Saturday, July 30, 2011

Reckless

Title: Reckless
Author: Bailey Bradford

Publisher: Total-E-Bound
ISBN: 978-0-85715-520-7
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal, Werewolf, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Scandalous Minx
 

Nathan Grant has lived a sheltered life.  The memory of how vicious shifters could be lingers on and aids as a buffer.  He has no desire to interact with others until he encounters Marcus Criswell, a fellow shifter and more importantly, Nathan’s mate. 

Six months in the hands of his enemy has left Marcus in a weakened state.  His body is a shell of its former glory, thanks to the torture and lack of nourishment he has endured.  And when all hope seemed lost, Nathan appeared ready to aid Marcus in his time of need. 

Will Nathan be able to help his mate undo some of the damage already done, or will the former Alpha Anax of the Northern American shifters decide he can’t go on? 

Bailey Bradford brings us yet another exciting adventure in the Southwestern Shifters series.  I’ll admit Nathan was the exact opposite of what I thought Marcus’ mate would be like, and I’ve never been so happy to be completely wrong.  Their personalities mesh well, and their differences add spice to this well written tale. 

Nathan’s lack of information in regards to shifters adds just the right amount of drama.  I could see his internal battle as he fell more in love with Marcus.  His past interaction with shifters wasn’t all roses, but his desire to keep Marcus in his life made it impossible to simply walk away. 

Marcus was dealt powerful blows at the hands of his enemies.  He has such an enormous amount of personal strength to not only live through the ordeal, but to allow his mate to help in the healing process.  Those intimate moments when they let down their guards and allowed love to flow in were precious. 

By the time the story ends, there is no doubt that they make the perfect couple.  I was shocked by a revelation in the story but hope that Alex will be the next shifter to find his mate.  Those who’ve enjoyed previous stories will find Reckless to be a wonderful continuation to the saga.  Mayhem, steamy erotic encounters and tear jerking moments await your reading pleasure.

Raincheck

Title: Raincheck
Author: Sarah Madison
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-61581-927-0
Genre: {M/M} Fantasy Paranormal
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Rodney isn’t a typical gargoyle. He’s interested in humans and their culture and for 150 years, has watched them from the shadows learning all he can while staying hidden. That changes when David Marshall comes to Rodney’s rooftop one night, breaking his years of loneliness and turning his world upside down. Rodney feel things for David he never thought possible, while keeping his identity secret until the night he discovers his new friend needs to be protected against the dangers of the big city. When Rodney’s forced to step out of the shadows and into the light, will David be able to see past his winged exterior or will the sight of his monstrous form destroy any hope he has of love? 

Raincheck is the first release by Sarah Madison that I’ve had the pleasure of reading but it won’t be my last. She caught my attention immediately with the idea that Rodney is a gargoyle—it’s a race of shifter seldom seen in a paranormal romance and never as one of the main characters. It just doesn’t happen. I had to read this one to see what happened and I’m glad I did. 

Rodney’s a great character and the way he stands by watching the world around him is heart-wrenching but Ms. Madison did a great job expressing his loneliness and longing. Then to see him open up when David makes his first appearance on the roof is like watching the first beams of sunlight in a dark room, brightening Rodney’s world and his outlook. Of the two characters, his personality is much more developed but that doesn’t mean I didn’t like David; the story is just more focused on Rodney.  These two are as different as two men can be on the outside but where it counts they aren’t and it’s obvious they belong together. 

This unusual paranormal romance has some interesting conflicts and is well written, but most importantly it has plenty of heart. Yes, is might be a little shorter than I might have liked but it still has all the components needed for an enjoyable and entertaining read that I’ll be reading again in the future.

Lucky

Title: Lucky
Author: K. M. Mahoney
Publisher: Amber Allure
ISBN: 978-1-61124-135-8
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx  

Fairy Allegro Romani is attempting to cross the street when, half way to the safety of the sidewalk on the other side, an out of control van is heading straight for Alli.  Tackled and rolled out of harm’s way, Alli is saved by a bear-shifter named Michael Lakkis.  Lying with a dazed Alli beneath him, Michael comes to a decision to protect, as well as seduce, Alli in the very near future.  

Lucky is a well written romantic comedy.  The setting is Putman County, Wisconsin.  The storyline is heartwarming, with a hint of turmoil and a dash of sensual lovemaking.  The amusing characters are creditable.  Banished from his fairies’ home four years ago because he is gay, Alli knew the risk of living on earth, yet he had no other choice.  Being a rare breed of fairies, Alli is resigned to living a lonely life.  However, in a town filled with paranormals, Alli is merely accepted as the resident klutz.  A shy, tongue-tied, hide-in-the-corner florist, Alli’s out of control magic is capable of producing more disaster than a nuclear bomb.  On the other hand, Alli’s magic works wonders on plants, making Alli’s floral business a real benefit to the community.   

Michael is a small, compact, mild-mannered bear shifter who moved into a cabin outside of town so his bear side could enjoy the open spaces of nature.  Michael’s sunny disposition charms most of the residents, once they realize Michael is sincere about his feelings for Alli as well as determined to protect the loveable fairy.  Another reason Michael chose to move is to get away from his very loving, over bearing family.  Michael has two older brothers that feel it is their duty to monitor Michael via phone calls on a daily basis, in addition to meeting any potentially serious love interest Michael may have.   K. M. Mahoney has created a fantastic, humorous and especially enjoyable saga.

