Monday, July 21, 2014

Toxic by Belinda McBride [Review]
Toxic (Truckee Wolves #1) by Belinda McBride
Format: ebook
Source: provided by Loose Id through NetGalley
Date read: April 14, 2014

Truckee Wolves
1. Educating Evangeline (at Free Books Need Love, Too!)
2. Toxic - Kindle
3. Hunting Holly

Belinda McBride
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
There are three things that Dr. Briony Theale loves. Her job as a veterinarian, a good bar of rich, dark chocolate, and Rico, the ranger in charge of the Wildlife Rescue center. When a casual dinner with Rico turns surprisingly intimate, Briony realizes that she might just have a chance with him after all, if only she could lose a few pounds. It’s the ultimate sacrifice, but Briony goes cold turkey, and swears off chocolate forever.

Rico Montgomery fell hard for Briony the first time he set eyes on the curvy little doctor. Her rich brown hair and cocoa skin trigger cravings that he can barely control, and her fragrance is like the sweetest, richest chocolate he’s ever scented in his life. That’s a bad thing for Rico, because to a werewolf like him, chocolate is literally a toxin. After his pack warns him off the very human doctor, Rico finds himself even more drawn to Briony.

Rico can’t live with it, and Briony can’t live without it. And when a certain wandering wolf finds a bag of chocolate in the trash near Briony’s clinic, these two will find out just how toxic love can be.
Thoughts on Toxic: I really REALLY liked this book. While Briony and Rico's relationship issues were fun and steamy, it was Chase and his utter weariness at trying to heal his pack that tangled me up. Throw in the damage Abraxas did to many of his other wolves and I was a puddly pile of hurt for them.

But this was still Briony and Rico's story, so let's get back to them.

First off, poor Rico. Gorging on chocolate in his wolf form and becoming vilely ill has to be pretty darn awful. Especially when the sexy vet doesn't know you're a man most of the time and has to take your temperature. YIKES! But Rico works through it and is able to introduce Briony to his animal side with a minimum of fuss. Until things go bad and he crashes and burns from his chocolate high, leaving Briony in the hands of his protective pack.

All things considered, Briony does handle the idea of werewolves among them pretty well. This is in part because of her own gifts and the way she was raised. Speaking of which, I totally felt for her mother. That lady gave up everything to protect her children and I totally respect that. Also, points to mama for caging wild Sage (*sniffle* poor Sage.) and making it very clear that she would do ANYTHING to make sure her children were safe.

Frankly, I am completely in love with the characters and the world that's been created here. All of them are a little left of center and they have some very bad people who want to drag them back into the fold. And I want to read all the stories and... and... MOAR PLEASE!

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