This is a fairly quick read, and I always struggle to rate and review stories of this length as it’s impossible for them to have the depth of story that I normally look for. Maybe it was the brevity of the book but I actually found myself totally caught up by Ivy’s and Darian’s tale and did enjoy the story.
I really liked Ivy, she felt a very credible character, the length of story meant that Darian’s character arc was so rapid it fell somewhere between unbelievable and whiplash. I would love the author to expand this story to include more time and scenes between the H and h prior to her heat as well as a transition period between that heat and the event leading to the culmination of the book. This would allow us to see the connection between Ivy and Darian establish and grow, as well as allow the author time to convince us of both his change of attitude as well as their emerging feelings.
The fated mates theme allowed for the very insta-love aspects of the story, but it felt like a convenient way to avoid redeeming an antihero rather than a genuine, and vital, plot line. Overall this is an entertaining, high heat read and perfect for one you don’t want anything too heavy.
Synopsis Good Omegas never disobey their Alpha. Too bad I’m not one of them. Everyone I know thinks I’m insane. That my own imagination pushed me to a life of solitude. But I know better.
The monster that’s been haunting me is very real and he’s finally captured what he wants… me. Darien Stone is used to taking what he wants. As the world’s most influential Alpha, his power and wealth have Omegas groveling at his feet. But I’m not like other Omegas.
I know exactly who he really is, and want nothing to do with his blood money. He thinks he can control me, that I’ll bend to his every desire. But he’ll quickly learn this seemingly perfect Omega won’t go down without a fight.
Captured by the Alpha is a dark standalone novella, complete with a HEA!
Desperate The Cost of Desperation #1 by Eva Dresden
I can happily report that Eva Dresden is back and she isn’t taking any prisoners. It’s been a little while since her last release and without a shadow of a doubt Desperate was definitely worth the wait.
Currently I hate Beau with a passion. Staking that man over a colony of fire ants before massively disturbing their nest is too good for him. May he perish in the most painful and drawn out of ways. The jury is out on Rey. He’s a decent enough alpha but the sheer fact that he allowed Beau to continue to abuse Devlin sort of soured my feelings for him. However I would be satisfied with applying a cheese grater to his skin before dipping him in a sack of salt.
Now Devin, I had to let go of despising her stupid-to-the-point-of-insanity independent spirit. Yes, I get that you want to make it on your own but girlfriend but we could ALL see how badly on a downward spiral your life was. So do you take a little bit of help from a friend? Oh no! That would be too degrading, instead you sell your body to two alpha’s because, yeah, that makes sense. Once I got over wanting to slap her even more than Beau did, I actually quite liked her. But I prefer my strong females to be clever and sensible, not so stubborn as to appear to have a death wish. Perhaps if we’d had a little more backstory that really explained why she was that way would have allowed me to accept it more easily.
This wasn’t quite so purple prose, though the sex scenes still have a hazy feel, focused more on emotion impact and snatched impressions rather than a clear sequence of events. Many of those scenes are very dubious in consent and quite violent in nature too. As with Dresden’s Omega’s Destruction series, this book is quite disturbing at times and readers should proceed with caution. This also ends on a cliff-hanger, though don’t let that put you off buying and reading this delightfully depraved omegaverse story.
Had I read this a year or two ago it would have easily hit 5 stars, but my reading tastes have changed, and despite this being just as good as Broken it didn’t quite tick every box for me. I’ve returned to my first loves of fantasy and Sci-Fi, and I felt that Desperate just lacked in the plot department. How many ways can the heroine be abused just wasn’t enough story, despite that having been more than sufficient in Dresden’s previous work. So that was entirely down to me and I won’t hold it against the book.
For those who love dark omegaverse then I highly recommend Desperate to you.
A string of failures has brought Devin to her knees. Refusing to ask for help, even when she needs it most, she’s willing to do just about anything. Salvation comes in a newspaper clipping. A job at Wicked, the city’s premiere nightclub. Now she’s caught up in their games, caught between the two Alphas who are much more than mere owners. While one doles out cruelty, it’s the promise within the deep brown eyes of the other that keeps her from running. They’ve offered her a choice. One that she can’t refuse. If she’s willing to pay the price.
