Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Emperor


Title: The Emperor
Author: Lucius Parhelion
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerepress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-598-1
Genre: M/M Western
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Rose Nymph

At the start of the twentieth century, a mysterious man, known to most as The Emperor, was making waves across the New Mexico territory. Eli Fletcher had the honor of calling this great man his boss and was able to learn much from watching him in action but always wondered about his past. Just what made this Englishman come all the way to this land to carve out a living? When the Emperor’s relatives make a surprise visit, questions are finally answered and the truth comes out but not even Eli could have predicted just what an impact the truth would have, on both their lives.

I experienced mixed emotions while reading The Emperor. The western is my favorite genre and the author created a rich, vibrant setting that I happily immersed myself in. Unfortunately, the style of writing and use of language slightly detracted from the enjoyment as it seemed too clever for its own good and over complicated at times so I had difficulty following some parts. The beginning in particular, set in England, wasn’t a strong start in my opinion as I felt thrown in at the deep end without really knowing what’s going on. I’m so glad I continued though as by far the strongest element of this story was the interplay between a fantastic cast of characters. The building emotion between Eli and his boss is worthy of the strongest accolade I can offer – it made the tips of my fingers tingle, it was simply that good. I was intrigued by The Emperor and Eli was very likable so it was a pleasure to read their story, even if I did find it hard to connect them to the beginning part set in England. If you are a fan of this genre and love characters whose few words stir powerful emotion, I would definitely recommend this.

Saddled


Title: Saddled
Author: Delilah Devlin
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504-478-1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph


Planning her wedding wasn’t making Katherine Duvall as happy as she expected, but catching her fiancé in a compromising position was the last straw that made her flee the entire situation. In her haste to escape, Katherine ends up in a freezing Colorado river in the middle of nowhere.

Bobby Blackhawk and Cale Yancey knew the driver in front of them was in for real trouble by the way they were driving. What caught them off guard was the instant attraction and desire to protect the blonde, blue-eyed beauty that they rescued. Both men knew they could warm Katherine’s body and keep her from freezing to death, but could they warm her heart and open her mind? Cale and Bobby love their lifestyle on their dream ranch, but they know things could be better if they convinced Katherine to stay.

These three people make an awesome team in the game of love and lust in this searing story. Bobby and Cale are so different but because of their differences, they are the perfect match for Katherine. Confusion and insecurity could have held Katherine back but oddly enough I think it liberated her instead. Delilah Devlin introduced me to sexual acts that I have never read about before. I was shocked, but not turned off. There was plenty of mind blowing sex but Bobby, Cale and Katherine went deeper than that. In some cases, the sex makes it difficult to feel the emotional bond with the characters, but that was not the case here. Delilah Devlin did a good job of expressing their love. If ever I had to be Saddled, it would be with two irresistible cowboys like Bobby and Cale.

Copperhead Road


Book Title: Copperhead Road
Author: T. D. McKinney & Terry Wylis
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-485-3
Genre: Gay/Contemporary/Action
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Satyr Vael

Cameron Fontaine and his childhood best friend, Bolt Truitt, spent their teenage years in love. However, when Bolt got shipped away to California from their hometown of Bay Mignon, Alabama Cameron’s heart went with him. A decade later, Bolt’s back and although Cam’s thrilled, there’s too much evidence hinting that Bolt’s following in his renegade family’s ways.

Bolt has his own secrets, though -- some that could kill. He’s tangled in something serious and deadly, and it’s going to take every last shred of faith and love between them to get them both through it.

Copperhead Road is a whirlwind of action set in sultry Southern Alabama. Bolt and Cameron’s love is the kind to transcend countless years, and when they’re together, it’s crystal clear how much these two men mean to each other.

There are a lot of twists, and the last was one I couldn’t help but grin at. I wanted to cheer for them both. I can’t say much more without giving anything away.

The setting was perfect, me being a Southern boy myself. And the title just had me grinning: I love the song of the same name (by Steve Earle).

Kudos to the authors for a great, exciting, and sexy read.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Nikolai’s Wolf


Title: Nikolai’s Wolf
Author: Zena Wynn
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-894-5
Genre: Vampire, Shape-shifter
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Shannon McFelan already has enough trouble in her life. Her overbearing big brother and former pack leader wants her to find a mate, and the pack council wants her to learn her place. However, if that’s not enough, the blue moon was approaching and Shannon might not have a choice but to submit to a wolf strong enough to dominate her wolf. Luckily, that’s not even an option for Shannon if Vampire Nikolai Taranosky had anything to say about it.

Drawn to Shannon’s inner and outer beauty, Nikolai has no qualms about letting nature take its course. As long as nature remembers that Shannon is his chosen. Nikolai want to share a life with her, and isn’t above a bit of trickery to achieve the goal but ultimately, he wants Shannon to accept him of her own accord.

Nikolai’s Wolf is the third installment of the True Mates series. We met Shannon and Nikolai in the first installment, and gained a bit more information about their situation in book two. Now it’s Shannon’s turn to find love. Shannon is your typical alpha wolf, who puts the pack first. However, she wanted a mate who understood tenderness and how to make love through his words and not just the mere action of copulating. Ultimately, Shannon wanted a mate who loved, respected and cherished her outer woman and inner beast. This is something the little girl in Shannon always dreamt of having and the woman in her refuses to live without. Nikolai is that man and more. When he approached his chosen, his ability to strategize was more of an art form when he applied it to the task. His tactics alone helped him get the prize that eluded every available man in and around Refuge. I was beyond pleased with this installment and I’m looking forward to the next few releases.

