetuous and unpredictable man who comes from the planet Earth. He might not have the training that Camp and the other men in the competition for Yarionna have, but he has something they don’t…he’s smart, inventive, crafty and not above cheating to get what he wants. And like Camp, he wants Yarionna for his own, and he doesn’t care if the citizens of the planet don’t like him.

Made for Two – Made for Two Champions is the newest release in Madison Hayes exciting ongoing series based on futuristic life on the faraway planet, eYona, and it’s just as well-written and fast paced as the rest. Each book can, without a doubt, be read as a stand-alone, but better understanding of the characters and their ongoing relationships might be better served if they are read in order.

This one deals with the lives of two rival warriors in love with the same woman. In this case, the young and beautiful virginal queen, Yarionna. Ms. Hayes once again does a great job describing the emotions swirling between Camp, Match and Yari, giving a good understanding of what motivates their actions. This is especially true of Camp and Match who start out as bitter competitors for Yari’s hand, and end up as friends…sort of. It was a joy to watch these two men work through their differences and come together to keep the woman they both love safe. Ms. Hayes did an equally nice job in showing the confusion Yari was facing…a champion good for her people or good for her, and wanting to know why she couldn’t have both. I was thrilled with the author’s skillfully crafted, action packed ending with near death, betrayal and a personal resolution that allowed the queen to have the men she loved. Match, Camp and Yari might not have been expecting to find love and happiness as a threesome but that, along with fiery passion and blistering hot sex, is exactly what they get.

Dolphin Dreams


Book Title: Dolphin Dreams
Author: Jules Jones
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-383-4
Genre: LGBT Shapeshifter Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Discovering your boyfriend is a liar is no fun. Martin has just learned the truth about his lover and is healing from the hurt. While he may be a submissive, he is nobody’s pushover and won’t tolerate being treated unfairly. His best friend Simon offers the use of his seaside home to help during his healing period and Martin comes across two dolphins. He befriends the duo, and their companionship seems to be just the healing balm he needs. What fascinates Martin is that they not only understand him, but they enjoy his company as much as he enjoys theirs.

One afternoon, Martin finds himself caught in bad weather while visiting his new friends. The twosome takes him to safety, but Martin believes he was hallucinating. Surely, two men didn’t approach him during that stormy afternoon. Months later, Martin goes back to find out if they were actually a dream, or if he discovered two Doms who could complete his life.

When I asked to review this book, I really didn’t know what to expect. I love shapeshifter stories and was hoping that Dolphin Dreams would be a break from the norm. I truly got my wish. Martin is a submissive only when it’s time for lovemaking. Away from the bedroom, he’s smart, handsome, with more than enough love for everyone important in his life. He is truly a force to be reckoned with, in his own right. George and Patrick are both dominants, but it’s clear that George is the more dominant of the two. George is more of the thinker and Martin seems to nourish that side of his needs adequately. Patrick is playful and the more adventurous of the two. When you put the three men together, it’s a flawlessly balanced arrangement. Each feeds off the other two and gives as much as he gets. I enjoyed watching them grow together, and seeing Martin realize that his past hurts healed with little residual side affect. If anything, I think his previous relationship helped him to appreciate the love, friendship and devotion he discovered with his new lovers. From the setting to the characters, Jules Jones has written a wonderful story filled with surprises that are sure to entertain. In addition, for those readers who think cousins should do no more than kiss each other on the cheek, I feel I should warn you that George and Patrick are first cousins. However, if you can get past that and look at the warm loving relationship they have with Martin, I’m sure you will enjoy the story.

Calendar Boys November: Over Here


Book Title: Calendar Boys November: Over Here
Author: Jamie Craig
Publisher: Amber Quill
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-409-9
Genre: Gay / Nostalgic Contemporary (1950s-era) / Series
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Rating: Mystical Nymph

Harvey Kramer was hit by mortar fire and shipped home from the European theater with a damaged leg, tearing him away from his lover without getting the chance to say goodbye. He spent months recuperating and more time learning to live with a brace; all the time haunted by the memories of what he no longer had. His parents are dead and he lives alone, so ten years later when an unexpected visitor arrives at his doorstep, on the first official Veterans Day holiday, his world is turned upside down.

