Favourite Reads of 2019 – Part Two

So yesterday I revealed the more ‘real life’ favourite books of 2019, even if that real life was firmly fictional. Today I’m showcasing my favourite books from those worlds that definitely could only exist inside a writers ingenious mind. The sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal and omegaverse worlds where the ‘normal’ rules don’t apply and pretty much anything goes. They all still fall into the romance genre, because I love me some smut, but I still see them as different and distinct categories.

Sci-Fi Romance


1. Delirium by Myra Danvers.
Iris is hands down my favourite heroine of all times. I may want to marry her, I definitely want to have her children. Sadly Myra Danvers has also struggled with writing, and life, of late, so we are still awaiting the next book in the series. However I remember the days of only knowing my favourite author had released the next book in a series when I found it in the local book shop. I’m happy to wait, and should there never be any more Iris I would still recommend this book because it is simply that good.

Read my review.


2. Deliverance and Her Dark Legion by Pippa DaCosta.
OK, so I’m cheating a lot little here, but I love both of these books for hugely different reasons and can’t even fit a cigarette paper between to separate the pair of them. Deliverance is a much awaited instalment of the 1000 Revolutions series. I totally love Caleb and One and was sooooo happy to catch up with them a little more. I wouldn’t like to say if you could read this stand alone, since I have read the rest of the books, but it was a complete segment of a story, so it’s a possibility.
Her Dark Legion was the final book in the Messenger Chronicles and you definitely need to have read the previous 4 books. This is high on my list of All Time Favourite Series’ Ever, possibly only pipped by the series written under the authors other pen name, Ariana Nash.
Her writing is phenomenal and both books are brim full of feels, have amazing characters and outstanding world building.

My reviews are here and here.


3. Virgin Tribute by Delta James.

Set in a dystopian future this is a dark tale that contains dubious consent and non-consensual power exchanges. It left me speechless and hungering for more, much more, of this world. Especially since Drake had a barbed phallus…. oh the possibilities!
This is another book that could have easily fitted into the Dark catagory, but since I was already having trouble slimming that one down the decision to place it here was an easy one to make.

My review.



Paranormal Romance


1. Happily Ever Crowned by Lexi C Foss and Anna Edwards.

“Wow. Dark, powerful, gut-wrenching, twisted, steamy and amazing. “
Lexi C Foss has the golden touch as far as I am concerned. I can’t believe I only discovered her work this year but am massively grateful that I did. Her writing holds my attention from the first line to the last, and fills me so full of feels like you wouldn’t believe.
It is subtitled as book 1 of a series and I for one can’t wait to join in with more adventures.

Review.


2. Mesmer (and the Dark Hearts Series) by Cari Silverwood.

Whilst Mesmer is a stand alone read, to fully understand and appreciate the story I would recommend having read the super dark, super amazing Dark Hearts series first. It contains a lot of world building that enhances the story in this book.
Mesmers are a group of men who can mind control susceptible women, turning them into sex (or I guess any other kind of) slave. Sadly the mesmer gene, or the power it conveys, causes most of these men to travel down the wrong path. It’s a pretty dark read (co-written by Jennifer Bene what else can you expect?), with lots of boundary pushing kink to boot.
Cari has a unique writing voice, it actually takes on its own character, Greta, in this book and is what makes her my favourite current author.

Review of Mesmer.


3. Sin & Magic by KF Breene.

Actually I should be listing this under it’s series title of Demigod of San Francisco, since the books need to be read in chronological order. Written by the the amazingly talented KF Breene, this is only one of dozens of her must read books. The word awesome was invented to describe this lady and I recommend ALL her work to you.

My review for particular book is here.


Fantasy Romance


1. Silk & Steel Series by Ariana Nash.

Ariana Nash is the brand new MM, steamier version of the author Pippa DaCosta. In the Silk & Steel series she has created a world of dragon shifters, elves and humans. It’s a dark read, very dark and all trigger warnings should be seriously heeded. The romance between natural enemies Lysander (a dragon shifter prince) and Eroan (an elf charged with destroying dragons) develops slowly over the course of the trilogy. And with all great stories the course of true love never does run smooth.
Some reviews talk about plot holes and inconsistent details, however if those reviewers had read books 1-3, they would have found that those questions were answered at some point.

My reviews
Sealed with a Kiss (Book 0.5)
Silk & Steel (Book 1)
Iron & Fire (Book 2)
Blood & Ice (Book 3)
Lost & Found (Book 3.5)
The Black Prince (Book 4)


2. Last Titan Series by Myra Danvers.

An absolutely amazing new author sprang onto the scene this year, though she’s been on literotica for quite a while. I’ve already featured her sci-fi romance, Delirium, but such is my admiration for this author, and her work, that I’m also featuring her fantasy romance series.
Ravenous Innocence, Insatiable Corruption and Lavish Destruction are the first three books of the series. I’m still not Asher’s biggest fan, but I’m slowly being persuaded by Ms Danvers that he deserves his chance with Mila, even if he has taken her power and bound her to him. The balance of power however was slowly shifting to her direction and I am eagerly awaiting more books in the series. Particularly since the writing is so amazing.