Crossroads


Title: Crossroads
Author: Keta Diablo
Publisher: Phaze Books
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 9781606591390
Genre: M/M, Suspense
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Virgin Nymph

There is a serial killer on the loose, he must be stopped! Frank McGuire is that man, having been a policeman himself. He knows what its like to lose someone you love; when his own partner was gunned down in the line of duty. Frank is brought in to find this killer, and at the same time, his deceased partner’s wife wants him to find their adult son, Rand Brennan. The name Rand makes Frank lose all train of thought. He’s lusted after this man and when he finds him, he’s going to make sure he never loses him again.

I liked this short story; it had me at the edge of my seat. Frank is trying to find the killer and Rand at the same time. Frank had age issues to deal with and Rand had issues of the past climbing out, wanting to be addressed. There was a decision to be made, at the Crossroads.

Dragon's Egg (Collection)


Title: Dragon's Egg (Collection)
Author: Lena Austin
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60521-173-2
Genre: Fantasy, M/M
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Everything Jack Draper thought he knew about himself is wrong; he is not an orphan but the son of the Red Sorceress and a want-to-be King of Honalee wizard. He is not your typical contemporary gay man living in America, but a untrained wizard born in another universe and the sexy dragon in his dreams is real.

Dragon's Egg (Collection) is the fantastic adventures of Jack and his dragon. Starting of course with the egg and progressing the story in Dragon’s Stone and Dragon’s Quest. In each episode, the plot delivers a positive awareness message of the many prejudices that continue living in the real world today. Also included are love scenes that defies the libido to remain dormant and humor that will send your brain into a mental happy dance or a fit of the giggles. The incredible Lena Austin created a magical plot with realism, hilarious characters and very arousing intimate scenes. Dragon’s Egg (Collection) is worthy of repeat readings; I thoroughly enjoyed this outstanding fairy-tale.

Taming the Wolf


Title: Taming the Wolf
Author: Michelle Houston
Publisher: Phaze Books
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60659-140-6
Genre: Gay, Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 2.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Caen Nymph

When Ben entered the world of werewolves it wasn’t by choice. Wolves are not given a choice in their sexuality, so Ben lives a lonely life, hoping to find his mate. So when newly-turned Nathan arrives on his doorstep, Ben hopes he can find a way to keep Nathan both alive and sane, for both their sakes.

Taming the Wolf had a lot of interesting ideas, and I suppose that was also its downfall. There were too many interesting plot devices that just tumbled together in a confusing pattern. I liked how the author touched upon how gay werewolves should not exist. It was an interesting plot device to use, because it’s the first time I’ve come across such a notion. The prose was fast-paced, which made everything run a mile a minute. Sometimes I’d have to go back and re-read a passage a few times, because it didn’t make sense to me. There was a lot of back story on the werewolf myth, but the language just didn’t read smoothly enough. The story was told through Ben’s point of view, so we only get to see Nathan through his eyes. Whilst Nathan was there – I felt no connection with him. The relationship aspect moved too quickly, but it is the norm in shifter stories. Overall I found there to be a lot of potential in the initial premise of the story; however the execution didn’t come together for me.

Perfect Formation


Title: Perfect Formation
Author: K.B. Alan
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/pm
ISBN: 9781419922022
Genre: Ménage a trois or More / Gay / BDSM
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Virgin Nymph

Perfect Formation starts off with Richard and Taryn, best friends turned lovers, both waiting for the man of their dreams to come along and sweep them off their feet. Enter Caleb, ex soldier, devilishly handsome and lonely. One night he bumps into these two sexy lust filled people coming out of his brother’s bar. They both looked at him and knew he was their Mr. Right!

Can you say sweetest hangover I don’t want to get over. Taryn and Richard plan a date with Caleb, hoping that they can find common ground between them. Caleb, Richard and Taryn find themselves holding back, wanting to be with each other and attempting to not be jealous in forming a relationship. Richard is waiting for Caleb to leave him and marry Taryn.

I liked the story because all three had issues that needed to be addressed; they had bad feelings from the past that were still haunting them in the future. Caleb wanted nothing to stand in the way of their Perfect Formation!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

From the Other Side


Book Title: From the Other Side
Author: Lorelei Buckley
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.wildchildpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-935013-75-4
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Paranormal/Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Sphinx Minx

Lydia and Chase Tanner have purchased their dream house in Darling, Ohio. Chase seems like a thoroughly nice guy, an architect in love with his wife and without hidden secrets, But Lydia represses the horrors of being raised by a drunk, losing her first love, and even worse.

The house has a history. Vivian Hager thought she was being watched when she lived there. Jane Winslow saw spooky visions in the mirror.

But the Tanners seem more open to ghostly interactions. Lydia has visions of a young girl and a black servant who might be buried in the garden. The spirit Clare has a childhood filled with more love and protection than her own, and Lydia wants to know more.

Chase is entranced with their “pet” ghost and wants to learn more about her. Meanwhile, the spirit of Clare is taking over Lydia’s memories -- and perhaps her life. Gradually, a more dangerous side of the spirit emerges.

Clare has become obsessed with motherhood, but was unable to conceive. She becomes a bit too domestic for my tastes, but the story as a gripping paranormal edge. There are some interesting takes on both secrets and the afterlife. The emotions and goals of the spirit are fascinating. This is an engrossing read.

Fortune’s Chance


Title: Fortune’s Chance
Author: Karen Erickson
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504-467-5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx


Lauren Tollson is lonely and so tired of being used by men who only want her for the money she won playing the lottery. While out with her two closest friends celebrating her birthday, she is caught dancing with a tall stranger at a sex club and feels a certain attraction to him without looking at his face. After he speaks to her, she knows exactly who he is….an old boyfriend, David. She is not able to overcome the feelings she had for him in the past. When her friends tell her to stop acting like a witch to him, she does what is necessary to get him back since she can’t stop loving him.

