Saturday, November 28, 2009

Different Suits


Title: Different Suits
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Total E Bound
Publisher URL: http://www.total-e-bound.com/
ISBN: 978-1-907280-38-2
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Angelo loves men with small feet, especially when they wear athletic shoes, so he can't figure out why Moody Torrance is constantly on his mind. The big cop has nothing he wants and if he keeps telling himself that, he might just start to believe it.

Moody has wanted the little Italian stud ever since he stood up to Moody at the police department. If the prissy little businessman thinks he will be able to get rid of him, he better think again.

While reading this series the readers have come to know all six of the friends and therefore know about Angelo and his feet/shoe fetish. When Angelo receives his own story in Different Suits, author Carol Lynne throws him a curve ball in the form of Det. Moody Torrance. There is nothing small or refined about the man who soon has Angelo spinning. Yet, as the saying goes, opposites attract and once these two get together the pages really burn up. To shake things up further, the author throws a little conflict into the story in the form of a bigoted preacher and his followers.

As always the characters are strongly written, with their emotions coming through clearly and realistically from the beginning. While each story has centered on a specific couple, one of the things I have enjoyed the most about this series is how easily each story flows into the other. Allowing the reader to see that as each story progresses, the six friends are able to grow; not only within their personal relationships but also in their relationships with each other. This story is an excellent addition to the series and sets up the last book nicely. This is definitely not a book to be missed.

Pocket Pair


Title: Pocket Pair
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Total E Bound
Publisher URL: http://www.total-e-bound.com/
ISBN: 978-1-907010-76-7
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Trey is tired of being lonely and in love with a man he knows he will never have. Looking for someone special over the Internet however, leaves him shattered and more unsure than ever.

Cole is tired of denying his feelings for Trey. Starting a relationship with the young man will not be as easy as he thinks but this time, he's not stepping away.

Carol Lynne has really out done herself this time. Without giving too much away, let me just say that after suffering a violent attack, the feelings Trey goes through are very realistic. His struggle to come to terms with what happened, his continued feelings for Cole, his desire for justice as well as his concern for those around him come through clearly for the reader. The character of Cole is strongly written, as well. His need to be there for Trey and his concerns over his job is understandable. Of course Eric, Zac, Bobby, Jules, Angelo, Marco, and Kent all make appearances, as they show up to help Trey, in his time of need.

This is a series that is sure to make its way to many keeper shelves. The stories flow easily into the next; therefore, it is necessary to read them in order. While this is only the third in the Poker Night series, Pocket Pair has become my favorite and one I will be reading again soon.

Slow Play


Title: Slow Play
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Total E Bound
Publisher URL: http://www.total-e-bound.com/
ISBN: 978-1-907010-42-2
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Hard working Bobby has tried hard to make a life separate from his family. When he loses his boat, the young man finds himself at loose ends.

Dr. Jules Peters has regretted the mistakes he made with his first love. Unable to get past the guilt, he feels the last thing he expects is to develop feelings for the much younger charter boat captain.

The readers are sure to enjoy Slow Play, the second book in the Poker Night series by Carol Lynne. From the beginning, our couple is faced with problems as both deal with ongoing issues. Although Bobby is attracted to Jules, Eric's boss from book one, the older doctor is not sure how wise it would be to get involved with Bobby. The author does an excellent job portraying the angst suffered by the men without letting it take over the story. Once these two get together, however, watch out as the sex is hot. Of course, the friends stop by to help the two men, often lending their two cents to the problems. Slow Play also leaves the reader with a heart wrenching lead in to book three that will leave the reader on the seat of their pants.

Texas Hold'em


Title: Texas Hold'em
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Total E Bound
Publisher URL: http://www.total-e-bound.com/
ISBN: 978-1-907010-13-2
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Zac is a football coach at the local high school with only one thing on his mind, getting to the championships. That is until he meets the sexy little pizza delivery man.

