Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Darker Cravings

Title:  Darker Cravings
Author:  Candice Gilmer
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL:  www.samhainpublishing.com
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-61923-080-4
Genre:  {M/F/M}, Paranormal, Series
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

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Nicole is getting ready to transfer to a new job, when she meets Joseph and James.  Her life is about to take a major turn when she enters into a relationship with both men.

Darker Cravings is the second book in the Mythical Knights series by Candice Gilmer.  The Templars continue to make an appearance, though this story is about a vampire triad.

James and Joseph have an interesting past which makes them very cautious when they think Nicole might be their third. Things come to a head after an accident when James, Joseph and Nicole are together one night that accelerates Nicole turning.  Because of this situation, the Templars get involved when Nicole requests a favor from one of the Knights.  Several characters from the previous book show up and the bad guy is finally named, though catching him is far from resolved.

James’ and Joseph’s past come back to haunt them and results in a cliffhanger that I hope is resolved in a future story. The relationship between James, Joseph and Nicole finally settles and the chemistry is hot between them.

I recommend readers read the series in order to get the most out of it, especially regarding the thread that continues in each book.  I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.  

Readers should be aware this book was originally released by Lyrical Press under the title A Darker Trinity.

Assassins are People Too

Author: S.C. Wynne
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: www.loose-id.com
ISBN: 978-1-68252-028-4
Genre: {M/M} Mystery & Suspense
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Emotions are not part of the equation for paid assassin Marc Francis. Nevertheless, Marc’s head could not overrule his heart’s strong attraction to his apartment neighbor, Dillon Carter.

Assassins are People Too is an energetic action plot of two men who become unlikely lovers with little to no future of a normal relationship. Marc and Dillon’s stolen moments of intimacy are marred by murder attempts from Marc’s enemies.

Marc is a shadow man who has lost his humanity. He is trapped in an unsupported service where being killed is a more probable future than retirement. Unfortunately, Marc’s desire for Dillon jeopardizes Dillon’s life, as well.

Before meeting Marc, Dillon lived a quiet almost boring life. Dillon is a kindhearted man who rescues discarded plants and looks for the goodness in everyone, even though some people are beyond redemption. 

S.C. Wynne has created an intriguing as well as enjoyable saga that ends with two possibilities, a cliffhanger with a future sequel or Marc and Dillon living in the moment leaving the readers to decide their conclusion.         

Eyes Only For Me

Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 9781634766876
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary        
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Clay and Ronnie are nothing alike, yet have been friends for years.  When Clay needs Ronnie the most, the other man is there to lend a hand.  So what are these two to do, when a night of passion reveals more than either may be ready to handle. 

Eyes Only For Me is the newest book by Andrew Grey and is a well done gay for you story.  The main characters are easy to like and are older than we usually see, which works really well in this story.  Clay is gay and has been in love with Ronnie for a while. Since Ronnie is straight and a bit of a player and Clay doesn’t want to lose his friend, he says nothing. When Clay’s father ends up in the hospital, Ronnie steps up.  I like that the author uses this moment to show what kind of man Ronnie really is.  I also like that the author shows how strong the men’s current relationship is, as it is sure to take a few hits once the nature of that relationship changes. 

Needless to say that with everything Clay is going through concerning his dad; he is floored by Ronnie’s actions.  He is also worried how their night of passion will change their friendship and gives Ronnie an out.  Of course, things do not go smoothly for either man, once they return to “normal” life.  It is easy to understand what both men are going through with Ronnie having to come to terms with the fact that he is falling in love with a man, and Clay with the possibility that one night with the man he loves has cost him everything. 

Like all of Mr. Grey’s stories I found myself pulled into the world he built.  I wanted the two men to find their happily ever after, but worried that they would be kept from doing so.  Fans of this author may want to know that this story is a little more angst-ridden than what we normally see from him, yet everything is believable which makes the story more realistic.  Eyes Only For Me is sure to find its way to many keeper shelves, and is one story I will be reading again.  


