Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Wish


Title: The Wish
Author: Eden Winters
Publisher: Torquere Books
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-918-7
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary Paranormal
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Paul Sinclair’s a friendly, kind and caring man who, despite having wealthy relatives, refuses to take handouts and instead insists on paying his own way in life. He’s devoted to his uncles and splits his time between family and the bookstore he’s renovated himself. His heart’s been broken before, but it hasn’t stopped him from wanting what his uncles have…a committed loving partner.

Alex Martin is the spoiled, arrogant and self-centered heir to a wealthy society family and he takes full advantage of the money his uncles offer him. He wants a special person in his life but hasn’t ever met anyone who’s not interested primarily in his gorgeous body and wallet…never looking deeper to the true man waiting on the inside.

Despite being the nephews of loving partners, Alfred and Byron, these two men have never met. When they finally do meet at Paul’s Uncle Byron’s funeral, neither man is impressed with the other; instead they’re willing to think the worst. It’s up to Alfred and Byron’s ghost to get these two lonely men together.

The Wish is the first work by author Eden Winters I’ve read and I can assure you, it was a great pleasure to read. The author does a wonderful job bringing all the characters to life, and that includes Byron…the ghost. The background and personalities are vivid and richly detailed and the tempers of both Paul and Alex are as explosive as their arguments are passionate, volatile and rather humorous. That’s one thing I enjoyed about this story. From scene to scene, the emotions often radically shifted, giving new and different hints of interpersonal dynamics and personalities.

The emotions of all the characters, whether primary or secondary, are often pained and ragged, since the story revolves around the time immediately following a loved one’s death and funeral. Even so, the story isn’t depressing; rather it’s a tale of regrets, potential, love and hope for the future. There’s even room for a little snappy dialogue and a few chuckles mixed in.

Let’s not forget about the attraction between Paul and Alex. On the outside, these two men couldn’t be more different, but on the inside they want the same thing…the problem is they both have a tendency to jump to conclusions and allow their tempers to take control. There are times I wasn’t certain Ms. Winters could get Paul and Alex past their differences and prejudices, but she did it and did it well. The attraction between our guys can’t be denied and when they finally give in to their desire…watch out.

I loved this premise. It’s unique and creative and the author did a great job with the plot, seamlessly managing the various personalities. At heart all the characters, with the exception of the deceased Byron, are working through the pain and suffering of loss. I’m happy to say Ms. Winters handles this topic with grace and finesse, and if I shed a few tears…she’s done her job right. I look forward to the next release by this talented author.

Ring Of Fire


Title: Ring Of Fire
Author: Lee Avalone
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure
ISBN: 978-1-60272-640-6
Genre: {M/M/M} Dark Fantasy, Ménage, Paranormal
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Aiden and Travis are demon hunters. The void left after the loss of their lover has them seeking out a third. Volmere is experiencing a shortage on humanity, after centuries of existing as a vampire. His sexual prowess ensures he doesn’t have to search for a willing playmate but when the sex is over, he’s left alone.

A celebration, demons, and reluctant demon hunters aren’t the usual combination most would select. In a matter of moments, this grouping causes a chain reaction, throwing open the doors to happiness and love.

Lee Avalone’s Ring Of Fire starts off with a scene that is sure to leave you fanning. After getting some of their background, I could understand the initial reactions and apprehension. Volmere was definitely prejudged, which could have led to Aiden and Travis passing up something special. Lee Avalone adds action and suspense to the story, creating a smooth flow from one scene to the next. The sex is steamy and runs the spectrum between rough and raunchy to sensual.

For those who enjoyed Tall, Dark, Tattooed And Twisted, Light My Fire and Sex Scene: Take One, there’s a pleasant surprise waiting in this story. These stories aren’t listed as a series but reading them in order will definitely give you some history on the characters. I’m anxiously awaiting Lee Avalone’s next story and recommend Ring Of Fire to those who enjoy the genre.