Ravenous Innocence, Insatiable Corruption and Lavish Destruction.


3. Condemned by Cari Silverwood.

I do believe that I’ve already mentioned this author is my favourite. Her writing just speaks to me on a level that many others don’t. She’s like a super kinky version of Terry Pratchett, always pushing boundaries but usually making me giggle along the way.
Condemned was one of two books written she published via Stormy Nights, which meant a toning down of the darker elements she usually includes. It’s a RH kink-fest and one of the few stand alone books where the males have distinct characteristics and there is also a well developed plot. Not only did she includes the prerequisite cute and quirky bot in this story (a mouse), but her heroine is half Mauleon, a genetically-engineered leonine type species. And that right there is a huge pointer to Ms Silverwoods off-beat humour right there – the cat relying on and caring for the mouse. Oh and did I mention there are winged horses that “hop-fly”?

Review for Condemned




The final category is Omegaverse, which as been hugely popular within the MM realm, but has seen a huge growth in both the MF and dark romance tropes.

Omegaverse Romance


1. Broken by Eva Dresden.

I think this is one of the best debut novels I have ever read. It’s very dark and is part of the as yet unfinished Omega’s Destruction series. Ms Dresden really does put her heroine, Quinn, through the wringer. I’m surprised she can still function after all that she has endured!
Eva’s writing has a somewhat poetic feel to it, things are often suggested or implied rather than always being blatantly and very obviously told/shown. It provides a breath of fresh air and makes this very much a must-read series. The book does end on a cliff-hanger and whilst book 2 is available (and a highly recommended read too), the final book of the series is currently still in production.

Review.


2. December (Sacred Omegas #1) by Merel Pierce.

Blending Omegaverse with a slightly dystopian feeling organised crime/mafia romance gave this book a VERY unique feel. It took me by surprise with how dark it got, things were trotting along quite nicely and then BAM! it veered straight into darksville. This book is certainly not all sweetness and light, although the acts are not perpetrated by the hero. He is a more than a bit of an alpha-hole at first, but he does treat her with respect and I found myself caring deeply for both December and Nikolai.

Review.


3. Primal Possession by Tabitha Black.

This is the very last book I’m highlighting from 2019 but it is by no means in last place in any other respect. I started of hating the hero of this book, but by the end was totally besotted by him. The author wrote a very convincing story that definitely had it’s own feel and carved it’s own spot within the omegaverse world.
It’s the first book in an interconnected series of stand alones and I’m looking forward to Ms Black releasing more of them.

Review.

HIS WILLING OMEGA #1

Yes, Alpha (His Willing Omega, #1)
by Merel Pierce



Not just Yes, Alpha, but yes please and thank you very much Alpha!

This is a short read that managed to provide some great world building alongside making me fall in love with both Daniel and Meghan. Whilst Daniel is all alpha and Meghan an omega, this is not the dark omegaverse worlds we are more familiar with. Instead this is a BDSM story, heavy on the consent, lighter on the kink and chock full of heat. I adored this opening episode, which could in theory be read as a standalone, since it ends on a HFN note. However once you’ve experienced the sheer smexiness that is Daniel, and the beautiful soul that is Meghan you will not only want, but will also need, to follow their story until the end.

Meghan is a total newbie to the scene, so I felt that Daniel’s insistence on taking things slowly was perfect. I just know that the heat level will increase ten-fold in the next book, and Daniel will push Meghan to the very edges of her limits. I don’t want to spoil anything but there is a beautiful example of not only how consensual all activities are, but the depth of caring that Daniel showed to the relatively inexperienced Meghan, towards the end of the book. When you get to the piece of black fabric you’ll know what I mean. To my mind this was perfect, allowing Meghan to build trust with a man who was still relatively a stranger to her.

The book is written third person and, even though view points change fairly often, I never struggled with knowing which character I was following. Best of all the dual point of view really allowed me to get a feel of both characters, seeing the desperate loneliness of an isolated and misunderstood omega and the dominant but deeply caring nature of the alpha who was called by her. I just hope Merel Pierce cracks on with writing the next book as I already have a Daniel and Meghan shaped hole in my heart.





Meghan

I don’t belong here.
A BDSM club isn’t a safe place for an unattached Omega.
I should know better, but I can’t help myself.
He’s just too perfect an Alpha to resist.