Title:  Panacea
Author:  Viola Grace
Publisher:  eXtasy Books
Publisher URL:  www.extasybooks.com
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-4874-0529-8
Genre:  {M/F}, Sci-Fi, Space Opera, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Lynni had trouble while she was in the tank getting the enhancements that would allow her to live on her new planet.  She is actually very prized by the Lrrko and her familiar is in for a surprise since he thinks she is the quiet one in her family.

Panacea is the 28th book in the Terran Times Second Wave series.  This book picks up where Perfect left off and reunites the two sisters.  This book also elaborates on the contract that was being negotiated regarding the women on Lrrko. 

Lynni is funny and very smart.  She figures things out quickly, including the fact that Leko is using the robot while he is away from Lrrko.  Once she gets there, she makes quite an impression on the Elders. 

The chemistry is great between Lynni and Leko.  I found some of the interactions between the sisters’ familiars funny, especially since they are so realistic in their expressions. 

Panacea is a quick fun read.  I am looking forward to more in this series.  I do wonder if there will be more about the Lrrko in the future or if the author will be taking us to a new world.

Vaqueros and Vigilance

Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Pride Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 9781784308865
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Western, Series          
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Joaquin is trying to recuperate from a gunshot wound, as well as cope with the fact that his father disowned him after he is outed at his mother’s funeral.  He is not sure how he is going to survive, or why he is so drawn to a young man he meets at a bar. 

Vaqueros and Vigilance is the eighth book in the Mossy Glenn Ranch series.  This story picks up shortly after the end of book seven and centers on Joaquin, another ranch hand at the Mossy Glenn.  Because this series is one that must be read in order, it allows the readers to get to know all the characters that show up, so when the readers start this book they are already invested in Joaquin and hoping things will turn out well for him. 

Seb is the young man that Joaquin and the other Mossy Glenn men saved in the last book.  Worried about being captured again by his “Master”, Seb takes off, but not before checking in on Joaquin.  Those few moments he spent with the barely conscious man makes an impression on Seb, who makes it his mission to protect the cowboy that saved his life.  Of course these two end up meeting again and, when they do, the passion between them explodes.  Theirs is not an easy relationship as both have things to overcome.  The author plays things out in a way that is believable and, of course, Will and his men are there to help. 

Vaqueros and Vigilance is a little different than the previous stories as it takes place within a few days’ time.  It also does not have a major crisis to overcome; instead focusing on the relationship between Joaquin and Seb. 

While I try to overlook typing/editing issues, there is one problem in this story that played a big part on the rating.  There is a continuity issue in regard to the names in the beginning of the book that throws the story off.  More than once, I had to go back and reread a section to make sure I wasn’t getting confused.  Thankfully, this is worked out by the middle of the story and the rest of the book flowed smoothly.  I loved the way the author wrapped up the story and wonder if more will follow.  

The Sea Between Us

Author: Neil Plakcy
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: www.loose-id.com
ISBN: 978-1-68252-025-3
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Party planner Adam Beller and building contractor Javier Marisco first met at the Miami Beach Publix grocery; their attraction was immediate as well as irresistible.  Adam and Javier’s attraction developed into a monogamous liaison together, at the present time they are ready to take the relationship to the next level, though there are a few obstacles standing between Adam and Javier’s pathway to matrimony.
The Sea Between Us is the sequel to Mi Amor. The sequel highlights Adam returning to an east coast college to earn a MBA in marketing and real estate. The separation puts a strain on the relationship, causing Adam to have doubts regarding Javier’s feelings. However, the real issues stems from Javier’s Cuban culture. Some in the Cuban community still believe homosexuality is a choice. This way of thinking is especially true with Javier’s parents, who refuse to accept that their son is gay. 

Neil Plakcy has created a wonderfully compassionate happily ever after romance that I thoroughly enjoyed. The Sea Between Us illustrates the transformation of Adam from a free spirit party boy to a mature responsible man.  

