Omega Awakening (The Controllers, #0.5) by L.V. Lane
This is definitely my favourite book by L.V. Lane that I’ve read so far. Even though it has slight Cinderella themes cleverly woven throughout, this didn’t have a frivolous or fantasy feel to it. Verity and Woodrow were both wonderful characters who I quickly fell in love with. Despite Woodrow’s skewing of the odds, his conditioning of Verity, the depth and purity of his feelings for her were unquestionable, making it easy to forgive this domineering Alpha.
The recurring theme of lessons, along with being broken to produce something stronger, gave this story a richness and depth that simply wowed me. It skirted the line of dubious consent in that Woodrow manipulated Verity’s reactions at times. However there was no malicious intent to harm her in any way, indeed no-one could doubt how much he actually cared for her.
My attention was quickly caught and then easily held throughout reading this story, with a plot that was both challenging and full of unexpected events. The prose flows smoothly, leading to an effortless read, whilst the characters are engaging and interesting – even the disagreeable ones! I was actually quite sad to reach the end of the book just because of how invested I felt in this pair and their love for one another. I already own the next three books and will be bumping them up my TBR stat.
Synopsis Omega Awakening, a dark Cinderella Omegaverse romance… All things must end. I learned that lesson the day my mother died. My step-mother was wicked. My step-sister, spiteful. It was a relief when I revealed as an Omega because it was a chance to escape. But it wasn’t the end of my troubles. What happens to Omegas is a secret. And my troubles had just begun. “I can save you from one monster, Verity,” Lilly had said when she accepted me into the program. “But I cannot save you from them all.” True to her word, she saved me from my step-mother. Then Woodrow entered my life. And I realized he was the other monster Lilly had warned me about.
Ravaged (Mate for the Alien Master, #2) by L.V. Lane
Ravaged is a light hearted, fast-paced, steamy and fun story which I thoroughly enjoyed. I read this not expecting any great depth or huge complexity of plot, so was able to just indulge myself in a hot and well written alien romance. I haven’t read book #1 and was able to enjoy, follow and understand this one. I do now want to go back and read the first book now!
Quin and Harper are great characters, though I would have liked to see more of Quin and learn more of his background. However, despite the “relationship” between them feeling rather hurried, the author did still convince me of the depth of their connection and feelings for one another.
I would have been good to have had more of Quin and Harper together, rather than mostly dream based encounters. However I knew I was reading a novella, which always involves a compromise, and that it wasn’t going to be able to explore the story in huge depth. So it would be unfair to judge a novella on those properties that make it a novella. Definitely recommended if you want a fun, steamy and quick read.
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.
Reviews on Goodreads mentioned the book having lots of typos/grammatical errors, perhaps the book has been updated because I didn’t notice them. What I did notice is that the author is British, as am I, so it might just be that she wrote using our grammar, wordage and spelling. All I can say is “Suck it up buttercup” because we have to mentally translate all those books written to suit the American market. 😂
I found this to be a really fun, light read, very low on angst between the main protagonists but with a nice amount of peril thrown in to add enough interest. It was an “easy” read, one that doesn’t feel like an effort or need a lot of brain power but one that entertains nevertheless.
The male characters were clearly distinct from one another and had defined personalities, which many authors fail to achieve in stand alone RH stories. The story arc involving the Blighten needed just a bit more fleshing out and progressing a little further. There needed to be just a few more mentions and the slow drip feeding of more details so that by the end I was invested in that part of the story line.
The time spent building the male characters and developing each individual relationship with Belle did feel like it came somewhat at the expense of plot development. We seemed to spend a lot of time at Belle’s cottage, with the journey to her new home feeling rushed. Moving some of that character building so that it took place during the journey, would have made the book feel more balanced to me. That said, I did like how the Silas and his brothers gently led Belle into her first heat rather than just forcing her into anything and that did require a slower pace.
