Rebirth of his Omega( The Outcast Chronicles 4) by Christa Crown & Harper B. Cole

Title: Rebirth of his Omega Word Count:155 pgs
Genre: Paranormal Gay Romance/ Mpreg

Blurb:Fire is death.

Ryan lost his family to a fire when he was young, and its haunted him ever since, especially while chasing the arsonist who has been kidnapping gifted shifter kids. Now that they’ve captured the man and his phoenix accomplice and rescued the kids, Ryan thinks maybe life will be able to get back to normal…

But when the phoenix, a creature born of fire, turns out to be Ryan’s true mate, life becomes suddenly even more complicated.

Fire is life.

Phoenix is horrified when his memories return to him and he realizes the pain and suffering he has caused in his new life. His true mate wants nothing to do with him, but he’s determined to hold on to his mate no matter what. He’s never lost his chance with him in any other life, he’s certainly not going to start now.

Rebirth of His Omega is a 38k word novella featuring a lion with a fear of fire and the phoenix who has loved him for many lifetimes. It is the fourth book in the Outcast Chronicles, and it is recommended to read them in order for maximum enjoyment. This book contains mpreg, knotting, and too many kids for our lion to handle. Trigger warning for past infertility.

My Review: The story continues with the phoenix and Ryan the lion who loves to cook for the pack. At first, no one was sure what happened to the Phoenix after the dragon burnt the ancients and releases Wamp, the coyote shifter who caused so much destruction. The Phoenix returns to his senses with jumbled fragmented pictures. Putting those pictures together creates a really morbid consciousness for him. The Phoenix is a true Ancient and he has been reborn countless amount of times. He has lived many lifetimes, but he is shattered by what he has allowed himself to become through loneliness and the lies of a demented man. The man Wamp who he looked to as his master has used him to cause unspeakable destruction. Once his consciousness is fused together, the Phoenix is reconciling to all the damage he has done.

This is how Ryan finds him and his lion pounces. Ryan would love nothing more than to destroy the vulnerable looking man he sees before him. However, there is an unexplained tether that draws them together. Before he knows what’s happening, he’s balls deep in the Phoenix who already recognizes Ryan as his fated mate, a man who he’s known as his, throughout his many lifetimes. Ryan is surrounded by this fog of lust and comes to when they are rudely interrupted by Ryan’s pack alpha Asher. It is disconcerting for Ryan to see his mating mark on their enemy the Phoenix. He is disgusted when he thinks he is mated to a monster.

Their mating is certainly a convoluted mess. It is going to take a lot for everyone to see the Phoenix as someone other than the fire demon they have come to see him as. When Casper the seer reveals that the Phoenix is already pregnant with Ryan’s cub, it makes the situation even more difficult. Even though it is not fully sorted out in his mind, Ryan’s lion has already acknowledged the Phoenix as his mate and is ready to treat him as such. As a pack, they have even more responsibilities now that they have freed so many kids from under Wamp’s control. They all have to learn how to work with Phoenix. The burden is on Phoenix to prove that he is no longer a danger to the pack.

Phoenix who has had problems with infertility in his past lives is adamant that he is not pregnant. Ryan believes in what Caspar the seer has seen. As much as Phoenix would love to be connected to Ryan through a child, he just cannot believe that he is pregnant and give himself false hope. The pregnancy causes a barrier for the two of them, because every time Ryan mentions it, Phoenix shuts down.This is a very painful issue for Phoenix and the weight of his sadness is almost crushing. It soon becomes clear that all cannot be forgiven or forgotten. Ben comes face to face for the first time with Phoenix. All Ben sees is the man who killed his former mate in a fire and the kidnapper of his son Liam. Ben tries to attack and Phoenix flees.