Desperate is Book One in the Cost of Desperation series, a raw and thrilling dark Omegaverse tale. This full length novel contains dark themes and complete power exchange. Scenes are not glossed over, which may be distressing for some readers. This series is set in the same world as the Omega’s Destruction series with many events happening within the same timeline. While it can be read separately, reading both series will give a richer experience.
Forbidden The Alpha Collectors #2 Liliana Carlisle
Amelia is a Beta suffering from a mysterious and debilitating disease. Jakob is the sexy alpha who, despite playing havoc with her libido, relives her symptoms. The trouble is Jakob is a Collector and his fight to eliminate the shadowy group who kidnap and sell omegas to the highest bidder puts Amelia at risk.
Forbidden is a high heat, fast paced and entertaining read. I found both characters likeable and was definitely invested in them finding their HEA with one another. The main protagonists were well crafted and had depth whilst a good range of secondary characters added colour to the story. The authors voice is smooth and very readable, her writing style very quickly drew me in and easily held my attention throughout. The chemistry between Jakob and Amelia is scorching hot and I definitely felt the passion and depth of feeling they had for one another.
The plot really unfolded in the second half of the story, with almost non-stop action. Whilst the pace was still good in the first half, personally I felt there was a prevalence of sex scenes that took away somewhat from the story. There were some missed opportunities for other interactions between the protagonists. For example in one of Jakob’s internal monologues he thinks –
“I crave our late-night talks and finding out more about who she is. And in turn, I open up to her, telling her about my past….. ….. I tell her everything and she accepts it all, willingly.”
Had we been party to one of these conversations – particularly one of the baring of souls and secrets – it would really have elevated this book to a very high standard.
Whilst the storyline touches on the topic of sexual slavery, it doesn’t travel very far down that path and their are no detailed scenes of abuse. However my tastes run quite dark so do be aware that my “tame” can be as much as others enjoy! In this case there are mentions of violence, kidnap and assault, though no sexual assault.
This is wrong. He’s an Alpha. I’m a Beta. Our path only leads to heartache. But his body, possessiveness, and passion fuel my obsession as we consume each other. I’ve willingly thrown myself into the arms of a Collector, consequences be damned. But we’re on borrowed time. If I’m not careful, he’ll ruin me. But maybe I want to be ruined.
Forbidden is the second standalone book in The Alpha Collectors, a M/F Alpha/Omega Romance series that features Knotting, Heats, and Ruts, with a guaranteed HEA.
Trained For Their Pleasure (Omega Prey Book 5) by L.V. Lane
Whilst this is book #5 of a series, I found it very easy to read stand-alone. I perhaps didn’t get the fullest picture of the setting, but Ms Lane does a very adequate job of world-building and so I never felt lost, confused or baffled.
Trained For Their Pleasure follows a lot of the common tropes found in omegaverse stories, but it also throws the whole thing on it’s head by featuring a beta as the heroine. And no, she isn’t secretly an omega but who presents late/has been supressed. I loved how the author handled this, how Hazel’s mates prepared her, her responses to Alpha behaviour along with the advice of a visiting omega. I so hope this heralds the opening of a gateway for more books with beta protagonists. In true OV style, there are some elements of Jack claiming his mate that verge on dub-con. However Hazel not only accepted her fate but enjoyed and relished every single moment of it, which lessened what could otherwise have been a very dark moment.
Whilst there is a fair amount of sexual activity in this story – and let’s face it, we don’t expect anything else from the genre – there is also a lot of meaty plot to balance the story. There are strong hints at a future ménage for some side characters – and I can see that being quite a stormy journey. However, back to the book at hand. I found all three characters likable and endearing. Jack was quite introspective, calm and settled with the mantle of power he wore, whilst Finn was charming, playful and suave. Best of all was Hazel, who delighted in keeping her Alpha’s on their toes and who, despite her diminutive size, more than held her own with them.
