Thursday, March 17, 2016

Book Brief: Stray by Kari Gregg

strayTitle ~ Stray

Author ~ Kari Gregg

Published ~ 3 March 2016

Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance





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.
Content Warning: Shifter knotting/tying, mating heats (yes, plural), and jerky!


Freya’s Book Brief

Luke is half Lycan and half human and well educated in human/Lycan lore. As much as his parents loved him and tried to make a home for him, Luke never felt as though he fit in. Upon reaching an age, he traveled, which brought various degrees of success and failure.

Dean’s pack is made up of misfits – full Lycans who ran away from something. Humans killed Dean’s parents. So, the question is whether he is willing to take on a stray whose dominant side is human?

The answer to that question is, yes, otherwise there wouldn’t be a story. But, when Luke’s appearance sparks Dean’s heat, events get interesting.

The author focuses on the way Lycans live and interact with humans (prejudice and all), rather than rival pack fights and dominance. Dominance is in there, and in a most delicious way (nudge nudge, wink wink), but a good portion this story deals with the emotional aspects of a predominantly human moving into a pack den, and the hierarchy within the community.

It turns out that Lycans are extremely sexual beings, who spend as much time as they can in the nude. This sexuality is reflected from early chapters, and was a delight to read. I loved the line – “a moan of gluttonous pleasure.”  Luke loves the close contact of the pack, but the general way of life convinces Luke that Dean will only be intimate with him until the patriarch’s heat is over. Enter a new range of emotions to deal with.

Although all isn’t plain sailing, I think Stray had the potential for a touch more drama. We are after all dealing with a pack of horny wolves and misinformed humans, of which there are prejudices on both sides. Nevertheless, Dean is a darling and is the quintessential leader. He is fair, dominating, gorgeous and a dream to read. Luke is interesting. But after, Dean the other guy who stole the show, for me, is Jeremy. His sharp tongue and wit, I loved.

Stray is a well-written story, and if you like shifter stories that don’t follow the same old, Alpha, Beta, Omega pattern, then this could be for you.


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