Thursday, August 2, 2012

Shifting Sands

Title: Shifting Sands
Author: Six Author Anthology
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN: 978-1-60820-025-2
Genre: {M/M} Shifters, Anthology
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Snake Charmer by Kimberly Gardner - 4.5 Nymphs
Shifter Cyrus Malone is in love with Bobby Lee Sonders. The problem is Cyrus wants to tell Bobby Lee about shifting. Cy just needed to figure out how and when to do it.

All the Moon Long by Ally Blue - 5 Nymphs
Shifter Judson Jorgensen has yearned for Woodrow Villareal’s affections for nearly seven years. Finally on a full moon night, Woody pays a surprise visit to the ranch, where he literally sweeps Jud off his feet, much to the shock of everyone including Jud.

Cock of the Walk by Willa Okati - 5 Nymphs
Shifter Michael Clarence Reilly is determined not to have a relationship ever. However, tenacious Zen Jedrek is just as determined to be Michael’s lover for a lifetime.

Hare of the Bull by Brenda Bryce - 4.5 Nymphs
Gordy Phillips tried everything he could think of to get close to the ranch’s housekeeper Tristan Neely. However, every time Gordy came near him, Tristan would run like a scared rabbit and hide in the store room.

Lost and Found by J.L. Langley - 5 Nymphs
Shay Duncan is in a major predicament when he rolls into the pond to escape his captors with his feet and hands tied. Lucky for Shay, he is rescued by shifter Ben Eagle, who just happens to be in the pasture that full moon night.

Pulling the Dragon’s Tail by Jet Mykles - 5 Nymphs
Shifter Daniel Long is caught with an unrequited attraction to Russell. Daniel and Russell were meant to be together, according to Russell’s estimation. However, Daniel is determined that will never happen.

Shifting Sands is a well-written romantic comedy, comprised of six stories featuring each of the Texas ranch’s residents. The superb plot showcases the perils of the cowboys who are on a quest to claim a mate. The owner's Chinese wife takes one of the cowboys and leaves behind a curse that dooms the remaining populace to a life of shifting. Every month when the moon is full, each man takes on the form of an animal.

All of the characters share more than shifting. They are all compassionate gay men who desire a permanent relationship. They share a bond that is more like family than co-workers. The six magnificent authors have produced a marvelous book, filled with hilarious conversations, emotions along with scorching love scenes. Each story flows into the next giving the reader a sense of continuity. Overall, Shifting Sands is an excellent anthology that I enjoyed to the highest degree.

Cereus: Building

Title: Cereus: Building

Author: Sean Michael, Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga
Publisher: Torquere Press
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ISBN: 978-1-61040-570-6
Genre: {M/M} {M/M/M} Paranormal
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Sins of Spring

Title: Sins of Spring

Author: D.J.Manly, A.J.Llewellyn and Serena Yates
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
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ISBN: 978-0-85715-969-4
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Anthology
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx  

Midnight Seduction: Manlove Edition

Title: Midnight Seduction: Manlove Edition

Author: Anthology
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-926950-95-2
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Boys Who Love Men

Title: Boys Who Love Men
Author: Martin Delacroix
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
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ISBN: 978-1-60592-159-4
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, Anthology
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph


Title: 7
Author: Mychael Black and Shayne Carmichael
Publisher: Torquere Books
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ISBN: 978-1-60370- 871-5
Genre: {M/M} Erotic, Anthology
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

Love Me Dead

Title: Love Me Dead
Author: William Maltese, Lex Valentine, AM Riley
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN: 978-1-60820-068-9
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Anthology
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Ghost Hunters – Long Beach - AM Riley - 4 Nymphs
Frequent visitors to the Queen Mary Hotel, Rick and James are familiar to the hotel staff. Hunting ghost for years, Rick is still hoping to record a sighting. James does not believe in ghost; he is hoping to become more than best friends with Rick. Standing by to declare his feelings to Rick, a series of events has James asking the question “Can ghosts influence the living?”

Rousing Caine - Lex Valentine - 5 Nymphs
Jason Rockham is the owner of a successful restaurant. However, he is not happy. Jason has been emotionally abused and lost his trust in humanity until he meets Caine at Jason’s family home in Pebble Beach, California. Caine is an exquisite lover that not only makes Jason happy but helps restore Jason’s faith in the power of love.

The Day They Closed The Iguana - AM Riley - 5 Nymphs
Bill Miller, owner of the Iguana Theater and part time actor, lives with the regret of a love that can never be returned and the” what if” questions for years. However, change comes in the form of an offer from the city to buy Bill and the other store owners out before the buildings are torn down. While pondering the city’s offer, Bill meets Frank Connor, a rancher from Montana and the magnetism between them is undeniable. In the midst of the two offers open to him, Bill decides it is time to move on.

Black Candle Reader - William Maltese - 5 Nymphs
Jeremy Taig and his roommate are prostitutes employed by Penningdale Escort Agency. Jeremy caters to clients who are voyeurs, while his roommate caters to clients desiring physical contact. It is the unnamed roommate who narrates his story, giving details of his clients and how they play a role in his fascinating voyage into the dark world of ghosts and of course, there is a love interest too.

