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.
Age 18+, dubious consent, violence, abuse.
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54876341-desperate
The cost of desperation is steep.
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.