Pretty Poison by Kari Gregg (4 Stars)

Two strong-willed shifters overcoming obstacles in order to spend their lives together.

Noah fell from a balcony when he was a young child. Since many of his packmates thought he should be put down, his family left the pack and tried to keep him out of sight. Wade is the new alpha of the pack, and he wants the family to meet their obligation of providing a mate. More importantly, he wants Noah to be his mate. Told in a world where shifters live among humans, there was an interesting aspect to this story about the medical treatment of the two different species.

The plot revolved around proving to the pack that Noah would make a good mate for Wade. The entire story is told from Noah’s point of view. Unfortunately, he’s led an extremely sheltered life due to his injuries. He spent most of his time hidden away while recovering from multiple surgeries, avoiding the shifters that wanted to kill him and running his web-based business.

The blurb suggests that there is dubious consent in this story, but I didn’t really see it that way. Since this is taking place in the shifter world, and Noah was excited to be with Wade, I thought the beginning of their mating worked very well. I really liked Wade and thought that he was a good leader. I also thought that he cared about Noah and went out of his way to do special things for him. There were quite a few sex scenes, but outside of the knotting that took place, there wasn’t anything kinky in it. Since these two liked each other, the sex was extremely hot.

The secondary cast of characters was interesting and definitely added to the story. I only wish less time had been spent on Noah’s health issues and instead focused on the development of his relationship with Wade.

A very sexy shifter romance with two strong characters strengthening their mating with the odds stacked against them.


Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.


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.


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