Saturday, January 3, 2009

Sophie's Secret


Book Title: Sophie's Secret
Author: Michelle Cary
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-828-0
Genre: BDSM Contemporary Ménage
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Sophie has a secret lust for uninhibited sex, and the one man she has craved over the years is her brother’s best friend Logan Rutledge. Logan has a secret of his own. He has wanted Sophie since she became legal to dive head first into carnal pleasures. After her latest breakup, Sophie is ready to move full steam ahead to have a weekend full of wild sex. Logan refuses to let strange men enjoy the little sex kitten, and volunteers to help her take a ride on the BSDM side. Events reveal the depth of their mutual attraction. Will it be enough to alter a weekend of play into a life shared in marital bliss?

Sophie's Secret takes us into the lives of Sophie and Logan. The friends have shown each other a level of caring over the years, but never wanted to read more into it. Both were determined not to rock the boat for their own personal reasons. I was proud of Logan when he recognized Sophie could be that one person to complete his life. Even with his issues, he knew he wanted more of a connection with a woman. Sophie’s character had me smiling and throwing high fives. Knowing what you want sexually is a key factor in crawling away from the bed with a smile on your face. They make a cute couple when their clothes are on, and create a forest fire when they come off. Michelle Cary has definitely created an enjoyable read.

Fighting the Undertow


Book Title: Fighting the Undertow
Author: Eden Rivers
Publisher: Loose-Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-827-3
Genre: Ghost Paranormal Ménage
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Valerie Keating can’t seem to figure out what exactly she wants to do now that she is no longer a therapist. After she met Ian’s friendly group of friends, she is even less reluctant to spend time with him. Even with her insecurities about herself, she can’t stop herself from loving him.

Ian Winters is still recovering from a bad divorce, from a wife not deserving what she got, and a brother, for whose death he feels responsibility. Now that he has Valerie in his life and is introducing her to a lot of taboo situations only makes her keep her distance without his encouragement.

Fighting the Undertow is a wonderful love story that had so many complications, it was a wonder the characters were making it past them. With it maybe being a little too soon for the lovers to come together but needing each other made it more livable for them. There was a lot of mystery surrounding the story and I loved every moment of reading this book. While at a party hosted at the parent’s home, I was not surprised at the reaction of the parents to their surviving sons or Valerie, who was shunned because of Ian.

Eden Rivers writes of a beautiful beach home that had loads of memories for friends and family alike. The love that was shared by everyone was unbelievable very tender and a lifeline if I ever saw one. I was left with wanting this to be a fairy tale but knew better and hoped that all the couples survived.

Lonnie Heats Up


Book Title: Lonnie Heats Up
Author: Sloane Taylor
Publisher: Aspen Mountain Press
Publisher URL: http://www.aspenmountainpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60168-155-3
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

Lost in the Austrian Alps, psychologist Lonnie Copley is forced to accept help from Wolfe Deider and ends up trapped with the Aryan god in deserted Castle Flophouse.

Disgusted with cleaning up his client’s dirty lives, attorney Wolfe Deider is in major career throes and doesn’t need a woman messing with his mind.

This is a very well written story about the relationship between two people that have some major insecurities. The story is about the relationship between Lonnie and Wolfe and how they slowly resolve it. I enjoyed reading this book.

There is no indication that Lonnie Heats Up is actually the second of four books about the Magnificent Men of Munich until after the book ends. There is a slight mention of the other characters in this book and based on Lonnie Heats Up, all can be read as stand-alone-books.

The Mountain Top


Book Title: The Mountain Top
Author: Jennifer Mueller
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.redrosepublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60435-250-4
Genre: Historical/Period, Interracial/Multicultural
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph


Kybele is a woman with the body of a goddess and the spirit of a warrior. She loses more than her freedom when she is captured by slave traders. Fortunately, a handsome wine maker buys her. Once Kybele lays eyes on her savior, Orestes, she feels her heart pound with desire. It might not be so bad working off her debt in his bed after all. However, when Kybele gains her freedom, will she still want it?

Two stunning, strong willed people cross paths and find unexpected love in The Mountain Top. Kybele and Orestes have problems that must be conquered, some real and some imagined. In the end, their problems turned out to be just the thing that made me fall in love with their story.

Feral Moon


Book Title: Feral Moon
Author: Regina Carlysle
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419917974
Genre: Paranormal/Shapeshifer/Ménage/Quickie
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

In the midst of a smoky club, a firestorm of lust whips through Mahara Jones. The abnormal desire leaves her helpless and confused until her boss, Titus Declan, sweeps her away into the world of were-panthers. She learns she is destined to be his mate and queen of the Turquoise Moon tribe. It is a night of sexual pleasure without equal, but her hybrid psychic powers present Titus with a challenge of his own. It will take more than one strong were-panther to bring her fully into his world. With the sexual help of his closest lieutenants, Titus will claim his queen and ensure the future of their species.

Feral Moon is very fast paced and very hot (fanning myself constantly). The book is actually about the mating and transition ceremony Mahara must go through to become a were-panther and the queen. Readers that like ménages will definitely want to add this one to their bookshelf.

