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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Worth by Adrienne Wilder

Worth by Adrienne Wilder
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (182 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Violence
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

Give us your poor, your unwanted, your criminals... that’s the unofficial motto of Atlanta’s Gray Zone, the no man’s land between the city and the Dens of the Kin—the dragons. Between Liam, the two brothers he’s cared for most of his life, and their abusive stepfather, they account for all three categories.

Liam was fifteen when he made the arrangement: as long as he let his stepfather sell his body, his brothers would be safe. Scarred inside and out from years of horrific abuse, Liam is stunned when Jericho, a Lesser-Bred—a dragon’s mixed-blood offspring—makes a pass at him, and he is helpless to resist.

Then Liam’s stepfather welshes on their deal and sells Liam’s brother into the trade, and once again Liam resolves to do anything to save him, even get involved in a million-dollar kidnapping scheme that could get him killed. But that’s not his plan. Now that he has Jericho, Liam knows his life is worth fighting for.

Kin and Lesser-bred have no desire to be human, but they have no problem sleeping with them.

The entire concept of Lesser-Bred and Kin grabbed me. I wanted to learn more about these unique creatures and their way of living.

Liam had few good memories in his life, yet he still managed to find the strength to survive. This determination for survival was mostly due to his two younger brothers, Chris and Kevin. Liam’s drive to protect his brothers no matter the cost to himself was inspirational and touching. He was a character I immediately sympathized with because of all of the abuse he received throughout his life. His story is one of triumph over ones situation no matter the abuse and obstacles faced. Liam's inner strength and protective nature toward those he cared about immediately drew me to his story and captivated me from beginning to end.

Jericho’s mysterious nature made me want to learn more about him, as well. I would have liked to have read more about Jericho’s kind. While the mystery of Jericho initially interested me I was disappointed how even in the end I didn’t know much about him. His counterpart, Liam was an open book to me so I really connected with him right away. With Jericho there was a bit of a disconnect. I was able to get to know him on the surface but I would have preferred a deeper connection.

This story, while captivating, had some parts that may be a bit difficult for some readers to handle. There's a pretty rough forced sex scene that isn't for the faint at heart. There are also references to pedophilia, sex trade, as well as numerous violent acts towards the main characters as well as a few secondary characters. I will say these acts, while sometimes difficult to read, helped me to understand the hurdles Liam and Jericho overcome. Their perseverance made me cheer that much more for their happily-ever-after. Also the characters were never anything but loving and affectionate towards one another.

The author makes it clear at the very beginning these are not humans and they do not wish to be human. Because I was so interested in the concept, more information about them would have been helpful. In addition, I thought because these are dragons and half breeds (dragon and human mix) I would see a bit more dragons or dragon shifters in dragon form.

In the end, I would love to see sequels to this series involving not only the main characters but also the secondary characters within the series, especially the two younger brothers. I think the author definitely has a winner in this series.

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