Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Sleight of Hand


Title: Sleight of Hand
Author: Katrina Strauss
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504-272-5
Genre: Gay-Lesbian Romance / Paranormal Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Caen Nymph


Edwin Matthews just wants to sleep, but the nineteen year old is plagued by nightmares. Travelling by train with his mother and sister, a magician boards the train. The magician is both mysterious and beautiful, and he offers to cure what ails Edwin. But in the moment of passion, Edwin finds out what life really means; with love, sex and the promise of forever.

Sleight of Hand is a beautiful story, with a stunning prose and exquisite imagery. The author’s previous works have not worked for me. But the blurb took me in an instance, and I can guarantee you this is one paranormal story, that will whet your appetite. Reading it at first glance you may find the genre heading in a more historical nature, with the language in general. However I find this all blends together to bring a better twist to a genre that needs some fresh ideas. The character of Marco is both mysterious and hot, whilst Edwin compliments him being the opposite. Ms. Strauss has done a phenomenal job with this story. Her language prevails in this story, and her keen eye for detailing just tops it off. A beautiful read indeed, with a book cover to match the strength of this story.


Hajiri's Pet


Book Title: Hajiri's Pet
Author: Auburnimp and Michael Barnette
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Publisher URL: http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59578-502-2
Genre: Science Fiction
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Hajiri is a former gunwhore turned zonewarrior. No longer selling his body and gun to his clients, he now works on professional hits to make ends meet. Living in Shinjuku Containment Area has its drawbacks and Hajiri wants more out of life. The opportunity of a lifetime saves him from eminent death in an alley near an illustrious club, Shinjuku. When his path crosses with the young battlepet, Hajiri has visions of being a wealthy man. However, after spending time with Zeshin, Hajiri learns money isn’t everything. It cannot buy loyalty, friends or love, and Zeshin is offering unconditional love.

Hajiri's Pet is the first book in the Midnight Rain series. Human/snow leopard cross battlepets, zonewarriors, and corp elite all take center stage in this first explosive installment. Hajiri has lived in the zone for so long, he has hardened and wants nothing to do with love. However, Zeshin draws it out of the older man. Zeshin is bright, but doesn’t know how to react to the new man who has become his master. He has conflicting feelings, and I have a feeling his evolution will leave both men gasping for breath. If you enjoyed the Through Neon Eyes series, then you know what to expect. You’ll definitely have to get use to the terminology used throughout the story, but it’s well worth a read.

What Matters Most


Book Title: What Matters Most
Author: Lisa Marie Davis
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978‐1‐935192‐11‐4
Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Satyr Vael

Ever since he was a child, Silas Spencer has been able to see and speak with spirits. His grandfather, however, was the only one who ever believed him and didn’t call him crazy. Now he’s grown and uses his ability to help misguided spirits, usually by getting messages to loved ones via anonymous calls or mail. Three years ago, Silas had a fling with Josh Dalton, but Josh walked out before it could be anything more than a one-night-stand.

When a new co-worker shows up, Silas can’t believe it’s Josh. Josh, however, has a lot to hide, and it isn’t until his recently-deceased mother visits that Silas finds out why. Can Silas help Sarah Dalton’s spirit move on, by way of helping Josh? Or will it all be too much for any of them to handle?

What Matters Most is an emotional romance with touches of tenderness, bittersweetness, and terrifying memories all rolled into one. The characters are endearing, though I really found myself drawn to Josh’s mother Sarah. Her heartbreak over the events in Josh’s life left me tearing up more than once.

The love between Silas and Josh is sweet and real, and I’m glad they didn’t rush into it. The secrets they each held nearly destroyed them, but in the end, those same things drew them together.

If you’re looking for a satisfying, emotional romance with drama (but not enough that you start growing tired of it), then give What Matters Most a try.

Scars


Book Title: Scars
Author: Jessica Freely
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: N/A
Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


David has finally found someone to love. The bounce in his step, and color in his cheeks, is more than enough proof of their inspiration to his new outlook on life. When faced with information that the police are looking for Seth, David refuses to turn his back on his new lover and his hero. There’s a reason for all of the bad things popping up about Seth’s past. Is David strong enough to listen to it, accept it, and teach Seth how to heal from it?

I fall in love with David a little more with each installment of his story with Seth. David is a “glass half full” kind of man. No matter what happens, he knows that Seth is a gift and refuses to consider him a burden. Seth’s story just tugs at my heart with each new piece of information I learn about him. Most would not be sane after living in his shoes. However, his past only helps him appreciate David more and want to protect him. There was a few times where I truly wanted to put him squarely over my knee (and not just for the kink factor). Scars is a wonderful part of Ms. Freely’s touching series. She has created characters that will be hard to forget.

Sexy Secret Santa


Book Title: Sexy Secret Santa
Author: Liz Andrews
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-843-3
Genre: Full-figured Heroine Erotic Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph


After breaking up with her loser boyfriend, Molly Zaworski is feeling sorry for herself. She feels there’s no way a man could be attracted to her, a woman with more than a few extra pounds. Once she starts receiving sexy gifts on her desk from an anonymous person, Molly starts thinking that this Christmas might not be so bad after all.

Josh Bachman is trying to be patient in his pursuit of Molly, but working with her daily is really testing his libido. He has wanted Molly since the first time he laid eyes on her. When he discovers that she’s wearing one of his racy gifts, Josh decides to increase his efforts to make her his.

If you love a good office romance between two characters who heat up the pages, then you better not miss Sexy Secret Santa. This is the kind of naughtiness that even Santa would approve of. I loved the methods Josh used to help Molly gain self confidence, and the way Molly opened herself up to Josh. Sure they wasted time pining for one another, but once this couple gets together, they more than make up for lost time.

Channeling Morpheus: Rebirth


Book Title: Channeling Morpheus: Rebirth
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60521-100-8
Genre: Paranormal/Vampire/Gay/Action and Adventure
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Satyr Vael

Michael and Wild Bill have settled into something of a life. Well, maybe not settled… Michael’s tried going home, only to find that it just isn’t the same anymore. Being social creatures, they seek out a tiny commune of vampires, hoping to find a place to land in safety for a while. Unfortunately, since Michael is still technically human, this presents a problem. Question is: can the two of them stand against three and come out unscathed?

Channeling Morpheus: Rebirth is the final story in a wonderful vampire series by talented author Jordan Castillo Price. Wild Bill isn’t quite the kind of vampire one would envision, but his lifestyle fits him well. Michael is the perfect contrast to Wild Bill’s crass blatant personality, always willing to tangle with the vamp, in and out of bed. Whether they’re sparring verbally or rolling in the sheets, these two sizzle.

I admit I’m sad to see this series end. I’ve loved every book. Yet Ms. Price ended it perfectly. And I know that when I need a good, sexy read, I can always count on this series. This final book brings closure to a wild, sometimes fun, sometimes nerve-wracking, but always sexy ride. Kudos to Ms. Price for memorable characters and a wonderful series.

Stay


Book Title: Stay
Author: Jessica Freely
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: N/A
Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


It’s the morning after Seth’s heroic act, and time for a trip back to reality. Seth is expecting David to say “thanks see you around”. He has lived on the streets long enough to know what comes next. David is in another frame of mind. David enjoyed his evening with Seth and meant every word he uttered, every cry of passion, every warm feeling of caring invoked while in Seth’s arms, body and soul. The question is can David get Seth to Stay?

