Friday, December 31, 2010

Fish & Chips


Title: Fish & Chips
Author: Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-227-1
Genre: {M/M}, Suspense
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Only a few weeks have passed since Ty and Zane had their little mountain adventure. By all rights, they should be ready for some quiet time, yet these two are ready for another case. Only they never expected their next case would mean they would be going undercover as a married couple.

First things first, this is part of the ongoing Cut & Run series, a series which needs to be read in order. That being said, fans of this series will love the new book, Fish & Chips. Ty and Zane are great characters with more than their share of issues, yet they fit together perfectly and the reader can’t help but like them. Their connection is a strong one and one of the things I loved about this new addition to the series was the way the authors showcased the men’s growing feelings for each other. More than once I wanted to scream “Just tell him ‘I love you’ already”. Watching as Ty and Zane have to play a married couple, who is known to be openly gay, was great as it was, I believe, the one thing that helped move their relationship forward.

The mystery the men find themselves involved in comes with many twists and turns, all of which help hold the reader’s attention. Although the men find more danger than planned, there are also a few moments that will have you chuckling.

I strongly urge fans of M/M stories to give these authors and this series a shot. You will not be disappointed.

Christmas Angel, A Hammer Story


Title: Christmas Angel, A Hammer Story
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerepress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61040-121-0
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary BDSM
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

It’s the Christmas season and once again, The Hammer is getting ready for its annual charity auction. This year, Oliver convinces Kein to donate two hours of time, but it’s a difficult decision for him. Two years before, his Dom and lover suddenly left, leaving Kein feeling unwanted and unlovable and he’s not certain anyone would want him enough for even a couple of hours of service.

Mac’s never attended the holiday auction before and from the moment he see’s Kein walk onto the stage, he’s drawn to the beautiful sub. After making certain his is the winning bid, Mac takes Kein and retires to a private room so they can get to know each other better. Will sparks fly between these two men and can they become the angel each is looking for this Christmas holiday season?

Christmas Angel, A Hammer Story is the latest release by Sean Michael in his Hammer series. It’s a cute, heartwarming and sexy story of one man overcoming his feelings of worthlessness with the help of a supportive Dom, who appreciates him for the wonderful, kind and loving man he is. There’s lots of healing and acceptance in this little holiday short, all due to the affection and care of Mac, all mixed in with a good plot with excellent pacing. Considering the length of the story, Mr. Michael did a great job developing Kein and Mac’s personalities and it was nice seeing a few of the characters from previous books. Read and enjoy.

A Shifter Christmas


Title: A Shifter Christmas
Author: Stephani Hecht
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-745-4
Genre: {M/M}, Shape-shifter, Holiday
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

It’s Christmas and Andrew, Keegan, and Noah are hoping to find the perfect gift for their older brother, Mitchell. When a group of Ravens show up, the brothers are left to wonder whether their first Christmas as a family will even happen.

This holiday season, author Stephani Hecht has gifted her readers with A Shifter Christmas, a short story that takes a quick peek at The Lost Shifters’ first family Christmas since all Mitchell’s brothers have been found. Unfortunately, things don’t go smoothly when three of the brothers cause a little problem at the mall. Fans of The Lost Shifters series will love this book as it brings back many of the previous couples. As this story is more about the love of family than finding love, it is not loaded down with sex scenes but don’t worry, there are a couple of scenes that scorch the pages. This is the perfect holiday addition to a fun series. Hopefully, we will get more lost shifters in the New Year.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Night Porter


Title: Night Porter
Author: Sue Brown
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
ISBN: 978-1-61581-694-1
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Max is a Texan who, while traveling through Europe, ended up in London and stayed. Now he has a job as a night porter at a small but classy hotel, watching as all the gorgeous men come and go through its doors. When Robert Armitage walks into the lobby, Max knows he’s in trouble. The tall, broad-shouldered man pushes all his buttons and before he knows it, Max is acting as Robert’s guide to all the most famous tourist destinations. Robert might be in town to get married but as the day progresses, so does Max and his attraction. Max knows that even if he takes Robert into his bed, in the light of day the man will leave to get on with his life and he’ll be left alone.

As part of the Bittersweet Dreams series, Night Porter shows that often feelings of love and attraction aren’t enough and that dreams and desires don’t always come true in the real world. That means that this well written novella isn’t a typical romance. The beginning has friendly banter and good fun between Max and Robert as they travel around London, but there’s also pain and confusion as their swirling emotions get out of control. I like both Max and Robert. They’re interesting and well rounded characters and they’re actually perfect for each other, but once again poor Max is left standing sad and rejected when Robert leaves. Okay, I admit it. I want another story where Robert leaves his clueless fiancée at the altar, so he can rush back to Max. Call me crazy, but the Night Porter deserves to find some happiness of his own.

