Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Lessons in Trust


Title: Lessons in Trust
Author: Charlie Cochrane
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60504-954-0
Genre: {M/M} Historical
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

After three years, Jonty Stewart and Orlando Coppersmith have captured a blissful relationship others only dream of obtaining. Quiet life with the lack of a good mystery has them both hoping for another sleuthing opportunity. They gain it when they visit the White City exhibition in London and become witnesses in a suspicious-death-turned-case-of-murder.

News of the passing of Orlando’s grandmother brings a new mystery to the forefront… Orlando wants to know the truth about his heritage. Will the discovery be too much for him to handle?

Lessons in Trust is the seventh story of the Cambridge Fellows Mysteries series. Charlie Cochrane adds murder and a family mystery into this latest installment and finally allows Orlando to discover the truth about his family. The characters are written with such an emotional depth you couldn’t help but be drawn into the story. I have to admit, seeing Orlando a bit off his game made me like him that much more. He has truly become part of the Stewart family.

Ms. Cochrane mixes bits of history into the story that I found fascinating. The more believable a historical romance, the more memorable, and this is one I plan to revisit.

Bonds of Love


Title: Bonds of Love
Author: Mickie B. Ashling
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-366-7
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary BDSM
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Getting to know each other and melding their personal and professional lives together hasn’t been easy for Scott Gregory and Robin "Red" Kennedy. They’ve had to learn how to successfully balance the kinky side of their home life with that of their mainstream dental practice and it hasn’t been easy. There are also the differences in their personalities to take into consideration. Scott is quieter and more reserved while Robin is headstrong, impulsive and more flamboyant.

They’ve taken a big step professionally, when they and their friend Susie set up their own dental practices; far enough away from their old homophobic boss Ron, but close enough that their established patients can still easily find them. Work might be going well, but other aspects of their life aren’t as settled. Robin’s mother is experiencing a health crises, Scott’s grandfather suddenly shows in his life, Susie has finished her Dominatrix training and is looking for her perfect sub and Jenna, Ron’s assistant and their co-worker from the old office, is causing trouble.

On top of everything else, Robin wants to publicly collar his shy lover, when due to professional reasons, Scott needs to remain closeted. With so much turmoil in their lives, can Robin and Scott find a way to make their love work or will their obstacles drive them apart forever?

Bonds of Love is the sequel to, and follows a few months after where Impacted left off. Once again the reader is taken into the world of BDSM, but this aspect of Robin and Scott’s relationship is only a small part of their lives. Yes, it’s important to them, but it’s not the most significant part of their love and partnership.

There’s a lot going on in this interesting story and Robin and Scott are its heart and backbone, but author Ashling has creatively interjected old and new problems with family and friends to propel the story forward at a quick and believable pace. It also allows the reader to learn a great deal more about these intriguing secondary characters than was revealed in Impacted, giving a better understand of what makes them tick. I particularly enjoyed the pairing of Robin’s mother and Scott’s grandfather. The author did a nice job putting these two together and I hope we’ll see more of them in a future release.

While I enjoyed Scott and Robin’s warm, caring and deeply committed relationship, the scenes that really stand out are those involving Jenna and Ron. They’re unsettling, bleak, painful, and filled with regret and self-recriminations and can’t help but make the reader feel the deep emotional turmoil these characters are experiencing. If you enjoy complicated personal interactions with some blistering hot sex mixed in, then give this story a chance.

Repertoire: Cardiff


Title: Repertoire: Cardiff
Author: Mychael Black
Publisher: Phaze Books
Publisher URL: http://www.phaze.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60659-985-3
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Vampire prince Devon Hart is curious about his lover, dragon shifter Vincent Sheridan’s background. Devon’s chance to learn Vincent’s history comes when an adversary from Vincent's past attempts to claim Vincent’s home in Cardiff, Wales.