There is definitely a dichotomy between Phoenix’s two personas in everyone’s mind, especially Ryan’s. On one hand , he is the Phoenix who brings death and destruction. On the other hand, the person that shines through right now is Phoenix, his vulnerable, saddened mate who is hurting by the circumstances of his nature. Caspar encourages Ryan to give Phoenix some space. Ryan wars with his lion, but he knows he needs to think. It is at this moment that Ryan realizes that he has gotten to know Phoenix’s true nature and he holds no ill-intent towards the pack. Ryan also sees the error of his ways, he tries so hard to push Phoenix away. How can he expect his own pack to embrace Phoenix if he ,Ryan the man has not fully embraced his own mate, only the lion has. He knows now what is in his destiny, to be one with his mate.

It has not been an easy road for these too. They will have to learn to navigate this new lifetime together. There is one thing that is sure, the spark between them will ignite a flame that will certainly burn forevermore. Their problems are far from over, but they will stand as one united front against all the dangers that they will face as a pack. When the kids are kidnapped again by one of their own, many answers are revealed. Ryan dies but is soon reborn by the power of the Phoenix’s tears.Ryan and Phoenix are now immortal.

Another Ancient is awakened, a dragon named Ryeth who uses pack member Simon as a conduit to communicate. Ryeth/ Simon sheds light on the war they will be facing and the true powers of the phoenix. Ryeth plays a big part as he is the only one able to deliver Phoenix’s twins since he is engulfed in flames during the process. Ryan and Phoenix are Both ecstatic to meet their twins Cassia and Michael. I really enjoyed this one and I give this my ratings of 4- lose the underwear.

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Healing for his Omega ( The Outcast Chronicles) by Crista Crown & Harper B. Cole

Title: Healing for his Omega Word Count:133 pgs
Genre: Paranormal Gay Romance/ Mpreg

Blurb:If you can’t throw your fears away, give them to me.

Widowed, pregnant, and mourning his kidnapped son, the last thing omega hawk Benjamin wants right now is a serious relationship. So he seeks comfort in the arms of the one man he doesn’t have to worry about falling in love with him.

Growing up rejected by the people who love him, it doesn’t surprise alpha mountain lion Kurt that Ben doesn’t see him as potential mate material, but he’s content to give whatever Ben will take, even if it’s just sex, and love on Ben’s little boy.

When Kurt is injured saving Ben’s life, Ben realizes how isolated he’d made himself, and how much he’d come to care for Kurt without even realizing it. But before their relationship can settle, they have to find the man who killed Ben’s mate, kidnapped his oldest son, and set fire to their house. But their enemy is more dangerous than they realized, and the lives of everyone they love are at risk.

Healing For His Mate is a 36k word novella featuring a dangerous arsonist building an army of powerful children, a hawk who can’t fly, a mountain lion who doesn’t know what it feels like to be loved, and the found family of the Outcasts Pack. It is the third book in the series, and will be best enjoyed when read in order. Warning: contains mpreg, knotting, and vortex.

Books in The Outcasts Chronicles

1. Freedom For His Omega
2. Acceptance For His Omega
3. Healing For His Omega

My Review: Nobody knows grief more than Benjamin. After losing his alpha in a fire where they were all involved. He also realized that his seven year old son has been kidnapped by a coyote shifter determined on causing havoc. A pack filled with wildly different shifters come to his rescue. Although they are a newly formed pack , they offer him refuge for himself and young son. Benjamin is grateful, but he doesn’t quite fit in with the other omegas who have recently given birth and are super happy with their alphas. His heart shatters when the pack midwife Meredith who is more a seer informs him that he is pregnant. Unlike the times before he cannot rejoice in this pregnancy.All he can think about is how his alpha will never see their children grow up, and one of those children are still missing. Ben feels broken.

Ben connects with the quiet cat shifter of the group Kurt. Even in a diverse group such as theirs, Kurt is still considered a loner. It is Kurt who gives him comfort without words. They use their bodies in the most elemental way. Ben is saddened that all he has to offer is sex, but he makes it clear to Kurt that he doesn’t want be knotted or mated. Kurt is the only one who makes him feel something other than despair. They continue on for months finding release in each other’s bodies. Ben is the only one who hasn’t realized that he has bonded with Kurt. It isn’t until Kurt gets hurt and is burned by a phoenix that Ben acknowledges their connection as more. It takes almost a full week for Kurt to heal. By then Ben knows what needs to be done. Kurt is the only man that can heal is fractured heart and Ben is now ready to be whole again as a mated pair.

