Lydia Reviews: One Last Try by Kari Gregg

TITLE: One Last Try
Author: Kari Gregg
Publisher: Self Published
Pages: 155
Characters: Nox and Dio
POV: 1st Person
Sub-Genre: Shape-shifter
Kisses: 4


When Nox was fourteen, his brother Joth murdered their older brother, their mother, and a human girl. Nox survived, but the attack wrecked his womb. Shattered, Nox rejected the pack who fumbled helping a barren, grief-stricken omega cope. He built a new purpose for himself as a master craftsman. Mating? No thanks. He’s better off alone.

Humans studied Joth in prison until his father’s death ended the weekly visits. Joth demands Nox in their father’s stead in exchange for resuming therapy and tests… thereby risking the destruction of Nox’s carefully ordered world. Again.

The pack drafts alpha fixer Dio to untangle the mess. One sniff of the wary omega convinces him Nox is his mate. New medical treatments offer a slim possibility Nox could bear children, but if the past years taught shifters anything, it is an omega’s value is greater than his fertility. Reconciling Nox with his pack is more important. Laying to rest the ghosts haunting Nox is too. Learning to trust? Vital.

Dio just needs to coax Nox into one last try.


One Last Try is the latest release from author Kari Gregg. This shifter story is sure to be a hit with her fans and those trying her for the first time. Before I go any further in this review however, it is important for me to let everyone know that this book touches on several topics that could be triggers. For that reason, please think twice if abuse in one form or the other is something you are uncomfortable with.

One Last Try has the usual alpha and omega pair up, but that is the only commonality this story has with others in its sub-genre ends. Dio is an alpha fixer. When a pack has issues, and no alpha to rule over it, Dio goes in and cleans up any problems while finding the right alpha to take over. When his job is finished, he moves on to the next pack. From the start, it is clear that this time will be different, especially since Nox turns out to be his mate.

Nox is an omega, but one unlike any other. He keeps himself away from the rest of the pack, having as little contact with them as possible. He also has no wish to be dominated by any alpha. When readers learn of his history everything about Nox becomes clear. In fact, there were times I was close to tears and could totally understand why Nox was the way he was.

I want to say that the relationship that develops between these two men is one of love and caring right from the beginning, but that is not necessarily true. When Nox’s father dies, Dio forces Nox to take his place visiting Joth so that the human authorities can continue to study him. There were times I really wanted to smack Dio and thought he was being too hard on Nox. I also thought he used his strength against Nox at times. One of the things I did like was the fact that Dio has Nox go into therapy, something that should have been forced on the young man a long time ago.

While this story is at times hard to get through, it is good. I think many readers will enjoy it if they keep in mind that it is very raw at times. Those that have read other stories by Ms. Gregg know that her stories do not always follow the easy path. One Last Try is no different.


Reviewed By: Lydia

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Lydia Reviews: Stray by Kari Gregg

Title: Stray
Publisher: Self Published
Author: Kari Gregg
Pages: 116
Kisses: 4


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.


Stray, by author Kari Gregg, is a shape-shifter story with just enough twists to the normal mythology that readers have become use to, to make it a refreshing change. The world that the author has built, as well as the characters, pull the reader into the story and keep them turning the page to see what will happen next.

Luke is a hybrid; his father is lycan while his mother is human. Although his siblings were born with the ability to shift, Luke was not. As he got older he knew that the only life for him was away from the pack. Only life as a human has not gone well for Luke so he looks for a pack he can join and feel safe with.

Dean is the alpha of Yeager pack, only in Stray the position is referred to as the patriarch. He has a reason to hate humans since his whole family was wiped out by them when he was a teenager. He is not overly friendly when Luke shows up on the night of the full moon requesting to be made a member of the pack.

While in Stray the concept of true mates is a fantasy to be found in books and movies, the connection between Dean and Luke cannot be denied. Of course these two men have a lot to overcome, and Luke’s insecurities come close to separating them for good. It is easy to understand Luke’s issues, but more than once I wanted to smack him for his inability to overcome his problems, especially given what Dean had gone through.