Being an intern at one of San Francisco's largest hospitals, as well as delivering pizzas for his uncle, leaves Eric with little time for a relationship. After meeting Zac, Eric begins to wonder if it isn't time for a little change.

What happens when you gather six friends with totally different personalities, professions and backgrounds? You get the basis for the new series Poker Night by author Carol Lynne. Texas Hold'em, the first book to come out, gives us the tale of Zac and Eric. When Zac orders pizza for the bi-monthly poker game he and his friends hold, he is surprised by the sexy little man who shows up at his door. Not satisfied with just that first small meeting, Zac sets out to meet Eric again. Their reaction to each other is intense and while they are unable to keep their hands off each other, finding time to learn more about each other isn't always easy. The author does a wonderful job bringing the attraction these two feel for each across to the reader. From the beginning, it is easy to see that these two are meant to be together. The reader will also find the conflict that arises from trying to blend two lives together believable. This book is also full of sexy hot secondary characters patiently waiting for their stories in this exciting new series. Texas Hold'em is a great start to a new series that is sure to have fans of this author wanting more.

Longfellow Seduced


Title: Longfellow Seduced
Author: Violet Summers
Publisher: Loose-Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59632- 988-1
Genre: {M/F} Paranormal
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

Silas and Magnus have discovered that someone is taking money from them through their club accounts. Because they aren’t experts, Silas ends up calling on the Longfellows to help them out. The Longfellows are basically the police for the paranormal society.

Prudence is a forensic accountant, who also has a talent for putting together puzzles that others find impossible to solve. Magnus and Prudence are not prepared for the attraction and heat they generate around each other. Prudence soon discovers the thief is someone from Magnus and Silas’ past.

Longfellow Seduced looks into the vampire and paranormal world a little differently. Ms. Summers brings you right into the story as you sympathize with Prudence about being attracted to a bad boy that also has some redeeming qualities. The author slowly peels back layers of each character and I felt I could identify a little with all of them. I would keep ice on hand as you read the scenes between Magnus and Prudence. There are a few twists that will keep your interest throughout. It is also clear from some threads of the storyline and secondary characters that this will be an interesting series. I am looking forward to learning more about the Longfellows.

Publisher's Note: This book contains content that some readers may find objectionable such as dubious consent.

Lynx Woods


Title: Lynx Woods
Author: P. A. Brown
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure
ISBN: 978-1-60272-595-9
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Environmental Engineer Tyler McKay embraces being gay and leaves no room for second-guessing his desires. Meeting Charlie Reid throws Tyler’s senses into overdrive. The pure magnetism that rolls off Charlie draws Tyler to the wildlife artist. While Tyler doesn’t attempt to flaunt his sexuality, he doesn’t try to deny it. Charlie, on the other hand, is in deep denial over his inclinations. Will Charlie decide to accept his needs and the life he could have with Tyler, or will his fears cause him to lose the love of his life?

P. A. Brown has created yet another winner with Lynx Woods. Tyler and Charlie are both fascinating tops. Their careers and personalities kept the story interesting and made it hard to decide whom I enjoyed the most. I’ll admit I leaned more towards Tyler because of his sheer desire to have Charlie, and his ability to bounce back even when there seemed to be little hope. While I understood Charlie’s reactions, I couldn’t help but feel for the emotional turmoil Tyler went through in this tale. Lynx Woods combines lessons on second chances, friendship and self-acceptance with a breathtaking setting, well-written plot, and interesting supporting characters to make this one story you won’t want to put down. Previous and new readers to this fantastic author won’t be disappointed.

Just Peachy


Title: Just Peachy
Author: Michelle L. Levigne
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-594-2
Genre: {M/F} Suspense Thriller
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Maggie is tired of having to deal with crazed fans after her book signings and is seriously considering dropping her pen name and persona, Magda Torrene. One psychotic fan has gone too far, expecting her to be the character in her books. What she is working towards is only the PI business and not having a man in her life. That is until she meets and spends some time with Rick. Maggie is at the point in her life where she might finally be able to let go of her deceased husband and have a relationship with another man.

