Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Merry Kinkmas

Title:  Merry Kinkmas
Author:  Shannon Peters
Publisher:  Total-E-Bound Publishing
Publisher URL:  www.total-e-bound.com
ISBN:  978-0-85715-836-9
Genre:  {M/F}, BDSM, Seasonal
Rating:  5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph 

Phoebe is trying her hardest to get Matt to notice her.  Unfortunately, her attempts have backfired, or so she thinks. 

Merry Kinkmas was a fun story to read.  I had to laugh at some of the antics Phoebe did to try to get Matt’s attention.  The emotions and chemistry between the two are very intense.   

Phoebe gets a crash course in BDSM when the elevator gets stuck.  Several things happened that could have been bad but in this case, it was fantastic for Phoebe.  One of the security issues about elevators was covered by the author.  This is a story I am going to read again especially at this time of the year in the future.

Unshakeable Faith

Title: Unshakeable Faith
Author: Lisa Worrall
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-61372-268-8
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Brody Tyler’s life takes a dramatic turn when a stranger walks into his bar. With no memory after surviving a vicious attack, he doesn’t even know his name and has to pick one from the newspaper. Nash is a risk but one Brody’s willing to take and before long, the two are deeply in love. But soon tragedy strikes again when a hit-and-run accident returns Nash’s memory. 

The real Nash is a ruthless businessman. When he wakes in a hospital bed after the hit-and-run, he doesn’t remember the last six months, so has no idea a killer is after him. Brody is desperate and accidentally ends up as Nash’s bodyguard. The two clash from the beginning and when Brody catches glimpses of his lover inside the ‘real’ Nash, he has hope. The question is whether he can keep Nash safe from a killer long enough for him to remember their love. 

Unshakeable Faith is the latest release by Lisa Worrall. It’s a well written, entertaining and heartwarming book. It’s filled with interesting characters, has a smooth flow, a unique premise and is a wonderful romance. Brody’s a great guy and the development of his personality is nicely done. He’s physically imposing and is a kind, caring and protective man, so it’s no wonder he opens his heart and home to Nash.  

The background Ms. Worrall created to explain Nash’s circumstances are heart-wrenching. Instead of dwelling heavily on his amnesia, she instead allows Nash to move on with his life, developing a committed loving relationship with Brody. And while it’s sweet and touching, it isn’t rushed. The big change comes when Nash regains his memory...he isn’t a very nice person…he’s an unmitigated jerk… and nothing like the Nash of the first half. The personality Ms. Worrall gave him is so different; it’s difficult to like him at all.  

There are plenty of secondary characters spread throughout the story, some at Brody’s bar and others at Nash’s home. I particularly like Wyatt, Brody’s childhood friend and Hannah, who’s known Nash since he was a kid. They both really added some fun and spice to their scenes. And let’s not forget the villain trying to kill Nash. By the end, his identity might not have been a big surprise but the reasons behind his actions are. 

I do have a niggle on the speed at which Brody forgave Nash. After what happed, it seems unrealistic. But that didn’t stop me from enjoying the overall story. So, if you like reading a well plotted romance with two fascinating guys in a story of love and loss and love given a second chance, then give this one a try.

The Birches

Title: The Birches
Author: Xavier Axelson
Publisher: Seventh Window Publications
ISBN: 978-0-9840215-0-5
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx   

Technique is everything for perfectionist chef-in-training Leo; that is until he met Dock, who taught Leo preparing food is a sensual experience to be savored and shared. 

The Birches is an intriguing plot of obtaining goals and happiness. Leo is obsessed with proving himself worthy of the faith his supporting parents had in his ability to be a great chef. Leo’s technique is the best in his class. However, Leo’s visually appealing dishes lacked taste appeal. Dock has no formal training, yet his dishes are in demand, proof by the always packed restaurant. Dock is very attracted to the uptight Leo and decides to romance him with cooking lessons. Dock teaches Leo the true technique for preparing a savory dish is the passionate blending of the ingredients creating an orgy in a bowl the same way a man would caress his lover.  

Xavier Axelson has created an impressive, as well as an especially enjoyable saga.  

Just One Bite

Title:  Just One Bite
Author:  Barbara Elsborg
Publisher:  Ellora’s Cave
ISBN:  9781419936876
Genre:  {M/F} Paranormal
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph 

Liv Miller knows how to deal with a bad day, but this one was straight out of the Twilight Zone.  An indecent proposal and bad hair cut forces her into the path of a mugger.   Liv feels hopeful that things were about to improve until her mugger drops a bomb.  On top of being the most yummy man she’d encountered in a while, the poor man was apparently insane.   

Cal Masterson is a werewolf who might have infected Liv when he bit her.  She doesn’t seem to believe his story though.  There isn’t much time to convince Liv, but Cal keeps trying.  Hopefully when she learns the entire truth, Liv will forgive him. 

