Title: Omega on the Loose Word Count:195 pgs
Genre: Paranormal Gay Romance/ Mpreg
Blurb:For a shifter, and an omega at that, Reed has never fit into pack life. Popping out pups and keeping house for a bossy male isn’t in his plans. He dreams of exploring a wider world and experiencing all the interesting things that humans have devised. Too bad his sire has other ideas, and Reed’s wishful thinking turns into a desperate bid for freedom. When a foreign beta picks him up on the road, he fears his future is doomed.
Daniel is the rare shifter who has transitioned out of pack life and into the hustle and bustle of human society. His carefully crafted life was already turned upside down once by rescuing an abused omega. Now he’s racing to save Reed from a similar fate. Pure luck, or maybe the will of the Gods, have brought him to the boy before his sire sells him off to the highest bidder. His only problem is in convincing Reed to trust him.
Time is not on Daniel’s side and when Reed’s pack catches up with them, there is only one option on the table. He can only hope that the omega forgives him for taking it. When duty turns unexpectedly into desire, he sets about wooing the pretty boy. Mistrustful and defiant, Reed resists until Daniel’s plan of seduction proves too tempting. But there is a secret between them and revealing it could doom their growing affection.
My Review: Reed has always hated every aspect of his omega nature. Watching his mother being at his father’s beck and call, her only purpose being to breed more pups year after year. Seeing his older Omega brother Ben traded to a Gamma for an old beat up barely running truck. Reed knows it’s his turn and his fate is no different. He has been promised to another pack’s Gamma Clayton for a truck as well. Clayton is cruel and has promised untold horrors of the mated bed. Reed decides to run away and take his chances in the human world.
Ben has been worried about his younger Omega brother for some time. After hearing the story of how Ben left his pack and ended up in the city, Daniel, the Beta who saved Ben decides to alleviate some of his mental stress. Daniel volunteers to find Ben’s brother and bring him to the Rogue Pack. When Daniel sees an Omega walking at a brisk pace trying to leave pack lands, he immediately knows that it’s Reed. Reed doesn’t trust the stranger who offers him a ride, but he knows the possible pain of rejecting a Beta’s offer. The Beta Daniel seems somehow different than the members of his pack, but he knows he can’t trust in that.
It is when Daniel mentions Ben and starts reassuring Reed that he is ok, that Reed feels a ray of hope. That hope is soon squashed when his pack catches up to them within the night. Desperate times calls for drastic measures, Reed offers up his virginity to the Beta, hoping that the pack will no longer want him. Daniel understands that this is their only way out, just a tiny problem, they have only minutes to get the deed done. Daniel mounts Reed and breaches him dry, he feels bad for hurting the poor Omega , but there is no time for finesse. Reed’s alpha father breaks down the door and he’s furious at what he sees.
Daniel has to put on a facade and act like he doesn’t care about the Omega in order to strike a bargain with the avaricious alpha. Daniel is not a typical Beta who is embroiled in pack life. He enjoys his freedom and has assimilated to the creature comforts of the human world. He uses his street smarts to strike a deal. He offers the alpha the internet as a way of bringing his pack into the 21st century. Most packs live a very basic life and the alpha sees this as a way of feeling like a bigshot alpha over other dominants. The alpha accepts , but decides to keep them on a tight leash.
Daniel understands that this pack is way different from his birth pack or the Rogue pack. Omegas have no rights here and are treated as merely slaves. Outdated traditions stands firm and punishment is meted out for the slightest infractions. Having run away, Reed is sentenced by his father to be whipped. As much as he hates to see this, Daniel knows the only way is to placate the alpha and try to control the situation by handling the punishment himself. Reed is used to being whipped and he can obviously tell the difference, he realizes that the Beta is pulling up on the down stroke to lessen the impact of the blows. Reed makes it look good , caterwauling for the dominants’ masochistic voyeurism.
Daniel soothes the Omega in the privacy of their quarters. He knows their only chance is to keep up the facade of him being an almost cruel Beta. The men in this pack equates strength and dominance to cruelty and brutality. To show any kindness to an Omega is akin to weakness. Reed senses the kindness within the Beta and it confuses him. He is constantly at war with his nature. He finds himself wanting to please the Beta and this sticks in his craw as it goes against everything he believes in. Another thing that puzzles Reed is his body’s reactions to Daniel giving him pleasure. He comes from a world where Omegas are there for the dominants’ taking and receive nothing in return. Their road is definitely not an easy one , but by the time they leave pack lands , they’ve formed a modicum of trust.
On the way to the Rogue Pack , Daniel allows Reed the pleasures of the human world. Reed gets to experience the ocean and eating in restaurants. It’s all he has ever imagined, but Daniel remains firm that it’s certainly not a place for an Omega. Daniel’s view on pack life has not changed, it is not for him and he just can’t see an Omega living outside of a pack. He feels a pull towards Reed, but he knows the Omega is not for him. Reed still doesn’t want a mate, but he wishes he could enjoy this new world with Daniel and this new sense of freedom.
Even though the Rogue Pack is different in so many ways and its foundation is steeped in love. Reed feels encumbered by pack life as soon as he steps foot on their land. Keeping Reed away from Lorcan the virile Rogue Pack Alpha is paramount to holding off Reed’s heat. Daniel is worried that it will be similar to Ben’s. Speaking of Ben, Reed is very happy to see his brother again, but that happiness comes crashing down soon. Reed has only just found out that Daniel also serviced his brother during his heat. He feels hurt and betrayed that his Beta has been with his brother sexually. Insecurities rare its head and Reed worries that he was only second best after all.
Finally, Daniel knows it’s time to step up and own his feelings to allay the fears up his Omega. He professes his love for Reed and encourages him to be honest about what he wants. Reed also knows it’s time to start acting like an adult and like a forward thinking human. Reed tells him how much he loves him and would like to be not only his mate, but also his husband in the human tradition. They come up with a plan to get through Reed’s heat which is fast approaching , then they can set out to live their lives in the city. Luckily, it’s winter time and Reed uses his jackets to hide his ever growing baby bump. He is happy exploring his newfound freedom with a husband who allows him to be the Omega he was always meant to be. They keep in touch with the Rogue Pack with the technology that Daniel has provided for them. Reed is overjoyed when he receives a picture message of Ben’s newborn baby who turns out to be a white wolf like Carr. This goes a long way in strengthening the bond between Carr ,Ben, Daniel and now Reed. Reed is certainly happy that his husband is not the father of his brother’s baby and looks forward to having his own pup soon. I give this my ratings of 4- lose the underwear.