Cardamom: A Taste of Home


Title: Cardamom: A Taste of Home
Author: Winnie Jerome
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61040-119-7
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Trevor Young is apprehensive about whether or not he can fit into university life in Los Angeles. At least Trevor’s almost boyfriend Carter is just a few buildings away. Plus, Trevor has a small tin filled with his mother’s special brownies to comfort him. Making friends with his dorm neighbor Julian turns out to be the highlight of Trevor’s college life.

Cardamom: A Taste of Home is a well written, amusing tale of “first time away from home”, along with young romance. The intimate scenes are scorching. The characters are convincing. Trevor is a somewhat awkward gay young man who has not achieved a self confidence level exhibited by Carter, as well as most of the other freshman students. Sensitive about his height and glasses, Trevor considers himself a dork. However, Trevor feels secure enough with Carter to desire a real relationship. Carter has a hedonistic personality. He prefers to have lots of friends with benefits, rather than a boyfriend.

Considered straight with a girlfriend, Julian is a mystery to the other dorm residents. When Trevor has a minor accident that required medical attention, it is Julian who came to Trevor’s rescue. Recognizing Julian’s kindhearted temperament, Trevor and Julian immediately became the best of friends. Winnie Jerome has created a humorous, as well as incredibly sizzling, saga that requires a cool down period, in addition to a taste for brownies.

Alpha Born


Title: Alpha Born
Author: Stormy Glenn
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.sirenpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-61034-078-7
Genre: {M/M/M} Paranormal Werewolf/Vampire
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Twenty years ago, a fight to the death between their Alpha fathers tore lovers Caleb Redding and Grayson Cane apart. Since then their clans have been bitter enemies and endured two decades of fighting and to end the bloodshed, Caleb has come up with a plan. He suggests a mate covenant and gets the Council of Elders to agree, but they’ve added their own unexpected stipulation. They make him give up his Alpha status, thus combining the clans, forcing his submission to Grayson.

Watching Caleb from afar for twenty years has given Grayson nothing but never-ending heartache, so when the mate covenant is suggested, he jumps at the chance to hold the man he loves in his arms again. Having him submit only makes it more special.

What neither Alpha expects is for the Council to send a vampire to serve as mediator and then the man disappears while in transit. Their question is what does his disappearance mean to them? And then when Grayson accidently mates with the vampire while trying to save his life, it could mean Caleb still might have to give up his dream of being with Grayson after all. Will being Alpha Born bring these three men together or drive a wedge between them forever?

Alpha Born is the second release in Stormy Glenn’s well written and plotted True Blood Mate series. I have to admit that I found the idea of three Alpha type personalities involved in a mated relationship very interesting from the first reading of the blurb. There’s just so much potential for conflict between the three men—I had to read the story and I’m glad I did.

Despite how much Caleb and Grayson care about each other, there’s still a lot of testosterone flying around in this book. As true Alpha personalities, these two men are used to giving orders and getting their own way and having anyone, including the Council of Elders, telling them what to do didn’t set well. Their first surprise – their vampire mediator – I loved. It set them and their situation up for all kinds of twists and turns that you don’t normally see in a werewolf romance and for a reader who loves both vampire and werewolf stories, putting both types of men together as mates were a big plus.

Ms. Glenn created two likable and intriguing men in Caleb and Grayson and when you add the equally Alpha vampire, Joel, you have powerful sexual tension and passion. Putting these three together is nothing short of hot…hot…hot.

There is a fair amount of talk about the mate bond and what it means to the two wolf clans but it never overshadows the relationship between Grayson and Caleb. In addition to other pieces of information regarding pack life, you get pain, betrayal, hate and a couple of near-death experiences. There are numerous supporting characters and while the returning individuals from Heart Song are few, they play a vital role to the story. I for one can’t wait to see what happens with the next release. Watch for it.

Shadows Of the Past


Title: Shadows Of the Past
Author: T. L. Lawrence
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Publisher URL: http://amberquill.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61124-010-8
Genre: {M/F} Suspense, Thriller
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Ian Matthew Prestwick is a former Special Agent with the FBI and he’s currently trying to recover from work related panic attacks and migraines. He is now living a quiet life as a history school teacher, without the stress of always looking over his shoulder.

