When You Fall, I’ll Be There – Sincerely, The Floor
I’m not an especially clumsy person. I have my moments, sure. Who doesn’t? But I bring most of that on myself. For instance, have you ever tried to carry eight canvas bags stuffed with groceries into your home at once, just so you wouldn’t have to make as many trips back and forth? Just to see if you could? Yeah, that’s me. I’m hauling more in reusable grocery bags than I weigh, soaking wet. Don’t care. If it gets me into the house out of the bitter cold (or steamy humid heat, depending on season) faster, I’m all for it. Plus...it’s like a game? Or a puzzle. How many bags can I carry, exactly? Six last time? Ha, I can do better. Let’s find out! Then I slip on the icy (or muddy) driveway or I miss one of the steps leading to my front door and whoosh!
Fortunately, I live in the woods so only the squirrels are around to laugh at me.
I took the risk, though. So, when it happens, I accept the fall. Do I slip/trip/oops every time? N-O-P-E. Which is why I still try to turn myself into a pack mule o’ groceries. I might fall, yeah. I know that. But I might not.
Same goes for my career.
Tame a Wild Human was a risk. So was Pretty Poison. And Spoils of War. I, Omega. Collared. Every project I choose to push forward to publication is a gamble. Every. single. time. I believe in the stories, especially the wildly different ones. I work my tail off on each one. I commit to that project. I’m all in. If you like noncon, I’m in. If you prefer shifters, I’m in. If you enjoy fantasy or tentsex erotica or romcom? I’m in.
What I won’t do—ever—is play it safe. Writing what’s expected of me and/or writing what won’t stir strong feelings in the reader just isn’t in me. Playing it safe doesn’t provoke thought, discussion, or debate. It doesn’t inspire. There’s no magic in it. Not for me, anyway. I don’t ever want to be comfortable. Maintaining the status quo doesn’t interest me. I want to grow. Accumulating a few bumps and bruises is just part of that process.
In Tame a Wild Human, Wyatt risks everything to better his chances of surviving the full moon and returning to the city with a wolf’s token protecting him. Cole, ultimately, gambles on Wyatt too. This isn’t an easy dance for either one of them. Both struggle. Both make mistakes. They fall. But they also grow.
Risks can be scary. They can hurt or it wouldn’t be risky in the first place. Risk, by its very definition, means exposing yourself to danger—you could fall. Falling isn’t so bad, though. Falling isn’t as hurtful as never learning or growing, never challenging what you think you know. You could be wrong. Wyatt was wrong. Cole, too. After the fall (or without it), you’ll be a little smarter, though. Stronger. Maybe a little better and that, my friend, is what makes the risk worth taking.
Tame a Wild Human by Kari Gregg
Title ~ Tame a Wild Human
Author ~ Kari Gregg
Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing
Published ~ 19th January 2015
Genre ~ Paranormal erotic romance, Dark, non con, dub con.
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.
Kari Gregg's book, Tame a Wild Human showcases the brutal side of a werewolves nature. Wyatt, the human, was dropped off to be left as a sacrifice to the wolves during their monthly three day full moon rampage by his brother who wanted his money. In this stark world humans who are used by wolves are then abused by humans unless they wear a token. Cole, the Alpha of the group that finds Wyatt, eventually takes him as his own, but the passage getting there was harsh and violent and involved a lot of copulation.
There is nothing kind or gentle about how Cole and the rest of his pack treat Wyatt, at least not at the beginning of the book. Actually right through to the end of the book. Wyatt, a previously straight man, is raped continuously and then he has to watch another human being tortured. Wyatt's only plan is to survive, which he does and I really can't say a lot else without giving away the plot.
There were isolated tender moments between Wyatt and Cole, but they were very short and didn't involve conversation. There was also a lot more about the world that they lived in that wasn't explained. What did the wolves do outside of the full moon period? Why did the humans hate the men who had been used by the wolves during that time? An Epilogue showing Wyatt and Cole together outside of the full moon days would have been nice.
I have read a number of Kari Gregg's books and enjoyed a lot of them. I Omega and Pretty Poison for example. But this one was just a little too rugged for me, with very little respite. However if you love the idea of a human being dominated by wolves under the moon, have no problem with violence or the idea that humans are so much less than the wolf shifters who dominate them, then you will love this book as it is fast paced and very graphic.
Meet Kari Gregg
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!
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