Amorzinhos


Title: Amorzinhos
Author: BA Tortuga
Publisher: Torquere Books
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-920-0
Genre: [M/M/M] Contemporary Ménage, Cowboy
Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Partners Balta and Joa still have trouble keeping their hands off each other. Their love is strong and steadfast, but the more dominant Balta knows his lover needs something else, or rather someone else…someone kinder and less powerful to make him happy…a friend. He’s determined to provide his beloved Joa with everything he needs, and if that means adding another man to their bed, then that’s what he’s willing to do.

Raul has recently arrived in the United States from his home country of Brazil and new to the American bull-riding circuit. He’s having trouble with a few of the other riders, doesn’t speak good English and is lonely. He needs help but more importantly, he needs a friend. He’s a kind-hearted man, who also happens to be sizzling hot. Raul is also fond of Joa and watches him every chance he gets. When Balta realizes there’s a mutual attraction between newcomer Raul and his lover, he’s determined to get the three of them together.

Amorzinhos, A Roughstock Story takes up shortly after where the Arcana Doce left off. This 23K short can easily be read as a stand-alone, but if you want to see how Balta and Joa got together, check out the aforementioned Doce.

As would be expected from a story where the characters are bull riders, Amorzinhas starts off with a 92.5 point ride, or at least the memory of one. It rapidly changes into a bit of quick loving when Balta goes looking for Joa. I guess that leads to what I see as the first problem with this story…the sex. It’s sizzling hot, intense and passionate but it takes over the book, leaving little room for character backgrounds or plot development.

Even when Raul is added to the mix, the sex still overshadows the relationships and as interesting as I found this newcomer, I never felt I knew enough about him…or what made him tick. It was obvious he was crazy about Joa and the two got along well as friends and competitive riders, but I never got a good handle on their personal relationship. He was kind, caring and easy to get along with and seems a much better match to Joa than to Balta.

Then there’s Balta himself. I never doubted his love for Joa but I never understood why he thought sharing his lover was the decision to make in order to keep the younger man happy. Even if both he and Joa desired Raul, why take the risk of ruining their relationship? It just wasn’t explained and left me with lots of questions. And lastly…even when Raul was included, it seemed like he was a literal third wheel much of the time…like he wasn’t a real member of the trio. It left me wondering how long the threesome could last once they got back to the circuit and what would happen when they did. I’m hoping for more of a story with the next release in this contemporary cowboy series.

Demon Lover


Title: Demon Lover
Author: Bonnie Dee & Marie Treanor
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504-979-3
Genre: {M/F} Fantasy
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Cipher Prose Nymph

When Gwyneth finds herself in the clutches of an evil King, expected to perform an impossible task in return for her life, she knows all hope is gone.

Ragnorak has fought for his people’s safety and well-being for so long, he is tired of the loneliness that plagues him. When he comes across the most beautiful woman he’s ever laid eyes upon, she instantly steals his heart. He makes a bargain with her that will guarantee his kingdom’s future.

But, when the bargain comes to pass, will Gwyneth fulfill her end of it?

Demon Lover is an intriguing and beguiling twist on the old, but well-known fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin. And, I must confess, Rumpelstiltskin never packed as much heat as Ragnorak. I found Ragnorak to be a mysterious character, whose feelings are exposed in delicious slow motion. The curiosity over his true intentions kept my fingers itching to turn the next page to find out all of his secrets. Gwyneth’s response to Ragnorak is no less entertaining. I loved the way she slowly succumbed to their bargains, and I loved the way Ragnorak proved to be a man with pride and chivalry that wouldn’t get in the way of love.

Demon Lover is an excellent, hot read with a meaty plot and enriched characters.

