Friday, December 3, 2010

Blood Relations


Title: Blood Relations
Author: K.C. Burn
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60737-879-2
Genre: {M/M} Shape-shifter, Vampire
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Frazer Nyland is having a hard time keeping bedfellows. His love life is in the pits, leaving Frazer to wonder if men no longer consider him attractive. That all changes when he shakes things up a bit and meets a man who makes him remember how it feels to be desired.

What Agent Cooper Wallace wants most is a man of his own. Someone he can build a relationship with and trust with his heart. Meeting Frazer was a stroke of luck. When an investigation leads him to Frazer’s home town and evidence starts to mount against his lover, Cooper is distraught and unsure of how he can continue without the man who has quickly taken over his heart.

Will Cooper lose the man he loves?

Blood Relations is the second release in the MIA Case Files series. K.C. Burn uses an Umbrae-possessed vampire to create a great deal of havoc in the story. Cooper is a strong man with a sharp mind and a killer body. Frazer is a sweetie who has lost some of his confidence, thanks to a few months of bad luck with men. Their chemistry was instantaneous with enough heat to make the ink run off the pages. I loved their first scorching scene and knew the passionate encounters could only get better.

The men make a wonderful pair. Their similar desire for a trustworthy lover made them work harder at communication. It didn’t squash all of the trust issues but they were never big enough to cause more than a tiny disturbance. And while the sex was fantastic, they knew they needed more for a lasting relationship.

K.C. Burn combines action, suspense, and a fair amount of drama to create a fantastic sequel to Wolfsbane. Those who enjoy secret agents, knee deep in paranormal unrest, will be happy they bought a copy.

Devotion 2


Title: Devotion 2
Author: Blak Rayne
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-719-5
Genre: {M/M}, Futuristic
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Reeve and Slade’s relationship finally seems to be going well but can Reeve get Slade to understand he wants and needs more? Or is their relationship doomed, once and for all?

Devotion 2 picks up right where book one ended, so readers will have no choice but to read the first story in order to understand what is going on. As with the first story, Devotion 2 holds your attention till the end. So much goes on in the story that there is never a dull moment. The connection between Slade and Reeve is still present but so is all the turmoil. Between their work responsibilities and their friends, the two men seem to have issues thrown at them left and right. At times, I felt that half their problems could have been avoided, if only their well meaning friends had minded their own business. While there are a lot of intense moments in this story, there are also a few light-hearted ones, such as when Slade and Reeve are at Reeve’s mother’s place for Thanksgiving.

In her dedication, the author mentions writing on a dare. I am glad she picked up the challenge and can’t wait to see what she will come up with next.

Fin de Siècle


Title: Fin de Siècle
Author: A. J. Llewellyn
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-721-8
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Newly retired US Marshal Dean Honeybone’s lover, Jean-Luc has accepted a job in a Paris restaurant as its new chef. Dean is looking forward to a new beginning with Jean-Luc and their adopted daughter, Kaia. However, Dean has two concerns to resolve before he can fully take pleasure in life as a private citizen. Vincent Lambert, Jean-Luc’s former lover, has been falsely accused of art theft and Dean’s continued nightmares regarding serial child killer Richard Stance.

Fin de Siècle is the final episode of the Honeybone series. The series is a well written romantic suspense. The characters are believable. Dean is at a crossroads. Before he can move forward, he must deal with the psychological trauma caused by the plane crash he and Kaia survived. Dean feels guilty that Richard escaped punishment for his crimes. Although there is no proof Richard survived, Dean blames himself for “the one that got away”. With the help of group therapy, Dean learns to accept some things are beyond his control, as well as he must let go of the past in order to move into the future.

The gifted A. J. Llewellyn has created a thought-provoking, as well as distressingly realistic storyline in this series. Reprieve from the sinister topic comes in the form of the incredible loves scenes interwoven into Dean’s job associated tragedies. I enjoyed Fin de Siècle immensely.

