Book Review: Tame a Wild Human by Kari Gregg

Tame a Wild Human by Kari GreggTitle: Tame a Wild Human
Author: Kari Gregg
Genre: Paranormal Romance, M/M Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: review copy provided via NetGalley
Published: January 19, 2015 by Riptide Publishing

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.

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Reviewed by: Crissy

Why I Read This Book: I am always looking for a new twist on paranormal romance, as I am an avid lover. And this author has been known to think outside of the box on more than one occasion, so I was looking forward to what was in store with this book.

In A Nutshell: This book was so far off base for me I landed in another time zone. It’s gang rape meets Stockholm Syndrome with a side of wanting to be GFY. Not my cup of tea.

The Setup: In a world where wolf shifters run freely on the full moon, humans lock themselves indoors so they won’t get used as a pack’s plaything during the three-day cycle. When Wyatt is betrayed by his brother and sent to the wolves, he knows his only choice is to do what they say until he can find the right time to run. And then he meets the pack and the alpha who wants claim him.

What I Liked: Okay, I wouldn’t exactly say this is a ‘like’ because, really that’s reaching, but the fact that this isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill story, I have to give kudos for that.

What I Didn’t Like: This is not a romance. Marketed as so kind of squicks me, but there is no character building, no relationship building, no internal conflict. We have a straight man who is thrown to the wolves, quite literally, and is gang raped into believing it’s exactly what he wanted and needed all along.

There is no world building. Whereas I love a new outtake on a genre that loves me right back, I like a little more than bare bones. We’re told about the wolves and the full moon. We’re told that they take humans as their own and may gift them with tokens, although the tokens are never really explained. There’s an entire hierarchy of wolves that was mentioned in passing, but apparently have special powers to see everything, as they knew what was going on with Wyatt and the pack. And approved. There’s the blood thing that puts a human in heat and makes him want everything the wolves dish out. I know it may seem like a lot as I’m listing them off, but what you see is pretty much what you get.

Let me be straight here. I have read dub-con and non-con in books that ended up liking. This one is overt, violent for no good reason, and all about the shock factor. Over and over and over. It was little more than gang rape fantasy with no story or world building. It was porn. Plain and simple.

In My Opinion: Honest—if it hadn’t been such a short book, I wouldn’t have finished it. But if gang rape fantasy/porn, non-con, and violence is your thing, this may be the book for you. It wasn’t for me.

Crissy’s Rating:
1 1/2 Frogs

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