Saturday, February 18, 2012

Light Me Up

Title: Light Me Up
Author: James Buchanan
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: www.mlrbooks.com
ISBN: 978-1-60820-514-1
Genre: {M/M} Holiday, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx   

Kabe had been dropping hints until Joe finally decided to take Kabe to the forest to cut down a tree. It is their first Christmas together and they wanted to make new memories. 

Light Me Up implies to more than lights on a tree. To grasp the true meaning of the title, I suggest reading the first book Hard Fall followed by Spin Out. Kabe remembers the holidays spent with his grandmother, she was his only supporting family member. For Joe, who grew up in a frugal household, exchanging cards and dinner was the extent of his celebrating. 

James Buchanan’s Light Me Up is a heartwarming enjoyable short story.

Honored Vow

Title: Honored Vow
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-61372-218-3
Genre: {M/M} Fantasy Paranormal Series
Rating: Golden Blush
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Jin’s new powers as a nekhene cat are still growing and his position as reah in Logan’s tribe is firmly established when they discover the priest of Chae Rophon has called an honor challenge. Logan isn’t thrilled to learn he’s one of six champions to participate and he must travel to Mongolia to take part in a fight to the death, in order to determine who becomes the leader of all were-panthers. 

Logan won’t be traveling alone. Jin must play a part, honoring his pledge to his mate, tribe and culture. As true-mates the prolonged separation required for the trial is dangerous, threatening Logan’s life and humanity. If they have any hope of surviving the trial’s ordeal, Jin and Logan must trust in their love, and honor the vows spoken from their hearts. 

Honored Vow is the third and final release in Mary Calmes trilogy Change of Heart. For all you fellow fans of the series, don’t be too sad with this final book of Jin and Logan. Ms. Calmes is already working on the sequel which will focus on Domin and those individuals who followed him to a new life in Sobek. I can hardly wait. 

I’ve really enjoyed this series and the world building from the first release to the last has been wonderful, getting deeper and more detailed with each consecutive book. That means here we get to see more vividly the were-panther traditions, hidebound laws and brutal rituals. Be aware that this book is filled with violence, blood and death, which some readers may find objectionable, but it fit perfectly within the context of the plotline.   

In addition to Jin and Logan there are plenty of familiar secondary characters.  The opening scenes are attention grabbing, making you fear the worst for the Crane’s life. But the twists and turns certainly don’t end there. They just get more intense and spaced closer together when the story moves to Mongolia. Its here we get even more graphic details of the were-panther world, new characters are introduced and the action really picks up as the trials begin. 

The story is well written and kept my attention from beginning to end. In fact, I couldn’t put it down and read it in one day. The plot is complicated, is action packed, has a fast flow, and is filled with drama and friendship. And I can’t forget Jin and Logan. Their relationship has grown stronger and become more intense and mature, their loving mating…their romance grounding everyone in the Church tribe. 

So, if you read and enjoyed the first two books in this series, reading Honored Vow is a must. It’s a nail-biting rollercoaster ride that kept me on the edge of my seat. You know that Jin and Logan will survive but that doesn’t mean there won’t be more twists and turn at the very end, so look for some major changes in the lives of several people that Jin loves dearly.

Veggie Burgers to Go

Title: Veggie Burgers to Go
Author: Karenna Colcroft
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: www.mlrbooks.com
ISBN: 978-1-60820-576-9
Genre: {M/M} Werewolves, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx  

Alpha of the Boston North Pack Tobias Rogan and his mate Kyle Slidell attend the Northeast Region conference in Pennsylvania. However, a dark cloud hangs over what should have been a happy occasion. Not everyone approves of the officially recognized alpha mated to a male. 

Veggie Burgers to Go is listed as the third installment in the Real Werewolves Don't Eat Meat Series. Nevertheless, the events in this storyline suggest Veggie Burgers to Go is the second book, followed by the holiday release Tofurkey and Yams. In this installment Kyle is still having problems integrating his take charge personality with his low position in the werewolf hierarchy. Also, for the safety of all werewolves, Kyle must sever ties with his human family. Kyle feels guilty because he was not allowed to defend his mate as well as friends. With so many changes in his life, Kyle suffers a mini meltdown. Tobias has his own troubles to deal with. Danger to the pack brings his wolf side to the forefront making it hard to control the internal violence which could accidently harm Kyle. 