Private Investigator Rick Sloane is asked by his friend, and Maggie’s boss, to keep her safe while he is out of town. He is not sure about taking on the assignment until he discovers that Maggie handles herself well. She scores more points with him each time there is danger and he wants to know her better. He finds himself wanting to make theirs a partnership of investigating and book writing.

Just Peachy is a fantastic story, from a woman’s point of view, regarding law enforcement and men, in particular. I really enjoyed Maggie’s character, who became more realistic by her behavior regarding weight gain, binge eating and her determination for getting a job done. Throughout the book, the villain or villains never gave up on their goal and the obsession over one person….Magda.

Ms. Levigne writes of murder, budding romance, friendships and of finding new families. The secondary characters really added quite a bit to the story with their backgrounds and research help to Maggie. Surprisingly, there isn’t any hot sex scenes but Maggie and Rick had very naughty thoughts towards each other. I look forward to reading more from this author, who wowed me with this book.

Hearts Afire: November


Title: Hearts Afire: November
Author: Pepper Espinoza and India Harper
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Publisher URL: http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59578-623-4
Genre: {M/M} Anthology, Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

To Heaven Resembled - Pepper Espinoza - 4 Nymphs
After growing up with a fireman for a father, Jakob Fox understands the sacrifice and courage required to perform in this dangerous field. The day Jakob lost his father left him with heartache, but he always takes a moment to thank firefighters when he sees them. What begins as a simple gesture of gratitude changes into an opportunity for friendship and more. The trouble is Jakob may not be able to commit to Firefighter Lance Stuart. However, if Lance has his way, he’s going to have the handsome Busker.

The Arsonist's Apprentice –India Harper – 4 Nymphs
Former arsonist turned insurance investigator Dylan Anderson understands fire. He remembers the rush of creating the destructive beauty of each of his fires, but refuses to return to that life. He meets Firefighter Josh Brooks, while investigating what is believed to be an arsonist’s handiwork. The men were on opposite sides of the spectrum at one time, a fact that Josh knows would be an issue with his family and friends. However, when all signs point to Josh as the culprit, will Josh go to jail or will he find an ally in the man who has taken over his senses?

Pepper Espinoza and India Harper both deliver well written, thought provoking stories in the Hearts Afire: November anthology. Both of the firefighters loves their job, but are still open-minded enough to understand the impact of their career on the men in their lives. I think Lance won me over just because he was able to prioritize what he deemed important and was willing to make sacrifices for love. The interaction between Dylan and Josh definitely turns up the heat in their story. A few of their scenes were sensual, raw, and exciting. For those who have read the monthly anthologies for Hearts Afire, you will definitely find this month’s release worthy of a read or two.

An Improper Holiday


Title: An Improper Holiday
Author: K.A. Mitchell
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504-836-9
Genre: [M/M] Historical
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Ian Stanton has always been overly serious and responsible, doing what his now deceased father and his brother, the new Earl, wants. The need to be a good son and brother explains how Ian ends up with an unwanted commission in the Army and how he finds himself packed off to war. He’s done only one thing remotely irresponsible his entire life. Namely, the close relationship that developed between himself and Nicky, and he considers the physical aspect of their joining unholy and unnatural.

Five years after Ian last saw Nicky, he’s home, wounded in body and soul from his injuries during the war. He doesn’t feel he has any chance of having a family of his own, or any means to make a living, which means he’s dependent on his brother. Willing to help his brother out with their sister, he agrees to escort her to a twelve day long holiday gathering at the ancestral home of the Marquess of Carleigh, Nicky’s father. His plan is to stay as far away from Nicky as possible. Not only is the memory of what happened between them painful, but the thought of being pitied is more than he can stand.

Nicky has very different plans, and those include getting his lost love back in his life. Permanently. Now the only thing Nicky has to do is corner Ian, convince the stubborn man that what they have isn’t wrong and figure out a way they can be together, without shirking his duty to his father or his title.