Love Me Dead is a collection of captivating ghost stories by three amazing authors. William Maltese illustrates the dangerous side of a hustler’s life interwoven with how psychic utilize candles. Lex Valentine delivers a distinctive and very steamy romance. AM Riley creates two touching tales with a dash of humor. Overall, each story integrates enticing plots which are well paced. The settings are ample and the characters are complete with emotional, as well as sexual, appeal. I thoroughly enjoyed Love Me Dead.  

Melting The Slopes

Title: Melting The Slopes
Author: William Maltese, Jason Edding. Ethan Day
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN: 978-1-60820-085-9
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Hearts Afire: November

Title: Hearts Afire: November
Author: Pepper Espinoza and India Harper
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
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ISBN: 978-1-59578-623-4
Genre: {M/M} Anthology, Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Fur and Fang

Title: Fur and Fang
Author: Sean Michael and BA Tortuga
Publisher: Torquere Press
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ISBN: 978-1-60370-700-8
Genre: {M/M} Gay Erotic, Paranormal
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Law of the Jungle – Sean Michael – 5 Nymphs
Captain Marco has one true passion, sinking His Majesty’s naval ships. The pleasure from revenge pales in comparison to the gift his crew presents. It is more beautiful and deadly than he could have ever dreamed of encountering. Marco’s new emerald-eyed cat has enthralled him and stolen his heart. When Abrigo shows Marco his human form, the Captain knows there is nothing he wouldn’t do for to protect his mate.

Snake Oil – BA Tortuga – 5 Nymphs
The loss of Haskell’s mate, Truett, has left the drifter lonely. When Haskell encounters a traveling show, he doesn’t know what to make of the owner’s claims. Haskell soon discovers that his mate is alive. Truett has dreamed of his lover and has had little desire to be human again. Haskell will prove the true power of love, as he fights to help Truett regain his freedom.

The Lost Tiger – Sean Michael – 5 Nymphs
Greyson believes in helping strays. His kind heart may not be to the liking of the man he’s dating but to Torao, it’s equivalent to the rising sun after a hard rain. Tired and hungry, Torao has escaped his Keeper and left the only life he knows, but life in a cage is not an option. Can Greyson protect the beautiful were-tiger he now knows is his mate?

Alpha – BA Tortuga – 5 Nymphs
Cage is a lone wolf who has fought for the right of his new den. When he encounters Roman, a wolf claiming the rights to the cabin, Cage is unsure of what to do but he won’t give up without a fight. Roman’s absence was longer than he anticipated, but he’s willing to share the cabin as long as Cage understands whose alpha in their small pack. A misunderstanding could tear apart their pack, and danger is waiting for a silent attack. Will Roman figure it out before it’s too late? Will Cage ever truly trust the alpha?

Fur and Fang is an anthology you won’t want to miss. Each story contains suspense, danger, erotic encounters hot enough to steam the windows. The characters, plots and settings engulf your senses and take you over from the first line. I truly couldn’t pick a favorite among these stories, and both authors are on my must-read list. If I had to pick a favorite character, I would say Greyson because of his selflessness. I have a love of shifters and I was in overload by the time I finished reading Alpha. I’m hoping BA Tortuga and Sean Michael team up again and bring us more Fur and Fang anthologies in the near future. 

Wet Skin

Title: Wet Skin
Author: Laura Baumbach, William Maltese
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL:
ISBN: 978-1-60820-053-5
Genre: Anthology, M/M
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Studs & Spurs

Title: Studs & Spurs
Author: JL Langley, Kiernan Kelly, Dakota Flint, Angela Fiddler
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN: 978-1-934531-55-6
Genre: Gay Cowboy Anthology
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Sins of Summer

Title: Sins of Summer

Author: D.J. Manly, A.J. Llewellyn, Serena Yates
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Publisher URL:
ISBN: 978-0-85715-613-6
Genre: {M/M} Vampires
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Saddle Up ‘n Ride

Title: Saddle Up ‘n Ride
Author: Anthology
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Publisher URL:
ISBN: 978-0-85715-392-0
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Western
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Ride ‘Em Hard Cowboy by J.P. Bowie - 5 Nymphs
Openly gay Sheriff Joel Harper has a steamy romance in progress at the same time he is being plagued by hate crimes.

Roping His Man by Simone Anderson - 5 Nymphs
Colton Greenleaf is hoping to get a Physician’s Assistant job in New Orleans and then he realizes his heart will forever be in Wyoming.

A Fistful of Emmett by Jambrea Jo Jones - 5 Nymphs
FBR Acres foreclosure causes Emmett Longley to seek a new job, as well as a new home. Buckin’ Y horse breeder Christopher Younger finds more than a ranch hand with Emmett.

Sing For Your Supper by Jaime Samms - 4 Nymphs
Down on his luck, Taylor Anderson is appreciative for a place to live, as well as the two compassionate men that made singing optional.

Jack’s Way by Em Woods - 5 Nymphs
It is love at first sight when in-the-closet ranch owner Jack Marr meets city boy architect Ben Morillo.

Straight Cowboy by Jan Irving - 4 Nymphs
Cowboy Joshua Ryan is in denial about his attraction for his guess Matt James, until another Western Trail Rides guest shows a sexual interest in Matt.

Saddle Up 'N Ride is a splendid collection of western romance. Each story exhibits a touch of drama, a dash of humor, emotional turmoil, as well as scorching love scenes. Created by six fabulous authors, the impressive stories are well written and engaging. I enjoyed this anthology immensely.