Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Riptide "Why We Bought It" ~ Collared by Kari Gregg

Today the fantabulous Rachel Haimowitz is stopping by to give the scoop on the awesome that is Collared from Riptide's point of view. I do so love these little insider type tidbits. I think they rock.

So, here's me giving the Place over to Rachel. Welcome back darlin'  

eBook release: Nov 28 2011
Word count: 33,600
Page count: ≈115
Heat Wave: 5 - Very explicit love scenes
Erotic Frequency: 3 - Moderate
Type: Standalone
Blurb: Trans-Global IT director Connor Witt is a rare and prized anomaly: the aggression centers in his brain have been suppressed rather than stimulated by the mutated crops that so recently took over the world’s food supply. Bewildered by his physical changes and terrified of a world growing more and more predatory, Connor risks harassment and worse until Trans-Global CEO David Martin collars Connor to protect him against men like security consultant Emmett Drake. Men who stalk Connor as sweet, sexy prey. Men to whom the newly submissive Connor feels irresistibly drawn.

But David can’t be Connor’s master; David’s straight. He promises to find a worthy man, though. One willing to court and appreciate Connor as more than just some rich man’s toy. While the world adapts to the biological disaster and new laws strip away Connor’s rights, David’s resolve to protect his boy slowly grows into something more. But can his new desires keep pace with Emmett’s determination to claim Connor?

One man offers safety; the other is a safer bet. Problem is, Connor’s never sure which is which. The one thing he does know? He wants them both.

Warnings: This book contains dubcon, barebacking, collaring, power exchange, slavery (consensual), slavery (real)

Why We Bought It – Collared

I’ve known Kari Gregg pretty well for about a year now. I’m not quite sure how that started, but I do know I fell in love with her the moment I read Spoils of War—a delicious tale of a prince who spent his life in captivity and doesn’t quite know what to do with his freedom when at last he’s rescued. There is a lot of sex in Spoils of War. It is, hands down, the hottest sex I have ever, ever read. It’s dirty, and gritty, and long, and detailed, and filthy and yummy and scrumptious in all the right ways. Kari writes smut. Let me rephrase that; Kari is the Crown Queen of Smut. She is shameless, and rightfully so. The girl’s got talent.

Now, that’s not to say she can’t write a story, because she very much can. See, one of the other things I love about Kari is her creativity. She’s got a wild (and filthy), wicked (and filthy), fascinating (and filthy), outside-the-box (and filthy) brain, and watching her use it is one of the rarer pleasures in this world. On top of everything else? She’s hilarious. That humor may not always come across in her writing, but there’s little question in my mind that to know her is to love her, and to laugh with her.

Kari and I have been beta’ing each other’s work on and off for the last year or so, and when she started Collared, she sent me the first 30 pages. I think this was sometime around the turn of 2011, and I read it, rapt and anxious, in one sitting, then wrote her back and demanded the rest. She laughed at me.

Come this summer, when Riptide was officially taking shape, she was one of the very first people I went to about publishing with us. “That story,” I said. “The one with the genetically altered food that ramped up everyone’s aggression centers. Can I have it? Pretty please? I’ll bribe you with coffee!”

Well, anyone who knows Kari knows a coffee bribe is downright irresistible to her, so she said she’d wrap Collared up and then send it our way. Boy am I glad she did. It’s as hot and filthy and unashamed as the rest of her work, and like most of her stories, it explores a very unconventional alpha/omega relationship (actually, two alpha/omega relationships) on the far extreme fringes of consent. Collared is not for everyone, but it was very much for me, and those who love Kari will find in Collared everything they’ve come to expect from her and more. It’s a risky piece, and a very challenging one—no easy read here, no sitting back and letting the author do your thinking for you—but like all Kari stories, it’s tremendously rewarding for those who like to be challenged, to ponder, to take risks and step outside their comfort zones. I hope you’ll step along with me.

And don’t forget the coffee.

This week’s giveaway…Kari Gregg backlist book of choice. (excludes Collared)

The fine details...
  • This week’s giveaway is for an eBook copy as listed above.
  • To enter, leave a comment on this post.
  • All commenters will also be entered in end of tour giveaway of AP 3 prize packages. Details here.
  • All comments will also be entered in the year-end Riptide grand prize giveaway of an ereader; Kindle, Nook or iPad. Each post commented on counts as an entry.
  • Backlist book giveaways do NOT include books released in the last 3 months.
  • This week's giveaway doesNOT include Riptide releases.
  • Winners will be selected at random using Random.org
  • If the chosen winners do not respond to my email within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.
  • By entering the contest, you are confirming you are at least 18 yrs old.
  • eBook giveaways open worldwide. 


  1. Why we bought it? Short answer: Kari Gregg can be had for 1 venti mocha. LOL

    Crown Queen of Smut? Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. >:-D

  2. Well, I totally agree with you, Rachel. =)

  3. Sounds like it's my kind of book, i.e., "who like to be challenged, to ponder, to take risks and step outside
    their comfort zones". :)

  4. I was already looking forward to reading "Collared," but now I'm looking forward to my mind being blown. ;)

    And now I need to add "Spoils of War" to my to-read list!

    (Amara, side note, I saw "Counterpunch, the music" and thought it said "Counterpunch: The Musical". *giggle*)

  5. I read the expert yesterday and went out and bought it :-D

    Hope to have read this weekend :-D

    Sarah S

  6. LOL at Kari's comment.

    I enjoyed the post; it was an interesting read.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  7. Yeah, coffee is a great motivator and I've often been bribed by a Starbuck's Cinnamon Dolce latte.  Love the sound of your latest release and definitely have it on my wishlist.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  8. Thanks for the insider info :-)  I'm running right over to download Collared!

  9. O_O Coffee?  That's all it takes?  Kari, in that case, I can send you some coffee because I want...  ITR sequel, Collared sequel and what happened to my wicked lovely one?  And Oh, Spoils of war one...hmm, more coffee for Kari.  HAH.  I haven't read Rough Beast and would love a copy.

    lacrimsonfemme at gmail dot com

  10. Thanks for the interesting post.



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