An Improper Holiday is the newest release by multi-published author K.A. Mitchell. I rarely read historical books; they’re usually not my cup of tea, but then again, I’ve never read a book by this talented author that I didn’t enjoy, either. That being said, I’m glad I didn’t pass on this well written gay historical, and if you enjoy either genre, you shouldn’t either.

Ian is a product of the time and society in which he lives and he’s fearful of his desires and what others would do and say if they discovered his secret. Ms. Mitchell does a nice job with this, and expressing his feeling of pain and inadequacy after returning disabled from the war. Nicky is of higher social status and his life hasn’t changed much in the five years he and Ian have been apart. He doesn’t believe what he and Ian feel for each other is wrong and is determined to get their relationship back on track. The integration of information on the day-to-day activities was well done without being stuffy, giving a good understanding of life among the wealthy English upper-class.

Ian and Nicky’s characters are intriguing men caught in an untenable situation and while I like them both, Ian’s personality is much richer and deeper than that of his titled lover. The secondary characters, especially Ian’s sister, are essential to the plot, helping to propel the story along, and moving it into some unexpected directions. The twists and turns were few in number, but the big one near the end caught me totally by surprise, and frankly, I love that in a story. Read and enjoy!

Change of Heart


Title: Change of Heart
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-234-9
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, Paranormal
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Having his hopes for a normal life dashed at a young age, Jin Rayne is trying to make a new life in a new city. His attempt to stay clear of were-tribes comes crashing to a halt and the truth behind Jin’s abilities begins to surface. He’s too rare to avoid fate forever and Logan Church is his fate…. his future mate.

Logan Church will do anything for his pack, but refuses to be denied happiness or love, and Jin is the source of both. The men will encounter trials that will strengthen their resolve and create an anchor strong enough to support their love while creating a safe haven for those they love.

I’ll admit Mary Calmes’ cover for Change of Heart lured me in and made me take a moment to read the blurb for this story. While there is enough information to give you a glimpse of what is to come, you still aren’t prepared for the action and suspense in this story, or the pure attraction of Logan and Jin. There were moments where Jin truly had me pulling my hair out but when you learn of his past, you cannot help but feel for the younger man. There were a few times where I sat back in disbelief, but understood it took a while to trust those like him. His desire to hide his true abilities and nature were justifiable. Logan is a man of many talents. Watching his actions and reactions to the events around him showed his strength and depth of caring for Jin. The story draws you in from the first scene and never releases its hold until the final sentence. While I’m not sure if Ms. Calmes will have more stories, she definitely has created some fascinating supporting characters that I hope to read about in the future.

Highland Mist


Title: Highland Mist
Author: Donna Grant
Publisher: Cerridwen Press
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419923142
Genre: {M/F} Historical/Fantasy
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Conall MacInnes is the laird of his clan, who has the additional responsibility of protecting the Druids in his area. Conall had wanted to be one of them, but being the only son, he had to lead his people. His kidnapped sister is always on his mind, and when he helps Glenna get away from her father, he learns she knows of his sister. Once he takes her to his keep, he needs to enact his revenge against Glenna’s father for his treachery. Will Conall fail the three hundred year old prophecy and will his love for Glenna be the biggest interference……or not.

Glenna MacNeil needs to know what purpose she has in life, after being secluded in a filthy keep. She is told by Conall’s sister, who has been brought there against her will, of a dark man who will help her. Glenna eagerly jumps at the chance to escape but is not sure of what will happen to her later. What Glenna learns of her ability to control the magic from other Druids surprises her. They want to train her to be prepared for the coming prophecy, of which she will be apart.

Highland Mist is the first in the Druid Glen series, and this book is loaded with murder, magic, deceit and love. The villain starts right off doing his dirt work of deceiving and murdering of innocents. When you think all is lost, in rides Conall MacInnes, and let’s not forget Glenna’s unstable abilities, that complements the both of them. I enjoyed many of the secondary characters that added to the plot, and their points of views.