Reader Advisory: Includes a M/M/F/M scene

Dragon Actually


Book Title: Dragon Actually
Author: G. A. Aiken
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-60504-232-3
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Annwyl only wanted to be loved and it never came from her father or her brother, who was trying to kill her at every opportunity. She was fighting her brother’s men and was about to die when Fearghus, the dragon, shows up to save her from death. She had no idea what she was in store for after being healed but found out quickly while she was training to fight her brother.

Fearghus, the Destroyer, is trying to figure out why he saved Annwyl but knows that he wants her with him. His kind as dragons did not interfere with humans although he found himself doing that more and more as time passed. With his sister helping to care for her it was easy to stay away, but then she was able to get around on her own he could not avoid her at all. Between his siblings and Annwyl, he was being driven crazy and the only thing left to do was kill them all, knowing that their parents would not approve.

Dragon Actually was such a wonderful story of a dragon and queen who found something that was very rare in life. I found myself laughing and wondering what would happen next between the couple. These two characters loved each other beyond the norm. Because of the changes with her brother, Annwyl faced his mother’s fire causing her to be able to defeat another dragon. This girl could not keep her mouth shut egging others on for a fight all the time, regardless of who what trying to help her and with being called “Annwyl the Bloody” did not help matters, either.

G. A. Aiken writes of dragons, true love between different races and fighting which lead to a fabulous story that left me wanting more. To have a dragon or dragons wanting to protect and care for you is frightening and wonderful at the same time. I am looking forward to the next book.

The Best Man: The Four of Cups


Author: Jenna Jones
Publisher: Torquere Books
ISBN: 978-1-60370-555-4
Genre: M/M / Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Caen Nymph


Lovers Quaid and Zack head to Las Vegas for Quaid’s brother’s wedding. However things are far from perfect for the couple. Zack is depressed about the lack of success his first novel is having. He’s been taking his irritation out on his supportive partner. But when someone starts noticing Quaid; Zack realises he’s about to lose the one man he loves above all.

I really enjoyed The Best Man. Quaid was a saint in this story. His complete love and supportiveness for his boyfriend was beyond measuring. However Zack was a character I couldn’t come to care for. Relationships have their difficulties, but Zack’s reasons, whilst can be written off as simple frustration, almost ended a beautiful relationship. However, I have to give the author credit for the angst she churned in this simple story. Ms. Jones did well with her characters emotions in this quick story.

Seducing St. Nic


Book Title: Seducing St. Nic
Author: Emma Petersen
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419919497
Genre: Vampire / Christmas
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Barbara Jean Ruiz wants the happiness her brother’s marriage contains. She dreams of having someone to love her, who will make her feel cherished. Cypriano San Nicolo is an old school vampire, and after a century asleep, he wants Barbara Jean in his life. Can Barbara Jean get past him being the evil dead, and learn to love Cypriano, fangs and all?

Emma Petersen started the Dating the Undead series with a bang with Seducing St. Nic. While I loved the characters, Barbara Jean’s wit stole the show for me. I was nervous that she would hold Cypriano’s past against him, but Barbara Jean proved she is as smart as she is beautiful. The couple’s encounters are hot enough to make you sweat. Cypriano proved that you could teach an old vamp a few new tricks. I’m definitely ready for the next story, so bring it on!

Cat Scratch Fever


Book Title: Cat Scratch Fever
Author: Myla Jackson
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419919398
Genre: Shape-shifter
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

Lilly Wyatt left Georgia to follow her dream of a career on Broadway. One night on the streets of New York City she's cornered by cougars.Dark as sin, Tom Black blends into shadows, prowling the streets of Hell's Kitchen, trying to stop trouble before humans become aware of the beasts among them. The sparks have flown since the day Lilly moved into the building. When Lily falls victim to rogue cougars one night, the panther in him leaps to the rescue.
Tom is determined to keep not only the cougars under control, but also his involvement with Lilly. The big cats are easy — it's Lily who causes him to collide with a force capable of overcoming race, color and species.

Tom and Lily have to overcome their prejudices because of their upbringing. Lily was raised in the south and Tom came from a broken home of a panther and human. Lily becomes involved in the war between the panthers and cougars because of her relationship with Tom.

Cat Scratch Fever keeps flowing with both the relationship and the action. It brings a realistic view of society’s differences.

Add A Little Mistletoe


Book Title: Add A Little Mistletoe
Author: Aliyah Burke
Publisher: Phaze Books
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60659-003-4
Genre: Contemporary Interracial Erotic Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Aspen Townsend is returning to her home town for a job after college to live in a house left to her by her brother Ashton. When she runs into Colt, she is shocked and remembers what happened between them the last time she saw him twenty years ago. Trying to keep her emotions in check was getting very difficult with him constantly around so she decides to give in to him.

Colton Larkin, who goes by Colt, remembers Aspen when he sees her and wants to continue where they left off years ago. With blessings from her brother and parents, he now has the opportunity to pursue her. Now that he has secured a job, training bronco riders close to home all that is needed is for Aspen to cooperate with his plans.