Repertoire: Cardiff is a follow-up to The Shape of Things. Devon and Vincent have been together for a year. Devon was ousted by another vampire who wanted control over Devon’s territory. Rescued by Vincent, who is the leader of shifters, Vincent and Devon soon became lovers, which formed an unbreakable bond. Vincent is an honorable protector of both people and Devon. He chose not to feed on humans and eats cattle instead. When Vincent is informed of what is happening in his homeland, he realizes he must protect the people who once honored him. Devon too has honor, he feeds from Vincent. Because of his love for Vincent, Devon is happy to live wherever Vincent chooses.

Although this is a short story, it is well written, with amusing interaction between characters, as well as incredible love scenes. The amazing Mychael Black has a talent for creating compassionate characters, in addition to an enjoyable saga that touches the heart.

Only For Him


Title: Only For Him
Author: Shawn Lane
Publisher: Amber Quill
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-676-5
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Nathan Llewellyn was having a bad day. Bedridden from the worst case of flu he’d had in years, the last thing he needed was a visit from colleague Barnaby Lassiter. Nathan’s had the hots for Barnaby since he first saw him at the law firm Anderson, Llewellyn and Stevens but Nathan knows it’s a bad idea to get involved with a guy from work, especially a guy as flamboyantly different to him as Barnaby is.

Nathan knows just how bad an idea it is but with the gorgeous assistant willing to take care of him in his hour of need, he just can’t resist Barnaby’s charms any longer. Finally, Nathan gets his act together and takes Barnaby out on a date, proving that the chemistry is most definitely there, even if their differences are causing misunderstandings. Barnaby has wanted Nathan for some time and is even willing to reign in his more extroverted side, just to please him, but it seems Nathan just can’t be impressed. Things come to a head when they go on a double date with friends from work to a club and Nathan sees just how opposite he and Barnaby really are. Can Nathan look past their differences and see just how good it could be between them or will they both walk away with broken hearts?

Only For Him, the second book in the Only Forever series by Shawn Lane, is centered on the lives and loves of the workers at the Anderson, Llewellyn and Stevens law firm. This installment focuses on the constant attraction bubbling between lawyer and firm partner Nathan and administration assistant Barnaby. The contemporary, law firm setting is very inviting and perfect for a series of stories based on the employers’ lives. The writing is fluid and easy to read. Nathan seems like a character that has difficulty letting go and there’s a certain amount of self-loathing within him as he can’t seem to stop himself pushing Barnaby away. Barnaby is a sweet, easy going character who knows deep down that he can’t be anyone but himself and needs Nathan to accept him for who he is. At times the hurt caused by their misunderstandings was hard to read but the author did a good job showing how difficult love can be but that in the end, you have to take the chance at love, even if you are in danger of getting hurt in the process.

Fugitive Color


Title: Fugitive Color
Author: Z.A. Maxfield
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60737-575-3
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary Suspense
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Max Lancaster’s ballerina muse, Elena, is missing. She’s not the type of dedicated young artist that would disappear and the young man last seen with her has a solid alibi, which means that Max is the police’s main person of interest. It doesn’t help that a childhood secret has come back to haunt him—meaning he’s altering his paintings in his sleep.

Sumner Ellison, a police sketch artist, has been infatuated with Max for years, and can’t believe the mild mannered man could be involved in Elena’s death. He offers the emotionally distraught artist what he needs—companionship, physical closeness and honesty and Max takes it, finding solace in Sumner’s arms.

Fugitive Color is the latest release by multi-published author Z.A. Maxfield and it’s set in the world of talented, reclusive artist Max Lancaster. I’ll say up front that I loved the unusual premise of a sleepwalking artist who changes his paintings during the night. It’s what drew me to the story in the first place. The idea of having your subconscious take control of your body and that a person could paint, eat or even drive while still asleep and not remember anything they did—truthfully, it creeps me out a little. And the author did a great job expressing Max’s unease, his unrest and fear of what was happening; that he couldn’t control his actions. Was it possible that he killed Elena and just didn’t remember? Was he a threat to his new lover Sumner?

For a piece of its length, the secondary characters were plentiful, but most play only a minor role, with the exception of Max’s older brother, David. I liked the realism of Max and Sumner’s relationship and the way they dealt with each other and the seriousness of the situation they were in. They wanted honesty—except they were both only honest to a point, and they often said or did hateful things to protect the other, but even this I appreciated. It was real emotion and caring, in a warped way.

