Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Not Knowing Jack


Title: Not Knowing Jack
Author: K. A. Mitchell
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60928-275-2
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Publication Date: December 7, 2010

Tony Gemetti and his boyfriend, Jack Noble, are shopping for house goods when Tony noticed Jack was gone for an unusually long time. Jack had asked Tony to move in with him a year and a couple months ago. Jack never talks about anything from his past. Tony realized that lately Jack has started making excuses for his frequent disappearances. Tony figures it’s time to find out what’s going on.

Not Knowing Jack is the follow up story to Regularly Scheduled Life. The plot is a poignant story of the chaos that keeping secrets can generate in a relationship. The characters are credible. Tony has a charming down-to-earth compassionate perpetual adolescence personality with a zero expectations attitude. Tony has little experience when it comes to having a relationship. However, he is perceptive enough to recognize Jack has not been honest with him. Nevertheless, Tony is willing to listen to an explanation for Jack keeping secrets. An extremely private person, Jack has spent his life hiding his true self behind an image to please his homophobic father. From the moment Tony moved into his house, Jack has been happy with his life until his past of buried secrets and lies reveals his dreadful truth. Jack’s principal anxiety is his guilt for his actions in the past as well as his feelings of being unworthy of love. Jack shields himself from the possible pain of rejection by pushing Tony away, although the strong love that Tony and Jack share will not allow them to stay separated for long.

The talented K. A. Mitchell has created an outstanding tale of heart-wrenchingly realistic predicaments, along with exceptionally sensual lovemaking. I enjoyed Not Knowing Jack immensely.

Being Screwed


Title: Being Screwed
Author: G.A. Hauser
Publisher: The G.A. Hauser Collection
Publisher URL: http://www.authorgahauser.com/
ISBN: 978-1453-7849-8-3
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Mark Antonious Richfield has always been overly sensitive about his looks. With his fortieth birthday fast approaching, he’s absolutely certain that he’s now an over-the-hill undesirable old man on the verge of being dumped by the ad agency he’s under contract with. He’s making his husband, Steve Miller, a little crazy but the loving and dependable ex-cop is doing all he can to support the man he loves through another difficult time, despite not agreeing with all Mark’s decisions.

One decision they do agree on is Mark reappearing on the sexy nighttime cable show, Forever Young. It reunites him with Keith and Carl and gives Mark the chance to show he’s still sexy and desirable. Adam and Jack are there, giving their support and helping to keep their man grounded.

Mark’s son, Alexander Mark Richfield, is now twenty-two. He’s a gorgeous young man in college and after two years, still in love with his boyfriend, Oliver Loveday. Everyone’s shocked when Alex is offered the starring role in a new racy cable show, Being Screwed. When Adam Lewis, Alex’s agent, suggests staying in the closet, Alex is both hurt and angry, refusing to deny his love for Oliver. Is Hollywood ready for an ‘out’ gay actor as a male lead role? Will Alex take Adam’s advice or not?

Being Screwed is release number seven in the Action! Series by G.A. Hauser and it’s a fun, fast-paced and sexy read from beginning to end. With the vast number of returning characters, I heartily recommend that all the books be read in order for the greatest understanding of the intertwined personal relationships. In fact, it wouldn’t hurt to read the stories of how Adam/Jack, Billy/Angel and Mickey/Jeff got together, all couples that appear in Being Screwed at some point. Check out Ms. Hauser’s website.

Mark Richfield is one of my favorite characters created by Ms. Hauser. His antics always manage to either keep me grinning because of his crazy behavior or groaning for the same reason. He’s a gorgeous, sexy and insecure man who’s certain his looks alone define his worth in life. At times like those, I want to shake him until his teeth rattle…which means the author has done her job and done it well. She’s surrounded him with a great group of loving men—wonderful three dimensional characters who I love to read about.

I have to admit when Mark’s son, Alex, was introduced, I wasn’t thrilled with him. He tormented his father and annoyed me, but I’ve grown fond of the character as he’s grown from a teenager to a young man. I appreciated that Ms. Hauser kept Alex with his long-term boyfriend, Oliver, which allowed Billy and Angel to continue as part of the cast.

I, for one, can’t wait to see what happens with the next release.

