Thursday, May 16, 2013

False Match


Title:  False Match
Author:  Lynne Silver
Publisher:  Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL:  www.jasminejade.com
ISBN/BIN:  9781419944956
Genre:  {M/F}, Contemporary, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Chase just knows he is not enhanced and doesn’t belong with the Program and asks Samara to do the tests to confirm that fact.  Samara was rescued, but now is working for the Program in their genetic program, but she feels like she is in prison with Chase acting as her guard.

The third book in the Coded for Love series, False Match, picks up after the first book, Heated Match, after mounting a rescue which ended up freeing Samara and her son.  Because she had been forced to help their enemy, due to her son’s life being threatened, she is under a lot of suspicion and under guard. 

Chase’s feelings are understandable when he realizes he is not an enhanced soldier, something which creates some problems, not only with his fellow soldiers but Samara as well.  Other issues arise that can threaten everything the Program is doing as well as those living there.

The relationship that develops between Samara and Chase is very true to life with lots of misunderstandings along the way, though they have lots of chemistry.  The author shows how single parents have to be careful about relationships and how it can affect the children, as well. 

As this series progresses, some of the stories lead into the next book.  Readers need to read this series in order as there is a lot of background needed to understand a lot of what is going on.  I am waiting for the next book, as False Match ended with a twist. 

Fire Horse


Title: Fire Horse
Author: Mickie B. Ashling
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62380-578-4
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

With a refined English mother and a rough Texan father, who liked to use his fists, Preston Fawkes had a troubled home life. By age ten, he wanted to become a polo player. Meeting fifteen-year-old Konrad Schnell at the San Antonio Polo Club sends him on a path that will change his life.  As Preston grows older, he and Konrad grow much closer and when he’s sent to boarding school in England, they’re both devastated.  

The distance and their age difference make it hard to keep up a relationship and Konrad is traveling, while playing polo. But most of all it’s the fear of what would happen if their relationship is exposed. Then the worst happens and they’re separated, sending Preston on a path that will rule his life—being the best polo player possible. But is he happy?

Fire Horse is the newest release by Mickie B. Ashling. It’s well written, with a complicated plot that moves seamlessly from the present, to the past and back again.  The pacing is smooth and there are lots of vivid details that help bring the story to life. Since I know so little about polo, I liked learning about the ‘sport of kings’ and enjoyed it as the story premise. 

The story is told from Preston’s viewpoint, so we never learn what went on in Konrad’s head, only Preston’s reaction. It’s a big drawback for me because of the obvious deep emotional pain both men felt and the amount of baggage they carried. The differences between Preston’s life in Texas and England are handled nicely. It’s just one example of Ms. Ashling’s descriptive ability that permeates the entire story. Now to the characters. The personalities of all the characters are well developed but I still have mixed feelings about them—Preston in particular. He really doesn’t have any redeeming qualities. He’s rude, arrogant, conceited, annoying and won’t listen to anyone. I truly think he’s a character you’ll either love or hate, with no middle ground.

Maybe I should have seen it coming but I was surprised by the last scenes. I think you’ll like it. I am a bit disappointed at how abruptly the book ended and while I’m not a big fan of epilogues, I think in this instance a short one would have been nice. 

The Dragon Healer


Author:  Bianca D’Arc 
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL:  www.samhainpublishing.com
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-61921-528-3
Genre:  {M/F/M}, Ménage, Paranormal, Series
Rating:  4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Silla is wary of the attraction she has for Brodie and Geoff.  She had a very bad experience before she ended up at the Temple to be trained as a healer.  Can she overcome her past to accept the triad marriage she is being offered as a knight’s mate?

The latest in the Dragon Knights series brings a new element to the series.  The Dragon Healer tells us about a Temple that trains healers, who are then sent out among the community for about ten years before returning.  Silla finds herself helping a wounded dragon for the first time in her life.

Silla surprises Brodie and herself when she hears the dragon, making her one of those rare women that can become a wife of the Dragon Knights.  Both Brodie and Geoff realize she is theirs, but know they have to convince Silla.  The chemistry between the three is hot.  Be aware there is a very mild BDSM scene.

I liked the storyline about the healer and the Temple.  This is a little bit of a departure from the constant battles in the previous stories.  Granted, the fact that Silla can heal dragons will be an asset in the new lair that Brodie and Geoff are building.  Most of the secondary characters in this story were the inn keeper and townspeople. This story centered almost solely on the knights and the two dragons.

To Enchant an Eagle


Author: Amber Kell
Publisher: Extasy Books
Publisher URL: www.extasybooks.com
ISBN: 978-1-77111-523-0
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Everything has a price; this is the lesson eagle shifter Eaton Franks learned the hard way when a sorcerer offers to heal Eaton’s mate, hawk shifter Marty.

To Enchant an Eagle is the third book in the Banded Brothers Series. The plot is a romantic comedy with entertaining characters. Eaton is a member of the band, as well as an adopted member of the Gage family. Band leader Carey Gage is the only human. In this action packed episode, Marty, who was seriously injured in a hawk hierarchy skirmish, is confined to bed. Eaton is prepping for his doctoral thesis in physics when he is kidnapped by his lab partner. Although Eaton is a skilled warrior like the rest of the Gage family, Eaton finds that he is outnumbered by the enemy. Aware that his rescue will be almost immediately, Eaton releases another captive before the mêlée goes into full combat status.

Amber Kell has created another amusing exciting installment to this especially enjoyable series, which is best read in sequence. 

My Wicked Nanny


Title:  My Wicked Nanny
Author:  Ann Mayburn
Publisher:  Loose Id
Publisher URL:  www.loose-id.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62300-308-1
Genre: {M/F/F/M}, BDSM, Ménage and More, Series
Rating:  4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Anya starts working at Wicked to get enough money to pay for her studies in Paris.  She’s also working as a nanny for Jesse, not knowing he is actually a Master at Wicked.  Jesse is intrigued by Anya, not knowing she is his nanny that had taken a waitress job at Wicked and she is the first woman to interest him since his wife’s death.

My Wicked Nanny, the second book in the Club Wicked series, tells an interesting story about love, loss and second chances.  There were some interesting nuances at Wicked and I loved the description to some of the different areas within the club.  The author captures the reader’s interest quickly and doesn’t let it go, leaving the reader wanting more. 

At first, I wasn’t too fond of Jesse and the way he seemed to ignore Anya, only to want to monopolize her attention later.  I wanted to slap him with the way he confronted Anya, once he realized it was her at the club.  I liked that he forced Anya to follow her dream to make sure he was what she actually wanted. The chemistry between the two is hot, and the scenes burn the pages

There were a couple of interesting characters that really encouraged Anya and Master Liam is one I hope gets his own story one of these days.  There were a few I wasn’t too fond of either as they really seemed to go out of their way to cause trouble. 

I am looking forward to the next Club Wicked installment and I hope it is either about Master Hawk or Master Liam.  These books can be read as stand-alones, though I encourage readers to read them in order.  This series is one for the bookshelves to be read again.