There were other things I wish had been expounded or made different. Max and Sumner got involved too quickly and I didn’t feel their chemistry. The mystery of Elena’s disappearance isn’t very interesting and needed beefing up. Cruz act liked a hard-nose policeman the entire story, and his actions were too stereotypical. David coming in to rescue Max was unexpected since until his arrival, I don’t remember any mention of him, and their relationship was odd. Elena’s killer is obvious almost from the moment he’s introduced—there just isn’t anyone else it could be. Lastly, I don’t understand where the title came from. I usually have an idea of what the author was thinking, but with Fugitive Color, I don’t have a clue.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Lotus in the Wild


Title: Lotus in the Wild
Author: Fae Sutherland and Marguerite Labbe
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com
ISBN: 978-1-61581-224-0
Genre: {M/M}, Historical
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

It has been several months since Wulfgar lost Roman and Aron. While he hates Londinium, he hopes he will be able to find someone to take his mind off his former slaves. Kintaro was raised to be a pleasure slave, but fears he will never find a new master if the slave traders who have been holding him don’t sell him soon. Both are in for a surprise when Wulfgar becomes Kintaro’s new master.

In Bee Among the Clover, Wulfgar was one of those characters that readers were going to love or hate. Truthfully he was not my favorite character. Granted, the time period in which this story took place and the position of power that Wulfgar holds had a lot to do with how he behaved. However, Lotus in the Wild, the follow up story to Bee Among the Clover, totally changed my opinion of Wulfgar. In this story, the authors take their time with Wulfgar and really allow some of his insecurities to come through. Soon it becomes clear to the reader just how much the Thane really cared for Roman and Aron and the regrets he has over their treatment at his hands.

Kintaro’s character is the perfect match for Wulfgar in many ways. He is the perfect submissive, while at the same time, does not plan on letting Wulfgar get away with treating him like anything other than a precious treasure. The sex between them is hot, and while Wulfgar begins to realize he is developing deeper feelings for his new slave, it takes him awhile to understand just what that means.

There is the introduction of some new characters in this story, as well as the return of some old ones. This time it was Roman and Aron that rubbed me the wrong way. If you liked Bee Among the Clover, then you are sure to love Lotus in the Wild even more.

Refuge


Title: Refuge
Author: Lolita Lopez
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Publisher URL: http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59578- 705-7
Genre: {M/F}, Sci-Fi
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

Laleh and her mother escaped Hezma-12, due to the treatment of women and the practice of engaging children as secondary wives to older men. Laleh is actually a princess that has been denied refugee status on Earth and the Federation since she is now an adult.

Pike is an Admiral with Skyfleet and has offered to help her if she marries him. They have only known each other for 24 hours but Pike has had run-ins with her brother when he had been on Hezma-12.

Refuge is a good story about the future and the interaction with other societies within the Federation. Laleh has a doctorate and understands several languages, which lead to a job on Skyport Virgo. Laleh wants Pike, even though she knows they may have a rough road ahead as they learn about each other since they married as a result of her deportation order. As the two travel to Pike’s new duty station at Skyport Virgo, they learn they have a combustible chemistry between them. I suggest you keep plenty of ice on hand and be prepared for lots of cold showers.

The cast of characters you meet in this story are very believable. The interactions also showcase some of the differences within different cultures and some of the misunderstandings that can come about. I am looking forward to reading more about Skyport Virgo.

NOTE: While there are references to some ménage practices on Hezma-12, there are no actual scenes.

Dark Designs


Title: Dark Designs
Author: Luisa Prieto
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: http://www.mlrbooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60820-071-9
Genre: {M/M} Dark Fantasy
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Kyler Withers has been plagued by nightmares of his time spent teaching in South America and the tragedy that occurred there. These dreams also trigger his memory of a past life as a mage. Known as Etherwolf, he served as a knight for an evil spirit, known as the Darkness. Now the only thing helping Kyler keep his humanity is the memories of the love he had for a powerful mage artist named Sorin.