The author finds a way to give the men their HEA and I liked the way it was done. I do wish this story was longer as I felt there was more to be told. I am hoping that Stray is just the beginning of a series and that not only will we see more of Dean and Luke, but also Nate and Jeremy.

On a side note, when you get to the part where Luke and his mother are talking on the phone, I suggest you make sure you are not eating or drinking otherwise you will have a mess to clean up.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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Bump in the Night by Heidi Belleau, Ally Blue, Kari Gregg, Peter Hansen, Laylah Huner, Brien Michaels and Sam Schooler

Title: Bump in the Night
Author: Heidi Belleau, Ally Blue, Kari Gregg, Peter Hansen, Laylah Huner, Brien Michaels, Sam Schooler
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Words: 55300
Characters: Multiple
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Paranormal M/M
Kisses: 4


Turn off the lights . . . and turn on your darkest fantasies.
Demon pacts. Ghostly possessions. Monsters lurking in the depths. The things that go bump in the night frighten us, but they also intrigue us. Fascinate us. Even turn us on.

Join us as fan favorites Ally Blue and Kari Gregg bring over-amorous aquatic beasts to life with their mythic twists on the Siren and the monster in the lake. Erotic horror pros Heidi Belleau, Sam Schooler, and Brien Michaels show us just how sexy scary can be with a pair of demon deals destined to curl your toes and set your heart thrashing. And literary masters Laylah Hunter and Peter Hansen weave haunting worlds where ghosts and dead lovers can touch our hearts (and other, naughtier places too . . .) and teach us lessons from beyond the grave.

By turns exciting, evocative, and exquisitely explicit, the stories in Bump in the Night are sure to scratch your sexy paranormal itch. Explore your wildest fantasies with us in this collection of dark erotic tales.


I enjoyed this book as the stories reminded me of the spooky anthologies I used to read, at a totally inappropriate age, but these have sizzling sex to go with the terrifying tale.
These stories are as sexily hot as they are chillingly creepy.

Creatures raised from the dead, a cephalopod seeking a mate, demons, these are just some of the beings our heroes face.

If you’re looking for rescues or HEAs, you won’t find them here. But if you want something dark and erotic, you’ll found the place to look…if you dare.

Reviewed By: Pammyla

An Unauthorized Field Guide to the Hunt by Kari Gregg

Title: An Unauthorized Field Guide to the Hunt
Author: Kari Gregg
Publisher: Loose Id
Pages: 30,708 words
Characters: Shane West & Lore
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Science Fiction & Space Opera
Kisses: 4.5


On Mariket, the strongest competitors win… by losing.

Narone native and former heir of Class II shipbuilder Denbo-West Industries, Shane West surrendered his perilous birthright to compete in the Hunt and tried his luck with the lusty cats of Mariket. Shane’s mastery of survival craft in the untamed forest made him an early favorite among gamblers, fans, and arena officials. When he lured a cat into an arousing chase the first night, mating with Lore to become the season’s first victor seemed guaranteed.

Then news from Arena 4 slowed to a trickle. Rumors emerged about cats who’d gone feral as well as shocking breaches in security. Unconfirmed reports of assassins and rogue predators circulated before offworld communications screeched to a halt.

In this unprecedented glimpse inside the arena, Shane peels back the veil of secrecy. What does it take to tempt a sexy cat? How does being marked as prey by a feline lover feel? Experience the wanton pleasures of the heat with Shane and his mysterious mate–and discover which of last season’s scandalous rumors are true.

Run, pounce, fuck.


Welcome to the Hunt.


I nearly didn’t read this story because of the blurb. I know now that it would have been my loss. Although the initial set up for the story has you believe this is a story written with the help of Shane, you could probably ignore that. All you need to know is that Shane gives up being his father’s heir to compete in Mariket’s Hunt and hopefully save his life from his brothers’ machinations by winning and becoming too valuable to the family to kill.

The story opens as the Hunt is beginning and, to be honest, the picture painted by Ms Gregg reminds me a lot of the forestry used in the movie “The Hunger Games”. There’s a desperate, determined strength to Shane that immediately grabs your attention.

