Monday, January 20, 2014

Pretty Poison by Kari Gregg

Title: Pretty Poison
Author: Kari Gregg
My Rating: A

Genre: Paranormal Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Noah and Wade
Release Date: December 2013
Publisher: -
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Deadly poison…or exquisite cure?

Noah fell from an eighth story balcony as a toddler, cracking open his skull and shattering his body. The accident would’ve killed a human, but even shifter blood can’t heal some damage. After the pack recommended a mercy killing, Noah’s family ran. But there’s no outrunning the mating pact formed before Noah’s birth.

Wade, the new alpha, chooses an adult Noah to fulfill the pact. Wade believes the previous alpha was a fool to reject Noah as a weak and inferior wolf, but Noah’s family was wrong to hide him and starve his wolf, too. Human doctors with human medicines are poison to shifter physiology. Now that Noah is fully grown, halting his shift to retain the pins, plates, and bars holding him together hurts rather than helps him, and for Wade, more than Noah’s recovery is at stake.

Noah’s family sacrificed everything to keep him alive. Noah will do whatever it takes to save them—including mate with the alpha who is determined to correct past mistakes and defeat old prejudices contaminating the shifter community.

Too bad some still believe Noah is the true poison…and should be culled from the pack for good.

Content Warnings: Dubious consent, shifter knotting/tying, and Nerf gun assassination attempts. Ereaders (and you) may spontaneously combust–-Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

My Review:

I was at about the 35% point in this book when I stopped and considered the story line.This book was reminding me a LOT of I, Omega. Then I looked and it's by the same author...makes sense. The story lines are VERY similar, but the main difference is that this book doesn't have the harsh BDSM/non-con elements that that book had. Better.

What this book does have is wolf alpha and a very vulnerable mate. That mate was terribly injured in a fall at age four which left him crippled. If he'd been human, he wouldn't have even survived, so surviving with defects is acceptable. The problem is...shifters don't have long-term healing problems...normally and human medicine doesn't know how to deal with shifter physiology. As a result, Noah lives a kind of half-life. Human doctors are basically poisoning his wolf half to keep him from shifting, a process which destroys the repairs they've made to the damage on his bones. When Wade, the new Alpha, comes into the story, he isn't going to allow the poisoning to continue.

This was an interesting story which works because surprisingly, these two guys do bond in every way possible. Wade has ulterior motives for saving Noah so Noah doesn't trust him one little bit, but they grow together and into a relationship. I really do love shifter romances and thoroughly enjoyed I, Omega. Because this book didn't have those harsher elements I mentioned before, I enjoyed it even more. Yes, Noah is coerced into this relationship which he thinks will ultimately kill him, but it never has the forced feeling that the other story does. 

The medical side to the story line was good in the crossing of shifter and human knowledge. I loved the twist of the Fletcher's family and how they tie into why Noah was chosen as the Alpha's mate. 

But the best thing of all in this book is the true bond between the two guys. My favorite thing about shifter novels is that bond and this one is written really well in that regard. I loved that even though Noah is cowed and vulnerable, he does not bow down. He stands up for himself against the alpha again and again. Noah is a really strong character. His strength shows up in many different ways throughout the story, but it's undeniable. In the same way, Wade is really very compassionate. When Noah is hurting, even before they've bonded, Wade is incredible about easing that pain as much as possible. He feels true compassion and pain for what Noah is going through. 

If you enjoy shifter or m/m novels, I definitely recommend this one. 

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