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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. 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.


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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. 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.

30 review for Salad on the Side

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bubbles Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions

    Overall i liked this story even if it was a bit wordy and dragged a little at parts it was entertaining and enjoyable. I did have one huge issue though and i was wondering about it the whole book and it was never mentioned again by the characters or explained more. it might be a spoiler even though it is explained early on and never mentioned again. My huge issue with the book: (view spoiler)[After Kyle meets the Pack the next day Tobi is apologizing for the attitude of one of the women there. Ky Overall i liked this story even if it was a bit wordy and dragged a little at parts it was entertaining and enjoyable. I did have one huge issue though and i was wondering about it the whole book and it was never mentioned again by the characters or explained more. it might be a spoiler even though it is explained early on and never mentioned again. My huge issue with the book: (view spoiler)[After Kyle meets the Pack the next day Tobi is apologizing for the attitude of one of the women there. Kyle says it was no big deal she was just jealous. Tobi volunteers that he fucked her and basically made a joke out of it that she thought he was her boy friend after and deserved some kind of special attention and went on to say how he has never liked her and doesn't even find her physically attractive. ok Why the fuck did you sleep with her then? and why is it ok to not acknowledge her after that and just treat her like shit? He is her Alpha and if he was a "bad" Alpha and not the MC I would understand it but he is supposed to be this great Alpha. Later we learn she is also the weakest member of the pack. Later a lot of stuff happens and instead of being talked to or helped she is basically an outcast in the pack and after she leaves Kyle is the weakest member of the pack and the Pack tells him they look out for the weakest member and take care of them... Hello, what about the girl the alpha fucked and then never helped at all but was always punishing her? cause she is a weak woman she doesn't deserve help? Also when Kyle and Tobi are having sex Kyle is touching Tobi and Tobi tells him he has never had a lover comfortable enough to touch him before. He said he never asserted his dominance sexually but i have to wonder if someone is too scared to touch you, are they really going to say no to their alpha when he pursues them sexually? We never get Tobi's point of view or see his thoughts and don't know him well but i would have liked more information on why Tobi slept with her and why everyone just punished her when she messed up instead of helping her they say she is a weak new wolf and try to make her seem like a villain, and since we don't know anything about the pack before Kyle got there so we don't know the whole story, from what we know it seems like the alpha really messed her up. (hide spoiler)] I probably would have liked it more if we got Tobi's POV and things before Kyle came along were elaborated on.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Enny

    The idea of a vegan werewolf is interesting and the two main characters are very cute together but the rest of the pack are awful chatterboxes. Kyle sums it up perfectly: "This pack talked way too much." Unfortunately the author chose to disagree with her MC and so the book is filled with page after page of endless discussions about wolf politics. Salad on the Side was a 2.5 star read for me and I gave it an extra half star for the writing style. The idea of a vegan werewolf is interesting and the two main characters are very cute together but the rest of the pack are awful chatterboxes. Kyle sums it up perfectly: "This pack talked way too much." Unfortunately the author chose to disagree with her MC and so the book is filled with page after page of endless discussions about wolf politics. Salad on the Side was a 2.5 star read for me and I gave it an extra half star for the writing style.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shanna