The epilogue was absolutely wonderful, holding everything and more that I could have wished for – and some things I had hoped to see pass! It also was I truly felt the depth of the bond between Hazel, Finn and Jack. I’d bought into their physical attractions, as well as the feeling of possession that the Alpha’s had for their sweet, little beta. However this was where I was fully convinced of just how deep their feelings ran. It also left me with that wonderful “warm fuzzies” feeling of having read a great romance story.
Liliana Carlislehas managed to pack quite a lot into this novella, and I thoroughly enjoyed all of it. The book touches on some pretty dark themes and Calum, the hero, is quite physically rough with Aria when they first meet, immediately upping the ante in this fast-paced and twisty enemies-to-lovers romance. I really enjoyed the author’s prose, the story flowed smoothly and the story very easy to read. In fact I completed it in one sitting and enjoyed every moment of it! Highly recommended if you’re looking for an omegaverse story that finds the middle path between dark and sweet!
Despite being a quicker read there was plenty of conflict between Aria and Calum, plus a good deal of heat. This couple have chemistry in spades and the sex scenes were incredibly steamy and erotic. Whilst most of the book focuses just on the two protagonists, allowing us to really get to know them, the author did add colour to the story by including a few side characters.
Speaking of our main characters, Aria/Rebecca was one tough cookie. Possibly a little naïve at times but entirely understandable given that she is only nineteen. The hero, Calum, displayed some pretty unpleasant behaviour before we really got the chance to know him, so I initially found it a little harder to warm to him. As the story progressed not only did he redeem himself but I could understand why he acted the way he did. He definitely earned himself a place in both my and Aria’s hearts.
Whilst I was left with a few questions about the how their society was structured, there was enough world building for me to work with and, since this is part one of a series, I’m sure we will find out more in future books. As it’s a fairly quick read the story could easily have been overwhelmed by too much exposition on the world, so overall I’m happy with the balance the author went for.
All alone, it’s only a matter of time before he finds where I hide. You can only escape the Collectors for so long. He’ll want to break me. Destroy me. Leave me on my knees, gasping for air. But there’s a fight in me he won’t expect. I can only hope he doesn’t drag me into the darkness with him.
Hunted is the first book in The Alpha Collectors, a M/F Omegaverse Romance series. It contains a destructive Alpha, a rebellious Omega, and a guaranteed HEA.
I don’t usually read historical romance. I don’t usually read slow-burn romances. I don’t usually love a book with a heroine who is a virgin. However I would read them every single time if they were as captivating and wonderful as The Alpha of Rickett Hall. This was one hundred percent a “can’t put it down” book, it was an “I’m totally and utterly in love with both main characters” book, along with a “why did it have to end?” book.
I am in love with Edmund, I am in love with Juliana, I am in love with everything, every last little thing, about this book. It was simply perfect and I wouldn’t change a thing about it, even if I could. The story caught me hook, line, and sinker and the only bad thing is that it had to end. Oh and the fact that I just can not write a review that does justice to it. There are some books that touch you in a way that most others don’t. They transport you to another world, engage your emotions, speak to your soul and leave a lasting impression on your heart. This was one such book for me and I already want to read it again.
Juliana had a wonderful feistiness about her, but never came across as too bold for the time or too annoying. Edmund was very brooding – *swoon* – but was also dominant, caring and demanding in all the right ways. I loved the exploration of what happens when a perfect alpha specimen is no longer perfect. Of when the quiet and submissive omega is neither of those things, but who is caring and nurturing.
Omegaverse elements are very subtly applied throughout the story, befitting the regencyesque setting. Likewise the slow-burn romance. Lots of sweating, heaving and slick would, quite simply, not have suited this book, it needed that softer, gentler approach. Not once did I feel that the pace was slow. Wonderful characterisation, impressive conveyance of emotion and beautiful writing easily made this an engaging and heart warming story. I hugely recommend this – even if omegaverse isn’t usually your thing – and hope you love it as much as I did.