Branding An Icy Heart

Author: Charlie Richards
Publisher: eXtasy Books
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-4874-0552-6
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Series          
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

When Aleksei found out that two of his brothers took male mates, he took off unable to accept what they had.  Now months later, Aleksei hopes that his family is willing to take him back into the fold.  And then he meets Remy, who is not only human, but also Aleksei’s beloved.

Branding An Icy Heart is the 32nd book in Ms. Richards Wolves of Stone Ridge series.  This story has at its center Aleksei, another Kuznetsov brother from Russia, who readers may remember from previous books.  In the previous books, Aleksei made known his absolute dislike of the fact that two of his brothers had taken male mates.  Because of the way he acted, I could not wait for him to get his own story.  The fact that the author chose to not only make that beloved a male but also human, made this a fun story to read. 

Remy is openly gay and recovering from a bad experience, one that has left him scarred in more ways than one.  The first time he meets Aleksei he is drawn to the man, even after he realizes that Aleksei freaked out to be talking to a gay man.  Later when the two once again run into each other, the attraction is even stronger, but Remy cannot understand why the big Russian is acting the way he is. 

There are some funny moments when these two meet again and I had to laugh more than once at the actions of Aleksei’s brothers.  I was surprised that only one of the brothers was able to figure out what was going on.  Needless to say, while the attraction between Remy and Aleksei is strong, they do not have an easy time getting together.  Not only does Aleksei have to overcome some of his attitudes, there is also the fact that Remy does not know anything about the paranormal world that he finds himself a part of.  I think the author handled Aleksei’s coming out in a way that is believable and the relationship between the two men helps make Aleksei a more likeable character. 

Branding An Icy Heart is a well-done addition to this long running series.  While some of the stories may need to be read in order, it is possible to read this book without reading all the others first.  I do suggest you find The Vampire’s Geek and Driving Borscht Batty, however, as both these books deal with the first two Kuznetsov brothers.

Driven Snow

Title: Driven Snow
Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-63476-267-0
Genre: {M/M} Fairy Tale Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

NorCal University is proud of the positive media attention two of their senior students produce. Snowden “Snow” Reynaldi is a chess grandmaster and Riley Prince is a championship quarterback. However, when greed, attempted murder as well as incriminating lies began to circulate, it takes a little bit of help from a few  enchanting individuals to rescue Snow and Riley.

Driven Snow is part of A Pennymaker Tale series. The theme is a classical fairy tale with an intriguing modern twist. The plot illustrates a few intense methods of failed homicides, in addition to an episode of heartbreak. The characters are endearing.

Snow is openly gay; his sexually is not an issue for the school because Snow’s genius intelligent at chess is profitable for NorCal. As for the homophobic students, Snow learned to avoid them most of the time. Besides being a chess champion, the other thing people notice about Snow is that he is pretty and often mistaken for a girl rather than a young man.

From his first day at NorCal, Riley has been keeping secrets. His goal is to be a football coach, so Riley did everything expected of his position as a team member including dating girls.

Tara Lain’s Driven Snow is an impressive saga. I particularly enjoyed the engaging characters even though I momentarily doubted Riley. 

Soldier Boys

Title: Soldier Boys
Author: AKM Miles
Publisher: MLR Press
Publishers URL: http://www.mlrbooks.com
ISBN/BIN: MLR-1-02015-0467
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Holiday, Series          
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

It’s Halloween at Scarcity Sanctuary and everyone has been waiting to see what the kids have chosen to dress up as this year.  While Dillon knows everyone’s secret, even he is shocked to see what happens on Halloween.

Soldier Boys is the ninth book in the Scarcity Sanctuary series.  This series started with the story of two men, each scarred in some way, who take in several young boys who have problems of their own to overcome.  Each of the following stories have been about one of those little boys, now men, finding the love of their lives.  In between the novels, the author has given the fans of this series little glimpses of the Scarcity family’s lives.  In this newest book, the author lets us see what Halloween is like in the Dillon/Soldier household. 

