Blurb: The tribes were his to lose…and theirs to regain.
History taught that rebels executed the imperial family, including young Prince Nika Marisek, and hid the bodies in an unmarked grave. History was wrong.
Decades later, yarn shop owner Nick Goode reclaimed his identity to see his long-dead family decently buried. He’ll do whatever he must to persuade elders who now rule the tribes…even offer to abdicate. Some, however, seek to capitalize on Nick’s survival. Who better to drag the tribes from corruption into freedoms the rebellion had promised if not the prince who became one of the peasantry in exile?
Arit hates politics. When Elder Benjic, his estranged sire, shows up with the celebrity prince to fulfill a pre-war mating pact, Arit refuses. He craves strength on strength, the challenge of an alpha mating another alpha. A damaged omega who knits won’t do. Arit will guide them on an adventure tour exploring their wolf instincts; that’s his job. But that’s all he’ll do.
Except Nick isn’t an omega. He isn’t damaged. And if he seduces Arit to win Benjic’s support, Nick won’t give up his throne, either. He’ll risk everything to realize the ideals of the rebellion…and end his fate as the tribes’ last emperor.
CONTENT WARNING: palace intrigues, mpreg themes, shifter knotting, and two stubborn alphas who must learn to work together to save an empire
Review: After the murder of his family at the hands of rebels who were betrayed them Nick is secreted away severely injured. Now many years later Nick decides it is time for the emperor to emerge and take back what is his. I liked the story. I felt Nicks pain for his family throughout. My heart cried out at the brutal injustice done to so many as a result of greed and power.
Arit was an angry man especially about his sire who left many years before. With no choice but to accept the guests at his resort Arit meets Nick along with his sire and entourage. What starts as not wanting them there turns into a mating heat, love and fierce desire to protect.
Arit and Nick were perfect for each other. I loved the way they each leaned on each other when the need arose. The tensions between the elders and the people were front and center as a history of past transgressions come to light.
Blurb: When Nox was fourteen, his brother Joth murdered their older brother, their mother, and a human girl. Nox survived, but the attack wrecked his womb. Shattered, Nox rejected the pack who fumbled helping a barren, grief-stricken omega cope. He built a new purpose for himself as a master craftsman. Mating? No thanks. He’s better off alone.
Humans studied Joth in prison until his father’s death ended the weekly visits. Joth demands Nox in their father’s stead in exchange for resuming therapy and tests… thereby risking the destruction of Nox’s carefully ordered world. Again.
The pack drafts alpha fixer Dio to untangle the mess. One sniff of the wary omega convinces him Nox is his mate. New medical treatments offer a slim possibility Nox could bear children, but if the past years taught shifters anything, it is an omega’s value is greater than his fertility. Reconciling Nox with his pack is more important. Laying to rest the ghosts haunting Nox is too. Learning to trust? Vital.
Dio just needs to coax Nox into one last try.
Content Warning: Omega mpreg and fertility themes, dubious consent, shifter knotting, an omega who rejects labels, and a bewildered alpha who wouldn’t have it any other way.
Review: Wow, I must say I was sceptical about liking this book when I started reading it but I must say I was pleased with the way it progressed. Nox has been living in his own world since his brother Joth murdered his family and left Nox for dead at Fourteen. He has learned to trust no one and rely on himself with no interactions with the pack. I have to say I understood the reasoning when it comes out the pack went on a mission to hunt him down and kill him thinking he went rogue.
I felt someone should have tried to talk to him before it got to that point in the first place as after all he was a victim as well when Joth severely wounded him. Now I did take issue with the way Nox’s mate, Dio, handled Nox after his meeting with his brother. It seemed to me he forced Nox to have sex with him and hardly said a word to him. I realize he was unsure with how to deal with his mate but that certainly was not the way to have sex for the first time in my opinion. Aside from those little details it was a great story about one man who was destroyed by betrayal at the deepest level and how a man and his pack slowly helped him find his way out of the dark that he was in.
This story is truly impressive and thoughtful. Joth’s treatment was eye opening as was his attitude toward his brother at first. The pack seriously let Nox down when he was a teenager but attempted to turn things around for good in the end.
Title: Stray Series: N/A Author: Kari Gregg Genre: Paranormal/ Shapeshifters Length: 120 pages Publisher: Kari Gregg (March 3, 2016) Heat Level: Explicit Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5 Hearts Blurb: With a Lycan father, a human mother, and the human side of his genetic makeup dominant, Luke left his birth pack to try living among humans, but he felt awkward and uncomfortable isolated from the culture that raised him. He’s still searching for where he fits in.