Ms. Grant has spun a very realistic tale of Scottish lore, and the magic of the Druids only adds to it. I felt the spiders crawling, in the dark cave along with Glenna, and applauded her for the courage she showed, when it was needed most. My joy and surprise at the way this story ended was great, but the villain is still around to cause mischief ! Oh well, I am awaiting the next book in this series to see where the magic takes us.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Feel the Fire


Title: Feel the Fire
Author: Diana DeRicci
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Publisher URL: http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59578-616-6
Genre: [M/F] Contemporary Paranormal
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Rob first met Maddie when he and his sister went to Granier Falls for a wedding. Since then, they’ve burned up the phone lines getting to know each other better. On Friday, after weeks of talking long distance, Rob unexpectedly shows up on Maddie’s doorstep, ready to move their relationship to the next phase. He’s also looking for a weekend of wicked hot sex.

Maddie is all Rob ever wanted in a woman. She’s kind, caring thoughtful and stunning and for the first time in his adult life, Rob begins to believe that he’s found the woman meant for him. That is, until the curse from his past threatens to destroy his future, forcing him to reveal the-difficult-to-control-and-dangerous side of his nature. When his older sister is kidnapped and beaten, Rob must use all his inherent power, and the help of Maddie and a few new friends, to locate her before its too late. Can he find a way to save his sister and his love for Maddie or will a family curse keep him on the run?

Feel the Fire is the second release in the ongoing Granier Falls series by author Diana DeRicci and can easily stand-alone from the previous release.

The story starts at a nice pace and quickly picks up steam when Rob arrives on Maddie’s porch. From the moment these two get together the pages are lit with passion, desire and a palpable, bone-deep attraction neither can deny. Their relationship…and the sex, moves on at a good clip, at least until Maddie’s three older brothers appear on the scene, threatening Rob. I love this portion of the story and Ms. DeRicci does a nice job choreographing what almost happens. That goes double for the background information integration of why the brothers acted as they did and Maddie’s reaction.

The last portion, where the brothers, Rob and Maddie work together to locate and rescue Rob’s missing sister, is also nicely done as is the final scene with a lone ‘bad guy’ at the very end. Unfortunately, the middle left me a little flat. Gasp…there’s way too much sex. While the near continuous sex scenes were well written, it makes the story sex top-heavy and without much plot during these portions.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ghost in the Graveyard


Title: Ghost in the Graveyard
Author: Drew Zachary
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: N/A
Genre: {M/M} Erotic Contemporary, Paranormal
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

DB needs a change in assignments and assists Madam Yanya with a ghost stirring up trouble in the local cemetery. Truth be told, DB and Jesse are more concerned with discovering how he becomes corporeal than the terror he invokes. A Halloween adventure soon gives DB more than he could have hoped for and the couple optimism for more enjoyable sexual encounters.

Drew Zachary’s Ghost in the Graveyard is his current release for the Eye Spy series. DB and Jesse’s sexual energy still carries that sweet heat we’ve come to enjoy. The easy banter had me holding my side in laughter. Drew definitely has a style when it comes to spinning an interesting story. Between the mystery and the erotic scene, I honestly couldn’t tell you which I loved the most. And it’s always nice to get a few moments with Madam Yanya. I can’t help but wonder if Drew will grace us with a quick romance for her in the future. Those who enjoy this series won’t be disappointed.

In The Dark


Title: In The Dark
Author: Brynn Paulin
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Publisher URL: http://www.total-e-bound.com/
ISBN: 978-1-907280-41-2
Genre: {M/F} Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Cipher Prose Nymph

Katherine Wolf has been in hiding her entire life because of a birthmark that could result in her being labeled a witch. But, when her family dies and her home is given to a knight, she is torn between risking her life by leaving or risking her heart to the handsome stranger, if she stays.

Calen, the Black, is determined to make the desolate castle he has been awarded by the king into his home, no matter what it takes. What he does not expect to find is the one woman destined for him.

In The Dark is a wonderfully compelling read that shows how inner turmoil and insecurities can be smothering enough to keep one from living life to its fullest. It is a heart-warming tale of beauty truly being in the eye of the beholder.