David Fairfield is out with co-workers for a bachelor party, and sees the woman he loves out on the dance floor with her friend. Because he got cold feet and couldn’t handle a serious relationship, he dumped her all those years ago without a reason why. Even now, he still can’t seem to get her out of his system, and he is willing to grovel to have her in his life permanently. Now all he wants is to get his company off the ground without Lauren’s money and because he is struggling, he offends her unknowingly by not telling her everything. The last thing he needs is to feel obligated to the woman he loves.

Fortune’s Chance is another installment of a trio of friends who have become rich together and the last of these friends reconnects with her soul mate. This time, the sex is hot and heavy throughout the story between Lauren and David and their pride keeps them from acting on their true feelings. There was not a lot of confidence in Lauren after the first break up, and it only gets worse the second time around with mistrust on both of their parts. The fact that both of these lovers allowed so many things to interfere with their love for each other had me wondering if they would make it in the end. If they had just stopped thinking so much and enjoyed their time together, it would have made their lives better.

Fortune’s Promise


Title: Fortune’s Promise
Author: Karen Erickson
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504-363-0
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Maddie Carpenter is tired of her boring job working at her mother’s company and her lonely life. While attending her friend’s wedding, she is in a trance watching Tanner sing a love song for the couple and he spots her watching him. She makes her way to the bar later to meet her friends for a drink, sees that they haven’t arrived yet and is ready to turn around to leave. Instead she sees Tanner sitting at the bar; she decides to approach anyway and what happens next is the start of their bonding. On a mini-vacation with him at a party, she blossoms around his friends but doesn’t see his jealousy of the attention his friends give her.

Tanner Robinson is an amazing rock star who was asked to perform at a private wedding for one of Maddie’s friend. When he comes out and sings the touching love song he wrote for his ex-wife, he sees Maddie across the room watching him when he opened his eyes. Because he is bitter, and only wants to have flings with women, he thinks that she will be the next one in a long line until he realizes that she is different from all the other women of his past.

Fortune’s Promise is the second book in the series about three ladies who won the lottery and these ladies are as different as night and day in their own beautiful ways. One has found true love, but the other two have yet to find love without being sought out for their money.

What these two lovers find out about themselves is that they both don’t want to be hurt; nor take any unnecessary chances with life. The fact that Tanner is a celebrity does not help their situation, and Maddie only wants a low key lifestyle. I was very impressed with Karen Erickson’s writing about the determination of the friends to see their relationships all the way through, regardless of the obstacles. I am looking forward to the next installment, to see what happens to the last friend finding love.

The Keeper


Title: The Keeper
Author: Jane Leopold Quinn
Publisher: Phaze Books
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 9781606591314
Genre: Erotic Romantic Fiction
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

Sharon is very insecure, having been a “chubby girl” growing up. She feels unloved because her father left her and her mother without a word. She has also been dumped publicly by Hank as he chases after another woman.

Hank’s partner, Pete, has always wanted Sharon but backed off because she was dating Hank. He asks her to dance and makes it known he is very interested.

Over several months, their relationship blossoms, despite Sharon’s insecurities. Sharon’s father also reappears in her life, which adds to her emotional turmoil. Pete is there for her through all of this.

The Keeper is a very nice story of a woman overcoming the insecurities she has grown up with and coming into her own. Ms. Quinn captured the emotional turmoil Sharon was going through. The sex scenes between Sharon and Pete were of the “get the ice-cubes and fans going” kind, especially toward the end when they start to experiment.

Flirting in Traffic


Title: Flirting in Traffic
Author: Beth Kery
Publisher: Cerridwen Press
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419918834
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph


Lately, the only kind of fun Esa had was socializing with her patients. Her sister and friend decided that Esa needed a change of pace, so they set up a scheduled traffic flirting session with some construction workers. Just as Esa was about to call a halt to the nutty scheme, some buff forearms and tight jeans catch her attention. Even before she stops drooling, Esa decides to go with the flow and take a chance.

Between work, family, and a break up, Finn has been in a funk lately. The last thing he wants is a night out on the town with his brother, who lives life like one big party. Seeing a drop dead gorgeous woman driving a car with a suggestive license plate was all the incentive needed to change his mind.

Esa and Finn have a first meeting so heated, the pages nearly burst into flames. I loved the fact that they were so hot for each other on first sight. Unfortunately, a case of mistaken identity creates some problems for the couple. The things Esa didn’t say to Finn had me concerned, as well as the way Finn seemed to close his mind to a relationship. Honestly, I could certainly understand why Finn almost didn’t give Esa a chance to explain herself. Readers will fall in lust with Finn because he is the full package. The family ties in Flirting in Traffic gives a soothing feeling, but the story is also a steamy sexual fantasy that morphs into love between two people meant to be together. Beth Kery is going on my list of authors to watch.

Dance Wars 3: Bad Moon Rising


Title: Dance Wars 3: Bad Moon Rising
Author: Sophia Titheniel
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60521-152-7
Genre: Futuristic, Paranormal, M/M
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Bad storms have delayed Lachlan from making his deliveries and he is snowed in for days. Adair is attempting to control his mating season urges and hang on until Lachlan can get there. When Adair’s ex-lover Cedric, also a werewolf, comes to town, events take a downward spiral for Adair and Lachlan.

Dance Wars 3: Bad Moon Rising in this installment of the Dance Wars series, the amazing Sophia Titheniel delivers an emotional arrow right to the heart. Lachlan and Adair both get a wake up call concerning their feelings and relationship. Adair admits that Lachlan is his mate; his wolf and human form loves Lachlan. Thinking it was just about sex, Lachlan finally admits that it is more. This is a fascinating and very erotic series with well defined characters that I thoroughly enjoy; I look forward to the next episode of the tantalizing saga.

