Book Review

#BookReview #PNR // Bond Runner by J.T. Leigh

Bond Runner

by J.T. Leigh


Having grown somewhat bored and dissatisfied with the omegaverse genre of late, frustrated by heroines whose strong will and determination crumble to nothing in the presence of their alpha, I very nearly passed this one by, particularly since it was a debut novel, and we all know how ropey those can be. I never once expected it to be a book that utterly engaged me quite in the way this one did. Nor did I suspect it would have me awake into the early hours of the morning because I just didn’t want to stop reading it.


There were just so many things I loved about this book. I loved that we got to know George by seeing her life in-depth, by seeing her with family, and by seeing her with friends. I loved that the alphas all had distinct personalities, none of which felt cliched or trite. I loved that all the characters were perfectly imperfect in ways that made them feel so truly human and normal. I loved that our alphas were as varied in nature, stature and looks as if they were heroes in a contemporary romance. I loved that although this was a world with issues, particularly the fact that finding your mate could mean current relationships were disregarded by law, it did not expect omegas to be meek and submissive. Nor was it one where alphas were in charge. I also loved that the book touched my emotions, taking me from laughter to tears AND that it had some really, really HOT sex scenes, my favourite of which involved a dirty phone call from Leon, an office desk and a pair of heels.


This is the closest to true contemporary that I’ve read in an omegaverse story, and the author blended the ABO dynamic with the present-day incredibly well. Bond Runner is a finely crafted story spanning what must be the best part of a decade of George’s life all told, though the timeline does become deliberately fuzzy/fluid towards the end so that the focus is on the meaning behind what the scene shows rather than the when of it happening. In the last couple of chapters, I loved seeing how the characters had grown and how they had grown together, as well as how relationships had developed and matured. All of this was achieved through glimpses into everyday life rather than momentous events and it felt so much more natural, believable and intimate.


There might be those who don’t like the fact that this book features what could technically be called OM drama since the heroine is in a very serious relationship with another alpha when she meets the men who are her biological mates. However, it was a vital part of the story, important in allowing us to understand George, her decisions and her emotions. Not only that but it took the book in a direction that was very different to the one usually taken.


George does meet her mates in this book, and meeting them triggers a heat. This generally is followed by the alpha(s) and omega mating, quickly bonding and it’s #gameover #togetherforever. Which I guess is fine when the setting is more fantasy/sci-fi based and can be explained away with “fate” and “biology” and “bonds”. In Bond Runner, we have a heroine who wants it to be a conscious choice, not a biological urge, to enter into a relationship. Thankfully we also have four alpha males who are happy to allow her the time to get to know them and choose them, or not, for herself. Well, Peter, Leon and Ren are happy to let her choose – I’m not sure Mikhail was quite so happy with that plan.


The closest OV I could compare this to would be Kathryn Moon‘s Sweet Omegaverse series, though this differed in the omega not automatically falling into a relationship once she met her mates. Reading this felt much more like reading an angsty contemporary romance, one where the heroine goes through trials and tribulations before finding her HEA.

Overall Rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Plot ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Characters ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ 🤍
World Building ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ 🤍
Writing ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Heat Level 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥


Omegaverse/ Paranormal Rom-Com

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60446834-bond-runner

Synopsis
In a world where alphas and omegas have only been capable of choosing their own destinies in recent decades, many couples have made families of their own without the aid of a biologically-predetermined mating bond. George was the product one such union: a doting father, a loving mother, and nothing pushing them to be together except their own choices.
After George’s happy family was broken apart by her mother’s love for a mate she was biologically drawn to, George thought she’d never let herself be so preposterous as to fall for a man like her stuffy step-father over an amazing man like her dad, mate bond or not. But when multiple biological mates catch George’s scent in a city that is increasingly proving itself to be too small for her to escape them, how long does she have before the love of her life, her fiancé, gives up on the relationship they chose for themselves without any silly biology pushing them around?