Baby and the Late Night Howlers Sweet Omegaverse #1 by Kathryn Moon
I had seen this book mentioned several times in an Omegaverse group I belong to, but the title had totally put judgemental ol’ me off giving it a try. Reading a very positive review by a trusted Goodreads friend, and seeing that she recommended it, was enough to change my mind – and am glad I did. Baby and the Late Night Howlers is a fun and feisty mash up of RH, romantic suspense and omegaverse, with a very light dash of biker romance too.
Despite that very cheesy title, what I found was a well written, entertaining, and enjoyable story. The author took the time to build distinct characters for each of the male protagonists, allowing me to distinguish one from another. I did feel that at times it slowed the pace a little but I would rather have that and “know” all the men, rather than have them blur into one homogenous, indistinguishable mass. I did struggle with the flicking between club names and real names. Sticking with one, until there had been sufficient time to link the name to the person and their job, would have worked better for me. I did discover a glossary at the end of the book (and after I’d finished reading it) which would have been much more useful had it been at the beginning!
This was unusual in that, unlike the majority of reverse harem stories, there wasn’t one male who was in charge or, or more dominant than, the rest. Whilst Jonah is the President of the Late Night Howlers MC he doesn’t rule over the pack, so although we meet him first (well other than Seth, his beta) he isn’t the “main” man. I mention that because other reviewers did have an issue with it, and forewarned is forearmed, as they say.
A big positive for me was that we didn’t (as can also so often be the case in RH books) get just one “big scene” with each male before moving off to the next love interest. The balance between sex scenes and story was good, this had plenty of plot to hold my interest. The sex was scorching hot, and it’s one of the things we read OV stories for, but the individual scenes didn’t drag or feel as though the went on too long.
Could I choose one of the men as my favourites? I don’t think I can, I was very much swayed by who Baby was with at the time. S eth and Books/MacKenzie were both very focused on Baby, all her men were BUT this pair seemed to understand her needs more than the others did. Bullet/Quincey was the most in-your-face dominant and protective but I loved that Green/Ryan had that natural sexual dominance. I could understand Jonah’s reticence and his issues with claiming Baby and I loved her acceptance and understanding of it, even though it stung. One of my favourite aspects was that this wasn’t a world of downtrodden Omegas, Baby kicked ass – literally – and wasn’t afraid to go after what, and who, she wanted.
I also very much enjoyed seeing the beta’s take a more prominent role. So often they are portrayed as boring, downtrodden and even worthless, but Kathryn Moon has made them just as vital a part of the world as alphas and omegas are. I know I mentioned earlier that some parts were a little slow, but I do think the author missed an opportunity of having meaningful scenes between the beta females and Baby. I’m not sure this would pass the Bechdel–Wallace test. That said, overall I was very impressed with the book. The world building was solid too, a contemporary setting but where the A/B/O dynamic exists and so alpha’s, in general, will form a pack. I definitely intend to read more from this author.
Synopsis Baby’s heat is coming… After years of assuming she was a beta, discovering her omega designation in a biker bar surrounded by alphas isn’t exactly fulfilling any fantasies for Baby. She only wanted to get laid, not get knotted, bitten, and bonded. Now Baby’s entire life is about to turn upside down. With the sexual frenzy of her heat on its way, she needs to find a pack, a nest, and alphas she can trust.
The Late Night Howlers have given up hope… After years of waiting for an omega to choose them, this motorcycle club of alphas is ready to move on with their lives. Until one sweet woman takes a chance on them. A rundown bar and apartment building is no place to spoil a new omega but the Howlers are determined to do right by Baby when she needs them. All they have to do is keep her satisfied while resisting the mouthwatering temptation to bite and bond her, permanently.
When a rival MC comes sniffing after Baby, her safety is put at risk and the Howlers may be torn apart forever.
This is a new-to-me author, so I really wasn’t sure what to expect. Definitely not an utterly captivating, well researched and brilliantly written historical fantasy, set amidst the Viking occupation of Alba. Make that doubly surprised when one considers this is a debut novel. Clearly the author has taken the time and effort to practice and hone her craft before publishing, since the quality of her storytelling was outstanding. I actually feel as though the title, Stolen by the Wolves, doesn’t do justice to this richly woven tale. To me that title is reminiscent of those mass produced, generic and bland PNR stories, which is about as far from the truth as one can get.
