REVIEW //\\ Auctioned Anthology

Auctioned: An Omegaverse Anthology
by Leann RyansMerel PierceV.T. BondsRaevyn LondonL.P. DillonEmma MountfordIsoellen

This is an anthology of quicker reads, ranging form short story to novella length. I have to admit that am very hard to please when reading stories of this type, as my enjoyment comes from connecting with the characters and feeling their emotions. Word count constraints can leave me with a feeling that the story could have just been so much more. So, rather than focus on what was lacking (because I WILL feel that for 99% of short reads) I’m looking for the good, highlighting the positive, since I know I won’t ever feel the same about a short story/novella as I do a novel.


Fight For Her by Raevyn London
3 stars – Liked it.

This is a pleasant, sweet read of an alpha rescuing his mate, and himself, from the slave arena. The conflict is easily resolved, but then this is a short story in an anthology, so there isn’t the time to develop a full depth story. I felt we got to know Ander’s really well, maybe more so than Kasi, both main characters were likeable and definitely had personality.
I found the authors writing voice easy to get along with, it had a nice tone and flow. The story was entertaining, easy to read and I enjoyed it – so job done.


Unexpected Gift by Leann Ryan
3.5 stars – Definitely liked it.

This was a wonderful twist on the usual Alpha-omega story. I really enjoyed this new take on the dynamic, the emotions portrayed and the integrity of Scarlett. Other than the circumstances in which they met, this is one of the most consensual omegaverse stories I have read.
It was a wonderful, warm and light tale perfect to lift the heart and left me wishing it was a full length story. I’d love to have spent more time with this couple.


The Omega Spy by VT Bonds
4 stars – Really liked it.

This is a darker omegaverse, we don’t experience too much of the non-con directly but it does occur in ‘present’ time. This is more akin to the M/f omegaverse stories many of us are more familiar with. It found this to be a really well thought through and nicely plotted story. There was enough world building to draw me in, and I felt as though I knew both characters. Given the limited ‘time’ of a short story, the author managed to pack a LOT in to this. So much so that I would LOVE to see this expanded into a full length story at some point in the future.


Eli’s Hellcat by Merel Pierce
5 stars – It was amazing.

Another really great story, this focused on three individuals, building their characters and connection to each other. The plot was strong, but pared down to allow for the emotion and depth of the story. Merel Pierce writes strong omegaverse stories, this had dark themes, though within the story itself there is nothing that would require a trigger warning.
Every word, deed and action built into knowing and understanding the characters in this story, particularly Lorin and Eli. I would have loved to have spent more time in Magda’s head – I just knew there was so much more to her story than we heard.


Alpha’s Pet by Emma Mountford
3.5 stars – Definitely liked it.

I wish this story had been a little bit longer, there was a lot of plot to get through and I just needed a little more time on them forming a bond/connection. It’s quite a poignant story and has quite an open to interpretation ending, which won’t be for some. I liked Rayne and Elland, I felt as though I got to know them as they are in the now, and the author certainly wrote a story that caught and held my attention.



Proper Behaviour by Isoellen
3 stars – Liked it.

The story of Druku and Niddie was quick and sweet, leaving me wanting to know more about their world. The pace was good and the story flowed nicely. If this was extended to a novella I could see plenty of opportunities for extra scenes that would add extra depth, more understanding and smoother continuity to the story, creating a really great read. However this is still a steamy, entertaining and nicely written story.


An Alpha for Dahlia by L.P. Dillon
3 stars – Liked it.

Dahlia and Bain’s story is very sweet and cute. The plot was really interesting and had plenty of great ideas, though some of them had to be a little rushed in order to fit it all in. This is another story that I could picture being extended into at least a novella, if not a full length story. There was an element of tell, not show, about this story, I particularly felt this more towards the end.
My preference is for emotions/feelings etc to be demonstrated through description rather than statement, one puts me in a characters head, the other feels like a script being narrated. That’s a personal preference though, and as far as characters and storylines go I did enjoy this. 

Algar-Din
Crown jewel of the Rathsima Empire. Home to the finest flesh markets in the galaxy.
To be featured in a market square auction during the Unity Festival meant only the highest class of clientele would have the opportunity to bid.
It was a reassurance that meant very little to the men, women, and aliens who were forced onto that stage and made to listen as the crowd decided how much – or little – their lives were worth.
The most one could hope for was a merciful owner.
But what if they found their mates instead?
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This fabulous group of authors has joined together to bring you an Omegaverse/Sci-Fi crossover anthology filled to the brim with all the dark and naughty fun you’ve come to expect from these genres. All kinds of unique relationships between dynamics can be found within, as well as a variety of orientations.
One thing they all have in common?
That Alpha growl.
Join Leann Ryans, Merel Pierce, Raevyn London, Isoellen, L.P. Dillon, Emma Mountford, and V.T. Bonds for a sexy ride through the lives of the men, women, and aliens who pass through the Rathsima Flesh Markets – But don’t wait too long, this anthology is only available until July of 2020!
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This book is set in a world where criminal and questionable behavior is prevalent. There will be strong language, violence, and the occasional scene of assault that may trigger some readers. You may cringe, you may cry, you may rage, but if you can bear to fight through that darkness, HEA’s (for most) wait for you on the other side. PROCEED WITH CAUTION.You have been warned. 