Ms Gregg paints a harsh picture of the society in this universe. One that prizes survival above all else. The way Shane so easily accepts this fact of life tells you that not only is it a familial or planetary custom, but a societal trend.

I don’t want to tell you too much because the slow reveal of facts adds to the story’s impact, but if you liked JC Owens’ “Draconian Measures”, there’s a good chance you’ll like this one too. Just remember, being a LooseId release, there’s going to be plenty of sex.

Ms Gregg has written a story with a smooth balance between anthromorphic beings; strange, hostile worlds; sex; and savage intrigue. It isn’t a soft or gentle story, rather one that will keep your heart racing the whole journey. I definitely recommend it.

Reviewed By: Alison


We “Collared” Kari Gregg, And Guess What! Uh Huh, She’s Giving Away Free Stuff!

Thanks so much for taking the time to be with us today, Kari. Why don’t we start by having you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?

Hi, thanks for having me! I’m a M/M erotic author who started out in the romance market targeting category het like Silhouette Intimate Moments, but once I found M/M, I was HOOKED. In real life, I’m a part-time secretary who runs a food pantry and handles minor accounting.

When did you discover your passion for writing? Was there someone in particular who encouraged and inspired your love of storytelling?

I was bored one day, waiting for practice to start…I think it was the 6th grade? Whatever, I was a kid. Anyway, I was bored as hell and dashed off a version of Casey at the Bat featuring players on my school’s basketball team to entertain myself. The team hadn’t won a game all season, though, so instead of Casey striking out, I turned it around so my school’s team (miraculously) won. When it was time for my practice to start, I left the paper, which a teacher discovered. The chick typed it up, matted the thing and stuck it up on the school bulletin board. That was the first time I realized I could make people laugh with what I wrote and not just with what I said. BLISS.

What was your first book and how long did it take for it to be published?

My first book shall remain nameless and I’m reasonably confident I’ve destroyed all evidence of it, thank GOD. The second book was only marginally better, which is why there’s no evidence of it either, LOL. What Rough Beast (m/f vampires) was either my 4th or 5th book — how awful is it that I can’t remember anymore — but my first contract, offered by Loose Id. While WRB was in edits, Lovely Wicked (menage contemporary) and Spoils of War (m/m fantasy) were published with Noble. How long did it take me? Keeping in mind that I took quite a few years off at one point to produce offspring…Oh, let’s call it an even decade. LOLOL

Is there a particular sub-genre in which you enjoy writing more than others? (i.e. paranormal vs. historical vs. contemporary)

I adore paranormals and creating new worlds. Shifters, vamps, zombies…I love them all.

Do you prefer writing in the 1st or the 3rd person? What advantages do you see in writing in one vs. the other?

I don’t prefer one or the other…Whatever fits the story best. 1st is good when you want that tight, intimacy with one narrative character. 3rd allows you a little more distance, just that tiny step back. For me at least, other characters come into sharper focus when I’m writing in 3rd, though not always. I do a limited 3rd (told only through one character’s POV) that’s more observational without being quite as intimately experiential, if you see what I’m saying. (LOL)

How long does it generally take for you to finish a manuscript?

I work on 2-3 books in a bunch…It takes however long it takes. I tend to write the bulk of a book in a mad rush. We’re talking extreme binge-writing here. And then I let it sit. And sit. I fool with it. I add to it, take away. I clean and polish and scrub. I let the story grow and mature. For example, with Collared, I wrote the bulk of it in 2 bursts that lasted around 3 weeks and fiddled with it for several months more before I signed it with Riptide and finally filled in the last remaining bits.

How much creative input do you have in the cover design for your books?

With Riptide, I had input from the first rough cover sketch and on up to Riptide asking my opinions on the font of the final lettering. With my other publishers…They gave me the cover and I either liked it or I didn’t, LOL.

Do you write full time? If not, how many hours per day do you attempt to dedicate to your writing?