In a large household, even with most of the kids living on their own, there is a lot going on.  So it is not usual for something to get by Dillon, and that is just what happens in this story.  Be prepared to laugh, and maybe even be brought to tears, as the twins show Soldier just how much they love him. 

Soldier Boys also sets up the next story in the series and I can’t wait to see how the author plans to handle the situation with Bart.  I love these interludes the author gives us and will hate to see this series come to an end.

Dark Within

Title:  Dark Within
Author:  Candice Gilmer
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL:   www.samhainpublishing.com
Genre:  {M/F}, Paranormal, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Marissa is attacked on her way home one night by her ex-boyfriend and is saved by Neil in his wolf form.  When she is found later by the Knights Templar, things get a little strange.  What happens when you find out monsters are real?

Dark Within is the first book in the Mythical Knights series by an author I haven’t read before. The werewolves in this story always change during the full moon, which goes back to the older archetypes from the past.  They are also caged on that night so they don’t roam, so it was interesting that Neil’s sister-in-law opened his cage to let him run. The Templars are actually the “police force” for the supernatural beings in this series.  While there were some glimpses of their lives, I hope more is learned in the future about these men. 

Marissa has some major issues around Halloween, especially since that was the night her parents and brother died.  She has two friends that stage interventions to try to get her to start living a full life instead of going through the motions.  As a result, Neil gets the brunt of some of her insecurities, though he ends up saving her a second time from her ex, who is now a vampire. One of the Templars tried to squash Marissa’s memories of that night, though later unblocked those memories when everyone realized she and Neil were mates.

The chemistry between Marissa and Neil is scorching, though the sex scenes in this story don’t get too explicit.  Enough is given that readers get the picture though.  This is also where Marissa finds out about Neil and freaks out, then some of her friends help her figure things out later.

Needless to say, this was a tale with lots of twists and one of the threads is going to be showing up throughout the books and is something the Templars will be investigating as questions still need to be answered regarding the ex-boyfriend. 

I am looking forward to learning about the Mythical Knights in future stories.  I do want to know how Kelsey and David got together as they were already a couple in Dark Within.  Readers need to be aware that Dark Within was originally published as Unholy Night, according to the publisher.

Monday, December 21, 2015

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Still Missing

Title: Still Missing
Author: Christiane France
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: www.amberquill.com
ISBN: 978-1-68175-113-9
Genre: {M/M} Mystery Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Every time Greg Stewartson thinks he is making headway in finding out the name of Ash Tyler’s birth mother, Greg runs into another road block.

Still Missing is part of the Amethyst Cove Mysteries series. Amethyst Cove Security & Investigations is owned by two former cops, Ian Coulter and Greg Stewartson. Still Missing continues the Missing, But Not Dead story.

Greg’s chance meeting with Ash Tyler at the beach turns into a mutual attraction that evolved into a loving relationship. Ash did not hire Greg to investigate his case but Greg is intrigued enough to do a little research on his own.

Ash was adopted, he had a wonderful life with loving parents, but now as an adult, Ash wonders who his birth parents were. The few clues Greg has managed to gather leads to a mystery Greg is determined to solve. However, the key source of possible information is the missing Jack Smith.

The question is does Jack Smith really exist or is the name fake? Is Jack hiding out somewhere or is he dead?  These are just some of the questions Greg and Ash are beginning to contemplate. 

Because of all of the questions Still Missing instigates, I look forward to the next installment of this enjoyable saga. 

Carnal Sacrifice

Title:  Carnal Sacrifice
Author:  Angelika Helsing
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL:  www.samhainpublishing.com
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-61923-299-0
Genre:  {M/F/M/M/M/M}, Ménage plus more, Paranormal, BDSM
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Publish Date:  1-26-16

Delaney is having dreams again about Jaden, her stepbrother.  Jaden and others are on their way to ask her to help them become human.  What will Delaney give to love Jaden for the rest of her life?

Carnal Sacrifice is an extremely hot story that has a very different legend about how vampires become human.  It involves a very carnal sexual sacrifice where the lady could lose her life during the ceremony.  The problem is that Jaden’s mother, Val, is against it and has a grudge against Delaney.