All it took to change Liv’s life forever was Just One Bite.  Something about Cal felt right, so Liv just couldn’t resist him.  He turns out to be the missing piece to a puzzle in Liv’s life.  This story unfolds in a most amusing and unexpected manner and I think readers will appreciate that.  There are some kooky moments that made me grin as well, like their first meeting.  Barbara Elsborg has packed a lot into this quick read, so readers should definitely pick it up.

First Christmas

Title: First Christmas
Author: Stevie Woods
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: www.mlrbooks.com
ISBN: 978-1-60820-518-9
Genre: {M/M} Holiday, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx   

Mackenzie Wallace was really looking forward to sharing his first Christmas with his lover, Ian Grayson, and their friends. However, plans must be changed when an emergency delivery is needed to ensure the hospitals have much-needed supplies.  

First Christmas is a part of The Tomcat Line Series. This is a twelve page story illustrating how even the simplest plans can change, adjustments are made and true happiness is sharing life’s ups and downs with your loved ones. 

Thanksgiving In Sanctuary

Title:  Thanksgiving In Sanctuary
Author:  Cooper McKenzie
Publisher:  Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61926-013-1
Genre:  {M/F/M}, Ménage, Series
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph 

Martin decides that he would like to have his brother, Robert, enter into a triad relationship with him and his wife, Anna.  Anna runs to Sanctuary, where all their kids are to think about what Martin wants. 

In the fifth book of the Welcome to Sanctuary series, Thanksgiving in Sanctuary unites the Ryans with their children and their respective spouses.  The author did a good job portraying Anna’s feelings and insecurities.  One thing that came through is how much the brothers loved Anna. 

There was a surprise within the story that I am not sure what to make of it.  Does this mean there will be another story about Winter?  In some ways this seemed out of place, though the outcome of this mini drama was great.  I also had to laugh at some of the antics.   

I like the idea of a wedding on Thanksgiving, even though it makes for a lot of work.  The fact that there is a special ceremony for the triad relationship is wonderful.  One thing the author did gloss over was some of the problems that Anna, Martin and Robert will possibly encounter since they won’t be living in Sanctuary.  I do think this book brought the series full circle and I will be reading this series again.  Readers should read the rest of the series before reading Thanksgiving in Sanctuary.

Page 93

Title: Page 93
Author:  Maggie Montgomery
Publisher: Loose Id
ISBN:  978-1-61118-664-2
Genre:  {M/F} Contemporary Multicultural
Rating:  4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph 

Raelynn Pierce leads a happy life in a small Georgia town with her daughter, even though her confidence as a woman has been damaged because of her ex-husband.  The whole neighborhood has been checking out the new neighbor, but it’s Raelynn who gets quality time with him after he crashes his car in her yard.  A snow storm might have forced them together, but molten desire had them making out on the couch like teenagers. 

Alec Nakamura is a widowed father who hasn’t thought about getting involved with a woman until Raelynn.   Attraction quickly leads to some of the best sex they’d ever had.  Their weekend romp could turn into something long term if Raelynn’s insecurities don’t get in the way.  Can Alec deal with that and the nosey neighbors? 

Raelynn and Alec are comfortable together.  When they decide to read a book of sexual positions together, their relationship transcends a new level.  The couple wasn’t shy, especially when it came to Page 93. Raelynn was a curious mix because on one hand, she seemed reserved but on the other hand, that woman had some brass balls.  I was shocked by her honesty more than once.  Alec had no idea what he was in for when he moved next door to Raelynn.  He was such a good sport about the neighbors.  After learning how his wife died, my heart went out to him.   

In such a short time, they truly got to know each other.  Maggie Montgomery reminded me of the pros and cons of living in a small town.  Her description of the neighbors brought me fond memories and I actually visualized some of the scenes.  My favorite scene happened when Alec and Raelynn walked to the store and had a tense moment with a neighbor, Mary Jo.  Page 93 has an adorable down home feeling that readers are sure to like.  If you love Southern charm, you will appreciate this short romance.

Collin’s Awakening

Title: Collin’s Awakening
Authors: Lynn Hagen and Stormy Glenn
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61034-988-1
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Shape-shifter Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

When Collin was hit by a car and died in his partner’s arms, Riojos sunk into a deep depression. For days, he stayed in a drunken stupor and was on the verge of killing himself with his own service revolver when Collin came home from the morgue. 

Waking up on a cold slab, with a toe tag in place, freaks Collin out and he bolts from the morgue in only a sheet, finding refuge in a local shelter. He doesn’t understand what happened but knows he has to get home. Collin and Riojos are thrust into a dangerous new world, while trying to make sense of the changes in Collin’s life and staying ahead of the men hunting them. Men who will stop at nothing to capture a phoenix. 

Collin’s Awakening is the first release in the new series by Lynn Hagen and Stormy Glenn, Phoenix Rising. When I read the blurb and realized Collin was a phoenix, I was intrigued. It’s a rare shifter in a paranormal story and I was anxious to see what these two talented authors would do with this special race and I wasn’t disappointed. They’ve created an enjoyable and entertaining story with two unique and interesting characters in Collin and Riojos. 