*
Daniel

She’s so sweet and vulnerable,
I can hardly stand it.
She needs a real Alpha to show her how it’s meant to be.
She may not wear my mark,
but she’ll wear my collar.


***His Willing Omega is a novella length Omegaverse/BDSM romance. It is a work of fiction meant for adults. While the relationship between the main characters is consensual, it will contain aspects of power exchange. If you are uncomfortable with this trope, please consider whether or not this book is right for you.***




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.

THE SACRED OMEGAS: DECEMBER by Merel Pierce

5 shining gold stars for this debut novel
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

This is one amazing debut novel.

Calling all M/f omegaverse lovers!  The Sacred Omegas – December is an absolutely fantastic story and one you really should read. The majority of the plot is set within a small number of rooms/buildings, so we don’t get to experience much of the outside world. However some very good world building at the start of the story helped set the scene, along with conversations, memories and the dynamic between characters. 


I found the mafia/omegaverse blend to be both intriguing and captivating, the two aspects worked really well together. Along with both of these was a lots of steam and an excellent romantic suspense element. These all wove together to produce a well written and engaging story, one that easily held my attention both with it’s interesting plot as well as it’s good pace.


December and Nikolai totally made this book work for me. I loved both characters; December with her strength, fortitude and tenacity and Nikolai with his dominance, perseverance and tenderness. Whilst Nikolai is not a man to be trifled with, and though he made some mistakes with December at first, he was an alpha hero in every sense of the word. In general he treated December with respect, displaying a level of empathy not always found in his dynamic. 


December experiences some harrowing times during this book, just be aware that there are potential triggers around sexual assault. However these scenes involve secondary characters, rather than the hero, so whilst this is a dark romance it isn’t at the very blackest end of the spectrum. I have to admit that I had been lulled into a false sense of security, given Nikolai’s almost gentle treatment of December, so these passages really did knock me sideways. What further impressed me was the very genuine feelings that plagued December afterwards. She wasn’t miraculously ‘cured’ nor was she gagging for her alpha within minutes of being rescued. The lasting effects of her trauma and her responses to them felt very real.



The connection between Nikolai and December was very convincingly portrayed. The passion between them was incredibly hot but, more than that, I believed in their emotions too. It was only too easy to accept their feelings for one another.


*** Whilst this followed the general ‘rules’ of omegaverse works, it still had a fresh and fairly unique feel to it too. If you’re unfamiliar with the world, this book reads very much like a contemporary romance, but where the alpha and omega release pheromones that the other can scent. The omega will have heats and produce slick (lubrication) in response to growls from the alpha male. The alpha male produces a knot at the base of his penis, much like dogs and wolves do, that ties him to the omega. They DO NOT ‘shift’ or change into wolves/animals, they are more like modified humans.

AMAZON US / AMAZON UK / GOODREADS

BLURB

In a desperate bid to find relief from a mysterious illness, December steals from the most dangerous crime syndicate in the city. Her botched burglary attempt leaves her at the mercy of the Bratva and its leader Nikolai Petrovski, and after an incident with one of his men lands her in the hospital, the horrible truth is revealed.

Nikolai wants to punish the tiny female who wreaked havoc in his holding pens, but after catching the scent of the girl his enforcer almost strangled to death, instinct prompts him to alter his course. When doctors confirm what was believed to be a sickly beta woman is actually a chemically sterilized omega, a plan to secure himself an heir becomes his first priority.

When December awakes, it is Nikolai himself who breaks the devastating news. The faulty device that the state implanted in her when it deemed her unworthy of breeding has been removed, and she will soon experience her first true heat as an omega. December owed a debt, and she’d pay with her body, or her life.

But what would happen when the alpha Nikolai discovered just how valuable a prize he’d caught? Would he honor the terms of their arrangement once he realized she was one of “The Sacred Omegas”?


-“Ms. Pierce has made her own niche in this genre. This story made me feel everything. I wanted to throw something, cry, laugh and claim my hubby throughout the story. Sometimes at the same time. “

Goodreads reviewer. 

-“I loved this mafia-meets-omegaverse romance, and I enjoyed the blend of fantasy and Bratva worlds. It was complex, with a lot of characters all having a part to play in this action-packed book.”

Goodreads reviewer


This is a Dark Omegaverse Fantasy Novel. Omegaverse often features themes of noncon, dubcon, power exchange, and more. If you enjoy these tropes, please continue. If you don’t, this book may not be for you. 



*****WARNING*****
This book is set in a world where criminal regimes reign. There will be strong language, violence, and scenes of assault that may trigger some readers. You may cringe, you may cry, you may rage, but I promise, if you can bear to fight through that darkness, light and a HEA wait for you on the other side. PROCEED WITH CAUTION. You have been warned.