Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Wolf’s Mate


Title: The Wolf’s Mate
Author: R.F. Long
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504-702-7
Genre: [M/F] Fantasy
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

After Jeren and Shan escapes the clutches of her insane brother, she thinks they finally have a chance at a happy life together. Jeren’s hopes are dashed almost as soon as they reach the encampment of Shan’s people, and she learns the new female leader, Ylandra, hates her on sight. Even worse, the angry, vindictive woman wants Shan for herself and is willing to do the unthinkable to get it. Going against tradition, Ylandra uses an ancient, rarely utilized oath, binding Shan to her side…full time, as little more than a slave.

When Ylandra forces Shan to participate on a suicide mission against their clan’s ancient enemy, Jeren is left alone to find her own place with people who hate her. She’s just making peace with Shan’s brother when a group of people from her home Holt arrives, trying to convince her to return and claim her birthright. Jeren loves her people of River Holt, but she loves Shan more. Helping them could destroy her soul and mean separation from her mate forever.

The Wolf’s Mate is second release in R.F. Long’s trilogy, A Tale of the Holtlands, and it takes up immediately where The Wolf’s Sister left off. It’s well written, fast paced and filled with interesting and unique characters. The premise might not be new, but the rendering of the situations and descriptions of the setting and clan life is nicely done.

Ylandra’s violent and erratic behavior is handled well, as are the scenes where she and Shan are taken to the enemy camp. There’s a great many secondary characters and they lend depth and interest to the story, all while helping to propel the plot forward. Shan is…well he’s Shan; strong, loyal responsible, dedicated, determined and totally in love with Jeren. The best part of the story is Jeren herself. I liked her in The Wolf’s Sister but in this release, she really grows and shines, as she turns into a confident and determined woman, willing to fight for her man. I’m very curious to see what happens to these two mates with the next and last release.

Need You Tonight


Title: Need You Tonight
Author: Katrina Strauss
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60737-478-7
Genre: {M/M} BDSM Yaoi
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Derek recognizes impulsive Blue as his true love. If he had his way, sharing Blue on any level wouldn’t be an option. That’s true until Blue witnesses Derek ogling one of his new friends, Dusty Sterling. Blue decides it’s time to give his master another strong body to enjoy and uses his skills of seduction on Dusty.

Dusty is blind and fiercely independent. He’s not as weak as others would like to believe, and has no trouble setting the record straight. Becoming friends then lovers with Blue and Derek is more than Dusty could have hoped to occur. When a new killer strikes the area, Dusty’s gifts help to ferret out the culprit. Will the men survive another evil presence or has their luck finally run out?

Need You Tonight is the fourth book in Katrina Strauss’ Blue Ruin series. Ms. Strauss mixes action, suspense, engine-revving erotic encounters and the harsh realities of life to create her latest release. We gain more background on Derek in this installment, and come face-to-face with some of the past that molded him into the man he is today. This story pulled me more towards Derek and I found myself wanting to hold the man who seems to take such good care of Blue. Blue starts to understand what he’s doing to their relationship and takes more stock into keeping Derek happy and fulfilling his wishes. I could see him maturing before my eyes, with a little less of the brat I love left to enjoy. The addition of Dusty was a great touch and I’ll admit he’s someone you won’t soon forget. The story has a believable storyline and well-developed characters. I don’t want to give much away, but there is another storyline that Ms. Strauss can pull out of this book. If we are lucky, she’s already begun the first draft.

Those who enjoy the genre should pick up a copy of Need You Tonight.