Add A Little Mistletoe is a beautiful story of two lonely people who connected years ago and finally get the chance to bond together. Because of the rumors that were spread, it was causing problems for them but they were able to get past it and move on. There was a lot of love, snow and good food in this story and I really enjoyed reading it. This is one story I hope Aliyah Burke will add more to it with the rest of the characters involved. Her writing is wonderful done and I’m looking forward to reading her other books too.

Picture Perfect


Book Title: Picture Perfect
Author: Evangeline Anderson
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-846-4
Genre: Non-traditional Erotic Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Melanie has been attracted to her step-brother, Kurt, since their parent married five years before. They’ve played the part as siblings since the day they met, despite the sizzling sexual tension both try to ignore. Things change dramatically when Kurt insists on escorting Melanie to an exercise book photo shoot, acting as her protector in a bad neighborhood. When the male model fails to show, Kurt reluctantly agrees to help out. What they don’t know is that the photo session is for a modern day Kama Sutra book. The sparks fly even before Melanie and Kurt shed their clothes, and it only gets worse as they get up close and personal in a variety of erotic sexual positions in full body contact. Can they resist the pull they’ve ignored for years, or do they give in to their desires?

Picture Perfect is the latest release by author Evangeline Anderson. Once again she’s created sexy, interesting characters in the middle of an intriguing plot filled with passion, tension, hot sex and high-art photography. I found Kurt’s protectiveness totally endearing, and how he was willing to do anything…anything, to see Melanie happy. He’s a typical alpha male from beginning to end. Melanie is a college student who’s using modeling to earn money for school expenses.

I did have a problem with Melanie’s willingness to do a modern Kama Sutra book just because of the stellar reputation of the photographer. While the set-up of the story was unique and Ms. Anderson did a great job describing the long photography/sex scene, there just wasn’t enough substance for me. Then there was the constant re-hashing of the fact they were step-siblings and shouldn’t be involved. This part of the story I confess I just couldn’t get. They’re parents married when they were mid-teenagers, not toddlers. They weren’t blood kin…they weren’t related in any way, except by marriage, so they wasn’t any real reason they couldn’t be involved. Please take note of the publisher’s warning below.

Publisher's Note: While Kurt and Melanie have no blood ties and their relationship is fully consensual, some readers, particularly those with a history of sexual abuse or incest, may find this story disturbing. This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Exhibitionism, sex between stepsiblings, voyeurism

Hard Ride Home


Book Title: Hard Ride Home
Author: KyAnn Waters
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419918889
Genre: Contemporary, Gay
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Trace Tilton hasn’t been home for seven years. After the death of his mother, he picked up roots and decided to find a new life. He wanted a life where his sexual preference is out in the open. His father’s health causes Trace to return home, and he meets a man who makes him happy to return to the Triple T Ranch. Will Nash Stokes give Trace a reason to return for good, or will he return to city life?

Hard Ride Home takes us into the life of Trace Tilton. No longer a closet gay man, he wants love and life on his terms. Being surrounded by homophobic people doesn’t strike his fancy, but being around Nash does. Nash hasn’t been with a man in a while. He has squashed that part of his life as much as possible. However, his heart and libido refused to overlook what Trace offered. This is a wonderful story, filed with messages on love, acceptance, and personal growth. KyAnn Waters created a fantastic read that will entertain and educate. If you love cowboys who have a thing for men, pick up a copy of Hard Ride Home.

Black Aura


Book Title: Black Aura
Author: Jaycee Clark
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-59998-504-7
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Paranormal Romance
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

Lake Johnson needs a vacation after her psychic abilities fail her. She hopes a little time away in Taos, New Mexico will ease the self-doubt haunting her. Perhaps what she needs is the distraction of sexy gallery owner Maxamillan Gray.

Max has learned that women may look great on canvas, but are a pain in real life. He’s wary after having been betrayed too many times before, even though he finds Lake attractive.

As Max and Lake cautiously explore their attraction for each other, Lake becomes aware that Max’s edgy, complex daughter has been targeted by a building malevolence. She must get Max to believe her and trust in her abilities. If she doesn’t, a madman will steals Max’s daughter and another young woman will die.

In Black Aura, Ms. Clark has mastered the art of suspense and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Lake is trying to keep Max’s daughter from harm, while she and Max are learning to trust each other. You are kept in suspense and then given a surprising twist. If you like paranormal/suspense romance, you will want to add this one to your bookshelf.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Beauty and the Beasts


Book Title: Beauty and the Beasts
Author: Ava Rose Johnson
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-778-8
Genre: Historical Were/Shape-shifter/Fantasy/Ménage
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Abigail is princess of Drayzlake and defies her father, the King, to have her own way with the life the she wants now that she has been exposed to the wolves. When she wakes up in a luxurious room she is confused because the last thing she remembers is being with the wolf in a cave. It was not until Abigail realized that her resistance to the brothers was part of the problem and she had to change the outcome of the meeting between her father and the Alpha men.

