Leann Ryans-Hired to Protect

Leann has just come out with her newest Omegaverse story, Hired to Protect. This is the second book in the Hired series. It can totally be read as a standalone. The couple from the first book is mentioned, but they don’t make an appearance, so if you didn’t read it, you aren’t going to be lost.

So, here’s the story, Penny is our plucky Omega heroine. She has an asshole ex who has been stalking her. He’s a Beta, but he thinks he’s all that and a bag of chips, when really he’s none of that with a tiny dick. That doesn’t stop him from trying to act like an Alpha and trying to possess Penny, even though she has told him no, broken up with him, and moved. He found her and tried to kidnap her, which prompted her to go to the Force, AKA the cops, who were less than helpful, and suggested she get a bodyguard, so to The Haven she went.

Ethan is the Alpha in charge of security at The Haven. When he gets into the director’s office, he sees this beautiful young woman, who makes him feel things. When he finds out that she needs a bodyguard, he knows it has to be him, but he can’t make it look too  much like he’s trying to be the only person he puts forward, so he’s very careful to show his reasoning as to why he should be her bodyguard, which works, but I’m here to tell you, he didn’t fool the director one bitty bit. LOL.

So, I still really like the way that Leann put together this world. It’s kind of reversed to how it usually is, because as the Alphas are locked away because they are “dangerous”. In fact, for an Alpha to be out in the world, he has to be bonded to someone with documentation, or the person he is with has to have a permit to have the Alpha with them. How horrible would it be to live like that? As soon as you present as an Alpha, you are pulled away from your family, locked in a camp, given very few choices, and are never free again. That’s just terrible.

And even though it’s an O-verse book, it’s very realistic in some things. Like when the police basically do sweet fuckall when it comes to Penelope and her stalker. I totally understand all the thinking behind the cops and stalkers/domestic violence, but it makes me mad because something really bad has to happen before anything can happen. That’s made really clear in this book. Honestly, Penny was lucky that she could get Ethan to help her. Who knows what would happen if she hadn’t been able to.

While you are reading this, see if you can find the names of the books that Penny happens to have in her house. I LOLed when I saw them, because, well yeah. I love Easter eggs like that. I have to admit to having a particular fondness for the diner owner’s name too. Yay!

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I love the director at The Haven. She is definitely on the side of angels, I think.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check out all of Leann’s books! Happy reading!

Sara Fields-Fever

Fever is the last book in Sara’s Omegaverse series, the Omegaborn. This series followed three incredibly strong Omegas, but none as strong as Nikki. I don’t think anything that happened in this book could’ve happened without Nikki, because it needed someone her strength and grit to drive it.

So, after the events in Triss’ book, where the Omegas broke out of the sanctuary, the city has taken all of the Omegas that showed up during that whole episode and shoved them into the already terrible sanctuary. There already wasn’t enough support or infrastructure in place for the Omegas who were there, and now the women are in terrible shape. There are thousands of more women, there isn’t enough food, the guards are even worse, and altogther, life totally fucking sucks. Nikki is trying to figure out how to help the women under her leadership, but isn’t sure as to what to do. Then, in walks in Ellie, an Omega who escaped, her Alpha, 3 other Alphas, and a Beta.

The tribes and Alphas outside the walls have called a Central Gathering. It’s basically their version of a parliament. They are trying to figure out what to do about the imbalance that the city has caused when they banished all kinds of Alphas who have no clue how life outside the walls is lived, and who have caused massive amounts of problems. Finally, it’s decided that they are going to help out all the Omegas in the sanctuary because they’ve heard how terrible it is there. They call for 3 volunteers to go and help train the Omegas. Ethan, Viktor, and Alaric are the 3 guys who decide to go help, each for their own reason.

Ethan was banished from the city for helping an Omega who was being assualted by a guard. Alaric is an adrenaline junkie who is bored, even with all the new Alphas that the city kicked out. Viktor has always lived in the wild, but he’s into smuggling, and has connections in the city.  One of Viktor’s connections is a Beta named Demiyan, who already does all he can to help the Omegas. His mother was an Omega, and she went through hell, so he has a soft spot for the women. 