    This book started off with a cute and promising premise, a vegan werewolf. Unfortunately that wasn't enough to sustain the story. There were way too many plot points and sub plots that just created an unnecessary and uninteresting muddle. The characters were fun but the plot just didn't gel for me. I also thought that this book could use a little more editing. Many times a character trait or piece of background would be introduced only to be contradicted later in the book. This was confusing and This book started off with a cute and promising premise, a vegan werewolf. Unfortunately that wasn't enough to sustain the story. There were way too many plot points and sub plots that just created an unnecessary and uninteresting muddle. The characters were fun but the plot just didn't gel for me. I also thought that this book could use a little more editing. Many times a character trait or piece of background would be introduced only to be contradicted later in the book. This was confusing and very frustrating. I think with a little trimming and a tighter plot this book would be good, as it is it's just a little too rough around the edges.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    2.5 stars. Ok paranormal m/m romance about a vegan who doesn't realize he's living among werewolves until he's bitten and changed. These were probably the most long-winded werewolves ever - there needed to be a lot less talking in this book. Hopefully the obviously planned for sequel will be less chatty. 2.5 stars. Ok paranormal m/m romance about a vegan who doesn't realize he's living among werewolves until he's bitten and changed. These were probably the most long-winded werewolves ever - there needed to be a lot less talking in this book. Hopefully the obviously planned for sequel will be less chatty.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    3.5 Stars ~ It's no secret that I am mad, MAD I tell you, about shifter stories. In fact, I've run out of ways to describe my obsession. I'll read them all, wolves, felines, elephants, exotics, etc. etc. etc. It doesn't matter how long the book or how short, how detailed or not, I'll read it. I imagine it stems from my immense love of wildlife and if I could pick one supernatural power, then I'd like to be able to shift. I love the serious stories and the quirky ones, the funny, and the sexy. So 3.5 Stars ~ It's no secret that I am mad, MAD I tell you, about shifter stories. In fact, I've run out of ways to describe my obsession. I'll read them all, wolves, felines, elephants, exotics, etc. etc. etc. It doesn't matter how long the book or how short, how detailed or not, I'll read it. I imagine it stems from my immense love of wildlife and if I could pick one supernatural power, then I'd like to be able to shift. I love the serious stories and the quirky ones, the funny, and the sexy. So, it's no surprise that when I ran across a series titled 'Real Werewolves Don't Eat Meat', I was all about reading that. 'Salad on the Side' is the first book in the series and I was excited to read it. One of the things I noticed right off the bat in this author's world building, is that I wasn't getting any stereotypes in the main characters. For me, that means I wasn't going to be reading about the alpha and a much weaker man. Oh no. Kyle is nobody's doormat and he is absolutely Tobias's equal. Kyle makes it plain that he won't consider even attempting a relationship until Tobias comes clean with whatever he's hiding. Because Kyle knows he's hiding something, and it's obviously something important. Tobias doesn't get a chance to reveal all to Kyle. Why? Well, a bitch in his pack, Melia, wants Kyle gone because she wants Tobias for herself. So Melia, in wolf form, attacks Kyle in the garden and bites him. She'd hoped that would kill him. Instead, it made Kyle a werewolf too. Life as a werewolf doesn't start out so well for Kyle. There are all kinds of rules that Kyle doesn't know, and Tobias's alpha power voice doesn't work on him, which confuses them both. But even if it doesn't work, Kyle still has to appear submissive to Tobias in front of the pack. Add all of this confusion to the fact that the pack members do not like Tobias's interest in Kyle. They see it as weak, which is what all weres view homosexuality as. Uh. Oh. It gets worse. Three members of Tobias's pack petition to leave and he grants it. They go to the alpha of the City Pack, Chal, who, incidentally, allows Tobias to be alpha of Boston North pack even though it, technically, falls under the purview of the City Pack. So, now Chal wants to meet with Tobias, his beta, his peacemaker, and Kyle to determine whether Tobias is strong enough to lead his pack. Ahhhhhh, politics. Gotta hate them. I have to admit the author deviated a little from where I thought she'd go which made the ending more interesting. I very much enjoyed this story but I'm looking forward to the next one because I'm hoping to get a better feel for the kind of men Tobias and Kyle are. I like the world the author has created as I'm always partial to the fated mate mythology. Overall I liked this story and am anticipating the next one. NOTE: This book was provided by MLR Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ro

