Sara Fields-Frantic

Today we have another Omegaverse, by Sara Fields this time. But, before I talk about Frantic, I want to clarify something that I said in Friday’s blog, because I got a question about it. If you want to skip the clarification, go for it, and go to the section marked with ***.

I’ve taken to calling myself an Omegaverse junkie. I’ve read all of the MF on Amazon, I think. There may be a couple of books that just came out that I haven’t gotten to yet. I’ve read a good chunk of the MM there, as well as reading more on AO3, especially since I’ve found out that I can download the stories I like and send them to my Kindle. So, here’s the section that got the question. “This one happens to be MF O-verse, which means that there is some dubon/noncon in there, and it is dark. You don’t see that as much when it comes to MM Omegaverse, which I still find to be a really interesting thing. It’s not bad, it’s not good, it’s just different, and different makes the world go ’round.” And here’s the question that I got. “- Is the MF a mistake or oddity? I don’t understand why it’s so different from MM Omegaverse.

Short answer is that MM tends to be lighter and more consensual from the very beginning. Not in all of them, there are always going to be outliers. But, they tend to be more traditionally “romantic”. So, when you are comparing them to the MF, which tend to be darker, more dub/noncon, you notice a real difference. Probably the difference between the two mostly leads back to Addison Cain, who is a dub/noncon, dark romance author, and thus writes what she likes. Again, I’ll emphasize that Addison didn’t create Omegaverse, and there were probably MF stories before she wrote them, but none for sale on Amazon. The authors who are now writing MF followed in Addison’s footsteps and write them in the same way. For some good examples of MM, non-shifter, mpreg Omegaverse, that will let you see the differences between the two of them, check out Piper Scott’s His Command series or her Single Dad’s Support Group series. The SDSG is a spinoff of the His Command books. I have read all her books, and she writes both shifter and non-shifter. I hope that clarifies it some. If not, send me questions, and I’ll continue to answer them to the best of my ability and within my opinions.

*** OK, back to Sara.

Frantic is the second book in her Omegaverse RH series. It is a sequel, but not a serial. Having read the first book will help you to understand what Triss is in trouble for, but you don’t have to have read it to get this story. There’s enough explanation in this one for you to get the basic idea as to what happened.

We open with Triss entering her first estrous. She’s been staked outside the city, away from the suppressants so that it will happen. So, she’s just desperate to be fucked. She’s begging the Betas who are in charge of her punishment to please fuck her. The people of the city are standing on the walls watching her, laughing at her begging and being punished. Then, all of a sudden, 3 Alphas appear from out of the wilds and decide that they are going to fight over her. Triss, in all her desperate horny horniness, sidetracks them by begging them all to fuck her. That’s how she meets her Alphas, Garret, Lothgar, and Ravick. Two of them are from the wilds, one is from the city. They fuck her stupid in front of the city, and then they are all knocked out.

I didn’t particularly care for Triss in the last book, but I didn’t hate or seriously dislike her. She had her place in the last book and her role to play. She had her motivations, which were pretty much as old as time. I think her punishment fit her crime, at least when it comes to being staked out in estrous waiting for an Alpha or three to come fuck her. However, the city, being the city, is never going to see it that way. Frankly, I think that they are definitely the true villain in the series. And I don’t even know that it’s just one particular person in the city, although it looks like there is one person who might want to change that, but the traditions and power structure in the city is definitely set up so that they are the bad guys. The largest dynamic, by number, is Betas, so it makes sense to me as to why they would want to make sure that they stay in charge by making sure that the suppressants continue to work. If people get their natural instincts back, the Alphas are going to take over, so keeping the traditions and power structures in place works. That’s why it works that they treat known Omegas the way that they do. And it’s not very nice. It’s a ghetto, in the original sense of the word. It just reinforces that admitting a dynamic is a bad thing to do, and pretending to be a Beta is always going to be good.

Anyway, I do like Triss in this one. I don’t know that I would call her story so much a redemption storyline as more of a discovery about her and who she is under her actions. Although, there is more than a soupcon of redemption in there too. I like Garret, Ravik, and Lothar too. I think that they are going to be interesting in the world in the upcoming books.

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Nikki is interesting. I’m looking forward to learning more about her, as well as more about Ellie. I like her a lot.

