Saturday, October 23, 2010

Privateer's Treasure


Title: Privateer's Treasure
Author: Angelia Sparrow and Naomi Brooks
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419930355
Genre: {M/M} {M/M/M} Historical
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Adlai didn’t anticipate being on an auction block when his father passed away. His parentage was a topic of discussion in the small town of Bridgetown, Barbados. And while it may have been evident who Adlai’s father was, none would stand up and speak for the blue-eyed slave. His trepidation only increased when Captain Nathaniel Collins decided he would purchase him and take him aboard the Golden Horizon.

Nathaniel is a fair man. While some thought him a traitor for leaving his old captain, Nathaniel felt it was the only way to spread his wings and become a man. Having Adlai aboard is a temptation Nathaniel finds hard to resist, but he refuses to take him under duress. Nathaniel wants a willing lover, not a reluctant slave, in his bed.

While the two men are bonding, Nathaniel’s former captain is still stewing over his departure from six years prior. Harrison feels both Nathaniel and the Golden Horizon are his property and has hopes of having them back in his clutches. Will Harrison find a way to make his dreams come true, or will Adlai give Nathaniel a reason to fight for freedom?

Angelia Sparrow and Naomi Brooks have delivered yet another brilliantly written story with their current release, Privateer's Treasure. The complex characters, breathtaking setting, and fascinating storyline kept me riveted from the first sentence.

Nathaniel is a man who wants love given freely. He believes in treating both his men and his lovers with respect. These actions keep those in his crew loyal and his lovers coming back for more. Adlai has never known freedom. While he is hurt by his outcome, he knew things could have been worse than to end up as a crew member of Golden Horizon. There are so many levels to both men. They have pasts they must rectify and demons they have to extinguish. Adlai and Nathaniel made such a positive impact on each other’s lives, it was hard not to wish them a long and happy future.

The story is a mixture of action, suspense, drama and wicked erotic encounters. I could almost taste the saltiness of the sea air and feel the rocking of the waves as they caressed the hull of the ship. My only wish is to see what happens next for Nathaniel and Adlai. I truly hope there is a sequel in the near future. Those who enjoy a good pirate story will be happy they purchased Privateer's Treasure.

Some Good Doctoring


Title: Some Good Doctoring
Author: BA Tortuga
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerepress.com/
ISBN: none listed
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Taking care of the bruised and battered cowboys on the rodeo circuit is a tough job and it only get worse when one of the riders, a new kid on the tour, throws a punch while standing in the sports medicine room. Jonesy takes a blow to the nose but he has Cody Butler, his ‘Biscuit’ on his side and the little man is ready to step in to defend his fallen lover. He’s even more willing to take care of him while he heals up.

Some Good Doctoring by BA Tortuga is a cute and endearing short, following a long established couple in the Roughstock world. These two sexy cowboys will fight to defend each other and watching Biscuit tenderly care for his lover is heartwarming. The plot is simple and takes place over a span of a few hours and the sex is passionate and hot!

As part of this year’s Charity Sip line, all proceeds benefit Doctors Without Borders.

Out of Bounds


Title: Out of Bounds
Author: Viki Lyn
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60737-864-8
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Titan Douglas’ life has always been about football. After his pro career tanked, the now ex-player returned to his home in a small Arizona town. He never expected that years later, he would find the man who would change his whole life.

Part of Loose Id’s celebration of “Coming Out Day”, Out of Bounds by author Viki Lyn takes a look at how hard coming out can be for some people. The characters, Titan and Chandler, have a connection from the beginning; however, Titan is so far in the closet that I wondered just what kind of turmoil the author had planned for these two. The chemistry between them is, of course, intense and the reader can’t help but hope everything turns out for them. Yet, there were times when I wanted to tell Chandler to just walk away since I did not see Titan ever stepping out of the closet. Granted, Titan’s fears were understandable, however, I could not believe that he allowed Chandler’s problems to get to the point that they did.