Solitude & Sea Glass


Title: Solitude & Sea Glass
Author: T. D. McKinney & Terry Wylis
Publisher: Amber Quill
Publisher URL: www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-635-2
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Holland Faust was at the top of his game and a darling of the acting world until a crazed fan slashed his face with a knife, ending his career and sending him into self-imposed exile. For years he stayed locked away on his small island off the coast of Maine, seeing only his staff and communicating with the few friends he still had, by phone and email. He spent his days reading, listening to music, watching movies in his own theater and gardening. Everything changes with the arrival of his newest summer intern, Ruby Keagan, and suddenly Holland’s forced to confront his long denied sexuality. Ruby is what Holland’s been wanting for twenty years, but been afraid to leave his island to look for.

Ruby’s had a serious crush on Holland since he was a teenager, and the chance to work closely with the reclusive actor on The Faust Charitable Organization is his “dream come true”. Ruby’s first task is to convince the quiet, emotionally wounded Holland that he’s perfect for the job…and to let him stay.

Solitude & Sea Glass in not the first book by these talented authors that I’ve read, but it is my new favorite. There’s something about this well-written book that pulls at the heartstrings from the very first pages. The characters of Holland and Ruby (I love his name) are interesting, the island locale vividly described and the premise revolving around the scarred and lonely Holland, creative and unique. I liked these guys…both of them, and despite the differences in age and social standing, they make a great couple, fitting together like the pieces of complex puzzle.

I appreciated that the authors allowed the physical relationship between Holland and Ruby to build slowly but once they become lovers, their passion flared hot and intense. The fact Ruby needed to reassure Holland of his affection…that Holland couldn’t believe someone would want him, was heartbreaking, as was the well created portions related to his attack/recovery years before. The background details of what happened to make Holland the man he became are seamlessly interjected into the story, allowing the reader to feel his emotional pain and suffering. The most dramatic portions of the story fall near the end, and while I won’t reveal what happens, be assured that it fits the storyline perfectly and the authors do a great job describing the dangerous situation Ruby finds himself in.

Okay, the crux of it is, I really enjoyed this contemporary novel, and there isn’t anything I’d change. It has a bit of everything, and while it might not speed forward like a freight train, it does progress at a steady pace that makes sense with the content of the story. Read and enjoy!

Your Cheatin' Heart


Title: Your Cheatin' Heart
Author: Mimi Riser
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure
ISBN: 978-1-60272-623-9
Genre: {M/M} Sci-fi, Futuristic, Paranormal, Dark Fantasy, Comedy
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Sylver Starr never set out to fall in love with a cat-shifter. The cross-dressing werewolf believes in monogamy, but his tomcat husband can’t seem to wrap his tail around that concept. Unfortunately, Sylver’s time to pout comes crashing to a halt when aliens invade Earth. Husband problems are the least of his worries, as Sylver falls back into his role as a secret agent for Earth Guardians, Inc. Before this night is over, that’s not the only trouble Sylver will have to contend with.

Mimi Riser mixes comedy, a splash of suspense, and a couple who needs more therapy than Dr. Phil can provide to create a story you won’t soon forget. Sylver is one of a kind. Talk about a man being comfortable in his own skin, whether decked out in a fabulous dress or in his sleek fur. I tried to remain neutral until I could hear the husband’s side of this story, but it was just so hard not to fall in love with Sylver and wish the cat-shifter had a hairball attack. Your Cheatin' Heart is a fast-paced story that smoothly transitions from one scene to the next. I found the story entertaining and recommend it to those who enjoy their shifter tales with a twist.

Soothe The Burn


Title: Soothe The Burn
Author: T. A. Chase
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 13: 978-1-60272-639-0
Genre: {M/M} Science Fiction / Futuristic
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Transport pilot Captain Alvix is anxious to leave the space port before his adversary captures him again; his spaceship needs immediate repair before he can lift off. Aid to Alvix’s dilemma comes when Lieutenant Cooper, leader of an elite group in the Galactic Military enlists the help of Alvix for a desperate rescue mission. Alvix and Cooper have an intense attraction for each other; however Alvix has secrets and Cooper is the result of an experiment that changed his skin into flexible titanium steel.