Kurt never dreamed that he would ever have a family. He is grateful to have Ben who has opened him up to the possibilities. Kurt is aware of the responsibilities of this ready-made family. Not only will he be a mate to Ben, he is now a father to all of Ben’s children. This definitely makes finding their missing son even more of a priority. The pack gains more knowledge by working with Meredith’s people who are all like ancient witches. Their progress is great and they are able to find the coyote shifter Emerson Wamp and all the children he has kidnapped including the Phoenix. The children all have powers and it is not easy to get them away from Wamp who has filled their heads with lies. A battle ensues and the pack is victorious for the time being.

They free quite a number of children under Wamp’s control. Kurt brings home Ben’s son unarmed and he is just in time to meet his new child. Due to the stress, Ben has gone into early labour. Ben is elated to have his son Liam back . Both Kurt and Ben welcome their beautiful daughter Hailey into the world. The journey is definitely not over for this pack. Wamp has been released by a dragon who killed all the Ancients who came to help in the process. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear.

Omega Lost (The Rogue Pack 7) by Samantha Cayto

Title: Omega Lost Word Count:246 pgs
Genre: Paranormal Gay Romance/ Mpreg

Blurb:Bard didn’t hesitate to run from his old pack when his best friend needed him. His feral years were hard and even a tough gamma would rather live in a pack—so long as it is a good one led by an honorable alpha. The Rogue Pack proves to be the perfect new home for him to make his life. The only thing he lacks is a mate, and he has fought his attraction to the exquisite omega, Loki, for a while. When he is charged with Loki’s care, he is both elated and frustrated. He doubts the brat will ever see him as anything other than a captor.

Loki doesn’t understand why his brother forced him to leave their birth pack. No one who knows the answer is willing to tell him. That includes Bard, the annoyingly bossy and always right gamma who has dominion over him. Thwarted from returning to his arctic home, Loki takes his misery out on Bard in the form of bratty behavior. The sad thing is that he wants nothing more than to be happily mated and raising a family with a virile male like Bard. He simply can’t let go of his resentment toward those who keep him essentially a prisoner in the Rogue Pack.

The test of wills between Bard and Loki is coming to a head. Loki is no longer a pup. He’s becoming a mature omega and his heat is imminent. Bard will do anything to keep the boy safe, but when Loki refuses to be bred, Bard faces a terrible decision. The course he chooses may forever doom his growing love for the omega.

My Review: Ever since Loki has joined the pack with the ferals, he has always been viewed in a slightly negative light. At first, he was seen as a spoiled pup who has been overindulged by his brother Destin and the two Gammas Carr and Bard. As he flounders into adulthood, he is seen as a promiscuous, somewhat selfish, standoffish Omega. He is always seen as shirking his Omega duties and nature. He is always getting into some kind of trouble and running away from his protectors Gammas Carr and now Bard. Loki is aware of how he is viewed and it hurts him deeply, but he hides it through his defiance. There is an undercurrent of vulnerability that comes through in his unguarded moments. Loki feels cheated and he misses his home in the Arctic. He doesn’t understand why he was forced to flee with his brother in the dead of night.

The answer to that is held by the men who have been protecting him. They’ve all made a pact to keep this secret from Loki. Bard has started questioning this decision and slowly seeing the error of their ways. Bard has been with Loki since he was a pup. Unlike the others, watching the Omega grow into adulthood has fostered different feelings within him. Bard desires Loki and his wolf craves him to distraction. Above all else, he cares for Loki and would give him anything possible in his power. Now that Loki’s heat is imminent a decision has to be made quick or the Omega will die. Loki is in severe pain and his cries have put some of the other members of the pack in distress. It has forced Reed into early labour and Daniel is bristling with anger out of fear for his mate and unborn pup. Tensions are definitely high amongst the dominants.