Dark Designs is a complex story delving into the religious psyche of humanity. The story exhibits the wars between the faithful, who are capable of love and believe in a powerful spiritual being, versus the darkness that feeds on human fears and evils. Etherwolf was a mage who embraced the darkness; he took pleasure in killing without remorse until he met Sorin. Their sharing of magic brought about changes in Etherwolf. Reborn as Kyler, he realizes the monster he was and resists becoming that being again. Sorin was a mage of the light; they aid humans and kill only when justified. Also reborn, including the love he felt for the dark mage, Sorin is now searching for him, in hopes of them being reunited in body as well as love.

With so many characters, along with their former names and current names, it is a little hard to keep track. However, Luisa Prieto delivers a clear outline of good and evil characteristics that mirror Celtic beliefs, in addition to biblical teachings. Dark Designs is a well written attention-grabbing dark saga, yet still enjoyable once the enigmatic storyline unfurls.

Lily in Wonderland


Title: Lily in Wonderland
Author: Kelly Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Cerridwen Press
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419923074
Genre: {M/F} Suspense
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

While considering all her options in life, Lilly Tucker gets a phone call informing her of her grandmother’s death and her inheritance. What better way to leave an ex-boyfriend behind, who had done nothing but abuse her. She is on her way to a new life and her goal is to swear off men.

When she reaches Wonderland, Arkansas, Lily finds the house left to her is falling down with no electricity and very secluded from the town. In order to earn some money until she gets the inheritance, Lily gets a job waiting tables at a local diner. The handsome deputy, Toby just can’t decide what he wants to do with Lily. Should he arrest her or take her to bed?

Now that Lily has come to town, the crime rate escalates and Toby believes Lily is at the center of it. That’s only because the bodies found are her ex-boyfriend and his brother and she’s not reacting to the deaths very well because she is afraid she might be next.

I was a bit deceived by the title, Lily in Wonderland, because it had me thinking she might be going down the rabbit hole. But yet I was curious enough to read the book, in order to find out what was in Wonderland for Lily. It was way more than I expected to happen to Lily, especially when she thought she had gotten away from her past. Lily turned out to be quite a character, who did everything to deflect attention from herself. I loved that she became loyal to the end with her grandmother’s house, and that’s even after contemplating leaving on several occasions.

From the personal history given about both Lily and Toby, you couldn’t help but root for them to make a go of their relationship and with the history; it helped me to understand Lily even more. Ms. Fitzpatrick has created a fantastic suspense surrounding Lily Tucker and it was plotted out very well. I was kept in awe, as to how much trouble she got into, and how Toby is always there for her, regardless of what damage it did to him. I won’t give away who the villains are, but this is truly a great read.

Son of a Gun


Title: Son of a Gun
Author: AM Riley
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: http://www.mlrbooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60820-118-1
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary Thriller
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

There were many reasons for Stefan Sanchez to leave Texas and flee to LA but the biggest one was a closeted relationship with his childhood friend, Deputy Chet Blain. In California, he builds a life and gains success as a writer of adventure books for adolescent boys but that doesn’t mean he’s personally happy.

When his best friend Tommy dies, Stef flies home for the funeral but going back to his childhood home isn’t easy. It’s a time filled with painful memories, lies, half-truths surrounding his friend’s death and an uncertainty of who to trust in his search for Tommy’s missing wife, Sammy. On top of everything else, Chet wants to restart their relationship, and Evans, a hunky Secret Service agent, keeps tabs on him--following him everywhere he goes. Is it because of business, or could it be for personal reasons?

Son of a Gun is the newest release by author AM Riley and it’s filled with pain, unhappiness, family unrest, political wrangling and enough twists and turns to make me dizzy. Add in a few old friends, a mysterious childhood secret code, money laundering, a drug cartel and a missing pregnant woman and you have everything needed for a well written suspense that’s guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. On top of this, you’ll find vivid descriptions, great action scenes and a flawed but complicated sympathetic hero-of-sorts in Stefan.