Zach Jones has spent the years since the Second World War ended plagued by memories of his wartime lover, Sergeant Harvey Kramer. He might not have suffered any physical injuries, but he still bears the scars of loosing the man he loved. Zach has gone on with his life but what he needs to be happy is Harvey. When the new Veterans Day holiday is declared, he uses it as an excuse to go looking for the man he can’t forget.

Over There is the November release in the Calendar Boys series and this one honors the gay men who have served their country faithfully, no matter the branch of service. Ironically, I was finishing this timely story on Veteran’s Day, the day chosen in 1954 to honor all veterans, not just those who’d served in WWI under the older Armistice Day holiday.

This nostalgic tale isn’t a hot and steamy romance as might be expected. Instead it’s a warm and tender tale of two lovers torn apart by war finding a way back to each other after years of being alone and unhappy. The physical intimacy between Harvey and Zach is sweet and slow as they re-build their relationship after so many years apart. It also deals nicely with Zach’s easy acceptance of Harvey’s war injury and the brace he’s forced to wear, showing he loves Harvey the person, not Harvey the scarred former soldier. These two guys are so likable it almost makes your heart hurt as they struggle with societies’ idea of what’s normal and accepted so they can have a life together. Harvey was my favorite of the two. He’d been living in a small rural community since his medical discharge from the Army and he’d been alone and unloved all that time. He’s the one who could hardly believe it possible to be with Zach…it was like life in California was a dream, and to watch him reach out and grasp his future…well, it was wonderful to see.

Traitor’s Kiss


Book Title: Traitor’s Kiss
Author: Janet Toombs
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-295-8
Genre: Historical Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Nara Winfield is an adventurous young lady whose family has moved to England to live permanently. Now that she knows the truth about her mysterious sailor named “Dan”, her feelings change toward him and she is determined to see him as a traitor. Because she is sure what Rolfe felt for her was out of obligations to being heir of her family caused her to make some bad decisions and both of them suffered emotionally.

Rolfe Daniels has found the woman of his dreams but he is having nightmares about family that he could not save from drowning. When he saves Nara from a bad storm and takes her to a temple for shelter, it changes their relationship completely.

Traitor’s Kiss was very deceptive and a wonderful love story that survived quite a few trials for both of them. This is a typical couple in love but not really expressing to the other what they feel. An adventure to foreign lands was not what I expected but thoroughly enjoyed reading about the places they went. There was an element of deceit from some of the characters that had me rooting for the hero and heroine, all the way to the end of the story.

All through the book there was never a dull moment and praises goes to Janet Toombs for creating a fabulous journey for the characters. This is a must read book that took me to points beyond some of my wildest imaginations and now I long to visit those places spoken of.

Tartan Interlude


Book Title: Tartan Interlude
Author: Selena Illyria
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60521-069-8
Genre: Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph


Katherine knows that Iain wants her in his bed, but she doubts that he wants her in his heart. She just recently accepted the fact that they were mated, and now Iain is trying to convince her that he loves her.

Iain has always avoided commitment like an illness, but Katherine has changed his views on the subject. How can he make her understand that she is the love of his life?

An insatiable, kilted werewolf certainly keeps things exciting, and I was thrilled to see his story continued in Tartan Interlude. Just as I assume no emotion can exceed Iain’s lust for Katherine, he shocks me with his unconditional love for her. But, as happy as the couple is, I know their life together will never be boring. I pray I haven’t heard the last of them, and am even keeping my fingers crossed in hopes of reading about some of Iain’s friends. Selena Illyria, you are killing me with these short, hot stories, but what a way to go!

A More Perfect Union


Book Title: A More Perfect Union
Author: J. M. Snyder
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-392-4
Genre: Gay / Fantasy / Shapeshifter / Historical / Civil War (American)Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


The War Between the States may pick sides but for two former soldiers, Brance Brennenman a Yankee, and Caleb Chilson a Confederate, their choice is obvious – love. Brance and Caleb are now deserters, but that seems to hold little bearing in the grand scheme of things. Being shapeshifters is even more of a threat with men who would kill or trap them for sport or monetary gain. Brance and Caleb want a place to call home where they can transition safely each month. Discovering another bobcat brings out Caleb’s possessiveness for his lover and the reaction takes Brance by surprise. Is their territory safe or will the three have to battle for the rights to the land?