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

Merel Pierce-Sacred Omegas: December

Today, I get to one of my favorite things when it comes to my blog. I get to introduce a very brand new author. Merel Pierce has just published her very first book. It’s the first book in a new series, called The Sacred Omegas. This book is called December. With Omega in the title, you can probably guess that this is an Omegaverse book, and it very definitely is. This one happens to be MF O-verse, which means that there is some dubon/noncon in there, and it is dark. You don’t see that as much when it comes to MM Omegaverse, which I still find to be a really interesting thing. It’s not bad, it’s not good, it’s just different, and different makes the world go ’round.

Anyway, let’s talk about December, shall we? So, the world that December lives in isn’t a very friendly world, especially if you are a woman. Even more especially if you are an Omega. December is a woman, but she doesn’t know yet that she’s an Omega. Don’t worry, we’ll get to that. Right now, what she does know is that she feels sick, in pain, and is currently in a transfer station owned by Nikolai, who is basically the prince of the city. He is high ranking Russian mob. In fact, he’s so high ranking, that he IS the Russian mob. December is just sitting there, trying to mind her own business, locked in a cage, waiting for whatever is going to happen, when she starts to feel sicker, and all of a sudden, a brutish Alpha sees her, and decides that he’s going to drag her out of the cage. And he does. By her neck.

Luckily, Nikolai happens to be around at just the right time and in just the right place, and he sees what’s happening. He gets one good whiff of December and realizes that he has an Omega on his hands, so he rescues her from the asshat who is trying to throttle her. When he gets her to the medical center, he finds out that she has a suppressant implant. It works like those birth control implants do, only suppressants instead of contraceptives. It’s failing, and it’s making her sick. So Nikolai has it removed and decides that he’s going to make her an offer she can’t refuse. He needs an heir, she’s an Omega, it’s a match made in heaven. She owes him money, and if she gives him a baby, he’ll call it even and let her go.

Of course, it’s never that easy. If it were that easy, it wouldn’t be a dark romance, and it wouldn’t have dubcon/noncon elements, would it? There are some really shitty things that happen, and some really good things, and Merel does really well at balancing things out and not burning us out.

I like December. I think that her name is so unique. She’s very canny and street smart. At one point, in the beginning of the book, Nikolai likens her to a feral animal, and I think that is a really good description of her. She’s just as likely to bite your hand as she is to let you pet her. Of course, she hasn’t ever had anyone in her life who has treated her all that well, so when she is in a place where she’s warm, has good food, and is relatively safe, but has an unknown character running around, she’s doing what she can to protect herself, which can include making herself agree to whatever the Alpha in the room wants.

December is also incredibly strong and resilient. I mean, her past would definitely grind anyone down, but I think she let it polish her and give her more strength. I think the only person who sees how incredibly strong she is is Nikolai, and I think he misses it on occasion.

Nikolai is a good man, in my opinion. He has his own code of honor and morals, and he keeps to them. They may not be mine, but they are his, and it works out for him. I think he’s also very, very focused on what needs to be done. He plays things close to the chest, and he’s a planner. I think that he’ll be good for December in the long run, just as she is good for him.

I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series. I think that Merel did a good job on this one, and she will only continue to get better as she keeps writing and publishing. I do have one tiny quibble, but that is just a me thing, not a quality thing. I think she slightly overused the word meat when it came to describing cocks, but like I said, that’s a me thing and doesn’t affect the book’s quality or even my enjoyment of it in any way. And, to be fair, meat is a good description of the cock. At least she didn’t call it a love rod or a fuck muscle or anything like that, lol.

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I hope that we see more about Dantè. What little we saw of him seemed truly intriguing. There seemed to be more there than what met the eye.

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

 

 

Leann Ryans-Winning His Omega

Hey guys, guess what! I have another Omegaverse book on the blog today. That like never happens, right? I mean, me and Omegaverse? Who’d’a thunk it? Alright, all of you stop laughing now. Leann has come out with her third book in the Legion Omegas series, Winning His Omega.

Winning is Red and Rainor’s story. You might remember Rainor from the first book, and Red is one of the kidnapped Omegas from the last book. Instead of going home to an uncle who sold her, she went to the mines. Red’s a mechanic, even if she is an Omega, and mines always need to have mechanics to keep them working. Besides, at the mine, she will have a veritable buffet of smoking hot Alphas walking back and forth. At least, she would have a steaming hot buffet of Alphas if Rainor wasn’t bound and determined to scare off every single male at the mind. But, he doesn’t appear to want her either. He just doesn’t want anyone else ot have her.