In The Dark explores the different ways individuals can view the same things. A sweet read of doubts and low self-confidence being conquered by love; a great story with just the right amount of heat for those cold nights.

Spy Something Wicked


Title: Spy Something Wicked
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60737-455-8
Genre: {M/M} Erotic Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Retired spy Mark Hardwicke has settled into domestic bliss with his lover Dr. Stephen Thorpe. The quiet life he anticipated is in danger of vanishing before his eyes when the request for one last mission is broached. Mark doesn’t want to lose his home but his sense of honor is standing squarely in the way. What will the former spy decide to do?

Josh Lanyon’s latest release Spy Something Wicked is the sequel to Spy Something Bloody. The story, told from Mark’s point of view, contains a great deal of internalization. This time around, Mark seemed to think more about his lover and their future together. There was one point where he didn’t know if he deserved the life he had with Stephen. It was sad to think that someone could feel undeserving of love and happiness. Thank goodness, he has a strong man who knows his true worth. This is definitely an interesting sequel and provides input on how the couple’s relationship has developed over the months.

Jack-O-Lanterns: Headless Horseman


Title: Jack-O-Lanterns: Headless Horseman
Author: Marteeka Karland
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-554-7
Genre: {M/F} Paranormal / Dark Fantasy
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph

Walking home because she got too tipsy at a party wouldn’t cause Isabelle alarm, under normal circumstances. Adding in the fact that it’s Halloween and her distant blood ties to Ichobod Crane makes this night about as far from normal as it can be.

Being abducted by one hot, headless man creeped Isabelle out at first. But then tremors of fright quickly turned into tremors of desire in Headless Horseman. Marteeka Karland puts an alluring spin on this legendary character that I didn’t see coming and I hated to see it end. Who wouldn’t lust after a man who doesn’t waste time on chit chat and takes as good as he gives? This is an excellent addition to the Jack-O-Lantern series.

True Mates: Tameka's Smile


Title: True Mates: Tameka's Smile
Author: Zena Wynn
Publisher: Phaze Books
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60659-519-0
Genre: {M/F} Vampire, Shape-shifter
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Beautician Tameka Jones doesn’t miss her job as a psychologist and prefers dishing out advice in the setting of a salon. The clients are more receptive, there’s less chance of being sued, and the feel of hair through her fingers has always been more peaceful than that of an office setting. With the death of her beloved grandmother comes an opportunity to set her roots in a small town. Tameka’s quiet country surroundings alter, thanks to the attention of a local deputy and a stalker after her grandmother’s land.

Deputy Chadleigh Wilson didn’t know the meaning of family until he became a member of the Raven pack. Growing up in foster care did nothing to prepare him for the feelings Tameka stirs. Chad goes from lone wolf to mate in the flash of an eye and has no trouble in his new role. He knows his trouble lies in keeping his mate safe and getting Tameka to accept their bond. Will Chad and Tameka find the love they both deserve before it’s too late?

Zena Wynn’s True Mates series has become one of my favorite. The characters are always interesting and well developed, while the mountain setting stirs a longing for my country hometown. Not to mention smoking hot scenes filled with passion, love and enough heat to melt tar. True Mates: Tameka's Smile has a nice pace and begins with a scene that had me ready to speed down a secluded highway, in hopes of finding a sheriff with a few hours to spare. I’ll admit I highlighted that scene and plan to read it again in the future.

The character’s life stories draped over my senses and had me rooting for them. Tameka’s reasons for becoming a psychologist gave me respect for the woman. Her ability to attend school and gain the degrees needed were proof of her determination. Most people stay in a position, regardless of how much they hate it but Tameka understood that being happy with your career is more important than the money it can produce. I’ll definitely be taking a page out of her book in the coming months. Chad’s life of solitude pulled at my heartstrings. I started to question his status of lone wolf, citing a fear of being left alone or not having his love returned. Tameka’s love and friendship were definitely factors that he needed in his life. As usual, Ms. Wynn gives us a hint of a romance brewing for a future release. I found the story a pleasure to read and recommend it to those who enjoy I/R paranormal romance.