Stay is Jessica Feely’s sequel to Hero. I loved both stories. There is so much going on with the characters that have yet to be explored. David shows that he’s more than ready to share his life with Seth. Seth is a bit cautious, but with good reason. They are a perfect couple and I’m anxiously awaiting their next story.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Retreat From Love


Book Title: Retreat From Love
Author: Samantha Kane
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419919428
Genre: Historical, Gay, Regency
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Frederick Thorne, Duke of Ashland, is a man who gives with no ulterior motives. His aura is a beacon to others and has a healing power that lights the way to happiness and acceptance. This beacon of devotion drew Brett Haversham to Freddy five years ago. Freddy’s only wish is to gain Brett’s love -- the one thing Brett is reluctant to give. If there is one person capable of getting the two men together, it’s Anne Goode. Anne has a connection to both men through her deceased fiancé Bertie. After weeks of passion and revealed secrets, these three people learn a valuable lesson. There will be no retreat from love.

Retreat From Love is book five in the Brothers In Arms series. Ms. Kane was the first author of gay Regency-era erotica that I had the privilege to read. This series takes us to a time where participating in a gay relationship was a hanging offense, and the reputation of a woman was all that she truly owned. I love the fact that no matter how strong her characters are, they have true human weaknesses that they will have to acknowledge and then overcome. Anne is sweet with a warm personality and a quick wit. Freddy doesn’t allow his wealth to dictate how he treats others. He’s handsome but doesn’t seem to know just how alluring he actually is. Brett’s need of love and acceptance tugs at your heart and makes you want to wrap him in a healing embrace. When you put them together, there isn’t enough fire repellant paper to not feel the heat and flames from their love. I can only guess there are at the least two more stories for this series. Moreover, I plan to be one of the first to read the next story when it’s finally published. This is a fantastic read, which should not be missed.

Santa Please


Book Title: Santa Please
Author: Jade Falconer
Publisher: Phaze
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60659-103-1
Genre: Gay / Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Caen Nymph

Ian takes a job at a store department store as Santa Claus. During his onetime visit, he meets his Elf, young and gorgeous James. Both hit it off and end up spending some much needed time together.

Santa Please is a cute little festive story, with some light comedy. Whilst the banter between the characters was fun to read, I didn’t have much connection with them and ultimately, I couldn’t care for the characters. However this was a festive story to read during the holidays.

The Ta'e'sha Caesurae 2: Crimson Shackles


Book Title: The Ta'e'sha Caesurae 2: Crimson Shackles
Author: Theolyn Boese
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-839-6
Genre: BDSM Poly Futuristic Shape-Shifter
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Shay knows what it’s like to be a slave. While the hopeless feeling and the torture happened long ago, they still have a lingering affect. Therefore, when she witnessed the auction of Jaed'aden, something in Shay knew she had to help him. The need turned to desperation when a pirate with a reputation for being brutal decided to buy him as a toy. The easy part was deciding to purchase Jaed'aden. The hard part will be breaking the news to her mate, Raerei. Shay, Jaed'aden, and Raerei will have a long journey filled with self-discovery and recovering long lost links to their pasts.

Theolyn Boese never ceases to amaze me when she writes stories for the Ta'e'sha Caesurae series. Shay is strong and fierce, beautiful and dangerous. She loves hard, and will protect her mates with her last drop of blood. Raerei lost his gentle side long ago when he worked as a gladiator. He is just as strong as his mate and makes concessions to ensure her happiness. Not one to share, Raerei will have to either accept Jaed'aden or cause a rift in their relationship. Jaed'aden remembers life prior to being captured, enslaved, and abused. His damaged spirit calls him to trust Shay and Raerei. There are wonderful new characters throughout the book and old favorites back for a quick visit. The relationships forged in The Ta'e'sha Caesurae 2: Crimson Shackles leads me to believe there will be an abundance of stories for this exciting series. I’m looking forward to seeing who will next get bitten by the love bug, and which species of woman is the most ferocious when it comes to protecting those she loves.

Retreat


Book Title: Retreat
Author: Mari Carr
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 9781419919022
Genre: Light BDSM, Ménage
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Sphinx Minx

Jon Walker is a teacher now, trying to forget the teen years he spent with his dominatrix mother in a cult. He is attracted to the school secretary, but afraid of trying to live a “normal” life. Carly James seems so prim and proper in the beginning.

Jon and his childhood friend Night Thomas were trained as BDSM Masters. The two then helped undercover agents in the cult’s downfall. Night’s father died in jail, but Jon’s mother is back on the mountain, engaged in more nefarious activities. One of Jon’s students may be in danger.

Government agent Reilly is back, trying to get the boys, now in their 30s, to stop Cassandra Walker once and for all. Night is all for it, but Jon objects.

John and Night can not turn their backs on their BDSM histories. They have shared partners for years, but this has not been truly satisfying.

Jon fears Carly will be put off by his past and proclivities. His overwhelming desire to share her with Night develops into highly erotic and adventurous behavior.

This is a truly steamy piece of writing with some real personality insights. Guilt and individual preferences are explored.

Wishful Thinking


Book Title: Wishful Thinking
Author: Evangeline Anderson
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504-242-8
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal Romance
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Philomena Swann and her sisters are one-eighth fairy. It isn’t enough to give them magical powers or entry into the fairy realm, but it is enough to give them a fairy godmother. An irritating, and obnoxious fairy godmother from Hell who does everything possible to mess up their yearly birthday wishes. With her twenty-fifth birthday fast approaching, Phil is desperate to decide on a wish that won’t end up in disaster…like so many wishes have before.

Not only is Phil nervous about her approaching birthday wish, she’s also dealing with her disinterested fiancé, her disgusting sexist boss, several annoying co-workers and one thieving elderly neighbor with a yappy little dog. What she wouldn’t give to speak her mind and stand up to the people around her, and that’s exactly what the FG gives her. Now, Phil can’t keep her mouth shut, blurting out what she thinks to her family, her boss and her sexy best friend, Josh, who she’s having decidedly un-friend-like feelings for.

With her life nearly in ruins, Phil begs to have the wish reversed, and that’s exactly what her pink-clad FG does. Except now, everyone around her can’t help from telling their inner most secrets, and that includes her cheating fiancé and hunky Josh. What’s a girl to do?

Talented author Evangeline Anderson has taken the time honored concept of a fairy godmother and turned it on its ear with her new and entertaining release, Wishful Thinking, Book 1 of The Swann Sister Chronicles. It’s a fun, and often light-hearted paranormal read that kept me reading faster and faster from beginning to end. This story is longer than many e-book releases, but that only gave Ms. Anderson plenty of opportunity to develop well-rounded and interesting characters and situations. The scenes revolving around Phil’s unfortunate wish gone awry and its disastrous aftermath often hand me chuckling aloud, and the dialogue here is priceless. It’s pretty obvious from the beginning that Phil and her jerk fiancé, Christian, aren’t meant to be together while Phil and Josh, on the other hand, are perfect together. When these long-term friends finally get together, it’s sweet, tender, hot and very erotic. Add in enchanting secondary character, especially her sisters and quirky half-fairy grandmother, and you have all the elements needed to the keep the story fast-paced and lively.

I look forward to the next release in this twisted fairy tale series with Cass’s birthday wish. Let the wishes begin!