Soothe The Burn is a spectacular space adventure interwoven with romance. The well written, fast paced edgy plot is full of intrigue and mystery. Sinister motives employed, as well as clues leading to the culprit, are revealed with each building chapter of the story. The characters, as well as their unique secrets, are unveiled little by little, ever-increasing the suspense. Alvix has spent his life running away from abusive beings that would hold him captive. He has no experience with love and he never considers the possibility of a long term relationship until he meets Cooper. Duty and honor are the standards of Cooper’s life. His team of men under his command is more like family; they all support each other in addition to sharing an unbreakable bond. The love he has for Alvix developed from the intense attraction he felt upon their first meeting. There are a few intimate scenes reinforcing the image of Alvix and Cooper being a perfect match; they complete each other. The secondary characters compliment the storyline by adding another layer of depth, as well as possible future story installments.

The enormously talented T. A. Chase has created an incredible futuristic escapade that I enjoyed immensely. Soothe The Burn is an excellent sci-fi thriller.

Wither


Title: Wither
Author: Yolanda Sfetsos
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504-696-9
Genre: [M/F] Sci-Fi, Futuristic
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Colt Marshall comes from a long line of wranglers. He hauled horses and cattle across the galaxy in his spaceship, until the woman he loved disappeared without a trace. Now he’s working for a mysterious stranger, wrangling men and his last piece of cargo might not be entirely human. The trip’s going routinely until the captive escapes his restraints and steals the ship’s escape pod. Retrieving the cargo forces Colt to follow, landing him on the blistering hot world of Harrow and in the town of Wither, where he finds his lost love in desperate need of his help.

Brynn Wight’s world is in turmoil and Colt is the only chance the people of her town have of surviving. She understands his anger and doesn’t expect him to forgive her; she just hopes his sense of justice is still strong enough to care what happens to the townspeople under her protection. Someone is dumping feral creatures on the planet surface; mindless animals that kill anything unprotected as soon as the sun sets every day. It’s only a matter of time until the town’s defenses are breached and if something isn’t done to stop them, every human on the planet will die.

Wither, by author Yolanda Sfetsos, is the first in her new Sci-Fi / Futuristic space cowboy series, Recast. The book’s a fast paced and exciting read that jumps out of the starting gate from the first pages and races to a satisfying end that leads nicely into the next release. I must admit I didn’t know what to expect with such an unusual mix of genres, but Ms. Sfetsos pulls them together into a cohesive and believable whole. Then there’s the fantastic cover. Who doesn’t like a bare-chested cowboy? Add in a traditional six-gun against an outer space background and you have just what’s needed to catch a reader’s attention.

Ms. Sfetsos has done a marvelous job with world building. The planet Harrow and the town of Wither are so vividly described, I could almost see them and the same goes for the feral creatures terrorizing the townspeople. Her characters are equally well constructed, and learning about Colt and Brynn was like peeling away the layers on an onion, each one leading to something new and unexpected. Despite the pain of their parting, the passion and desire between these two former lovers is still as blistering hot and passionate as before. Colt, in true alpha fashion, wants his woman back and he isn’t willing to let anyone or anything stand in his way.

The twists and turns are as numerous, as the secondary characters are few; the most important ones being Ace, Young and our villain. Every time I turned a page, it seemed like the story took off in a direction I didn’t expect. That’s a sign of a great story and storyteller, as far as I’m concerned. I look forward to seeing what happens with the next release in this new and intriguing series.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Night is Darkest


Title: Night is Darkest
Author: Jayne Rylon
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504-800-0
Genre: {M/M} {M/F} {M/F/M} {M/M/F}, Contemporary, Romantic Suspense, Ménage
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

When Lacey loses her brother Rob at the hands of a murderer, her world threatens to collapse. No stranger to tragedy to begin with, only the support of best friends Mason and Tyler stop her life from imploding. Thanks to their help, she is able to get through the blur of the funeral and the seemingly never-ending parade of well meaning mourners, without being overwhelmed. She just can’t understand how everybody else is carrying on with their lives. To stave off the bitter loneliness attempting to seep into her soul, Lacey seeks comfort in the two men who have never been far away from her thoughts or fantasies.

