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Worth (Gray Zone #2)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  191 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
Give us your poor, your unwanted, your criminals... that’s the unofficial motto of Atlanta’s Gray Zone, the no man’s land between the city and the Dens of the Kin—the dragons. Between Liam, the two brothers he’s cared for most of his life, and their abusive stepfather, they account for all three categories.

Liam was fifteen when he made the arrangement: as long as he let hi
ebook, 1st Edition, 196 pages
Published December 2nd 2011 by Dreamspinner Press (first published December 1st 2011)
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T.A. Webb
Dec 19, 2011 T.A. Webb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Liam was twelve, his mother died right in front of him. He knew it was happening when she had the aneurysm, and knew life was about to change for him and his two younger brothers. Because he knew Richard, his estranged stepfather, the biological father of his two brothers, would come back into their lives. Abusive, drunken Richard always hated him, hated his repaired cleft palate.

And he was right.

Abused physically, sexually, mentally and emotionally, he made a deal with the devil at age 15
Imagine someone with a horrible past... a past that left him with mental and also physical scars...
...that's the main character of he story... Liam.

After his mother death, Liam will be obligated to do anything, also unthinkable things, to protect his young half brothers, Chris and Kevin... protect them for their father, Richard.

I can't say how much I despise Richard... can a villain in a story be worst than him??? It's hard to find one... I'm not kidding. I must think A LOT and maybe no, I mu
Deja Dei
Dec 19, 2011 Deja Dei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book. 4.5. It has everything that I personally enjoy in a story, complex, flawed, but likeable characters, a fascinating and well drawn fantasy world, conflict, fighting, violence and a plot beyond two guys hooking up. Lately I think I'm prefering actiony-adventure books where the romance is secondary, but still integral. This is a fine example of such a book.

Liam is a great character and one I really wanted to see triumph. He's been taking his stepfather's abuse for many years i
Nov 12, 2011 Mandapanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: various-romance
Book 2 in the Gray Zone series. This could be read as a standalone novel. I noticed that the author has included a glossary and an Author's Note explaining the history of the Dragon Kin world. This world is complex and unusual and I think these extras will really help readers to appreciate her stories even more.

This gritty and poignant tale is told in the 1st person POV of Liam. Liam has led a tragic life, sexually abused by his alcoholic stepfather, and struggling to protect his two younger bro
Dec 08, 2011 Jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heavy, angst, shifter, dragon
3.5 Stars.

Okay I will keep this blunt.

I stayed up reading this till 3am in the morning. I was completely invested and captivated. Then the author gives me yet again - one of the shittiest ending ever. I nearly threw my kindle against the wall I was that frustrated.

I had spent a couple of hours reading theses characters be abused and struggled against great odds. They deserved an epilogue so that THEY and ME could have closure dammit.

Here is an example of why I am frustrated with timelines and we
Dec 19, 2011 Td rated it really liked it
Another intense story from the Gray Zone even darker and grittier than the first. Oh, how Liam suffered, made me care for him and his brothers and left me with questions! Once again I ran to the author's blog, cursing a blue streak, after another wide open ending to see what the hell is next. There I found a blog entry where Ms. Wilder answers the question: Why the "endings" on Gray Zone stories "suck". "Slices of life", "leave the option open"...ok, I can see that, now please tell me what I wha ...more
Erica Pike
I never - NEVER - thought I'd like a dragon story, but this one proved me wrong. I was just going to read a little bit yesterday, starting with the terminologies at the beginning (which, I admit, got me curious), but as soon as I started reading the actual story I couldn't put it down.

I guess what helped was that there was less emphases on the dragons (a paranormal species I find even less plausible than vampires, elves, mermaids, and werewolves - not saying ghosts because they DO exist ;)), and
Dec 25, 2011 L-D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a dark book that touched on a lot of ugly topics. Topics of abuse and rape and desperation. But it also had strong themes of love and courage.

As a boy, Liam watched his beloved mother die of an aneurysm right in front of him. Vowing to protect his younger brothers, Liam put up with years of physical and sexual abuse from his stepfather even allowing his stepfather to sell his body. Not realizing that while he can protect his brothers from suffering physically, he can't protect them from
Feb 06, 2012 Adara rated it liked it
So, the story was fine. Based on the blurb, I wasn't sure I wanted to read it, but as I'd bought it, I did. It would be nice to actually follow a Lesser-Bred all the way through the Shift, and not just be told about it and stop the story a few days or weeks before.

This time the soon-to-Shift is Liam. He doesn't know about it (unlike Adam in the previous story). Although I thought there was a good opportunity to really explore the unknown side of finding out you're Lesser-Bred, this story rather
Another great addition to the Gray Zone stories. It was difficult to wade through Liam's abuse and inability to defend himself in order to protect his younger brothers. It's a gritty, hard world in which he lives and the Kin and Lesser Breds are just more danger heaped on his overburdened shoulders. In the end, his situation is resolved with near tragedy but the reader gets a HFN.

So, where are the freakin' dragons? We've got a lot of telling about dragons and no showing of actual dragons. You k
Jun 14, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Very good paranormal m/m romance about a guy who puts himself between his stepfather and his younger brothers to keep them safe. Then he meets a Lesser-Bred and, for the first time, wants something for himself.
Nov 08, 2015 Fleur rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
A story of brotherly love and the sacrifice one brother is prepared to make to protect his brothers against the true monsters of society - humans.
Sep 15, 2012 Whit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars but man the first 60 pages hurt to read about. The last 30 were Worth it!
It's a Mad Bad Crazy World
There's nothing Liam wouldn't do, nothing he hasn't done to protect and care for his two younger brothers. His stepfather is a drunk, sadistic bastard and Liam is all that stands between him and the tattered remnants of their innocence. His own he traded to insure Chris and Kevin keep theirs as long as they can.