Caleb and Brance have come a long way. Caleb has a playful sweet spirit and seems to have been sheltered in his young life, but, he has a ferocious appetite when it comes to loving his mate. Brance never goes into a situation without giving it some thought. He’s a patient man, and wants to protect his mate and home. Caleb has slowly rubbed off on the man, and he has made tiny changes. One of which is the ability to communicate his emotions. I could feel Caleb’s joy when he finally admitted the depth of his feelings. I’ve enjoyed this entire series and plan to read this series again. A More Perfect Union has a perfect balance and delivers interesting characters, a picture perfect setting, and a plot that is not overly complicated, but wonderfully written. J.M. Snyder has once again brings a wonderful tale of Caleb and Brance for our reading pleasure.

Eternal Bonds - The Bond That Consumes Us


Book Title: Eternal Bonds - The Bond That Consumes Us
Author: Christine d’Abo
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419918414
Genre: Futuristic Romance
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Taber is the head of security on the Eurus colony and his responsibilities never take him off planet. That is, until there’s a murder on the nearby pleasure ship, Damara, and her chief of security is the victim. At the request of the ship’s captain, he and a colleague are sent to investigate his murder and they soon determine the killer is fixated on sexy bartender, Fallon, who found the first body. The attraction Taber feels for Fallon is unwelcome in a male of his species. It also forces him to come to terms with a long-held secret as he deals with his feelings for Fallon.

Fallon is a bartender on the recreation ship, Damara, and it’s a posting she’d loved to get out of, if she can save enough money for the long and expensive space flight back to Earth. It’s during a busy night tending bar that she finds a body, thrusting her into the middle of a murder investigation. It also puts her in the sights of tall and sexy, Taber, an alien man she can’t get out of her mind. Attraction leads to a night of passion and then a confession, making Fallon love Taber more. It also focuses the killer’s attention on Taber.

The Bond That Consumes Us is the latest release by Christine d’Abo in her ongoing Eternal Bonds series, and it’s another winner. Whether you enjoy futuristic stories or not, this well-written and fast-paced romance will grab your attention from the beginning pages and kept it until you read the last word. This series might be set in the future with its space travel and intergalactic colonies, but the backbone of this story is finding unexpected love and catching a killer. This type of story, especially one so well thought out and with such interesting characters, works, no matter what the genre.

The sexual tension between Taber and Fallon starts at a slow simmer and quickly changes to a rolling boil as these two virtual strangers struggle against an attraction they don’t expect, and Taber doesn’t understand or welcome. It’s an attraction that neither can deny nor ignore, since it only gets stronger hour by hour. Add in a killer who appears to be focused on Fallon, and Taber has all the reason he needs to stick close to her side.

While I enjoyed the first portion of the story which takes place aboard the Damara, it’s the last part where Taber takes Fallon back to the Eurus colony for safety that is my favorite. It’s here that Ms. d’Abo shines with her seamless integration of the great primary characters from her previous two releases. These scenes are wonderfully done, giving a new view of Fallon, Taber and how they relate to others. It’s safe to say that I’ll be reading the next release in this winning series.

Bitten


Book Title: Bitten
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-512-7
Genre: Gay Paranormal Romance
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Alpha wolf Anton Lupi heads back to the farm he and his mate Greg just left a few hours before. Anton’s city penthouse home has been destroyed and his manservant Jackson has been kidnapped by a rival alpha, who wants Anton’s territory. Determined to get Jackson back, Anton needs the help of his pack, but before they will consent, Anton must agree to accept his wolf status and perform the duties of their alpha.

Bitten is the sequel to Bite. The story opens with Anton and Greg discovering that their home has been destroyed by fire and Jackson is missing. Anton considered himself to be a civilized human not ruled by his wolf’s instincts until Greg came into his life and the wolf demanded that Anton claim him. Now, with the recent events, Anton’s wolf takes control and he embraces the pack as family. Greg is a newly turned wolf who lacks the skills to control the beast, but he trusts his mate Anton to guide him. Sean Michael has produced another incredible episode of these werewolves. The plot is an exciting suspense that evolves into a breathless finale. I particularly enjoyed the characters at play in their wolf form. The loves scenes are sensual and the interaction between mates is heartwarming. This is an outstanding werewolf story that I enjoyed immensely.