Chandler is a successful artist who returned home after being dumped by his partner. He’s everything Titan is not. He’s openly gay, although he knows to be careful in his new environment. He’s outgoing and has no problems making friends. Watching as he got together with Titan was hard as I wanted to scream at him to stop. It’s not that these two did not have chemistry - they did - it’s just that you know that Chandler will end up getting hurt. I thought Chandler was a little too forgiving of Titan after his being gay becomes an issue for the town and Titan fails to support him. I seriously did not see any way that the author could bring Titan out of the closet and stay true to the character; however, the author wrapped the story up wonderfully.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

How to Steal Blade


Title: How to Steal Blade
Author: Jade Archer
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Publisher URL: http://www.total-e-bound.com/
ISBN: 978-0-85715-296-1
Genre: {M/M} Futuristic, Light BDSM
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Deminic wants a challenge; something to conquer, a goal to achieve, a person who makes him ache and submits to him with their entire being. He’s tired of the subs at his usual haunt. They all seem to have the same practiced actions and he’s bored to pieces.

When he arrives for what he believes are negotiations he discovers Blade. From his initial reaction, Deminic is sure Blade is a submissive, but something about the encounter helps him to recognize the truth; Blade is there against his will.

Deminic remembers the fire in his eyes at first contact. He wants that reaction back. He wants to make the pretty cat man purr. Their lively moments together are filled with passion and will leave Deminic devising a plan on How to Steal Blade.

This is Jade Archer’s second story in the Contact series. Blade’s sharp tongue leads him into trouble that leaves him panting for more. Deminic is a determined Dom with strength and money. He is on top of his game in the boardroom and bedroom, so there is no topping for the bottom where Deminic is involved. Both have conflicts to overcome; Deminic’s trust issues and Blade’s desire to be submissive kept the story flowing and interesting.

The men make an interesting couple and their sensual scenes have a light dose of BDSM. Blade and Deminic’s emotions evolve rapidly and it’s understandable when you consider everything they both have hoped to gain suddenly appear before their eyes. I hope to see this couple reappear in a future installment of this series. How to Steal Blade is a great read and a wonderful sequel to What To Do With Lore.

What To Do With Lore


Title: What To Do With Lore
Author: Jade Archer
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Publisher URL: http://www.total-e-bound.com/
ISBN: 978-0-85715-271-8
Genre: {M/M} Futuristic
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Lore’s hopes for a brighter future are crashing down around him. His reclassification as a pleasure slave sends him off-world, where he is intended to provide service to a man he has no desire to touch let alone look upon. He had hoped his master would honor their contract, but when he awakens on a ship, naked as the day he was born, he feels condemned, desperate and mad as hell.

Rhyn is a former lawman turned mercenary. He doesn’t care for the highhandedness of the people he’s contracted with, but their funds keep his ship in working order. Rhyn’s latest assignment sends him to retrieve a package hijacked by pirates. The shock of retrieving a living package surprises him less than his attraction to the cat man.

Will Rhyn fulfill his contract or is Lore too much of a temptation to return to his employers?

Rhyn has very little difficulty determining What To Do With Lore. The two men are a great match. Rhyn’s a bit salty around the edges. He has very little use for constant interaction with sentient beings, but Lore soon shows him the joys of having someone you jive with intellectually, as well as physically.

Lore is sweet and sassy. His temperament changes with his mood and he has no qualms when it comes to defending himself. The opening scene where he enters the story was inventive and memorable. Again the characters have their own internal conflicts to work through. Rhyn’s yearning for Lore seems to overshadow his desire to fulfill his obligations. Lore feels a bit selfish for wanting the love and connection he gains with Rhyn.

Jade Archer has created a wonderful introduction to the Contact series. We get an introduction to Lore’s clan and some of their differences are discussed, which intrigued me. It’s a story about injustices and by the end of this series, we should see social justice prevail. If you’re looking for new a sci-fi story with great characters, then get a copy of What To Do With Lore. A mix of action, suspense and erotic encounters is awaiting your reading pleasure.

