Thursday, May 6, 2010

Brush of Wings


Title: Brush of Wings
Author: Various Authors (anthology)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-345-2
Genre: {M/M} Fantasy, Paranormal
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Morning Glow by Taylor Lochland – 4.5 Nymphs
Benjamin Winfield receives a surprise visit from his best friend Alan James, and it’s the balm needed to mend his broken heart. Their time together opens Ben’s eyes and he knows he would be a better man with Alan in his life. Will Alan stay, or will Ben continue to play the role of best friend forever?

A Trail of Feathers by Sarah Ann Watts - 4 Nymphs
Daniel is grieving the loss of his lover. This New Year’s Day, he is ready to start a new lease on life. As Daniel stands ready to end his self-destructive habits, he meets Leo. Leo has a gift for Daniel that will help him heal, and it all begins with a simple feather.

Heart's Salvation by Réve Garrison – 3.5 Nymphs
Nathaniel mourns the loss of his wife and daughter as he kneels before a statue. What he leaves with is the heart of a caring angel and the possibility of a future in the arms of someone who loves him.

In the Hands of the Gods by Jana Denardo - 5 Nymphs
Tiberius Aelius Rufus is the proprietor over the family’s olive oil trade business. His reluctance to settle down only amplifies when he meets Marcus Lartius Priscus. Will Lartius lead him away from duty, or show him a pleasant way to compromise?

A Voice in the Darkness by Patric Michael - 5 Nymphs
Trapped in a landslide with no easy way of escape, Landon Hargrove finds comfort in A Voice in the Darkness, Dan. Dan will guide them to freedom and supply the strength needed to fight for the future they both deserve.

Some Comfort by S. Blaise - 5 Nymphs
Dale, recently back from combat, is having a rough time readjusting to life. Mal, a fellow soldier, is determined to supply Dale with Some Comfort and support during these trying times. Will Dale accept?

Ascension by RJ Scott - 5 Nymphs
Sabrael’s charge Adam Riley gives him reason to want to become mortal. A grief stricken Adam sees something warm and brilliantly alive in Sabrael. Is it enough to help him move forward with life?

Sariel by Mary Calmes - 5 Nymphs
Jacob Gray knew his all expense paid European trip was too good to be true. Drugged and alone without a means of escape, Jake must decide on the evil before him or his faith in the unknown.

The Platypus Learns Astrophysics by Matthew Vandrew - 5 Nymphs
Businessman Jonas Mason receives a visit from Micah, angel of the Divine Plan. The plan is simple, intervention through a simple touch, but the execution is anything but simple. After time examining different means of delivering what Jonas needs, they gain an opportunity of a lifetime.
The Angel Blues by Cornelia Grey - 4.5 Nymphs
Morgan is feeling the weight of his profession on his shoulders. The appearance of a stranger perched on his windowsill is an unwelcomed sight. Over the months, Morgan becomes accustomed to the angel with the appreciation for the blues.

Redemption by Clare London - 5 Nymphs
Ziba is a fallen angel, offering an opportunity for genuine repentance to those who deserve a chance to move forward. The hope of redemption seemed impossible for Ziba until he meets fallen angel Abdiel. He offers love and self-sacrifice that could mean a brighter future for them both.

Herbal Tea by H.J. Brues - 5 Nymphs
Douglas isn’t sure about his assignment to recruit Justin, a young herbalist, for a unique assignment. Justin’s courage and loving nature prove that he is more than up for the job and deserves his wings and Douglas’ trust.

The Tenth Avatar by Roland Graeme – 4.5 Nymphs
Arun’s life improves with the arrival of a family heirloom, a statue of Kalki, the tenth avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu. Arun’s parents hope he will marry, while he hopes to have a future with his new lover Jack. Will Arun find a way to smooth the waters and not disappoint his parents?

Santangelo by Zahra Owens - 5 Nymphs
Michael refuses to allow fear to rule his life. He requires medical treatment after an attack and Gabriel Santangelo helps stitch Mike up. Gabe has a full plate, including a severely disabled baby daughter and secrets he doesn’t want to surface. Will Gabe allow Mike into his life or will he continue down his lonely road?

The Archangel of Castro by Diana Copland - 5 Nymphs
Nick needs a gentle nudge from an Archangel to see the love that’s before him. His caring for others has made him the type of man Brian, his live-in friend, could only dream of having for himself. Will Nick make his move before it’s too late?

Brush of Wings has an extensive variety of stories all centered on guardians and the people they love. I found a majority of the stories quite fascinating. There were some written to pull an emotional response while others introduced me to cultures I have yet to read about. The stories all center on love in various forms and not all included sexual scenes between the angels and other main characters. This eclectic anthology has something for everyone.

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