This is a polyamorous, reverse-harem steamy romance featuring non-shifter omegaverse elements and plenty of comedy. It is not suitable for readers under the age of 18.




Book Review

#BookReview #SFR // Alien Owned by Cari Silverwood

Alien Owned
Ravaged #2
by Cari Silverwood


In Warden we had orcs on a bus, in Alien Owned we are treated to orcs in a boat as well as a fast-paced, rip-roaring story with a great mix of steam, humour and adventure. Whilst this book can be read standalone I would recommend reading the aforementioned Warden, which is where we first meet both Charlotte and Kragga.

Even down here, something of her called to me…. She was omega and I had to learn to handle this.

Strange things are afoot in the universe, an unusual happenstance has resulted in the emergence of male Alpha’s (replete with bulging muscles and knobbly protrusions) along with enticingly scented Omega females. And Charlotte is to blame, though she could never have imagined that this would happen, or that some Alpha’s would become crazed, resulting in fighting, marauding, fires and destruction.


Kragga has been tasked with finding Charlotte and getting her to safety, which is exactly what she will be whilst kneeling half-naked and chained at his feet. Sort of. If it didn’t trigger every kinky button Charlotte has because it means she has no power to resist this giant green mountain of orcaciousness. I don’t blame her either, my word this male and his devious, deviant desires are enough to melt any girl’s panties. Who knew how scorching hot tentacles are? Is getting probed by an alien a kink I’m into? Why, yes, yes it is 😉.


Consider yourself warned that this book is a kinky, dub-con, smut-fest of monster alien debauchery. What’s that I hear you say? Sign you up? Yes, you would be missing out on some erotic enrichment if you don’t read this. Whilst it is a little insta-love – not that you will catch an orc using the dreaded “L” word – when you have a super-possessive, big, **nudge, nudge, wink, wink** green orc doing unspeakable things to you, all of which get your engines revving, which self-respecting heroine isn’t going to fall head-over-heels for the guy?


What can you expect if you read this book? A well written, slightly crazy but incredibly hot story that also has a decent plot, great world-building and some delightful alien kink-ery.

Overall Rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Plot ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤🤍
Characters ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
World Building ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Writing ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Heat Level 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥


Science Fiction Omegaverse Romance

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59232822-alien-owned

Synopsis
A Fated Mates Sci-fi Romance

When you’ve f**ked up the known universe it tends to ruin things.
My name is Charlotte and a big green mean machine has captured me. Okay, he’s an orc but he has spikes on his biceps, which is plain wrong. Truthfully, I had despaired of life, and he did rescue me, but this excruciating attraction we have for each other is unacceptable when he is an ORC and I am human.
Neither of us wants to give in to these animalistic desires. And I cannot tell him the consequences of my stupid revenge, but if I don’t this starship may never arrive at its destination.
When he shows me compassion as well as love, understanding instead of hate, and when he refuses to treat me like a toy to be used in bed, I am undone.

How can I tell him that I am the real monster?

This might be the last time I will ever curl up in his lap.


Get your steamy monster fix here! Contains one messy, slippery, slick-loaded, MfM monster-sharing scene.

Although these orcs drink coffee and travel on starships, they are not civilised. You can take them to the stars but you will never take the axes from their big, gnarly fists or the sexy growls from their throats.




Book Review

#BookReview #Omegaverse #PNR // The Alpha’s Salvation by Marlowe Roy

The Alpha’s Salvation
by Marlowe Roy



I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I started this book – particularly as I hadn’t read the blurb. Added in to that was that this is a debut book, and reading those is very much a win-some/lose-some situation. Thankfully this was very much the former, so much so that I was more than a little astounded by the high standard of writing and cannot wait to read more by this author. Not only was this a great story, it was a wonderful romance too.


Kess is an Omega-in-hiding which, along with slick, knotting, heats and nesting (though we don’t see the latter in this book), is almost de rigueur in OV stories. Hunter was a no-nonsense Alpha, in charge, tough and of the opinion that Omegas belong with Alphas. However he didn’t believe in making decisions for them and was willing to accept Kess was her own person. Both protagonists are immensely likeable, with flaws that only add to their appeal. Life hadn’t been kind to either one of them, and a lack of understanding leads to difficult times.