When Nikki sees the guys, she’s not happy, because she doesn’t want to have her place taken over without so much as a by your leave. She’s lived nearly her entire life in the sanctuary and has worked really hard to become who she is. But she just knows that these guys are going to make trouble.

Well, they are, of course. Because, well you know, Omegas and Alphas, and high emotion.

I really like Nikki. She has had a lot of trauma in her life. She’s worked really hard to be something else than “just” an Omega. She wants more for her people, and she’s going to do everything she can in order to do that. She’s already shown that, and she only shows that more in this book.

I like the guys, mostly. We don’t see much from Ethan, other than in the very beginning, which is where we learn about his motivation. He’s not a non-entity, we just don’t see as much from his perspective. We see a lot from Demiyan’s perspective. And I have to admit, he did some things that I REALLY didn’t like, one big thing in particular. I understand why he chose to do it, and I can understand why he thought that it was necessary to do, but I still don’t like it, and it made me really mad. Of course, I think that he might’ve redeemed himself from that action. Alaric and Viktor are like Ethan, in that we don’t get a whole lot of their story either. I think that it would probably be hard to keep up all those POVs and all the action in the story, and there’s a lot of action in the story. I think that Sara did really well the way that she did it.

Back in the first book, I thought that the real villain in the book was the city, and the last one just reinforced that, and this one was like yup. I was right. Yay for me!

I love all the allies that show up in the course of the book.

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I love the big, personal, final battle on the walls. And the wolf is sooooooo cooool!

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

 

Anna Wineheart-Burning For My Prince

While I’ve talked about MM Omegaverse on here before, I don’t think that I’ve really featured one. Well, I figured that it was just about time to rectify that issue, and I’m starting with Anna Wineheart, Burning For My Prince, and the Men of Meadowfall. Anna is one of my top three MM Omegaverse authors. Piper Scott’s His Command books were the first MM O-verse books I read, then I got into Susi Hawke, who has shifter and non-shifter books. There are a whole lot of others that I like to read, but Anna, Piper, and Susi are my holy trinity, if you will.

So, Anna’s Men of Meadowfall books. The series is made up of a bunch of interconnected novels. They all take place in the same town, and you run into the same people over and over, but each story is a standalone, and if you haven’t read the ones before, you aren’t going to be lost. Anna guarantees an HEA. She doesn’t guarantee an easy journey to get there though. Her stories have a lot of love and passion, but there is also angst and sadness. But, all of that has a place in the story. She’s not just putting you through it to put you through it, you know? Her books cover a lot of the tropes, so whether you like step-brothers, second chances, age gaps, or teacher and student, you can find it in there.

Burning For My Prince takes place in Meadowfall, but it’s technically a spinoff from the Men of Meadowfall main series and the first book in the Meadowfall Firefighters series. So, yeah, there are going to be smexy firefighters.

Burning has a secret baby as well as a kinda second chance, and an age gap going on. It seems like that would be a whole lot, but it’s really not, and it all fits so well.

Perry has a beautiful 4 year old son named Caleb. His Alpha father knows nothing about him though, because Perry is several years older than him, and the one night that they were together, Perry wore a mask over his face, so the man he was with doesn’t even know who he was. All the Alpha knew was that they had been talking online for a long time, developed a relationship, and that Perry, known as FrogPrince, offered to share his heat. That was 5 long years ago, and Perry still wants York, the man who fathered his child, but doesn’t even know who Perry or their child are.

York has been nursing a broken heart for years. He loved FrogPrince, but after one magical night together, Prince disappeared from his life. They didn’t talk online anymore, nothing. In fact, at the end of each of his videos, York asked for FrogPrince to get in touch with him, until he did and he told York that he was fine and to just leave him alone. Since then, York has closed himself off to love, and he’s never going to have anything to do with any Omega ever again. But, of course, the best laid plans of mice and men…

In this case, the best laid plans were knocked awry by a fuckmachine called The Boyfriend and a falling bathtub. Perry created The Boyfriend and was testing it in the bathtub, when it fell into the apartment below him, which just happened to be the apartment where York just moved to. Yup. Knocked seriously fucking awry.