It has taken Matthew five years in Wilton Falls to have some peace in his life and he finally has noticed his helpful neighbor, Aileen. She took on the role of mothering Matt and loving him a little more each year. Now he sees her as someone he wants permanently in his life, but that is interrupted by a past that comes back to haunt him.

The one person Matt least thought about is now out for revenge and the villain will do whatever it takes to make him suffer. That includes kidnapping the one woman he knows Matt is involved with and it has him ready to rush in to kill the villain.

Shadows Of the Past is a fantastic book that has me reading through the whole story quickly, because the characters never disappointed me with their behavior throughout the book. The loyalty that was shown from a small town perspective is touching, and a few of the secondary characters enhanced the story being involved. The villains really thought they had things under their control and they forgot one thing that can always change; the unexpected.

This is truly a suspenseful story and my first time reading this author. Ms. Lawrence really did a great job with her storytelling of the law enforcement workings, creating a very realistic thriller and I enjoyed every moment reading her book.

Heart Song


Title: Heart Song
Author: Stormy Glenn
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.sirenpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-61034-080-9
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Werewolf
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Ten years ago while out hiking in the woods, Darren Hart fell, breaking his leg and striking his head. He was alone, disoriented and didn’t know how he’d get back to civilization when he was rescued by a gorgeous man, who shared a strange tale that Darren forgot almost as soon as he returned home. Except soon afterward he started to hear a voice in his head which made him think he was going crazy.

Now Darren’s a veterinarian with a successful practice, and even after years of therapy he still hears the sexy voice. He even holds conversations with his imaginary friend, the man who’s seen him through every major stepping stone in his life. Everything changes one afternoon when Darren’s attacked outside his clinic and he’s rescued again by Asher, the man he always thought was a figment of his imagination. Now he isn’t certain he really isn’t crazy.

In short order, Darren must accept that not only is Asher Stone real but he’s the head of his werewolf clan and that Darren in his Alpha mate. Asher must convince Darren they’re meant to be together, but someone out there is determined to not just keep them apart but to take their lives.

Heart Song is the first release in the new series True Blood Mate and let me tell you upfront that it’s an entertaining read. There are two components of this story that I found particularly enjoyable—that due to problems within his pack, Asher waited a decade to claim his mate and the other being that Darren is a vet. Both are nice plot ploys that I don’t think I’ve run across before.

Asher and Darren are interesting and likable guys but of the two, Darren is my favorite. This guy’s experienced a lot of adversity since his accident and despite it, he’s come out strong, whole and able to build a good life for himself. He’s also not a push-over, which Asher discovers, but he’s also tender-hearted and kind and believes in doing what’s right—meaning that Ms. Glenn has constructed a perfect Alpha mate.

The story is action packed and fast paced from the beginning and it’s filled with interesting supporting characters and multiple plot twists, which only demands that you keep reading. It was great fun watching as these two men learned to live with each other, all while dealing with the demands of the pack and trying to survive death threats. The sex between them is intense and sizzling hot, the bantering conversation is fun and their differences of opinion, realistic.

If you’re a fan of shape-shifter romances of any kind, I encourage you to give this new series a try. You won’t be sorry you did. Watch for my review of Alpha Born, the next release in the series.

Apocalypse


Title: Apocalypse
Author: Brannan Black
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60521-538-9
Genre: {M/M} Futuristic
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Daniel is scavenging in the city, hunting for supplies, when he is captured by a group of the wolfmen and their pack leader, Mace. People who survived the Werewolf Syndrome virus developed the characteristics of a wolf including claws, fangs and massive bodies. On the other hand, a few people were immune to the virus, like Daniel, who remained human, which makes him an easy target for mistreatment or the main course of a meal.

Apocalypse is the first book in the Wolfman series. The well written and, at times, humorous story has a world building plot. Imagine starting over in a world with no electricity or running water, with danger at every turn. Survival depends on combining everyone’s knowledge, as well as joining their skills. The characters are convincing. Before his capture, Daniel lived in a compound outside of the city comprised of mostly women and children. Daniel is an intelligent, proud, outspoken gay man; he refuses to bow down to the abusive wolfmen. It is Daniel’s pride that provokes some of the pack members to continuously assault Daniel in an attempt to break his spirit.

Mace is desperately trying to hold on to the honorable man he was before he was infected with the virus. Mace organized pack standards, as well as maintains peace within the pack. He is considerate of others; his goal is to restore the comforts of life before Apocalypse. Mace’s initial interest in Daniel was the possible mechanical skills Daniel may have. However, recognizing the mutual desire exhibited, rapidly leads Mace into a sizzling sexual affair with Daniel. Brannan Black has created an exceptional launch to this expressively compelling series. I look forward to the next enjoyable installment.