Ellery’s Duty


Title: Ellery’s Duty
Author: Kim Dare
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.resplendencepublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60735-197-9
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal, Shifter, Light BDSM
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Ellery is no man’s submissive! The Dom is well known and respected by those from the local leather bars. He is no longer willing to take second-hand knowledge of what happens to the subs when they enter the lion’s den. He hoped his “sacrifice” would allow him to gain insight on the pride. Surprisingly, one lion in particular, Kefir, peaks his interest.

Kefir attended the sacrifices out of respect but was delighted he was there to witness the big man being presented to the pride. Ellery is powerful, confident and radiates a dominance that Kefir was unaware humans could possess. Will Ellery have to change his dominant ways? Will Kefir be enough to keep the big man happy?

Ellery’s Duty is the third installment of the Thrown to the Lions series. Kim Dare definitely surprised me with the angle for this current release. I enjoyed watching Ellery and Kefir interact and find the perfect groove for their unique situation. Kefir still has a great deal to learn about humans. While the meetings have given him some knowledge about dealing with human males, they have not prepared him for a man like Ellery. Ellery believes in taking care of what he deems his and Kefir’s name is quickly added to that exclusive list. The two fit together perfectly. It was like enjoying an erotic version of a Pay Day bar, a little saltiness mixed with just the right amount of sweetness.

The story has mild doses of BDSM during Ellery and Kefir’s erotic encounters. They are more sensual in nature than anything. One scene in particular during the prides sacrifice made me squirm in my seat. It made me wonder how many lions wished they were in Kefir’s shoes at that particular moment.

Hints about the future release were dribbled sporadically throughout the tale, giving just enough detail to ensure the story will be a juicy one. I’m anticipating the next release Ms. Dare so bring it on!

Blue Knight


Title: Blue Knight
Author: Tracy Cooper-Posey
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419930515
Genre: {M/F} Suspense
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

As a member of the diplomatic corps, Olivia Davenport is in Vistaria to see if the country should become part of the United Nations and instead becomes one of the hostages caught in the middle of a war. One night while avoiding the innsurretor guards, Daniel slips into Olivia’s room. She’s surprised and angry that he chooses her room to hide in, because she knows he is a womanizer. She realizes that she must let him know her true feelings for him and that she may never see him again when he leaves.

Daniel Alejandro Castellano y Medina, also known as the Nemesis, is a Major in the Vistarian Army and he has gone deep undercover as a member of the Intelligence Unit. He is there to find out as much information as possible before reporting back to his superiors, regarding the status of the innsurrcertos. Daniel is also held captive as one of the diplomats and doing his best to protect Olivia from herself, because she is so headstrong.

This is the third book in the Guns and Lovers series and just as interesting at the first two books. Blue Knight reveals a lot of information about its characters, who are being held against their will and tortured for information by the leader of the Innsurrectos.

I really loved Olivia because she kept the group of diplomats together and showed courage when the time came to stand up to the leaders of the innsurrectos. She ended up helping more than the others in the group would ever know and that she was willing to sacrifice her life for them.

Daniel seemed to want to show that he didn’t care for anyone, but Olivia is the one who changed him. He is very much the spy and the name Nemesis suited him well because of his ability to travel throughout the hotel, where they were being held. In the end he had to acknowledge his deep emotions and make amends with his family.

Ms. Cooper-Posey really did a great job with her well-plotted story and she kept me reading, wanting to reach the end to find out how the ending would unfold. I was not disappointed, and look forward the next book in the series, White Dawn.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Cupcakes


Title: Cupcakes
Author: Michelle Hasker
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: https://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60521-508-2
Genre: {M/F} Paranormal
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph

Carly didn’t see any harm in giving the local people one night of uninhibited pleasure. So every year, without fail, she cast a sex spell. The town got what they wanted and Carly got what she needed. But this year, things didn’t go exactly as planned for the stubborn witch, and all because of the dark cloud of a man who always rained on her parade.

Samson is a controller, who has his job cut out for him. Carly should be nothing more than an assignment but the tempting witch stirs more than just anger, every time she is near. Things take an interesting turn when Samson decides to give Carly a taste of her own medicine.