Rainor has had a thing for Red since he first saw her. But she flirts with everyone and he doesn’t want to settle down, so he’s just going to make sure that no one else can have her. Because he really does want her, but they just seem to get on each other’s nerves. But now, they are about to get stuck on a ship together because she has to do some shopping for tools that she needs for her job. Rainor isn’t sure that they’ll survive it, but he guesses they can try.

There’s a lot that goes on in this story, and it’s all good. I really like Red. She is really not Omega-ish. Not that any of the Omegas we’ve run across so far are all that submissive or anything, but she is very not submissive. She holds her own when it comes to hanging with the Alphas and is pretty much not scared of any of them at the mine. She also has no problem with keeping things in line with her machines, and telling the bosses off about it. I really like how she feels to me, as a character. I wouldn’t call her carefree or anything, but I would say that she is very sure of herself and deservedly so. I just like the way that she feels in my head.

Rainor is a bit of an idiot at times. I like him. I think that he’s a good man overall. Just a bit of an idiot some times. I’ll forgive him for that though. Most people are idiots at some point in time or another. He’s also a very likable guy. He comes off as friendly, charming, and just nice. He feels sort of comforting and competent to me, which is an odd mix, but one that I like.

I’m really hoping that Leann is going to give us more in this series, because I really am enjoying it. I think that each book gets a little better because she’s established the world better, and as she gets us more familiar with the world, we can enjoy things more.

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I love that Red was able to do what she could against the pirates and that she was able to do what she could under the circumstances. She’s amazing.

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

L.V. Lane-Taking Control

I think that at this point I could comfortably be called an Omegaverse connoisseur. I’ve read a good chunk of what’s available on Amazon, in whatever gender configurations I can. I haven’t read a lot of fanfic yet, for reasons. It’s on my list of things to do, but if you saw my list, you might faint away dead. So, what does this have to do with anything? Well, today is a new MF Omegaverse, by a brand new author. L.V. Lane has decided to jump right in their very first published book, ever, Taking Control.

I’m going to tell you right now, I have much to say about this one, so let’s just jump right in.

Copper’s Virus has given a chunk of humanity the A/B/O dynamics, but in this universe, it’s more than just those three. There are other dynamics as well, like Mus, but we don’t see any of those, I really hope that we do in further books, I think it would be really interesting to explore the expanded dynamics. Anyway, there are some people who ended up with dynamics thanks to this created virus, and then there are the Uncorrupted. They pride themselves on being uninfected by the virus. And the two groups of humanity are at war with each other, and it’s not a pretty war. Of course, no war is, but I get the feeling that for the Uncorrupted, it’s almost more like a holy war than anything else.

In the middle of this war, we have Eloise, who is an Omega Singular, and Logan, who is going to be her Alpha controller. Singulars have additional powers on top of having their dynamics. In Eloise’s case, she can read the emotions of people if she touches them or drops her mental shields around them. If she has something of someone’s she can feel their emotions and find them. She’s been called in on a mission because an important diplomat and his family have gone missing on a war-torn planet and he has some very important and sensitive information. That means that they have to go rescue him. So, Eloise was called in, and since she needs to have a controller, enter Logan.

Logan is a war hero, and he’s been offered the chance to be a controller for a Singular. In order to do that, he had to fight a whole bunch of other Alphas. It’s basically a training exercise with benefits, or so his CO tells him. And since the person who he fought for is a female Omega, guess what those benefits are?

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I am really grooving on the whole dynamics from a virus thing instead of an inborn kind of thing. It’s one I haven’t seen before, but one I really like. I also really enjoyed the fact that the Omegas get deployed and go into war. Of course, that’s also kind of a double-edged sword. They have to have controllers who control them, and for control, read fuck and discipline, and they don’t get to choose those controllers. The Omegas don’t have a lot of rights in the world, and they are getting fewer and fewer.

I liked Eloise and how conflicted she was. Everything seemed to weigh very heavily on her, and she wasn’t sure what she was going to do from one moment to the next. I like Logan too. I think he’s a pretty good guy. We do get some peeks into his head, but mostly we only see Eloise’s head. Each chapter is headed by quotes from a doctor who is an expert in Copper’s so that was really fascinating to read.

