Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Ask For It


Book Title: Ask For It
Author: Gail Faulkner
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419919138
Genre: Shapeshifter,
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

Sahara was rescued by high king Tor five years ago, and then refused Tor in favor of her late husband due to a misunderstanding of the ritual Corbeth. As a widow of a Leonor warrior, Sahara is out of reach, even for Tor, unless she chooses the male.

Sahara normally avoids Tor, but she must take a risk due to her genetic makeup especially since she must surrender ritually to him. She goes to Tor to ask him to give her a child. Sahara turns out to be a Mist Lioness, a race long thought extinct. In order to bond, she must submit to the ritual taking

Sahara strips Tor’s soul to the savage core, and he now understands the violence of that distant age when her kind walked his world. The Leonor Lions used to be a very violent race with lots of tribal wars. The Leonor are now the Guardians of the United Planet Alliance because of their warrior tendencies. At the same time, the Leonor protects females, to the death if necessary. A weapon created by the Mist Lions is triggered by Sahara’s heat cycle. This weapon can destroy Leonor, but the Mist Lions can stop it by undergoing a ritual sacrifice. Tor refuses to let Sahara do it opting to undergo the ritual himself.

This is a delightful departure from Ms. Faulkner’s normal contemporary stories. She has created a wonderful society of two distinct races: the Leonor and Mist Lions. There are major cultural differences that have to be overcome but both are up to the task. I do want her to expand information about the Leonor and Mist Lions in the future.

I really enjoyed this book. The pictures Ms. Faulkner painted with her words transported me to Leonor. The steamy ritual that both participated in to bond was fantastic. I am looking forward to reading future books in this series.

Note: After reading Ask For It, it is clear that there may to be at least two more books coming, even though the publisher indicates this is not a series.

The Tockleys


Book Title: The Tockleys
Author: Laney Cairo
Publisher: Torquere Books
ISBN: 978-1-60370-538-7
Genre: M/M / Contemporary / Music
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Caen Nymph


As a solo drummer, Lori the lovable goth girl, couldn’t get a gig. So she decides to start her own band. However starting her own band gets her in a lot of trouble, the kind she wished she could have avoided.

Jude is a clean-living Buddhist who loves the music, but not the destruction it brings with booze and drugs. Luk is a teenager who’s got the gift for music. Together the three of them make an amazing band.

As Luk and Jude’s relationship evolves into a budding romance, Lori’s life is spiralling out of control. However both men are too late to save her from the ultimate destruction she eventually will face.

The Tockleys is a great story about music and the rock business in general. The author has done extensive research on her subject, which just makes me appreciate the story even more. I adore music storylines, especially about band mates getting closer together. The illicit world of rock ‘n’ roll just adds flavour to the whole story.

The characters of Luc and Jude were fantastic. Jude especially, he wasn’t the stereotypical guitarist who drank till he passed out. He was a devout Buddhist who didn’t do drugs or drink. He played the music for what it was, without the need of intoxicating materials. Luc was a gem; I thought his character was the truest forms of what you’d find in a normal young man nowadays. He had a natural born talent for music, but he also had the booze and drugs down too, but not enough to make you want to judge him. He counteracted with Jude’s personality amazingly well. Laney Cairo has written two very subtle but strong characters.

The only downside I found throughout this story was the unfortunate information dumping I found at times. Sometimes I felt the writing of the gigs seemed a tad repetitive and as someone who frequently goes to live gigs, I didn’t find much passion in those passages. I also found the character of Lori to be another downside. I felt she pulled the story down, as opposed to bringing a dramatic edge to the whole plot. I felt no connection with her at all, and I feel that tends to happen a lot in m/m fiction when a female best friend is written. I feel that the author played the stereotype to the max, and whilst it certainly may work for others, I just found it to be a tad to cliché with her storyline. I just found it to be an easy and obvious situation to put her in. However I did sympathise with what she dealt with in this story.

Laney Cairo also used lyrics of songs throughout her story and I, for one, am not a fan of those myself per say. But I did enjoy the lyrics that Jude wrote about Luc. I thought the words were very tender and slightly humorous.

Overall this is a good story and one that many will appreciate in the m/m genre. The music element just adds an added taste on top of the tender coming of age story that author has written.

Tricking Tara


Book Title: Tricking Tara
Author: Viola Grace
Publisher: Extasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-170-4
Genre: Paranormal/Romance/Elves
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Tara has taken over the job of a haunted house held by her parents before her and enjoys seeing everyone visiting being scared witless. With the two elves courting her, it is hard to concentrate on keeping focused on her work. Now that she has had some time to think about whom she wants to have, her decision is made and she only has to see their response.

Alexi and Michael are twin elves but very different in appearance as much as night and day. They both want Tara and are determined that one of them will be taking care of her in the near future.

I was very impressed with Tricking Tara because this story had a little spill over from the last one and I was happy to see that Tara was able to handle herself in any situation. The descriptions of the haunted house were great and each year has something different, along with the talent she had to enhance the shows. I must say that Viola Grace has done a creative job of continuing this series of the Sisters of Silverwood Book 5 and the magical people that need human magic to exist.

Masters of Illusion


Book Title: Masters of Illusion
Author: Tawny Taylor
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419917264
Genre: Taboo, M/M, Ménage
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Fifteen years is a long time to wait for love. Blair experienced true love with Damon and Trey. It was the type of unconditional love that enclosed the receiver in an invisible net of safety; love Blair used to draw on to hope and dream for a more stable existence. However, in the blink of an eye, Blair no longer had her source of love and protection. Left to fend for herself, Blair now carries a secret that has tormented her since parting from the men she loves.

Damon and Trey have returned older, wiser, sexier, and ready to have their third back in their lives. They are masters inside and outside of their bedroom. What Trey and Damon want above all else is Blair. They only have two weeks to gain her love and trust. Can they prove to Blair that her place is in their hearts and home?

Masters of Illusion takes us into the lives of three people who first meet during their teenage years. They all lived through personal horrors and relied on the triad to make the situations tolerable. The extremes Trey and Damon went to for personal time with Blair shows the depth of their devotion. A neutral setting with less than neutral equipment designed for pleasure, allows them to share their sexual expertise with Blair. Tawny Taylor has written a wonderful BDSM second-chance-at-love story.