**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this story, and I really liked the author's writing style. It's somewhat... poetical? Not sure if that's the right word, b**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this story, and I really liked the author's writing style. It's somewhat... poetical? Not sure if that's the right word, but that's the best way I can describe it. :)
It's a good start to what will be a longer story, but I do wish the author had slowed the pace down a little bit, and taken the time to flesh it out some more. There's also some very fast insta-love going on, which I'm normally not a big fan of. Although, that tends to go hand-in-hand with shifter stories, so not really a big deal for me in this case. And some of the dialogue towards the end was a bit too sappy/sweet for my tastes, but again, not so bad that it ruined my enjoyment.
However, I did have some serious issues with a couple of things: the moving in together and the sex scene. Unless I missed something, these two characters have only known each other for a few days? And yet Trent invites Bennett (who is essentially a stranger - these two know practically nothing about each other) to move in with him? That's... not very bright. But to do something like that when you have small children in the home? Wow... that's just 10 kinds of stupid, irresponsible, and downright scary. Same thing with the sex scene. It's pretty safe to assume that shifters can't catch or transmit STDs, but at this point in the story, Trent does NOT know that Bennett is a shifter, and yet he doesn't even blink at having unprotected sex with him? Ack! WTF?!
I really wish the author had handled those two aspects of the story differently, because it makes it really hard to like characters who make such horribly bad/dangerous decisions like that... :(
But despite that, there was more to this story that I DID love, so those two issues didn't completely ruin it for me. And I was getting really anxious towards the end, wondering how the hell all of this was going to be wrapped up in just a few more pages. Then we get a scene where the shit is about to hit the fan, and suddenly... cut to black.
What?! Noooo! Holy mother of cliffhangers! No he did not! Well, yes, yes he did. LOL! :P So yeah, be warned. This is not a full/stand-alone story, and the cliffhanger is a real nail-biter.
So, overall... a pretty solid read, especially for a debut story! I'm really looking forward to reading the continuation. Hope it'll be out soon! :) ...more
**spoiler alert** I normally enjoy Kari Gregg's work, so I was really surprised at how much of a disappointment this one was for me. :(
To begin with,**spoiler alert** I normally enjoy Kari Gregg's work, so I was really surprised at how much of a disappointment this one was for me. :(
To begin with, it started out on a very sour note when Noah is literally manhandled and dragged out of his home, crutches and all. And the love interest (Wade) just stands there and watches. A crippled man and intended mate, who at this point is more of a human than a shifter, is being treated this way by those who claim to be "rescuing" him? Really?
Then he's cuffed upside the head (ummm... skull split open, acute migranes - any of this ringing a bell??) for simply balking at being shoved into the car, after which his wrists and ankles are bound. Again, does nobody give a damn that he's got crippled legs and incredibly fragile knees?? WTF?
After that, Noah spends a lot of time in the bedroom, alone, sick, collapsed on the floor in pain, etc., with the occasional visit from Fletcher (AKA: Mr. 'I couldn't care less if you're suffering' Insensitive). And the even less occasional visits from Wade, which were mostly just for a fuck session.
One good thing I'll say about this story is that the sex scenes were hot, and Kari Gregg's writing in general is very good, which is the only thing that saved this one from a 1-star rating. However... the sex was not as hot as it should have been because there was absolutely no chemistry between the two MCs. And the further I got into the story, the more I disliked Wade. At the point where I gave up on this (at about 75% - just after the knotting scene) things between them had started to change a little, and we finally see that maybe Wade's not such an indifferent, insensitive prick after all, but by then it was too late for me. I just couldn't bring myself to care what happened to the two of them and I called it quits.
There were also a number of things that were never properly explained (at least, not up to the 75% mark):
* How the humans know about shifters. * The whole "taboo issue" of humans giving medical treatment to shifters. * Why they would even want to murder an injured child. Are they really just that cold? Well, I guess that's not too much of a surprise, considering the way the story opened... * The m-preg seemed to come out of nowhere (even though, yes, I knew it was going to be in there) and was very matter-of-fact, leaving me thinking: Ummm...okay...
In conclusion... poor, poor Noah. I really felt like I wanted to pluck him out of this story and drop him down into one with a kinder pack and a more loving, caring mate.
If I were a character in this book, I would avoid that pack like the fucking plague.
The art style of this graphic novel was very different from what I'm used to (I mainly read Japanese manga), but I thought it was quite unique, and liThe art style of this graphic novel was very different from what I'm used to (I mainly read Japanese manga), but I thought it was quite unique, and liked it very much. And at many points during the story I found myself stopping at certain scenes/panels for a while, just to take in all the wonderful details.
The story also sucked me in right from the start. I can't resist a good interspecies romance (especially one with werewolves), and the cliffhanger ending made me want to jump right into the next volume. I can't wait to see what happens next with Oisin and Byron! :)
Unfortunately, it looks like the print version is no longer available, but you can get this in digital format. And it's free! I don't know if that's permanent or just temporary, so if you're interested in giving this one a try, hurry up and go snag your free copy now! :)
For anyone interested in this for the tentacle-smex, it does have some, although the scene is quite brief. But I've been told all subsequent volumes in the series also contain tentacle scenes, so I'm looking forward to that as well! (Yes, it's one of my favourite kinks. :P). Volume #2 in particular, with its synopsis and cover (of the print version), seems to promise much more tentacle goodness than what's found in this volume. Here's hoping! *crosses fingers*
When I see a book (in a genre I enjoy) that has a ton of reviews with drastically opposing ratings/comments (4&5 star reviews with glowing commentWhen I see a book (in a genre I enjoy) that has a ton of reviews with drastically opposing ratings/comments (4&5 star reviews with glowing comments, and 1 star reviews that completely rip it a new one) I get intensely curious...
So, I decided to give this one a try. And...I'm definitely in the "haters" camp on this one.
I understand that Nicky was acting out of character simply because of what had happened to him. That being turned had affected his mindset and "instincts", making him react in a way he normally never would, even though he was aware of what he was doing, and horrified/confused by it. But still, it was just so...nauseating and creepy (I'll explain that further down in my review). And it was made even worse by Marco's treatment of him, and the sickening overuse of pet names like "baby" and "sweetheart".
But aside from that, Nicky, in his own right, is one of those "TSTL" characters. It's something I've really only seen applied to heroines in Het romances (TSTL = Too Stupid To Live), but it definitely applied here. Who the hell wakes up in someone's bedroom and thinks they're in a hospital? Who the hell sees a collar around their neck and thinks it's some kind of hospital identification tag? Someone who is lacking a vast majority of brain cells, that's who. Good god... :(
But the main reason I just couldn't continue with this story was the sheer creepiness of it. It had a very strong pedophilia-like tone to it that made my skin crawl. Not quite as bad as Lynn Hagen's Hawk's Pretty Baby, but it still creeped me out quite a bit. Having the urge to fall asleep while sucking on Marco's cock "like a pacifier"? And actually falling asleep, curled up and grasping onto Marco's hand while sucking on his thumb? Being threatened with a spanking if he threw a "temper tantrum". WTF??!!
I'm very open to a lot of kinks and extreme content. But pedophilia is where I draw the line. As well as stories that obviously want to be pedophilia, but where the author tries to mask it somewhat, in an attempt to make it more "acceptable". Like this one for example, where an adult character acts just like a baby/infant because of supernatural circumstances. Or in Lynn Hagen's book, where an adult character acts like a small child because of mental retardation.
Anyway...this was my first book by this author, and it will be my last....more