Tensaw Blues


Title: Tensaw Blues
Author: T. D. McKinney & Terry Wylis
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure
ISBN: 978-1-61124-013-9
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Suspense
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Max Bowman is tired. After two years of hiding his relationship with his lover, Quint Wolfe, the constant schooling of his features and reactions while in public and the inability to ever go anywhere together as a couple is getting old. Once the idea of being Quint’s secret lover held a certain appeal and Max understood and even agreed with the need to keep their personal connection hidden, but now he’s wondering if he can continue. It’s driving him crazy and the emotional pain is crippling. Even while they’re staying at an idyllic inn while on a business trip, Max feels alone and even unloved.

Things only get worse when there’s sabotage at the new Wolfe Corporation plant and one of the men is injured. The local police are stumped but one thing is certain, someone is out to get even with Quint, putting Max’s life on the line. Will Quint have to choose between Max and the company or will the police find the person or persons responsible first?

Tensaw Blues is the fourth release in the Southern Beaus series and a sequel to Wolfe Proxy. While it would be beneficial to read all the books in order, I feel it’s imperative to at least read the lead in story of how Quint and Max got together in Wolfe Proxy.

I liked the characters of both Max and Quint when they were introduced previously and enjoyed getting to know more about them in this newest release. The authors did a very nice job describing how their relationship had progressed over the last two years, as well as the painful emotional problems both were experiencing while trying to keep their love secret. This is particularly true of Max and the authors vivid and often heart wrenching expression of his pain and hurt. There is never any real doubt that Quint loves Max, but his priorities are definitely skewed, making it easy to get annoyed at him for staying in the closet despite his reasoning. When they are together, its good and their physical intimacy is intense and passionate.

I loved seeing the characters from the previous releases. They played important roles in this story but what was going on in their lives never overshadowed Max and Quint’s story. The sabotage aspect of the plotline is handled realistically, as is its aftermath. I for one am looking forward to the next release in this well crafted and plotted series.

Winston Quirk


Title: Winston Quirk
Author Martin Delacroix
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: N/A
Genre: {M/M} Drama, Interracial
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

When Dane witnesses an attack on Winston Quirk, he has to intervene. It seems certain inhabitants of the Bahamian island of Man-O-War Cay do not take kindly to change but still Dane cannot believe the level of animosity and aggression toward new guy Winston, just for the black man being on the island after dark. Truth be told though, Dane is struggling with more than just the behavior of idiots; he’s trying to deal with his own feelings that are stirring, thanks to this mysterious stranger entering his life.

In Winston Quirk, Dane and Winston are faced with barriers they must overcome if they wish to take their obvious chemistry to the next level. Set in 1975, I must admit that having to face the mindless prejudices of disturbed people was not particularly pleasant to observe. However for a majority of the time the author successfully focused on the development of Dane and Winston, with both men trying to overcome social inequalities and find their place in the world. Dane was very mixed up about his emotions for Winston but Winston seemed more secure in himself and patient enough to allow Dane to figure things out for himself.

Winston Quirk is part of Torquere Press’ Charity Sip 2010 Healing Hearts.

A Taste of Love


Title: A Taste of Love
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-632-3
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Left to care for his two five year-old brothers, which isn’t easy, Billy is in desperate need of a job. With his restaurant growing by leaps and bounds, Darryl needs another waiter, stat. The two seem made for each other and then love gets tossed into the mix.

I love Andrew Grey’s stories. The characters just pull you into their stories and you want everything to turn out perfect for them. A Taste of Love is no different. While their struggles are different, both Darryl and Billy are hurting and needing someone to love them. Darryl’s problems do not come to light right away, but when they do, the reader will be able to understand when he struggles to stay away from the young man he has fallen for. Billy’s struggle to care for his brothers are sure to pull at the heart strings of many readers, while the love that starts to form between the two men will have the reader cheering.