Karenna Colcroft’s exceptionally impressive Veggie Burgers to Go illustrates the mindset of homophobia. Demonstrating sexuality has nothing to do with abilities to lead and that stupidity has no gender. I enjoyed this saga immensely.

Tibo’s Beginning

Title: Tibo’s Beginning
Authors: Stormy Glenn & Lynn Hagen
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61926-145-6
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

At an early age Tibo suffered a heart attack and was brought back to life by paramedics. It gave him a new appreciation for life and made him realize how much he cared for his hunky boss, Sal. When their lives are threatened because of their friends and they have to flee the city, Tibo’s scared but willing to go with Sal. He’s more thrilled to learn Sal cares for him but not too happy to learn he’s a phoenix, like Collin and Kyle. 

Danger is everywhere. They don’t know who to trust and then Sal turns into a creature from folklore; Tibo’s forced to give his faith and loyalty to his new lover. But can Sal keep Tibo safe from the dark forces hunting them? Can Tibo save Sal when he’s shot? Will they find a safe place to hide and make a future together? 

Tibo’s Beginning is release number three in the paranormal series Phoenix Rising. Due to the overlapping of plot and characters, the books should be read in order. 

It’s another entertaining read, with a good mixture of dark moments while trying to survive, and lighter ones in which they have fun, bantering conversation and sizzling hot sex. This one’s a bit different in that Tibo doesn’t die during the story but experiences his death previously from a bad heart. Sal’s an interesting guy, who obviously cares for Tibo, and the twist about his physical transformation is totally unexpected. 

Then there’s Glade and his cohorts. There’s lots about these guys that’s remains a mystery, despite some explanations. That’s one thing about this group I’ve found annoying, so I was glad some information’s finally been forthcoming about them. I also wish Tibo’s small size wasn’t mentioned so often. Adding new characters Mica and Percival with his aging family home, was nice touch. The details of the bayou are vividly described setting up the series for future releases.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Making It Real

Title: Making It Real
Author: Victoria Blisse
Publisher: House of Erotica
ISBN: N/A
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary
Rating: Golden Blush
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph 

Mary loves to write and loves to share her passions online with like-minded people. She also enjoys partaking in the occasional session of cybersex, all in the name of research, of course. Oh who is she kidding? Mary loves being able to immerse herself in her fantasies, exploring her kinks and testing her online lovers’ ability to type one handed. She never really expected to make such a connection to someone as she has to Will, an American guy who posts to the same forums as she does. 

Forum conversations lead to instant messaging, and Mary knows she’s in deep when every minute she’s not talking to Will, she’s thinking about talking to him. Sure, he’s not perfect. He acts a bit strangely at times, and there’s definitely stuff he’s not telling her about his private life, but Mary just can’t deny the feeling she gets whenever she’s online with Will. 

When Will surprises Mary by telling her he’s visiting England soon and would like to meet up with her, she is ecstatic. She’s been let down before by people pretending to be someone they’re not, but she can’t possibly miss the once in a lifetime opportunity to meet her online man in the flesh, can she? 

Making It Real is a fantastic story about a very modern relationship. The online flirting that deepens into something more is very realistically portrayed and I love how the characters tackle their unique relationship. I felt Mary’s curiosity about Will and frustration at not being able to get closer to him completely. There was a lot of mystery to Will that kept me reading and made me relate to Mary’s plight totally. The sexual tension, online and in person, is finger tingling, and I love how this balances out with the more mundane aspects of Mary’s life. The plot twists and develops at a good pace, the characters are fascinating, and the style of writing wrapped me up in their word to such an extent that I was sad when it ended. I may be slightly biased as I can personally relate to most of the plot, but Making It Real is an amazing, enjoyable read that I cannot recommend enough.

Cherish Your Name

Title: Cherish Your Name
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-61372-247-3
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Fantasy Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

As a Warder, Malic Sunden is used to battling demons and other creatures, but this Christmas season he’s doing something even more terrifying. He’s spending two weeks with the family of his beloved hearth, Dylan. They think Malic is much too old for Dylan and have made their feelings clear…they don’t like him…at all. At least their neighbor Brad seems to like him or does he? When Malic goes to rescue Brad he winds up being offered to a demon as a sacrifice, making him forget everything but Dylan’s name. Can Malic remember enough of himself to escape from Hell and make it back to the man he loves and thinks of as his home? 

Cherish Your Name is release six in the Warder series by Mary Calmes and this Christmas novella is the perfect way to end such an enjoyable and entertaining series, or is it really the end. There are hints that there might be more in the future. Fingers crossed. 

