Kari Gregg lives in the mountains of Wild and Wonderful West Virginia with her Wonderful husband and three very Wild children. When Kari’s not writing, she enjoys reading, coffee, zombie flicks, coffee, naked mud-wrestling (not really), and . . . coffee!
Pretty Poisonby Kari Gregg
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
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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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A Great Book Contemporary, Paranormal, m/m When Noah was a toddler he fell from an eighth story balcony which shattered his body and cracked open his skull. Had he not had shifter blood the fall would have killed him had he been human. The pack wanted a mercy killing but instead his family ran with him. What they can’t out run is the mating pact that was formed even before Noah was born. Wade is the new alpha of the pack. He also chooses an adult Noah to fulfill the pact that was made. Wade doesn’t agree with what the former alpha did and he also feels that the former alpha was a fool to reject Noah as an inferior and weak wolf. Wade also thinks that Noah’s family is wrong to hide him and starve Noah’s wolf. Human medicines and human doctors are poison to shifter physiology. Noah is fully grown but his ability to shift has been stopped to keep the pins, plates and bars holding him together in his body. They are also the things that hurt Noah rather than helps and for Wade there is more at stake than just Noah’s recovery. Noah will do whatever necessary to keep his family safe especially since they sacrificed everything to keep him alive. Even if that means mating with the alpha. An alpha that is determined to correct the mistakes of the past and defeat the old prejudices that still infect the shifter community. Unfortunately some still believe Noah is the true poison than needs to be culled from the pack. This is a story that will stay with readers long after they finish it. The characters are complex and well written and reading how they overcome their own insecurities and the obstacles that are thrown in their path makes for a story that is very hard to put done once it is started. Overall it is a fast read but so worth the time it takes to read it. It ends very nicely though readers will want to read more from this world and be able to revisit the characters that make this world up. It makes for a very satisfying read as the story follows Noah’s struggle to heal from all he has gone through.
This book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review, through Don't Buy My Love. One of the best books I read this week. - I wondered why the alpha of the city pack was interested in Noah after all this time. - I wondered why the old alpha had made a mating pact with Noah's father, for one of the children. Wouldn't the old alpha have waned to reproduce to father the next alpha? Wouldn't he already have children of his own who might not want to be mated to one of the siblings n Noah's family? Noah has been the cause of upheaval in the pack before. His family rearranged their lives because of Noah's medical needs. While he didn't ask for it, many people both human and shifter, are invested in his future and his decisions. I liked Noah and his sister Lydia. His father and brother Mikael cared for him physically and as a loved one. Wade still seems to be establishing himself with the pack, or can be easily toppled. It took a while for me to like Wade, because I started out suspicious of his motives. I enjoyed the developing relationship between Noah and Wade. Noah was also learning about begin a shifter. There are things he would have learned from his family, but had not yet participated in. though maybe the need to stay covered with Wade's scent is not something that would have been discussed around the dinner table, for instance. Shifter books are not my usual choice, so I am glad that I made an exception for Pretty Poison.
I’m not sure how I feel about this book. I enjoyed it in many ways, but there were elements that didn’t satisfy me as a reader. The story centers around Noah. When he was very young, he fell from an eighth story balcony which shattered his body and cracked his head. Due to his shifter genes he survived, but the damaged to his body was not repairable. The pack wanted to do a mercy killing since he would never be able to function normally and would be a weak link. His family decided to flee and live on the outskirts of town. They took Noah to human doctors to save his life as a child. The medicine the human doctors gave Noah might have saved his life, but it was poisoning his wolf. Because of that, Noah hasn’t had to shift in many years. Basically, prior to Noah even being born, his family entered into a marital pack that required the first born child of Noah’s family to marry the next alpha. Since leaving the pack, Noah’s oldest sibling married his physical therapist. Due to this, the new alpha (Wade) has the right to marry any other sibling. Wade selects Noah as his mate and takes him back to pack land. The rest of the story is about Noah getting stronger, both in his human and wolf form, through the help of pack medicine and his attempt to make the best of the situation he finds himself in when he goes back to his old pack. I did enjoy this story because Noah, even though he is physically handicap, didn’t come off as weak. He is a strong individual and is a perfect match for the alpha Wade. I also liked several of the secondary characters, such as Fletcher and the group of teens. The story interested me enough that I didn’t have a desire to take a break from reading it. My issue with the book was its lack of detail. There was zero world building and almost everything was brushed over. There was basically no relationship building between Noah and Wade. One minute, Noah was taken from his home, scared to death and the next he is all over Wade. I believe the reawakening of Noah’s wolf contributed to this behavior but the reader has to draw that conclusion. Nothing is ever explained. Also when Noah and Wade decide to get to know each other more, you never get to see that happen. It is just implied that it did occur. Also, one can only assume that the world knows about shifters since the “human” doctors know Noah is one. There doesn’t seem to be any conflicts in the world about there being shifters. The story definitely needs expanding to include these details. Because of the lack of detail, you never really get to know the characters well. By expanding the story, I think it would take the book from okay/good to fantastic. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Christina Marie at The Morning After Romance: Quick, fun, and hot!! So, I wasn’t going to review this. I bought it as a quick, fun and hot read. It was definitely that. But the thing is, hours later I’m still thinking about it. Pretty Poison is definitely going down as one of my favorites. So I’m bumping up my rating a little, and I want to say a few things. I won’t bore you with summary. The blurb says pretty much everything you need to know going in. Noah is likeable enough. I thought he was a bit dense at times. I would have found him infuriating if his stubbornness wasn’t so understandable. I do think that the root of his refusal to consider his options could have been better explored. I mean, once you think about it for a moment it’s obvious, but I don’t know if Noah ever figured out what made him tick. In general, I don’t think the book had enough character development. It’s the main reason why I’m not giving this a higher rating. All that juicy character development and self-reflection is important to me. There was some, just not enough to satisfy my needs. I wish Noah thought more about his motivations, and that there was more evidence of internal changes to go along with the physical ones. I also needed more relationship development. I did enjoy the way the story was set up, how everything started. It was reminiscent of my youth, when I used to read historical romances. Felt a bit like the whole Alpha male/arranged marriage type deal. Done in a way that didn’t make this older, embittered version of myself gag uncontrollably. I did not mind that Noah and Wade fell into bed quickly. However, after the initial lusting I would have liked some time dedicated to them getting to know each other. Pretty sure Noah would have liked that as well. It’s the reason why I never really understood how Noah would want to love Wade. Sure, I got why he lusted after him. However, Noah never really explores his feelings, not deeply anyway. I understood why Wade would love Noah. He says it. Shouts it out at one point I think. Unfortunately, the book isn’t told from his POV, so it was not enough. I needed Noah’s reasons. I needed just a little more romance in my Romance. I typically try to avoid mpreg. In part, because every time I see the word I think of a 15 year old Draco Malfoy walking around with an 8 month bun under his wizards robe. Thank you fan fiction, for that. I get that it works as a convenient device to allow procreation where it otherwise would not happen without some outside assistance. Believe me, I get it. I am usually wary of mpreg however, I didn’t mind it here. Not sure if that was because of how it was handled, or if the author Jedi mind-tricked me. To be fair, it’s not a huge focal in the book. I wasn’t even aware that it was going to be in it, so when it cropped up it was a surprise. Not an unpleasant one though. I just shrugged and went with it. My eyes even refrained from rolling. At the end of the day, Pretty Poison isn’t perfect. But it sure is tasty. Really tasty. I have a thing with shifter books where I want to love them, but they usually leave me extremely irritated. Understandably, I get all excited when I find one I can actually love. So far, I really like Kari Gregg’s take on shifters. This is definitely a guilty pleasure read for me. Emphasis on pleasure. It was freaking hot, ok. Very, very (*wipes drool*) hot. So, I’m adding half a star for sheer enjoyment, because I had so much fun reading it. If you like shifter books, if you want to like them but they normally drive you nutty, if you like kinky things, or if you like to breathe air then you should probably read this. 3.5 Stars
Review posted on Books on Silver Wings blog. 3.5 Stars rounded up to 4 I really like the unique set up of Noah's story about how he's surviving and adapting to life after a very traumatic physical injury. Wade forces Noah's family to give Noah to the pack and mates Noah. Wade doesn't believe in human medication and forces Noah to try shifter remedies. Noah thinks that Wade is keeping him prisoner. The romance between the two MCs is very typical of shifter stories. Noah and Wade get lusty at first sight and they become mates. The other interesting and unique detail in the story is that Wade, the alpha wolf, can feel insecure because Noah didn't remake the mating mark and so Wade copes by being even more possessive and seductive. The dialogue and actions of the MCs when they are together are often very entertaining. I definitely support this pair of lovers. As a side note, male pregnancy is possible and it is mentioned in the story. The revolutionary changes in shifter and human culture towards a more accepting and modern way of thinking about the worth of a person, regardless of species should have made an impact but falls short of the mark. Noah's return to the pack catalyzes these changes and he brings more modern technology, ideas, and human medicine into the shifter community. He also steers shifter mentality towards being more accepting of disabled people. However, the impact of these changes are very superficial and the challenges are too easy, making this part of the story unrealistic. Also, Wade's motive of bringing Noah back into the pack is unclear to me. He statements about no ulterior motives is not convincing to me and that casts doubt on their romance. Despite that, their romance is believable and Wade genuinely cares about Noah. Their relationship is rocky at the start and filled with distrust, but they eventually become a happy couple. Overall, this is a great book with unique characters, disabilities, and an imperfect alpha shifter. This has everything I like to read in a shifter romance and I definitely recommend this. *review copy received in exchange for an honest review*