The chemistry between these two men is so strong, it practically leaps from the pages but this is not just a love story between Darryl and Billy, as the twins play just as important a role in the book as the two men do. It was fun to watch as the four become a family, but like Billy, I too began to wonder just when the next shoe would fall. I was in no way expecting what happened next and many times I found myself crying. The twists this story takes will keep you glued to the pages, and the author did a wonderful job wrapping up the loose ends.

If you’re a fan of Andrew Grey then you will want to read this book. If you have not yet tried this author, A Taste of Love is an excellent book to start with.

Berrr's Vow


Title: Berrr's Vow
Author: Laurann Dohner
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419929205
Genre: {M/F} Sci-Fi
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

If Shanna could get past her bad luck with men, dead end job and sexless existence, she could say life on Earth was a happy one. The situation seems like a twisted version of paradise that she would willingly accept when weighed against her current predicament. Awakening after her abduction from Earth to discover that she will be sold as a sex slave never occurred as a possibility in her wildest dreams. Unfortunately for her abductors, Shanna isn’t some tiny slip of a woman who plans to be docile. No, they picked the wrong woman to kidnap.

Hyvin Berrr is the leader of Zorn. He doesn’t understand the allure Earthlings have on his sons until he meets Shanna. He sees his chance at happiness and is willing to move mountains to keep his Shanna happy. When his past threatens his future, Berrr may have no option to but let happiness slip through his fingers. Is Shanna willing to walk away or is she willing to fight for her man?

Berrr's Vow, Laurann Dohner’s fourth book of the Zorn Warriors series, has become my favorite. If I could identify myself in one of the women so far, it’s Shanna. Her life hasn’t been easy but she refuses to give in because of her size or circumstance. She’s tough as nails when she needs to get and one hundred percent woman when she gains entry to Berrr’s bed. Berrr is a man of honor. His role as leader ties his hands in some instances and makes protecting Shanna difficult. It was nice to see the large man finally gain some happiness after so many years of suffering.

A few new characters were introduced in the latest installment and I’m hoping Ms. Dohner will branch off and create stories for one in particular. She combines action and some wickedly sensual scenes between Berrr and Shanna to create one of the best stories for this series. I’m anxious to see which warrior is next to fall hard. Pickup a copy and enjoy!

Howl


Title: Howl
Author: Lacey-Anne Frye
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-477-0
Genre: {M/M} Werewolf
Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Brent Keating finds the perfect secluded place to spend a one week vacation with his boyfriend, Henry Bowers. The Mistwood Inn is located in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by woods. Since it was after the tourist season, Brent and Henry are the only guests. The innkeeper is very accommodating, even giving the men a subtle warning not to go outside after dark. Still, Brent did not heed the warning and is bitten by a werewolf.

Howl is an out of the ordinary story written from Brent’s perspective. The storyline is a blend of suspense and romance. The plot gives a detailed description of the Inn’s interior décor, in addition to the dark woodsy exterior. A completely developed setting would have advanced a realistic impression to the plot. The characters are mostly creditable. Brent is mature, reclusive and considered by some to be an insensitive Talent Director. Henry is laid-back, has a sense of humor with a sarcastic streak. How the relationship began is not clear. Nevertheless, at this point in time, Brent and Henry are in a loving relationship. After Brent is bitten, he is faced with overcoming the curse, as well as protecting Henry from the same fate or worse. Overall, Lacey-Anne Frye’s Howl is a pleasant werewolf tale.

Snake Eyes


Title: Snake Eyes
Author: A.J Llewellyn & Stephani Hecht
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-656-3
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

River’s mom has always been a ‘collector’ but this time he knows something is different. When he shows up at her apartment, he never imagined what he would find, or that someone like Colton would be there to help.