    3.5 A vegan werewolf!!  Just the idea made me smile.  The story is told in first person from the POV of Kyle, a newcomer to the Boston area.  He has a slight crush on his neighbor, Tobias, who he sees naked in the garden one night.  He looks back, and there is a dog? Wolf? In the garden instead.  He goes to bed and believes it to be a dream.  That day, Tobias invites Kyle to a party, where he can meet the neighbors. Kyle is curious as to the sudden interest, as he's been there for three months, bu 3.5 A vegan werewolf!!  Just the idea made me smile.  The story is told in first person from the POV of Kyle, a newcomer to the Boston area.  He has a slight crush on his neighbor, Tobias, who he sees naked in the garden one night.  He looks back, and there is a dog? Wolf? In the garden instead.  He goes to bed and believes it to be a dream.  That day, Tobias invites Kyle to a party, where he can meet the neighbors. Kyle is curious as to the sudden interest, as he's been there for three months, but accepts.  The party is awkward, and when Tobias walks him home, works him up then pulls away with a "I can't do this now but can't tell you why", I wanted Kyle to grow a spine.  No, instead he immediately caves and offers to make Tobias dinner.   They meet the next morning to go out for coffee, and Tobias promises to explain,  except, of course, he doesn't.  It is round about and he expects Kyle to just accept it.  I was happy to see this time, Kyle doesn't.  He refuses to start anything until he has an explanation, which Tobias promises to provide at dinner.  Meanwhile, Kyle is warned away from Tobias by Mrs. Frelich, the only neighbor Kyle thought of as a friend.  Another neighbor, Melia, hates him on sight.  It is this neighbor who attacks Kyle and transforms him, though she was hoping to kill him.  He has to adjust to being a werewolf, and handle Tobias, who has serious mood swings.  At one point he almost hits kyle. Add in that love is considered a weakness, and gay even weaker.   The constant reminders from Tobias that Kyle act submissive got irritating, regardless of the reason.  When they finally get around to having sex, (Tobias first time with a man, no less) however, it is sweet, caring, funny and loving.  I love that Kyle is no nonsense, as well as funny.  " I traced his ear with a fingertip and he shivered again. "Last question and then we can enjoy ourselves. Giving or receiving?" "Huh?" He opened his eyes and stared at me. "You mean... Oh, shit, of course that's what you mean." "Nope, no shit. We'll shower first.".  I adored Kyle.  Tobias is more difficult, mainly due to who he is required to be, but as the book continues, he becomes more likeable and sympathetic.  They go through a lot to be together, though Kyle has by far the most adjusting.  "unless you do something stupid, I will never hurt you". Umm, not very reassuring.   The pack law can be archaic and downright stupid.  Kyle is willing to acknowledge this, while still supporting his man.  I liked the story as a whole, though there is a lot of talking that sometimes drags.  All in all, an enjoyable shifter book.  

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anna May

    I like the idea behind this storyline. SPOILERS AHEAD - Please stop reading now unless you want to be spoiled I really like Kyle in this story and how he became a shifter. There no rules on how packs are supposed to behave. Every writer makes up her or his own world. In this case here, I have to strongly disagree with some view points. The Alpha can use mind control to control his members. If someone is challenged and he refuses, he can be killed. Pack members cannot have a will of their own, they I like the idea behind this storyline. SPOILERS AHEAD - Please stop reading now unless you want to be spoiled I really like Kyle in this story and how he became a shifter. There no rules on how packs are supposed to behave. Every writer makes up her or his own world. In this case here, I have to strongly disagree with some view points. The Alpha can use mind control to control his members. If someone is challenged and he refuses, he can be killed. Pack members cannot have a will of their own, they can be compelled by the Alpha even against their wishes. Women are valued as less than men. Overall I find these views a very old fashioned and not in a good sense. Like when back when women were cattle and were not allowed to have a mind of their own. In a modern book about shifters I found this part of universe off putting because it cut to close to personal hick ups of mind. Also, Kyle, the lead character, faking to go along wtih being controlled to give the Alpha the illusion of power I find apprehensive. I understand the logic behind it but don't much like how it played out. Again, these are my own personal issues here coming out to play. I have heared of many good books which deal with certain topis like slavery, mind control etc which I have refused to read becaues I know I would only get upsed. Again, this isn't anything negative about the book just my own personal likes and dislikes. I am stressing this here because I don't want there to be any missunderstanding about what I said before. What I talked about here, were things that put me off for personal reasons. The characters were very well fleshed out, the sex scenes were more than hot and the 1st POV is one of the toughest choices to tell a story and yet, it was done excellently here. I really got to live as Kyle, see through his eyes, feel what he felt. That takes more than just a little bit of talent. If my hick ups aren't yours, then by all means, I can only recommend this book. :)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Eva