I adore omegaverse stories but, if we’re being totally honest here, they aren’t generally the most literary of stories. However this was a class above, the world building quickly drew me in and this felt much more like reading viking fantasy. All the classic omegaverse elements appeared to be contained within the tale, though we didn’t get to see nesting and knotting as this is a slow-burn romance. And that is the only time I could use the word “slow” about the story, with it’s well-paced, intricate and engaging plot.
Not only do we get to know the two main protagonists, we also see them grow as characters. Thankfully both Tamsin and Thrain were eminently likeable individuals, adding to the sheer pleasure to be found when reading this opening episode of their story. They were real and imperfect in that can’t-get-enough-of-them way. This was backed up with a good supporting cast. I would have liked a little more depth in some of these secondary characters, though that didn’t spoil my enjoyment in any way.
The exposition was perfectly balanced, enough so that the world building was solidly achieved but without unnecessary information dumps disrupting the flow and pace of the story. As the first part of a potential six part series, there is a good amount of character building and scene setting performed. However this was achieved whilst still providing a powerful read that has totally hooked me in. So much so that I have pre-ordered this book and will be buying the rest of the series too.
Once the wolves of Dublin take control, who knows what they plan to do with us? They are savages. And we are at their mercy. It is the year 870. Hordes of Vikings sweep through the green lands of Northumbria and Ireland, raiding and pillaging. Soon, no kingdom will be safe from their bloodlust. Tamsin has always been safe behind the walls of her sanctuary. Safe enough to yearn for a glimpse of the world beyond. But with the Viking threat looming, even her secretive kingdom must open its gates to invite allies. And she gets far more than a glimpse. The three lords of Dublin are on the hunt for women of her kind. Thrain Mordsson, youngest of the three and bent on a personal vendetta, doesn’t take much stock in the ancient prophecies. He marches into battle for the glory rather than the spoils. Until he finds himself standing right in front of a fiery-haired princess. And the touch of her hand wakes an ancient magic in them both, one that neither could’ve anticipated. The wolves plan to besiege her sanctuary and steal her fabled kinswomen for themselves. But the legends state that to harm these women would anger the gods. And now that Thrain has earned Tamsin’s trust, now that he has tasted her in the darkness of her godhouse, his loyalties begin to splinter. All he knows is that he must protect her from the coming storm at any cost.
This is the first tome of Thrain & Tamsin’s story. In this new omegaverse series, kingdoms break apart and ancient magic is rediscovered. If you like your romance with a plotty medieval backdrop like Kushiel’s Dart or Game of Thrones, you’ll love this series. STOLEN BY THE WOLVES is a fantasy non-shifter omegaverse romance that is based loosely on real historical events. It is the first of a 6-book series, slow-burn with eventual Reverse Harem romance. This novel contains some non-consensual situations, though they are not between the hero & heroine. The Viking Alphas revere their Omegas, and while they live in a cruel and unforgiving world, they do their utmost to keep their Omegas from harm.
An Alpha’s Grace (Omegas of the New South #3) by Sharilyn Skye
An obviously broken Omega, an Alpha whose damage is carefully hidden, a claiming without choice and consent, yet against all odds this unlikely pairing works.
Sharilyn Skye blew me away with her impeccable characterisation, intricate story weaving and ability to demonstrate substantive character growth whilst retaining an air of credibility throughout. Characterised by powerful writing and insightful moments, An Alpha’s Grace took me on an amazing, tumultuous and heart-warming journey, an exploration into the healing power of love. This is a rich and unique story, where the sizzling heat of desire and warmth of adoration is carefully balance against the darkness of despair. I found myself quickly drawn into this tale, unable to put it down and rooting for Grace and Darrian to succeed in finding their HEA.
First impressions of Darrian were that he was a very put together, suave and in-control Alpha, dare I say a metro-alpha? Grace herself was very clearly a shell of a woman, terrified, over-whelmed and so very afraid. Holding on to sanity by the very tips of her ragged fingernails. Yet as the story progressed we discover that these two seemingly diametrically opposite characters are more alike than could ever have been guessed at.