I love the way that York and Perry connect in this story. We know all the things, but neither York nor Perry do, so we get to see them discover those things. I love watching their relationship form and grow, and mature into what it ends up as.

There is a lot of humor in here, and I will never ever look at snakes and honey the same way again. EVER.

All of the Men of Meadowfall books are in KU, so you can go read them all pretty easily.

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Oh, the vibrator. Oh my stars and garters, the vibrator. I don’t know whether to be jealous or sorry for them, but damn, it’s so fucking hot.

OK, that’s all for this one. Happy reading!

Leann Ryans-Raider’s Bounty

This was supposed to show up last week, but I ended up having to drive down to Boston on Saturday as well as Friday, and yesterday I couldn’t stand looking at my computer at allllll. But, that’s over and done with, and I can get back to the fun stuff, like telling you all about Leann Ryan’s latest, Raider’s Bounty. It is, of course, another Omegaverse, and it is a relatively light one. I can see where Leann tried to go dark with it, and I can see where a different decision or two would’ve made it darker, but with all that said, dark isn’t Leann’s wheelhouse. She does this level of lighter stuff really well. It’s not all light and fluff or anything, and it works really well. Trying to force this one to be dark would’ve ruined what was a pretty good story. I just can’t really see where Lyric and Raider would’ve ended up otherwise.

So, here’s how our story goes. We enter to Lyric running away from a raid on her village. It’s in the middle of winter, and pretty much everyone she knows is dead and the village is on fire. She’s trying to get away so that she can get help and so she isn’t captured by the raiders. As she’s trying to cross a river to hide her scent, she ends up washed downstream, right past her village and a shit ton of dead bodies floating in the river. The next thing she knows, she has an arrow through her shoulder and she’s being towed to the shore.

Raider is the head of his village and the head of this raiding party. He has a really good reason to raid Lyric’s village. When he sees her floating down the river, he knows that he has to do something about it, and the only way that he can save her is to shoot her in the shoulder and tow her in. He doesn’t want to hurt her, but… He takes her to his tent and decides that he’s going to claim this little Omega for his very own.

I think that he and Lyric are a really good match. Raider seems like he could be a real hardass, but as you read, you realize that he really isn’t. He has a good reason behind each and every action that he takes, and they are actually pretty thoughtful reasons. You can tell just how much work and through he has put into everything he does.

Lyric has a really quiet kind of strength, I think. We don’t see her acting out a lot or being loud, except when she finds it to be really important. She’s definitely not a pushover, she’s got that spine, she just uses it really well, I think.

I really like Lyric and Raider, and I hope that they have a full, wonderful life together, with lots of happy fat babies.

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I really like the way that Raider handles the Omegas. It wasn’t anything that I expected, but, looking back, I should’ve because it fit in with the rest of Raider’s behavior.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Ana B. Starr-Omega of Sathion

Today, we get two of my favorite things. It’s a new Omegaverse story and I get to introduce you to a brand new author! We know how I love those things, right? Ana has written Omega of Sathion, which isn’t just O-verse, it’s also scifi, and stars humans who have no clue who they are, space pirates, and assorted other aliens.

So, Faye is a young woman who is on the verge of death. She is fighting off another bout of cancer. She’s already lost her legs to it, but that wasn’t enough, now she’s about to lose her life. But her doctor, who’s been hooking up with her mother, tells her mom that he has a way that she can keep living. It turns out that he is an alien, called a Pleiadian. They have been coming to Earth for a while to try to help humans along. Anyway, he can cure her cancer and give her legs back. The only problem is that she will officially be dead, so she’s going to have to go to a colony on a planet called Sathion. Many humans are already there, and they are trying to give it a good go. She agrees, because life on another planet is better than death from cancer, and it’s kind of exciting anyway.