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot


Book Title: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Author: Selah March
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-405-1
Genre: Gay, Haunting
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph


Leo Delacroix has been asked to join a group to rid Nil-Chance of the evil presence that resides there. What the others do not know and what Leo hopes to keep secret is that he is not your everyday psychic. Leo is an empath as well as a telepath, leaving him vulnerable to those around him. Tommy Mulvaney is the only member of the group that was hired to be there. He has little desire to get to know his fellow ghost busters and just wants to do the job he was hired for. It soon becomes apparent that they all may have bitten off more than they can chew. If Leo and Tommy want to get out in one piece, they will have to learn to trust each other.

Selah March’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is one of those great crossover books, easily appreciated by both readers of the gay genre as well as ghost stories. The story covers a period of about 36 hours, all of which will keep the reader wondering what will happen next. For those of you that like paranormal/haunting stories you will not want to miss this one.

Hell’s Reach


Book Title: Hell’s Reach
Author: Chris Morrow
Publisher: Aspen Mountain Press
ISBN: 978-1-60168-142-3
Genre: Horror
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Caen Nymph

Widower Walter discovers a hole in the woods that he soon realises holds mysterious and mind-bending properties.

Chris Morrow has established a voice of his own. Hell’s Reach is a fantastic story about a man and his journey that leads him to find this mysterious hole. The author’s vice rings out in this story with both its humorous and spiritual tone. The character of Walter was enticing, but it was the author’s language and imagery that won me over.

Basilisk Tales Book 1: Dark Descent


Book Title: Basilisk Tales Book 1: Dark Descent
Author: Riane Lasair
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-499-1
Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Fantasy
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Basilisk Tales Book 1: Dark Descent by Riane Lasair takes us to a futuristic planet where the development of one group has caused the need for two worlds to exist. There is the Aergra world which is above ground, and the Undernegra, a below ground world created by those who no longer could live in Aergra. Fear had separated the people, and while the Undernegra could have perished and given up, they thrived and adapted to their new surroundings. While most believe that Aergra is far more advanced, only residents of Undernegra know if this is reality or fabrication. The two worlds will have to pull together when a mutual enemy means to destroy them all. The gifts of Undernegran empath Vee will come in handy to find the culprits. Teamed with Upperworlder scientists and security personnel, Vee didn’t know what to expect. What he found was a mate in their leader, Brand.

This well-written story has characters with a magnetism that entices you to read further and will have you hoping the story won’t end. Vee is sweet and innocent in some ways, but when the gloves come off; he proves that he truly knows how to handle himself. Brand is handsome and a man of command. He doesn’t know why he is so attracted to Vee, but he plans to discover all of his secrets. Definitely, a story worth reading, and I’m hoping Ms. Lasair will bring us a new chapter in Vee and Brand’s quest very soon.

Boy Toys


Book Title: Boy Toys
Author: J.M. Snyder
Publisher: Aspen Mountain Press
Publisher URL: http://www.aspenmountainpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60168-159-1
Genre: Gay, Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph


Jason hates the holidays. His boyfriend of almost a year has left him, his friends don’t understand why he is still hurting, plus now he has been talked into attending a sex toy party and his pity date showed up with someone else. Deciding to stay only until the party host shows up, Jason tries to mingle and enjoy himself. However when this does not work, he heads straight for the door. Bumping into Nigel quite literally, Jason is talked into being his assistant. The attraction between the two men is almost instantaneous. When Nigel sees things are getting to be too much for Jason, he encourages the man to relax somewhere where the two can get to know each other later.

J.M. Snyder’s Boy Toys is the story of two men who find love during the holiday season. The author takes the reader on a journey through despair as Jason struggles to come to terms with a recent breakup. There is hope for Jason after meeting Nigel. Jason finds joy as the two men find love. Those fans of J.M. Snyder will want to add this to their collections while those yet to try her can use Boy Toys as a starting point.

Del Fantasma: Mudslide


Book Title: Del Fantasma: Mudslide
Author: Selena Illyria
Publisher: Aspen Mountain Press
Publisher URL: http://www.aspenmountainpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60168-154-6
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal Erotica
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph


The only excitement Callisto has in her life involves working as a liaison for a law firm that caters to paranormal beings. All that changes when she meets a devilishly handsome and incredibly blunt mystery man at a wedding. Something about him makes her feel safe and desirable, so she takes a chance and spends the weekend in his bed. Callisto wasn’t expecting the surprises she got.

Having his mate picked for him was not something that pleased Pietro. When he becomes king, Pietro wants a mate by his side that will fit into the demonic world. When he finds her, a human, Pietro is shocked but his mind is made up. Once he makes Callisto scream his name, he knows he can make her understand why they are destined to be together forever. Or can he?

Pietro is exactly the brash kind of man any woman would kill to have in her bed, and I’m glad Callisto didn’t waste time getting him there. Even though their relationship takes off in five seconds flat, it is completely believable. There is the perfect amount of turmoil and certainly love scenes that would make anyone blush. I can only cross my fingers in hopes that I haven’t heard the last of Callisto and Pietro. Selena Illyria, thank you for Del Fantasma: Mudslide!

Hole In One


Book Title Hole In One
Author: Carolina Valdez
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-443-3
Genre: Gay, Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymph reviewer: Critter Nymph


Greg has just tied for the lead position for tomorrow’s leg of the golf tournament. The other golfer just happens to be Rio Vargas, Greg’s college fling. The two meet and had a torrid affair while playing against each other in an international collegiate match. Greg, who had been in love, was hurt when Rio left without any word or further contact. Now, years later, it looked like they would be playing against each other again. It is not long before old feelings surface as the two men become reacquainted. Will the past be repeated, should one of them win the tournament or can they learn from their mistakes?

Hole In One by Carolina Valdez is a fast paced story that rights some wrongs and gives Rio and Greg a second chance at love. While the story centers on a golf tournament, the author does not bog the story down with golfing. Instead, we see the uncertainty the two men struggle with as they play in a game that not only brought them together the first time but also split them apart. Hole In One is just the perfect story to have on hand for when you want a quick fast read.

Shining Victory


Book Title: Shining Victory
Author: KC Kendricks
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-422-8
Genre: Gay, Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph reviewer: Critter Nymph


Levi Wright has had many relationships with women, but has always felt something was missing. When he meets Stacy James, he knows just what that something is. Before he has the time to figure out how to handle his new relationship, he is forced to reveal all to his family. For Stacy, Levi was the last thing he was looking for. Falsely accused of abuse in his youth, Stacy has kept his relationships to a minimum, afraid of getting hurt again. When the much younger man steps into his life, he realizes that in order to be happy, he needs to step away from his past.

In its own way, KC Kendricks’ Shining Victory is a coming-out story for both men. While one has denied whom he is for fear of how those around him will react; the other hides for fear of being hurt and accused by those who know him. While the story is fast-paced, the relationship and feelings of the two men built in a very short time; the author was still able to provide a full comprehensive story. The reader will enjoy the chemistry between the two men without feeling as though that is all they are getting. I would not have any trouble recommending this story to any reader of the genre.