Bound by Blood


Title: Bound by Blood
Author: Amanda Steiger
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59596-860-9
Genre: {M/M} Vampires, Fantasy
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

For centuries, a sacrificial offering of a young human is given to the immortal Kin. When Daniel's beloved sister is chosen, Daniel volunteers to take his sister’s place. As Daniel’s horse plodded forward through the forest to a clearing, his fear is palpable. Like most humans, Daniel has grown up believing the Kin to be heartless monsters. However, with his first glance at Vale, all Daniel could think of was that the Kin trainer is stunningly beautiful.

Bound by Blood is a well-written sensual romance. The setting is a fantasy world. The storyline is following an age-old tradition to continue the peace. The characters are convincing. Daniel’s sister is loved by the whole village, while Daniel is merely tolerated. Daniel’s reason to change places with his sister is twofold; to save his sister’s future as well as saving his parents if his secret desire for men is ever revealed. Upon arrival at Vale’s home, instead of the expected cruel treatment, Daniel is gently seduced into experiencing the benefits of his true sexuality.

Vale is a compassionate man who is against random selections, as well as the current mistreatment of the human donors who are viewed as a food source only. There is an immediate magnetism between Daniel and Vale. The bond of love quickly follows. Their desire to remain together could lead to their death, yet both men are courageous enough to risk it. Amanda Steiger has created an amazing saga packed with social truths, emotions and spectacular lovemaking. I enjoyed Bound by Blood immensely.

Dirty Thirty


Title: Dirty Thirty
Author: Cara McKenna
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419929885
Genre: {M/F} {M/M} {M/M/F} Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Sometimes wishes do come true…

Evan is on the eve of living out his fantasy, thanks to some excellent champagne, that thing his lover does that drives him wild, and his loose tongue. He’s fortunate to have the type of wife that enjoys giving gifts that he will never forget. Apprehension dulls to a whisper when Margie decides that Paul Seeto will be the perfect person to help deliver his present. Paul’s stature and reputation precede him. The intimidating piece of eye candy is desired by those who frequent the establishment where he serves as a bouncer.

Will Evan get more than he bargained for?

Margie is a caring thoughtful wife, secure in her relationship with Evan. They don’t have an open marriage, which made her gift to him much more precious. Her intuition gives Evan the sexual experiences, which keeps him from straying.

Evan is a versatile lover with the ability to rock his wife’s world. Understanding how Evan’s submissive side morphed over the years from anxiety to straight kink increased my desire to watch Paul play with them. Paul’s dominance pushed the buttons of both husband and wife and under his tutelage, the couple was beautifully submissive.

While Paul does make the scenes hot, he serves more as an accent than a distraction. During the play Margie and Evan enjoyed the events while focusing on their connection. Their love, devotion, and need for one another were never far from the surface.

The story wasn’t just about sex. It was about the love that drives you to keep your mate happy and the trust needed to express your true desires. Those looking for a sensual novel need look no further.

Making the Grade


Title: Making the Grade
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Publisher URL: http://www.total-e-bound.com/
ISBN: 978-0-85715-298-5
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

After graduating from college, Kenny Trenton came back to Cattle Valley to teach at his old high school. He’s been crazy about fellow teacher Eli Sanchez since he was a teenager and even though he’s now an adult and a member of the teaching facility, Eli refuses to see him as anything other than a former student.

After growing up in a dangerous neighborhood, Eli protects himself by withdrawing from the outside world, choosing to stay within the safety of his home. Except that’s not working for him either. He might be safe physically but emotionally, it’s left him feeling cut off and lonely. Deciding he needs to get out more, he decides to start with attending an away game of the high school football team and ends up getting stabbed in the parking lot.

While recovering from his injury, Eli starts to withdraw again but Kenny is just as determined to prevent the man he loves from retreating back into his lonely shell. The question is can Kenny convince his lover that stepping into the outside world is worth the risk?