After losing his family in a vicious attack, Dean rebuilt his pack by accepting loners, rejects, other survivors, and even ferals. He and his ragtag group of strays made a warm and welcoming home.
Luke believes he’s finally found where he belongs. Meddling parents and a neighbor who isn’t as human as he seems won’t sway him. Luke wants Dean to take in one last stray…him.
Product Link: http://amzn.to/1OZlFOD
Review: Every once in a while you come across a new story that has a different outlook or tone to it than many stories that have the same topic, and I think Kari Gregg has written one.
You read about shifters or the paranormal world and they do have a similar tone to them, however some of them feel like cookie cutter type of stories. They talk about matings, falling instantly in love and so forth. With this story it is just a bit different, very new fresh look in my eyes.
Luke has a human mother and a Lycan father, which of course makes him a half-breed. He has Lycan qualities but is human all the way around. He has had his ups and downs but for the past few months he has been spying on a group of Lycan. He wanted a home.
Whereas Dean is not only a full Lycan but he is the alpha of his group. A group of strays that he has taken in giving them a home. He has not wanted to be near humans until Luke.
Luke is his mate.
Things are hot and heavy with these two. However Luke definitely acts like a human in this story. Their lack of communication drives me nuts, as did the first part of the story. I was at a standstill with this book trying to decide if I liked it or not, but I have to tell you that this is one fun read.
I wished that it would actually become a series because I want to know more about Nate and Jeremy. They were a fun quirky group that is for sure.
I had fun with this book and look forward to reading more by this author.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *
Title: Act One: Safe Travels Series: For Whom the Heart Stone Burns, #1 Author: Kari Gregg Genre: Fantasy Length: Novella (99 pages) Publisher: Kari Gregg (April 1st 2015) Heat Level: Explicit Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts
Blurb: Becket built his life around unbelief in the magic Theo, his uncle and guardian, had devoted his all to…until Theo vanished. Grief-stricken, Becket followed Theo’s clues, sending him through a stone grid to Ket. With no magical ability, Becket must find Theo in a land where dragons roam the lowlands and magic evolved in men and women who aren’t apex predators and have settled in high aeries to survive.
Locating his uncle, however, is the easy part. Becket is a bibelot – non-magical. And Theo is recovering from a wild magic storm that hit his expedition to the lowlands. He can’t control his power.
They can’t go home.
Elders will permit a second expedition and Theo’s sole hope of obtaining frequency stone to stabilize his magic, but only if he allows seers to scry Becket’s sentinel first. Too bad the protector scried for Becket is Theo’s rival in this strange otherworld, another caster named Kellan Fik. And Kellan knows Theo and Becket aren’t what they seem.
Handfasting his enemy may be Becket’s best and only chance.
Review: I feel the story could have had more details at certain points to better explain things as the story progressed. Becket has had a hard life so far and I really felt sorry for him. It was weird that he absolutely did not believe in magic yet he’s in a fantasy environment. It was strange to me.
Becket seemed to understanding when things are revealed to him and didn’t really question them. Overall I liked the story but it was confusing at the beginning. This book does end in a cliffhanger.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *
Hi guys, we have Kari Gregg stopping by with her newest release from Riptide Publishing Tame A Wild Human, we have an fantastic excerpt and a fantastic giveaway so enjoy the post and then leave a comment! <3 ~Pixie~
Tame A Wild Human
Drugged, bound, and left as bait on the cusp of the lunar cycle, Wyatt Redding is faced with a terrifying set of no-win scenarios. Best case: he survives the coming days as a werewolf pack’s plaything and returns to the city as a second-class citizen with the mark—and protection—of the pack. Worst case: the wolves sate their lusts with Wyatt’s body, then send him home without their protection, condemning him to live out the rest of his short life as a slave to the worst of humanity’s scorn and abuse.
Wyatt’s only chance is to swallow every ounce of pride, bury his fear, and meekly comply with every wicked desire and carnal demand the wolf pack makes of him. He expects three days of sex and humiliation. What he doesn’t expect is to start enjoying it. Or to grow attached to his captor and pack Alpha, Cole.
As the lunar cycle ends, Wyatt begins to realize that the only thing to fear more than being sent home without the pack’s protection is being sent home at all.
Blurb: Enslaved during the invasion of the rival King of Herra, Micah cut off his emotions and adapted to his new life in servitude. Xerxes, the Herran King, abuses his captive to keep the neighboring kingdom of Alekia under his yoke, but after Micah nearly dies when plague sweeps Herra, the Alekian King sends Eli to bring his beloved son home. Conditioned by his slavery, unable to cope with his freedom, Micah seeks to please the new master he’s found in Eli throughout their harrowing journey to a homeland he no longer remembers. Eli protects the young man and introduces Micah to the pleasures denied him as a prisoner.