Shattered Dreams


Book Title: Shattered Dreams
Author: Mychael Black and Shayne Carmichael
Publisher: Phaze Books
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60659-027-0
Genre: Fantasy, M/M
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx


The demon counsel asks for Cody’s aid with the zombie problem. Cody views this as a chance to extract his revenge on his former demon lover Li and to destroy Li’s brother, Vaul. Li never admitted to Cody that he was a demon, but Cody knew and stayed because he loved Li until Vaul attacked Cody and he had to spend time locked in a medallion to regenerate his body. Cody is consumed by rage; his brainpower is the only part of him able to function, so he absorbs the magical secrets and becomes more powerful than the demons. Cody’s goal to belittle Li in the demon society is accomplished, but Cody discovers that revenge is not so sweet, leaving them both empty and broken.

Shattered Dreams is an excellent example of how misunderstandings can lead to the wrong conclusion. Cody had revealed some of his secrets to Li and thought Li had betrayed him to his brother because Cody was barely able to defend himself when he was attacked. Fear of rejection from Cody kept Li’s truth unspoken, which resulted in Cody leaving and Li bewildered by Cody’s departure. The amazing Mychael Black and Shayne Carmichael deliver the message that silence can be deadly to a relationship and it’s a thin line between love and hate. Shattered Dreams is an impressive and enjoyable story.

The Master and His Lover


Book Title: The Master and His Lover
Author: Mary Winter
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-784-9
Genre: Ménage Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Technical Writer Toni Lloyd hasn’t forgotten the high school quarterback, Kane Frasier, who stole her heart. Years may have passed, but he is still a vivid part of her fantasies. Attending ConDare 9, a science fiction convention, places Toni squarely in the path of not only Kane, but also his lover Beau Vioget. After a night of passion, the two men know they have to spend more time with Toni. Will Toni find there is room for her in the lives of The Master and His Lover?

Toni has come a long way since high school. She’s outgoing, and let’s face it, in better shape. But little does she know Kane had a thing for every curvy bit of the nerd with the loving personality. Beau is a man of charm and grace. After years of listening to Kane talk about Toni, he not only acknowledged that the information was accurate, he decided to get to know her up close and personal. The Master and His Lover is an enjoyable story with erotic encounters, lost loves found, and new love acquired.

A Vampire Christmas


Book Title: A Vampire Christmas
Author: A. J. Llewellyn
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-203-9
Genre: Paranormal, M/M
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Responding to a scratching at the back door, Jimmy and Tem Thunder watched as their cat Moontime drags in a box. Accustomed to Moontime bringing them small wounded creatures, the cat has outdone himself this time. Taking a closer look in the box, they find a baby. They immediately realize this is no ordinary baby but a demon. Tem instantly falls in love and wants to adopt him, Moontime is waiting for his tuna breakfast, and Jimmy is wondering where the little devil came from.

A Vampire Christmas is Jimmy and Tem’s first Christmas after their marriage. We first met Jimmy and Tem in A Vampire in Waikiki and now the former porn stars have settled into a happy undead life, sharing their household with close family members and their bossy cat. A.J. Llewellyn always delivers stories filled with sexy characters, humor, intrigue, and interesting facts. A winning combination for this reader.

The Beckmeyer Wolves, Book 1: Going With The Flow


Book Title: The Beckmeyer Wolves, Book 1: Going With The Flow
Author: Isabella Jordan
Publisher: Amber Heat
Publisher URL: http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-366-5
Genre: Dark Fantasy / Werewolf / Shapeshifter / Suspense
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

Contessa Thompson is a movie critic who’s too mean for the prime time anchor job, according to her boss. After losing the anchor job, she heads to a bar in order to drown her sorrows.

Michael Beckmeyer wants only to help the beautiful blonde get home safely when she has too much to drink. He doesn’t mean to go back to her apartment for a wild night of sex. He only regrets biting her during their act of passion. Michael’s a werewolf and that means Contessa will become the same on the next full moon unless something happens to him first.

A dangerous gang threatens the camp Michael manages for lost souls and those with nowhere else to go. They’ve put his brother in a coma, and they’ll be coming back to finish the job on him. If they succeed in killing Michael, Contessa will be free. Contessa decides she is going to help Michael, whether he wants it or not.

This is a very fast-paced read with lots of information about Michael, Contessa and the camp. Going With The Flow is an enjoyable werewolf story.

Monday, January 5, 2009

At the Sign of the Ancestors


Book Title: At the Sign of the Ancestors
Author: Kara Larson
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerepress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-484-7
Genre: Contemporary M/M Erotic Romance
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph


When not teaching high school English, Kit Chao can usually be found in the family gym, training and helping pass down the traditions of his ancestry. His fighting days may be behind him but to Kit; Muay Thai fighting is so much more than just stepping into the ring. The martial art is a way of life and in Kit’s blood, giving him a sense of identity as nothing else can. If the gym is ever a fighter short or needs help, Kit is first in line.

Despite this feeling of belonging, there are parts of his life that Kit feels unable to share with the rest of the gym. He is worried his fellow fighters won’t understand or accept him if they knew he was gay. Kit’s more than happy to share that particular piece of information with Drew, though. A fellow teacher by trade, Kit and Drew hit it off straight away. As they get to know each other, Kit is eager to share his life as a Muay Thai fighter with his new man, but after witnessing a fight for himself, Drew isn’t sure he can accept it.

At the Sign of the Ancestors is a story of identity, discovery, honesty, sharing and acceptance. Kit’s ancestry has made him the man he is today and he wants Drew to understand that. Drew wants to accept Kit’s life and wishes Kit could be open about his sexuality but can’t comprehend the rich history and traditions behind Kit’s fighting. The characters are warm and likable, dialog flowing easy, but the plot seems laden down with the different themes being explored. The traditions of Muay Thai fighting seem well researched and beautifully described, but after such a good introduction to Kit, his family and ancestry, Drew seems to appear out of nowhere. Perhaps given more time to build up the relationship, reveal how they met and allow their feelings to deepen, the struggle Drew has with trying to accept Kit’s life would have had more impact. As it was, Drew’s change of heart wasn’t really explained in any depth. Despite this though, the style of writing was humorous and enjoyable to read.

A Gargoyle For The Hotel Gothica


Book Title: A Gargoyle For The Hotel Gothica
Author: Ellie Moonwater
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publisher URL: http://www.lyricalpress.com/
ISBN: N/A
Genre: Erotica/Paranormal/Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Claire Handley didn’t realize that the gargoyle statue she purchased from a Scottish castle would change her life forever. A previous relationship has left her love life lacking, but that’s soon to change. Lochinvar Stone has finally discovered the one person whose intent isn’t to exploit him, but to explore every crevice of his being. Now if they remember to word their bargain with the Fae carefully, Claire and Lochinvar may find their happily ever after.

Claire Handley is a woman on a mission. The success of her hotel is the most important goal in her life. After reading about her pervious relationship, I could understand the longing she felt when she looked upon Lochinvar. Lochinvar has also had a hard existence; however, he still maintains a sense of humor, and a respect for women. I liked watching him interact with Claire and found A Gargoyle For The Hotel Gothica to be an enjoyable story to read. Ellie Moonwater has written a story that includes a bit of action, a touch of romance, a night of immense pleasure, and topped off with some Fae intervention.