The colorful imagery of the over-the-top Christmas decorations covering nearly every available surface in the Shaw house and yard had me chuckling. And poor Malic. The Shaws really don’t like him and treat him horribly. It eventually causes him to doubt his relationship with Dylan and the expression of his pain is more than a little heartbreaking.  But some of this trouble can be laid at Dylan’s feet. He’s so interested in seeing his old friends that he’s ignoring Malic and hasn’t got a clue what his family is doing until it’s almost too late. But then watch out for some well-crafted possessiveness and jealousy.   

It was nice seeing a few of the other Warders when things got dicey and this is where we get hints that something new is happening with some of them getting new abilities. The demon portion of the story is small but important, showing the pull of a Warder and his hearth and the depth of Malic and Dylan’s love.  

I’ve enjoyed this entire series so it’s hard to pick my favorite. What I can assure you is that this holiday novella is fun, lighthearted and entertaining and I’ll be reading it again in the future.

War

Title: War
Author: T.A. Chase
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Publisher URL: www.total-e-bound.com
ISBN: 978-0-85715-847-5
Genre: {MM} Paranormal, Series
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx   

Russell Heinz is rescued by War when he was shot and barely hanging on to a cliff in Afghanistan. When Russell recovered from his wound, he returned to his army unit only to have two fellow soldiers die within feet of him. Again, the Red Horseman War comes to save Russell and in doing so, War is also saved. 

War is book two in The Four Horsemen Series. In this well-written episode, Russell sought to escape his small hometown in Kansas rather than face possible homophobia. Even though the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell laws have changed, Russell remained in the closet around his comrades.  Experiencing death first hand, Russell mind shuts down, causing him to be sent to a mental ward suffering from survivor’s guilt. War understands feeling guilty because he has centuries in that mindset. It takes divine intervention to prompt Russell and War to work towards letting go of the past along with closing the wounds.  

T.A. Chase has created a fascinating romance derived from a fear-provoking religious theme. By illustrating the beauty of love, the purpose of War is featured as a necessity to redeem mortals from evil as well as preserving the balance between Heaven and Hell. War is an amazing plus exceedingly enjoyable realistic saga.

The Shark Who Rode a Seahorse

Title: The Shark Who Rode a Seahorse
Author: Scarlet Hyacinth
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61926-229-0
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Shark-shifter Byron Cunningham realizes his feelings for seahorse-shifter Skylar Pierce are the real thing but knows they’re too different to be together. He’s a huge monster that everyone’s afraid of, while Skylar’s small and sweet…so Byron pushes him away. Days later at a party, Skylar’s attacked and almost raped by a wolf and Byron knows it’s not possible to stay away any longer. 

Skylar has been looking for his soul mate for as long as he can remember and when he meets Byron feels an instant bond. As they try to make a life together, they’re faced with many new challenges, including an unexpected pregnancy. Being a father isn’t something Byron ever expected but he’s ready to defend his family from any and all threats. 

The Shark Who Rode a Seahorse in release five in Scarlet Hyacinth’s Mate or Meal series. As with the others, the characters and friendships overlap, so the books should be read in order. 

This one might be my favorite. It’s very well written and integrates BDSM elements into the story nicely. It’s the first time this lifestyle’s been included in the series and it’s handled well, without allowing the pain/pleasure aspects of Byron and Skylar’s relationship to get too heavy…but it probably should have been mentioned in the publishers blurb.  

From their first meeting, I knew Skylar and Byron would make a great couple and Ms. Hyacinth proved me right. She’s created two characters with vastly different life experiences and personalities, and initially it doesn’t look good for them. Here’s where some of the twists and turns start, putting Skylar in danger and setting off all of Byron’s protective instincts. But it does get them together. Along the way numerous returning secondary characters make an appearance, Skylar’s unexpected pregnancy throws a wrench in things and family trouble arrives. The surprises just keep coming, along with more danger…but it all flows nicely, speeding along as the story races to the end.  

One of the twists endangers all the shifters and I’m assuming we’ll see the effects of its resolution in the next release. Be aware that the epilogue jumps ten years, propelling the series into the future and getting it ready for the next release, The Gazelle Who Caught a Lion. It features Angel and Clark, who were introduced as the adopted children of Brody and Carson from The Lamb Who Cried Wolf.

