Review: To Adam With Love (Gray Zone #1) by Adrienne Wilder

May 16, 2015 Review 2

Review: To Adam With Love (Gray Zone #1) by Adrienne Wilder

As a child Adam’s mother brought him to the Gray Zone, the no man's land between the crumbling city and the Dens where the Kin—the Dragons—and Lesser-Breds-their mixed-blood-offspring—live.

One day he would change, becoming one of the monsters and she knew fear and prejudice would drive people to do horrible things... Like a father slaughtering his family.

Adam escaped his father’s wrath by fleeing the Zone. After testifying against the man for the murder of his mother, he returned to the only place he’d ever known as home to wait for his humanness to disappear and to search for his best friend and only love, Ean.

Ean has lived within Gray Zone and among the Dragons since he was born. And while he is as feral as any of the monsters, he’s also Human. Long ago he promised to keep Adam safe, to make him his. Since Ean is only Human he must rely on the Male Batu to help him keep Adam and feed him as he changes.

But Love is a Human emotion and Dragons only keep what they value and Batu plans on making Ean belong so he has no use for a Lesser-Bred.

Ean refuses to lose Adam again, even if it means defying Batu and risking his place at the Male’s side and quite possible his life as Adam undergoes the metaphysical changes that will make him Lesser-Bred.

Title: To Adam with Love
Author: Adrienne Wilder
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The First Three Rules, Rule Four and Five, The Final Rule, Complementary Colors
Series: Gray Zone
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Worth, Skin Deep
Source: Purchased for Self
Published: May 11, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance, Paranormal Romance
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To Adam with Love is written in a series of childhood memories and current events in Adam’s life. After being away from his childhood home for five years he has returned to the Gray Zone. Adam’s mother tried to give him some preparation for what would come with his adult life. He will become Lesser-Bred. Somewhere in Adam’s DNA is that of Kin, the Dragons. He will lose what keeps him human. Having lived in the Gray Zone for ten years he knows some of what to expect. He also knows that this is a journey that he can’t take alone. He’s hoping now that he has returned he will have the chance to reconnect with Ean his closest childhood friend. He knows Ean will help him and keep him safe. It’s what Ean does.


                Ean is human only in DNA. This makes his character highly amusing. He will never go through the metaphysical changes that his friend Adam will. He has been raised by Batu, a Dominant Kin Male. Ean has never known human contact, human emotions or a mother’s love. Ean is more Kin than many of the Males he lives in the Zone with. He does not have the same priorities as a typical human young adult either. His main goal in life is to belong to a Male Kin. If Ean can belong then he can keep Adam. Ean will have the means to take care of Adam once he belongs.


                I loved going on this time traveling journey that tells the story of how two young boys grew up together and eventually came to recognize their feelings as love. The way the story is presented with the childhood memories from both Ean’s and Adam’s perspective was great. I enjoyed knowing what happened in their childhood that led them to where they come back together in their adult life. Wilder’s writing paints such a clear picture of these characters. The world, the characters, the happenings are so vividly realistic. The depths of Adam’s and Ean’s feelings for one another are heartbreaking. One does not know how to express his feelings, the other is unsure of what he is feeling. The emotions run so high in To Adam with Love that the passion is almost tangible.


                I’ve read quite a few of Wilder’s books from her various series. This book is set in the same world, but is a separate series that does not require one to have read any of her other work. I can promise once you step in to this dark world of Dragons, the Den’s and Gray Zone you will be reading her other books. Wilder has created a very gritty world where you want to know more about the people, Kin, and Lesser-Bred’s that live there.


                My only complaint is that an epilogue would have been nice at the end. It would have shown that the endings events worked. (Trying to avoid a spoiler) I emailed the author and yes, the belonging worked.

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