No, I have a day job. How many hours do I write? Depends on if it’s a work day (when I’m not at my best, to put it mildly) or if it’s a day off. Or if I have other commitments in my regular life. When I’m coming at it fresh (day off), I can generally produce 3K words, max, of solid work. It’s much stronger if I limit myself to 2K words, though, requires less cleaning up. On a work day, 1K words is stretching it. Sorry, that doesn’t answer in terms of minutes, but these days I process everything by my word count.

Do you typically outline your plots before you begin the writing process, or do you write in a more freestyle fashion?

Oh no, I outline. I invest a lot of time in world building, creating and fleshing out my characters before I start Page 1.

How much do your characters resemble you and the people you know?

I think pieces of me are in all my characters. Maybe one hero has my temper, another my sense of humor, but they probably all have shades of me inside them. I don’t base character on people I know, though. No way.

How much do you draw upon your own life experiences in your writing?

If I’ve visited or lived in a location I’m using as a setting, of course, I draw on that. Or careers I’m familiar with. But most of what I draw on is emotional experience. I remember what it felt like to be lost & confused, or happy, angry, whatever. I focus on the emotion, intensify it if need be and then I use it when my characters are experiencing those same emotions.

What has been the most difficult topic you’ve ever approached in your writing?

Oh, dude, that would be soooooooooo spoiler-ific. Collared quite simply has the most excruciating scene I’ve ever had to write. It wasn’t that what happens in the scene was so atrocious. The scene itself is actually very mild. But the emotions had to bring forward to write that scene the way it needed and deserved to be written took me to such a dark place. It was horrible, but so very, very rewarding.

Of all the characters you’ve created, do you have one in particular who stands out among the others as a favorite? If so, who and why?

Micah from Spoils of War is still one of my favorites. He has a child-like innocence to him, in spite of what he endured, that touches me so deeply. And oh lord, his vanity. I love his vanity.

When someone reads one of your books for the first time, what do you hope they take away from it?

I hope the story takes them on a journey. I hope, for just a little while, my story draws the reader into walking in a different world and breathing in my hero’s skin. I hope the story makes them hot, makes them angry when my characters make mistakes and makes them smile when my characters finally get it right.

Are you surprised by the ever growing female fan-base of Male/Male fiction?

Nope, not really. I’m a voracious reader myself. Love, love, LOVE it.

When did you begin writing in the Male/Male genre? What about it interests you the most?

I talked to several digital writers at RWA’s National conference in 2009 and came home from the conference, determined to give digital a try. It was love at first sight. I was enthralled. I read book after book after book…and then I stumbled over a Josh Lanyon title. Wow. Granted, the stories I’m drawn to tell are very different than a Josh Lanyon book (to put it mildly, LOL), but I was captivated. I started reading M/M and the more widely I read, the more convinced I became that this was what I wanted to write too.

What was the best piece of advice you’ve ever received with respect to the art of writing? How did it change the way you approach your craft?

Don’t quit. Keep learning, keep growing in your craft. Even when I took time off from writing to have kids (although I still wrote on a hobby level), I focused on craft. I didn’t stop and NOT quitting has made all the difference.

Will you share three things you’ve learned about the business of writing since your first publication?

Only 3? LOL. I’ve learned that there’s a whole lot more I still have to learn. I learned a good editor is priceless. I learned that you need a couple of writerly compadres who will listen when you need to whine and give you a kick in the pants when you need that too. ;D

If you were to offer a word of advice to a new author just starting out, what would it be?

The same advice that was given to me — Don’t quit; keep learning & growing in your craft.

Do you generally have the titles of your work planned before you begin writing, or does that occur later on in the writing process?

Sometime the title is there from Day One. In the Red and I, Omega both were like that. Sometimes, the title comes while the story’s in-progress. And on at least one occasion, the damn book was finished and I was appealing to twitter for title ideas. (Sadly, the editor said no to Hot Pervy Smut. LOL!)

What is the question you’re most frequently asked by your fans?

Is there going to be a sequel? 😀

What is your most memorable fan experience?