Belle really amused me, even if she was occasionally stroppy and frequently bratty, and almost just for the sake of it. There were times when I was cheering her on with this – especially when she was thwarting the brothers’ attempts at disciplining or controlling her. In fact I loved that wilful and belligerent streak, it was fun to see Silas, Nate, Dax and Bram realise that they might own her body, heart and soul but they would never truly control her.
Personally I would disagree with the view of others that there is no/little world building in the book. It isn’t the most complex and layered one, but there is a distinct feel to the society/world in which the books is set along with what life is like. It is omegaverse and as such there are innate rules and expectations, just as there are for an MC or mafia book. I wouldn’t expect any of those tropes to explain the rules/expectations in great detail to me.
I did find myself believing in the connection between Belle and her men. Did it feel rushed? At times yes, but a good deal of that is part of the alpha/omega bonding dynamic rather than poor writing. The bite and resulting bond opens up an emotional connection and that aspect was very nicely portrayed throughout the story. I would definitely read more work by this author.
I am prey. This is not pity talking, this is an acknowledgment of a fact. I am small and weak; I am an Omega. I am a prize that men war over. For a year I have hidden in the distant corner of the Empire. But I am running out of food, and I am running out of options. That I must leave soon is not a decision for today, though, but a decision for tomorrow. Only tomorrow’s choices never come. For tonight brings strangers who remind me that I am prey.
Publisher’s Note: Prey is a fantasy reverse harem omegaverse with three stern Alphas, an Alpha wolf-shifter, and a stubborn Omega prey. It includes smoking hot sexual situations, spankings, and domestic discipline.
Oh my word, the TBR. That ever growing list that would take four lifetimes to ever get through. I have tried cutting right back on arc reading commitments this year in an attempt to reduce the huge backlog of books that are not only on my TBR list but are also sitting on my ereader. Books that I have paid good money for, books by authors I love, books that *may* just have been sitting on my kindle for 2, 3 or more years. Yes I am hanging my head in shame.
I have made a very, very small dent in that pile, along with clearing a huge swathe of freebie books that I’m probably never going to pick up and read. Lets face it if I downloaded it back in July of 2017 and I still haven’t read the first few lines, I’m highly unlikely to ever do so.
Sometimes I feel like I can barely keep up with the new books released by the authors I read regularly, and for most of them I’m still attempting to catch up on their back list. Then I have friends who keep recommending new books and new authors to me. Are they trying to break me? It makes me wonder just how much of a friend they are when they are gleefully adding to my TBR mountain. Though I have found some amazing reads via these recommendations so I really shouldn’t complain.
Today’s “lets join in some fun” meme is #SixForSunday, hosted by A Little But a Lot. Each week a topic is posted, this weeks is to highlight 6 recent additions to my TBR list. Maybe it will inspire me to clear the list a little, either by reading them or encouraging me to remove them completely!
This cover was enough to sell me on the book, along with the fact that it’s a fairy tale retelling. It was easy to decide on adding this since I already own a few of this series, those are currently languishing on my owned-and-must-read TBR list. A list that keeps getting bigger and bigger but which I have finally started to chisel away at. I feel quite proud that I’ve read a good 6 or 7 books from it so far this year, though at that rate it will be a century or two before it’s totally cleared. Hmm, must try harder.
If you’re unfamiliar with the genre, Omegaverse is a society based on the three dynamics that exist. Alpha’s are the dominants of the society, strong, fierce, aggressive. Beta’s are the workers, sometimes referred to as drones, the ones most similar to humans. Omega’s are physically weak but are the only ones able to breed with Alphas and accept the male’s knot. Most books in the genre were with MM pregnancy stories (not my cup of tea) or dark, dubious to non-consent M/f dystopian style stories, to which I say “Yes, please”. However the genre now spans all shades from light and airy through to dark and depraved, from settings that feel contemporary through to sci-fi settings, which is where The Controllers series comes in.