Still, Life


Title: Still, Life
Author: Vivien Dean
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure
ISBN: 978-1-60272-489-1
Genre: Gay / Contemporary / Mystery / Multicultural
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Assistant DA Joe Grace flies from Los Angeles to Chicago when he discovers his best friend is accused of murder. It doesn’t matter that he hasn’t seen Israel Jones in 18 years; he knows the man he grew up with, fell in love with and once upon a time made love to, could never commit such an act. The fire is still there and requires just a bit of kindle to help it burn bright and strong once more. However, so is the hurt Joe and Israel have let fester for all their years of separation. They will have to hash out the past before they can try to embark on a future, while working together to clear Israel’s name and discover the identity of the accurate culprit.

I’m truly becoming a fan of gay mysteries. Joe has compared every man he’s met to Israel and his heart and body knows they don’t measure up. Israel hasn’t completely moved on but he’s built a decent life for himself. While he wasn’t financially wealthy, he was blessed with friends. These friendships have alleviated some of Israel’s pain of not having Joe in his life. This was an interesting story, and while I wasn’t completely surprised about who committed the crimes, I was happy to see Joe and Israel relearn their love, and regain the closeness they needed. Still, Life is definitely worth a read.

The Reanimation Of Maddy


Title: The Reanimation Of Maddy
Author: Keiko Alvarez
Publisher: Extasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: N/A
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Silver Steam
Nymph Rating: 1 Nymph
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Rose Nymph

It’s Maddy’s sixtieth birthday but celebration is the last thing on her mind. For a while now, she hasn’t been able to bear the thought of sharing her aging body with her husband Donny and so does everything in her power to avoid it. Maddy is grateful that work is so busy as it gives her a way out from spending time with her family but when she meets Chris, she couldn’t be more surprised by the effect he has on her. Maddy has to be careful; otherwise her actions may end up breaking more than one heart.

I had high hopes for The Reanimation Of Maddy and was looking forward to reading something that tackled the issues that getting older can place on a relationship but unfortunately, I was disappointed. It was definitely a good premise but I struggled to read this as it came across as very confused. Maddy was not a character I could empathize with as all her concerns about being intimate with her husband flew out the window with Chris. Add to this her inability to understand what Donny must be going through plus their lack of communication and I was left feeling very unsatisfied.

Again there was a lot of confusion, in terms of the style of writing and the use of language. The author actually communicates Maddy’s unjustified self-loathing pretty well but when the writing goes from self-loathing to sexual in the same sentence numerous times, it fails in its attempt to be erotic. Personally, this is the first time I have read a story of this genre and maybe I have missed the point somehow. I think the author was trying to give the characters’ relationship a refresher but it just didn’t work for me.

Casey's Luck


Book Title: Casey's Luck
Author: Maggi Coleman
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.wildchildpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-935013-68-6
Genre: Mystery/ Suspense/ Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Sphinx Minx

Casey Rowan is spending the weekend with her dear friends, Tessa and Donald Broughton. But when she wanders downstairs in the morning, she finds Donald dead and Tessa clinging to life.

She searches for the attacker, without the approval of DCI Roderick Carlisle of the Devon police department. She discovers that her friends may not be the perfect couple she had pictured.

Casey is an intelligent woman, a journalist with ideals. Could the murder be traced to the memoirs Don was writing? Or was the killer an unstable client of psychologist Tessa?

The author touches on the world of big-time art theft and Neo-Naziism in London. And Casey finds that a cop, trying to right his own wrongs, can ignite passion deep within her.

The author gives a clear picture of a chilling winter in the English countryside, and presents believable, complex characters. I still had some questions at the end, but I found the story thought-provoking and satisfying.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Def Con One


Title: Def Con One
Author: John Simpson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-935192-59-6
Genre: Contemporary, M/M
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Airman Bryce Callahan graduated top of his class for his squadron and is now ready to report to his new duty station, Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming. His hard work has earned him a position at the missile silo. Bryce knows the armed forces still work under a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and hides his desire for men, but one shower with Sergeant Todd Claymore undermines his efforts.

Todd Claymore is an only child who chose life in the military over dealing with an overbearing father. His military career is precious to him so he tries to make sure OSI has no reason to knock on his door. Already drawn to Bryce, Todd decides to step out on a limb and explore their mutual attraction after witnessing Bryce’s reaction to him in his entire naked splendor.

As training partners, they spend a great deal of time together in a professional manner. This allows precious moments to explore their compatibility. Over the months, the friendship blossoms into a romance that adds stability to the men’s lives. That stability will help them function during a period when the peace is broken with the Soviet Union; when commandos breach the U.S. border. Whether they are there by direct order of the Soviet government or working as a rogue unit is anyone’s guess but they will test Todd and Bryce’s abilities to fight, survive and perform their trained duties.

Def Con One takes us into the lives of two gay military men who love what they do professionally, and find themselves drawn into wartime events. The thought of a nuclear war is not pretty, but Bryce and Todd understand their jobs and will do what is necessary to protect their country. John Simpson gives a detailed military perspective that made me feel as if I was actually walking on the base, saluting the higher ranked officers and dealing with the a war that could mean the end of the world. The characters have a wonderfully balanced relationship. A strong supporting cast and detailed setting make this book an incredible read. There is action, suspense, a touch of humor, and steamy erotic scenes throughout this story. Def Con One will become a part of your re-read collection, especially if you love military gay romances.

A Note in the Margin


Title: A Note in the Margin
Author: Isabelle Rowan
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-935192-67-1
Genre: Gay Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

John is working himself to death and under orders of the doctor, takes a year off to relax. Deciding to stay in town, John leases a small bookstore. What he hopes will be an uneventful year turns out to be anything but as he struggles with the many challenges in front of him. One of those challenges is David, a homeless man the previous owner let stay in the store during business hours. At first wanting to toss David out, John is talked into letting him stay by Jamie, the owner’s son, who stayed to help John out.