Caine and Stavros are twin werewolves of the Alpha Lyson pack in Fort Bestial on one side of the Divide that separated the wolves from the humans. Now that the brothers have kidnapped her, because they refuse to let her go again knowing she was their mate for life, only complicated the situation. When they got anywhere near Abigail, their lust went into full bloom for each of them and the men were willing to go to war for her.

Beauty and the Beasts is wonderfully written and I was totally engrossed reading the whole time. This threesome was meant for each other before they were told and did everything within their power to make it happen. Talk about emotions running rampant was only the start of things and it got even better each time Stavros, Caine and Abigail were together. Ava Rose Johnson had done a fabulous job of creating characters that came to life for me and I am hoping there will be more to this story.

Fantasy Girl


Title: Fantasy Girl
Author: Candice Gilmer
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 1-60504-201-3
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
Genre: Romantic suspense
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Sphinx Minx


Thirty-year-old Lynn Broadmore is a bookkeeper by day, but a Goddess of Smut after hours. Her obsession with Buffy the Vampire Slayer is revealed on her website, where her cyber identity is Hush. The internet has become far more real to her than her dead-end job or physical friends.

She has become the ultimate online Fantasy Girl for a serial killer. The FBI is tracking Benne and Agent Jack Edwards finds Lynn the object of his fantasies as well. Even more intriguing, Hush is the Fantasy Girl Lynn would like to be.

Jack goes undercover in the cubicle next to Lynn, while his partner, Cathy Donaldson, continues to track the killer.

Lynn is smart and capable but insecure. Her remarks on thongs, shaving, and condoms are hysterical. She is attracted to Jack, but has a hard time believing his interest in her is sincere.

Jack is a gorgeous blonde hunk, drawing female attention wherever he goes. He is attracted, yet he backs off from Lynn in ways that are hard to understand.

Then there’s Tina, the office slut, trying to gain Jack’s attention. And Bella, Lynn’s best fiend, hoping to get some romance in her friend’s real life.

The villain has a gruesome and morbid preoccupation with cleanliness, making the torture scenes truly revolting. And there is a bit too much silly bickering after the bad guy has been apprehended. But Lynn’s personal growth is interesting and there’s some really tense action. The story includes a helpful glossary for those of us unfamiliar with fandom, and a fascinating view of cyber dangers in the Kansas Heartland.

Big Enough for Five


Book Title: Big Enough for Five
Author: Willa Okati
Publisher: Torquere Books
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 1-933389-96-6
Genre: Gay, Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph reviewer: Critter Nymph


Ryan, Baz, Marcus, and Aidan have been a foursome for several months now. The four men work at a gay publication company where Marcus is CEO. Luckily for them, they live in the basement apartment giving them plenty of time to be together. Nicholas also works for the publication company and has had feelings for all four men for some time. Shy and with little self-confidence, Nicholas does not see any possibility that the group would want him. Ryan, Baz, Marcus, and Aidan soon realize that they all have feelings for the shy man that works for them and when they suspect he returns those feelings, they set out to snag him.

While I have read several ménage stories, some of which I liked and some I did not, Willa Okati’s Big Enough for Five is my first five-some. There were some things I was worried about when I started this book like would there be any kind of plot? Would it be all sex all the time? Would there be any chemistry between them as a group or just a couple of them? These were all worries that were quickly put to rest. While Ryan, Baz, Marcus, and Aidan were already a group, the introduction of Nicholas into their family is the focus of the story. Although the men have a lot of hot sex, it is not something that is heavy-handed or crude. We are able to see the chemistry between the men, not only as a group but also as couples, as they learn how to make their growing family work. I also loved the way the story was written, showing us snippets of the men’s day in a specific characters POV, allowing the story to have a faster pace. Big Enough for Five is one more book I will be adding to my save pile.

Dragonfire


Book Title: Dragonfire
Author: Sherrill Quinn
Publisher: Amber Heat
Publisher URL: http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/
ISBN: 9781592796755
Genre: Shapeshifter / Fantasy / Series
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

Leilani Aster and her sister are the last of the descendants of a powerful Druid. When an old, brutal enemy is determined to destroy them, Lani must call upon her ex-lover, Aleksandar Lyaksandro – the mighty leader of the shapeshifting Dragon Order - for help.

Aleksandar had betrayed Lani once before and she doesn’t really trust him. Both must overcome the doubts of the past and learn to love. If they don’t, they may not live.

The bonding ceremony includes a ménage. This is a very fast paced story that gives you two-for-one. Part of the story is about Lani’s sister and Aleksandar’s Lieutenant because all of them will be needed to defeat their enemy. I really enjoyed Dragonfire. I thought it was well written and kept the suspense going to the end.

Absolute Trust


Book Title: Absolute Trust
Author: Kaenar Langford
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419919152
Genre: Ménage a trois or More / Gay / Futuristic
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Micah has watched his coworker’s relationship and longs for the same commitment. The woman who has his attention is fellow bounty hunter Layla. Now if he could only get past their age difference. Layla is so over the age thing. She’s a woman in every since of the word, and is ready to make Micah stand up and take notice. Sent on a mission to protect Prince Denyan, Micah discovers both of his mates. Is he ready to submit and give Absolute Trust?