Under Control


Title: Under Control
Author: Qwillia Rain
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-906-5
Genre: {M/M}, BDSM
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

Vance is beating himself up with guilt because of what happened on his last mission. Ben doesn't know how both their lives will change once Vance walks in the door of the club, not knowing both their lives will change.

In the second book of the Diablo Blanco Club series, the emotions between Vance and Ben are so intense, I almost cried. The author draws you in, with the emotions that both men have, and keeps you there. Vance feels that when his emotions are out of control, people around him get hurt. As I was reading Under Control, I felt empathy for him, as there are times when I have felt the same way. Vance doesn't think that Ben will stay with him once he finds out why Vance feels guilty and Vance uses the whippings to gain control of himself.

I found this particular book very interesting because Vance was a Marine in the time of the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Though there were rumors, Vance resigned from the Marines himself. It was not really clear whether Ben was still in the Navy or not. I found it interesting that both men tap danced around each other until after this last mission, where both men decided independently of each other that their relationship would change. Please be warned that some of the flashbacks that Vance has alludes to non-consensual sex.

I have not read very many male/male books, but I highly recommend this book and I will be reading this one again.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Frenzied


Title: Frenzied
Author: A. J. Llewellyn & D. J. Manly
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure
ISBN: 978-1-61124-030-6
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Paranormal Suspense
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

The quiet little town of Fawnskin changed forever when Knox fell asleep, while corpse-watching at the local funeral home and Harold’s soul escaped, turning into a malevolent spirit. Since then, many things have changed in the town, all while the relationship of Rallus and Knox has blossomed and grown into a love both wanted but never expected to have. Unfortunately, an evil man from Knox’s past threatens to rip him away from the man he loves. There are multiple unexplained deaths in the community, spirits walking the streets and con artists trying to extort money from the innocent.

This small town is falling apart and most of the citizens have no idea what’s going on and the police are baffled. Will Rallus and Knox find the answers they’re seeking to prevent more harm from befalling the fair citizens or will the evil circulating destroy their friends and everything in town?

Frenzied is the sequel to Fawnskin and it takes up a few weeks after the first book left off with Knox and Rallus returning home from L.A. after Rallus’s recovery from brain surgery. There’s a nice prologue that explains a little of what happened in the first book, bringing old and new readers up to speed on its events.

This fast paced, action packed release is full of intertwined storylines making for an intense, suspenseful and complicated plot that packs a real emotional punch from beginning to end. The thing about this book is that it’s hard to describe. That’s because it doesn’t easily fit into any one genre since it has components of so many, making the book full of twists and turns guaranteed to keep your interest. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention the blistering hot sex between lovers Rallus and Knox.

The authors do a very nice job tying up the loose plot points by the end of the book, or at least that’s what you’re led to believe, because just when you think everything might turn out all right, another piece of the past drops into Fawnskin to cause trouble. I can’t wait to see what happens in the crazy town next.

Lust & Fae


Title: Lust & Fae
Author: Joyee Flynn
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Publisher URL: http://silverpublishing.info/
ISBN: 978-1-920484-08-8
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Cal, who has been bringing couples together for hundreds of years, never expected to find a love of his own. When the tempting young Gabe stumbles into his nightclub, Cal at first plans to send him away but soon, things change for both men.

Joyee Flynn has started a new series centered on the Anything Goes nightclub and the men who own it. However, these aren’t your normal men, but lust demons that use the patrons of their club to feed from. The first book in the Anything Goes series, Lust & Fae, lays the ground work. The various owners of the club, as well as their enemies, are introduced so readers will want to make sure they read the stories in order.

The heroes of this story are Cal and Gabe. Cal is a lust demon, who is becoming jaded after several hundred years. He is also a gentle soul who struggles to come to terms with the abuse one of his “meals” suffered at the hands of the halfers. The emotions Cal was going through at this time come across so believably that I came close to crying more than once. Gabe is Cal’s mate; he is also a virgin Fae. Unfortunately for Gabe, this means he’s a prime target for the halfers. When he and Cal come together, they steam up the pages. I loved the scenes between these two as their connection was so strong, it pulled you right into their story.

Fans of Joyee Flynn’s are really going to love this book and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the lust demons will be up to next.

