Dark Paranormal Romance

Earlier this year I came across a series of books by a new-to-me author. They were a scorching hot mix of shifter/paranormal and spanking/domestic discipline romance. The heroines in Delta James’ Wayward Mates series are all strong, determined women who know their own minds, enjoy their mates dominance and endure the spankings they get because they know the sex that follows is mind blowing. Plus they love their fated mates.

In the last few books of the series we discover the heroines are no where near as well behaved as their mates believe them to be. Not happy to sit safely in the background whilst the men deal with turbulence in their patriarchal society, the women have been planning and plotting their own moves behind the scenes.

The series reached a natural end but both the readers and author weren’t quite ready to say goodbye to this world yet. So what emerged was a new series, set in a dystopian future where technology has disappeared and life is lived more like it was in medieval times. The first book was Warlord, which I’ve reviewed on here previously. The next book, Overlord is the focus of this post. The really great news is that future books are also in the pipeline.

OVERLORD by Delta James

Please be aware this is a DARK romance, which means it contains some elements of dubious/non-consent

Overlord is the follow up to Warlord, it can be read stand alone but I would suggest reading the books in order to gain maximum enjoyment. Sloan and Gareth’s story isn’t always easy – as the blurb states “Today Gareth of Ravenscar decided she was his, and she wasn’t given a choice in the matter.”  However it is full of passion, which is bound to happen when two very strong and determined characters lock horns. I thoroughly enjoyed their story and couldn’t read it fast enough.

There were moments when I didn’t even like Gareth, but then the author cleverly wove his emotions into the story, often via his fated mate link with Sloan, totally changing my mind. Yes he could be considered dictatorial, but when we really listen via his thoughts, words and actions he truly loves, honours and respects Sloan. The author really persuaded me of his affection for and deep regard of his mate, turning him from a possible arrogant alpha-hole into a dominant alpha male.

Whilst Sloan and Gareth’s story is complete, at least for now, trouble is brewing and I’m fairly certain there will be a few more books before peace is truly restored in this dystopian/shifter world.


She was not asked. She was claimed.

Sloan has lived among shifters long enough to know what happens when an alpha takes a mate, but she never imagined that her turn would come to be marked and mastered. Until today…

Today Gareth of Ravenscar decided she was his, and she wasn’t given a choice in the matter.

Now, with her cheeks blushing, her bottom burning, and the evidence of his rough conquest still dripping down her bare thighs, she is beginning to understand what it truly means to be claimed.

Publisher’s Note:Overlord is a stand-alone novel set in the same world as Warlord. It includes spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.

4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.

3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.

2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.

1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.

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