Omega Awakening, a dark Cinderella Omegaverse romance… All things must end. I learned that lesson the day my mother died. My step-mother was wicked. My step-sister, spiteful. It was a relief when I revealed as an Omega because it was a chance to escape. But it wasn’t the end of my troubles. What happens to Omegas is a secret. And my troubles had just begun. “I can save you from one monster, Verity,” Lilly had said when she accepted me into the program. “But I cannot save you from them all.” True to her word, she saved me from my step-mother. Then Woodrow entered my life. And I realized he was the other monster Lilly had warned me about.
My eye was caught by a review of this, by a friend, on Goodreads. It’s not a book that would have normally caught my eye but Meggie’s summation of the book, really captured my attention and had me one-clicking before I knew it. At 99p it didn’t seem to big a risk either.
From the author of Daisy Jones & The Six—an entrancing novel “that speaks to the Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor in us all” (Kirkus Reviews), in which a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.
Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jump start her career. Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
Recommended by the same friend as the previous book, this appealed due to her enthusiasm for how the book focused on female friendship. It clearly passes the Bechdel test and, judging by the number of reviews on Goodreads, is a very well known/popular author, though I’ve not heard of them before.
Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies . . .
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.
After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.
Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever . .
Who can resist a book with the subtitle of Big Bad Bunnies? Golden Angel is a nerdy, Harry Potter loving, cos-play fan so you can imagine how quirky and irreverent her humour is. I’ve read many of this authors more contemporary work, and some darker work, written under the pen name of Sinistre Ange.
Sometimes all a lion shifter wants is a snuggly bunny to cuddle. And Kasim has been stalking his very kissable prey with the patience of a true hunter. But as the perfect moment to pounce arrives, life throws some obstacles in Kasim’s path and his hopes for something more with a certain some-bunny are dashed quite possibly forever.
The last of her siblings to find a partner, bunny shifter Bailey Bunson has been waiting for her fated mate. But when her dream of predestined love is ripped from her grasp, Bailey fears she’ll never know her own happily-ever-after. That is, until she realizes the unassuming lion shifter who’s been by her side might not be her fated mate, but is everything she’s ever wanted. Will it be too late for Bailey and Kasim?
Another recommendation by a Goodreads friend, this ticks so many of my boxes that it just HAD to go on my TBR list. Nora Ash is one of the more widely known names from the world of indie publishing. A world where the books are every bit as good, if not even better, than more traditionally published stories.
Two mortal enemies rule this city – and I belong to them both
I once fawned at the supernatural beings in our city. I marveled at their powers and praised them for saving us from murderers, rapists and arsonists. Then I met him. The city’s most prominent superhuman. Its favored hero. He saved my life. And then… then he marked me as his pet and taught me that in St. Anthony, there are no such things as heroes. But with his claim, he caught the attention of everything that is dark and twisted in this city. Their eyes are on me now, and one of them will stop at nothing to take what belongs to his enemy. Especially me.
No human woman can survive two powerful beings using her body as their battleground, but my city is doomed, corruption eating away at its very core. If I want to save it, I’ll have to submit to both the men determined to own me. Breed me.
The final book recently added to my TBR is different from the rest in two ways. First of all it hasn’t actually been released yet, and secondly I’ve been involved in beta reading the book. This is a gaslight paranormal tale, with some darker elements scattered throughout. There is just something so delicious about a good man who occasionally looses control of the dark and deviant side brought out by exposure to malignant energy. That his victim in this, the wonderfully kinky Willa Moriarty, quietly enjoys his debauched demands only adds to the fun.
What if the storybook hero becomes the villain? She is my arch enemy’s niece. I am an arrogant, controlling bastard, an excellent detective, and women are turning up dead and bound, with strange marks on their bodies. This is the least appropriate time for me to fall in lust with the enemy. Obsession is the sign of a man who is losing control.
Be punctual for this appointment, Miss Moriarty.
I have things I need to do. Filthy, perverted things.