Life on the streets has been very hard for David. Suffering from emotional problems, trying to survive the best he can, David no longer trusts those around him. Knowing the new manager wants to get rid of him, David is surprised when John and Jamie encourage him to stay at John‘s place rather than out in the freezing weather. Taking off before John wakes, David has no plans of coming back. Things do not work out that way and soon the two men are together again. As David struggles to pull his life back together, the relationship between the men grows into love. Nevertheless, things do not always go smoothly as David has many set backs and John learns what was once important no longer is.

Isabelle Rowan pulls no punches as she brings us the story of David and the life he has lived. The reader will not be able to help root for these two men as they face the struggles to their relationship. A Note in the Margin is one of those heart wrenching stories that will stay with the reader long after they finish.

Blood Rite


Title: Blood Rite
Author: Trista Ann Michaels
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-891-4
Genre: Vampire Shape-shifter Ménage Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Addison is a witch and as her twenty-fifth birthday approaches, her safe and secure life is spiraling out of control. She’s taking on the characteristics of the vampire father she never knew and is afraid of turning into a blood-crazed monster. It’s while looking for help with her impending change that she meets the two men, Julian and Andre, who will change her life and protect her from harm, but she needs to put aside her mistrust of Julian’s vampire nature first.

Vampire Julian and wolf shape-shifter Andre could not be more different in nature or temperament, or closer friends. The two men have been together and shared women for hundreds of years, but when they meet beautiful and sexy Addison, everything changes. Instead of willingly sharing, the old friends experience jealousy for the first time in their long association. Andre thinks the three can build a future together as a threesome, but Julian isn’t as certain. Not only does Julian need to deal with his jealousy, but he also has to get over his dislike of Addison’s magical abilities.

Blood Rite starts off with a twist which is different from other books where vampires and members of other species interbreed. In this new release, children with a vampire parent begin a change just prior to their twenty-fifth birthday, which will determine the extent of their vampire characteristics. Will Addison exist on a full blood diet, or will she be able to continue to eat food and walk in the daylight, or be somewhere in between?

There are plenty of ‘good-guys’ in this paranormal tale and an excellent villain in the form of Addison’s vampire father, Sebastian and his minions. His plan to use his daughter is truly diabolical, making him a vampire villain worthy of being staked in the sun.

The sex between Addy, Julian and Andre is hot and emotional, but the frequency tended to take over the actual story once they began their physical relationship. I liked Addy and felt sorry that she had to deal with changing into a creature that scared her, but I would have like to know more about her witch heritage and her magical abilities. Both Julian and Andre are intriguing men but I was left feeling as if I knew the least about Andre and what made him tick.

The first portion of the story where Addison was introduced and the last where she had to be rescued by her father’s bad vampires were by far my favorites. And when both Addison and Andre nearly died…those were a bit heart-wrenching. When Sebastian met his end? Perfect.

Finding the Words


Title: Finding the Words
Author: Terry O'Reilly
Publisher: Aspen Mountain Press
Publisher URL: http://www.aspenmountainpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60168-192-8
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Speech Pathologist Ryan Phillips enjoys working in the physical rehabilitation unit of University Medical Center, and his patience and professionalism make him a hit with patients and personnel alike. Discovering his former partner and co-worker isn’t good at monogamy leads Ryan to end their three year relationship. While it was the right decision, it was still a bitter pill to swallow. Ryan believes he’s not ready for a relationship, but that option becomes null and void when he lays eyes on his referral patient, André Thompson.

André woke up in the hospital after suffering a traumatic head injury to a man with kind eyes and the ability to sooth his fears. His stay and recovery are due to his will to fight and the company of Ryan. André and Ryan may be the link needed to find healing, and possibly a lover over the next few months. While their friendship will grow, is there room for love?

Terry O’Reilly has written a wonderful story about love, awakening passion, friendship, and the importance of closure. Ryan is a man after my heart. His kind spirit allows him to connect with André on a deeper level, and gives him a gentle nudge toward recovering. André has to face what he wants and decide how far he’s willing to commit. He has a giving spirit, and just needs someone willing to receive his love, regardless of his medical condition. I truly enjoyed these characters and this story. I know Ryan was having trouble dealing with his heart and what is ethical, and I believe he handled the situation as professionally as he could. I’m definitely putting Terry O’Reilly on my “must read” list from this point forward. If you enjoy M/M romance novels that have a real feel then you have to read Finding the Words.

Valentine’s Day Surprise


Author: Lorne Rodman
Publisher: Torquere Press
ISBN: N/A
Genre: Gay, Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Caen Nymph

Peter and Jake have found themselves in a situation where the desire has filtered out. So when Peter overhears a startling conversation between Jake and his best friend, he decides to show his man their love is still there.

Valentine’s Day Surprise did two things: it shocked me and made me laugh. Jake and Peter have suddenly found themselves at an impasse where their love life and everything in between has gone stale. So Peter decides to do something that will get Jake’s attention. What both shocked me and made me laugh was how drastic Peter decided to go with his attempts of seduction. I didn’t know whether to be appalled or just to laugh at the man’s desperation. The story moves along with ease, but I was left disappointed with the lack of tension in the story, with a premise like lovers falling into a rut it generates a lot of angst, but being a Valentine story, I suppose the author wanted to make it sweet and heart-warming. Whilst that aspect didn’t work for me for this story – Valentine’s Day Surprise was an interesting read.

Surrender Dorothy


Title: Surrender Dorothy
Author: R. G. Alexander
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504-475-0
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Dorothy has been having trouble sleeping since the Wizard Z moved into the condo next door. He invades her dreams and provides a sexual peep show every night. When Z finally gets the chance to kiss the witch, the heat between them is enough to send Dorothy to Oz.

