Friday, July 15, 2011

Salad on the Side

Title: Salad on the Side
Author: Karenna Colcroft
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN: 978-1-60820-355-0
Genre: {M/M} Werewolf
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx  

Kyle Slidell is invited to a neighborhood party, hosted by Tobias Rogan.  Openly gay, Kyle has had a crush on Tobias for months.  The party sends a signal to Kyle that Tobias is also interested.  However, things take a downward turn when a day later, Kyle must survive an attack by a werewolf and discovers Tobias is the Alpha of the North Boston pack. 

Salad on the Side is a unique, humorous romantic exploration.  The emphasis of the plot is how to be a socially correct Alpha, living in a homophobic werewolf community.  The characters are creditable.  Kyle is a computer geek who moved to Boston three months ago for a promotion.  He spends long hours at his job and has not had the opportunity to meet anyone other than a few neighbors.  Kyle is obstinate and outspoken with a take charge personality.  These traits make Kyle a perfect candidate for an Alpha’s mate.  However, Kyle’s new wolf side is not thrilled with the lack of meat in Kyle’s diet.   

Tobias is a people pleaser; he believes in fair treatment, as well as free will, which cause problems for his position as Alpha considering Tobias is younger than most of his pack members.  Tobias tries to resist claiming Kyle but his wolf side refused to wait any longer.  The intimate scenes are sensual; one scene involving dessert topping and a play on words I found particularly amusing. At first glance, Tobias appears to be weak.  However, as the story unfolds, Tobias exhibits a powerful personality that is well controlled.  The secondary characters add all the drama by constantly repeating pack law, in addition to the attempts by some to permanently remove Kyle.  Several of these characters inspired me to wish someone would bite them. Karenna Colcroft has created an impressive saga that I very much enjoyed.


KarennaC said...

Thanks for taking the time to read and review Salad on the Side. Glad you enjoyed it!

Chocolate Minx said...

I did enjoy it, I was hoping Tobias would slap a few of the pack members but alas, he believes in being a really good guy, lol