RAIDER’S BOUNTY

RAIDER’S BOUNTY by Leann Ryans

A story that captures your heart, just as Raider captures his Lyric

Raider’s Bounty is set in a ‘middle-ages’ type world, similar in feel to some Viking romances and a little like Lee Savino’s Beserker world, but definitely something of the author’s own creation. Whilst the world building wasn’t massively detailed it also wasn’t really necessary, as this is a story that focuses very much on the two main protagonists. What we do get is a well written, entertaining and nicely paced love story.

Lyric is an omega and Raider is not only an alpha but the leader of his tribe. The tribe who attack Lyric’s village, leaving death and destruction in their wake and capturing a handful of female omegas.  Leann Ryans writes a more gentle alpha-omega dynamic, one where omegas are not repressed and alpha’s to do not have the right to subjugate them. This doesn’t take anything away from the book but does offer an alternative for those who don’t always want, or enjoy, a darker read.

Over the course of the book not only do you get to know both main characters, but I found myself really connecting with them both and believing in their feelings for one another. It’s actually quite a slow burn book, with only a couple of steamy scenes (and they are VERY steamy). I was caught up in enjoying the story that I didn’t even miss them!


This is an ideal book for those who love a ‘captive romance’ but don’t enjoy dubious/non-consent.

AMAZON US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VRMRJBX/

AMAZON UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07VRMRJBX/

GOODREADS – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47301958-raider-s-bounty

BLURB

When Lyric’s quiet life is shattered by a group of alpha warriors attacking her village, she thinks her worse fears are going to come true. When an omega is captured by an alpha, there’s little question about what is going to happen to her, but is this life any worse than the one her father had planned for her? Will she have a chance of being treated like a person and, maybe, find happiness?

This is a Barbarian Omegaverse Romance with mature themes meant for an adult audience. This book is a standalone with a HEA.

HIRED FOR HEAT by Leann Ryans

4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A very different take on the omegaverse world

A lot of the M/f omegaverse stories out there are quite dark, but not this one. In Hired for Heat Leann Ryans has put a whole new twist on the dynamic by writing a world where the Beta’s are pretty much in charge and Alpha’s are segregated from the rest of society. I very much enjoyed the world building in this story and can’t wait to discover what journey the author will take us on. I’m already looking forward to reading more books set in this world.

Sandra is a successful businesswoman who has refused to let her omega dynamic hold her back or restrict her life. Curiosity leads her to using the services of an Alpha-for-hire facility during her next heat. It’s at the facility that she meets Austin, an alpha resigned to his fate of never being free. His hopes are to make some good memories before he spends the rest of his life in one of the Alpha Camps. Things don’t go quite as planned, leaving Sandra and Austin fighting for the chance to be together. 

Both characters are very easy to like, they share an amazing chemistry and you can feel their emotions. I totally felt their pain at being separated, the almost physical agony this caused them was so well portrayed. The pace of the story is perfect, the plot moves along with enough speed to maintain your interest and I soon found myself caught up in the wonderful story line. Between wondering what would happen next, fearing for a HEA and perplexed as to how Sandra and Austin would even find their way back to each other I just couldn’t read this story quickly enough.

This book is perfect for those who enjoy omegaverse stories, with their different dynamics, omega heats and alpha knots, but who are not so much into it being dark. It’s also one that I’m happy to recommend.

AMAZON US / AMAZON UK / GOODREADS


Blurb
***This is an Omegaverse story set in an Alternate Universe similar to ours***

When Alphas are considered a menace to society and are relegated to living in Alpha-camps, they can only hold specific jobs, and being a stud is the best one. 

Being an omega in a society without Alphas roaming free, the only way to have one tend you during your heat is to hire them.

Safeguards are in place to prevent pregnancy and bonding when an Alpha is Hired for Heat, but what happens when one of those fail?

Hired for Heat is a stand-alone story meant for a mature audience. 

