Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Masks Off!

Title: Masks Off!
Author: Anthology
Publisher: Torquere Press 
Publisher URL: www.torquerebooks.com
ISBN: 978-1-61040-349-8
Genre: {M/M} Shape-Shifters
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Different Masks by BA Tortuga - 5 Nymphs
It was bad enough Lyons had to track down the young wolves and haul them back to the pack, but Lyons is beyond angry when he has to track down his mate, Kipp, to learn the real reason Kipp ran away. Lyons’ façade was that he is a dutiful wolf obedient to the pack and he was until it came down to choosing duty versus love for his mate. Kipp camouflaged his magical gifts, as well as his fears.   

Foxtrot by Missouri Dalton - 3 Nymphs
Saxophone musician Remy has a busy night as the entertainment for two uneventful Masquerades. The story premise simply catalogs Remy’s evening as well as a description of parties. The confusing characters have alternate identity names for the various species, such as vulpes which I assume are foxes. The plot is shallow, lacking exhibits of any sort of emotional depth.

Believe Me, Beloved by Charlie Cochet - 5 Nymphs
Human Robert Bradley discovered the fancy mask covers more than faces; the color of the mask marked the selected humans as prey for the shifter's midnight hunt. However, Robert as well as cat shifter Gabriel Chase are wearing more than one mask. Each man is hiding a secret love for the other. Rather than stand by and watch his future love die, Gabriel attacks his opponents as well as reveals his true nature to Robert.

As You Wish by Rob Rosen - 5 Nymphs
Newly hired servant James must past the test of trust Charles requires. Immediately attracted to Charles, James is determined to supply whatever his employer desires including being bitten by the werewolf Charles becomes on the nights of full moon.

Alpha Prime by Katherine Halle - 5 Nymphs
As Wolfsbane15 and DocWolf24 in a werewolf chat room the masks are off, perceived impressions are erased and true friendship can blossom. By the time Stephen and Christian finally meet face to face, they also discovered they were fated life mates.

What You Are by Elizabeth Brooks - 4.5 Nymphs
Cory wished he could act on his attraction to Leon, but Cory fears rejection if his secrets were revealed. Cory is in the closet, gay and a wolf shifter. However, Cory finds out quite by accident that he is just the type of man Leon is looking for. Spending just one night together in the moonlight, Cory and Leon become liberated shifter friends with sensual benefits.

Annual Full Moon Werewolf Ball by Sean Michael - 4 Nymphs
Grammercy wanted answers and there was only one man who could provide them. For almost a year Gramm has been searching for the unnamed man who bit him, changed him into a werewolf then disappeared, leaving Gramm to deal with what he had become on his own. But the surprise is on Gramm when he finally scents Damien at the ball. Gramm learns Damien is his mate, as well as there are mysteries about Gramm’s past yet to be discovered.

Masks Off is an intriguing collection of erotic romance. Overall, the enjoyable stories illustrate a variety of background settings, time periods in addition to wonderful character interaction. I especially enjoyed the characters in their shifted forms.

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