In an Incan temple where Delaney and Jaden take shelter, Jaden talks with Delaney about what she will go through with five vampires taking her in every possible way.  In addition, she will be representing all the Incan women that were sacrificed in the old days to the god of the temple.  She also learns that there are a lot of vampires waiting to be human, instead of losing themselves to their internal demon when they turn around a thousand years old.

Be prepared for some extremely hot and sexy scenes with various combinations of positions and bondage. I loved the descriptions of the men, and then the women vampires that helped Delaney prepare for the actual ceremony.  There are lots of spiritual aspects to the ceremony.

In the meantime, Val is doing her best to stop the ceremony.  Other characters in the story help Delaney, but she also learns a lot about the history of the women that were sacrificed in the past.  I loved the way the story ended. 

There are a few things that some readers may not like because it would probably be taboo, such as Delaney and Jaden being step-siblings due to Val’s marriage to Delaney’s father.  The idea of having sex with five men on an alter, in addition to being restrained, may also be a trigger for some.  I will be reading this story again.  Carnal Sacrifice is an intense love story between two people that want a life together.   

Charlotte and the Alien Ambassador

Author:  Jessica Coulter Smith
Publisher:  Changeling Press
ISBN/BIN:  07523-02426
Genre:  {M/F} Futuristic, Sci-Fi
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph

Charlotte was deaf, not dumb, but her father didn’t understand that.  She was a burden he desperately wanted to hand off to a husband.  Charlotte had the choice of picking an ancient husband, an alien husband, or being thrown out of her home. There was only one choice to make.  Maybe on Terran she’d find the Prince Charming that she’d been dreaming of.

Chief Councilor Borgoz had to come up with an alternate plan for the broken bride agreement.  Borgoz promised he’d be able to find Charlotte a mate but he wasn’t certain.  Would the males on his planet accept the sweet and gentle beauty with a disability?  What would he do about the minor problem of wanting Charlotte for himself?

After Charlotte and Borgoz give in to the heat building between them, things get more complicated.  Charlotte wants Borgoz as her husband, but Borgoz has different ideas.  He has reasons that make him the wrong choice for Charlotte; he just has to make her understand.  Keeping his distance from Charlotte is nearly impossible and drives Charlotte to make some life-altering decisions.  

Charlotte and the Alien Ambassador is the fourth installment of the Intergalactic Brides seriesCharlotte is another fortunate woman who finds everything she was missing on Terran.  Life wasn’t kind to Charlotte until she meets Borgoz.  Her family didn’t love her the way she deserved or see the wonderful qualities in her.  All they saw was her deafness.  I was happy that Borgoz saw how special she was right away, even though he kept trying to fix her up with other males.  Borgoz took his work too seriously and he didn’t really understand the bond between men and women until he met Charlotte.  I had to keep that in mind to explain why he was so strict about rules.  Thank goodness Borgoz came around just in time.  Charlotte’s father was a horrible person, and I would have loved him to get what he deserved.  Things weren’t perfect for the couple, but everything worked out as it was meant to be.  I think readers will enjoy this look into anther Terran love story and hope for more.  

Tales of Moonspell (Box Set)

Title:  Tales of Moonspell (Box Set)
Author:  Jessica Coulter Smith
Publisher:  Changeling Press
Publisher URL:  www.changelingpress.com
ISBN/BIN:  07517-02424
Genre:  {M/F}, {M/F/M}, Paranormal, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Belonging to Hayden - 4 Nymphs

After being kidnapped, Daniela is mistakenly given to Hayden.  She happens to be his mate, but the complication is that she was supposed to be the vampire leader’s bride.

Between Two Wolves - 4 Nymphs

Brandt and Nolen are out at a club and notice Falan sitting in a corner by herself.  Falan is not a skinny girl and is very surprised when the twins approach her.  She is even more surprised to learn she is their mate.  But someone thinks one of the brothers should be hers, not Falan’s.

