Published: August 6th 2011 by Gray Zone Publishing
Alex and Mike start their spring break adventure off with common goals. They are picking up their girlfriends and going on a weekend camping trip. Tension begins to run high as Mike’s behavior starts rapidly changing and he begins to start scaring his friends. Mike doesn’t understand what’s going on. No matter how much food he consumes he can’t sate his hunger. That is not the only hunger that he cannot sate. After Mike flees the campsite, Alex finds him in the woods and what he sees scares him. Mike has started becoming a Lesser Bred. His body is covered in the very telling Stains, stains that mark him as having Kin DNA. Kin are Dragons, dragons that must feed on flesh and blood, and metaphysical energy. Most of society does not live peacefully with the Kin or the idea of one having any amount of Kin DNA in them.
I loved how Wilder took her readers through two different aspects of what becoming Lesser Bred means. Mike struggles to adjust to a life that he has never even experienced from afar, while Alex watches his best friend lose his humanity. Alex and Mike are just friends, but they’re both having thoughts and feelings for one another that neither one of them are comfortable with. While I would not define this book as a romance there is love, and plenty of hot erotic sex, but these are never together. (Remember at the beginning of the review I mentioned girlfriends, this is where the sex comes in.)
***this is a dark book, a forced sexual encounter ALMOST happens***