Absolute Trust is the sequel to Jude’s Choice. Micah is good at his job, a wonderful friend, but unwilling to take a chance on a younger woman. We need to change Layla’s name to Lola, because what she wants she truly gets. I will say that the woman was patient, but even a saint would have finally held Micah down and had their wicked way with him. And, the prince is a man made to melt panties. When you read about his first meeting with Micah, have a cold glass of water sitting next to the book. Definitely, a great deal of passion delivered in this story along with a bit of action. I’m anxiously waiting to see which member of the Renegade the love bug will next bite.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Mele Kalikimaka


Book Title: Mele Kalikimaka
Author: A.J. Llewellyn
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: N/A
Genre: Gay Fantasy Christmas
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Instead of enjoying a tree lighting ceremony with his family, Lopaka is sitting in the car angry with his husband Kimo. It seems Kimo wants to be part of the sexual fantasy party at Johnny’s and Aloha’s house, but Lopaka is afraid of a repeat betrayal by his former lover Johnny and maybe even Kimo. Accustomed to performing in front of an audience, Kimo fulfills his fantasy of publicly displaying their assets and his love for Lopaka with a comparison viewing, thus making him and Lopaka the envy of the party.

Mele Kalikimaka is a Christmas fantasy with Phantom Lovers series super hot couple Kimo and Lopaka Wilder. The amazing A.J. Llewellyn continues to bring to the readers new and exciting installments showcasing this superb series.

Playing For Real


Book Title: Playing For Real
Author: Madison Blake
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419918544
Genre: Ménage a trois or More / Gay / Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Shelli adores her best friends, Adrian and Ethan. The men have been a couple for two years and while they are handsome, they’ve never kick-started her libido before. There’s a reason our parents taught us to knock before we enter a room, and Shelli gets a reminder of that lesson. Ethan and Adrian, while exclusive, are willing to open their relationship to a third person. The right woman could add an unanticipated dimension to their relationship, and more carnal pleasure than the law should allow. Who knew the right woman was their friend Shelli?

Madison Blake puts a spin on an old childhood favorite game in Playing For Real. Ethan, Adrian, and Shelli didn’t have a fighting chance to escape the lust that overtook them. They loved each other as friends, and refused to damage the relationship built over the years. The men, they are definite go-getters willing to stand up for the ones they love. No wonder Shelli had a hard time finding men to measure her two best friends. I only wish they could have grabbed Shelli on the floor and danced with her until she was nothing more than a puddle. But they more than made up for that when they finally made her their own. Playing For Real will stir your sex drive into overtime while delivering a happily-ever-after moment capable of leaving a smile on your face.

Heart and Soul


Book Title: Heart and Soul
Author: Adrianna Dane
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberHeat/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-345-0
Genre: Contemporary / Western / Cowboys / BDSM (light)/ Ménage (M/M/F)
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Mary Vale’s life is forever linked to Laughtry Boudine. Working a hard and dangerous job as private investigators, the two are a team, in the office and in the bedroom. Mary is a real fire cracker of a cowgirl but Laughtry knows just how to tame her. They enjoy hot, mind blowing sex and are not afraid to explore all aspects of their passion but there is always that reminder of the link they share with Ray Blackhawk. The matching black hawk tattoos brand them, making sure neither Laughtry nor Mary can forget.

They try desperately to ignore his lingering shadow but even after all this time, neither can forget the passion he awoke inside them or forgive the hurt he inflicted on their lives. It seems the only option is to find him so they set off on Laughtry’s bike in search of the explanation they deserve. The fear and excitement of seeing this incredible man once more is palpable and they both have moments when they want to run and hide. However, their need to understand Ray’s actions pushes them on. When they finally arrive at Ray’s ranch, it seems the answers are there for the taking but is it what they want to hear?

Heart and Soul is the story of Mary & Laughtry’s journey for answers. They’ve both had their lives marked by Ray Blackhawk and I was thoroughly convinced at the impact Ray had on both characters. As I learned more about the power Ray held over them both, I needed answers too. Well defined characters lead me on a roller coaster of emotion, sometimes almost too intense for me to bear. Lust, hurt, betrayal and confusion are powerful tools that the author explores very well. There was a satisfying conclusion to their journey as characters start to understand the importance of each other in their lives and I was left with a sense of destiny playing its part; that people come into our lives for a reason. Both Mary & Laughtry want their relationship with Ray to be the anchor that keeps him close but it seems Ray is destined for higher things; things that are left unsaid. It made me wonder if these three characters’ destiny being entwined is a good thing or a bad thing and that’s the journey you’ll have to take as you decide for yourself.

Photo Shoot


Book Title: Photo Shoot
Author: Addison Albright
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: N/A
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Eddie is not looking forward to posing nude for his best friend Trent, but since he agreed to do it, Eddie cannot refuse to support Trent’s wishes.