There are numerous complex secondary characters that are vital to the plot, but at the backbone of the story is Stefan and his overwhelming need to discover who killed his friend and to locate the man’s missing wife. He’s a flippant smart mouth, who gets in trouble just by breathing, and that’s exactly what happens numerous times during the fast paced story—he gets into trouble with a capital T. Stef even gets shot (grazed) and rescued by the sexy Evans and then he walks right back into danger again.

Really there’s so much going on in this story, and there are so many intermingled relationships that it’s impossible to sort them out in this review. If you enjoy a complicated mystery, with lots of action and danger, then Son of a Gun is the book for you.

Light My Fire


Title: Light My Fire
Author: Jodi Redford
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60928- 067-3
Genre: {M/F/M}, Ménage, Shape-shifter
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

Publication Date: June 29, 2010

A power struggle is going on among the Drakoni. Aiden has been named as the Supreme-Alpha but is now being asked to fulfill an ancient contract involving sexual sacrifice that has not been used in hundreds of years. In addition, he will have to share this sacrifice with his twin brother Jace, per the Drakoni laws. It would be different if he had not been a twin.

Dana is an artist that paints dragons and is also the daughter of a hunter that hunts the Drakoni, or dragons. Once Aiden and Jace realize this, they also realize that they have been set up and know that they are supposed to die. What no one realizes is that Dana happens to be Aiden’s mate and that he will do whatever it takes to protect her.

Light My Fire brings another shapeshifter society into a good story. Ms. Redford has a knack of letting you feel the different emotions of the characters and takes you on a journey of discovery. The chemistry and emotions that Aiden and Dana have between them require ice on hand. There are a few hot scenes between Aiden, Dana and Jace; especially the one where they give her a claim mark to try to protect her.

The secondary characters that are sprinkled throughout the story are funny and, sometimes, intriguing. Once you get further into the story, the suspense factor will keep you on your toes as you try to figure out the puzzle pieces. I look forward to reading more from this author.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Hayashi's Hero


Title: Hayashi's Hero
Author: Marie Harte
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60737-580-7
Genre: [M/M] Paranormal Shapeshifter
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

The Circes of Dawn Endeavor are the second generation of genetically engineered super soldiers and they are far more dangerous than the first. This four man group is composed of ex- navy men and each are psychically gifted, in some manner. They served together before leaving the Navy and now they answer to the mysterious and powerful Mrs. Sharp. Like the first group of Circes, the members of Dawn Endeavor work on the behalf of the United States government, and it’s too bad they don’t completely trust their new boss.

Kisho Hayashi is a Circe, and his psychic gift is seeing visions, dreams and the potential pathways of tomorrow. Usually Kisho sees bits of pieces of information that don’t personally involve him, but that changes when he begins seeing the handsome face of a green eyed man...Morgan. A green eyed man that’s important to him and his future. But as a trained killer he’s afraid this new man—the man he wants, will cause death and destruction to his friends. Can Kisho find a future with the man who is his destiny or will that same fate take away everything he holds dear?

Hayashi’s Hero is the second release in Marie Harte’s new series, Dawn Endeavor, and takes up shortly after the previous book left off. It’s a fast paced story from the first page to the last and guaranteed to keep your attention. There’s action, betrayal, good character interaction, a few mysteries yet to be revealed and an intense attraction and blistering hot sex between Kisho and Morgan. While each story is independent of the others, there’s still an ongoing plotline that progresses with each book. That being the case, I heartily recommend they be read in order.

I like the whole mad government plot to genetically manufacture super-soldiers and Ms. Harte has taken the concept, turned it on its ear and given us a group of men changed, but still determined to battle for what they know is right. Adding Morgan to the mix as Kisho’s love interest was a nice twist, especially after his psychic gift and past association with Mrs. Sharp is revealed.

Put all these parts together with a couple of dastardly villains, and you have pretty much everything needed for an entertaining shape-shifter story. The only thing I regret is Kisho’s initial reluctance to tell his friends the truth regarding his sexual orientation, out of fear of rejection. I look forward to the next chapter in the lives of these men with the next release, Julian’s Jeopardy.