I feltGraces pain, her confusion, her soul adrift on a sea she did not understand and had no clue how to navigate. Darrian had turned his pain into a finely crafted shell, one that hid the true man inside, hid the Alpha even from himself. It takes a soul shattering moment of inattention to turn this mild mannered man into the Alpha Grace actually needs him to be. Personally would have liked that event event to have played out a little longer, for the tension to have been built higher and the emotions to have been more fully explored. However I fully appreciated it for the pivotal moment it was, the one that finally, truly bonded this pair together. Earlier in the book Darrian felt almost beta-like, he himself references his behavior as akin to that of an omega. Don’t worry though he was always the man, and Alpha, Grace needed.
The book totally reads as a stand alone, and I can say this because I haven’t had the pleasure of reading books #1 and #2 yet. I will be adding those to my TBR. Would my appreciation of the subtle nuances have been greater, would I have had a deeper understanding of some aspects of the story, and the world, had I read those two books? Without a doubt I would, and I look forward to re-reading this once have read the first two.
There were parts of this where my personal preference would have been for something a little different. The, at times, slightly narrated feel of the prose would have had more impact for me personally had it focused more on emotion and feelings BUT – personal preference. And the sheer magnificence of how the author convinced me not only of Grace’s mental state at the beginning but also of the bond she developed with Darrian and her progress back to “normality” fully deserves praise and recognition. Many authors have failed to convince me of the connection between the hero and heroine, Sharilyn Skyemanaged it with a heroine who was barely above catatonic, almost non-functioning. Yet, where others would have fallen, the author had a credible explanation at each turn.
I’m happy to say that this book can very definitely be chalked up as a win.
Grace had no past and no future. Darrian was more broken than anyone knew.
Together they work to fix the damage that life has dealt. But Grace is a valuable commodity, and once she heals enough for her dynamic to emerge, the traffickers that stole her life will stop at nothing to get her back. When Grace’s connection to Atlanta’s brightest star and most eligible bachelor becomes public knowledge, the pressure mounts. Darrian will do anything for Grace, including drop the mask of civility he’s worn for over a decade. To save them both, he must embrace himself.
An Alpha’s Grace is a Dark Dystopian Omegaverse Romance that contains content that may be triggering for some readers. If such material offends you, please do not purchase.
This enemies-to-lovers story is a fast paced omegaverse romance with plenty of heat and an interesting plot. Both Madelyn and Dereck were likeable characters, the heroine was a little naïve but her age and desire to be accepted made this excusable. The story flows well and I soon found myself caught up in it.
Whilst this followed the “oppressed omega” trope, it’s contemporary setting meant that the discrimination had a very different feel to it. In fact it was quite disturbing to see/experience the discrimination that befell Madelyn, and parallels could be drawn to so many forms of discrimination in the real world.
There is much more to Dereck than first meets the eye, and as we get to truly know him we see why our first impression is, quite rightly, that of a bitter and angry man. His backstory unfolded rather rapidly, my preference would have been for us to have gotten to know the man, and what had shaped him, a little more slowly. I could also have gone for a little more depth to the explanation too.
The world building was solid, the setting was understandable and easy to picture. Personally I would have loved a little more backstory on why omega’s were so looked down on, why their existence was very often a miserable one, with them being treated like third class citizens. This would have been icing though, rather than genuine story substance. However I did like how the author blended the omegaverse and contemporary genres together. The story also had a nice suspense element blended really well with all the key characteristic of an omegaverse world.
He’ll be my ruin, but not before I destroy him… Dereck Archer. The powerful Alpha billionaire, The heartless monster, And my new boss. The man who single-handedly ruined the lives of Omegas everywhere. His ruthlessness knows no bounds, and when we meet, he assumes I’ll fall in line as any good Omega would. Little does he know, I can be just as ruthless. My traitorous body may crave him, But I’m here for one reason only: To destroy his life. Dereck Archer has made many enemies, but I’m the one he’ll never see coming…
Intrusionis an Enemies-to-Lovers M/F Omegaverse Standalone Romance.