Selfless


Book Title: Selfless
Author: Michael Powers
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-935192-06-0
Genre: Contemporary m/m romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Rose Nymph

All Rob Harrison ever wanted was a meaningful relationship, something with a bit of substance. One disastrous encounter after another had him thinking he was out of luck, until that fateful day Matt Ramirez jogged along the beach and into his life. Instant attraction and a flare for risk-taking lead the pair to form both a personal and business partnership. With Rob’s writing and Matt’s marketing knowledge, it doesn’t take long for the couple to succeed in their venture. However, Matt’s heartbreaking family secret and the introduction of Ian and Alan, two past acquaintances of Rob’s, threaten both their livelihood and love. Serious illness, unrequited love and deadly revenge test the very boundaries of their relationship, with bittersweet results.

I fell in love with Rob and Matt immediately and thoroughly enjoyed following them on their quest for a more meaningful relationship. However, it is when Ian and Alan enter the equation that Michael Powers’ writing shines. It is not what goes on in the bedroom that is important but rather the strong inter-personal relationships and family structure that form the foundation on which I recommend Selfless to any fan of the genre. Ample detail of the publishing and movie industry create a rich and vibrant world for the characters to inhabit. Medical issues are treated with decorum and respect. I couldn’t help but feel somewhat rushed with the speed at which things progressed at times but in keeping with the long running theme of commitment, it is not until the very end that the importance of each character’s presence can be truly understood.

Lily for a Day


Title: Lily for a Day
Author: Carolynn Carey
Publisher: Cerridwen Press
Publisher URL: http://www.cerridwenpress.com/
Genre: Contemporary Romance
ISBN: 9781419918100
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Sphinx Minx


Marti Darnell is just fine with her empty nest. She feels she’s never really bonded with her two daughters; one a psychologist, married to a surgeon, the other a beauty with a glamorous Hollywood marriage. Marti and husband Harold run a day lily farm. She’s an intelligent, independent, capable woman. Then Harold falls off the roof, landing on her and breaking her ankle. He breaks his wrist and he already had a bum leg. Older daughter Glenna returns home after leaving her adulterous husband and things are definitely off key with younger daughter Candie’s marriage. So Marti berates herself for being a lousy mother.

Author Carey does a great job portraying and relieving maternal guilt in this story. The characters are truly three dimensional and almost universally likable against the rural Tennessee backdrop.

The Darnells are helped on the farm by an industrious young man named Steve. He was once engaged to Glenna and she broke his heart. Hollywood producer Jake wants Glenna back and he’s actually a pretty nice guy. So is Candie’s spouse Matt -- Marti is finally warming up to him. There’s a visiting nurse, a gorgeous film star, and a catty, thoroughly dependable best friend. There are no real bad guys here, but the story of emotional growth and revelation is captivating.

The enduring marriage and romance between Marti and Harold is a great inspiration. Yes, there were rocky periods but they survived. And they hope their daughters will do the same.

Most of us realize that the job of mothering never ends. Marti’s relationships with her girls -- and her own sense of self -- make for a very pleasant read.

Taste Test: A Day at the Beach


Author: Addison Albright, Ava Matthews and Zoe Nichols
Publisher: Torquere Books
ISBN: 978-1-60370-426-7
Genre: Gay Anthology
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Caen Nymph

Nevermore by Addison Albright * 2.5 Nymphs
Ted is a teacher with an ex-wife and two kids. But at night he’s Raven; free from obligation and parenthood, he goes out to party as a gay man. Caesar has been trying to get Ted’s number for awhile but the man keeps brushing him off. Will Caesar finally get his chance to be with Ted? Nevermore is a sweet story, I loved how the author described Ted and his alter ego, Raven. The image she portrayed was very hot. The premise of the story was there, but I felt it needed a bigger scale to actually work on. Overall it was a decent story, but I felt there was too much missing for me to fully enjoy the tale.