Now, having said that, there were a couple of things that I would’ve liked to have more of. For example, I would really like to have more information about investing. We learn more about Singulars as the book goes on, but we never really find as much about investing. I would like to find out more about it. I’m pretty sure that I can get a basic idea, but I would’ve liked to have more.

I’m really looking forward to the next one and to seeing what LV Lane is going to do with the world. I don’t think I really have any spoilers today, but I have a picture for you.

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Sara Fields-Frenzy

So, my fave Omegaverse author dared one of my fave SFR authors to write an Omegaverse story. So, Sara took the dare and wrote Frenzy. And oh my, did she step up to the challenge. While Sara does tend to write darkish, she generally isn’t as dark as Addison, which is good, because who wants every single one of their favorite authors to write exactly like the others? I like the personal style of each and every author I read. And I really love the spin Sara puts on the Overse.

The nice thing with an alternate universe like the Omegaverse is that it isn’t real. There isn’t any specific set of rules, outside of the basics. That means that you can pretty much set up your world the way that you want it and for it to run the way that you want. I mean, sure you can do that with a lot of genres, but there are certain rules that we expect to happen in those genres, and when those things don’t happen, people get a little salty. Since the Overse is still newish, especially in more mainstream lit, there aren’t as many rules, so Sara’s books are going to be different to Addison’s books, which are going to be different to Lillian Sable’s, so forth and so on. Does that make sense? I know it did in my head, but I’m just getting over the norovirus, so my head may be all kinds of weird right now. Anyway, on to the book.

This is a post-apocalyptic and, as far as I can tell, pretty dystopian world. The dome that half of our main characters live in acknowledges the A/B/O dynamic, but they do everything they can to make sure that they aren’t ruled by it. That includes pumping suppressants into the air. The suppressants keep the hormones, pheromones, and instincts under control. In fact, it’s so under control, they don’t even really have sex anymore. It’s all clinical and medical reproduction, and not a whole lot of physicality. However, there are some people who are immune to the suppressants, and really, they are about 24 hours away from metabolizing the suppressants and all of a sudden feeling their dynamic kick in. Raven is a brilliant scientist, and she has a plan and has been spending years doing research on a better suppressant, but the one big ingredient she needs is extinct in the city. So she needs to go out into the wilds, where people’s dynamics aren’t suppressed, they are all natural and all that. Oh, the horrors. But she’s ready and has taken precautions. Except, no one ever expects the Spanish Inquistion, which in this case is a huge fiery-eyed monster and a band of raiders who killed everyone but Raven and her best friend and partner, Alix, who snatches her away and carries her off to safety.

Now, you can probably guess that Raven is an Omega and Alix is an Alpha, because it’s hard to have an Overse story without them. But, there are some pieces missing, since this is an RH story, you kinda have to have the H part, and the only person who can help out Raven when she goes into estrous right now is Alix, and unless he’s triplets that I missed, there’s a little bit of something missing.

Enter two of the wild men, Ivan and Wolfe, who smell Raven’s estrous, and decide that they will come and play.

To me, the real meat of the story here isn’t what happens with the plot, which I’m not going to run down, because it is a good story with a great plot that I enjoyed, but instead, the melding of wild and tame and how that worked. On one hand, you have Raven and Alix who have never come to grips with their biology, never had an estrous or a rut, until they are forced to have one, and it is, quite literally, a life-changing event. They don’t even have a cultural idea as to how to deal with this, because their culture suppresses all those natural urges. So, they are handling all this stuff with no practical knowledge. Then, you have Wolfe and Ivan, who have never lived in the dome and who have never had any kind of suppression, and who know who and what they are and how to control it. The thing is, when they all got together, it could’ve been really ugly, but they all figured out how to work in a way that worked for them. I love the thought that Sara puts into making that work.

Unlike a lot of the other MF Omegaverse that I’ve read, this isn’t noncon. I would put this at light dubcon, I think. I mean, yeah, Alix and Raven are put into a situation when this could happen, but they are also able to talk about what is going to happen before it does. So, dubcon-ish.

I can’t wait to see where Sara is going to go with her world. It’s going to focus on a new character, I know, but outside that, I have no idea.

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The albatrosses! OMG, so freaking awesome! I thought that was just so neat!

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

Leann Ryans-Saving the Omegas

Leann is back with the second book in her Omegaverse series, and I’m really excited to see Saving the Omegas.