    For werewolves who talk as much as these do it's surprising how little they end up saying. Instead leaving Kyle and the readers in the dark. The whole idea about a vegan werewolf was interesting, but the pacifist side Kyle kept showing was a bit much to handle. I'm not saying he should be a ruthless bastard but in a what's obviously a dog eat dog world (pardon the pun) he should realize that he's been thrust into a world that plays by different rules so he can either get used to it fast or pack h For werewolves who talk as much as these do it's surprising how little they end up saying. Instead leaving Kyle and the readers in the dark. The whole idea about a vegan werewolf was interesting, but the pacifist side Kyle kept showing was a bit much to handle. I'm not saying he should be a ruthless bastard but in a what's obviously a dog eat dog world (pardon the pun) he should realize that he's been thrust into a world that plays by different rules so he can either get used to it fast or pack his bags and run far far away. (view spoiler)[Once Klye's been turned the rest of the pack behaved strangely to say the least. Everybody's going on and on about how he needs to learn about werewolves and their ways yet no one seems inclined to teach him. Not even Tobias does the job. Also, Kyle kept having this inner voice telling him how to act around the wolves but it was never explained where that knowledge came from. To top it off the bond between mates wasn't really explained and we never did learn why Kyle can dismiss Tobias's alpha orders and even negate them for others. Is it a mate bond thing, or is it something about Kyle? (hide spoiler)] So while I liked the book it left to many open questions for my taste.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mandi

    2 stars. Those werewolves really did like to talk! Way too much about the pack (to me, anyways). I liked Kyle, but didn't really like Tobias at all. Possible spoiler but...(view spoiler)[ poor Kyle almost gets killed, turns into a werewolf (after 3 days of being unconscious) and everyone jumps down his throat about the rules of being a member of the pack. Give the man a breather! He had no time to really digest what even happened to him! (hide spoiler)] I did love the idea of a vegan werewolf t 2 stars. Those werewolves really did like to talk! Way too much about the pack (to me, anyways). I liked Kyle, but didn't really like Tobias at all. Possible spoiler but...(view spoiler)[ poor Kyle almost gets killed, turns into a werewolf (after 3 days of being unconscious) and everyone jumps down his throat about the rules of being a member of the pack. Give the man a breather! He had no time to really digest what even happened to him! (hide spoiler)] I did love the idea of a vegan werewolf though. :)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jaime

    I liked this story, though it left me with a few questions I'm hoping the sequel will answer. It will be interesting to see how Tobias reconciles his democratic nature with his duties as Alpha of a race who seems to have a tendency to bite first and ask questions later. There are a lot of dichotomies set up in both main characters. I'm going to trust the author's ability to answer all the questions, tie up all the loose ends and reconcile all the inner opposition these guys face. (Not to mention I liked this story, though it left me with a few questions I'm hoping the sequel will answer. It will be interesting to see how Tobias reconciles his democratic nature with his duties as Alpha of a race who seems to have a tendency to bite first and ask questions later. There are a lot of dichotomies set up in both main characters. I'm going to trust the author's ability to answer all the questions, tie up all the loose ends and reconcile all the inner opposition these guys face. (Not to mention whatever outside forces might throw at them)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tj

    I was really looking forward to this one. The idea of a vegan werewolf was just so different. Unfortunately there were some turn offs in the story. I could have overcome this but things just dragged in the story. Nothing big happening, lots of talk with no action, and lots of internal dialogue. By the end things picked up again, enough that I would read another in the series. Because of the middle it's more of a 2.5 stars for me. I did enjoy Kyle. He was an interesting character. I was really looking forward to this one. The idea of a vegan werewolf was just so different. Unfortunately there were some turn offs in the story. I could have overcome this but things just dragged in the story. Nothing big happening, lots of talk with no action, and lots of internal dialogue. By the end things picked up again, enough that I would read another in the series. Because of the middle it's more of a 2.5 stars for me. I did enjoy Kyle. He was an interesting character.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Meggie