Winning His Omega – Leann Ryans

If you haven’t read the genre before, in a nutshell, Omegaverse is a world that developed on fanfic sites such as AO3. It has a wolf like dynamic with alpha’s (the men and women in charge), beta’s (general population) and omega’s (very attractive to alpha’s and the only ones that alpha’s can reproduce with). These are NOT shifter books, instead they are more like humans but the omega has heats and individuals can be identified as alpha, beta or omega by their scent. Alpha males usually produce a ‘knot’ at the base of their penis, which ties them to the female (usually an omega) during sex. Many books in the genre are quite dark, with alphas forcing themselves on omegas, regardless of what the omega wants.


My Review – 4.5 Stars

Winning His Omega is one action packed and steaming hot sci-fi romance. Whilst set in an omegaverse world, the stories are not as dark as many of the genre. This makes them ideal to those who want an M/F read but don’t like the violence and dubious consent typical of this setting. Even if you do like those darker reads (which I happily admit I do), this is still a well written and very entertaining read. It can be read stand alone, the author has written quite a detail prologue to catch you up on the small amount of backstory you need to know. For me it was perhaps a little too much detail, but then I’ve read all three books. If I was new to the series I might not agree with myself! It’s also only a few pages really, and you’re never going to please everyone all of the time.




I really like the different dynamic in these books. Whilst omegas are still sort after and not necessarily safe from less scrupulous alphas, they are afforded more respect by most. Red is a wonderfully feisty heroine, as fiery as her hair colour and determined to make her own way in the world. Life would be wonderful if it wasn’t for the ever glowering and slightly annoying alpha, Rainor.

Our hero appears in a few scenes in book #1, The Omega Prize, that appearance isn’t really linked to this story but it did leave me with an idea of his character. I have to say I really quite liked Rainor. He’s a pretty decent guy and with his tattoo-like draka and beard he’s a very sexy one too.

The real adventure begins when they find themselves alone on a spaceship and attacked by pirates. They have to put aside their animosity and work together if they are to escape. I loved how the story unfolded from here. My attention was held throughout, the pace was really good, the writing flowed really smoothly and we were treated to some very steamy encounters too. This is definitely my favourite book of the series so far.

Blurb

Red is a strong-willed omega who isn’t afraid to be herself and doesn’t want anyone’s charity or protection. 

Rainor was a playboy who’s feeling the urge to settle down and something about Red keeps drawing him. He can’t resist scaring off any male that gets close to her. If he cant have her, no one can.

When the ship they’re on gets hijacked by pirates, they have to rely on each other to win control of it back. Will it finally break the stalemate between them?

This is Book 3 in the Sci-fi Omegaverse series, The Legion Omegas. This book does not end on a cliffhanger and can be read as a standalone, though it will make more sense if read after Book 2, Saving the Omegas. This book has mature content and is intended for an adult audience.

Purchase Link –
https://books2read.com/u/3JJqdE

Ratings

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.

Saving the Omega’s – Leann Ryans

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Wow, SAVING THE OMEGAS is an exciting fusion of omegaverse, romantic suspense, sci-fi and erotica.

We first met Karn in The Omega Prize and, whilst this is a stand alone book, I personally believe reading that first would increase your enjoyment of this story. (Especially as there are several cross-over characters in both books). However, as already said, this is a complete story so there is no having to get the next book to continue the tale – which is a huge bonus for those who don’t care for cliff-hangers.

Leann Ryans really has given her own spin to the omegaverse genre and created a series of books that easy to read, fun and very sexy. The more I read, the more I found myself being drawn into the story. Karn and Adaria are both wonderfully written characters, with all those qualities I love in a hero and heroine. Karn is alpha, protective and caring without being too arrogant, whilst Adaria is feisty, strong and determined without being whiny or bitchy.

Plenty of sub-plots and side characters give the story plenty of depth and really enrich the reading experience. This is only the authors second book but already I could see how her technique and skill is growing. I enjoyed book #1 and this one is even better – I can’t wait for Red and Rainor’s story.

You’ll have to read this one to know who they are but it’s already shaping up to be a fantastic read.


Blurb


Karn has already had a chance to win an omega, but he wasn’t interested. With what he did, an omega would just get in his way. He didn’t have the time to coddle some spoiled brat that would just distract him. He had a job to do.

Adaria was hired to find the omegas that had been taken by Largo’s men and free them. Raised by a master thief, she has skills most would never expect an omega to have. She doesn’t need an Alpha to save her, but she may need his help to stop the kidnapping for good. 

This is a Sci-Fi Omegaverse story. Saving the Omegas is Book 2 in The Legion Omegas series. This book does not have a cliffhanger and can be read as a standalone, but will make more sense if read in order.

This book has mature language and themes and is not intended for anyone under the age of 18. 


Book 1 – The Omega Prize – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NTTCZPH/

Book 2 – Saving The Omegas – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PN1B913



Ratings

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.