Surrender Dorothy is the sequel to Not in Kansas, a sexy and humorous version of the classic Wizard of Oz. Dorothy is a witch who tries to resist the sexy wizard Z, but there is something very alluring about him that leaves Dorothy powerless. Z is also under Dorothy’s spell and has no desire to break free of the sensual witch. The creative R. G. Alexander has delivered another intriguing and impressive story with wonderful characters and an entertaining plot that I enjoyed immensely.

Utopia X: Seeking Something Wicked


Title: Utopia X: Seeking Something Wicked
Author: KZ Snow
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-885-3
Genre: Futuristic/Urban Fantasy Vampire
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Tole is still feeling a mixture of jealousy, envy and annoyance over Win’s relationship with Pablo. A desire for fresh air and solitude brings him in contact with Vampire Ridley Barron, Win’s former lover. A campfire and a few moments of shared laughter bring about the realization that they are attracted to one another. Just when it starts to heat up, an attacker spoils the mood leaving Ridley to save the day.

Ridley calls upon the Triumvirate, with news of a new threat to Other and Exceptional beings. But seeing Tole again was well worth the trip. Tole doesn’t know what’s going on with his emotions, but it gives him equal amounts of fear and excitement. When Ridley is kidnapped, it will take the Triumvirate to not only find and rescue him, but figure out a way to eliminate the new element of danger.

This is the second book in the Utopia X series. Win and Pablo’s relationship is causing a bit of friction. While Zee would like to have a lover of his own, he seems to take this new link in stride more so than Tole. Tole’s reaction to Ridley wasn’t one I anticipated, but watching them come to terms with their emotions was enjoyable. I’m looking forward to reading the next installment in this series. There’s a great deal more that has to transpire before Ridley and Tole decide which direction they plan to travel, and I for one can’t wait to find out their decision.

Amber Eyes


Title Amber Eyes
Author: Maya Banks
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504- 466-8
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Ménage
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

Kaya is a shifter that has grown up by herself because she thinks her family abandoned her. She is drawn to a cabin in Colorado where Jericho and Hunter live.

Jericho and Hunter are two mercenaries that use their cabin between assignments to regroup. After helping an injured cougar, they find Kaya in their kitchen. Kaya runs from them and they are worried so they track her down. She spends time with them as both a cougar and woman for several days.

Kaya does finally trust them with her secret, but is afraid that they will abandon her like her family did. The situation is not helped when Jericho and Hunter go on an assignment; end up injured and away for months instead of the weeks that they had promised her they would be gone. Kaya discovers that she is pregnant as well. Once the men return, all have to learn to trust again.

Amber Eyes is a pretty good story of learning to trust others with secrets and emotions. It started a little slow, but you definitely could feel Kaya’s and Hunter’s struggle with their blossoming relationship. Jericho accepts the growing relationship a little easier than Hunter does.

Circe’s Recruits: Derrick


Title: Circe’s Recruits: Derrick
Author: Marie Harte
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-901-0
Genre: Multicultural Shape-shifter Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Three years after the official disbanding of Project Dawn, Derrick and the other member of Circe’s Recruits are still fighting the mutant Circes created by the government-funded scientists operating at Pearson Labs. The mutants coming out of the lab are still going crazy; only this new batch is faster, stronger, bigger, and more deadly than before, making their destruction even more difficult and dangerous.

Derrick’s life is turned on its ear when a woman working for Pearson Labs helps the captured Kelly escape. Sabrina Torrence is everything he wants in a woman. She’s beautiful, aggressive, stubborn, and not afraid to speak her mind…but she’s an enemy, and not to be trusted. It doesn’t matter that she helped with Kelly or provided vital information needed to destroy the lab. Derrick’s certain Sabrina has her own agenda and her refusal to tell the complete truth only adds to his desire to keep her at arm’s length. His human side might have trust issues, but his beast wants her as its mate. Can Derrick, the man, learn to trust the woman tying him in knots…the woman who makes his beast purr, or will he let hurt from the past destroy his chance for a happy future?

Circe’s Recruits: Derrick is the third release in Ms. Harte’s ongoing series and it’s just as fast-paced and sexy as the last. Derricks brothers-in-arms and their mates are still fighting the diabolical men who run Pearson Labs; only this time the news of the mutants coming out of the lab is much worse. Elliot Pearl, the man you love to hate, is still up to no good, making his Circes more deadly than any other version and his right-hand-man is a new mystery they know little about. These two make perfect villains and at least one of them gets his just-desserts in the end.

This story follows the growing relationship between Derrick and Sabrina, who worked for the hated Pearson Labs. The passion swirling around these two pulls them together, but Derrick’s mistrust of Sabrina’s motives just as consistently pushes them apart. Finding out that Sabrina has been unwittingly exposed and made into a Circe was a twist I should have been expecting. The other twists of finding out the identity of Doc’s half-brother and the revelation of Doc’s long-time lover were totally unexpected. The integration of all the characters previously introduced gave this ongoing plotline a real sense of a tight-knit family, allowed the reader the opportunity to learn more about the relationships of these dedicated people.

The passion between Derrick and Sabrina is aggressive, and hot, and only gets more so as the dark inner monster living inside Sabrina starts coming to the surface. This is the point where their already intense sex life becomes violent, as Derrick strives to force the stronger Sabrina into submission, in order to keep her dangerous beast under control. The introduction of new secondary characters gives me great hope for what I believe to be the last release in this exciting and intriguing series, Circe’s Recruits: Hale.