I don’t know that you’d call it a fan experience really, but I met a writer friend and a reader friend while I was in NYC for a conference last summer. That was SO MUCH FUN!!! I lost the friend who’s a fellow writer in the crowd at the book signing, but my other friend and I hung out for a while talking about books and authors we both love. It was FABULOUS. 😀 😀 😀

Digital media—the e-reader/tablet computer/Android apps—is changing the way people access and enjoy books. What pros and/or cons do you see surrounding the business of e-publishing? How do you see digital media evolving in the years to come?

Now that Kindles are available for under $100, I see more people buying them which means more people reading ebooks. Happy dance! I think the growth in digital will continue for some time yet and that’s definitely giddy-ful news to me and other digital authors.

When you have the chance to sit down and enjoy some quiet reading time, what sorts of books are you most likely to pick up? Who are your favorite authors?

Oh, I read everything. Seriously. My Kindle’s loaded with paranormal (which I usually prefer), contemporaries, mysteries, comedy, sci-fi and fantasy…There isn’t a single sub-genre that I haven’t found something to love in. My favorite authors tend to be eclectic as well: Josh Lanyon (I’m a fangirl, LOL), KA Mitchell, LB Gregg (no relation), Kim Dare, Joely Skye, Jet Mykles…So many favorites, too many to name them all really. My auto-buy list is shamelessly ginormous.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?

What I am for my day job. I’m a secretary, sure, and I’m responsible for a fairly huge budget that gives me hives around this time of year when I start working up my year-end totals and drafting next year’s budget, but…My passion is for the food pantry I run in conjunction with my day job. When I started work, the pantry was visited by maybe 6-8 families/year? I see that kind of traffic in a week now. I stocked it. I got the word out. And we are making a difference for families struggling to make ends meet and retirees with too many bills and not enough pension. What I do helps people, every day. Who wouldn’t love that?

Shameless, preachy sidenote: contribute to your local food pantry! What you give DOES make a difference!

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing? Do you have any hobbies?

I like reading, of course. I’m big on watching zombie movies, but any cheesy horror flick will do in a pinch, the cheesier the better. I also volunteer with a kids program and I enjoy hiking (as long as hiking does not involve my sleeping in a tent ON THE GROUND, no thanks).

If time travel were possible, what time period(s) would you most like to visit? Why?

I’d like to be on the Titanic, any class, as long as I could get off that ship before she foundered. I’m somewhat of an amateur historian about the RMS Titanic, started back in high school before Ballard even discovered the wreck.

If we were to look around the desk where you sit to write, what would we find there?

Hm, looking around…My cat. My laptop bag. Work I brought home from the office. Bottle of Mountain Dew and a clip magnet shaped like an alligator that my daughter and I made together when she was 4 with last night’s note still attached: “Went to Mtg, Back 8:30.” Huh. Not sure how that got there, but at least it’s not still hanging on the door. LOL

How would you describe your sense of humor? What makes you laugh?

Quirky. I enjoy life’s little absurdities.

Do you have an all time favorite fictional character?

Everyone in Stephen King’s The Stand (a book I re-read every cold & flu season). In M/M, it’d have to be Jake and Adrien from Josh Lanyon’s AE Mysteries.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Right now, it’d be people who don’t respect my personal boundaries, but that’s a RL issue, not a writing-related one.

Do you have a favorite personal mantra, quote, or saying that describes your outlook on life and the way you approach each day?

“Integrity is living the way you claim to believe.” I have no idea where I got it from, but I stumbled over it somewhere in junior high. It’s been the standard by which I live ever since.

Do you speak more than one language? If so, which one(s)?

I don’t speak it, but if you give me plenty of time to parse, I can read Koine (biblical) Greek.

Of all the modern conveniences, which one would you most likely say you couldn’t live without?

Coffee pot. Friends have invested years trying to produce decent coffee over a campfire to try to convince me to camp more. No. Just no.

Do you have any new projects coming up you’d care to share with us?

Collared will release with Riptide on November 28th. It features a world in which genetically engineered crops have mutated and propagated in the wild, causing a biological shift that affects the aggression centers in the human brain. Connor Witt is an anomaly. Instead of stimulating his dominant behavior, the disaster has suppressed his. Security consultant Emmett wants him. CEO David wants to protect him. One man offers safety, but the other is the safer bet. The problem is Connor isn’t sure which is which. The only thing Connor knows is he wants them both.