Autumn Healing

Title:  Autumn Healing
Author:  Cooper McKenzie
Publisher:  Siren-BookStrand
ISBN: 1-61034-672-6
Genre:  {M/F/M}, Shape-shifter, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph  

Autumn left the Army because she ended up being held prisoner and beaten after the death of a woman and her child during childbirth.  Once Frank and Evan sniff her when she shows up in Sanctuary, they realize she is their mate. 

The last book in the Welcome to Sanctuary series, Autumn Healing, is about the last group of siblings from both families.  I think it was great that this happened throughout the series, though by this time, it was not a surprise.  The author seems to have an understanding of some of the problems women face in a combat zone, whether it is in the medical field or not.  This book also gave a glimpse of the next generation of the shifters in the Sullivan family. 

I did find it interesting that Autumn’s father is the one that recommended she go to Sanctuary.  I can’t imagine what he might have been feeling, knowing that there was a good chance she would end up staying there.  I really enjoyed reading this series and think it should be in any shifter lover’s library for a fun read.

Dagon’s Ride

Title: Dagon’s Ride
Author: Lynn Hagen 
Publisher: Siren - Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61034-666-1
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Series
Rating:  4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph 

Even though Dagon has found his mate, the fact that Taylor is not yet eighteen means the wolf must wait before he can claim him.  If Taylor’s mom has her way, however, Dagon may never get the chance to see his mate again. 

Dagon’s Ride is the last addition to the Brac Pack series and pairs up the final Santiago brother with his mate.  Taylor is Joshua’s baby brother, so readers will already have an understanding of what the young man has been up against.  Although Dagon’s good intentions soon go to hell, I liked how he tried to give Taylor the chance to come to terms with what becoming mates would mean.  As with the previous couples, Dagon and Taylor have strong chemistry that leads to some intense sex scenes.  They also have their share of problems, especially after finding out that Taylor is part demon. 

While Dagon’s Ride also brings back many of the past couples, giving the reader a wonderful glimpse into the growing packs life, it also introduces them to many new characters.  Some of these new individuals will be showing up in one of the many sequels this series has spawned. While it is possible to read Dagon’s Ride on its own, I would like to recommend that those new to this series start the books in order.  Even though there has been the occasional large passage of time between some of the stories, each book flows easily into the next.  This is probably one of the things I enjoyed about the Brac Pack series.  From the beginning of the series, the author brought each character to life and drew the reader into the fantasy world she created.  Fans of the Brac Pack series will be happy to know that more stories will be joining this series and until then, I plan to re-read some of my favorites.

Joshua’s Law

Title: Joshua’s Law
Author:  Lynn Hagen
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61034-450-2
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Series
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph 

Law Santiago never thought he would find his mate on the other side of a fast food counter. It looks like he owes Maverick one for taking the pack out for dinner, especially since the little cutie fate paired him with loves to top. 

There is a lot going on in Joshua’s Law that is sure to hold everyone’s attention and makes this a fun story to read.  The characters, both the main and the many returning secondary, are strongly written and I found myself instantly drawn to both Joshua and Law.  In some ways, the two men have gone through many of the same things.  People’s preconceived notions about them, due to their looks or actions, have caused more than a few problems.  The verbal abuse both have suffered from, although unintentional on the Santiago’s side, has left scars that run deep.  This makes them the perfect match for each other, however, as both men are soon totally loyal to each other.  Their relationship does have its problems, though, as Joshua knows nothing of the paranormal world and freaks a little when Law’s wolf starts to show itself.  Then there is the fact that Joshua is caring for his younger brother and, if their homophobic mother were to find out the two of them have moved to the Den, there would be hell to pay.  

Joshua’s Law is a great addition to the Brac Pack series and not to be missed.

Carter’s Tryck

Title: Carter’s Tryck
Author: Lynn Hagen
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61034-449-9 
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Series
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph 

Tryck never wanted to settle down with any pack but at his brothers’ urgings, the Brac Pack became their new home.  As far as Tryck was concerned, the only good thing he got out of the deal was the Alpha.  There was just something about the big man that made Tryck want to drive him crazy.  Then Tryck met Carter, his mate, and the wolf found a whole new distraction. 

Carter’s Tryck is the seventeenth addition to the Brac Pack series and the first book about the Santiago brothers.  Tryck is the oldest and as such, carries all the attitude and sense of responsibility the position requires.  He is also very much a prankster, which is evident by his interactions with Maverick.  Carter is a Wood Elf, whose people are at war.  Looking for refuge, Carter asks Maverick for sanctuary for his people.  It is at this time that Carter and Tryck meet, much to Maverick’s delight.  Unfortunately, the wolf does not make a good first impression and Carter’s shimmering out is totally understandable, given the way Tryck behaved.   

As fans of the series know, the fates have a habit of giving the wolves mates in need of help and Carter is no exception.  The two men mesh well together and the author brings their passion and need for each other out wonderfully.  I loved the way Carter kept referring to Tryck as Biker Bob, as well as the way Tryck fell so heavily for the wood elf.  But, as can be expected, the two men soon run into problems, as both old and new enemies rear their heads.  During the course of this story, the author continued to mix just the right amount of romance and action in order to keep the readers attention.  I am sure Carter’s Tryck will find its way to many keeper shelves, as it leaves the reader wanting to learn more about the Santiago’s.