I always look forward to each new release in the Cattle Valley series and Making the Grade wasn’t any different. Once again, Ms. Lynne has created two likable characters in Kenny and Eli and she’s done a nice job expressing both their personalities. I am particularly drawn to Eli and his self-imposed seclusion, then Ms. Lynne added his healed physical injuries and the man was even more afraid to leave the house. I enjoyed the manner in which Eli came to the realization that he needed to make some changes in his life and the following scenes that involved the away game and his stabbing—they were handled very well.

Kenny is just as lonely in his own right and his unrequited love and for Eli and his struggle to get the man to take a chance on them as a couple is near heartbreaking. I loved his determination to stay positive in the face of Eli’s continued stubbornness and Ms. Lynn handled his understandable unhappiness and frustration well. These two men are good together and the growth of the relationship is handled with Ms. Lynne’s usual flair and creativity. By the end of the book, the relationship of these two is one solid ground and I can’t wait to see what happens to them and the other inhabitants in Cattle Valley in the next release, To Service and Protect.

72 Hours


Title: 72 Hours
Author: Clare London
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com
ISBN: 978-1-61581-593-7
Genre: {M/M}, Action, Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Tanner may not have realized what his feelings for Niall meant, but he did know that he didn’t want to be without the man. When a fight splits them apart, Tanner takes his suspension seriously and goes into hiding. Only a threat to Niall and the rest of the team could ever bring Tanner out and reunite him with the man who still holds his heart.

72 Hours is an action-packed story about a covert ops team that comes under attack, as well as two of its team members, Tanner and Niall. The story is told in the first person, from Tanner’s point of view. There is a lot of jumping between the past and present as he reveals to the reader how he and Niall meet and what tore them apart. The constant jumping around can be a little confusing at times, but stick with it as it does improve as the story progresses.

While 72 Hours does primarily focus on the team and what is happening to them, some romance does pop up with regards to Tanner and Niall. It is very easy to see the strong connection between the two men, as well as what pulled them apart. The author could have very easily used the situation the men and the rest of their team found themselves in as the reason to get back together, however she did not. By having Tanner and Niall struggle with their feelings for each other as they tried to come to terms with their past made the story more believable.

The mystery surrounding the team will hold the reader’s attention. The action scenes are strongly written and while it is not overly difficult to figure out who the bad guy is, the reason he is after them may keep you guessing.

First Blood


Title: First Blood
Author: Aleksandr Voinov and Barbara Sheridan
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-560-9
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Chris Gibson is a good agent for GORGON but finds his relationship with his partner, John Soong strained since they saved Andrei Voronin from his demise. Now that Andrei is working for GORGON, Chris’ role in John’s life has altered. He feels like a third wheel, and wants someone to call his own.

Nikita Kazakov is a Russian policeman who promised Andrei protection in exchange for information. Nikita believes Chris to Andrei’s murderer, but their mutual attraction puts a halt to those plans to kill the sexy agent. The more time he spends with Chris, the more Nikita wants to tie him up and have his way with the agent.

Will Chris tell Nikita the truth, or is the Russian smart enough to figure it out on his own?

Aleksandr Voinov and Barbara Sheridan have delivered yet another exciting adventure for the GORGON agents in their latest release, First Blood. Chris uses humor to cover up his need to be loved and wanted by someone all his own. He tries to hide his desires with a few quick one-liners but Nikita isn’t falling for it.

Nikita is a strong dominant force that takes no prisoners and refuses to allow Chris to clown his way out of their interactions. He wants honesty and raw emotion in their encounters. I loved how he claimed Chris from the start and knew they would be great partners if the right set of circumstances allowed the union.

First Blood has a strong plot with fascinating settings that combines action, suspense, and some exhilarating erotic scenes to create a sequel you won’t soon forget.