Serenity's Wish - 4 Nymphs

Serenity expects to die from her heart condition and has no problem volunteering to take Daniela’s place at the vampire nest.  When Aiden doesn’t approach her in the first month she is there and resumes his visits to the harem, Julian makes his move to make her his.  What happens when Aiden suddenly decides nobody else should have Serenity?

Their Sinful Seduction - 4 Nymphs

When Oran and Night don’t speak up fast enough about Sin being their mate after their one night stand, they get sent on assignment by their alpha.  Sin isn’t sure what she is going to do once she finds out she’s pregnant, with twins no less. 

Tales of Moonspell are previously published novellas about Moonspell and the lives of humans and paranormals within the town.  As each story unfolds, more is learned about the various factions in town.  I loved reading about the werewolves and their mates.

Serenity’s Wish and Their Sinful Seduction have some surprising twists toward the end of the stories that make the men evaluate their feelings toward their mates.  All the couples and ménages have some great chemistry and some very hot scenes.  I look forward to reading more about Moonspell in the future.

The Archivist

Title: The Archivist
Author: D. J. Manly
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: www.amberquill.com
ISBN: 978-1-68175-115-3
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

From the moment humans first landed on Spectrum, there has been a battle between the paranormal residents and the invading humans who want to take complete control of the island. Amongst the invaders are a few fanatical scientists who consider the paranormal as nothing more than dumb animals to enslave. Although the original extremists are dead, their original plan for absolute power is attempting to be resurrected by some of the current generations.   

The Archivist is the fourth book of the Spectrum Skies series. In this episode, London must contend with attacks carried out by individuals high on drugs while Pascal is being tortured in the underworld by the demon queen. The plot illustrates painful memories, regret, greed and discrimination. 

D. J. Manly has created another enjoyable and intriguing installment to this series. The point I found most interesting is how uncivilized humans compared to the paranormals, deemed themselves privileged and superior to Spectrum residents, who are stronger, as well as have magical powers.    


Title:  Perfect
Author:  Viola Grace
Publisher:  eXtasy Books
Publisher URL:  www.extasybooks.com
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-4874-0547-2
Genre:  {M/F}, Sci-Fi, Space Opera, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Trying to save a friend, Tyanni gets hit with acid and has been in the hospital for two years.  After her sister has DNA testing done as part of pursuing their genealogy, it is discovered the two have alien DNA. Brex is assigned to Tyanni to bring her home.

The 30th book of the Terran Times Second Wave series, Perfect, is the start of a five part mini-series within this series.  The world created for this story was interesting and had some humorous moments, especially since Brex thought Tyanni was quiet.  I laughed at Tyanni when she met with the Elders, especially the second time.

I was surprised by how accepting Tyanni was about Brex and his profession, as well as the things she had to learn to survive among the Lrrko.  Once the Lrrko confirmed she had viable eggs to store, she made demands that made the council take notice.  I loved the way the confrontation went, especially since Tyanni showed how strong she was despite being bedridden for two years.

Brex had been worried about Tyanni accepting him. I could understand that as I learned more about the laws and how the Lrrko functioned.  Tyanni and Brex had some great chemistry together.  

One thing that stands out in this series is that each of the Terran women are strong and are willing to ask for what they want.  I am looking forward to the next story as it will be about Tyanni’s sister.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Protecting His Asset

Author: SA Welsh
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publisher URL: www.pride-publishing.com
ISBN: 978-1-78430-868-1
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

George Kelvin is on everyone’s must have list because of the information he has. Running for his life, George’s last hope is the Shifter Protection Specialists, Inc. With the help of co-owner Scott McCade, George found the safe haven he needed to live through his father’s perilous deception.

Protecting His Asset is the second book in the Shifter Protection Specialists Inc. series. The plot features corruption in the federal government committed by high level fanatical civil servants. Vital information that could destroy countries is for sale to the highest bidder. But, critical information of this nature generates a life-threatening environment as the Deputy Director of the FBI soon discovered. Another revelation in the plot relates to the identity of the stalker in the first book of the series, Purrfect Protector.  