A Brac Pack Crazy Family Christmas

Title: A Brac Pack Crazy Family Christmas
Author: Lynn Hagen
Publisher: Siren -Bookstrand
Publisher’s URL: http://www.bookstrand.com
ISBN: 1-61926-228-2
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Series, Holiday
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph 

Maverick knows just what his pack needs to have a wonderful Christmas if he could only get them to agree. The Brac Pack warriors and their mates realize they have one crazy family but things are more out of control than usual and, to top it off, Maverick is running around handing out parts in his Nativity play that seems to have strayed from the original version. 

During the holiday season, many authors of a series will throw out a short holiday novella for their readers. Author Lynn Hagen has followed that tradition, however, instead of a short story touching on only one of the series couples, A Brac Pack Crazy Family Christmas touches on all of the main couples in the Brac Pack series. Each couple gets their own section in the story, which flows smoothly one into the other and keeps the story going without any issues. This is a fun filled story that centers on the family, so the troubles usually faced by the various members of the pack do not show up. That is not to say all is calm and quiet.  

When Kota inadvertently insults one of Santa’s elves, the elf decides to cause a little mischief with other members of the pack. What follows is sure to cause more than one reader to bust out laughing. The mates are their usual feisty selves, in fact, I couldn’t help wishing for the chance to go shopping in Paris the way the mates did. It was also funny watching both the mates and warriors run in fear whenever Maverick showed up to pass out copies of his Nativity play.  Many times I wanted to rush to the end just to see how the play would turn out.  When I finally arrived to that part of the story I was not disappointed.  The play was probably one of my favorite parts of the book; I loved how each of the pack members finally got pulled into doing the play, giving it their all so the children would be given something special for Christmas. 

The blurb on the publisher’s website mentions a surprise ending and they weren’t kidding. I did not see the twist the author threw in at the end and can’t wait to see how it will play out in the rest of the series.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Lynx Who Claimed the Sun

Title: The Lynx Who Claimed the Sun
Author: Scarlet Hyacinth
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61926-127-8
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

From the moment lynx-shifter Garth Mckenna first laid eyes on Nicolas, he thought the hummingbird-shifter was the hottest man he’s ever met. He quickly becomes the center of Garth’s world, his love and his unexpected mate, but making a relationship work isn’t easy for two such different individuals. When Garth’s sons reject Nicolas, he’s upset and doesn’t know what is wrong or what to do. 

Nicolas has problems of his own. He doesn’t remember much of his past and has kept it a secret from his friends. He’s loves Garth and is hurt about the kids change in behavior and doesn’t understand their rejection. But things get worse when his past comes back to haunt him, threatening the people he cares about.  When Nicolas disappears, it’s up to Garth to find him before what started twenty years ago, comes full circle, ending his life. 

The Lynx Who Claimed the Sun is release four in Scarlet Hyacinth’s Mate or Meal series. Note: Due to the interweaving of characters, the books should be read in order. 

It’s another fun and entertaining look into this unique shape-shifter world and it just keeps getting better and better. Garth and Nicolas are interesting guys and each has problems they’re dealing with, and I really appreciated the inclusion of Garth’s children. They certainly add an extra level of strain on their relationship and let us see another side to Garth...that of parent. Too bad the kids are little monsters to Nicolas…but it did fit in nicely with the plot.  

The story has a little bit of everything. A nice plot with a steady pace, good personality development, plenty of secondary characters, a fun, snappy dialogue and lots of sizzling hot sex. You don’t learn too much of Nicolas’ background until the later part of the story when a dramatic twist finds him back in the Mexican rainforest where he was born. Its here you’ll also find action, danger, betrayal and deceit as Nicolas struggles to survive and Garth attempts to save him.   If you enjoy shifter stories or have read the other books in this series, I know you’ll like this one. Give it a try. Look for The Shark Who Rode a Seahorse next.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

State of Affairs

Title: State of Affairs
Author: Dany Sirene
Publisher: Changeling Press
ISBN: 978-1-60521-756-7
Genre: M/M, M/M/M Dark Fantasy
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx   

Jade Harron is not convinced his king’s plan to spy on the neighboring court will work. Even the best laid plans have a way of changing. Instead of gathering information, Jade procured two lovers, Prince Keandre and Gareth, Captain of Prince Keandre’s guard.   