How to Ruin Easter for a Werewolf


Title: How to Ruin Easter for a Werewolf
Author: Dahlia Rose and Crymsyn Hart
Publisher: Phaze Books
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60659-133-8
Genre: Contemporary/Paranormal/Interracial/Erotic/Romance
Nymph Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx


Werewolves Sebastian and Demona have spent years living day by day and roaming freely. Something Demona hasn’t had too much reason to complain about in the past, but things are about to change. The two find themselves in New York during the full moon and Demona is ready for a snack. They follow a delicious smelling white rabbit to a furry fetish club, and Sebastian finds himself feeling like Alice in Wonderland. Who knew humans had a fetish for dressing up like animals and enjoying the most basic desires between a man and a woman. But everything is not what it seems and there is definitely more than one person who is attempting to appear as a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

This is one of my first experiences with the combination writing style of Dahlia Rose and Crymsyn Hart and How to Ruin Easter for a Werewolf was a wonderful introduction to this duo. I found myself laughing and fanning so much that I hated to see the story end. Is there a dull moment in this book? No, not one! I found myself feeling sorry for Sebastian a few times, but then thought about it and realized he knew exactly what he was getting when he chose Demona. The cast of character’s range from sassy to sneaky and each adds something unique to the book. I felt like I was reading a very adult version of Alice in Wonderland. There are small doses of action and suspense laced throughout the tale, with enough sexual scenes to require a fan and a tall drink of water. If you’ve enjoyed previous books in what I’m calling “How to Ruin” series, then pick up a copy of How to Ruin Easter for a Werewolf, you won’t be disappointed.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Weary Memories (Collection)


Title: Weary Memories (Collection)
Author: Elizabeth Jewell
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60521-159-6
Genre: Paranormal, M/M
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Weary Memory - 3 Nymphs
Alex has been in the employ of Liam, a vampire, for six months. Feeling comfortable with his boss, Alex reveals the secrets of his childhood and Liam reveals his past. Both had secrets that were never spoken before and both are in need of the healing comfort found in each other’s arms.

Persistent Memory - 3 Nymphs
Dark magic has invaded Liam and Alex, causing them both to commit acts that could destroy their growing relationship.

Making Memories - 3 Nymphs
Alex and Liam are going on their first date; things are going well until they cross paths with another vampire who can control the dark magic. Before Liam can stop him, his enemy cast a spell that switches Alex and Liam’s psyche, giving Alex a first hand experience of Liam’s dark vampire memories.

Passing Memories - 3 Nymphs
Alex and Liam come face to face with their past. For Alex, he must deal with memories of his father and for Liam, the return of the female vampire that turned him.

Weary Memories is a story of the evolution of Alex, a human and Liam, a vampire and the solace they find together. Elizabeth Jewell has created an interesting collection exhibiting a realistic subject. Fans of BDSM may find these stories enjoyable. The plot is well written, although the main focus is dark and may be considered taboo.

Warning: Memories of Incest, Rape and Abuse are revealed.

Belonging


Title: Belonging
Author: Shiloh Walker
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419920660
Genre: Vampire, Series: The Hunters
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

Cori and Owen, her former fiancé, are attacked by a vampire one night. He ends up in the hospital and Cori disappears and is now a vampire. She has a hard time adjusting.

Levi is a cop, who finds his cousin Owen dead four years later, and gets bitten by a rogue werewolf after a fight. Levi is given a choice to die or become a werewolf. He has not stopped thinking of Cori since her supposed death.

Circumstances bring them together again, but the past is constantly coming between them.

Belonging is part of Shiloh Walker’s Hunter series. I was a little disappointed in this story because it did not seem to have as much of the suspense nor the emotional turmoil that her other stories had. This can be read as a stand alone story.

Hungry Heart


Title: Hungry Heart
Author: Jo Atkinson
Publisher: Ravenous Romance
Publisher URL: www.ravenousromance.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60777-011-4
Genre: Contemporary M/F Erotic Romance / Environmental Themes
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Rose Nymph

Sunny Shaw, the celebrity chef who has found fame and fortune with her cook books and TV shows, is trying to run away from her life. Catching her boyfriend Richard cheating on her with her closest rival can do that to a woman. He’s been trying to take control of her career since the start but she’d been hypnotized by his spell, until now. All she wants is out of the spotlight and away from the vile man once and for all so she gets in her car and just drives. Pouring with rain and with no clue where she’s going or what she’s going to do next, the neon lights of Blueberry Falls Café call out to her like a beacon. She may have found the answer to her prayers.

Café owner Brendan Dunne is also having a bad day, with his restaurant in serious trouble unless he can start getting a few more bums on seats and a few more bills paid off. When a beautiful woman enters his life and brightens up the miserable day, he can see in an instant that she’s had just as bad a day as he so he sets out to improve things, with delicious results. The pair hit it off immediately and as they grow closer, it seems as if things are finally looking up but you never can run away from your problems for long…

With an interesting, well written plot and characters that really hook you in, Hungry Heart is a very enjoyable read. The detail in which the author delves into the world of organic cooking, farming, running a restaurant and the life of a chef, famous or otherwise, gave me great pleasure. Mix in likable main characters that I cared about and a wonderful supporting cast and the result is a story full of drama.

In fact, the actual storyline was so strong that I felt the erotic aspect slightly distracted me. The first sex scene occurred a little too soon for my liking, taking away from the buildup of passion. Further sex scenes seemed added just for the sake of it and became repetitive after a while. That being said, the plot was more than enough to keep me reading and despite my initial criticism as the characters developed, the passion raised considerably and I would recommend this to fans of the genre.

Joshua's Muse


Title: Joshua's Muse
Author: Fae Sutherland
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419919633
Genre: Contemporary Gay
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Alexandro “Alex” Manetas decided on college verses working in his father’s store. He knew the change would be good, but he never expected to find the man he would fall in love with, Joshua Hadaway.

Joshua walked out of the closet and never looked back. He’s secure in his sexuality and wants to share a life with Alex. The trouble is Alex has a hard time coming out. The promising artist saw Alex and declared him his muse. Joshua would do anything for the man he loves, but won’t deny what they truly share. Will Alex finally admit he is gay, or will he decide that Joshua isn’t worth the risk of losing his family?