Will Micah accept his noble birthright when they reach Alekia, and more importantly, can he accept Eli as the devoted slave his father has given him rather than the master he’s come to love?
Note: This book was previous released under the same title by another publisher. It has been re-edited and revised in this version.
Review: Mind numbing panic and terror. Abuse and torture, the life of a slave. A prince conditioned to forget, broken down to the core, abased and made to believe himself no better than a dog. Forced to malnourishment to remain weak, forced to harsh work, forced to humiliation of serving men who wished to have him in their bed, never allowed even the tiniest morsel of pleasure in return. Twelve years in captivity and Micah is nothing more than a mute, mindless slave striving to survive another day. Until one day, his own slave comes and saves his young master.
A tale of heroes, war, magic, and adventure.
A tale of love.
Okay, so I’m going to spit it all out the good and the bad and let you make up your mind for yourself. This book in my eyes was a huge frenzy of delirious mating. The passion never-ending, the acts carnal and erotic to the point you need to watch your breathing to stop hyperventilating. On and on it goes, every other paragraph yet another claiming scene, and if it’s a bit ludicrous, it also makes it up to you with how easily it drags you into its web of guilty pleasures.
Now, the sex was too much, Micah’s character a bit non-save able, the bad guys were OMG cruel and the condition Micah was raised had me thinking no one would be able to survive and get to their twenties. And as for a plot or a background story, it was a bit weak. The only strong part of this book and the main reason I liked it as much was the fact that the passion was all over the place, overflowing and reaching so hard, you felt dizzy with it, you felt like living it even.
It was good, it was fun, and it was a fast read. The end was surprising and I liked even more than I thought I would. Overall, I had a great time reading this book and I totally recommend it to fans of the genre.
Heads up, this is a captive, slave/master story and there are many non-con/dub-con scenes along with explicit violence in the beginning.
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.
Review: My God!!! What a shocking beginning. I was astounded at how freaking fast this story began. One moment you’re reading the starting line, Noah getting through his website, the next all hell breaks loose and the terror begins. Make no mistake, those feelings are terror and they damn well reach you, too.
I think what caused this sensation was the unknown. We don’t know why. Why Wade takes Noah? Why he even mates him? And that is what gets all the others emotions skyrocketing. For all intents and purposes Noah is completely useless to the were-shifters’ community. He has a severe accident when a toddler that left him a cripple. Had he been human, he’d die. Had he been human after his partial healing he’d have prosthetics. But his were nature prevents even that much as wolves lose all foreign artifacts when they shift. And shift he did when he was young, uncontrollably, which led to his family and doctors using wolfbane to sedate his wolf and prevent the shifting. So there we have a scrawny non-human yet not shifter either, having no physical prowess and literally unable to walk properly. And I’m not even mentioning his migraines that render him immobile and vulnerable for days.
So the question arises: What does Wane want from him? Is it vengeance from his family for defying were-law in order to save his life? Is Wane that sadistic? Or is there a well-hidden agenda behind his mating with such a powerful Alpha?
I admit it, I love these wolves. I’ve never hidden my dislike for wolves the resemble more lap dogs than the feral creatures they are supposed to be, but Kari manages to create wild and nature bound characters that bewitch you in a matter of seconds. Wade? He is utterly fantastic. There is absolutely no way you can resist this character even at his most caveman apeshit-crazy behavior. He is utterly glorious throughout the read and *sigh* make you wish there was a sequel coming featuring him just for the hell of it. No there is none. This is a standalone book. But, back to these characters, what a lovely bunch. Noah didn’t make much of an appearance with his wolf, neither did he become awfully wild, his years passed trying to balance in between words helped mellow him a lot, though he did nearly snarled at his own sister at some point. But Noah doesn’t allure you with his feral side; it’s his human that makes you melt at his feet. The balance between a complete sex-slut that makes you horny in two seconds flat and the snippy, demanding, I-don’t-fear-your-caveman-act behavior toward Wane, make you wanna grab him and run as fast as you can. Lovely characters!
The plot/world itself is a bit tricky here. There are hidden agendas all right, and there are politics that must be worked upon. The shifters communities exist alongside with humans, though we don’t grasp how humans really react to their existence. Questions, questions, I’m full of questions when it comes to that. When did humans learn shifters exist? How come they didn’t go crazy shooting first asking questions later? Why do shifters keep so much to themselves? You see this was the main problem. Noah’s parents broke the law by letting humans treat their son. Shifters are not supposed to mingle with humans and that concept is so weird because you don’t get to know why? But other than that this is typical (though nothing typical about it) Alpha story, who claims a mate the pack disagrees to and he must keep him safe while maintaining dominance over the pack. Plus it’s the change of an era theme as well, as Noah brings new flair with him and somehow poisons the community from within with his new ideas and liberality. Naturally, some would try to dispose him, though when the time came I was shocked, shocked to my core at the people who tried to get Noah out of the way.