A Sangrille Christmas


Title: A Sangrille Christmas
Author: Mark Alders
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher URL: http://www.extasybooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-55487-744-7
Genre: {M/M} Werewolf
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Werewolf Leroy Sangrille has been waiting for the right moment to break some bad news to his human boyfriend, Jordan Williams. Finally, Leroy informs Jordan that they have been invited to Leroy’s parents’ place for Christmas. Since Leroy had spent the holidays with Jordan’s family in prior years, Jordan was excited to meet the werewolf clan. Little did Leroy or Jordan know they were in for quite a few surprises.

A Sangrille Christmas is a fascinating romance with an out-of-the-ordinary plot. The setting is Melbourne, Australia. The characters are unique. Leroy ran away from home two years ago, because he was powerless to deal with his father's cruelty. Jordan had given Leroy a home, as well as nursed Leroy back to health, resulting in a sexually energetic relationship between them. Leroy knew the invitation from his Alpha mother was a command, which he dare not disregard. Although the card read, “Leroy Sangrille and partner are cordially invited to this year’s Christmas Day howling at the Sangrille estate”, Jordan is shocked by the hostility directed at Leroy upon their arrival. Leroy and Jordan are expected to join in the hunt, which is a problem for Jordan since he is human. As the plot unfolds, Leroy discovers the real reason why his father was so abusive. Leroy and Jordan discover the secrets of Leroy’s past, in addition to Mother Sangrille’s plans. Jordan also realizes that the main course of the feast does not agree with his delicate sensibilities or his palate. Mark Alders has created a remarkable, as well as enjoyable, saga with a few disguised and intriguing shockers incorporated.

Christmas with Danny Fit


Title: Christmas with Danny Fit
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-752-8
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Kit Allen is an overweight thirty year-old accountant who still lives with his mother and despite being gay, still a virgin. His life changes with the arrival of his gorgeous new office assistant, Jesse, who’s everything he ever wanted in a man. Feeling unworthy and unattractive but desperate to get a life, Kit purchases a series of self-help DVD’s featuring fitness guru Danny Fit and starts on a rigorous exercise routine.

Jesse’s a sweet, kind and loving man whose life has been far from perfect but when he begins working for Kit, he starts to hope for a little happiness for the first time in years. While Kit is trying to get in shape for Jesse, Jesse’s working his own campaign on his clueless boss, the kind and funny man he wants to hold in his arms. All he has to do is convince the man he loves they are meant to be together and his world will be perfect.

Christmas with Danny Fit is a sweet and fun novelette with a likable couple and a quirky, original premise that drew me into the story immediately. I love Kit. He’s such a true-to-life character and one that’s too often overlooked in romance novels.

The story is well written, the plot smooth flowing, the characters interesting and unique, and the dialogue often witty and humorous. And when the men finally have sex, it’s hot…hot…hot. There aren’t many supporting characters but those present add their own distinctive slant to the plot. I will admit that there aren’t a lot of twists and turns to this story. It’s a cute afternoon read, without a lot of angst, but that’s okay because it’s so easy to identify with Kit and Jesse. Read and enjoy this little Christmas gem.

Mine!


Title: Mine!
Author: Marteeka Karland and Shara Azod
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publisher URL: http://www.changelingpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60521-571-6
Genre: {M/F} Paranormal
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph

Larissa was certain her boss was going to drive her crazy, one way or another. If the last minute overtime didn’t drive her over the edge, then the vivid sexual fantasies Larissa endured constantly was sure to do it. The delicious man had never been anything other than professional with her, yet Larissa couldn’t help wanting him.

For months, Damien has watched and wanted Larissa from afar. From the moment he laid eyes on her, there was no doubt that Larissa was everything he wanted in a woman. Finally, the time was right for Damien to make his move.

I think I literally saw sparks fly when Larissa and Damien finally gave up the pretense that their relationship was only a working one. There’s always something wicked about lusting after your boss but when that boss is an irresistible vampire, the heat level increases. Damien knew how to get under Larissa’s ski, and those are the moments that I liked him the most. Marteeka Karland and Shara Azod are wonderful authors individually but together, they have created a story that will leave readers wanting more. They gave me some vampire facts that left me curious and some steamy dialogue that made me blush. If you enjoy an office romance with a paranormal twist, then Mine! is definitely for you. Pick up a copy and enjoy!