In Joshua’s Muse, Fae Sutherland brings us two college students who set out to gain knowledge for their chosen profession that end up learning a few lessons in love along the way. To Alex’s defense, he’s quite young and this is his first serious relationship. He’s come from the bosom of his mother and now finds himself in the mist of Joshua’s secure embrace. Joshua is the patient lover every person would hope to gain, and proves even a saint’s patience can be tested. The story depicts the life of a man struggling between the idea of losing his family or his lover, and thanks to Ms. Sutherland, we ride the waves of insecurity with Alex. Alex was fortunate to have someone love him enough to guide him in the right direction, but ultimately he had to choose to open the door and show the world who he really was.

The Pet Promise


Title: The Pet Promise
Author: Kate Steele
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 9781595968524
Genre: Paranormal
Lymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Virgin Nymph

Kail loves being a dog and he loves to please his master even more. The time comes for Kail to be restored to his human form and there lies the problem. Master Nerrin Arrian knew the time had come for his trusty companion to be changed, except Kail had some issues with the process. Go back to his human life and leave his master or stay in dog form and love him from afar.

I liked this short story because it lets us know that we all make mistakes and from them, there is a lesson to be learned. Kail made a mistake, but in his learning, love blossomed in his heart and spread abroad to his master who, in return, loved him back.

Full Circle


Title: Full Circle
Author: Lisa Marie Davis
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-935192-61-9
Genre: Gay Contemporary
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Jaylin Ryan is a straight A student, a member of the track team, and thoroughly focused on what he wants to do after graduation. The openly gay eighteen year-old also has a secret crush on one of his classmates, high school star jock Max Sydney. They are friendly when they pass in the hall, but have little else to do with each other, but that all changes with Max’s request for help with math. The opportunity to spend time together gives Max the opening he’s been waiting for, allowing him to confess his interest in Jaylin. Knowing Max’s homophobic father wouldn’t take knowing his only son is gay well forces the young men to meet in secret, planning their future together in silence.

Everything goes horribly wrong when their relationship is discovered and they are viciously attacked, leaving Jaylin an emotional wreck, and Max critically injured. Left weak, vulnerable and in need of multiple surgeries and massive physical rehabilitation, Max’s father convinces him that the best and least selfish thing he could do was end their relationship, allowing Jaylin to get on with his life.

Seven years later, each man has managed to make a life for themselves. Both are content with their respective jobs, but their lives are emotionally empty. Learning of the early release of one of their attackers changes everything, bringing both men back to the town where they lived as teen-agers. Jaylin and Max meet again, and discover that despite the passing years, their love and affection hasn’t ceased. This life changing revelation gives them a chance to put the ugliness of the past behind them, and build a happy future together.

Full Circle is a nice, even-paced romance with two young male characters, Jaylin and Max, in the throes of discovering who they are and what they want to do with their lives. Jaylin is a little too perfect for a teenager dealing with his homosexuality in a high school setting. Nothing seems to bother or rattle him, not even threats by a nasty school bully, and this alone makes his character unrealistic to me. Max, on the other hand, seems more like a typical teenager dealing with his newly discovered physical cravings…with uncertainty, fear, and apprehension.

Jaylin’s mother and Max’s father are exact opposites in attitudes and actions; accepting versus aggressive animosity. Frankly, Max’s father is a total jerk who deserves a swift kick in the ass, but that’s what makes him the perfect villain in this tale of young love. His only redeeming quality is his willingness to provide the medical treatment and rehabilitation Max needs after the attack, even though his behavior was underhanded and manipulative.

I enjoyed the first part of the book…when Jaylin and Max were young, and watching them find a way back together, despite what happened in their past, was nice. But the very best portion of the book for me was the confrontation during the parole hearing with their attacker and its aftermath.

Snowfire: Snow Job


Title: Snowfire: Snow Job
Author: Cameo Brown
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60521-196-1
Genre: Paranormal
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph


Marina is an undercover Para Marshall who gets trapped in her own game trying to bring down a sexy mastermind who just happens to be her fiancée. Without any notice, Marina’s government puts the operation to bed. Now she will be forced to share Aleksi’s bed as his wife.

After months of desiring Marina, Aleksi is finally going to have his woman. Unfortunately, because of secrets, the honeymoon might be over for this Vampyre right after the wedding.

Marina and Aleksi get some surprises in this story that make Snowfire: Snow Job one sultry read. The sexual attraction is obvious, but the love beneath the surface is what makes these characters so likeable. Cameo Brown is going on my list of authors to watch.

ParaMatch.com


Title: ParaMatch.com
Author: MK Mancos
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504-384-5
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Comedy
Nymph Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Sphinx Minx

Jager Cronus is a Titan – the deposed leader of the Titans, in fact – in search of romance, and he’s pretty sure he’s found it at Lucilla Wainwright’s dating service for those with paramaladies.

She fantasizes about this hunk, but tries to match him with both a selkie and a djinn. Jager, however, knows Lucilla is the one for him. She’s had a bit of a rough time as a witch. She’s displayed a big talent as a matchmaker, but very little ability as a caster of spells. She is, however, up for the next opening on the Witches Council, probably due to her powerful witching family.

This is a delightful piece of fun. Lucilla helps werewolves, satyrs and a succubus or two find true love. Her own love life may have been wanting, but she finds a lot of steam and sizzle with the handsome Titan. And together, they manage to avert disaster in the paranormal world. A colorful rumble at the Legion Halloween Dance provides the climax.

I enjoyed this visit to Sleepy Hollow Woods and plan to brush up a bit on my knowledge of mythology. I hope to hear more from MK Mancos.