Authors A.J. Llewellyn and Stephani Hecht have teamed up together again to bring the readers Snake Eyes. The story tells the tale of River, a young man struggling to help his mother, who is a hoarder. At times I felt the freak factor of Honey’s collection, a poisonous snake, overshadowed the story but the romance between River and Colton does eventually heat up the pages. You can see the connection forming between the two from the beginning. Ethical issues come into play, due to Colton being a therapist, and I loved how the authors not only addressed the issue but found a way to resolve it. It is also quite clear that the authors spent some time researching the issues surrounding hoarders and the toll it puts on the family. As Colton helps River cope with the issues surrounding his mother, you can tell theirs is a relationship that can last.

I love reading stories by these two. They bring to life a variety of characters and situations that keep entertaining. With each book, it becomes harder to separate one author’s style from the other as they blend so well. This is one pairing I hope has much more up their sleeves.

Rogue’s Rage


Title: Rogue’s Rage
Author: Lacey Thorn
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Publisher URL: http://www.total-e-bound.com/
ISBN: 978-0-85715-330-2
Genre: {M/F/M} Fantasy Paranormal
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Rory loves her sister and the people of her village. She also takes her responsibilities seriously but the one thing that takes precedence over everything is clearing her mother’s name. When two strangers, Lake and Lincoln, arrive at her village, the opportunity arises for her to tell her story and plead for justice in front of the queen. But these two friends aren’t just opportune strangers and they’re more than willing to show Rory just what that three are to each other if she’ll just take the chance to let their bond grow.

Rogue’s Rage is the third release in Lacey Thorn’s series Blood Magic. The books truly lead from one to another, making it imperative that they be read in order. After a prologue the story begins where book two left off and Rory’s life and responsibilities inside her village are introduced immediately. The descriptions of her simple existence are nicely described as is her relationship to her sister and two close friends. There’s also a little family history regarding her mother and sister that helps explain what drives her. The arrival of Lake and Lincoln is handled a little stiffly but they are strangers come from afar, but they are soon accepted, not just into the village but into Rory’s arms.

The realization that the three are meant to be together is the only explanation for the swift way Rory agrees to leave her home. The emotions swirling between Rory, Lake and Lincoln is passionate and intense and when they come together, it’s fiery hot. There is an unexpected revelation regarding Rory and a guardian that comes with being a member of the royal family but I’m not going to say anything further. Just know that I enjoyed this little surprise nugget.

The ongoing story line is handled well and it was nice seeing the characters from the previous releases. They were seamlessly interjected into Rogue’s Rage as old friends of Rory, Lake and Lincoln, giving the tale a sense of family and continuity. There is a bit of well done action sprinkled throughout its seventy-eight pages, with the most dramatic occurring at the end. The problem is the number of physical encounters. While they are very well done, they tend to overbalance the story. I look forward to seeing what happens next.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Portrait of His Obsession


Title: Portrait of His Obsession
Author: Michelle M. Pillow
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60928-258-5
Genre: {M/F} Historical
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Syrian Blakeney has shown the ton society the prudish side of herself, and only her brother knows her true nature….that she is a loving, caring sister. When her brother paints a portrait of her in the garden next to her favorite flowers, she hates it immediately. That’s only because it shows the face she puts on for the public and she wants him to destroy it.

Earl of Wrotham, Lord Harrison has lived his life from one moment to the next with enjoyment of women. One night, a year ago, he spied Syrian dancing in the rain and he fell in love with her. His dreams are now filled with her and no other woman can satisfy him, which means he will do whatever it takes to marry her.

After reading Portrait of His Obsession, I felt as if this story is a cat and mouse tale of the two main characters. Although there are not many secondary characters, Harrison and Syrian provided much laughter and frustration for me with their love-hate relationship.

This is my first read from Ms. Pillow and there is not a lot of evil plotting done, except for Harrison and Syrian against each other. I was very entertained by their antics of trying to outdo one another and I loved the detailed description of the garden scene. If you are looking for hot steamy sex, then this is a story for you.


This book has been previously published and has been revised from its original release.