Liam does what he can to assure his brothers don't hear, even as his screams echo in the shadows along the broken streets of the Gray Zone. He's been brutally ra
Danielle Thomas
Mar 17, 2017 Danielle Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adrienne-wilder
Love this fantasy series. World building incredible. m/m
Oh, what a beautiful world! Well, I mean, beautifully built more then beautiful in itself, it's sort of a depressing and yet fascinating world. I'm rambling, sorry. Ok, so let's be methodical.

This is book #2 in a series called Gray Zone, and I haven't read book #1 (ofc, I seem to do this a lot...), but I didn't really feel like I was denied any relevant info because of that. I really appreciated the glossary of terms and short presentation of the world at the beginning of the novel, to me that m
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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Kin and Lesser-bred have no desire to be human, but they have no problem sleeping with them.

The entire concept of Lesser-Bred and Kin grabbed me. I wanted to learn more about these unique creatures and their way of living.

Liam had few good memories in his life, yet he still managed to find the strength to survive. This determination for survival was mostly due to his two younger brothers, Chris and Kevin. Liam’s drive to protect his b
Dec 12, 2011 Alex rated it really liked it
Although I really enjoyed this story, and love broken characters (plus abused rent boy!), this story didn't quite earn a 5-star rating. I'm not sure exactly what is keeping it from reaching that point, as I can't really think of anything really negative about it. It has good writing, a good story, interesting plot and characters and a fun world, but I still don't feel like it's a 5-star book. Maybe I'm in a blase mood, maybe the characters weren't new/creative enough. Still, a good book,
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Are we ever going to learn more about these Dragons? These Kin? In this new story, we learn about them more from the glossary in the beginning of the book than in the story itself. Where these dragons come from, we don't know. We do learn how the human laws are unfair and discriminate against those who are kin. Liam is a human, or so he thinks. He's a young boy doing his best to protect his two younger brothers from their father. Even though they are only half brothers, Liam loves and protects t ...more
Dec 02, 2011 Tj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have, read-2014
This is the second book in the Gray Zone series. I felt though with the glossary that it could be read as a stand alone since the world is the common theme.

The book starts out with the main character giving us a little background about himself. Liam has lead and continues to live a rough life. The guy never seems to catch a break. His mother does what she can to shelter him until her death when he is 12 and then he is left to pick up and carry on. He does everything and sacrifices of himself co
J.T. Hall
I’ve decided that of all the M/M writers, Adrienne Wilder is my favorite. While the first Grey Zone had some issues (the ending was too abrupt, mainly), this book shows a leap in Adrienne’s skills and a much smoother ending with things tied up nicely.

There are some common themes in Adrienne’s work as well. The downtrodden, outcast, and abused are typically the stars. In this book, that comes in the form of Liam, a young man trying to protect his younger brothers from a ruthless sexual molester,
Vanessa theJeepDiva
I absolutely love Wilder’s vision of Atlanta with its Gray Zone, Kin, Lesser-Bred’s and all of the individuals that this world affects. Worth can be read as a stand-alone without having read any of Wilder’s other books. All of her works take place in this gritty dark world where dragons and their half breed and lesser also live. I do think this is one of the darker of her books.

Liam’s life is heartbreakingly tragic. He has never allowed himself anything. His entire life revolves around his two
Feb 02, 2012 Yayanime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt-lgbt
I think this book has beautiful characterization but the author just wrote the book too fast so it was like they didn't have time to fully develop to their absolute potential. Even factoring in the length of this short novel the characters still were great and surprisingly well developed considering. The main character Liam is so altruistic and the reader can't help but sympathize. I adored the connection he had with his brothers I felt like everything was rushed though. I honestly believe if th ...more
Dec 12, 2011 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Erotica, m/m, romannce, weres
This book was really hard for me rate. I liked the concept of the story and the world it set in, but it was hard to read. By that I mean some of the scenes were pretty brutal and had me cringing as I read them (one almost had me quit reading the book) and even though there was a glossary of terms at the start of the book, there were times I was utterly confused. I realize now after reading the book that there are other books set in this world (City of Dragons and Darwin's Theory) though not in t ...more
Jan 23, 2012 Nijin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dark, mm
Incredible imagination applied to the good plot structure made a real Page Turner.
I gave 4 the first book in the series but it was mostly because of the high amount of details in the world, lots of new ideas, and partly because of "feeding". This book I have read after Darwin's theory so I guess I just get used to the blood kink idea :-).
Unstable people better stay away from these books! Hannibal lecter sends his hi.
May 27, 2012 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gripping -- and intense! -- from beginning to end. I would have loved a more complete ending though, and a better understanding of the world Wilder created. As for the latter, there are other books set in this world, so that might have been achieved if I'd read some of them first. This might not necessarily be the best book to start with for someone who hasn't read Wilder before, but I enjoyed it anyway.
Nov 09, 2012 Sue rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really couldn't give it 3 stars (liked it), because although well written and plotted, the cannibalistic elements of having people (ever former people who have morphed into something else) eating others was just too icky for me.
Shame, because I like both main characters, especially Liam and his brothers.
Carina Newworld
Mar 13, 2014 Carina Newworld rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved that book.

Liam is a real character that you come to know in the best possible way. There was enough time for me to come to love him.
I really like the first person view anyway.

The plot was everything else exept of nice and innocent.

The onliest thing that I would change is that the end was a little hurried.

All in all 5 stars.
May 10, 2015 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
DNF @5% I don't like series that do not continue on from book one. They should not be called series. There is only one lot of books I've ever seen described like this, (The ESTO Universe) by Angel Martinez BUT SHE TELLS YOU THIS and says read the first book and order is no issue.
Sep 26, 2012 Aniko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
4.5 stars
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