I've just binged on four werewolf stories and they were just what the reading doctor ordered.
First up were two short stories by Calandra Hunter which I won't bother giving a full review to. They were Night with the Werewolf (Gay Paranormal Erotica) by Calandra Hunter and Caged Wolf (Gay Paranormal Erotica) by Calandra Hunter and they were just what I would have expected from the fact that they are billed as gay paranormal erotica. Suffice to say I rate them both at 3*.
Next up was Trials of Tam (The Larson Legacy #1) by Amber Kell 5*
BLURB: Tam's genius IQ has let him have his way in most everything in life. That all comes to a halt when his family petitions to join a new pack and the Alpha's price of admission is a chance to call Tam his own.
Tam is willing to play by the Alpha's rules, but he won't be pushed. Valko has some strong opinions about who's in charge. And it's not Tam.
Not about to roll over and show his belly for any man, Tam soon learns he might be the smartest person in the pack, but sometimes it's the sneakiest wolf who wins in the end.
My Review: I love stories like this one were the paranormal is out and in the open in the human world. With stories by Amber Kell I know I am also, more than likely, going to want the rest of the series sooner rather than later and yet again this is the case. I adored Tam and really, really want to read more about both his brothers and some of the other members of their new pack.
and finally: Pretty Poison by Kari Gregg 4*
BLURB: 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.a
My Review: This one ticked a lot of my favourite themes - Disabled hero, redhaired hero (not at all normal, that), family loyalty, mating bonds and lots of pretty good sex scenes- so it isn't a surprise that I liked it. That said I think I would have liked it anyway as the author has a clever way with words. I haven't read any of Kari Gregg stuff before but I really hope to read more from her in the future.