A Touch of Spice


Book Title: A Touch of Spice
Author: Erin O’Niall
Publisher: Freya’s Bower
ISBN: N/A
Genre: M/M/Light BDSM/Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Caen Nymph


Eric and Steve have fallen into a rut; whilst Eric doesn’t want to admit it, Steve has had enough and wants to shake things up. However his lover is reluctant, enjoying the predictability of their relationship. So Steve tricks Eric into spending some time in his brother’s cabin in the woods. Together they find out more than they could have imagined.

What I really enjoyed about this tale was how the author voiced her characters. Eric was so reluctant for change that he came off as ungrateful and annoying. However that was his charm, the fact he annoyed me actually made me like him. Eric had a way to make everything into arguments but Steve was so patient and calm, I thought he deserved some sort of award. The author’s characters in A Touch of Spice are what this story so enjoyable, however the simplicity of the language, and the lack of originality in spicing up their relationship, made this just a comfortable read.

Sleeper 1: Any Witch Way Cafe’


Book Title: Sleeper 1: Any Witch Way Cafe’
Author: Nia K. Foxx
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-586-8
Genre: Paranormal, Dark Fantasy
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph


Working a sixteen-hour shift was not unusual for coffee shop owner Christine Douglas. As much as she loves owning her own business, she is dying for a good night’s sleep. Not even her invisible peeping Tom would keep her awake tonight. He always remained silent and then disappeared by morning. On this night, her unseen mystery guest tried a new tactic and woke her up with his lips on her stomach.

A Sleeper’s purpose is to hibernate until summoned, and then prevent cataclysmic events in the world. They don’t require or like a lot of interaction with others. Falcon Dragoon has no idea why his stasis has been disturbed, but he is certain of one thing. Assignment or not, opposites or not, Falcon will taste the nectar of Christine in his bed.

Once I was able to accept the fact that a Sleeper can’t feel emotions the same as humans, I was hooked. Nia K. Foxx has drawn me into the arousing world of Sleeper 1: Any Witch Way Cafe’ , and I don’t want to leave. The manner in which Falcon asked Christine to be his and her reaction was comical and cute at the same time. I loved them together and now I am dying for more sexy Sleeper stories.

Sleeping Bears Lie


Book Title: Sleeping Bears Lie
Author: Alex Draven
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerepress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-507-3
Genre: Contemporary M/M erotic romance/paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

It’s taken some time since he was hurt in an accident but Daniel Rushkin’s body is slowly healing. The physiotherapy is helping strengthen his knee so he no longer needs the crutches that have been the bane of his life for months now. Dan thought his heart was slowly repairing too, with the help and support of his friends but as he walks into Donnovan’s one night and sees Matt tending bar as if he’d never been away; chatting to him as if the summer had never happened, Dan loses it.

Dan needs answers, needs an explanation for Matt’s absence these past months, but most of all, he needs the feelings that stir within him at the mere sight of Matt’s body to go away. He promised himself he wouldn’t go down this path again, but when Matt comes to his place with words of apology and a need of his own in his eyes, all other thoughts fly out of his mind. The pair soon pick up where they left off before Matt’s disappearance, much to the chagrin of Dan’s roommates. However, Dan cannot quite get his head around the situation. Matt’s the same loving partner he was before hand, so why can’t Matt open up and share his secrets?

I was captured from the very start of Sleeping Bears Lie, the style of writing drawing me in immediately, intriguing me with little teases of what is to come. Written in Dan’s point of view the whole way through, I really felt as if Dan was speaking directly to me, telling me his story and it made me feel like I had to know the outcome; that I couldn’t stop until I knew exactly what was going on. I really was left guessing right until the end just what Matt’s story was and although the quality of the writing is maintained throughout, it wasn’t quite the satisfying ending I was hoping for. The accident that left Dan’s knee injured is touched upon, but never really explained in any detail. To me these are small quibbles. I was led through Dan’s mind and experienced the warring emotions as he did and thoroughly enjoyed it too.

The Messenger


Book Title: The Messenger
Author: Adrianna Dane
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-808-2
Genre: LGBT Romantic Suspense
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Vance Keith has no idea his neighbor Dillon Lloyd has tapped into his voyeuristic side since he moved in. Dillon’s attraction solidified with every new encounter that occurred between Vance’s and his lover. While Dillon has a quiet strength that has helped him build his business, he is flustered when it comes to gaining Vance’s attention. They say don’t look a gift horse in the mouth and for Dillon, an aphorism never rang so true. An undeliverable package presents him with the perfect opportunity to meet Vance. The question is will he take a leap of faith.

Adrianna Dane has written a fantastic holiday book. The characters are a joy to read. Vance is heartbroken that his lover has left town without even a goodbye. Dillon is the strong silent type. He has pined for Vance since he laid eyes on him. Both handsome dynamic men deserve to find happiness in a loving relationship. I loved Dillon’s tenacity when he finally decided to go after Vance. Ms. Dane delivers a great love story while throwing in some suspense and action to give the book a wonderful balance. I’ve read a great deal of her books and I’ll have to admit The Messenger has become my favorite.

The Five O'Clock Bar


Book Title: The Five O'Clock Bar
Author: Sean Michael, Chris Owen, Julia Talbot, BA Tortuga
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-548-6
Genre: Contemporary Anthology, M/M
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Owner of the Five O’Clock Bar by Sean Michael - 4 Nymphs
Craig was in the process of closing when his live-in lover Barney arrived. Gone for six days, Barney made it home just in time for the holidays, to have Craig walking bow-legged and smiling the next day.

Hector and Wally by Julia Talbot - 3 Nymphs
Hector is known as a player, changing boyfriends often until one night, quiet shy Wally offers to drive him home after too many beers. The more Hector and Wally talked, the more they liked each other. Hector soon comes to the decision his playing days are over.

Rodeo Man by BA Tortuga - 3 Nymphs
What do you do when you fall for a cowboy? Get a new motto – “spend the time when you can”. This is the lesson Dave learned when he meets and started dating Pistol, a rodeo cowboy home for recuperation.

Trouble Left Him by Chris Owen - 3 Nymphs
Chet’s five-month road trip comes to an end when his bored twink dumps him at the bar. Trouble was Chet is left without a car. Liking the looks of the cowboy, Kyle offers to give Chet a ride and an overnight stay.

Thursday Night Regulars by Sean Michael - 3 Nymphs
Thursdays became Jameson’s favorite night of the week when he met first time bar visitor Jason, who had been deserted by his friends.

Fighting and Fucking by Julia Talbot - 3 Nymphs
Sam, a much smaller man, was fed up with the big guy Mac sitting next to him, poking him with his elbow. What happens next? The title says it all.

No Longer With the Band by Sean Michael - 4 Nymphs
Dumped on the highway in the middle of nowhere, Jeff had been walking for hours when he spotted the bar’s neon sign. With very little money and no prospects, guitarist Jeff Miller soon discovered that getting kicked out of the band and meeting Parker were the best things that could happen to him.

Crazy by BA Tortuga - 3 Nymphs
Rodeo clown Crazy Tim is feeling old and tired until his former lover Buck walked into the bar asking for a second chance. With Buck back in his bed, Tim is not as tired as he thought.

Hustle by Chris Owen - 3 Nymphs
Too proud to ask for a hand out, Zane is hustling pool games until Leo realizes what the stranger is doing. Wise to what could happen, Leo beats Zane at his own game with satisfying results for both of them.