The development of their burgeoning relationship was so finely crafted, emotions were believable as were actions and reactions to situations. Both characters underwent growth, needing to let go of past hurts and reach a point where they could not only hear what the other said, but also believe in the veracity of it. Those scenes at the ocean – oh my they tore at my heart! They also convinced me beyond any doubt that this pair truly were meant for one another.


Set in a dystopian future where the world felt a little wild west and a touch Amish, with a sprinkling of tribal society thrown in for good measure. Little reminders were woven into the story to remind us that there had been technology, electricity, cars etc in the past. Kess wore pants, not a skirt and, due to having lived pre-disaster, Hunter used “baby” as an affectionate nickname. I liked how it kept the story future-dystopian rather than fantasy or alternate reality. The world building was carefully layered throughout the story, slowly revealing different facets of this new “society”. Extra points to the author for Old Tacoma, which perfectly answered the very few doubts/questions I had about the dystopian world.


The omegaverse elements are done with a very light touch by a gentle hand, so I would happily recommend this book to all romance fans, not just those who enjoy the sub-genre.



Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Dystopian PNR

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59350540-the-alpha-s-salvation

Synopsis
Kess found a haven in this remote Beta town, but it would only last if she could keep her Omega nature a secret.

Abused by Alphas, unwanted by Betas, she scraped out a quiet, lonely life and tried to heal her broken spirit. But one fateful glimpse of a grizzled Alpha ended her fragile ruse forever. Catching an Alpha’s eye was a fate she had feared… Until him.

Hunt was tired. A holdover from another time, an Alpha with no family or mate, life had little joy or warmth to offer him.

But he was still the most formidable Alpha in these parts, and a sense of duty to his men kept him moving forward. He couldn’t have known a stop-over in a small Beta village would change the course of his fate, and certainly never pictured himself with an Omega of his own… Until her.



Book Review

#BookReview #PNR #Omegaverse // The Heiress and the Orc by Finley Fenn

The Heiress and the Orc
Orc Sworn #2
by Finley Fenn

The Heiress and the Orc is an unusual mix of well-written fantasy and erotic romance. One doesn’t normally see the level of world-building, character complexity, and multi-layered plot in a book that is so sexually raw and, well, filthy! There are chunks of this book that really are NOT safe to read in a public place, delightfully erotic and so hot my kindle was in danger of combusting.


Ella’s early decisions do have the possibility of alienating some readers. Despite what she witnessed at her engagement party, as a woman Ella has no real autonomy in her society, so I empathized with her thoughts. The only way to retain all that she has left, all that holds meaning and security for her, is to marry a man of standing. So I could fully understand her seemingly “selfish” choices – would you really allow everything your father had worked for to be given to a stranger? Would you happily give up your beloved home just based on a possibility? Especially when you have been practically brainwashed for the last few years of your life into believing it is the right thing to do. Sometimes we have to allow the head to overrule the heart!


Natt was harder to pin down, mainly because the book is entirely from Ella’s viewpoint. I did feel as though I knew his core character, but clearly, he had motivations and reasons to which we were not privy. That said he was solid and consistent, there were no abrupt about turns with Natt and his adoration of Ella was impossible to miss. This is quite a long book with, at times, a meandering pace. Some of this is to allow us to discover more about the characters and as a character-driven reader that suited me well. However, for someone who is more about the plot, this could feel slow.


