In the Pines by Lydia Nyx

Title: In the Pines
Author: Lydia Nyx
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Pages: 27
Characters: Tyler Maxwell, Flynn
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4.5




Blurb:

Tyler Maxwell is a former New York cop now working a desk job in Alaska. But he hasn’t lost all of his cop instincts. After purchasing a gun as a gift despite the gun shop owner’s insistence that the weapon was cursed, Tyler starts doing some investigating into the gun’s sordid past. He turns up evidence of a string of unexplained suicides, all apparently committed with the very same gun.

At the same time, Tyler begins to have erotic dreams about the beautiful and mysterious Flynn. Thoughts of Flynn soon begin to intrude upon Tyler’s waking hours, though, and it becomes clear that Flynn wants more from Tyler than just his body. He has a favor to ask. Now, Tyler has to finally unravel the mystery of the gun before he becomes its next victim.

Review:

Wow! For a short story, In the Pines really packed a lot of punch! Between the mystery of the gun’s past, the curse behind it, and the intriguing and sensual Flynn, this short story kept me enthralled with it from the first page to the last word. I loved the determination Tyler had to solve the many questions about the gun’s dark history. Since his accident, he’s been existing and just going through the motions of life, but once Tyler purchases the gun, and starts dreaming about the sexy and mysterious Flynn, he starts to live again.

There was a very strong connection between Tyler and Flynn. The sex scenes in this book were red-hot and as I read them, I could have sworn the temperature in my living room rose several degrees. But as much as I love a well-written sex scene, I really enjoyed the chemistry between the two heroes, and as I read the book, I began to wonder how in the world Tyler and the man of his dreams would somehow end up together. (You’ll have to read the story to find out how as well as the mystery behind the gun.) In some ways, I thought the ending was very appropriate…even though it does end on a positive note, there is a note of bitter-sweetness about it too, and that left me wanting more.

My only complaint about the book is: I wish it had been longer. I’ve read several short stories by Ms. Nyx and I’ve really loved every one of them. She has a knack of really getting to the heart and soul of her characters, no matter how short the story. I’m looking forward to reading more books by Ms. Nyx in the future and I highly recommend this book for readers who crave a fast-past romance with a lot of action and intrigue.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Shifting Steam An Anthology From Torquere Press


Title: Shifting Steam
Author: Edited by Lorna Hinson – Rowan Benjamin, Missouri Dalton, Ekaterina Morris, Lydia Nyx, M Raiya, Lynn Townsend, and Emory Vargas.
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 209
Characters: Various
POV: 1st and 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Anthology/Paranormal/Fantasy/Steampunk
Kisses: 4






Blurb:

Steampunk and shifters? Do they even go together? Of course they do. Steampunk is all about the possible, the magical and the otherworldly. Shapeshifters are all about bending the idea of humanity into new shapes. Combine them, and you get Shifting Steam.

The stories in Shifting Steam pave the way for a magical journey through space and time to alternate realities, where anything is possible. From dragons to birds, from Victorian era expositions to secret laboratories, these stories explore what happens when man meets beast in a world of airship captains and fantastic creatures. Whether it’s a Jekyll and Hyde style beast, a wolfman who would rather not be a wolf, or a man who wishes he could fly, every kind of creature gets its day in the steampunk sun. Step into the world of Shifting Steam and let it transport you to a sexy, fantastical new universe.

Shadow of Kenfig by Lynn Townsend
The Cormorant by Emory Vargas
The Shores of Loch Mor by Missouri Dalton
Origin by M. Raiya
Nine and Fifty Swans by Rowan Benjamin
Mr. Black and the Expo by Lydia Nyx
Affliction by Ekaterina Morris

Review:

Fans of paranormal and steampunk should find a lot to love in Shifting Steam, a collection of short stories, wildly imaginative, filled with all manner of shapeshifting men, from werewolves to birds to dragons to the description defying mysterious.

The infernal devices of the steampunk worlds blend seamlessly with the fantastical creatures of the authors’ imaginations, creating a collection of stories that transports the reader through the impossible and into the realms of the incredible, from sea to sky in sailing ships, to the cities where coal and steam ruled.

Beauties and the beasts they loved told their stories and drew me in as I absorbed each tale, sometimes being left to hang, wondering whether the lovers would find a means to their happy ending but always absorbed by the way in which the authors carried me along on the journey.

Reviewed By: Lisa

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Miracle on LaSalle Street by Lydia Nyx


Title: Miracle on LaSalle Street
Author: Lydia Nyx
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 13
Characters: Danny
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary
Kisses: 4





Blurb:

Illinois has just legalized gay marriage and Danny is about to obtain a license with his partner Eric–a dream come true for both of them. On his way to City Hall in Chicago, Danny meets a curious, quiet young man in the LaSalle Street station. Though a seemingly innocuous meeting, Danny doesn’t realize the encounter will change both their lives, in an even bigger way than Danny’s life is already changing.

Review:

There’s a hidden story line here. One that Lydia does with such care and creativity that the reader can’t help but to love her hard work. Danny is at a bus stop waiting when he notices a young man, a teen sitting on the bench with him. Danny is on his way to meet his partner Eric to apply for a marriage license. While waiting for the bus to come he studies the young man, he notices the boy is without any personal possessions, a jacket, anything. Right off he knows there’s something not right with the boy. He asked if he was okay, then asked if anyone was messing with him and when the boy responds, you know immediately what the boy is doing there and so does Danny.

Danny has come a long way in life with his partner Eric and he shares this with the boy on the bench, and at the end of the story, Danny not only manages to give the boy something to think about, he also realizes something about himself. And this is what makes this story stand out. A lesson in love and life, all told from one to the other, at a bus stop.

Reviewed By: Michele

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Ghost Walk by Lydia Nyx


Title: Ghost Walk
Author: Lydia Nyx
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 22
Characters: Cory, Alexi, Seamus, Thomas
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Paranormal Romance
Kisses: 4






Blurb:

Cory Phillips is spending a semester studying abroad in London. In need of a job, he lands a position as a clerk in a gift shop that caters to tourists on London’s famous ghost walks. There he meets Alexi Lovegood, a charming and handsome man who plays the ghost of Sir Donovan Cartwright on one of the tours. As romance blossoms amid the campy fun, something spooky in the mist of London’s streets threatens to intervene…

Review:

Lydia has definitely been able to paint such beautiful characters in such a short piece, I am amazed. Not only that but the cool London streets and brought to the fore with colourful descriptions and reader friendly writing style.

Each character I could see and hear, so much so I felt I knew the characters from the first few pages. The story itself was well paced and intriguing. In a genre that is predominantly sex based, Lydia has shone through with a truly romantic tale of falling in love, with a little mystery and the supernatural thrown in for good measure. Very short, but very, very good.

Reviewed By: Justin James

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