Thursday, January 20, 2011

Where to Find Harte


Title: Where to Find Harte
Author: Jade Archer
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Publisher URL: http://www.total-e-bound.com/
ISBN: 978-0-85715-354-8
Genre: {M/M} Futuristic
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Harte knows he’s the only hope for those he left behind. The cat slaves had no idea what was in store for them and Harte isn’t willing to give up without a fight. Meeting Logan is shock to his system. Even though being caught by Logan means returning to the lab, Harte cannot squash his attraction to the big man. Will he find a helping hand where others found a stern man focused on doing his job?

Bounty Hunter Logan McCabe doesn’t know what makes people sign slavery contracts, but it’s not his job to find out their history, just to return them to their duty. Encountering Harte changes his views and makes him finally want answers, especially Harte’s story. Will he find out what made the run-away slave flee from his obligations?

Logan is an honor bound man who believes you should keep your word and honor commitments. That’s probably why he is so good at his job. Harte is the first person to test his resolve and make him search for answers he never deemed important.

Harte is a loveable character that puts others’ needs ahead of his own. His desire to find help, even in a hopeless situation, made him that much more appealing. The attraction was instantaneous for Logan and it was no shock that Harte felt the same way. To feel the protection of Logan’s arms at that desperate moment primed Harte for his descent into love.

Where to Find Harte is the forth story in Jade Archer’s Contact series. I was delighted to know there is at least one more story being worked on for this series. Jade Archer has created wonderful characters and placed them in a setting where they have no choice but to focus on their budding connection. The imminent danger made the two more easily susceptible to the possibility of love. I appreciated how the author allowed real life to slip into the ending of this story and didn’t make it rosy and happy for all. It made Where to Find Harte more believable. Those who’ve read previous story will enjoy this latest release.

Forever Broken


Title: Forever Broken
Author: Evangeline Anderson
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419930393
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Lunas Locas wolf pack is out hunting vampires. Paul Kraskowski is leading the hunt when they encounter lone vampire, Laurent Montcrieve. During the altercation, Paul and Laurent have physical contact. The touch is like nothing either of them has ever felt before. Instead of killing the vampire, Paul re-directs the pack and allows Laurent to go free.

Forever Broken is a well written romantic turmoil story. The setting is outside of Miami, Florida. The characters are believable. The wolf pack reminded me of a street gang; their only goals in life were to stir up trouble. Paul is the only wolf in the pack not of Spanish decent. Being friends with the pack leader since childhood, as well as a good fighter, insures Paul’s position as second wolf. Paul’s father expects Paul to take over the business in the future. Unfortunately, the pack and his father are homophobic, so Paul is in denial regarding his sexuality plus Paul desires a different profession for his future.

Laurent is a born vampire from a privileged family. The Montcrieves are all about social status, with the exception of Laurent. He is expected to carry on the lineage with a female of equal class. Laurent has spent many years hoping to find his true mate. Realizing that Paul is his soul mate places them both in danger from the bond and their families. Evangeline Anderson has created an emotional, as well as impressive, saga that I enjoyed.

His Duke’s Gift


Title: His Duke’s Gift
Author: Lynn Lorenz
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60737-911-9
Genre: {M/M} Historical
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Twelfth Night and its preparations are important to every person living at Marsden Castle and they’re all excited about getting ready for the upcoming holiday season with its annual gatherings and feasts. It’s the tradition for the duke to bestow gifts on those who serve him and the boy’s, Joss and Tomas, are excited to see what everyone is being given. Even Logan and Drake have gotten wrapped up in finding the perfect gift for each other.

For Drake, the holiday takes a horrible turn when a stranger from the north arrives and suddenly Logan is unavailable, shutting himself away in his room with the man. Fearing the worst when he’s denied contact with his lover and is turned away from his bed, Drake does the only thing possible to prevent doing physical harm to either man – he flees the keep.

When Drake finally returns home, will he find himself replaced or with the weather turning worse, will he make it back to Marsden Castle at all?

Logan and Drake are great characters and I’m thrilled they’ve been propelled to the forefront again in this newest release in Lynn Lorenz’s series In The Company of Men. In His Duke’s Gift, the readers are given a further glimpse into a more developed relationship between these two deeply committed men. It’s also nice seeing these two lovers as caring fathers to two young sons. The vivid descriptions of life in the castle – the clothes, culture, food and how the different classes relate to one another are all handled well, making those aspects of the story come alive. Well done!

Ms. Lorenz did an excellent job expressing Drake’s pain and frustration with Logan after the arrival of the stranger. How he didn’t understand what was going on with his lover while trying to present a good front to his son during the holiday season and why he left suddenly. The scenes while he was gone checking the outposts were quick and to the point, giving him the time away that he needed to think.