Deceit, desire and dessert comes together and makes Cupcakes one, out of the ordinary reads, that will leave readers hungry for more. I enjoyed peeling back the layers of Carly and Samson and discovering what made them tick. Carly is a bit mischievous, but she means no harm. Samson is the first person to make any effort to understand Carly. There were moments that I wanted to shake her myself, for being so closed-mouth with Samson. On one hand, I didn’t want her punished any more. On the other hand, I understood why Samson’s method of punishment would make any woman want to be bad. Thank you, Michelle Hasker, for another great page turner.

The Elevator Mechanic


Title: The Elevator Mechanic
Author: Serena Yates
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Publisher URL: http://silverpublishing.info/
ISBN: 978-1-920468-41-5
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Joe Taylor is an elevator installer who enjoys his work. If he could put in a bid for his ideal position, it would come with a permanent location and a team to call his own. As it is, his current job leaves little chance of that happening. Trepidation over the possible reactions of his employer and coworkers makes him keep his sexual preference close to the vest.

Bill Evans has a mission and game plan. Building his career has put a possible long term relationship on the back burner. Bill is sure that’s an ideal option until he looks into the soulful brown eyes of Joe. There was so much there that he was drawn to the man and couldn’t let go of the hopes of seeing those eyes glowing brightly below him.

When the opportunity presents itself, will Bill and Joe keep things simple or will they decide to give love a try?

Bill is a man of action. While he was determined to get what he wanted, he wasn’t willing to hurt Joe in the process. Joe’s shy personality is a refreshing change from the norm and adds a wonderful element to the story. Their relationship alters as much as their individual personalities after the men finally meet.

Serena Yates’ The Elevator Mechanic is part of the Workplace Encounters series. She has the ability to make her charming characters believable and multidimensional. Even during this short tale, the men evolved. Their mutual respect was clear and enhances their relationship. You could see them pull strength from one another in various areas of the story and I knew it wouldn’t be long until the saw what I did; that their relationship wasn’t trivial but would become lasting and permanent. And their encounters are sensual and laced with love. I’m looking forward to future releases for this series.

Going Home


Title: Going Home
Author: CB Conwy
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: N/A
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Jamie always wished he could tell Colin exactly how he felt. He’s had to watch Colin leave for dangerous, far away countries on his quest to save lives numerous times and the guilt of wishing Colin would just stay put is gnawing away at him. After the ordeal of his last journey abroad, Colin is starting to struggle with the expectations he is putting on himself. Is it too late for him to open his heart and make the next trip home his last?

Going Home is a sweet story that managed to generate a lot of emotion in a short space of time. We meet Colin and Jamie in the middle of a turning point in their relationship and the author does a good job peeling back the layers as the story progresses. The serious subjects that Colin has experienced are handled sensitively but ultimately the story is about a couple’s relationship growing as they learn to communicate and this comes across really well.

Going Home is another strong offering from Torquere Press’ Charity Sip 2010 Healing Hearts.

Trust Me If You Dare


Title: Trust Me If You Dare
Author: LB Gregg
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60928-268-4
Genre: {M/M} Romantic Comedy
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Publication Date: December 21, 2010

Caesar Romano has a flair for getting into trouble. Doing a favor for his new boyfriend, Private Investigator Dan Green Albright, Caesar is supposed to be watching for a female suspect in Dan’s latest investigation case. However, Caesar chose to test drive one of the luxury cars at the dealership instead. In less than four point eight seconds, Caesar had managed to wreck two very pricey cars. By the time Caesar arrived at his work place, his business partner immediately talks him into catering a party for his famous ex-boyfriend. Dan is hired to protect a soap star from a deranged personal assistant, as well as playing the moderator between two rival actors, all while trying to convince Caesar that he is faithful to their relationship.

Trust Me If You Dare is the second book in the Romano and Albright series. The plot is a side-splitting hilarious saga interwoven with an intriguing mystery. The setting is New York. The characters are believable. Caesar is an uncomplicated, smart man who seems to be a magnet for pandemonium. Between assisting Dan, as well as doing his own work, Caesar is the focus of some unwanted publicity along with the primary interest of several shady characters. Caesar loves Dan; nevertheless he is afraid to take their relationship to the next level. Every time Dan suggests Caesar accompany him to meet Dan’s parents, Caesar cancels the date. Dan is a romantic, as well as a protector, with good cop instincts. Dan takes every opportunity to express his love for Caesar, including demonstrating intimacy in public places. LB Gregg has created an impressive, as well as especially enjoyable, installment to the Romano and Albright series.