Fool's Errand


Title: Fool's Errand
Author: Chris Quinton
Publisher: Manifold Press
Publisher URL: http://manifoldpress.co.uk/
ISBN: 978-0-9565426-5-6
Genre: {M/M} Vampire Mystery
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Xavi has always taken care of himself and protects his heart behind a golden shield. An afternoon of passion changes from pleasure to a mad dash for safety after he witnesses the murder of a high profile person. Xavi is sure that someone in the police department can be trusted and leaves just enough information about the crime to ensure their desire to keep him safe. When his protector makes his appearance, Xavi is relieved and frightened at the same time. The man isn’t what he expected and comes equipped with just the right ammunition to get past all of Xavi’s defenses. He’s ready to tear down the well constructed shield and make Xavi his own.

Fool's Errand is the first story of the Fool's Odyssey trilogy. Chris Quinton mixes action, suspense and a budding relationship into the perfect recipe for this story. Xavi wasn’t what I expected. His background doesn’t depict a happy carefree childhood but he doesn’t cry over spilled milk. In fact, it was easy to understand his apprehension when it came to trusting others. He gave his savior more than either expected. The time they shared opened both of their eyes and hearts to the possibility of finally having someone to share their lives with.

The settings add to the element of each scene. From the perfect romantic location, to an area that spells danger and possible death, each locale draws your attention and pulls you further into the tale.

By the end, I was truly ready for the next installment. I recommend this story to those who enjoy gay paranormal suspense series as much as I do.

Rachmaninoff


Title: Rachmaninoff
Author: S.L. Armstrong & K. Piet
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Publisher URL: http://stormmoonpress.com/
ISBN: 978-09827008-4-6
Genre: {M/M}, Vampire
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Date of Publication: December 1, 2010

Aric is a musical prodigy. He is also ill mannered and becoming more difficult for his parents to control. His parents hope that forcing him to spend the next year in a remote area of Serbia with Nikola, a renowned master and tutor, will straighten him out.

The authors of Rachmaninoff have done an excellent job mixing the old world vampire with the modern one readers have become familiar with. Nikola was made a vampire during the 1500's and since he was made against his will, he has become more or less a recluse. Trying to keep as much of his humanity as possible, he clings to old world values and manners. Nikola’s actions and desires become understandable, once the reader learns just how and why Nikola was made.

Aric is the complete opposite of Nikola. A modern day teenager, he knows just what he wants and could care less what any authority figure might have to say about it. While it is obvious that Aric needs to be taken down a peg or two, his actions are also believable once the reader learns more about his family life. Seeing these two clash will leave you wondering just how the authors ever plan to bring them together.

Both characters have a lot to learn about themselves and each other. This time of learning is not an easy one for either of them, and at times, I wanted to pop one or both on the head for their actions. Rachmaninoff spans a period of several years, and is at times dark and intense; yet watching Aric and Nikola find their way will keep you turning the pages. I was happy with the way the authors wrapped up the story and will more than likely read it again.

On Call: Crossroads


Title: On Call: Crossroads
Author PD Singer
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: N/A
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Regret does not sit well with Dr Keith Hoyer at all but after hearing the tragic news of a 16 year old patient, the pain of wondering what he could have done differently to prevent it is eating away at him. He feels the needs to make amends with the world but before he does anything rash, Keith’s lover Dante has a few words of wisdom that might just help Keith get back on the right track.

From Torquere press’ Charity Sip 2010 anthology Healing Hearts, On Call: Crossroads is a poignant short story that casts a reflective gaze on actions and consequences. Tough subjects are dealt with sensitively and the sweet, honest couple of men at the core of the story trying to make sense of their relationship and the world provided a satisfying read. I highly recommend checking out this and the rest of the stories in Healing Hearts for your daily dose of gorgeous doctors for a very good cause.

The Strength of a Gamma


Title: The Strength of a Gamma
Author: Kim Dare
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Publisher URL: http://www.total-e-bound.com/
ISBN: 978-0-85715-328-9
Genre: {M/M} Werewolf, BDSM
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Steffan has been best friends with Francis since the younger wolf joined the pack after the death of his parents. He’s quietly loved and taken care of the small wolf, making certain Francis is safe and always has what he needs. When two new Betas joins their pack, Steffan decides that the time has finally come for him to step aside and let Francis form a mate bond with a more dominant and appropriate wolf.