Photo Shoot is a delightful snippet to break up your work day with a little humor. Eddie is an average guy with secret fantasies all starring hot and sexy Trent but he never considered that Trent would see him as anything other than his best friend. Little did Eddie know that Trent wanted more than friendship from Eddie and that the photo shoot was an excuse to get Eddie’s pants off. Addison Albright exhibits creative writing skills along with an amusing dialog in this enjoyable saga.

The Ultimate Kink



Book Title: The Ultimate Kink
Author: Cameron Dane
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-831-0
Genre: BDSM Romantic Suspense
Nymph Rating 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Canin Quinn and Kasey Jordan have been trading sharp-tongued barbs with each other almost as long as they’ve been partners in Quinn Security, side-stepping their simmering attraction for years. When the owner of a local sex club comes to their company with a tale of the abduction and rape of several of her patron couples, Canin and Kasey agree to go undercover as a devoted husband and wife. Hours later Canin moves his belongings into Kasey’s apartment, using it not only as part of their cover, but his golden opportunity to see where mutual attraction will lead.

Despite her desire for the tall, handsome and arrogant Canin, Kasey has secrets…emotional baggage which keeps her from letting any man get too close, especially a man like Canin. Used to being in control, Kasey can’t take the chance in allowing him to know what she needs in a lover. The case changes all that when she must bare her soul to the one man capable of hurting her as she hasn’t been hurt in years. Most unexpectedly of all, the sex club opens up needs, desires and kinks that neither Canin or Kasey knew existed, pulling them closer than either ever imagined.

The Ultimate Kink is the second release in the Quinn Security series and it’s another definite winner in my opinion. Much longer and with more detail and background than the first release, the author quickly pulls the reader into the story from the very first page. While Canin has his own secrets, he’s still the more open and easier to understand of the two. Kasey, on the other hand, keeps everyone at arms length, participating in the lives of her friends without letting them get too close, or learn details of her past. This part of Kasey’s personality makes her not only intriguing, but more than a little lonely and sad, and Ms. Dane does a great job doling out pieces of information to explain her behavior without making Kasey’s personality too morose.

The secondary characters that join the plot as patrons of the sex club are all interesting, giving the story greater depth and personality. The sex between Canin and Kasey is hot and graphic, yet it never felt overdone or excessive, always staying true to the current scenes and plot. But the best thing about these sex scenes is the growing emotional attachment both felt for the other. This is what makes the sex take on an intensely personal versus clinical feeling that I truly appreciated. There were times that I didn’t think Kasey would be able to get over her past, but Ms. Dane did an outstanding job of helping her work through her old trauma and allowing the real Kasey to come shining through.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, BDSM theme and content, exhibitionism, flashback to graphic rape, violence, voyeurism.

Where The Heart Is


Book Title: Where The Heart Is
Author: Ally Blue
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504-370-8
Genre: Contemporary Romance M/M
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Bay City Paranormal Investigations team member Dean Delapore is taking a much needed vacation in Carrboro, North Carolina. Visiting some of his old college haunts with his friends, Dean is almost knocked down by Sommer Skye. Realizing what he had done, Sommer invites the mutual friends and their guest out to his winery for dinner on him. During the short conversation, Dean noticed that Sommer is not only gorgeous, but when he looked at Dean, the invitation included more than dinner. Dean is more than happy to spend the night with Sommer; he discovered that he is great company and great in bed. Dean also discovered that Sommer has a ghost residing in the Blue Skye Inn.

Dean Delapore finally gets his story and finds true love in Where The Heart Is, which is part of the Bay City Paranormal Investigations series. In this episode, Dean finds the relationship that he has always wanted, yet because of his past, he is afraid to commit. When he realizes that he loves Sommer, he walks away rather than admit how he feels. Sommer is dealing with mystery and fears facing the truth as revelations begin to surface. It takes Dean leaving him before he becomes aware of what and who is really important to him. The outstanding Ally Blue delivers another exciting installment of this fantastic series. I am thrilled that the loveable Dean has found happiness at last.

Calendar Boys December: First And Always


Book Title: Calendar Boys December: First And Always
Author: Jamie Craig
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-434-1
Genre: Gay Contemporary Series
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Professor Michael Pappas has been dating football superstar Tre Griffin for nearly a year. The two are still firmly committed. However, Tre’s football career keeps them separated for days and weeks at a time, leaving both men unhappy and lonely. All that changes when Tre shows up unexpectedly for Christmas dinner at Michael’s, instead of heading to Chicago to spend the holidays with his family. He’s got a surprise that’s certain to make this Christmas season one they will both remember for the rest of their lives.

Calendar Boys December: First And Always is the last release in Jamie Craig’s year long Calendar Boys series, and re-visiting Michael and Tre is the perfect way to bring this enjoyable group of books to a satisfying close. Our guys are still as crazy about each other as ever, their passion always simmering under the surface, ready to burst into flame. Yet, at the same time, it’s a tender and caring tale of two men deeply in love. This heart-warming short is full of love and hope for the future, and is just what your heart needs for this holiday season.

