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Pretty Poison [Format Kindle]

Kari Gregg

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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.

Length: 54,540 Words

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 153 pages
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  • Editeur : Kari Gregg (14 décembre 2013)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 An enjoyable shifter romance, but nothing too out of the ordinary 15 décembre 2013
Par Charly T. Anchor - Publié sur
*NOTE: I received a free review copy of this story.*
Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 7/10

- I love reading stories about characters who are physically or mentally imperfect. (Possible slight SPOILER here) And I worried with this story that Noah’s werewolf shifts would miraculously cure his physical handicaps. I was very happy that this was not the case.
- There are a couple of interesting additions to werewolf lore that I liked, such as male wolves being able to have babies. I also thought the integration of human medicine and shifter healing was well done…the way the shifters mistrust human conventions like x-rays and bloodwork but begrudgingly agree to work alongside the human doctors who have treated Noah his entire life.
- Gregg does a good job of establishing how different the characters’ situation is from that of a typical shifter story. Noah is frightened of Wade in some ways yet mesmerized by him, attracted to him but with little feeling (at the beginning) other than dislike of his brusque ways and his politics. The relationship is not your typical instalove werewolf mating romance.

- It took me a while to warm up to Wade. I’m sure Gregg was going for an “enemies to lovers” sort of thing, and that’s why Wade’s behavior is so jerkish at the start, but the author might have done almost *too* good a job with it. I had a hard time forgiving Wade for his treatment of Noah at the beginning, and I cursed Noah for giving in to Wade’s seduction so easily.
- The climax and its resolution all works out too quickly and too easily.

Overall comments: If you’re looking for something with a decent amount of fairly detailed sex, and only a token amount of angst, this should fit the bill. I’m a sucker for werewolf stories, so I liked it, but those readers who like shifter stories only when they’re unusual might not be terribly impressed by this one.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I read it, I loved it...and then I read it again. It's that good. 29 décembre 2013
Par B ME - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
If I could give it another couple of stars I would. The essence of a good read is the hook luring you in so you can't put the book down, the words flow painting the pictures. This is a good read. I was unsure about the story once I started, it seemed a little dark to start with. But then it wrapped around me and pulled me in. Noah was hurt when he was four, he fell eight stories and survived only because he was a shifter. But there was massive damage and the pack wanted his family to kill him as an act of mercy - they ran. Humans are aware of shifters but shifters have their own medicines and ways - no-one ever took a wolf to the humans to mend - until Noah's family did. They saved him but there were costs. His family is isolated because they broke shifter law and Noah's wolf is dormant due to wolfsbane infusions. His family ran out on a mating pact with the Alpha but that wasn't pursued, and anyway, the eldest (a daughter) has mated a human so the Pact is void. Isn't it? Enter Wade, the new Alpha, who wants the Mating Pact fulfilled or the family will pay for their flouting of the law. Under shifter law he can now choose his mate from the remaining siblings (all male). He chose the smallest boy (20), the whelp, the broken one and forces him to the Alpha house to be his mate. Is he going to force Noah to bite him and mate but then not bite in return? If he does that Noah will have no other, but the Alpha can move on...justice served? But things aren't as dire as Noah believed - we go on Noah's journey of discovery, love and lust and bonding. Poison has brought him to Wade. Even though his family try to retrieve Noah - Noah knows he must stay with Wade to protect them all. And then there is the possibility of pups...from Noah and Wade...what's up with that? As Alpha Mate tradition dictates Noah have babies...but Wade says no. The story is different from what you think is happening at the beginning. Excellent read.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Another winner 15 décembre 2013
Par Sassy Lane - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
I received an ARC from the author for review. Some spoilers follow.

I really enjoy reading about characters with disabilities and deep flaws. This story had all of that.

The two MCs both see some growth during the story and I appreciate that. Noah has severe injuries that have considerable effect on his life outlook (I like that his problems are not miraculously healed) and Wade is a bit of an anti-hero.

Wade is less than altruistic in his desires for Noah. What he is really after is acceptance for an injured child that he loves but he also finds himself impressed by and attracted to the deep inner strength Noah possesses. I felt for the young girl but she was a brat so I never really vested in her character which made me slow to love Wade's character.

One of the things I love are Kari's writing is that her characters are real, flaws and all. I can easily envision that mistakes the characters make happening just that way in real life.

By the time I got to the end of the story, I was pulling for everyone, the growing pack and the damaged family. They were all learning from their mistakes and moving forward.

Best of all, there was a HEA that fit. Definitely a reread for me. :)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Alpha wolf Wade 'rescues' Noah... or does he? 25 décembre 2013
Par nowyat - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This book was excellent and I am sure I will read it more than once. Alpha Wolfe Wade storms into Noah's home, where he has lived in seclusion since a childhood fall crippled him and demands him as a mate to fulfill an old promise. The old Alpha of the pack at the time of Noah's accident and the healers of the pack had wanted Noah to be put down, as someone who could never be a viable or useful member of their pack. Noah's parents had fled with their family and taken him to human doctors who had saved his life. But now a new pack alpha wants to right old wrongs and he believes the human doctors are no longer helping but actually hurting Noah. Wade plans to mate the reluctant Noah and use werewolf medicine on him, but his true motivations may be darker. Noah, integrated into the human world, finds many werewolf cultural practices old-fashioned and struggles to introduce modern technology and personal rights to the wolves.The plot was really interesting and different, sort of a cross between Shannon West's more dramatic Dark Hollow werewolf series and some of my other most beloved but gentler favorites. I am expecting great things from this author in the future. If you like this book you may also like "Run With The Moon" Run with the Moon (Men of Silo) by Diana DeRicci or "Called To Mate" Called to Mate (Pack Mates, Book 1) by Lynn Tyler or The Alpha's Ardor (Wolves of Flathead) "The Alpha's Ardor".
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Some issues, including MPREG Add Up to a 3 star Rating 19 février 2014
Par Melanie Marshall - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
Another review

Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Noah was only a toddler when an accident shattered not only his body but his life and that of his family. Noah fell through the bars of a balcony railing from their eighth floor apartment, landing on the ground below, his body crushed. Had he been human, the fall would have killed him. But Noah is a wolf shifter and he survived but barely. The pack Alpha at the time as well as others saw Noah as a cripple, a pup to be put down as it was of no use to the pack because Noah would never be able to contribute. Facing Noah's death, his family took him and fled to the country where they asked human doctors to help Noah survive the fall, something the pack doctors refused to do.

Years later, Noah and his family remain isolated not only because they broke pack law but to protect Noah whose health remains fragile. Migraines, slight with legs unable to support his body, Noah uses crutches to get around and has medication that keeps him from shifting. But he has a tight knit family to support him and a online business he created that he loves and is successful at.

But the past returns when the new Alpha, Wade, arrives to claim his mate, the mating pact formed before Noah’s birth by Noah's parents and their Alpha. Wade chooses Noah over his brothers to the horror of Noah's family. Wade is determined to correct the wrongs of the previous Alpha and choosing Noah as his mate is just the start. Noah will protect his family at all costs and goes willingly if fearfully. But can Wade protect Noah from pack members who still regard Noah as a poison and are determined to finished what their older Alpha ordered?

I am a hardcore fan of wolf shifter stories, ok any shifter story. Telling me that there is a new one out is like waving a pretty bauble in front of a magpie. I just grab it up and jump right in. Sometimes the story is like hitting the Lotto. It's a true winner in every respect. World building, characters, plot. You name it and the story has it in spades. Other times, well, it's that scratch off ticket that has almost all the same boxes, except one or two…almost a winner but not quite. It's that last one that reminds me of Pretty Poison by Kari Gregg. It's almost a great story. It has some definitely terrific elements and then there are some that are both perplexing and a complete miss as far as plot and worldbuilding.

I loved Gregg's plot. What a great idea to have a wolf shifter injured at an early age and be unable to heal. Instantaneously, you have made this character not only vulnerable but fascinating. What happens when a shifter can't heal? How does a pack react? Here Gregg takes her lead from wolf biology and natural history. Some packs accept an injured wolf but their harsh lifestyle makes it inevitable that it won't survive long. Translate that to a shifter universe where this pack lives in a fashion similar to the Amish, apart from human society, their young not educated past a certain age as they believe only in manual labor and jobs accessible for those that use their bodies and not their minds. How that changes once an educated, tech savvy Noah joins the pack is not only realistic but sociologically sound. This aspect of Gregg's novel is one of the true highlights of the story for me.

Noah is another plus. I found his character to be interesting and accessible. His differences extend past his injuries. His coloration is rare, that of a true redhead (think Grey Wolf versus the smaller Red Wolf of the East Coast). Noah has continued his education and now owns a web business that he works at online. He is highly intelligent, technologically brilliant, and highly loyal. Plus he is cute. And he has endured countless hours of surgeries and therapy to help him continue to improve and maintain his current condition, even if it means numerous human medications and incapacitating migraines. In fact most of the characters found here at very well done. Each one feels like a real person, complete with both positive and negative aspects of their personalities. It's not the characters that I have issues with, but some of their actions that come across as less than plausible, including the short time frame of the story.

This is a case of near instant bonding, although thankfully not instant love. But it's a close call. Gregg does establish a case of pheromones as the cause of their attraction but it still feels too quick for all the adjustments that happens after Noah is pulled from his house and taken to the pack compound. Gregg's use of herbs that both harm and heal the werewolves is again a marvelous element as is Noah's changing situation once he is away from the family. All great. Even the miscommunication that occurs between Noah and Wade seems reasonable. But there are also some very odd bits that intrude into the picture that makes the story go off course for me.

One is the case of Mpreg that occurs here. Wolves have a gestation of 60 to 63 days and Gregg adheres to that. But for a male pregnancy story to work (to my mind at least), it must be based somehow within the realm of scientific speculation. And if all conjecture, than at least give me a plausible explanation as to how it would work, especially with dealing with a species that shifts into different forms. Gregg's reasoning called up more questions than it answered. Plus I am not sure it added anything especially relevant to the story, even given Noah's rationale.

Another is actions of some of her characters that are counter to the personas she created. Noah's father especially acts in ways that seem counterintuitive to the scenes earlier in the story. He loves his children, especially Noah, deeply and without regard to his own safety. But later on in the story, he believes outsiders who in the past have done nothing but threaten his son over the continual advice and pleadings from his own children. As the phrase goes "it does not compute."

Pretty Poison is that shifter story that has much to offer. Realistically developed characters, great plot, and interesting aspects to her world building make it easy to read but it also contains elements that cause the flow of the narrative to falter when the reader stops to ponder some of the stranger sections to the story. If all of the above sound attractive, then pick it up and add it to your reading list. If not, then consider some of Kari Gregg's other stories. She has a wonderful backlist where you will surely find something to your taste.

Cover artist Lou Harper. I loved this cover. The elements are dramatic, the men hot and sexy, and the wolf is gorgeous. So well done.

Book Details:

ebook, 147 pages
Published December 15th 2013 by Kari Gregg (first published December 14th 2013)
original titlePretty Poison
edition languageEnglish
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