Bad Boy, Back In Town


Title: Bad Boy, Back In Town
Author: Summer Jordan
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Publisher URL: http://www.total-e-bound.com/
ISBN: 978-0-85715-287-9
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary, Mystery
Rating: 2 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Kitt Maxwell’s boring life is in need of a change and when she is asked to go see about a sick aunt, it gets her started maybe the right direction. She can’t even focus on her aunt’s sickness while she thinks of the one man she always wanted in school, but couldn’t have….Rob Harrison. Now twelve years later, she’s still having problems functioning and then he drops into her lap, literally.

With a mind to prove he has changed his bad boy image and a desire to win the love of the one person who stood by him, Kitt, Rob embarks on his mission to show her that he loves, wants and need her in his life. Little does he know it will take more on his part to show her that he means to stay involved. He must do better at keeping all the lies he’s told at bay before things blow up in his face and he can tell Kitt the real truth.

Bad Boy, Back In Town started out in a jumble and I never really got a clear picture on what was going on until much later in the book. The “mystery” plot was not what I thought it should be and lacked any effort on the author’s part. I loved the hot cars and beautifully described Florida landscapes. I expected more from this story mainly because of the title and I thought Rob would be a “bad” boy.

Kitt and Rob seemed to have picked up where they left off in high school with spending time together, if you could call the cheap thrills he gave her in friendship. That is not a quality I find in friends. It seems that they quickly got started again with the same acts after not having seen each other for years and it made no sense to me as them being adults. Yuck! That is not what I expected from Kitt and found it disappointing to know she gave in so easily to him. Rob seemed to think that he could persuade her to fall right into his arms and not have her focus on how much he was keeping from her.

This seems to me to be geared towards those that don’t care about a well-plotted story or if the sex is in bad taste. Needless to say, I can’t recommend the book, due to the way certain situations were handled.

Shifting Sands


Title: Shifting Sands
Author: Six Author Anthology
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: http://www.mlrbooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60820-025-2
Genre: {M/M} Shifters, Anthology
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Snake Charmer by Kimberly Gardner - 4.5 Nymphs
Shifter Cyrus Malone is in love with Bobby Lee Sonders. The problem is Cyrus wants to tell Bobby Lee about shifting. Cy just needed to figure out how and when to do it.

All the Moon Long by Ally Blue - 5 Nymphs
Shifter Judson Jorgensen has yearned for Woodrow Villareal’s affections for nearly seven years. Finally on a full moon night, Woody pays a surprise visit to the ranch, where he literally sweeps Jud off his feet, much to the shock of everyone including Jud.

Cock of the Walk by Willa Okati - 5 Nymphs
Shifter Michael Clarence Reilly is determined not to have a relationship ever. However, tenacious Zen Jedrek is just as determined to be Michael’s lover for a lifetime.

Hare of the Bull by Brenda Bryce - 4.5 Nymphs
Gordy Phillips tried everything he could think of to get close to the ranch’s housekeeper Tristan Neely. However, every time Gordy came near him, Tristan would run like a scared rabbit and hide in the store room.

Lost and Found by J.L. Langley - 5 Nymphs
Shay Duncan is in a major predicament when he rolls into the pond to escape his captors with his feet and hands tied. Lucky for Shay, he is rescued by shifter Ben Eagle, who just happens to be in the pasture that full moon night.

Pulling the Dragon’s Tail by Jet Mykles - 5 Nymphs
Shifter Daniel Long is caught with an unrequited attraction to Russell. Daniel and Russell were meant to be together, according to Russell’s estimation. However, Daniel is determined that will never happen.

Shifting Sands is a well-written romantic comedy, comprised of six stories featuring each of the Texas ranch’s residents. The superb plot showcases the perils of the cowboys who are on a quest to claim a mate. The owner's Chinese wife takes one of the cowboys and leaves behind a curse that dooms the remaining populace to a life of shifting. Every month when the moon is full, each man takes on the form of an animal.