Jade was not always a royal spy, his former profession was that of a featured attraction at the local whore house. Of course Jade has always had a craving to wear women’s clothes which proved to be an asset in his new line of work. Keandre loves the male anatomy; Keandre regarded Jade in drag as the answer to his royal dilemma. Gareth is bi-sexual; however a male in a dress brings his fantasies to life.  

Dany Sirene’s State of Affairs is an impressive and exceptionally enjoyable happy for now saga. 

Texas Two Step

Title: Texas Two Step
Author: Cynthia D'Alba
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-60928-632-3
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Western Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Release date 02/28/12 

It’s taken six years but rancher Mitch Landry is ready to admit he made a huge mistake in walking away from Olivia Montgomery. The second mistake was the wife he divorced, but now he wants Olivia back and he’s ready to do whatever it takes to get her. 

Olivia survived the breakup with Mitch with the support of her family, lots of tears and hard work. In the intervening years her world has focused on her business and small son. Olivia’s not proud of the mistakes she’s made or the secrets she’s kept, but did what was needed to survive a painful situation.   

At the wedding of mutual friends, Olivia and Mitch are thrown together and the sparks fly. After one scorching kiss, emotions spiral out of control, leading her to hope a one-night stand will get Mitch out of her system. Can she let the past go, or will her secrets tangle them together into a life neither wants? Or do they? 

Texas Two Step is the first release in Cynthia D’Alba’s new contemporary western series, Texas Montgomery Mavericks. This author is new for me, and I’m glad I gave it a chance. I really enjoyed this first book in the series, and after reading the quality of the writing I have high hopes future releases will be just as well-written and entertaining. 

The story is well-plotted, and there’s plenty of angst and unresolved emotions between Olivia and Mitch. These two have nicely developed personalities and detailed personal backgrounds, and there are numerous secondary characters woven in throughout the story. The pacing moves along at a steady clip…certainly not a rollercoaster, but it never plods or drags in the middle either. As the story progresses, the author throws in several twists and turns to keep things interesting and Olivia and Mitch off balance. 

The characterization of Olivia and Mitch is nicely done. From the opening pages you know exactly what each feels for the other…the tension is nearly palpable…but neither wants the other to know. The scenes are vividly described, from the weather to the clothing and only get more detailed when the story moves to Mitch’s ranch.  

Now for Adam. This little guy is a definite scene stealer, and I really appreciate that the author didn’t relegate him to the background but kept him an integral part of the story. Okay, that’s it, I’m done for now, but I can’t wait for the next release in the series.

Russell’s Reversal

Title: Russell’s Reversal
Author: Stephani Hecht
Publisher: eXtasy Books
ISBN: 978-1-77111-025-9
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Series
Rating:  4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph 

Dalton has a lot in his past to overcome.  Enslaved after the death of his family, it is only due to The Coalition that he is free today.  When he finds his mate at a wedding that ties a wolf pack with the coalition, he is thrilled beyond belief.  But then Russell’s past comes into play and Dalton wonders if their relationship is beyond fixing. 

Russell’s Reversal is the fourteenth addition to The Lost Shifter series.  While Dalton and Russell had been introduced in past stories, and their relationship was mentioned in the last book, the author backtracks so that the reader can see how the two met.  Although both characters pull you right in to this newest story, it was Russell that really grabbed me.  This is a character that was forced from his pack because he was gay and had to make a living any way he could.  Being branded an outlaw by the leader of his old pack, Russell decides to become one. I liked the fact that he makes no excuses for what he does, yet realizes that because of Dalton he must now change his ways.  

Dalton in some ways is still an innocent, even after having been a slave.  The connection he has with Russell is instantaneous and the two together are hot.  I loved the way Dalton stands up to the others in the coalition with regards to his relationship with Russell.  When he throws their behavior towards Russell into their faces I wanted to say “so there”.  When news that Russell, at one time, had contact with someone involved with slavers comes out, Dalton’s reaction is expected, so much so that you can see it coming. 

Russell’s Reversal is not only about the two men’s relationship.  With this story, the author moves the series in a new direction.  Due to the actions of the ravens, the relationship between humans and shape-shifters is about to change.  This opens the way for even more stories to be added to this series.  In many ways each book can be read as a stand alone; however, readers will get more enjoyment from them if read in order.

Love’s Strategy

Title:  Love’s Strategy
Author:  Samantha Kane
Publisher:  Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL:  www.jasminejade.com
ISBN: 9781419911606
Genre:  {M/M/F}, Historical, Series
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph 

Leah is a widow with two small children, left destitute when her husband died with a lot of gambling debts.  Valentine and Kurt approach her on the recommendation of a friend to ask if she would marry them both. 