    I liked this new view into pack hierarchy. Kyle was amazingly interesting character and his thoughts were partly sarcastic, funny and simply enjoyable. I really liked him. Tobias was the pack leader and this way of writing didn't suit him as a characters.I missed his thoughts and way of thinking, but otherwise he was interesting even if a bit out sided. In general, this way really interesting view into pack life. I highly recommend this story to others! I liked this new view into pack hierarchy. Kyle was amazingly interesting character and his thoughts were partly sarcastic, funny and simply enjoyable. I really liked him. Tobias was the pack leader and this way of writing didn't suit him as a characters.I missed his thoughts and way of thinking, but otherwise he was interesting even if a bit out sided. In general, this way really interesting view into pack life. I highly recommend this story to others!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Not sure what to really say about this book I think I skipped through most of it and that is something I try not to do. The blurb was interesting but the book just didn't warrant a good rating. Not sure what to really say about this book I think I skipped through most of it and that is something I try not to do. The blurb was interesting but the book just didn't warrant a good rating.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kallunnah

    Cute idea ruined by awkward writing. I really wanted to like it but the main characters were so uninteresting I couldn't even get through past the first party. Cute idea ruined by awkward writing. I really wanted to like it but the main characters were so uninteresting I couldn't even get through past the first party.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ashley♥Alexis

    I really liked this story. My only complaint would be about Tobias' Alpha status. I just didn't see it. I felt like the pack ran their mouth way too much, And to me that made him look weak. I really liked this story. My only complaint would be about Tobias' Alpha status. I just didn't see it. I felt like the pack ran their mouth way too much, And to me that made him look weak.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elisa Rolle

    An almost “domestic” paranormal romance, it had the feeling to be more homemade pie than extravagant cocktail. Maybe it was also due to the setting, and enclosed apartment building sharing a common garden. Kyle moved in some months ago but he has never really made friends with the other neighbors, even if he is very attracted to Tobias. Then one night something happens, and the morning after Tobias is all friendly, and almost forcing Kyle to accept a dinner party invitation in his home. From tha An almost “domestic” paranormal romance, it had the feeling to be more homemade pie than extravagant cocktail. Maybe it was also due to the setting, and enclosed apartment building sharing a common garden. Kyle moved in some months ago but he has never really made friends with the other neighbors, even if he is very attracted to Tobias. Then one night something happens, and the morning after Tobias is all friendly, and almost forcing Kyle to accept a dinner party invitation in his home. From that dinner, Kyle’s life will never be the same, but sincerely, I don’t think he is really troubled by that. The nice shift in the usual common trend of shapeshifters meeting their mates is given by Kyle being a Vegan; when he is turned, Kyle doesn’t want to renounce to his principles, and it was really fun to read how the other werewolves were struggling to accept a vegan were; actually it seemed to bother them more than the fact that Kyle was gay and in love with their Alpha, in a way, they could accept a gay werewolf more than a vegan werewolf. Also the relationship between Kyle and Tobias had a domestic feeling; even if Tobias is an Alpha wolf, he doesn’t really struck me as a bad boy, more like a strong man who had to cover for a necessary role. I’m pretty sure the author has more in store for Kyle and Tobias, and my feeling is that Kyle has some hidden quality not even him he is aware of. While Tobias is probably stronger in body, I had the feeling Kyle was way stronger in mind, and that he will uncover some surprises to the pack and to his mate in the following installment of the series. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1608203549/?...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tony-Paul Vissage

    At first, I figured this was going to be a comedy or at best a satire…I mean, a vegan werewolf…? It does have its moments of irreverence, mainly due to Kyle’s delivery, since it’s told from his POV, but it’s more than that. It’s a tale of choices and standing up for those choioces in the face of adversity. There’s a lot of explanation about werewolf law juxtaposed against what Kyle believes from movies and books. And it’s an entertaining as well as an exciting story as to how a man who wont eat At first, I figured this was going to be a comedy or at best a satire…I mean, a vegan werewolf…? It does have its moments of irreverence, mainly due to Kyle’s delivery, since it’s told from his POV, but it’s more than that. It’s a tale of choices and standing up for those choioces in the face of adversity. There’s a lot of explanation about werewolf law juxtaposed against what Kyle believes from movies and books. And it’s an entertaining as well as an exciting story as to how a man who wont eat meat is going to survive as a carnivore when the moon’s full. The only problem I had was with Tobias’s duality as far as the pack and Kyle were concerned. I found it just a little difficult to adjust to an Alpha of a pack becoming a submissive with his lover. To my mind, an Alpha is an Alpha and submissive is submissive and never the twain shall become each other. However, that problem aside, it’s a good story, well-written, well-characterized, and well-plotted, and Kyle’s personality and narration make it even more so. Since the problem of several murder-minded pack members wasn’t exactly resolved, I’m wondering if there may be a sequel in the works. I know I wouldn’t mind. I mean, a werewolf who eats tofu and an Alpha who sometimes isn’t…they kind of grow on one, you know? To the extent I, specifically, am asking… And what happens next? RATING: 5 Salad on the Siude is available from MLR press, www.mlrpress.com This novel was supplied by the author and no remuneration was involved in the writing of this review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelly H. (Maybedog)