Thank you again for spending some time with us, Kari. Will you tell us where we can find you on the Internet?

Thanks for having me! If you would like to catch up with me, caffeinate yourself and head on over to

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I, Omega by Kari Gregg

Title: I, Omega
Author: Kari Gregg
Publisher: Loose Id
Pages: 138
Characters: Gabriel, Cal
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Paranormal/BDSM
Kisses: 4.5


After one mind-shattering night with a stranger at a local leather bar leaves him forever changed, Gabriel lives on the streets as a vagrant to elude the master who hunts him, but the were shifter is a fierce, stubborn predator who reclaims him soon enough. Gabriel is carried away to the pack’s home territory where his instruction on what it means to be the pet of an alpha begins. Gabriel isn’t just any pet, though. He is the rarest among their kind: a human omega.

Treasured? Or cursed?

As Gabriel’s father, the Distinguished Gentleman from Pennsylvania and stalwart of the conservative party, pushes the considerable resources at his disposal to locate his missing son, Gabriel explores who and what he is under his master’s careful protection. Gabriel falls for the shifter who is both lover and destroyer, owner and…friend?


Wow. Just wow. It’s not often that I start a review by discussing the sexual content of a book. In fact, I think I can safely say it’s never happened before. But, so help me, I, Omega is going to break that streak, because this book is all about the sexual compulsion that dominates the relationship between Gabriel and his master, Cal. The story is an exploration of a man who struggles with his obsession to be possessed by his Master without losing himself in the process. This is the story of what it means to be owned, body and soul, and the turmoil it creates within Gabriel when trying to reconcile his need to subjugate to his Sir, while there is still a part of him that demands he run as far and as fast as possible. But, perhaps more than that, this is a story of trust and the significance of a bond between a Master and his sub, made all the more challenging when the need these two men feel for each other has nothing to do with free will and everything to do with an instinct so primitive they are both powerless to fight it.

Cal is a were Alpha whose feral nature demanded he make Gabriel his pet, an occurrence that is rare between a shifter and a human. But there’s a significant reason Cal’s beast demanded he claim Gabriel. Gabriel is the rarest of the rare—a human Omega—the epitome of what it means to be submissive, and it was that part of himself, a part of himself of which Gabriel was entirely unaware, that awakened Cal’s beast and set Gabriel’s life on a new and terrifying course.

The relationship between Gabriel and Cal is introduced as near predatory, as Cal is left to hunt down his prey after Gabriel ran away from his Master in a sheer panic at the brutality of their first encounter, the urgent need it inspired within him, and the terror that Gabriel might not be good enough for the Alpha. In hiding, abandoning everything that had once defined Gabriel’s humanity, Cal’s stalking ends when he comes to reclaim his mate. And that reclaiming, part punishment, part imperative, all demand and hunger, is where the erotic journey begins.

Kari Gregg explores the raw and confrontational side of BDSM in the scenes with Gabriel and Cal. But she doesn’t leave it at just that. She also explores the power exchange between the two men, the deep seated needs that are fulfilled for both of them within the gift of the Dominant and submissive relationship. The bond between the two men evolves beautifully, from a primitive consumption to an imperative desire to be what the other needs, entirely and willingly.

Their journey together is complicated all the more by the outside factors that threaten to separate them. Gabriel’s father, a conservative politician, is using his extensive resources to track and find his son. Alphas from various other were packs are pursuing Gabriel to make him their own. Cal’s own pack, a place in which Gabriel must discover and learn to accept his new role, presents its own challenges as well. Through it all, Gabriel and Cal’s relationship evolves into a partnership that eclipses all the challenges they face.

I, Omega is my first Kari Gregg experience, and I assure you, it won’t be my last. From structure to delivery to characterization, I was nothing less than impressed with the author’s style, and was even more impressed that she left me wanting more while still making me feel satisfied I’d gotten exactly what I needed to invest myself fully in Cal and Gabriel’s story.

Reviewed By: Lisa