Title: Salad on the Side
Author: Karenna Colcroft
Since moving to Boston, Kyle Slidell has met only a few of his neighbors, including Tobias Rogan. Kyle is very interested in Tobias, and is ecstatic to learn that Tobias wants him too. But his neighbors have a secret: They’re werewolves, and Tobias is the pack Alpha. When one of the wolves attacks Kyle in the neighborhood garden one night, Kyle learns the truth in a hurry. Now he’s a werewolf too-and since he’s vegan, he refuses to eat meat. With Tobias’s help and love, Kyle must adjust to his new life and protect himself and his friends from a neighboring pack.
Salad on the Side is a story quite unlike any I’ve had the pleasure of reading lately. It’s part shifter/paranormal/comedy and romance told in the 1st person through the POV of Kyle Slidell, a computer guru who recently moved to Boston for a job promotion. He moved into an apartment complex and slid into a humdrum life. All work and no play makes Kyle one dull man, that is until he looks out of his window one late night and spots his neighbor, Tobias standing in the community garden and looking at the moon. He was half dressed and Kyle goes into telling us how much of a crush he has on the other man, and when Tobias spots his peeping Tom who is Kyle, the poor Kyle goes into shock, sits back and tries to not have a heart attack and when next he looks out of the window, there’s a yellow eyed wolf standing where Tobias was.
Apparently Tobias has had his eye on the new tenant and soon they begin to chat it up, over the course of five days Kyle meets Tobias, his neighbors, gets bitten by a wolf and becomes one. Here’s the interesting part….Kyle is a Vegan. How does this work? A werewolf who will not eat meat. Needless to say, his first shifting experience is somewhat funny.
I think because we are told this story in the 1st person and weren’t allowed to see the POV of Tobias, it had a different feeling to it compared to other shifter stories I’ve read. The plot is similar to the shifters life, other than they live in Boston in an apartment complex so there is originality going on in the book and that’s to be commended. One thing I feel I should point out is that these wolves do a lot of talking but it seems to go in circles. I’m almost sure due to the ending that there will be a sequel at some point. It’d be interesting to see what becomes of this small pack of wolves. All in all it’s a good story full of different shifter deals. Small plot holes, few unanswered questions but again, the sequel should clean that up for us.
Reviewed By: Michele