Sin in Jeans


Book Title: Sin in Jeans
Author: Ciana Stone
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419917448
Genre: M/F western quickie
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Rose Nymph

Is it possible to fall in love with someone in just one night? If you’d have asked them yesterday, Ty Austin & Dale Evans would have dismissed the question outright. A couple of failed marriages under both their belts making them think the happily ever after just wasn’t on the cards. Ty had given up on finding a woman who understood him, who accepted him for who he was. Dale wasn’t about to open her heart up to someone again so easily either.

She was only in town to see a man about a horse but one look at Ty had her mouth watering. He was pure Sin in Jeans and if the look in his eye was anything to go by, Ty was definitely interested. The two get to talking but their minds soon start to wander and it’s not long before they are knocking the door to Dale’s hotel room down in the rush to get to the bed.

Not at all prepared for the passion and intensity that followed, next morning they secretly begin to wonder if maybe they didn’t count themselves out of luck a little too soon. Before they have time to think things over though, there’s trouble at the hotel. Luckily for Ty, Dale has just the thing to save his hide. It’s almost as if it’s fate…

A western tale with more than a hint of mystic and magic was not a combination I was expecting but although I sometimes felt the two themes could actually have been expanded to two separate stories, it in no way detracted from my enjoyment of reading this quickie. To me, this was like a modern day adult fairytale; the story of two good people, unlucky in love but finally finding their perfect partner and having a mind boggling amount of hot, steamy sex along the way.

Soul Mates: Secrets


Book Title: Soul Mates: Secrets
Author: Jourdan Lane
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-504-2
Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


There is no room in a relationship for secrets. Peter’s life is already complicated when you factor in his vampire lover Lucien, wolf mate Nikolas, and the fact that he is a hybrid of both wolf and vampire. Let us not forget about Sabaan the incubus, Lucien’s servant and Nickolas’ lover, who is another of Peter’s bed companions. Yes, complicated is definitely the correct word for Peter’s life. And the secrets these four men keep from one another are putting a strain on their relationship. With mysterious deaths surrounding them, the hidden truths no longer have a place to reside. The time for trust and honesty is at hand, or there could be more to lose than just a bedmate and friendship.

Soul Mates: Secrets takes us back into Peter’s life. He is adjusting to his powers, but his bond with Lucien isn’t as strong as it used to be. Both men are holding their cards close to their chest, and that’s causing more of a rife in their fragile relationship. Thanks to Sabaan’s love, Nikolas has come a long way in showing his emotions, but he’s still the hard ass he always was. From the way this story ended, I’m sure there is at least one more book coming in this series, if not more. So, for those who have read this series in its entirety, I am sure that’s wonderful news. I don’t know if Peter can squeeze one more person in his bed without stretching his love and time too far. While I enjoy reading about his sexual escapades, I’m sure that even Lucien would have difficulty sharing the man he loves with yet another mate. The story has enough action and suspense to balance out the sex and lust.

This Time For Keeps


Book Title: This Time For Keeps
Author: Christiane France
Publisher: Amber Quill
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-404-4
Genre: Gay / Paranormal / Ghosts / Hauntings
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Josh and Peter met when they were both fashion models. Over the next ten years, and despite the fact they love each other, they’ve split up so many times that Josh lost count. The last time it happened, Peter moved out in the middle of the night and Josh took a job in Europe to forget. Josh figured that when Peter calmed down and came to his senses he’d call…except he never did.

Weeks later, Josh breaks down and tries to call his former lover, only to find that both his business and cell phone numbers have been disconnected. The only thing that makes any sense is that Peter has found another lover. Not able to move on himself, Josh comes home to confront Peter personally and hear that they are really over this time. Instead, he learns the most horrific news. Peter was killed two months before during the theft of his car. Even through his grief and pain, Josh learns that death isn’t what he thought and that sometimes if you’re meant to be together, love will find a way no matter the obstacles.

This Time For Keeps starts off rather oddly for a romance, and that’s with the death of one of the two main characters, Peter. I have to admit that I was intrigued by the original concept of this unusual gay contemporary, but what really amazed me was that the author handled Josh’s pain and grief without allowing the story to take on a dark or depressing tone. In fact, it’s rather light-hearted and humorous, which I didn’t expect, but appreciated nonetheless. Then there’s the matter of the relationship between Peter and Josh…who knew sex with a ghost could be so hot!

What to Buy for the Vamp Who has Everything


Author: A.M. Riley
Publisher: Loose Id
ISBN: 978-1-59632-853-2
Genre: LGBT / Paranormal / Vampire
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Caen Nymph


LAPD Peter Ortiz is living a strange life. His former fuck-buddy and now un-dead boyfriend is in a slump. As a dirty cop in his mortal life, he feels the need to punish himself. But all Peter wants to do is spend the Christmas with his sexy boyfriend, because he loves the man to death. Between dealing with his job and his boyfriend’s mood swings, it might be difficult to get what he wants.

What to Buy for the Vamp Who has Everything is a fantastic Christmas story. You can trust A.M. Riley to write something original. This is a humorous and sweet story about a dead ex-cop Adam and his very much-alive lover Peter. The story is set in a dingy basement and it makes the whole story even more precious. The characters are rough and edgy, but their romance is beyond hot. A fantastic read indeed.

