Reviewed by Kimberley
TITLE: One Last Try
AUTHOR: Kari Gregg
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 155 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 19, 2017
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.
Content Warning: Omega mpreg and fertility themes, dubious consent, shifter knotting, an omega who rejects labels, and a bewildered alpha who wouldn’t have it any other way.
This author is the master of taking a trope that is all too common and taking it in a delightfully unexpected direction. She succeeded in doing that with this story as well.
Gregg always manages to give you stories with these incredibly steamy sex scenes but with a great storyline to go along with it. Of course this book is no different. This book tackles the issues of mental illness and PTSD. You have a Nox, an omega suffering from PTSD and has major trust issues due to witnessing his older brother on a murderous rampage of their family to include his attempted murder of Nox himself.
This does not in any way have your typical run of the mill mpreg shifter storyline. This book contained so many different components that replaced the tropes that are common to these stories that will grab your attention from the first page to the last.
I love this author’s books. Her writing style in terms of events and situations are odd but wonderful. Nox is traumatized at the tender age of 14 and no one else in the pack was able to reach him until Dio comes along. Dio makes some headway before he realizes that outside professional help is needed. The shifters go to couple therapy. That’s one of the things that makes this story stand out a bit is the fact that these shifters seek out and use conventional human medicine and medical techniques. There is more interaction between the human and shifters in this story.
Although I loved Nox and Dio’s interactions, the characters that caught my attention the most was Nox’s older brother Joth. I am hoping that the author writes a book that gives us his story.
Everything about this story is impressive. This book is an absolutely wonderful read that will grab and hold your attention from beginning to end.