Since childhood, Lacey has held a very special place in Mason and Tyler’s hearts. They have watched over her as they all matured; the realization that they wanted so much more than friendship slowly developing. Right or wrong, they decided to shield her from their more adventurous desires in the fear of scaring her away. When, fuelled by woe, Lacey finally makes her own needs clear, the guys are more than a little shocked and start questioning whether they made the right choice back then. Tyler is ready to take the next step but Mason holds back, afraid that if Lacey finds out just what they have been getting up to, plus what they have in store for her, she’ll run a mile. Lacey doesn’t understand his behavior but is determined to get everything out in the open.

As if dealing with the unexpected erotic turn of events wasn’t enough, the two men are working hard to deal with their own grief, as Rob meant the world to them. The trio of handsome guys had all worked hard to get onto the force so to see a fellow officer taken down in the line of duty has them itching to find the culprit who robbed them of their best friend. When Lacey tells them she is getting suspicious emails and telephone calls, they are on high alert – somebody knows what is going on but it is a race to put all the pieces together before the most important person in Mason and Tyler’s world suffers anymore.

With three extremely engaging, interesting characters with scorching chemistry and a plot that kept me hooked from start to finish, Night is Darkness has a little of everything. The introduction to Lacey was very well done as I was immediately became endeared to her. Having a traumatic occurrence so soon in a story doesn’t always work as the reader hasn’t necessarily had time to connect to the characters but that wasn’t a problem at all with Lacey. I really felt the shock and disruption to her life, due to the loss of her beloved brother. Mason and Tyler were intriguing, with early hints of their night-time activities thrilling me into submission. If you like your men to take control of the situation and treat you like you are the most precious stone in existence, these two are your guys. Lacey does what any strong, independent woman would do in this situation, fight the kid gloves with all that she is worth, but in the end, she knows how badly she needs Mason and Tyler in her life.

In some ways, reading Night is Darkness was like reading two books. The story of three friends who have so obviously not been communicating, slowly untangling the truth and delving into their suppressed desires was a delicious three course meal that really satisfied the appetite. On occasion the threesome’s relationship overshadowed the unraveling of the murder plot. However, the author does a very good job for the most part in keeping me riveted as past secrets come back to haunt characters and with a fantastic twist at the end that I did not see coming, I thoroughly recommend Night is Darkness.

Blood and Destiny


Title: Blood and Destiny
Author: Kaye Chambers
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504-938-0
Genre: {M/F} Shapeshifter, Vampire, Urban Fantasy
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

Destiny St. George has taken on a case that takes her back into a relationship with Marcus. She left because she did not want to be part of the group of women he kept. Destiny’s friend is getting married and she is introduced to a shapeshifter lion during the course of this case.

Marcus has always wanted Destiny, but is unsure that he can accept what was basically an ultimatum. As they work this case together, his father and enemy shows back up into his life, putting them both at risk.

Blood and Destiny is actually a great start to the Ladies of St. George series. While it started a little slow, once the story got going, I could not put it down until I finished it. The author created a wonderfully twisted story that kept you on your toes as you finally realized that what was going on. Destiny had to makes some interesting choices as the story progressed. Marcus and Destiny obviously had a great friendship, as well as some chemistry going together.

The author gave enough background about the various characters that you either loved or hated them. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series, as I want to learn more.

Last Chance


Title: Last Chance
Author: Viki Lyn
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60737-516-6
Genre: {M/M} Vampire Paranormal
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Aric Christian is rushing across campus to the science lab when he is struck in the head by a football thrown by Stu Hamilton, the popular college wide receiver. Aric is working towards his PhD in Molecular Biology and he desperately needs to find a cure, before he turns into something other than human. However, Aric is not the only one with secrets. Stu comes from a long line of vampire-slayers but prefers a different occupation for his future. Their chance meeting is the beginning of opposing personalities finding a shared connection.