Protecting His Asset showcases background on how Shifter Protection Specialists Inc. got started by Scott’s oldest brother, Robert, who works for a powerful top secret agency. Robert found orphaned shifters and brought them home to be part of the McCade family.   

The shifter characters are a unique collection not usually found in shifter stories. It is a stretch of the imagination to think of a velociraptor as a bodyguard for humans. Nevertheless, the velociraptor is one of Scott’s adopted brothers and all of the shifters are very protective of the three human McCade brothers.

George is not the fragile young man he first appears to be. George has an inner strength that belies his small stature, superior intelligence as well as an abundance of integrity.  

SA Welsh’s Protecting His Asset is an entertaining suspenseful story.

Purrfect Protector

Author: SA Welsh
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publisher URL: www.pride-publishing.com
ISBN: 978-1-78430-388-4
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Kale Andrews is a fashion model and having admiring fans is not a problem. However, when the fan turns into a deadly stalker, Kale is in need of protection. Hired as a bodyguard, Aleksi is in for a major challenge keeping Kale safe.

Purrfect Protector is the first book in the Shifter Protection Specialists Inc. series. The plot is a thriller mystery with lots of action. Also, there are definitely discrimination issues against shifters amongst some of law enforcement.

The stalker is very creative with his murder attempts and almost succeeds in killing Aleksi and Kale. The main problem Aleksi has is nobody in law enforcement seems to be able to identify the perpetrator. The question is why does the stalker want to kill Kale? The only conclusion I could arrive at is the stalker is a sociopath who enjoys killing. 

SA Welsh has created an impressive saga that I thoroughly enjoyed. I look forward to reading the next book, Protecting His Asset which I suspect will reveal answers regarding Kale’s stalker.      

Ghosts of Halloween Past

Author: M.D. Grimm
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-63476-300-4
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Wolf shifter Jack Ulger does not believe in ghosts, but his mate, cougar shifter Travis Kuger is a firm believer in ghost after the scary encounter they barely survived years ago.

Ghosts of Halloween is the sequel to Blind Devotion, which is part of The Shifters series.

The plot centers on Jack’s dislike of the craziness associated with Halloween. There are some scary moments and a bit of a mystery. Jack is the sheriff of Haven, Montana. A town founded by and for shifters, although there are humans living in the town also. The most important blight in Haven is an old mill that has long since lasted its usefulness. The mill is also a death trap.

On this Halloween, Jack came face to face with the spirits rumored to be haunting the mill. Not only did the experience change Jack’s perspective, several revelations of the past motivated Jack to conquer his fears as well as put together constructive alterations for the benefit of the town.   

Red Velvet Moon

Title:  Red Velvet Moon
Author:  Theodora Lane
Publisher:  Loose Id
Publisher URL:  http://www.loose-id.com
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-62300-975-5 
Genre:  {M/F} Full-figured Heroines, Paranormal, Shape-shifter
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph

His brothers and his mate are driving Anthony Lobos up the wall.  Anthony is too shy to ask the dark-haired beauty out on a date.  He’s been lusting after her since the first time she came into the cleaners.  Now that he just made a fool of himself in front of her, would she say yes to his invitation?

Four months of flirting has gotten Daphne Raine no closer to getting Anthony to notice her.  Maybe he didn’t like brunettes or big girls, Daphne doesn’t know.  What she does know is that she’s dying to be ravished by the controlled, handsome man. 

Daphne’s stained red dress kicks off the most primal sex that either of them has ever had.  Before things go further, they both need to share some information that could make or break their new relationship.  Daphne is at risk of losing her business and her new man, while Anthony is risking the safety of his entire family.  

