Author: Kari Gregg
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
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.
Well, this certainly isn’t what I expected. I’ve read quite a few werewolf paranormal gay romances. I know about alphas and betas—even omegas. But I don’t quite know how to describe this.
This is more like S&M Stockholm syndrome with werewolves. If I weren’t reviewing it for the Prism Book Alliance, I wouldn’t write a review. Since the ARC was given to me to review, it might be unfair, as I am clearly not the audience for this kind of book.
Ninety percent of this novella is sex. To be more precise, the sex is entirely focused on a STRAIGHT man being raped repeatedly by a pack of werewolves over the course of three days, until he falls in love with the alpha male and declares his eternal love/submission/bitchdom to him. You see, bitch is a good term. Whore, however, seems to be ambivalent in its connotation. I’m not sure.
What little connective tissue there is, plot-wise, thinly establishes a dystopian world where werewolves rule the humans, but still have to hide because—well, I’m not sure why. They (and werewolves all seem to be gay men, for some reason) sneak around in human form so as not to be found out. But during the full moon all humans barricade themselves into bunkers to be safe from the werewolves, who have super strength and heal rapidly.
We are told that all humans are horrible and unworthy, but they still manage to maintain colleges and law firms, when they’re not abusing each other, physically and emotionally. The werewolves, on the other hand, are noble and loyal, even though torture and gang-rape of humans seems to be their favorite pastime. Maybe that’s because humans are evil and unworthy.
Oy. I know I’m not into BDSM, but I’ve read some very sexy, romantic BDSM in my day, and even some pretty intense fantasy-world straight (shudder) S&M stuff. But this, I just didn’t get. This is a kink that’s beyond my ken. A lifelong commitment built on cruelty and non-voluntary sodomy is just not healthy or, frankly, the stuff of dreams.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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