Ryan’s Harbor


Title: Ryan’s Harbor
Author: Viki Lyn
Publisher: Aspen Mountain Press
Publisher URL: http://www.aspenmountainpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60168-282-6
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Ryan is dissatisfied with his personal life but doesn’t know why. He also doesn’t understand why, all of the sudden, he is craving Martin, one of his brother’s employees.

Martin is not falling for a straight man. Unfortunately, someone forgot to tell his heart that. Working with Ryan on a new project may not be the smartest thing in the world either. Yet he can’t seem to help himself on either count.

With Ryan’s Harbor, author Viki Lyn has written an interesting story of two young men who have very much in common. Ryan and Martin have both experienced tragic losses that shaped them into the men they are today. Unfortunately, those losses kept them from forming permanent relationships, leaving both of them wanting more in their lives. That changes when Ryan and Martin are thrown together. The author takes the reader, along with the men, on their road of discovery. Both men are struggling with feelings of guilt and worthlessness. As a result their relationship is not an easy one, but the writer’s ability to make you care for the characters has you hoping that things will work out.

Although this is a follow up of a previous story, Ryan’s Harbor can be read alone; however, be warned as it will make you want to get the other book.

Sanctified


Title: Sanctified
Author: Mychael Black
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-556-1
Genre: {M/M} {M/M/M} Paranormal, Dark Fantasy
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Jesse Eldridge is adapting well to his new situation and his feelings for Gabriel Walsh. Gabriel wants to keep Jesse safe and feels the most secure location is his home in
Abaddon. However, there is unrest in Gabriel’s home world, and a plot to capture the throne.

Jesse and Gabriel will have to team up with the ice mage Lazarus and Gabriel’s nemesis Semoriel, if they hope to discover who is behind the recent activities. Four will come together, but three will combine forces and nothing will ever be the same.

Sanctified is the second story in the Spirits of Abaddon series. I had serious doubts that Jesse and Gabriel’s relationship could throw me for a loop but Mychael Black proved me unequivocally wrong in my quick assessment. I wasn’t prepared for the alterations to their relationship, but I was happy with the end result.

Jesse is learning acceptance and evolving every step of the way. He has stepped past being a participant to become a key player in the impending battle. Gabriel has surprised me with his level of patience. Even when the situation sways in a direction he is less than willing to consider, he hasn’t blown his cool and taken everything in stride. It proves that Jesse’s well being is more important than him having his way and I truly like that about his character.

The setting has changed to Gabriel’s home world and while we don’t get an enormous amount of background, it’s enough to set the stage. Action, suspense, duplicity and sensually written erotic scenes are all awaiting you in Sanctified.

Crystal Tides


Title: Crystal Tides
Author: Lynne Connolly
Publisher: LooseId
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60737-571-5
Genre: {M/F/M} {M/M} Shape-shifter/Paranormal Ménage
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Kai has decided to move on from a relationship that he was not committed to and find something else to satisfy his boredom. When he meets a hot merman and a woman while swimming under water one day, he is smitten by both of them. The three of them become friends, but Kai realizes that something is missing but he decides to help them when they found their car stolen. What he realizes it that he has to call in help from the Department, from the disaster done to the apartment the couple lived in. Kai feels the need to help them, and hopes it will cause a closer bond for them.

Tyler and Zoe have been married for years, and have stayed away from the Talented, due to Zoe’s father’s warnings. When she met Tyler, he became the strength she needed to make it through each day without falling apart, due to the stress from her past. These two have little trust for others, due to recent attacks on Zoe, and it even included moving across the globe to stay anonymous.

Crystal Tides is more than what I expected, and I really enjoyed reading about the continuing Department 57 series. I didn’t think I would be reading about Kai so soon, but it was nice seeing him reach the peacefulness he needed. The villain is still crafty enough to keep a few steps ahead of the Department 57 agents, and causes harm to those he no longer needs. It was nice to see Kai have to learn patience to form the relationship he wants from Tyler and Zoe, and it takes a near tragedy for them to realize what they have together.