Karn is the hero in this book, and we met him in the last book when he was in the large fight to try to win the Omega. He and Zander became friendly, and then friends. But now, he’s stuck fighting for Largo, because that scaly, reptilian son of a bitch has something over him. But when Largo calls him up to the office, he has a different job for Karn to do. Largo has decided to start trafficking Omegas. Sadly, there is always going to be a market in selling vulnerable people for sex. However, someone has been rescuing Omegas away from Largo’s shipments. It’s happened twice now, once on a planet and once in space. Largo is furious because it’s cutting into his income and he has some pissed off Alphas to try to keep happy. So, he’s going to pay Karn to find out who is stealing his Omegas and bring them to Largo for punishment.

Meanwhile, on another planet, we have Adaria, an Omega. But she isn’t your usual Omega. In fact, she was stolen twice by Largo’s men. The first time she rescued herself. The next time, she gets caught on purpose and rescues several Omegas in space. Now, she’s being pulled in for another rescue attempt. She’s willing to do it, but she wants to have several things set into place to make sure that they can rescue all the Omegas on the ship.

I really like Karn. I liked him when we met him in the last book. He had a sense of humor that kept peeking though. And he was honorable. So it was nice to learn that he hadn’t changed in his own book. I really liked getting to know him a lot more and to see that he’s still as honorable as he was before. He’s also a good man, even when he’s forced to do things he doesn’t want to do by Largo. Who is a scummy scumbag lizard. Did I say that before? But, he’s smart and does what he thinks is best.

Adaria is just marvelous. You tend to think of Omegas as more the damsel in distress and not the distressing damsel in charge of the rescue. That is definitely not Adaria. She’s tricksy, resourceful, smart, and just downright sneaky AF. She’s going to do what she can to make sure that she is safe, as well as anyone under her care. I really love that about her.

I really love this series. It isn’t as dark as some of the other MF Omegaverse books I read, so it’s a great series for people who want Omegaverse but not the darkness that shows up in a lot of MF books. Of course, we all know that I’m way down for the darkness all day, every day, but it’s always nice to have something lighter. Levels, you know. Solid darkness all the time is wearing, even on me, so lighter gives a nice contrast and a new level.

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I love the person who bites first bites first. It’s pretty awesome that it’s that person, because it wouldn’t be what you expected.

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

 

DCMA and Ridiculous Lawsuits

This isn’t quite a part 2 to the blog post I wrote last week. It’s more like an addendum.

Golden Angel, who is a wonderful author, already wrote one excellent blog post about this situation. It was a good overview of the situation but didn’t go really deep. There’s a lot of reasons for this. One is the fact that the whole Omegaverse thing is incredibly complex*. It’s easy for someone to claim that all the stuff from Addison’s and Zoey’s books are common. In fact, that’s part of the claim. There are tens of thousands of stories out there on fanfic sites, so for all anyone can tell, on a superficial look, there could be. So, Golden decided to disappear so that she could delve deeper, into both the lawsuit and the claims that what happens in the books are common.

Her newest blog post is deep and long. She breaks down Addison’s books and Zoey’s books by their beats, and color codes everything in a table, so it’s easy to see what’s happening at a glance. She also looks at a selection of fanfic off AO3, chosen to be similar to the books. It’s an excellent blog post that I highly recommend. And, if I were a literature prof, I would definitely give her an A.

*As an example of how complex the whole Omegaverse thing is, last week, I read 3 Omegaverse books. One was Lillian Sand’s latest book, which was the last book in her newest series. I also read Susi Hawke and Crista Crown’s newest, as well as the newest from Aiden Bates. In order, they are an MF book in a series with heavy dubcon/capture themes, an MM shifter book, and an MM book. The last 2 both include male pregnancy, which is a common aspect in MM omegaverse, but there are a few that don’t have that aspect. Susi and Crista’s books have fated mates, which is often the case with shifter Omegaverse. Aiden’s book has an Alpha and Omega who are attracted to each other, and realize that there is something about the other. Some other books that fall into the same kind of category as Aiden’s book have Alphas and Omegas who are attracted by each other’s personal scents.

I could go on and on about the complexity of the Omegaverse and only brush on 1/100th of it.

Anyway, go read Golden’s newest post and get a much better understanding as to what’s going on.