Star Flyer


Title: Star Flyer
Author: Bonnie Dee
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: samhainpublishing.com
ISBN: 978-1-60504-673-0
Genre: [M/M] SciFi-Futuristic
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Marr Hingo is a calm, sensible farmer who makes his living growing crops and tending his herd of lamida. He’s lived alone since his lover, Sasch, died after he left their home to fight against the vicious force swarming through the galaxy. Life is hard under the local administrator of the occupying military force, but Marr works hard and tries not to dwell on what he can’t control.

Life goes on and spring arrives, but so to does an unconscious star fighter pilot. Marr might not want to leave his home to fight, but he’s determined to find the man and keep him safe from the troops canvassing the area. When the pilot, Davan Siedal, regains consciousness, something happens that Marr didn’t expect; a quick and intense attraction neither man can deny. Yet the war rages around them and in a short time, Davan will go back to the fighting, leaving Marr alone again. Can these two lovers find a way to make their love work or will the war and enemy drive them apart forever?

Star Flyer has a little bit of everything…action, adventure, suspense, intergalactic war, love, passion and a lecherous military administrator. It also has a smooth flowing plot and two men that are so opposite in every way that it’s difficult to imagine they can ever turn their crash-ignited passion into a permanent relationship. Yet underneath it all, each man fills the void in the other’s life. Marr is warm, caring, tender and strong, while Davan is resourceful, passionate, and filled with an adventuresome spirit that draws Marr like a moth to a flame. These two men are perfect together and when they get the chance to work for a common cause…the resistance, watch out.

Dragon Kin: Ferret You!


Title: Dragon Kin: Ferret You!
Author: Celia Kyle
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60521-324-8
Genre: {M/F} Paranormal, Humor & Satire
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph

Over the years, Egan has been rejected more times than he can count, by the same woman. The dragon in him is bound and determined to claim its mate, regardless of what she says. Eventually, he knows Mireya has to say yes. Doesn’t she?

Mireya wants Egan; there is no doubt about it. However, she has her reasons for not succumbing to his charm and paralyzing good looks. When Egan changes his methods to wear her down, the walls Mireya erected around her heart fall like a house of cards.

Though I haven’t read the other books in the Dragon Kin series, I certainly will after the brief look I got into Egan’s chase of Mireya. That dragon melted my heart with the depth of his love for his soul mate and his determination to never give up. At the beginning, I just couldn’t help wondering if Mireya was a few sips short of a full glass for turning Egan away. Seeing how frustrated he was made for some mighty cute moments that only made me cheer for Egan more. Dragon Kin: Ferret You! is undoubtedly an adorable love story that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy.

Demons are Forever


Title: Demons are Forever
Author: Wynne Hayworth
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504- 665-5
Genre: {M/F} Paranormal
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

Humans are mutating into creatures thought to be legends only. Buck Shand is called to the site of a gruesome murder, which is the latest of several over the past few weeks. Buck uses his particular skill to try to identify the killer but ends up with few clues.

Dr. Lian Herrick is asked by the Captain to be part of the task force trying to identify the killer. Lian keeps herself under tight control as she is a succubus. As Buck and Lian work together, they end up bonding and now have a mental link that comes in handy as they bait a trap to catch the killer.

Demons are Forever is a realistic look at a world that is suddenly populated by werewolves, vampires, fairies and other supernatural or legendary species. The author was so descriptive that you could see what Buck was seeing in your mind. It was interesting how the relationship between Lian and Buck evolved and the fears they have because of what they are. I would have liked to learn more about Buck and what he really was because I felt the author only glossed over him. I recommend keeping ice-cubes on hand as you read the sex scenes between Lian and Buck. After reading the epilogue, there will be additional stories about some of the other characters in this book. I think this will be an interesting series as Ms. Hayworth expands on her society.