    Notes: A green salad without protein is not a filling dinner. It's the type of thing non vegetarians make for vegetarians because they don't think about the normal things people eat that are vegetarian like pasta or omelets, etc. For a vegan it's harder, but nuts and legumes like lentils and peanuts are things normal people have around the house. Why does everyone have long hair? Very stepford wife-ish. I would be a little creeped out and figure they were some really conservative Christian group. Notes: A green salad without protein is not a filling dinner. It's the type of thing non vegetarians make for vegetarians because they don't think about the normal things people eat that are vegetarian like pasta or omelets, etc. For a vegan it's harder, but nuts and legumes like lentils and peanuts are things normal people have around the house. Why does everyone have long hair? Very stepford wife-ish. I would be a little creeped out and figure they were some really conservative Christian group. Kyle said the connection didn't hit him as hard as it did Tobias, but it sure had been described in such a way that I though it was even stronger. I would have thought the mafia too and been pretty convinced. I'm confused about Kyle's thoughts about Melia. She attacked someone and invaded someone's home. She tried to kill him. Why shouldn't she be punished? She isn't an innocent puppy. I'm not feeling the chemistry or why Kyle feels the pack are his friends. Only Suzannah even likes him. I see the intense sexual attraction but Tobias's personality keeps pudding him off. Author got "another think coming" right! Well written. I don't like this shifter world but it sounds realistic. Instalove A finger isn't big enough to prepare someone for anal sex who hasn't had it before. "I closed my mouth over the head of his dick" and swallowed. "So let me get you all cleaned up." I wonder if Tobias could make out the words.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elianara

    An okay werewolf book, with a couple of positive things I really liked, but it also had its problems. The thought of a vegan werewolf made me smile, and it got me to buy the book. (view spoiler)[ I liked the vegan story, but I didn't find it as hilarious as I had thought it would be. But it did bring something different to the story. Even if there was the mention of "I knew you were my mate the first time I saw you" there was no frenzied mating in the first chapter. That is refreshing. The MC's act An okay werewolf book, with a couple of positive things I really liked, but it also had its problems. The thought of a vegan werewolf made me smile, and it got me to buy the book. (view spoiler)[ I liked the vegan story, but I didn't find it as hilarious as I had thought it would be. But it did bring something different to the story. Even if there was the mention of "I knew you were my mate the first time I saw you" there was no frenzied mating in the first chapter. That is refreshing. The MC's actually take some time with each other before the sex. This is a plus in my eyes. On the negative side is the old fashioned views of the werewolves(women are not valued in the same degree as men, homosexuals are weak). I've read books with old werewolves before, but most of them have grown and changed their views with time. See example Bran from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs I didn't have a problem with the mind control thing, that one I could understand as part of the Alpha powers, but I had some problems with the different treatment the Alpha gave to his two newest werewolves; one you protect (Kyle), the other you punish for everything (Melia). There was something odd and forced in that relationship. (hide spoiler)] Overall, an okay read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chris, the Dalek King