Chasing Sand by Ava Matthews * 3 Nymphs
Adam is on holiday with his brother’s family. The kids are driving him mad, so he heads out where he meets a very hot Matt. Chasing Sand really delivered the theme of the anthology without using tired over-used clichés. Adam is a cute character but if the author didn’t mention that he was twenty-seven, I would have had him pegged as a nineteen year old. Not to be mistaken, Adam just seemed like a younger character. Matt was also adorable, more shy and reserved; he was a total opposite to Adam. The story was very nicely written and I enjoyed it immensely.

Surf’s Up by Zoe Nichols * 3 Nymphs
Shane loves the beach, and loves to surf. But when an accident stops him from surfing, he still comes to the beach to remember his fondest days. But when he meets Lucas, he might find another reason to love the beach. Surf’s Up started off really well, I really got into Shane’s head and found myself wanting to know more about him. When Lucas came into the picture, it was beyond hot. However despite the sex being smoking, I was a little uncomfortable when Lucas kept calling Shane ‘daddy’. Despite that, I really enjoyed myself.

Overall Taste Tests: A Day at the Beach is an entertaining anthology. I found the last two stories held the theme of the anthology much better than the first one. This anthology is the perfect read for a hot summer’s day. But it also did the job for a cold winter night.

Lost Souls


Book Title: Lost Souls
Author: Barbara Sheridan and Anne Cain
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-60504-069-X
Genre: Gay Urban Fantasy
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Present Day, Jesse Shigeta returns home after being away at college. Jesse is anxious to share his news with his friend Tomo, who is really the ghost of Kiyoshi. Jesse has the ability to see past the normal plane of reality and he is the only one who can see Kiyoshi. A gifted musical student, Jesse has been accepted at Ryuhei Nakamura’s school in Tokyo. Finding a way to transport the ghost, Jesse intends to unite Kiyoshi with Ryuhei but after meeting Ryuhei, Jesse decided that he wanted the vampire for himself. Learning of Jesse’s betrayal, Kiyoshi becomes enraged with jealousy, destroying Ryuhei’s penthouse and almost killing Jesse. Jesse also becomes jealous when Ryuhei, who has been mourning the lost of Kiyoshi, leaves him. Jesse seeks out the ghost hunters to destroy Kiyoshi’s ghost, hoping that Ryuhei will return his love.

Lost Souls is Book Three in the Blood Brothers series. The extraordinary Barbara Sheridan and Anne Cain takes the readers on Kiyoshi’s journey, from his mortal life and love, to his renewal of brotherly bonds with Liu and his immortal love with Ryuhei. Despite the chaos they endured through the centuries, the bond of love remained strong. Lost Souls is fascinating and has an emotional plot with incredible characters that were no longer part of the mortal world but preserved their mortal hearts. I enjoyed the Blood Brothers series immensely.

Soul of the Night


Book Title: Soul of the Night
Author: Barbara Sheridan and Anne Cain
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-59998-372-9
Genre: Gay, Yaoi, Vampires
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

San Francisco, 1872; Kiyoshi Ishibe has wandered Japan alone after being cast aside by his friend and lover, Liu Sakurai, who chose to follow their maker Kuro. Centuries later, a chance meeting with Ryuhei Nakamura, a human kabuki actor who had been banished from Edo, a Japanese village, in disgrace, united the two lonely souls in love and desire. Traveling with an acting troupe, Kiyoshi has hidden his secret from Ryuhei for years until the trip to America brings back his past. Kiyoshi becomes obsessed with the killer known as Poisoned Dragon and the taste of his familiar blood awakens a strong hunger in him. When Ryuhei learns Kiyoshi’s secret, he does everything he can to keep Kiyoshi safe, but love may not be enough to conquer the evil controlling Kiyoshi‘s heart.

Soul of the Night is Book Two in the Blood Brothers series. In this episode, Kiyoshi struggles with the secret cravings of the demon inside of him and holding on to the love of Ryuhei, who has become suspicious of Kiyoshi’s nighttime activities. The incredible team of Barbara Sheridan and Anne Cain not only deliver a creative well written story but also included is an amazing collection of beautiful pictures that illustrates the storyline. I enjoyed Soul of the Night immensely.