Barney Comes Home by Sean Michael - 4 Nymphs
Barney is ready for a career change. Long distance truck driving has lost its allure. After spending too many lonely nights away from Craig, Barney realizes there is no place like home.

The Five O’Clock Bar is a collection of stories featuring the owner Craig and the bar’s patrons. Located on a lonely stretch of road, it is the perfect place for gay men to meet and greet in more safety than urban Colorado. With an assortment of characters created by an assembly of talented authors, The Five O’Clock Bar is an entertaining and enjoyable anthology.

Fire for Ice


Book Title: Fire for Ice
Author: Cerise A’mour
Publisher: loveyoudivine
Publisher URL: http://www.loveyoudivine.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60054-231-2
Genre: Erotic
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Silver Minx


Princess Callista is about to take the throne and become Queen of Lanae. Callista doesn’t want to be Queen but has no choice in the matter. There is more to this princess than meets the eye. In the land of Lanae, humans are life-bonded to Gremlins and Callista is bonded to a fiery Gremlin named Torch. Torch likes to get into trouble and one night while searching for Torch, Callista has a vision in which she witnesses a murder.

Captain Tamir Arden and his Gremlin, Glaze, have been assigned to the murders that have been happening in the kingdom. After finding the princess’s special mark on a woman’s body, he goes to question her about it. The Captain finds Callista on the floor outside under the royal apartments lost in a strange magical spell. Tamir is taken by Callista’s beauty and in addition to that, their Gremlins are taken with each other. Being that they are life-bonded to their gremlins, whatever the gremlins are feeling, the humans feel. The downside is that if Tamir is caught with Callista, it means death for him. This all comes to a head while searching for the killer who is after the Princess, and together Tamir and Callista find forbidden love.

Fire for Ice was an enjoyable read. It was nice to read a different twist on the forbidden love story. I thought the use of the shared Phoenix and making it something to save both of the characters was a great idea. The sex was good but I was glad it was not the focal point of the story. Great job!

Rites of Mating


Book Title: Rites of Mating
Author: Brenna Lyons
Publisher: Phaze Books
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60659-024-9
Genre: Paranormal erotic romance
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


The Keen re-bred royals have reached their majority. Joseph and Jenneane have inherited the best of both worlds through their parents, Susan and Jole. Now it’s time for them to find mates of their own. Being granted the right to choose their mates allows them the opportunity to marry for love. Brenna Lyons has split the Rites of Mating into two sections.

SECTION ONE Jenneane: Proof Of A Maiden Bride - (4.5 Nymphs) Jenneane is as beautifully alluring as she is intelligent. Surrounded by suitors who presume to take liberties, she focuses on the man who delivers a healthy dose of respect in her presence. Tirin is cursed with a mother who is not above jockeying for a royal alliance. He feels a profound love for Jenneane that he never anticipated. Even when faced with disturbing rumors about the young princess, Tirin falls hard and plans to never give her up.

SECTION TWO Joseph: Under A Trial Moon (4.5 Nymphs) Joseph has wanted the same woman since he was fifteen years old – Berel. He has patiently awaited the opportunity to claim her, and heaven help anyone trying to stand in his way. Berel has tried to hide her love for Joseph to protect him. Joseph isn’t above invoking an ancient custom to gain the love of his life.

Rites of Mating takes us back to Kegin and the characters we love. The twins have aged gracefully, and through their parents love and devotion, learned what they are seeking in a true mate. Ms. Lyons has written yet another compelling story about this world and their people. She has left a bit of suspense to entice us with a few new characters. I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the royals find their true mates.

Last Chance for Love


Book Title: Last Chance for Love
Author: Brenna Lyons
Publisher: Phaze Books
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60659-014-0
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Evolutionary stasis with the possibility of extinction can lead to desperate measures. For the people of Kegin, it meant finding an alien race, a seed race, to cross-breed with. And, if they are fortunate, to be paired with a Cross-Mate who wants to become a true mate. Daughters could only be born from true mates. The world of Kegin needed daughters more than it needed sons.

Brenna Lyons has split Last Chance for Love into four compelling stories.

SECTION ONE Joel: Cross-Mate - 5 Nymphs - We are introduced to Prince Jole who is preparing to meet his Cross-Mate Susan Braedan. Thanks to the years spent in his mother’s care, Jole has a fighting chance at winning Susan’s love. And unlike most of the men of Kegin, Jole wants the match to not just be successful in producing daughters, he wants a life filled with happiness with his wife. (The different spellings are NOT an error)

SECTION TWO Mik: Second Son - 5 Nymphs - We take a journey of self discovery, love, and survival with Mik. I’m sure some will have harsh feelings towards him after reading Jole’s story. While not all the feelings Mik evokes will vanish, it will change your impression of the younger Prince. Watching Mik’s interaction with Danellan, daughter of General Cro, is like watching a wonderful love story unfold.

SECTION THREE Alex: Aliens Among Us - 5 Nymphs - We travel back to Earth to see what has happened since Susan’s departure. Her cousin Alex Braedan finds himself imprisoned, and without clear answers to give his captures. There is no hope for freedom. However, hope comes in the form of Annalyssa Carpenter, Lyssa to her friends, and the love and bond she will form with Alex.

SECTION FOUR Pyter: Son of My Heart - 5 Nymphs - We gain a glimpse of Alex’s mother Jenneane through Pyter’s eyes. This story definitely answers a great deal of questions brought about throughout Section ONE and SECTION TWO of this book. I knew she had to be a strong determined woman, to have such magnificent sons.

Last Chance for Love is an enthralling book with the ability to fascinate the mind and supercharge your libido. The characters aren’t without their flaws, and that makes them even more endearing. Ms. Lyons writes about a world that draws you in. I’m eager to read more about Kegin and the people prepared to repopulate their home world through love and respect for their mates.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Carnal Harvest


Book Title: Carnal Harvest
Author: Robin L. Rotham
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.ellorascave.com/
ISBN: 978-1-41991-785-1
Genre: Contemporary/Ménage
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Hake Stivers needs a distraction from feeling sorry for himself after his accident and he thinks he has found the solution in his cousin and friend. What he did not expect was the control to be taken from his hands, even though he protested he wanted so much more from his partners.

Mandy Stivers writes romance novels to add to their income when she is not working the farm with her husband Hake. She has been talking with him about all the fantasies she wants to try out for research on the books. After having more than enough research to last her, she can’t believe what they had decided for the future.

Carnal Harvest is a very hot erotic story that kept me on edge waiting for what would happen next and I was not disappointed at all. The fact that what started out as a robbery turned into something more sexual for each character involved heighten my interest. This was a short story but Robin L. Rotham packed so much into it and that made it all the more enjoyable for me to read.

Reader Advisory: You want it hot enough to sizzle and burn? Then Carnal Harvest has what you're looking for. A super-hot ménage involving four participants — three men and one woman — as well as some scenes of male/male sex, voyeurism, mild bondage, spanking and a highly erotic fantasy scene of "forced" sex.

The Runaway


Book Title: The Runaway
Author: Jaime Samms
Publisher: Freya’s Bower
Publisher URL: http://www.freyasbower.com/
ISBN: N/A
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Rose Nymph

Miles has some deep scars, both physical and psychological but after ten long years of misunderstandings, hurt and animosity, it’s time to start letting them heal. He finally builds up the courage to head back “home” and confront his abusive past but he soon finds out things have changed. His uncle Allen isn’t around anymore but Allen’s stepson, Dillon, still is.