Last Chance is an incredible story with a fascinating plot. The setting is a college campus. Aric is gay with an almost genius intelligence. His argumentative façade hides his fears of rejection, yet he cannot deny his attraction to Stu. However Aric’s current problem necessitates distancing himself before it is too late. Stu is on a mission to assist Aric. Although he is perplexed by his strong attraction to a man, he does not refuse to accept the feelings he has for Aric. The interaction between the characters is amusing and the love scenes are sensuous. The secondary characters add interest and a possible opening for a sequel. Viki Lyn’s Last Chance is an impressive well written saga that I enjoyed immensely.

Ryland's Sacrifice


Title: Ryland's Sacrifice
Author: Kim Dare
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.resplendencepublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60735-117-7
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal, BDSM
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Ryland Gilford won’t let anything stand in the way of obtaining his dream. With no support from his family and his math scholarship disappearing overnight, he has to come up with a creative way to pay his tuition. Lean options leave Ryland with two alternatives, but only one seems to appeal to him…being thrown to the lions.

Ryland's Sacrifice is Kim Dare’s first story in the Thrown to the Lions series. Ryland is your average college student pursuing a degree he loves. In a matter of moments, we watch his focus change from getting his degree to receiving it and a future he only thought was possible in his dreams. He definitely needs a few lessons in self-preservation, but if Ryland didn’t climb out on those limbs, the story wouldn’t be as interesting. The concept is an oldie with a twist. The opening scene draws you in and leaves you waiting anxiously to see what will happen next. Technically, there were points where I wished Ms. Dare was a bit more creative with referring to characters, and a bit less redundant. That seemed to draw this story out, leaving me backtracking a few times to ensure I knew to whom she was referring. However overall, I found Ryland's Sacrifice to be a pleasant read.

Sticks and Stones


Title: Sticks and Stones
Author: Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-383-4
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Mystery
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Back at the FBI after their last and first big case together, Zane and Ty are trying to move on. When the men are forced to take some time off, they end up in West Virginia. What should have been a nice couple of weeks with Ty’s family soon turns into the vacation from hell. Will the men be able to survive this time or is their relationship finally coming to an end?

Let’s get the big question out of the way first. YES, you do have to read Cut and Run, the first book in the Cut and Run series, before you can read Sticks and Stones. There is too much history between Zane and Ty for a reader to come into the sequel cold. The past these men share plays heavily into their relationship. In fact, their last case has had such an effect readers will wonder if they have a chance to survive as a couple. The authors do such a wonderful job bringing these men to life that I could not put this story down. Zane and Ty, who are forced into taking a vacation, head to West Virginia where we get to meet Ty’s family. This gives the reader a look into Ty’s life and explains why he is the way he is. This forced vacation also serves to bring the men closer together. While both are still afraid of the L word, in Sticks and Stones, the authors have moved the men from being friends with benefits to lovers. The many secondary characters enrich this story, as well. Whether it’s coming from Deacon or some other family member, the snappy dialog will cause the occasional chuckle and the way the brothers react to their father screams military upbringing. Many times Ty’s grandpa almost steals the scene, especially when the garden hose gets involved. I was also intrigued by Zane’s reaction to Ty and his family. I hope in future stories we will get to meet Zane’s family and, therefore, come to understand what makes him tick as well.

As the vacation moves from a peaceful one to the one from hell, the action and adventure will keep you glued to the book. Several times, while reading, I thought this would make one hell of a movie as the action keeps going and going. As this story comes to an end, and with a hint of the next chapter in Zane and Ty’s life, authors Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux will not only leave the reader satisfied but waiting for more.

Gay Since Today


Title: Gay Since Today
Author: Kim Dare
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Publisher URL: http://www.total-e-bound.com/
ISBN: 978-0-85715-026-4
Genre: {M/M} BDSM
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

If Tyler had a fairy godmother, he would ask her to grant one wish; to make a dominant gay man ready to take him on as a sub. If Ford could live life as he truly wants, it would be out of the closet and into Tyler’s bed. Well, Ford is ready to live and Tyler’s wish has finally come true. One night full of passion can lead to a new relationship.