All of the characters share more than shifting. They are all compassionate gay men who desire a permanent relationship. They share a bond that is more like family than co-workers. The six magnificent authors have produced a marvelous book, filled with hilarious conversations, emotions along with scorching love scenes. Each story flows into the next giving the reader a sense of continuity. Overall, Shifting Sands is an excellent anthology that I enjoyed to the highest degree.

Shifter’s Delight


Title: Shifter’s Delight
Author: Lacey Thorn
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Publisher URL: http://www.total-e-bound.com/
ISBN: 978-0-85715-303-6
Genre: [M/F/M] Fantasy Shape-shifter
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

When Lynx left the safety of her village, all she wanted was to find her kidnapped sister, Aurora, and make certain she was safe. Lynx didn’t expect to find herself in the middle of a murderous attempt at overthrowing the royal throne. She also didn’t expect to find not just one but two men who she could fall in love with.

Micah has come searching for his missing twin and while doing so, gets caught up in the dangerous political wrangling of the neighboring country. When Merced is finally rescued, the brothers are thrilled but it’s tempered by deep emotional pain when they both fall for the same woman, Lynx. They are Danuja and members of their culture don’t share their females—they mate with one woman for life. So where does that leave the other twin?

Shifter’s Delight is the second release in Blood Magic, the new series by author Lacey Thorn. Once again the story starts with a prologue and while similar to the one from the previous release, it gives some different information, expanding the family background and what led to the current story arc. Whereas series books generally run consecutively, the first portion of this one runs simultaneously with Warrior’s Dawn. As you might expect, that means there’s a bit of a story repeat in some sections, while there’s an expansion in others before it runs off into the totally new storyline.

There’s never any doubt of the emotional and physical compatibility of Merced, Micah and Lynx; it’s the cultural differences that are miles apart. Just enough information about the Danuja is given to fill in some of the blanks but it still left me with lots of questions, some of which will hopefully be answered in future releases. The sex between these three is passionate, blistering hot and frequent.

The secondary characters from the previous release are present again but play a less prominent role, allowing the story to focus on Lynx and her two men. That doesn’t mean that the series villain and his loyal henchmen still aren’t on the scene causing problems, only this time it’s Micah, Merced and Lynx paying the price. The author has done a nice job during this section. Its fast-paced, intense, packs an emotional punch and pushes the story forward to a satisfying conclusion.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Throw Me a Bone


Title: Throw Me a Bone
Author: Stevie Woods
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: N/A
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Malcolm Henderson is unlucky at love and has a past riddled with failed relationships. He suspects his lover Guy Romer is having an affair. When evidence begins to present itself, he’s not shocked by the discovery but he’s definitely hurt. Guy is that man Malcolm thought he would grow old with. He’s the one person he thought knew him and would guard his heart as if it’s his own. Now Malcolm stands on a pinnacle and has to find the strength to confront his lover.

A last minute invite to dinner is the perfect opportunity to finally lay all their cards out on the table. Will Malcolm find the courage to broach the subject? Is this the end of their relationship?

Stevie Woods is one of those authors’ who just gets it. It doesn’t take an overly complicated story to present two characters that are strong enough to dance across the pages straight into your heart. Throw Me a Bone uses a simplistic plot and true emotion to deliver a message about love, commitment and communication. You could feel Malcolm’s anxiety over the idea of Guy cheating and moving forward without him in his life. I have to agree with Guy. Malcolm fails to see his worth. With so many damaging relationships in his past, it’s a wonder he could move on in a happy productive relationship with Guy. But, that’s what love can do. It builds us up when we need it the most, while supplying a foundation for us to build happy memories on. Well done, Stevie Woods! I look forward to reading more from you in the future.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Lovely Wicked


Title: Lovely Wicked
Author: Kari Gregg
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Publisher URL: https://www.nobleromance.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60592-161-7
Genre: {M/F} {M/F/M} {M/M/F} {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