And then, there is the important issue of love/lust/mating. It’s a given that this mating is a forced one. It’s also a given that the sex part in the beginning is a bit dubious regarding consent, though Noah was pretty much into it. However if he was completely free to choose I don’t think he’d have said yes. However, as the story unfolded, the lust between Wade and Noah was also right in your face, so much so that you literally had to fan yourself with their coupling. The intensity between them gets to you and literally makes you green with envy at times, it’s so freaking hot.
It was weird though because there was no forced love there or instant love. The couple didn’t mate and instantly bond or fell in love, no, no. there was a whole of a fight over emotions in this story. Due to their weird beginning, we have an insecure Alpha who needs to claim his mate over and over again. We see Wade trying to actually woo Noah and make him care for Wade as much as Wade cares for him. And we have a Noah whose wolf has been poisoned; starved and crippled resulting in dull senses and thus mellower, more on his guard about what’s going on. It was madness, I tell you. It was terrific to read. Kari Gregg as a penchant for making mates unique. Weird unique. Good weird unique. She also has a penchant for envisioning males that can breed/bear offspring. That’s all I’m saying.
Bottom end, this is one of those paranormal stories that grip you from the start and take you with them in a wild, wild ride. Fast, furious, intriguing, and sensual (in a terrific way) this book is simply wonderful. Fans of paranormal, werewolves and romance will adore this, that much is certain. As for me, it climbed onto my favorite shelf effortlessly and I’m sure to revisit this again.
Blurb:On Mariket, the strongest competitors win…by losing.
Narone native and former heir of Class II shipbuilder Denbo-West Industries, Shane West surrendered his perilous birthright to compete in the Hunt and tried his luck with the lusty cats of Mariket. Shane’s mastery of survival craft in the untamed forest made him an early favorite among gamblers, fans, and arena officials. When he lured a cat into an arousing chase the first night, mating with Lore to become the season’s first victor seemed guaranteed.
Then news from Arena 4 slowed to a trickle. Rumors emerged about cats who’d gone feral as well as shocking breaches in security. Unconfirmed reports of assassins and rogue predators circulated before offworld communications screeched to a halt.
In this unprecedented glimpse inside the arena, Shane peels back the veil of secrecy. What does it take to tempt a sexy cat? How does being marked as prey by a feline lover feel? Experience the wanton pleasures of the heat with Shane and his mysterious mate–and discover which of last season’s scandalous rumors are true.
Review: Shane is participating in the Hunt determined to surrender his birthright that has only caused him danger, all he has to do is last as long as possible without becoming a cats victor and his new life will be set. Mariket has a Hunt as part of the negotiations with other planets, during mating season participants are chosen and the Hunt is broadcasted while the cats hunt their mates. Lore has found his victor but he is in danger from rogue cats and dangerous beasts, someone wants his victor dead and Lore will do anything to protect his mate.
This is a great hot, scorching science fiction story that has a mating hunt twined with planet negotiations and a television spectacle. Shane is running from his birthright, a birthright that his brothers have tried in the past to kill him for, taking part in the hunt will give him a new lease in life if all goes to plan. Lore is enjoying his hunt, his human choice is a delight to chase and the capture, and release is fun. Shane discovers that the cat on his trail is not about to let him go and Lore has to convince the human to be his victor. But something is wrong; a rogue cat attacks, beasts from outside get into the arena and the target seems to be Shane.
This is a great story and we are thrown into the thick of the action from the opening pages, it’s a fight for survival as well as a fight to tempt the cats. We are thrown into a world where sexual encounters are hot, passionate, slightly violent, but always scorching and broadcasted for all to see. Shane is a great character and he has a plan, it isn’t his fault that it doesn’t quite work out but he does try to fight the instinct to give up. Lore is a sweetie who treats his human like he is a treasure, well, after he has f**ked the man into submission. They have some rocky times as Lore tries to convince Shane that Shane is his victor, and Shane doesn’t give in gracefully at all.
The secondary storyline is cool as you begin to figure out that someone is targeting Shane, disrupting the Hunt, and trying to destroy the negotiations of the cats. You really are surprised by who the culprit is and the lengths the assassin goes to, to pin Shane down, it might have worked as well if not for Shane’s determination to stay with his cat, and Lore’s determination to rescue his human. The sex in this story is really scorching and can be a bit brutal at times, those cat-mating instincts you know!