Kim Dare brings tantalizing moments of bondage in book six of the G-A-Y series with Gay Since Today. Tyler is easygoing and very comfortable in his skin. Ford is ready to rip off the lid of his old reality and grasp his desire for men and dominance. Gay Since Today is fast paced and has a few hilarious moments that I won’t soon forget. I found the story to be an enjoyable read and a great addition to the G-A-Y series.

Child of Joy


Title: Child of Joy
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-215-8
Genre: {M/M} Fantasy
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Satyr Vael

New grad Arthur Kraus isn’t like his fellow college peers. He’s a satyr and he’s come into his maturity. Awakening desires and urges are driving him crazy so in an act of desperation, he takes his roommate to a Bacchanal. But Arthur quickly realizes he doesn’t want something shallow—he wants something lasting and true. So he decides to wait for that right person.

Enter Gaelen, a fey and the last of his kind. He wants Arthur but he’s not one to trust easily. With someone hunting him for his magic, he has little choice but to turn to Arthur. To let the man into his heart is literally a matter of life or death.

Child of Joy is just as rich in details and imagery as the first two books in the Children of Bacchus series. The love scenes are sensual and not overdone. Arthur and Gaelen have strong chemistry between them and I loved watching them come to trust and love each other.

My only issue with this book is the length of some paragraphs. In many places, the dialogue and prose could’ve been broken up a bit more but overall, Child of Joy is well written and a wonderful treat to read.

Seducing Stephen


Title: Seducing Stephen
Author: Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60737-519-7
Genre: {M/M} Historical
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Stephen Peregrine is awakened when Peter, Lord Northrup enters the room he normally occupies during his visits to his friends, the Pratts. Peter assumes the younger man is there for his sexual pleasure and is surprised to learn Stephen is a friend of the Pratt’s son visiting for the summer. However, before Peter could leave, Stephen express his interest in discovering the mutual fulfillment to be found in the arms of another man and Peter is more than willing to teach him.

Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon's Seducing Stephen is a heartwarming saga of first love during a time when sodomy was punishable by hanging. Stephen is an intelligent young man who knows what he wants. He loves Peter, yet understands the consequences of displaying his feelings when they meet months after their summer fling. Although Peter’s facade is cruel to Stephen, his motivation is to protect him. The setting is 1856 England. Peter is Earl of Stafford and Stephen is college educated working class. The developed plot illustrates the turmoil of observing social standards while hiding personal desires. The characters are realistic, the love scenes are sensual. Seducing Stephen is a tender and enjoyable happy-ever-after romance.

Fires of Ballian


Title: Fires of Ballian
Author: M. L. Rhodes
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure
ISBN: 978-1-60272-632-1
Genre: {M/M} Fantasy, Shapeshifter, Witchcraft, Action/Adventure
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Keiran Hareldson is the sole surviving draegan lord. After years of oppression, the draegans and humans are ready to wage war against the high sorcerer of Velensperia. Keiran knew it would be a difficult fight, but he didn’t expect to find love.

Gaige Rizik, the former captain of the sorcerer’s High Guard, is now true mated to Keiran. He has difficulty accepting his new role and powers. To have so many look toward him for leadership after years of being the enemy leaves Gaige humbled.

Keiran’s abduction is proof to Gaige that he cannot survive without the man he loves. Gaige acknowledges the importance of protecting his people, as well as the significant impact Keiran’s return would have on their mission. Will Gaige find a way to save Keiran, or will he have to learn to rule his people alone?

