Monday, February 25, 2013

Love Means…No Limits

Author: Andrew Grey  
Publisher: Dreamspinner Books  
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62380-310-0
Genre: {M/M}, Western, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Spider’s life was full of luxury yet very little affection, so when he couldn’t take it any longer, he turns to drugs.  Soon Spider’s life is out of control and it looks like there’s no way out, especially after his parents find out he’s gay.  When Spider accidently overdoses, his life changes in so many ways he is no longer sure what to think.

Love Means…No Limits is the latest release in author Andrew Grey’s Love Means series.  Since this series revolves around characters struggling for one reason or the other, it is not unusual for there to be angst woven throughout the story.  However, Love Means…No Limits is tougher than any of the previous books.  Bart, aka Spider, is a druggie running from the problems in his life.  This is a severely damaged character, yet I think readers will be drawn to him, especially as more of his story is revealed.  Some of the things he has gone through may be tough for some to read, yet it goes a long way to explain just who Bart is. 

Tyrone is someone readers may remember from previous stories.  Although his story is a little different from Bart’s, it is in no way less troubling.  Tyrone is a strong individual who struggles to be himself, while keeping who he really is from his family.  I really felt for Tyrone, especially when it came to his relationship with his mother. 

These two do not start off on the right foot when they first meet, yet as they spend more and more time together, they form a strong friendship that moves into something more.  One of the things I really liked about Love Means…No Limits is that the author took the men’s situations into account and did not have them jumping into bed as soon as they realized the attraction was there.

Since a majority of this story takes place at Laughton Farms, it is only fitting that a majority of the secondary characters are couples we have met before.  These strong couples are just what Tyrone and Bart need in their lives, as they show the young men that there is nothing wrong with the way they feel for each other.  They also show the men that sometimes families are ‘made’, rather than born into and when Bart’s past comes back to haunt him, his family is there to help.

Love Means…No Limits is a great story and a wonderful addition to this ongoing series.  Fans of the author are sure to love the new book.  While each story can stand on its own, I would strongly recommend that you give all the books a try.

Chance Met

Title: Chance Met
Author: Karenna Colcroft
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN: MLR-1-02013-0020
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Being a good parent to his son Mikey is a challenge for Trey Damone, especially since they must live in a hush-hush environment. Nevertheless, meeting Jeremiah Crawford holds the promise of finally bringing some much needed happiness into Trey and Crawford’s lives.  

Chance Met is a Valentine short story and part of Real Werewolves Don't Eat Meat series. Trey and Mikey first appeared in Hummus On Rye. Jeremiah Crawford is a new character. Trey and Mikey moved to Boston, thinking they had found a safe haven for Mikey. However, Trey was bitten by a werewolf shortly after they moved into their new apartment. Now Trey and Mikey are protected members of the Boston North Pack. Because of his psychic abilities, it is Mikey who first recognized that Crawford is trustworthy as well as attracted to Trey. With Mikey’s encouragement, Trey and Crawford share a first date Valentine dinner with a little intimacy afterward.

Chance Met is a heartwarming and enjoyable saga that opens the door for more of Trey, Mikey and Crawford in future episodes. 

Passionate Immunity

Author:  Elizabeth Lapthorne
Publisher:  Total-e-Bound
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ISBN/BIN:  978-1-78184-199-0
Genre:  {M/F}, Mystery, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Tristan will be going back on active duty and working the case involving a project the traitor was working on.  Unfortunately they need a scientist to make sense of the medical notes and Kimberly is drafted by her friend’s husband to help.

Passionate Immunity is the third book in The Agency series and picks up with one of the agents from Flirting With Danger.  A new partner for Tristan is introduced and their new boss has assigned both of them to assist Kimberly, then to follow up on her findings. 

Tristan and Kimberly realize they have some explosive chemistry when they meet.  I really liked Kimberly’s enthusiasm, even though she had some wrong ideas about what ‘spies’ do.  The author gave her a wonderful personality that just lights up the room.  Nothing that happened seemed to faze her.

The author threw in a twist that was never hinted at in the previous books.  The way she also weaved the medical information so the reader could understand the workings of labs was enjoyable.  I loved Tristan’s attitude about Kimberly’s work.  I had hoped that there would be more resolution about one situation, but the way Passionate Immunity ended probably is the foundation for the next story in this series.

This series does need to be read in order.  Though each book is about separate agents, the storyline about the aftermath of a traitor within an agency is true to life.  I am waiting for the next book as I want to see where the trail leads.

Ackley’s Savior

Author: Stephani Hecht
Publisher: eXtasy Books
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ISBN/BIN:  978-1-77111-464-6
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Even with a variety of coalition members around him, Ackley feels alone at times and wishes for a mate to care for.  Unfortunately, Ackley is unable to see what is right in front of him, until Isaac becomes hard to miss.

The 20th book in The Lost Shifters series starts with a punch and keeps going.  Ackley’s Savior brings back a couple of previous characters and throws them together.  Ackley is an assassin who not only had to adjust to being a member of the coalition, but also has to break in a new partner after his twin brother decides to stop going out on missions. He wants a mate just like his brothers, but what he gets is the total opposite.  I really liked that the author decided to give this tough assassin someone who is just as capable of taking care of himself as Ackley is.  Isaac may have had to become a warrior with no formal training, but that does not mean he isn’t as tough as the next man.

Of course this becomes an issue between the two men.  While the fans know that once these two really spend some time together the attraction between them will be hard to ignore, Ackley has some changes to make regarding the caring of a mate before their relationship can really go forward.  I liked watching the adjustments he made, especially since Isaac can be a little snarky at times and doesn’t pull any punches.  When the men reach the point where they can move their relationship to the next level, the pages really burn.

The battle the shifters in this series are fighting continues and during the course of one of their missions, they learn of a new arch enemy, one they only know by a nickname.  The author throws in some twists and turns during one of the coalition missions, and I was surprised by some of the twists.  Ackley’s Savior is a little bloodier than some of the books, but all of the violence is necessary to the storyline. 

While Ackley’s Savior can be read as a stand-alone, I would suggest that you read When Tatum got bit by a Spider so that you can understand more about Ackley’s background.