When Mitch McAllister sees Liv Winslow in the trailer park one cold night, all the memories of their dysfunctional shared childhood comes flooding back. The pain and fear he has never really been able to escape, even as an adult, drives him to seek comfort in Liv; a woman whose eyes reflect his feelings with haunting accuracy. It seems Mitch has no trouble separating the scared little girl, who joined him in escaping the torment their families bestowed upon them as kids, from the beautiful, sexual woman just itching to burst forth now. It seems their joint sexual appetite knows no bounds, whether it be performing for an audience, tying each other up, spanking or inviting Mitch’s neighbor Sam into their bed, the pair are loosing themselves to their more basic instincts and loving every minute of it. The trouble with pushing everything but sex out of your consciousness is that it all comes crashing back into the picture eventually and no matter how hard Mitch tries to avoid it, he has to start picking up the pieces. Maybe this time though, he’ll have someone to help put things back together again.

Lovely Wicked is extreme in every sense of the word; from the hot, hard sex between characters who don’t, and won’t, hold back, to a starkly harsh and realistic environment that leaves you with absolutely nowhere to hide. With unnerving brashness, the reader is forced to face some of the worst traits of humanity as we see just what Liv, Mitch and Sam have to deal with. I truly commend the author for creating characters I wanted to believe in; keeping me reading and not turning away from the ugliness because I wanted to see it through to the end with them. That being said, there were moments of true happiness and hope as the characters sought love, comfort and understanding from each other. I was able to understand why the characters did the things they did, even if sometimes I was less than happy about it. I had a love/hate relationship with Mitch as I just wanted to shake him sometimes but I absolutely loved Liv and was protective of her as she got closer to Mitch. Even Sam left me confused but the one thing I was certain of – they needed each other badly. These characters were never meant to be perfect but I was still able to connect with all of them on some level.

I must admit that this was not what I was expecting at all when I first starting reading but the imagery and use of language portrays hope in adversity and I just couldn’t put the book down. There were times I thought things were going to work out okay but others when I couldn’t see a way forward, such was the rollercoaster of emotions. I have never wished for characters to get their happy ending as much as I did while reading this, and for the most part I wasn’t disappointed. Not for the faint of heart, if you want to read something that will hold you captive, turn you on, make you sick, laugh and cry until you aren’t sure what is what anymore, I recommend Lovely Wicked to you.

Boys Who Love Men


Title: Boys Who Love Men
Author: Martin Delacroix
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Publisher URL: https://www.nobleromance.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60592-159-4
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, Anthology
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Rent Boy – 4.5 Nymphs

Dorian is attracted to Sebastian from the moment he sets eyes on him. The heartache from his last relationship still raw, he is surprised to find himself so willing when it comes to his new friend. He’s even more surprised when Sebastian tells him how he earns enough money to put himself through college. Dorian can’t help but fall for the guy when he sees just how hard his life really is though and soon sets out to get what has fast become the most important thing to him – Sebastian in his life for good. Wonderfully romantic with a European backdrop, this was an enjoyable story set at just the right length and pace with two cute, likable characters. The plot kept me reading, as I wanted to see if two people with very different lifestyles could make it work.

A River and a Boy Named Jeff – 5 Nymphs

Andy is travelling back to his roots to try and get some perspective on things. He’s got a lot of thinking to do after the way things with Flynn turned out. Andy decides the best thing to do is sit back and relax with his new buddy Jeff. Jeff seems to be on the same wavelength as Andy and they enjoy each other’s company but Jeff still seems to be holding something back. Andy hopes he can be the one to show Jeff how good it could be, if only he’ll let go and trust him. A great story that reminded me of first loves and long, lazy summers as Andy and Jeff start to explore their feelings. This will warm you up on a cold winter’s night.

Orphan Boy – 4 Nymphs

Joel is through with relationships after his last partner broke his heart. Now he’s content with having one night stands and recording each delicious detail in his journal. When he is burgled however, he’s surprised to see his most intimate thoughts have been stolen along with all his valuables. When a young guy named Nick starts to show an interest in Joel’s life, Joel starts to put two and two together and realize that maybe Nick’s not the only one who needs to change his ways. A well rounded story with two nice characters, who are trying to fix what is wrong with their lives and finding that the answers lie in each other.

