Friday, January 13, 2012

Talan's Treasure

Title: Talan's Treasure
Author: Amber Kell
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Publisher URL: www.total-e-bound.com
ISBN: 978-0-85715-843-7
Genre: {M/M} Wereshifters, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx   

Adrian and Talan finally arrive at the cabins after traveling the icy roads. They stopped in front of the caretaker’s cabin to check in, only to discover the wolf shifter had been murdered. Trapped by a snow storm in addition to having a sheriff who hates shifters, solving the murder is left to Adrian and Talan.  

Talan's Treasure is book five in the Supernatural Mates Series.  Adrian and Talan are the main characters in the first book of the series. Adrian is a small wolf shifter and Talan is a lion shifter as well as the pride’s alpha, the two are true mates sharing a mate bond. The plot features the murder mystery, a touch of drama when Adrian is attacked, sensual lovemaking plus the disposal of the mentally infected killer.  

Amber Kell’s Talan’s Treasure is an impressive, as well as exceptionally enjoyable, romantic suspense.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Title:  Something Wicked This Way Comes
Author:  Laurann Dohner, Mel Teshco, Desiree Holt, Eliza Knight, Kathy Kulig,  Jaid Black
Publisher:  Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL:  www.jasminejade.com
ISBN:  9781419936906
Genre:  {M/F}, BDSM, Paranormal
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph 

Captain of Nara’s Heart by Laurann Dohner - 4.5 Nymphs 

A pilot and her crew are sent to be auctioned as sex slaves after being arrested.  A member of Captain Vellar’s crew buys her for him, as he needs to have a female until one from his home planet can arrive. 

This was an interesting story about a woman falling in love with a man from another world and taking matters into her own hands to be happy. 

Dragon Heat by Mel Teshco - 4 Nymphs 

After she goes after Bensen, Grace is betrayed by the organization she is an operative for.  Unbeknownst to her, she is actually the target. 

A story of deceit and betrayal by friends, to finding love with an unlikely man, made for an intense story.
Dangerous Addiction by Desiree Holt – 5 Nymphs    
Cord saw Fallon and fell for her, but has to fight the fact she was abused by her former Dom.
A beautiful BDSM story where patience wins the heart of a brave woman.
Highland Tryst by Eliza Knight - 4.5 Nymphs
Kari trips over Fin after he is transported to the present by a witch on the battlefield where he almost lost his life.
This was a fun story with a lot of misunderstandings.
Tattoo Witch by Kathy Kulig - 3.5 Nymphs
Sam and Anita end up getting tattoos that come with good things and curses.
I was actually a little disappointed with this story. There were some places it seemed a little redundant and others confusing.
The Addiction by Jaid Black - 5 Nymphs
Shelli is fired after another disastrous performance, but has caught the eye of John Calder.
I enjoyed the humor in this story and had to laugh at a lot of Shelli’s antics.  A good love story, this is the sequel to The Possession.
Some of the stories in Something Wicked This Way Comes don’t really seem to belong in a book with this title.  Most seem to be straight forward love stories, with a few minutes of angst.  Only one seemed to really embody the title.  I’ll admit this did throw me a little because it ended up being a totally different mindset as I read.  Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy most of the stories and a few I would have liked to know more about the characters.  The chemistry between the couples was intense and you could see some of the emotions coming through.  There are a few stories I will read again in this book.

Christmas Homecoming

Title: Christmas Homecoming
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: www.torquerepress.com
ISBN: 978-1-61040-719-9
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary BDSM Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Waiting for his lover, Joey, to come home from his deployment in Afghanistan is making Grady cranky. It’s been nearly two years since they’ve been together and it looks like Valentine’s Day might be the earliest they see each other. It makes for a lonely holiday season, but Oliver’s keeping him busy helping with the Hammer’s annual Christmas Charity Auction. But there’s a special surprise waiting for him on auction night…one he’ll likely never forget. 

Christmas Homecoming is release 12.1 in Sean Michael’s Hammer series. It’s another fun and entertaining short, just what I’ve come to expect from an annual holiday story. That this one involves a returning serviceman who happens to be a sub in an established relationship just makes this release all the more poignant. It also allows them to delve immediately into the problems Joey has on returning…issues only Grady, as his Dom, can help with. 

The author did a wonderful job showing Grady’s loneliness for Joey, affecting his entire life. This also allows the entrance of Jack and Oliver, bringing in the beloved Hammer characters, grounding the story and pulling Grady into the auction action. I love the surprise twist at the auction and the reaction of both Grady and Joey on seeing each other. As you can imagine there’s lots of blistering hot sex in this story of love reunited but that doesn’t mean that sub Joey doesn’t get the discipline he wants and needs. So, if you’re in the mood for a BDSM story filled with love between established partners, give this well written holiday gem a try.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Summit City Christmas

Title: A Summit City Christmas
Author: Ethan Day
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: www.mlrbooks.com
ISBN: 978-1-60820-545-3
Genre: {M/M} Holiday, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx   

The morning before Christmas, Boone is standing on the back deck consuming coffee while talking to himself. This is Boone’s daily ritual in an effort to accustom his body to the cold temperatures of Summit City.   

A Summit City Christmas is a holiday short and part of the Sno Ho series. The story, narrated by Boone briefly highlights the personalities of friends, family as well as the difference in Wade and Boone’s backgrounds. Boone is somewhat of a pampered princess with an opinion on everything including the décor of Wade’s traditional Christmas tree. Wade is attempting to hold on to his small town values, but he is slowly losing the battle because of his love for and from Boone. In order to fully savor A Summit City Christmas, I suggest reading the beginning story Sno Ho followed by Life in Fusion. The characters are outrageously funny as well as incredibly enjoyable, especially Boone.