I recommend this to those who love inter-species mating, scorching hot sex, hunting and claiming, a killer plot and a great storyline that keeps you on your toes.
Blurb: Captured as a boy when Herra invaded his homeland, Micah realizes that finding his way to freedom in Alekia with his savior and lover Eli was the easier task. They now hide among the Alekites, but battle with Herra looms.
With Eli’s love, Micah must come to terms with his status as a noble and his mother’s birthright of witch’s blood inside him. The two also face the father Micah cannot forgive and Eli’s family, who very much want Eli back as firstborn heir rather than the lowly slave who rescued the king’s favorite son.
When court intrigues stir and Herran armies march to war, Micah and Eli must make their stand…or fall as plunder.
Review: This book is part of a series and must be read in order. Micah is finding it hard to acclimatize to his freedom. The only person that he can truly feel safe with is his slave/master Eli. Micah is expected to be the savior of Alekia, but he doesn’t know how and as he learns the truth of Eli’s past, he fights to do the right thing.
This book takes up where Spoils of War finished. It continues with Micah still trying to come to terms with being free, never mind a Prince and heavily relying on Eli. Micah and Eli are ensconced in a villa that to Micah is like a gilded cage, the new things he is supposed to learn, the punishments he receives from his tutor and then discovering what his father really wants him for. Micah still struggles with his own instinctive behavior and now also the magic that he learns resides inside him.
This is an excellent continuation of Spoils of War. One that doesn’t pretend that all Micah has suffered in the past can be easily overcome. one that shows you the continued struggle that Micah is going through, not just how he views himself as a slave, but also how hard he finds it to believe that he deserves Eli’s love. Eli acts a bit out of character to try to force Micah to become the man Eli knows he can and Micah finds it very hard to believe his father ever loved him. The storyline is brilliant. Even with Micah free from his captors he still feels like a prisoner and Eli trying to find ways to make Micah realize he is still the person he was before he was taken.
Micah is a strong character; in his suffering he is so much stronger than he thinks. Eli might be the rock that he desires, but Micah can find the strength to stand by himself when he truly needs to. The mental suffering he endures as his memories return, memories he banished when he was first captured is quite harrowing, and the way that he tries to protect his love, Eli, is touching. Eli is the perfect foil for Micah, the strong slave/master who gave up everything for the man he loves and adores, who will always be there for the man he will be. There are many erotic sex scenes, many of them with Micah reaffirming to himself that he is really Eli’s and that Eli was his.
I will recommend this to those who like traumatic recoveries, prisoner of war survivors, true love in hard situations, betrayal, forgiveness, violence and finally, an ending that will hopefully lead to a happy ever after.
Blurb: After one mind-shattering night with a stranger at a local leather bar leaves him forever changed, Gabriel lives on the streets as a vagrant to elude the master who hunts him, but the were shifter is a fierce, stubborn predator who reclaims him soon enough. Gabriel is carried away to the pack’s home territory where his instruction on what it means to be the pet of an alpha begins. Gabriel isn’t just any pet, though. He is the rarest among their kind: a human omega.
Treasured? Or cursed?
As Gabriel’s father, the Distinguished Gentleman from Pennsylvania and stalwart of the conservative party, pushes the considerable resources at his disposal to locate his missing son, Gabriel explores who and what he is under his master’s careful protection. Gabriel falls for the shifter who is both lover and destroyer, owner and…friend?
Caution: This book may contain scenes that offend. Humiliation, dubious consent etc.
Review: Gabriel the man has run and hid, he doesn’t want the shifter that ruined his life to find him, but the submissive in him and the thing that he is changing into wants his master to find him, when his master finds him his human side retreats; overwhelmed by the scent of his master the submissive breaks through willing to do anything for the shifter who owns him. The man in him is fighting to understand what is happening to him, he doesn’t want to be owned completely, yes he loves to play hard but when he wants to, not at someone else’s command. He likes his life, likes his work and doesn’t want to give it up to be a full-time slave.
This book is intense as Gabriel is given no real guidance, he is left to struggle between his human side and his newly emerging Omega side trying to find a balance between the two and he has to find it himself, it’s a painful struggle for him as he doesn’t understand what is wanted of him besides the sex and the submission. Cal his master is the Alpha, you don’t really find out much about him and he does come across as cruel as he forces his pet to accept things with no explanation. It’s only later as Gabriel thinks back on his time with Cal that we see the more caring side of Cal.
The sex is hot, explicit and intense and if you are into BDSM and like angst then this book is for you.