Saturday, January 28, 2012

Truth Or Dare

Title:  Truth Or Dare
Author:  Brenda Williamson
Publisher: Amber Heat
ISBN:  978-1-61124-222-5
Genre:  {M/F} Contemporary
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph 

Laura always chose the dare instead of giving up information about herself.  That’s how she’d gotten into this mess in the first place.  Somehow she found the nerve to get on stage and participate in a pole competition.  Nerves almost got the best of her when Laura looked out into the crowd and into the blue eyes of the man she still wanted.   

Instead of dancing for Mark, Laura is forced to dance with him.  Laura finds it hard to mask the feelings she has for Mark and she’s confused by the signals she’s getting from him.  How could Mark respond to her with such passion while his wife was standing by watching?  He was married now, so that meant Mark was off limits.  Wasn’t he? 

Laura and Mark hadn’t seen each other in years until fate brings them together, much like it had in the past.  Things are hot and heavy between the two of them from the moment they meet in the club.  Mark challenges Laura to the ultimate game of Truth Or Dare and Laura finally tells the truth.  Up until this point in the story, I had no idea what was going on in Mark’s head.  I knew he’d gotten married, but honestly I didn’t care at all.  With the kind of history he and Laura had, there was no way they weren’t meant to have a future together.  It would have been a shame to see their bond broken because of a misunderstanding.  Readers will appreciate this short story because it’s a wonderful reminder of what can happen when we let down our shields and take a chance. 

Perfect Timing

Title: Perfect Timing
Author: Aimée Brissay
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61926-077-8
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx  

Vampire Valentin Alekseev stopped to rest at a tavern, miles away from his homeland, hoping he can stay ahead of his pursuers, intent on killing him.  Valentin is the only survivor from his Russian coven.  When cat-shifter Shawn Dougal walks into the tavern, he is immediately drawn to the scent of his mate. Valentin and Shawn are both surprised to discover that they are destined to be together. 

Perfect Timing is a fascinating action packed comical romance of two unlikely paranormals mated. However, the plot illustrates the increased survival benefits of their union. Valentin has been poisoned from drinking tainted blood, unable to feed; Valentin is slowly starving to death. Valentin soon discovered he can tolerate Shawn’s blood plus gain loss strength. Valentin still retains some of his powers which are a benefit during several deadly attacks on them both. Valentin has lost some of his ability to scent different species; Shawn is a great scent tracker. Valentin is a bit of a romantic as well as easily hurt by negative words. Shawn has a touch of a snarky attitude mostly due to his bewilderment of being mated to a male vampire. Shawn was never attracted to men prior to meeting Valentin. There are a couple of brief intimate scenes, although the main focus of the plot is dramatic action rather than detailed lovemaking.  

Aimée Brissay’s Perfect Timing is a thrilling and enjoyable happy-for-now saga with enough of an open ending to continue Valentin and Shawn’s exciting adventures.    

Curtis’s Dads

Title: Curtis’s Dads
Author: Lynn Hagen  
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1619261227
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Series
Rating:  4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph 

Curtis is ready to lose his virginity and he knows just who to give it to.  Now if he can just get his dads to give him some privacy.  Chauncey is thrilled to finally have met his mate, especially since he won’t have to worry about explaining shifters to him. But every time he turns around, Curtis’s dads are popping up.  Just what does a bear need to do to claim his mate? 

Curtis’s Dads is the 23rd story in the ongoing Brac Pack series.  While the majority of the characters are ones we already know, their quirkiness keeps the stories entertaining and the readers coming back for more.  Curtis’s Dads is about two of those characters.  When we first meet Curtis, he was a 15 year old boy coming to terms with the changes in his father’s life, as well as the growing knowledge that, like his father, he was also gay.  In this book, Curtis is 20 and ready to experience the sexual side of being gay.  The problem is his fathers and his uncertainty of what to do once he realizes one of the Lakeland bears is his mate.  Both issues are sure to leave the readers laughing but I would advise you not to drink during the scenes where Curtis decides to ask the mates about sex, as these scenes are truly over the top and had me laughing out loud more than once.  Chauncey is all bear, but of the gentle variety, until it comes to protecting his mate.  The connection between these two men shines through clearly for all to see.  The gentleness Chauncey shows his mate is heart-warming but the sex between them is just as hot as any of the other couples.  When Curtis’s past comes out, Chauncey, as well as his brother Chance, truly show their wild side. 

There is the usual mention of the problems faced by the pack and other paranormals.  Just when I think I know what’s going on and who the bad guys are, the author throws in a few new twists and turns, which of course leaves me eagerly waiting for the next book to come out. This book is one I will be reading again and should not be missed.