It was an added touch to include characters from past books, which were there to lend a hand when trouble arose. Ms. Connolly has done it again for me, by her storytelling of murder plots, archeological underwater digs, and of finding love. I don’t dive, but after reading this story, I am encouraged to try my hand at going down in the beautiful ocean. Although the villain got away again, I see that there will be more to tell about the secondary characters, and I look forward to reading about them.

The Queen of Love


Title: The Queen of Love
Author: Emy Naso
Publisher: Renaissance Ebooks
Publisher URL: http://shop.renebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60089-368-1
Genre: {M/F} Historical, Erotic
Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Satyr Vael

Artorius--Arthur--has become a man and he's eager to prove it. He travels to Gaul to find his father and in the process, discovers his 'Queen of Love': Petuaria. Arthur's prowess in battle is formidable, but there are forces at work against him. He must return to his homeland when he learns of his mother's passing, and discovers a plot by his brother to steal Petuaria from under him.

The Queen of Love is just as grand as its prequel, The King of Love. I must admit that I enjoyed this one more, if only because it focused on Arthur as an adult. While this book didn't fare much better in terms of editing, it is an easier read. There are a few instances of 'telling' and not 'showing', but overall, the story itself draws you in to the point where it's easier to overlook the flaws in this one.

The King of Love


Title: The King of Love
Author: Emy Naso
Publisher: Renaissance Ebooks
Publisher URL: http://shop.renebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60089-176-2
Genre: {M/F}/Historical, Erotic
Rating: 2.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Satyr Vael

Anharat is a Celtic princess who, like her fellow men and women, must defend her homelands when the Roman legions withdraw, leaving the tribes to fight the Saxons. Anharat soon gives birth to Artorius, a child of mystery who grows into one of the most beloved legends of ancient Britain: King Arthur.

The King of Love is a sweeping story of love, sex and brutality in a time when legends were born. While I loved the story itself--especially Naso's storyteller style--I had trouble with the technical aspects. The characters, the setting, the depth of detail--they all are woven beautifully in Naso's hands, but the editing leaves a lot to be desired.

There were many instances--even early on--with incorrect punctuation, incorrect spelling, incorrect possessives. The list goes on. I would like to say it didn't affect my enjoyment because of the time period (which is one I personally love), but it did. In the author's hands, the story comes to life in rich, enchanting prose. It just needed much better editing to make it a bit closer to perfect.

Colters’ Woman


Title: Colters’ Woman Author: Maya Banks Publisher: Samhain Publishing Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/ ISBN: 978-1-59998-145-1 Genre: {M/F}, {M/F/M/M}, Ménage a quatre, Contemporary Rating: 5 Nymphs Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph The three Colter brothers are not really looking for anyone. They have come to grips with the fact that they may never find the one woman that all three will accept. Adam discovers Holly in the snow unconscious and as soon as he picks her up, he hopes his brothers will also feel the same way about her as he does. He doesn’t need to worry about that. Holly has tried to change her looks as she is hiding from her husband. After she witnesses him killing a man on their wedding day, then Mason hits her on their wedding night, she started running. She runs straight into the Colter brothers. She has to adjust to the idea of what they expect, but comes to the realization that she wants forever. Colters’ Woman is the first book in the Colters’ Legacy series. The Colters have a history of alternate marriages and relationships that are not the norm in our society. Among the Colters, a woman having three husbands is not unusual, though. The relationship between Holly and the men is not without its pitfalls and the author navigates them beautifully. You could be standing in the kitchen and feel right at home listening to the men and Holly. The chemistry between the four of them will require lots of ice to be kept on hand. Ms. Banks keeps the suspense going, as well as giving you a glimpse of the Colter family. As the men try to keep Holly with them and safe, you catch some of the insecurities of the men.

Callie’s Meadow is a bonus story at the end of Colters’ Woman. This story continues the story of Holly, Adam, Ethan, and Ryan starting after they have three children. Holly is pregnant with their fourth child. I really enjoyed learning about their later lives and am looking forward to reading more about this unusual family. I will be reading this one again.