    Let's just say that the only reason this is not a one-star book for me is the fact that I was actually able to finish it. While the whole vegan-werewolf dynamic, at first, intrigued me, could the author possibly have written a more sympathetic vegan? Kyle's continual whining about how he is not going to eat meat and why won't anyone listen to me, made me, by about half-way through the book want to pry his mouth open and shove a steak down his throat. Not to mention the constant 180s both Kyle and Let's just say that the only reason this is not a one-star book for me is the fact that I was actually able to finish it. While the whole vegan-werewolf dynamic, at first, intrigued me, could the author possibly have written a more sympathetic vegan? Kyle's continual whining about how he is not going to eat meat and why won't anyone listen to me, made me, by about half-way through the book want to pry his mouth open and shove a steak down his throat. Not to mention the constant 180s both Kyle and Tobias seem to pull as to their relationship. I want you/I can't have you dilemmas are useful, but this was just jarring. Maybe if I had found either of the characters worth redemption it wouldn't have bugged me so much, but every time Kyle went on a no-meat kick, or Tobias was so blatantly stupid about the members of his own pack, I lost all desire to connect with them and started routing for the bad guys to win. That is never a good sign. The second reading of it (on the off chance that my dislike was just the the culmination of a bad day/disinterest in that type of novel at the time) didn't change my opinion. If you want whiny, self-obsessed, blindingly stupid werewolves, then this is your book. I advise you avoid it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Karenna Colcroft takes the paranormal werewolf myth and turns it on its ear with a vegan man turned werewolf who has to figure out how to stay true to himself even as Kyle tries to adjust to being a werewolf-a vegan one at that. The writing is tight, the story flows smoothly and the author does a great job in letting the reader see how the packs live & work. At times, though, it got to be a little repetitive to read everything on what Kyle was experiencing over and over. But after awhile it smoo Karenna Colcroft takes the paranormal werewolf myth and turns it on its ear with a vegan man turned werewolf who has to figure out how to stay true to himself even as Kyle tries to adjust to being a werewolf-a vegan one at that. The writing is tight, the story flows smoothly and the author does a great job in letting the reader see how the packs live & work. At times, though, it got to be a little repetitive to read everything on what Kyle was experiencing over and over. But after awhile it smoothed out and it got really interesting as Kyle found his feet, so to speak, in Tobias’s pack and as he fell in love with him. This was one of the first books I have read by this author and by far not going to be the last. With humor, romance, simmering sexual tension and action-in and out of the bedroom- this first book in Karenna's Real Werewolves Don't Eat Meat Series delivers a fun, sexy tale of two people finding they are perfect for one another.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Becky Condit

    4 1/2 STARS! Kyle is a vegan and also somewhat of a pacifist. When confronted with having to kill in self-defense he suffers such pangs of conscience he is nearly incapacitated. The knowledge that his lover Tobias has killed in the past is also very disturbing to Kyle. Clearly, in order to live as a werewolf, Kyle is going to have to change his lifestyle and what is important to him. Or is he? Can he integrate his restrictive diet, his homosexuality, his attraction to the pack’s alpha, and his av 4 1/2 STARS! Kyle is a vegan and also somewhat of a pacifist. When confronted with having to kill in self-defense he suffers such pangs of conscience he is nearly incapacitated. The knowledge that his lover Tobias has killed in the past is also very disturbing to Kyle. Clearly, in order to live as a werewolf, Kyle is going to have to change his lifestyle and what is important to him. Or is he? Can he integrate his restrictive diet, his homosexuality, his attraction to the pack’s alpha, and his aversion to killing into his new life as a wolf shifter? Stay tuned. I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to reading the next books in the series. Please see my complete review on August 11, 2012 at http://mrsconditreadsbooks.com/index....