Love’s Strategy is the third book of the Brothers In Arms series and will take the reader on a suspenseful trip after Leah’s brother-in-law kidnaps her children. The reader learns that in some cases abuse is acceptable within the society that the story takes place.  Even after a death, gambling debts were considered a legal debt to be repaid by the family and any property of the spouse could be confiscated by these ‘creditors’.  I found it to be interesting that families could actually be placed in debtor’s prison for gambling debts during that historical timeframe. 

Leah learns what it is like to make love to the men and realizes what she had missed while married to her late husband.  The scene in the drawing room between the three is hot.  The scenes between Valentine and Kurt are scorching so keep ice on hand.  Mention is made of the mysterious enemy that keeps popping up, though the villain in this case is obvious.  The resolution of this situation surprised me a little in how it was handled.   

While I’m learning that you can read these as stand-alone books, I strongly suggest you read this series in order.  As I learn more about these men’s lives after war, I almost wish I had a few of them for myself.

New Legs, New Year

Title: New Legs, New Year
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: www.torquerebooks.com
ISBN: None listed
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary BDSM Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx                                             

It’s the holiday season and Jeremy should be happy, looking forward to Christmas and New Year’s, but he’s not. Because of his back, his doctors have ordered him new, lighter weight prosthetic legs and he doesn’t like them one bite. He’s anxious, upset and angry, and wants the old ones back. Can Simon figure out what’s really wrong and then give his lover what he needs to deal with his newest medical hurdle? 

New Legs, New Year is from the Naughty line of Christmas Sip releases and follows along in Jeremy and Simon’s lives from Forged in the Hammer series.  I’ve loved these two characters since their introduction and was thrilled to find them featured in this short story. While it can be read alone, you’ll enjoy it much more if you’ve read Forged first. It covers some serious issues but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun and entertaining. 

Jeremy is having trouble dealing with the change to a different pair of prosthetic legs and this new stumbling block brings all sorts of worries to the forefront of his mind. I really enjoyed seeing their love and that Simon is willing to talk about what’s bothering his man, but it still doesn’t stop him from giving Jeremy what he needs to feel grounded and loved. That means plenty of support, understanding and sizzling hot sex between two deeply devoted men as they tackle the challenges of life.

Fangs, Fur, and Snowballs

Title: Fangs, Fur, and Snowballs
Author: Stephani Hecht
Publisher: eXtasy Books
ISBN: 978-1-77111-054-9
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Series
Rating:  4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph 

Not only is it Christmas, but this is the first time Chris’s and Russell’s wolf packs will be joining the coalition members in the celebration of the season.  Assigned by Mitchell to organize the party, Keegan soon finds things are more than he can handle on his own. 

Fangs, Fur, and Snowballs is The Lost Shifters holiday release by author Stephani Hecht.  This fast-paced novella does not center on any one couple, rather it gives the readers a quick peak into the going-ons of many of the couples that readers have already meet.  Whether it’s Keegan’s OCD, the action of eagle twins Riley and Xavier, or seeing Russell and Dalton with their babies, the readers will find something that draws them to this story.   

The author also uses this book to introduce new characters, some of whom already seem to have made a connection, as well as hint at upcoming issues the shifters will face.  If you’re looking for a good holiday read, then make sure you pick up Fangs, Fur, and Snowballs. 

Beautiful Harmony

Title: Beautiful Harmony
Author: S.J. Frost
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: www.mlrbooks.com
ISBN: 978-1-60820-510-3
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, Series
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx   

Surviving the rough patches in their long term relationship, Kyler Christenson and Robbie Russo are on the road to more happiness when Kyler invents several exceptionally creative methods to express his love for and to Robbie. 

Beautiful Harmony features the characters from Black Heart Down, a spinoff from the Conquest Series. Robbie is overjoyed by Kyler’s significant proof that the only true gift worth giving to another is the gift of love. Kyler and Robbie have loved each other since high school, although it has only been recently that Kyler could openly communicate his feelings for Robbie. Finally out in the open, Kyler does exceedingly well in demonstrating his true personality to Robbie, both in spectacular examples of intimacy in addition to other marvelous illustrations of affection. 

S.J. Frost’s characters’ update encourages smiling, warm tingles, moments of awe as well as the urge to cheer. I thoroughly enjoyed Beautiful Harmony.