Dillon never thought he’d see Miles again after that fateful day. When Miles returns, they try to deny their feelings but it isn’t long before the hurt that had been simmering for so long resurfaces with a vengeance. Both men feel to blame for events long ago but it seems they need each other more than ever now. It’s time to stop running away.

The Runaway has everything I love in a story. The angst of the situation is apparent immediately. The style of writing captured my interest as Miles and Dillon’s pain is revealed. I felt a connection to the characters, felt all the emotion they have been trying so hard to hide come flooding out; emotion that made me care deeply for them. After becoming so invested so quickly, I couldn’t help but feel the story ended quite abruptly. It was less a conclusion and more an interlude, leaving me uncertain as to the future of this couple, although after what the characters have gone through, there won’t be a quick fix. I was slightly confused at times by the supporting characters who are only ever mentioned in conversation by Dillon and Miles. They talk about their fathers and at times I couldn’t keep track of who was who but this didn’t detract from the enjoyment of witnessing the beginning of their healing.

Blessed Be


Book Title: Blessed Be
Author: Renae Johnson
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-844-0
Genre: Full-figured Heroine Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Eight years ago, Leah Montgomery was left alone to deal with an unplanned pregnancy. She never expected to see Jack Michaelson again. Now, years after the worse time in Leah’s life, she has to face the man who moved on with his life. However, what she really needs is closure to move forward with her own. Will Jack and the love she once held for him heal her wounded heart?

Blessed Be is a story about obstacles, and their ability to either cripple you for life or make you a stronger, more determined person. Leah was young when she met Jack, but she knew her heart. Regardless of the promises made when they first met, she knew Jack was her future husband. Jack had a hard time accepting that his feelings for Leah ran deep, and had no clue what he should do next. No matter how many years passed between them, the couple’s love was true and lasting. Ms. Johnson has written a wonderful holiday romance that is sure to bring tears and smiles to readers who enjoy the genre.

Anytime, Darlin’


Book Title: Anytime, Darlin’
Author: Julia Barrett
Publisher: Cerridwen Press
Publisher URL: http://www.cerridwenpress.com/
ISBN: 9781419917998
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Sphinx Minx

Runaway Devlin Barre is found hiding in a K-Mart unconscious, bruised and battered. She clings to life, only because rescue worker Jake McKenna holds her hand, calming her and promising safety.

Her family had been killed in a car wreck a year earlier. Now she has been raped and beaten by an uncle, interested in acquiring her fortune. William Masters is also a murderer and, for now at least, he has fled the country.

Jake is 24 and Devlin is 17 when they meet under these terrible circumstances. Yet their feelings smolder until they are reunited more than four years later. The sex is hot, hot, hot. The trauma of rape evidently did nothing to hinder Devlin’s performance or desire.

Barrett is an excellent writer and easily draws the reader into her plot. Yet the amount of coincidence here is a distraction for me. The emergency room doctor just happened to live next door to the victim years ago. Jake’s scheming ex-girlfriend, Janice, just happens to meet Devlin at the mall. And Janice’s mother just happens...

Devlin is extremely capable and self-sufficient at 22. Everybody has lots of money for last minute plane trips and Jake has lots of comp time he can take from his job. So while I enjoyed the book, much of it just didn’t ring true for me.

Kidnapped for Christmas


Book Title: Kidnapped for Christmas
Author: Evangeline Anderson
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419919190
Genre: BDSM, Rubenesque, Christmas short novel
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

Jillian Marks is the responsible one in her family, as well as plus-sized and practical. She got all the common sense and her little sister Sabrina got all the skinny genes. Jillian tries to talk Sabina out of a planned custom kinky kidnapping as a Christmas present for herself.

Muscular and intense Kyle Stephens is a Dom who is looking for a permanent sub—a curvy woman who can submit in the bedroom but still think for herself. He agrees to help his brother and takes Sabrina's file but mistakenly 'naps Jillian instead of Sabrina.

Jillian receives a call from her sister asking her go to her apartment to take care of their Mom’s cat because she is going out of town. Sabrina also tells her she will cancel the kidnapping but is unaware that plans have already been placed in motion. As a result, Jillian is now bound and gagged in a dungeon, learning to submit to the man of her dreams who has kidnapped her for Christmas.

Kidnapped for Christmas is very well written and kept the suspense of Jillian’s reactions upfront throughout. I liked that Ms. Anderson went over some of the safety issues regarding BDSM throughout the book and mentioned the danger of not knowing or having a safe word. I could not put this down until I finished it and had to keep fanning myself. .

In Alien Arms


Book Title: In Alien Arms
Author: Etienne D'Artagnan
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Publisher URL: http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59578-498-8
Genre: Science Fiction, Ménage
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Dessah Ssyn is an alien assassin sent to exact a judgment of death on vicious criminal, Chak Enif, from his home planet, for drug trafficking and murder. When Dessah arrives on Earth, all he wants to do is complete his assignment and get home before his Chara mating cycle begins in a week. The cycle leaves him capable of thinking only of sex. What he didn’t count on was that his attraction to his human contact, Federal Marshall Nevada Cisco, would throw him into Chara days ahead of schedule. Then there’s the matter of his equal attraction to Sophie Gibson, the chief witness they end up guarding. Now that he’s been thrown in Chara, the only option Dessah has is to mate with the two Earthlings he’s with, or end up in excruciating pain and mindless with sexual need.

If these problems weren’t enough, the villain Dessah’s after, and Sophie’s thug ex-boyfriend Brian, have found her and the three are on the run, often only hours ahead of their pursuers. Then there’s the little matter of Dessah’s past connection to drug dealer, Chak Enif. The chase is on to keep one important woman alive, but the question is whether they will survive, or will one of them pay the ultimate price to save the others?

In Alien Arms by author Etienne D’Artagnan has a number of dark undercurrents circulating throughout the plot, giving it the push it needed for our threesome of Dessah, Nevada and Sophie, to be together. What the story didn’t have was enough substance to give the reader a reason to care about what happened to its characters. This wasn’t helped by the use of a first person viewpoint which skipped from one person to the other with each chapter. The constant re-hashing at each viewpoint change was both annoying and distracting, and honestly, if the viewpoint wasn’t listed at the beginning of each chapter, I often wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference between Sophie and Dessah. My biggest disappointment was the unexpected twist involving Nevada that made such a rip in the established threesome plotline, that for me, the story was never able to recover completely. I’m happy to say that I was pleased with the final scene and the promises made between Dessah and Sophie.

Reaction Time


Book Title: Reaction Time
Author: Alannah Lynne
Publisher: Samhain
Publisher URL: www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 9781605042718
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph


Nikki Kincaid carries her smart mouth and in-your-face attitude like other women carry mace because she has to be in control. The sharpest parts of her razor tongue are reserved for Adam Guthrie, a man who sparks her body's reaction time quicker than a green light and that response terrifies her.

When someone starts sending Nikki threatening letters, Adam jumps at her brother's request to help protect her—whether she likes it or not. He's been watching her for the past year and a half and has come to one definitive conclusion. She's a sexual submissive in hiding.

Nikki is a race care driver whose father died on the track and she feels it is her fault because she had not checked the car herself. Nikki has decided that she must be in control, no matter what, and is scared to death of losing that control. Adam tests this to the extreme as Nikki fights him at every turn. Adam brings her deepest desires to the surface as well as discovers who is threatening her.