Two long years later, after her legs have grown back, it’s time for her to go out to space and begin her journey to Sathion. She’s learned all she needs to know about the planet, gotten a universal translator, and is totally raring to go. But, sadly, that’s not where this journey is about to end up.

You see, space pirates capture her ship, take her and her friend, tell them they are Omegas, whatever the hell that is, and that they are going to be the crew’s toys.

Faye is a very determined young woman. She has had to be. I mean, think about what she’s gone through. She has a spine of steel, and she isn’t about to bend at all. She’s going to do what she needs to do to do what she wants. She wants to get to Sathion. She knows that’s where her life is going to be, because that’s where it has to be. So, she’s going to manage to get there, somehow.

I really do like Faye a lot. I like that stubbornness. I don’t know if it’s part of her natural personality or if it’s a learned behavior from everything that she’s had to go through in her life. Because either way would work for me, and really either way would work for Faye, I think. I think she totally deserves her happiness and someone to love and cherish her.

You’ll notice, I’m sure, that I didn’t mention anything about Alphas or males or anything, other than when I said something about space pirates. There are reasons for that. Am I going to tell you those reasons? Nope. I’m mean that way. LOLOLOL.

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I don’t trust the Pleiadians. I think there is something off about them. I’m going to be eagerly awaiting the series to see what more comes out about them.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Hit up the Zon and check it out! Happy reading!

 

Eva Dresden-Broken

If you are in my FB group, then you know what my reaction was to reading Eva Dresden’s premier book, Broken. Not only does the title fit the book, but it also fit how I felt after reading it. It’s dark, it’s devastating, it’s delicious, and I need all of it. This is an MF Omegaverse novel, and it’s sooooooo goooooooood.

So here’s our story for today.  Quinn is an Omega who has been taking suppressants and such for years. For right now, she’s working as a dancer and server in a club. Some of the other women there take money for sex as well as dancing and serving, but she doesn’t. One night, she, along with some other women, get drafted to serve in a private room. When she starts to feel things she shouldn’t, she runs to the bathroom, but she gets followed, and things happen. So her bosses send her home so that she can regroup and recover, as well as go to the clinic to check to make sure her suppressants are OK.

On her way home, some jackasses accost her, but a guy in an expensive car stops them and offers to take her home. Seems like a nice guy, right? If only. Tobias is the man who owns the car, but wasn’t the man driving. He is uber-rich and is one of those guys you just. do. not. cross. He goes after what he wants and takes it, and he has decided that he wants Quinn. It doesn’t matter what Quinn wants as this point or pretty much ever again.

It’s hard to believe that this is Eva’s first published book on Amazon. Her writing is tight, creative, nuanced, layered, and tangible. I felt like I was inside Quinn’s head, literally, and that I was feeling everything that she was feeling. When Quinn was angry, I was angry with and for her. When Quinn hurt, I hurt. I would say when Quinn was happy, I felt happy, but… Quinn and Tobias are just so very real. I mean, yeah.

I really like Quinn. I think that she is really strong, even as she thinks that she is weak. You have to be strong in order to survive even half as much as Quinn has survived right now. I think that she is also stubborn. I like stubborn, I think stubborn is great. I think that she might be a little tooo stubborn sometimes. And I’m telling you, I am like one of the world’s top 10 stubborn people. So, if I’m thinking that maybe she’s a little stubborn, you can take my word for it. On the other hand, that stubbornness may be all that gets her through whatever is going to start happening. I mean, the shit that she goes through during this book is pretty bad, but I have a feeling that the next book is going to make this one look like a walk in the park.

I don’t know what I feel about Tobias. There are times when he seems almost like a real human being, but then, turn the page and he’s back to being a terrible troll. When I hate him, I hate him with the passion of a thousand white hot suns. I don’t quite like him that strongly when I like him, but there are times when I do like him.