M. L. Rhodes’ third release of the Draegan Lords series, Fires of Ballian, will leave you aching for more. Gaige’s past actions leaves him flawed and believable, making him less than perfect, but ideal for his role. I’ve always shied away from a “too perfect character” and that’s not an issue with this series. This is Gaige’s chance for redemption. Over time, he begins to recognize his strengths as a draegan, human, leader and mate. Keiran puts his people’s welfare above his own. He is clearly the type of leader anyone in war would hope to have on his or her side. The bond between the two is solid and the anchor that will help them through this trying time. You could feel their love and passion throughout this well-written story. Ms. Rhodes adds action, suspense and steamy sex to this paranormal tale, making it a wonderful addition to the series.

A Rebel Among Goddesses


Title: A Rebel Among Goddesses
Author: RaeLynn Blue
Publisher: Phaze Books
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60659-529-9
Genre: {M/M/F} Interracial Fantasy Erotic
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph

In Errol’s eyes, love was a thing of beauty, even if the object of his affection was another man. Unfortunately, the assembly of goddesses didn’t agree with the prince and found his actions vile and punishable by death. With only a matter of days left to live, Errol was determined to spend them enjoying all of his passions.

Shar has secretly been captivated with Errol for a while. Not even he knows how deeply her feelings go. Shar knows that letting Errol die is wrong, but she isn’t sure if risking her life for Errol and his lover is wise. The change blowing in the wind would bring a complete catastrophe or a total victory, but definitely a point of no return.

In a world ruled by goddesses, it is a crime for two men to have a relationship. Errol is on the verge of being separated from his true love, Simon, simply because he is the wrong sex. Shar turns out to be a perfect solution, but only if their plan works. I stepped outside my comfort zone by reading A Rebel Among Goddesses and got more than I anticipated but in a completely wonderful way. The strong bind between the men was a given but with Shar added in the mix, it was even stronger. RaeLynn Blue’s characters always have such passion and strong morals that readers are drawn to them. I appreciated the fact that both Shar and Errol struggled with their decision and what their union would mean. That put a realistic spin on things, without dampening the heat between Errol and Simon. If you enjoy an intense love story, this one is for you.

Bareback Cowboy


Title: Bareback Cowboy
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419927027
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary Western
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Ethan Griggs loves his job as head wrangler on Justice River Ranch. He tends to the horses he loves, while dealing with the paying guests who come to the ranch to vacation for a few days on a real working ranch. Despite the change in clientele to mostly gay, he keeps them at arm’s length. That is, until his carefully controlled world is turned upside down with the arrival of Bridger Collins. Griggs can’t deny his attraction to the younger man, but that doesn’t mean he has to like it.

Bridger Collins needs to get away from the tight control of his wealthy father and figures that a week on the ranch will help clear his head. He hates the corporate world and the plans his wealthy father has for him. All he wants is to live the life of a cowboy and would rather dress in jeans and dirty boots than a custom tailored business suit. Griggs might doubt Bridger’s horsemanship skills and come across as a grump, but that doesn’t stop him from desiring the ranch wrangler. The question is what to do? Despite the happiness he finds on the ranch with Griggs, does he dare run the risk of standing up to his father?

Bareback Cowboy by multi-published author Carol Lynne is the second release in her Saddle Up and Ride series. The sexual tension between the young and pleasant Bridger and the grumpy Griggs starts almost from the moment they meet; even if initially, they both try to deny their attraction. Ms. Lynne starts it off at a slow simmer, mixed with a little annoyance and irritation, but builds it quickly to blistering hot passion and desire.

The manner in which the author interjects background information on Bridger and the relationship with his family is smooth and well placed. It really gives the reader a good feel for the rich and prominent world Bridger grew up in, as well as why he wants something different for his life, even if it alienates his overbearing father. I enjoyed reading the growing closeness between Bridger and Griggs; the passion, desire, longing and tenderness. On the surface these two men couldn’t be more different but underneath it all, these two fit together perfectly, both emotionally and physically.

It was great seeing Ray and Deacon show up from the first book, as well as what was going on at the Justice River Ranch but of the secondary characters, the new ones, especially Bridger’s father, makes the biggest impression. These components, added together with a great locale, good friendships and hope for the future, give you have all the components needed for a winning story that’s guaranteed to please.