The opening with Collin waking up in the morgue wasn’t expected and his horror was nicely expressed. The same goes for Riojos and his drunken reaction to losing his lover. Physically, the men are typical of other shifters they write…smaller/ weaker versus larger/stronger but both have big personalities that they’ve convincingly brought to life with vivid personal details. But the story has more. It’s filled with passion, desire, love, fear and uncertainty as they try to stay alive.

There are numerous secondary characters scattered throughout the story and I admit I loved the inclusion of Collin’s parents and Riojos’s brother. These three really grounded the story in family…and then there’s fellow cop Tony, who we’ll see more of in the next release, Kyle's Return. And let’s not forget the bad guys out to capture Collin. They’re just part of the plot threads left dangling at the end of the story. I assume more details regarding them and the mystery surrounding the phoenix will be revealed later.

He Needs to Feed

Title: He Needs to Feed
Author: Saloni Quinby
Publisher: Changeling Press
ISBN: 978-1-60521-736-9
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx   

Caleb sat on the front steps of his townhouse; he is waiting for the guy next door to get home. Before long, Devin Hill arrives, giving Caleb an opportunity to invite Devin over for dinner and to hopefully explore their mutual attraction.  

He Needs to Feed has a fascinating plot, dealing with demons. The setting is Boston. The characters are creditable. The interaction between the main and secondary characters is especially amusing, the intimacy scenes are sensual.  Caleb owns a store where he sells his custom made furniture. Caleb is an honorable man who likes to lead a well ordered life. There is no cruelty in Caleb, just a laid back considerate man.  

Devin owns Devin Hill Dance Studio and he exhibits discipline in his dancing, as well as his personal life. Devin’s relationship with Caleb encouraged him to relax his tight control enough to start enjoying the simple things in life. Their budding relationship is going well until the night Caleb rescues a woman from a serial rapist, that’s when the sex demon jumps from the dying rapist’s body into Caleb. Unable to control his sexual urges, Caleb ends the relationship with Devin. With the help of friends and family, Caleb’s true personality is restored.  

Saloni Quinby has created an impressive along with an enjoyable happily-ever-after saga ending with the possibility for a sequel.

To Command and Collar

Title:  To Command and Collar
Author:  Cherise Sinclair
Publisher:  Loose Id
Publisher URL:  www.loose-id.com
ISBN:   978-1-61118-667-3
Genre:  {M/F}, BDSM, Series
Rating: Golden Blush Award
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph 

Kimberly had been kidnapped and was up for sale, again, after stabbing her last Master.  Raoul had taken it upon himself to try to find her for some friends and letting the FBI monitor what he was doing. 

To Command and Collar is the latest in the Masters of the Shadowlands series and I think the author has outdone herself with this one.  The intensity of the emotions between the main characters kept you on your toes and I did not want to put this book down.  Kimberly overcomes a lot of her fears about a Dom/sub relationship under Raoul’s tender training.  Any woman that had gone through what Kimberly had would need someone like Raoul, but still may not be able to handle a lot of real day to day living.   

The author brought the very harsh conditions of the slave trade to light and there were times I wanted to kill some of the slavers.  The problems of trying to stop these types of people are very real and the author obviously did a lot of research for this book. The Masters at Shadowlands consciously go out of their way to make sure that Kimberly and the others are safe and feel safe, which is a huge thing in this lifestyle. I really liked the creative way the author gave the women safe words that would protect them, despite the situation some of them were in. 

A lot of the previous couples show up in this book as secondary characters. Even though you don’t have to read the previous books, per se, you do need to read Make Me, Sir before reading To Command and Collar. I also recommend you keep tissue on hand as some scenes are tearjerkers.  I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Master Sam.

Publisher's Note: This book contains situations that include fire play and violence. 

Home for the Holidays

Title: Home for the Holidays
Author: Laura Baumbach
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: www.mlrbooks.com
ISBN: 978-1-60820-552-3
Genre: {M/M} Futuristic, Holiday Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Aiden might still find living in the twenty-seventh century frustrating and confusing but being with his brawny, yet tender, warrior makes it all worthwhile. With the holidays fast approaching, nearly everyone on the space station is making preparations for Christmas. He doesn’t understand why Talos is restless when Oracans didn’t celebrate the holiday. Then Aiden realizes his mate only wants to make him feel at home, so it’s up to him to show Talos how to spend a sexy Caribbean Christmas holiday. 

Home For The Holidays is a fun and entertaining holiday themed short and takes up shortly after when Details of the Hunt left off and reading it first would be beneficial. This release…#1.5…is  a well written and quick read…a delightful piece of Christmas fluff showing Talos trying to make his pirate feel at home after plucking him 900 years out of the past. At a mere 4K, the set-up details are limited but those used give a good idea of what Aiden is feeling. And did I mention the blistering hot sex. These two guys…these bonded mates are smoking hot together. Since reading the first novel, I’ve been hoping for the sequel. What about it, Ms. Baumbach…a sequel…please???