I am not joking when I said that this book broke me. When I was done reading it, I had to go read something light and fluffy just to reset my head. It helped, but Quinn and Tobias still have taken up a lot of space in my head. If you are going to read this, make sure that you have a box of tissues and maybe some wine near to hand.

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Ugh. Tobias and the name. That’s one of the times I truly hated him.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

 

Laura Taylor-Redemption of a Slave

Well, you know how a couple of weeks ago I said that most MM Omegaverse was on the lighter side and didn’t have the dub/noncon that you see in MF Omegaverse? Redemption of a Slave by Laura Taylor is one of the exceptions to that. I wish I could remember who recommended this to me and where, because I totally want to thank that person. This book really knocked me out. There are things about it that have been stuck in my head since I read it.

So, the world in this one was really interesting. This particular book takes place in 1800s France. The way that the world works is that people are born as male or female, but they exist in a kind of limbo until they start to differentiate as Alpha, Beta, or Omega. That usually happens around the age of 15 or so. I don’t know how they can tell when it comes to women, but we get a pretty good look at how they can tell when it comes to the guys. Basically, the guy walks in, drops trou, and has his cock measured weekly, for about 2 months. If his cocks grows significantly, then he’s an Alpha. If there is no kind of growth at all, then Omega, especially if there is some lubrication going on. In a lot of the MM books I’ve read, Omegas still have a good size cock. In this one, Dante’s cock is only about 3 inches, which they say is pretty good for an Omega.

Once you differentiate as an Omega, you are basically disherited and kicked out of the family. You get sent to special schools where you learn how to please the Alphas or Betas who are going to fuck you. Then you end up as a slave. You can end up in a household or a brothel. If you end up in a household, you are going to have domestic type chores, as well as being an available hole. There are different levels of service there. You can be a housemate, who is open to any Alpha or Beta in the household, as well as any guests. You could be a personal Omega, which means that an Alpha has bought you to be their own personal plaything. You could be a breeder, which is exactly what it sounds like, and you are only bred by the head of the household or the designated breeding Alpha. Or, and this is perishingly rare, you can end up as a bonded Omega.

So, here’s how our story works. Dante was a breeding Omega of a Spanish nobleman, and gave birth 3 times. On his last heat, he didn’t get pregnant and since his last two children were girls, his master decides to sell him on. Instead of doing it himself, he sends a lackey out to do it. On the trip to France, the lackey lets the sailors have at him.

Several months later, Dante has been sold a couple of times, and he gets treated worse every time. He has been brutalized, doesn’t get into the sex at all, and the beautiful, pampered breeding slave has now been beaten and scarred. Then comes Antoine.

Antoine has been adopted by the Calvet family, and is the heir to the estate. The whole inheritance rules and set up around Alphas is really odd, because of the way that the differentiation works. Anyway, his father has decided that he’s old enough to have his own personal Omega and takes him to the market. Antoine’s father tells him to check into the certified Omegas, but instead, he sees Dante, and there just something about him. Even brutalized and nearly feral as he is, there’s just something that draws him to Dante. Antoine thinks that he can work with Dante, if he’s treated with kindness and with common decency, then Dante will be… tamed, for lack of a better word.

There is a lot of learning that goes on on both sides here. One of the things that really got me and which has really stayed with me and think is where Antoine and Dante have a discussion about the fact that Antoine always made sure that the Omegas he was with got off. Dante tells Antoine that it’s a biological function. The knot presses on a bundle of nerves which causes a male Omega to come. So, maybe he came because he liked it or maybe he came because of biological function and he was just well-trained in making sure the Alpha is happy. There are a lot of other things like that in the book, and which still get me.

I think that this is a fantastic story. I’m going to definitely be buying more of Laura’s work and reading them, because the world she created was very detailed, and really felt authentic. I wonder how much research she did into France of that period to get the feel she did.

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I felt so sorry for Dante as particular things come out. It just broke my heart.

I also find the whole separation of Alpha/Omega in certain things to be important.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go check it out! Happy reading!