Boys Who Love Men has three sweetly satisfying stories of young love that were very enjoyable to read. The language and imagery created idyllic worlds, where you are free to follow your every heart’s desires so long as you are strong enough to reach out for what you really want.

The Balance of Silence


Title: The Balance of Silence
Author: S. Reesa Herberth and Michelle Moore
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60928-191-5
Genre: {M/M} Sci-Fi Futuristic
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Riv’s world is off-balance. One horrible night makes staying aboard the Hoku impossible, so Riv resigns his commission to join ReliefCorp. His new position takes him to Maltana’s war-torn rainforest where he encounters a mute piano player he dubs “Ducks”.

Ducks shies away from contact, but is drawn to Riv. He helps Riv and in turn, Riv decides to take Ducks with him to seek out medical attention. Their bond grows after Ducks is taken to Riv’s home world. It becomes clear that they share a mutual attraction but without completely healing, Ducks feels whatever relationship they could forge would be a shadow of what they both deserve.

The Balance of Silence is a well written sci-fi saga that reflects on second chances, forgiveness, acceptance and finding love. S. Reesa Herberth and Michelle Moore have created a compelling story with two great characters. I would have loved to watch the relationship evolve more and witness the men finally allow carnal delights to sweep them away, but that was not to be.

It was hard not to like Riv and Ducks. Both men have a great deal to overcome and are unwilling to take shortcuts to gain happiness. Riv tried to restore his balance through some dangerous routes. I couldn’t be angry because one actually led him to Ducks. I felt Duck’s pain and determination to get better. Riv was a large part of that healing process, but not the focal point. Duck’s knew what had to be accomplished and allowed nothing to stand in his way. He stuck to his guns even when it pulled him away from the one person he loved.

The backdrop changes from time to time, adding the right touch to each scene as we transition. Overall, I believe those who enjoy Sci-Fi will be pleasantly pleased when they read The Balance of Silence.

With A Little Help From My Friends


Title: With A Little Help From My Friends
Author: J.P. Bowie
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Publisher URL: http://www.total-e-bound.com/
ISBN: 978-0-85715-294-7
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

When Drew Weston’s partner of six years suddenly walks out of his life, his friends are determined to find him Mr. Perfect. That is particularly true of his best friend Wendy, who wants Drew to find the love of his life. After several bad dates Drew’s ready to throw in the towel and give up dating completely, but then Wendy introduces him to Cameron Murdoch; a man he’s physically attracted to and who he has much in common with. But there’s a big problem—Cameron’s never been with a man.

Drew eagerly volunteers to show Cameron the pleasures of man-on-man sex, but it’s not long before he realizes he’s falling in love and likely to get his heart broken—again. Cameron is caring, charming, loving and everything Drew’s ever wanted in a partner, but he’s afraid that, as a newly out gay man, Cameron will want to experience the smorgasbord of sexual possibilities available to him.

J.P. Bowie’s latest release, With A Little Help From My Friends is a fun and light-hearted romp across the minefield called dating. Written in first person, the author has done a nice job expressing Drew’s understandable unhappiness and frustration with his friends’ well-meaning interference in his love life. It’s just under 50 pages, so the story moves forward at a quick pace. The story premise is realistic, the relationships believable and the chemistry between Drew and Cameron intense.

Ms. Bowie did a particularly nice job with the development of Wendy’s character. She’s fun, over-bearing, loyal and more than a little pushy. In truth, she’s just what Drew needs to push and prod him back into the dating game.

Cameron is an interesting character in his own right. The author did a believable job with his initial uncertainty and an equally nice job with his concern that his sexuality won’t be accepted by his family. I wouldn’t mind seeing another story following these two lovers again in the future.