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.
Plot ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Characters ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ 🤍
World Building ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ 🤍
Writing ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Heat Level 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥
Omegaverse/ Paranormal Rom-Com
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60446834-bond-runner
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.