When the new Beta wolves join the pack and Steffan starts acting oddly, Francis can’t understand what’s going on. It’s confusing and irritating, especially when his friend encourages him to consider one of the new wolves as a possible mate. Steffan isn’t bothering to ask Franis his opinion, just keeps pushing him away, telling him what’s best. What if Francis doesn’t want a more dominant mate but has already found the perfect one right in front of him?

Life is about to make a dramatic change. The question is whether Francis is strong enough to stand up to what Steffan believes is best and take what he wants for his life…the mate he wants.

The Strength of a Gamma is the second release in the paranormal series Pack Discipline. I appreciated that the two main men in this story were Gamma wolves…some of the least dominant wolves in the pack, and that they were both perfectly happy with their positions. I also liked that Ms. Dare made Steffan such a physically enormous and powerful wolf, so fearful of hurting another person with his much greater strength. She did a nice job expressing his discomfort…his need to control his actions. This is also true of how she expressed his need to put everyone’s desires above his own…especially Francis’s.

In the beginning, I wasn’t certain what to think of Francis. He seemed like a milksop who needed someone stronger to take care of him, but I couldn’t have more wrong. He might have been crafted to be a Gamma but the wolf isn’t a pushover. He’s more than capable of letting Steffan know what he wants and is willing to go after it, including showing his enormous future mate how to submit, allowing him to be the man he needs to be to find happiness.

It was great seeing a bit of Marsden and Bennett and learning how their relationship was continuing to grow, along with the pack. I also enjoyed learning about the new Betas and am looking forward to the next books finding mates for them and the other previously introduced pack members. According to the website, the last two books of the series will be released in the first half of 2011.

Back to the Dream


Title: Back to the Dream
Author: Felicitas Ivey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-620-0
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Inuzaka Keno’s life in the Dreamlands is much different than the existence he survived through under The Trusts care. He has thrived, thanks to the love of Samojirou Aboshi. All those who care about Keno’s well-being believe it is still in his best interest to keep his identity a secret. A new enemy has emerged and is setting the stage to help take over the Dreamlands. Fortunately, soldiers Mason, Wolf and McGann reappear in the Dreamlands, ready to assist their friend during this troubled time. This new battle will test Lord Tamazusa’s strength and allow her to see the loyalty of those she commands.

Back to the Dream is the sequel to Dreamlands. If I had any doubt that Felicitas Ivey is a brilliant author, it was thoroughly squashed with this fantastic novel. Keno has blossomed since he was first introduced to us. No longer the shirking violet he once was, he possesses strength and determination that I had hoped would come over time. Aboshi’s lover is more than evident during this sequel. There were times where I wanted to give him a hug to help him get through the moment. Together, they have built a wonderful strong relationship and their sexual relationship has turned up the heat, from a slow simmer to volcanic eruptions. I enjoyed having Mason, Wolf, and McGann return and hope that Mason is actually going to have a love connection very soon.

This isn’t the end of the series. There are still battles left to be fought and won. The setting for the story is breathtaking and drew me in once more. Ms. Ivey weaves mayhem, action, suspense and erotic encounters together to create a stunning sequel you don’t want to miss.

Dogged Pursuit


Title: Dogged Pursuit
Author: Berengaria Brown
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61040-084-8
Genre: {M/M} Werewolf
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Werewolf Dwyer is having a busy day driving customers to their destinations, since the auto recall. When the scent of Nelson Austin causes Dwyer to have an instant arousal, Dwyer realizes Nelson is more than a customer. Nelson is Dwyer’s mate.