Not in Kansas


Book Title: Not in Kansas
Author: R. G. Alexander
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-60504-346-X
Genre: Fantasy Romance, M/M
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Kansas Frayne is out walking near his country home when a sudden storm picks him up and drops him into an unknown world where strange creatures talk and look part human. It does not take long for Kansas to realize he is not in Iowa anymore. His new friends, a cat man and bird woman, take Kansas to meet the King. With one look, Kansas and the sexy hunk have an instant attraction to each other. After several weeks making love to the King, the only thing Kansas knows is that he is somewhere over the rainbow, but unlike Dorothy in Oz, Kansas is perfectly happy to abandon his earth home.

Not in Kansas is a delightful remake of The Wizard of Oz. R. G. Alexander creates a wonderful world full of sensual characters and humor. This is a very enjoyable version of a classic tale.

Dragonheat


Book Title: Dragonheat
Author: Sherrill Quinn
Publisher: Amber Heat
Publisher URL http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/
ISBN 978-1-60272-378-8
Genre: Shapeshifter / Ménage (M/F/M) / Group Sex / Series
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

The dragon clans are suffering from a higher than normal infant mortality rate and an increase in dragon deaths due to dragon hunters. Nikolai Zelenka and Rainer Batsakis are sent by the leader of their dragon clan to find out what happened to a geneticist working on a cure. They meet the scientist’s sister, Deirdre “Dee Dee” Adair, and immediately recognize her as their mate.

Dee Dee knows she’s wildly attracted to both men. Not only does she need to understand and accept them, she needs their protection against the dragon hunters who are after the information she carries on a flash drive.

Dragonheat is a very good sequel to Dragonfire. It is just as fast paced and well written, keeping the balance between Nikolai, Rainer and Dee Dee’s relationship and the suspense of the story.

Aidan & Ethan


Book Title: Aidan & Ethan
Author: Cameron Dane
Publisher: Liquid Silver
Publisher URL: http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59578-515-2
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Aidan Morgan had one final opportunity to redeem himself after the mistakes he made in Texas. Moving to Redemption, Maine was part of the process. He would do anything to maintain a relationship with his siblings. Aidan has decided to make this last chance count. What he doesn’t count on is falling for Ethan.

Ethan Ashworth is a handsome geek. Forged from a moment of need and acceptance, his friendship with Aidan grows to be much more over time. They discover their true feelings, and are ready to move forward together. The next day Ethan discovers that Aidan is gone, and he will have to mend the pieces of his broken heart. Over a decade later, Aidan has returned. Is it too late or will the town show the lovers the true meaning behind its name?

The Redemption series begins with Aidan & Ethan. Their story is simple and complicated at the same time. I can honestly see readers picking sides during Aidan and Ethan’s battle to regain their relationship. Both men had to live through the pain of losing the other. Both became capable and independent. More importantly, thanks to the love and support of family, they had anchors to support them through their reconnecting period. There were a few times that I could see them losing sight of the desire to be in a committed relationship. While both men wanted each other, there was a great deal of pain to overcome. As always, Cameron Dane has written characters that remind you of friends and neighbors. I’m hoping Aidan’s brother is next on the agenda, but will be happy for any of the supporting cast to find love and happiness.

Cupid’s Touch


Book Title: Cupid’s Touch
Author: Kendra Mei Chailyn and Dana Littlejohn
Publisher: Leo Lady Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.ladyleopublishing.org/
ISBN: n/a
Genre: Sensual Romance, Time Travel
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Silver Minx


In the Master’s Arms - 3 Nymphs - This is the story of a man and woman separated by generations of time but both are looking for that special someone that equals true love. Rian Sheppard is a successful doctor in the year 2006 who is looking for true love. Does she cause a major tangle in Cupid’s plans?

Reggae Redemption - 2.5 Nymphs - Naina Chambers is a new woman in 2007. She is on top of the world except for one thing. She lacks in love. While watching a storm one day, she dreams of a man. This man is nothing like the men she knows he is a warrior and is fighting to protect what he loves. Unknown to Naina, he is in the future. This is another story involving Cupid and his changing people’s lives by finding their perfect matches despite time differences. The idea of the story was good but I had a hard time following the story.

A Stitch in Time - 3.5 Nymphs - Renee Reyes never regrets her choices, except one, breaking up with the love of her life. Now she is an elderly woman, content with her single life. She has friends and close family but no children of her own. Then Cupid comes to her and gives her the chance to change that one choice. Cupid makes it possible for Renee to go back in time and be with her love, Royce Cole, forever.

Caught by a Hawk - 3 Nymphs - Icie was willing to do her duty and fought for that when Chief Dyami wanted something different. Hawk was an honorable man that just wanted to protect his family home.

Cupid’s Touch has its good points and bad. Overall, it is a good read. I personally enjoyed Cupid’s thoughts imputed throughout the stories. If you like interracial romance, this is a good book to read.