Pretty Poison by Kari Gregg
Publisher: Kari Gregg
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.
I give this one 5 red roses