**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,...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, 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.
LOVED this! I couldn't put it down...devoured the whole thing in one sitting. Wonderful characters, plot and world building. And not a single dull mom...moreLOVED this! I couldn't put it down...devoured the whole thing in one sitting. Wonderful characters, plot and world building. And not a single dull moment. It also has one of the most interesting and unusual menage relationships I've read.
**spoiler alert** Oh wow...this story was absolutely riveting! I've never read anything quite like it before. Just like the authors' other story (Scha...more**spoiler alert** Oh wow...this story was absolutely riveting! I've never read anything quite like it before. Just like the authors' other story (Schadenfreude), I could not put this one down. Stayed up all night to read it from start to finish!
Schadenfreude was very dark and disturbing, but this one is even more so. It's extremely violent, bloody, gory, and has a lot of very graphic, disturbing content, so make sure you heed the warnings before you give it a try.
The protags (Oberon and Leander) are not the "good guys". They're sick, twisted, sadistic killers who love to murder, maim and torture...and I loved them! They were both such incredibly fascinating characters, and together they were just so wonderful and perfect for each other...in that sweet, serial killer kind of way. :P Lots of great character development as well, especially in regards to Leander. I loved seeing how he embraced his true nature and became a killer, with Oberon's guidance. The supporting characters were also very interesting and well written.
A major kudos to the author for his amazing skill in making me care about these "evil" characters so much, and having me root for them all the way! And make no mistake...they both have some major traumas in their past (especially Oberon), but that's not what makes them the way they are. They're not "misunderstood" heroes with redeeming qualities, who turn out to be not as bad as we're led to believe. They were born that way, and they remain that way through the entire story...possibly becoming even more bloodthirsty once they connect with each other. They are definitely soulmates, IMO. :)
The only thing I really hated about this story was the kiddie rape/molestation. Now, I'd read the warning in the description, but I didn't think this would apply to the main characters. But Unfortunately, it did. That disturbed me quite a LOT, and it's a line I really wish the author hadn't crossed. (I really wish he'd just had the kids tortured/killed, like everyone else, and left out the sexual stuff). But ultimately, I loved everything else so much that I tried to mentally delete those parts from my brain, and pretend like they didn't exist. If I didn't do that, I would have ended up hating the characters, and giving up on the story. So...5-stars for my personal, mentally-edited version. :P And 4-stars for the original pedophilia version. :(
On a side note...does anyone know if this author has written anything else? And if so, where can it be found? (less)