  23. 5 out of 5

    Scott-robert Shenkman

    I read “Fresh Meat” by Jo Ramsey, which is an authorized prequel to this series, before I read this book. It was an excellent lead-in for this book. If you like were/shifters, pick up that book first. Thought told from point of Kyle, it tells the story of his romance with Tobias, the Alpha of the North Boston Pack. Kyle is an awesome character. But Tobias is amazing – an Alpha who is damaged, insecure, at times frightened – in other words – human. He is one of the best weres I’ve read in a very l I read “Fresh Meat” by Jo Ramsey, which is an authorized prequel to this series, before I read this book. It was an excellent lead-in for this book. If you like were/shifters, pick up that book first. Thought told from point of Kyle, it tells the story of his romance with Tobias, the Alpha of the North Boston Pack. Kyle is an awesome character. But Tobias is amazing – an Alpha who is damaged, insecure, at times frightened – in other words – human. He is one of the best weres I’ve read in a very long time, and why I am buying the rest of the series. I love my wolves – and Ms. Colcroft does wolves very, very well. It’s an emotional, somewhat suspenseful, but ultimately happy read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    You have to love a book about a vegan werewolf…who knew? Loved this book. The writing is good, the dialogue is witty and sometimes laugh-outloud funny. Tobias and Kyle are good for each other and well suited. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I give Salad on the Side three and a half stars. (because Goodreads doesn't recognize partial stars, I'll bump it up to four) You have to love a book about a vegan werewolf…who knew? Loved this book. The writing is good, the dialogue is witty and sometimes laugh-outloud funny. Tobias and Kyle are good for each other and well suited. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I give Salad on the Side three and a half stars. (because Goodreads doesn't recognize partial stars, I'll bump it up to four)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    2.5** A newly turned werewolf who is a vegan! Love the concept. Being an avid MM romance reader, loving a wicked sense of humor and a vegan too I couldn't wait to try this book. To say it is wordy would be an understatement. Not sure if that is the authors or MRL editors fault. This is the first book I have read by Karenna and I'll be sure to give her next book a chance. The concept was to unique not too. 2.5** A newly turned werewolf who is a vegan! Love the concept. Being an avid MM romance reader, loving a wicked sense of humor and a vegan too I couldn't wait to try this book. To say it is wordy would be an understatement. Not sure if that is the authors or MRL editors fault. This is the first book I have read by Karenna and I'll be sure to give her next book a chance. The concept was to unique not too.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kylia

    This book is a little different in that it's about a vegan who get's accidentally (sort of) turned into a werewolf and still insist an remaining vegan. It's not heavy on the angst, which I like, and implies that there might be more going on beneath the surface between the two main characters (given Kyle's ability to resist Tobias' Alpha compulsion). This book is a little different in that it's about a vegan who get's accidentally (sort of) turned into a werewolf and still insist an remaining vegan. It's not heavy on the angst, which I like, and implies that there might be more going on beneath the surface between the two main characters (given Kyle's ability to resist Tobias' Alpha compulsion).

  27. 4 out of 5

    Suze

    I did enjoy this - not so much shifter, more about how packs worked and interacted, so do-able for me. I liked that Kyle wasn't a swoony 'now I've found my mate I must roll over' type - I enjoyed his trying to remain a vegan and being true to himself. It was amusing and harsh (Kyle and Art), a good long read that pulled me in. I did enjoy this - not so much shifter, more about how packs worked and interacted, so do-able for me. I liked that Kyle wasn't a swoony 'now I've found my mate I must roll over' type - I enjoyed his trying to remain a vegan and being true to himself. It was amusing and harsh (Kyle and Art), a good long read that pulled me in.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I enjoyed this book. It was an interesting take on werewolves. A vegan werewolf? Doesn't sound like it'd work, but Karenna makes it work. I love Kyle. He's a tad ditzy, spastic, and funny as hell. I liked the mystery part of the book, but I'm still a bit confused about it. Anyways, I can't wait to read the other books in the series to get more answers and learn more about Kyle and Tobias. I enjoyed this book. It was an interesting take on werewolves. A vegan werewolf? Doesn't sound like it'd work, but Karenna makes it work. I love Kyle. He's a tad ditzy, spastic, and funny as hell. I liked the mystery part of the book, but I'm still a bit confused about it. Anyways, I can't wait to read the other books in the series to get more answers and learn more about Kyle and Tobias.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Well, I had to. A vegan warewolf. Since I'm a vegetarian myself I just had to read it and I'm quite glad that I did because I liked it. I was a little irritated about the alfa behavior but I guess that it is what it is. I'll probably read the next book to but not right now. Well, I had to. A vegan warewolf. Since I'm a vegetarian myself I just had to read it and I'm quite glad that I did because I liked it. I was a little irritated about the alfa behavior but I guess that it is what it is. I'll probably read the next book to but not right now.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mouse

    The book was entertaining, I'll give it that. The problem was, it fell apart halfway through and then just got silly. Nothing was explained. I had more questions than answers by the end of the book. The book was entertaining, I'll give it that. The problem was, it fell apart halfway through and then just got silly. Nothing was explained. I had more questions than answers by the end of the book.

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