Jaguar Mate


Title: Jaguar Mate
Author: SA Welsh
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.silverpublishing/
ISBN: 978-1-920468-91-0
Genre: {M/M} Shape-Shifter
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Jayden, a human, has always suspected there was something different about Pack Valley. However, it was not until Jay was dragged to the woods by the local bullies that revealed the reality. Jay’s antagonist shifted into a bear, ripping Jay’s back to shreds. Thinking his life was at an end, Jay is rescued by a black jaguar who leads Jay to safety, where more revelations are exposed.

Jaguar Mate is the first story in the Pack Valley series. The plot is well paced. The intimate scenes are steamy. The characters are amusing along with being compassionate. Years before, Jay’s mother was killed by a grizzly bear. Shortly after her death, Jay’s stepfather became abusive, hitting Jay’s body in places that would not allow others see the bruises. Jay has had a crush on his best friend Kyle since childhood. Jay did not deem himself worthy of Kyle even before he learned the truth. Kyle’s family is the leadership in Pack Valley. Paying attention to the narration given by Kyle regarding bonding, Jay still cannot believe he could be Kyle's mate. Kyle had always known Jay was his mate; Kyle was simply waiting for the right time to reveal his dual nature. Kyle feared refusal from Jay. However, the affectionate looks expressed for each other shattered some of Jay and Kyle’s mating uncertainties. SA Welsh’s Jaguar Mate is an impressive, as well as enjoyable, beginning to the Pack Valley series. I look forward to the next installment.

For Love of War


Title: For Love of War
Author: Kiernan Kelly
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-691-0
Genre: {M/M} Fantasy
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Times have changed, much to the despair of Ares, the Greek God of War. Modern technology has replaced the skills needed to wield a sword. Hanging out in rough biker bars is Ares’ only source of entertainment until Zeus, King of the Gods, needs Dion, a fledgling God dead. Dion is not aware of his Olympian roots until he wakes up to find Ares there to kill him. However, instead of war, Ares and Dion make steamy love. The next morning, Ares soon realizes he is trapped in a web of lies that only the Fates will be able to sort out.

For Love of War is an amusing well written story. The storyline illustrates the remorse suffered by the abandoned Gods. The characters are the Gods found in Greek mythology. An honorable man, Ares chose to spend most of his time on Earth, rather than dwell in Olympus after being disillusioned by the Goddesses, as well as hopefully finding a way to regain his Earthly past glory. Ares had never experienced love before Dion; his sexual activity had always been an immediate release void of emotional ties. Making love to Dion inspired a sense of contentment and trust within Ares. Discovering Zeus’ deceit, Ares is determined to protect Dion from the murderous plots.

Dion was raised on Earth; he is polite with a good deal of common sense. Dion always considered himself as an ordinary man with an unexplained peculiarity. Even after his ancestry is revealed, Dion still retains his Earthly qualities, which endear him to the fates in addition to most of the gods. Kiernan Kelly’s For Love of War is a marvelous romance that I enjoyed enormously.

Shades Of Dreams


Title: Shades Of Dreams
Author: T. A. Chase
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure
ISBN: 978-1-61124-031-3
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Stephan Colby’s life is perfect. He’s the lead singer of a hot rock band founded by his best friend Rocky, their records are at the top of the charts and he’s found the love of his life. His world changes in a heartbeat when he learns his lover, Jeremy, was killed in a drunk-driving accident. In his grief, he turns to the one man he’s always depended on, his childhood friend Rocky.

Despite Stephen being clueless, Rocky Sanicily’s been in love with his best friend for years but fearing rejection, he’s kept quiet. He’s desperate to help Stephen through his grief, hoping that eventually he’ll be able to admit his feelings. The question is whether the truth will bring them closer together or drive them apart forever.

Shades Of Dreams is the latest release by multi-published author T. A. Chase. It’s a smooth flowing best-friends-become-lovers story with an unexpected but nicely integrated paranormal twist. Stephen’s grief is, at least for a time, debilitating and the author did a nice job expressing his deep emotional paralysis and an equally good job with Rocky’s reaction to his old friend’s pain. Some people might feel that Stephen got over his grief quickly but everyone deals with grief and loss in their own way and moves forward with their lives at different paces. There might be a little plot niggle here but it’s a small one.

There’s never any doubt that Stephen and Rocky care for one another and they have a many-years-long history together but I would have liked to feel it more. I just never got a good handle on their background together, even though I know it existed. I just didn’t feel much of a connection…at least until closer to the end when a little more of what happened to bring them together as kids came out in the story. Those revelations made it easier to understand what pulled and kept them together for so many years. Still, I never felt I really knew either character…what made them tick, and I wish their personalities were more deeply developed and the overall plot stronger.