Reaction Time has an interesting twist regarding the threats. Ms. Lynne’s description of Nikki’s emotions and turmoil made me feel I was going through this with her. Some parts weren’t always smooth, but you could always follow the storyline.

Warning: This title contains some dominance and submission, some light bondage

Territory


Book Title: Territory
Author: Kit Zheng
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: N/A
Genre: Paranormal, M/M
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx


In the small town of West Portage, Police Chief Nick Gretzky’s biggest problem is his new recruit Clayton Detweiler, whose big city style of law enforcement are out of place in their small town. Nick and Clayton also have a personal relationship that is not going well. When livestock turns up slaughtered and Clayton disappears, Nick knows his old enemy Emil is in town. Emil is planning a takeover of Nick’s territory and his lover Clayton.

Territory is a story of an unusual werewolf pack controlled by Nick, who is the alpha. Kit Zheng has created a different and interesting twist to this tale of fur and fangs. This is an enjoyable read for BDSM fans.

Quarterback Sneak


Book Title: Quarterback Sneak
Author: Pepper Espinoza
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-444-0
Genre: Gay / Contemporary / Sports / Athletes
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


In the world of sports, football is built on the premise that it’s for manly men! While quarterbacks Cache Garnett and Eric Patton are both manly, they love each other and have had a secret relationship for almost a decade. Winning the biggest game of his life, and then suffering a potentially career-ending injury at the same time is a hard pill for Cache to swallow. Now, someone has revealed the truth behind their relationship and Cache will have to make some tough decisions.

Pepper Espinoza pulls in sports fans with Quarterback Sneak. Cache has known his true feeling for Eric for years. He also knows that he may need Eric far more than Eric needs him. While Eric has no trouble showing how he feels, it doesn’t come as naturally to Cache. Eric wants to be able to love Cache without restrictions. He respects his lover enough to not just admit to what is going on, but I believe it hurts more that Cache can’t admit to him that their future is better together than apart. I was a bit nervous that they would never get it right, and that Cache would make it impossible to move forward. However, Ms. Espinoza never disappoints a reader with a not so happily-ever-after ending, and I’m happy she didn’t start with Quarterback Sneak. If you’re gearing up for the bowl games, then this is a wonderful way to start.

Circe's Recruits: Roane


Book Title: Circe's Recruits: Roane
Author: Marie Harte
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-807-5
Genre: Non-Traditional Sexualities/Shape-Shifter Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

In hopes of creating a group of super soldiers, Roane Weston and his men were part of an experimental genetic test group of men who were injected and changed into an altered form, not animal or human, but a combination. They’re all that remains of their original group. Three years after Project Dawn was disbanded, they’re civilians working for a private organization trying to clean up the mess created when Project Dawn was restarted by its original founder. Multi-millionaire businessman Elliot Pearl is as ruthless as he is successful, and he’s once again creating Circe’s in his own facility. Unlike Roane and the other men from his test group, the Circe’s created by Pearson Labs are insane, with the exception of beautiful Caitlyn Chase.

Caitlyn Chase, thrown out with little explanation, was once periodically at Pearson Labs for monitoring since childhood. That’s why, three years later, she cannot understand why two disgusting thugs are trying to kidnap her to take her back to the lab. The interference of Roane and his men changes the lives of them all, forever. Given a drug by her attackers, thrusts Caitlyn’s body is into her first Circe change, forcing her to understand what and who she really is, and what it means for her future.

Circe’s Recruits: Roane is the first release in a new series by talented author Marie Harte. While it’s a romance between Roane and Caitlyn, it’s also a bit of a cautionary tale of what can happen when government and private organizations start tampering with human genetics in order to create a military weapon. It shows that money and the power behind it are capable of many things…and oftentimes those things are very bad, with far-reaching consequences.

Mostly though, this unique, fast-paced tale is purely a shapeshifter paranormal with the main characters of Roane and Caitlyn falling into like, lust and love, not necessarily in that order. These two are both pure Alpha from beginning to end, and their interaction with the other men in Roane’s group leaves little doubt that they are in charge. All the secondary characters add depth and interest to the story and the sex…well it’s nothing but will melt your fillings! I look forward to seeing where this storyline goes with the next series release, Circe’s Recruits: Zack & Ace.

Tinsel Town


Book Title: Tinsel Town
Author: Flesa Black
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 9781596328044
Genre: Full-figured Heroine Erotic Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

Kate wanted a man who could teach her all about sex, but really needed a pretend boyfriend to make it through the holidays and her sister’s wedding with her family. Her friend surprises her with an early Christmas gift...a male escort!

Dr. Clive Thibodaux was shadowing a madam, gathering information for his book on human sexuality and modern man. He notices the file on Kate and asked the madam to allow him to be the male escort and tutor of sexual desire.

Clive and Kate are neighbors. Kate is very insecure because she is a full-figured woman with skinny sisters. Clive had wanted her from the first time he saw her but realized she was shy and wary of men. Clive uses this opportunity to get to know Kate and to let her experiment with light bondage and explore her sexuality. Clive has to win her over after she discovers his deceit.

Tinsel Town is well written and fast paced. Kate’s insecurities come through. When Clive meets Kate’s family, he tells them the truth about being a professor and an author. When Kate finds out that he really is those things, the sparks fly. I liked the way the Ms. Black wove Kate’s sexual exploration and reactions throughout the book.

Chrysalis 2: Emerging


Book Title: Chrysalis 2: Emerging
Author: Mike Shade
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-513-4
Genre: Contemporary Romance, M/M
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Pierce moves Aiden into his house when Aiden is released from the hospital. Despite the problems that could arise from living with a bi-polar man, Pierce is willing to take the risk. Under the calming effects of Pierce, Aiden continues to exorcise his psychological demons through his writing. Aiden’s sister Polly can not thrust aside her smothering instinct and does more harm than good.

Chrysalis 2: Emerging is the second installment in the Chrysalis series. Aiden and Pierce are dealing well with each other; they enjoy their living arrangements and the lovemaking they share. The only problem they have is the domineering Polly interfering. Mike Shade continues the journey of Aiden and Pierce in this captivating and enjoyable episode; I am looking forward to the next installment.

Chrysalis 1: Cocooning


Book Title: Chrysalis 1: Cocooning
Author: Mike Shade
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-294-2
Genre: Contemporary Romance, M/M
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Strapped to the bed in a mental institution, Aiden just wants to go home, but his sister Polly checked him in to the hospital after one of his emotional outbursts. Aiden is bi-polar author and writing is his lifeline to reality, until he meets Pierce, an orderly at the hospital. The immediate attraction between Aiden and Pierce has a calming effect on Aiden, allowing him to relax enough to be released from the hospital.

Chrysalis 1: Cocooning is an intuitive story dealing with a complex subject. Because of his compulsion to write, Aiden forgets to take his meds, bringing on outbursts triggered by Polly, who clearly does not understand Aiden. Polly could benefit from a few visits with Dr. Phil. Pierce, who is normally sensitive to patients, realizes he has a wish to nurture Aiden in whatever way he can and the fact that Aiden craves sexual nurturing is very agreeable to Pierce also. Mike Shade has illustrated a superb story of love and integrity. I enjoyed this first installment immensely.