The story is told in Drake’s viewpoint, so we don’t get the chance to see what Logan is feeling during his absence. We do see how he reacts upon Drake’s return and how the two go about mending what was torn between them. I, for one, can’t wait to see who’s featured in the next release in this keeper series.

American Love Songs


Title: American Love Songs
Author: Ashlyn Kane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-696-5
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

After dropping out of college to pursue his music, Jake promised his mother that should his music still be going nowhere when he turned 21, he’d return to school. With time close to running out and the group one member short, they needed to get their act together soon. Fortunately, Parker showed up just in time.

I really loved American Love Songs by Ashlyn Kane. Set in the world of rock music, a popular theme lately, this story is just a little different. First, neither of the main characters is the lead singer, which seems to be unusual unless the story is part of a series. Next, Jake is openly gay and makes no bones about it. I loved his “take me as I am or get out” attitude. Both these characters are terrifically written. They draw you into their story and leave you wanting to see what will happen next. These two start out as friends and it was fun to see Jake realize that what he felt for Parker was more than friendship.

Parker, on the other hand, is in the closet. After being disowned by his family when they found out he was gay, Parker soon found himself homeless. He may find himself with a new family once he joins the Wayward Sons, but he does not give up his secrets easily. When readers find out what Parker’s family and ex-boyfriend have done, it will be easy for them to understand why he keeps himself so private. Once these two move from friends to lovers, watch out as the chemistry between them is very strong.

Another thing that makes this story so fun to read is the way the story is written. It opens up with an excerpt from the Wayward Son’s blog. Jake’s and, at times, Parker’s blog entries are peppered throughout and helps tell of the bands rise to fame, and the men’s love story. American Love Songs also has many footnotes, something I have never seen in a romance story before, that add a humorous side note to parts of the story.

American Love Songs is a fast paced story and one that readers are sure to love. It is full of rich characters and amusing events that will hold your attention and, at the end, have you hoping for a sequel.

Destinies in Darkness, Part 2


Title: Destinies in Darkness, Part 2
Author: Scarlet Hyacinth
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
Publisher URL: http://sirenbookstrand.com/
Genre: {M/M} Paranormals
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Vampire Keenan von Klein, leader of the Paranormal Council of New York, is searching for an escaped killer when Keenan and his mate Eric encounter problems from the underground demons. Keenan and Eric rescue Gabriel from the demons. Sensing Gabriel’s pain, Eric befriends him but Eric's kindness toward the young Kaldorian rouses Keenan's jealousy. Eric's relationship with Keenan becomes progressively stressed.

Destinies in Darkness, Part 2 is the second part of the Kaldor Saga 3. In this fast-paced episode, the saga continues with highlights from part one. The council knows who is responsible for the recent killings. However, before Keenan and Eric can trace the perpetrator, they are presented with a new dilemma.

Kaldorians Cade and Kalin arrive in search of Gabriel. Also, they are appealing to Keenan for assistance in finding Cade's missing brother. Eric and Keenan must take on a dangerous mission to help their new friends, plus accomplish their duty to the council. By the end of all the turmoil, Keenan realizes the connection with Eric seemed to be getting stronger. Keenan learned it all depended on trust and to see Eric not only as his lover, but as his equal. Scarlet Hyacinth has created an exciting conclusion to Kaldor Saga 3.

Destinies in Darkness, Part 1


Title: Destinies in Darkness, Part 1
Author: Scarlet Hyacinth
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
Publisher URL: http://sirenbookstrand.com/
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Human psychic Eric McAllister has a life-changing experience when he meets 500 year old vampire, Keenan von Klein. Intrigued by Eric, Keenan decides to take him home. Within a matter of days, Eric and Keenan are in love. Before the two can cultivate their bond, chaos in the paranormal community breaks out. The paranormals have a traitor in their midst and everyone is in danger, including Eric.

Destinies in Darkness, Part 1 Kaldor Saga 3 is a superb romantic suspense. The setting is New York. The building plot is well paced. The engaging storyline centers on finding the culprit among a cast of fairies, demons and shifters as well as vampires. The characters are convincing. The intimate scenes are breathtaking. Being a vampire, Keenan has never experience love or jealousy. Before meeting Eric, Keenan considered humans as simply prey. Now he is torn between sending Eric away for his safety or keeping him with him so that he can personally protect Eric. Keenan also must find out who sent the hunters to kill the paranormals.

Eric has an abusive past, which he learned to mostly block from his memory. As the story unfolds, Eric’s past is revealed. Art is Eric’s only lifeline until he meets Keenan. The bond Eric and Keenan share is heartwarming and at times amusing. Scarlet Hyacinth has created a fantastic saga that I thoroughly enjoyed.