Dogged Pursuit is a well-written, well-paced heartwarming short story. The characters are credible, as well as exceptionally arousing. Dwyer is a werewolf without family or pack. Well versed in survival, Dwyer has no knowledge pertaining to gay wolves mating. Dwyer has an easy going personality with a naturally protective intuition. Dwyer and Nelson are coordinated in individual, as well as sexual, needs. Both men are seeking long term relationships. Nelson has no difficulty with Dwyer’s revelation. In fact, Nelson is at peace, instinctively knowing Dwyer would never hurt him. Berengaria Brown has created a fantastic, in addition to a particularly impressive, saga. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dogged Pursuit.

Liquid Crimson


Title: Liquid Crimson
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Total - E - Bound Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.total-e-bound.com/
ISBN: 978-0-85715-323-4
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Vampire
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Neo’s life came to a crashing halt the day he was captured by an insane vampire. Now hundreds of years later, he still lives with the aftereffects. Hoping to right the wrongs done to his son, Zeus arranges a mate made just for Neo.

Carol Lynne is the author of several series. In them, fans have read about cowboys and college students, poker players and jocks and every other combination you could think of. With Liquid Crimson, the first book in the Neo’s Realm series, Ms. Lynne has stepped into the world of the paranormal and done an outstanding job of it.

Neo is the son of Zeus. Turned into a vampire against his will, he is full of anger and self-loathing. Therefore, his behavior, while not always likeable, is understandable. Even after he is introduced to Michael, whom he knows is his mate, Neo’s actions continue to show his hatred of what he is.

Michael is also the son of gods, created especially for Neo. In many ways, it is his air of innocence which makes him the perfect counterpoint for Neo. It is also that innocence that ends up bringing Neo around.

The characters, both main and secondary, are all strongly written. They pull you into the story and hold your attention throughout. There are many twists and turns in Liquid Crimson and it is easy to see at least two sequels that could follow. I could not put this story down and I am sure there will be many fans of Ms. Lynne’s yelling, “More! More!”

Leif’s Surrender


Title: Leif’s Surrender
Author: Marisa Chenery
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Publisher URL: http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59578-772-9
Genre: {M/F} Werewolf Shape-shifter
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Jaden isn’t a raving beauty and she knows it. In truth she’s rather plain, needs glasses and insists on wearing her hair pulled up tight in a pony tail and even though she does have killer curves, keeps them hidden under baggy, uninspired clothes. When she notices the hunky guy in her cashier’s line, she knows her looks could never attract his attention. Yet he returns the next day and kisses her breathless in front of the entire store, making her think that maybe she’ll see him again.

Leif is a ladies man and doesn’t want a mate, so when a very pregnant Roxie sends him to the grocery story because she has a craving for ice cream, he’s not happy to come face to face with his mate. In a panic, he pays for the ice cream and runs out of the market like his tail’s on fire. He soon discovers that resisting the mating urge is more difficult than he imagined and he can’t stay away from Jaden, no matter how hard he tries. Jaden’s his and Leif has to claim her.

Leif’s Surrender is the newest release in Marisa Chenery’s ongoing Roxie’s Protectors series. There’s a good continuation of the ongoing plotline arc and it was great seeing the returning characters from the previous stories. And Roxie being pregnant was a great addition, as was Leif’s reaction to being sent on an ice cream run for her cravings. Perfect.

Leif’s internal struggle to hold out against his mating urge is nicely done, as is the good natured ribbing his friends give him after they discover he’s mated. Watching him fight tooth and nail to stay away from Jaden is fun as his final surrender forced on him by his friends, which was another well done scene.

Ms. Chenery has come up with a great character in Jaden. She’s a nice woman with a terrible, sad past who’s struggled financially her entire life. Adding Leif to her world is a high point and when these two finally get together, they’re sizzling hot; the passion intense and almost overwhelming.

Miles, the villain of the story, is still present and causing problems and there are a couple of plot revelations near the end involving him that will undoubtedly make a change in future books. At least I’m expecting them to influence his actions. My one wish regarding this story is that it would have been just a little longer to have allowed more development at the ending, as it seemed a little abrupt and squished together. Don’t