The author does a wonderful job of foreshadowing throughout, whilst throwing enough smoke and shadows to leave the reader shattered by a totally unexpected curveball thrown at the end of the book. Whilst I didn’t quite ugly cry, I definitely shed tears for poor Ella. Despite how betrayed she had been, despite how hurt, she didn’t sully her love for Natt by acting the woman scorned, she remained the better person, she accepted her fate and she was bloody amazing. Did Nattfar need to grovel more? I don’t believe so because he was willing to sacrifice all that he had worked so hard to gain, finally (and possibly a touch late!!!) ready to give up everything to protect Ella. So despite him having been the most selfish, manipulative piece of work I’ve ever met as a hero, I found it as easy to forgive him as Ella did. Though he definitely owed her big time!


If I could wish for one thing, it would have been to better understand the origins of the conflict between Orcs and Humans. That may have been explored more fully in Book #1 (The Lady and the Orc), however in a book marketed as standalone this kind of detail needs to be creatively woven into each story. This was definitely good enough to make me interested in reading more of the series and is perfect for those who love their romance on the very steamy side.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Fantasy Romance

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50935559-the-heiress-and-the-orc

Synopsis
Once, he was her dearest friend… but now he’s a brutal, terrifying monster.
In a world of recently warring orcs and men, Ella Riddell is determined to ignore it all. She’s the wealthiest heiress in the realm — and soon, she’s to wed a lord, and become a real lady.
Until the night her engagement-party ends in utter disaster, and Ella runs for the forest — and straight into the powerful arms of a hulking, deadly orc. And it’s not just any orc. It’s Natt. The orc Ella made a secret, foolish pledge to, many years past…
He’s huge and shameless and vicious, not at all the gangly, laughing daredevil Ella remembers. And he’s here with one shocking, scandalous aim: to wreak vengeance on Ella’s betrothed. With her. With her hunger. Her surrender. Her undoing…
Ella knows she should run, even if this deadly enemy was once a friend. Even if his scent drags up a dark, forbidden longing. Even if his kisses are the sweetest, filthiest thing she’s ever tasted in her life…
But will Ella truly risk her perfect future, for an orc? Will she face the bitter truths of the past, and brave the terrifying Orc Mountain, before more war rises to destroy them all?


A dark, angsty, full-length, friends to lovers fantasy romance. Comes after The Lady and the Orc, but also reads as a standalone. Happily ever after guaranteed.




Book Review

#BookReview #Sci-Fi // Rescuing Red by Leann Ryans and V.T. Bonds

Rescuing Red
Sci-Fi Fairytale Fusions #1
by Leann Ryans & V.T. Bonds 



At 65% and I’ve totally stalled with this book. It isn’t terrible in the same way that boiled potatoes aren’t but just like those non-descript and rather bland starchy items it just didn’t have enough flavour to hold my interest.



I found the heroine to be rather a drip, full of rash decisions and impulsive choices. In her defence she is very young and the way she was written reflected those childhood fairytale heroines. However I moved on from those stories for a reason – I’m no longer that little girl but am an adult woman.



The hero was much more to my taste, though I’ve just had to look up what his name was, which shows how forgettable the whole reading experience was. He’s called Blaide by the way – I’m surprised I did forget that because I felt the name didn’t suit him and was far to reminiscent of watching UK Gladiator’s back in the 1990’s.



For me this was pleasant but unmemorable, it just didn’t have the grit, depth or emotional impact I look for in a story. It was, for me, words on a page rather than a tale that drew me in and held me captivated.





Rating: 2 out of 5.

Fannce

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58500622-rescuing-red

Synopsis
Once Upon a Time…
In a land where grandmothers live planets away instead of on the other side of the woods, Liz finds herself in trouble.
Hindsight is twenty-twenty, but she’d risk it all again to help her Nana.
When danger catches her scent, will her knight in… fur and fury… rescue her from the beasts?
And who’s going to save Red from the Wolf?


From two International Bestselling authors comes an exciting blend of traditional tales with the wonders of science fiction, taking the stories you love and twisting them to fit brand new worlds. Although darkness lurks within the pages of our Sci-Fi Fairytale Fusions, each one boasts a Happily Ever After for our hero and his mate. These steamy romances feature the ABO dynamic, thrilling action, and intense situations.

Are you ready to find your next alien addiction?