Now, I understand the importance of having a red dress because of Red Velvet Moon, the third story of the Lucky in Red series.  Daphne and Anthony wasted a lot of time by not acting on their feelings sooner.  It was cute and frustrating at the same time, but I certainly enjoyed the scene when realization hit them both.  And the first date scene at dinner was a page turner that will leave readers gasping for air.  Anthony is my favorite Lobos brother.  I challenge readers to pick this story up and see if he pushes them over the edge as well.

Dos Lunas

Title:  Dos Lunas
Author:  Belinda McBride
Publisher:  Loose Id
Publisher URL:  http://www.loose-id.com
ISBN/BIN:   978-1-62300-992-2
Genre:  {M/F} BDSM, Femdom, Paranormal, Shape-shifter
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph

Diego Lobos has a good life in Sleeping Dog.  Business is booming, but his personal life needs a jump start.  Diego is tired of keeping his secret from his hard to please girlfriend.  Only one woman in town has Diego dying to explore his submissive side and share his secrets.

Victoria Talbot has a few secrets of her own that she’s worked hard to keep.  She’s one of the best Dommes around and Sleeping Dog could be a game changer for Victoria, in more ways than one.  Reviving her ruined career as a journalist might actually happen if she proves there are werewolves in town.  Plus, she wants Diego and she knows Diego needs her.

One night together leads to several more as Diego and Victoria realize they are meant for each other.  Discovering that Diego is a shifter is a shock and brings a different problem to their relationship, which could be deadly.  Diego will do anything to keep Victoria by his side, while protecting the secrets of Sleeping Dog.  

Dos Lunas is the second book of the Lucky In Red series, and a wonderful continuing story of the Lobos family.  Diego is a strong shifter with a submissive side that he’s hesitant to explore.  He feels uncomfortable with his need to obey, but Victoria knows how to make him accept his role as a submissive.  Victoria also gets a chance to explore a side of her that has been hidden.  The couple complement each other perfectly and the town is saved.  There is an element of danger that will surprise readers and keep them curious about this small town.  Belinda McBride has created some characters that made me laugh out loud and long for whatever happens next.

Web of Secrets

Author: Terry Poole
Publisher: Loose Id
Publishers URL: http://www.loose-id.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62300-996-0
Genre: {M/M}, Mystery          
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

When Nathan’s biological parents die, it is up to him to take care of the estate.  The last place Nathan wants to be however is the site where his demons ruled.  What he finds is more than he ever expected. 

Web of Secrets is a new book by author Terry Poole and let me tell you, it will pull you in right from the get go.  First of all the author introduces the readers to two main characters that will have you rooting for them from the beginning.  Nathan is the town’s rich boy, but what the town does not know is that Nathan’s home life is hell.  Kelly was the town’s bad boy, always finding his way into trouble.  When he steps over the line one time to many, his father puts him to work for the family company.  It is at this time, when the two boys are in their teens, that they meet.  The connection is instant and they can’t help but get very close in those first few moments that they are together.   Unfortunately, Nathan’s father walks in and everything goes to hell, fast.

Jump several years into the future and the two boys, now men, find their way back together again.   Now, Nathan is a doctor.  Brilliant and hardworking he is also a little naive, so when his immediate supervisor starts to become aggressive he is clueless.  Years later the advances have become too much and threats are being made.  Nathan hopes the leave of absence he is on will help him figure out what to do. 

Like Nathan, Kelly also made something of himself by becoming a FBI agent.  While on the job however, Kelly is injured and forced to leave the job.  Once again he is working at the family business, this time alongside his sisters and brother.  Going to the home of Nathan’s biological parents, in order to get it and everything inside ready for auction, Kelly is surprised to realize that the man in front of him is the young boy he fell in love with.  The attraction between the two is just as strong now as it was in the past.  While Kelly remembers Nathan though, Nathan has no idea who Kelly was to him.  The author did a good job making the progress of their relationship come across realistically, and I loved watching them on their journey.

The men’s relationship is not the only part of the story.  There is also a mystery woven throughout Web of Secrets that contains many layers.  This part of the story will really have you on the seat of your pants.  I could not believe the way the author wrapped this part of the story up and think other readers will be just as surprised.