Bard will mount and breed the Omega with or without his consent, he cannot watch Loki die. He knows it comes with a high price, Loki will certainly hate him once the deed is done. To him, this is the only recourse. He is in a really hard spot, no pun intended. On one hand he begs for Loki’s forgiveness for what he is about to do. On the other hand , his Gamma wolf is riding him doggedly, pushing him to take and breed his Omega finally. He tries to be as gentle as possible, but with Loki fighting diligently, it’s a slippery slope. Bard resists mating Loki as he knows this is a lifelong bond that cannot be broken. As much as he is willing to knot Loki to save his life ,he is unwilling to take away all of his choices. Even as strenuously as Loki fought, he can’t help but see the gentle caring that Bard gives him when his heat abates. Loki’s heat ends successfully in a pregnancy.

Most of Loki’s resentment stems from the fact that he is always kept in the dark. He feels like no one ever includes him in any decision making, it’s frustrating. He has no agency whatsoever and to him that’s the worst. He decides to step up and change things when the Omegas mention that the dominants are building a home so they can all live together. Loki storms out to Bard and lets his displeasure be heard about not being included in the plans. Bard apologizes for his lack of foresight, but Loki’s brother Destin doesn’t see why he is upset. Loki is learning how to navigate the pack as an adult and he is surprised when Bard defends him and seems to understand his position. The lines of communication are now open between Bard and Loki and they speak freely about what their feelings are towards each other. Bard now knows after talking to Loki that he doesn’t hate him, he just resented his high handed ways. Bard no longer feels totally hopeless about their future together when Loki asks him for time to sort out his feelings.

Loki’s reputation of a spoiled brat will be hard to evade, unless he proves himself. He courts danger unknowingly when they go on a moonlight pack run. Loki gets separated from the group and is charged by a black bear. Bard and another Beta Griffin comes to his rescue, but they are both hurt. Griffin is severely injured and unconscious and this causes a few people to be furious with Loki when they think he willfully ran away. Loki’s brother Destin is very upset and harsh words are exchanged between the two. The powder keg of emotions that they have been sitting on finally explodes. Loki goads Destin into revealing the secrets he has tried to protect him from since they ran from their pack. Loki is appalled and shattered to find out that his own father planned to rape and breed him in order to sire an alpha pup. Loki is even more upset and guilty when he thinks of all that he put Bard through, a Gamma who has sacrificed so much to protect him. He is overwhelmed with his newfound knowledge, but he thanks his brother for his sacrifice.

Loki is exhausted with the rollercoaster his feelings have been on. Finally, he acknowledges that Bard is the only mate he wants. He sees all of the sacrifices that Bard has made for him and his wellbeing. Loki is definitely on the road to adulthood and he is ditching all his brattiness. Until Bard lets it slip , that he likes a bit of bratty with his omega. These two are certainly in it for the long haul, it was a long road and a lot of uphill battles, but true love won the day. I give this my ratings of 4- lose the underwear.

No Angel ( No Shame 5) by Nora Phoenix

Title: No Angel Word Count:167 pgs
Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb:Indy and his chosen family are celebrating the holidays…in true No Shame style.

It’s time to say I do, and Indy couldn’t be more excited. Side by side with Noah, Josh, and Connor, he’s proud to take his vows with their friends watching.

But his post-wedding bliss is rudely interrupted when his past once again comes back to haunt him. And not just him, Connor gets some shocking news as well that leaves him reeling.

Before they can all share the best Christmas ever, they’ll need to come together as one family.

No Angel is the fifth book in the No Shame series, a continuing series that needs to be read in order (start with No Filter). You can expect the usual sexy shenanigans, some suspense, and a whole lotta love and emotions as we reconnect with all characters from the previous books.

My Review: The boys are back and even hotter than before. It starts out with Indy and Josh having wedding jitters. They are both about to marry the men of their dreams, Noah and Connor. To the world this looks like a joint wedding of two couples. It really is a melding of 4 souls joining together to form one whole. Connor is no longer jealous of the special relationship that Indy has with Josh. To them, it’s as natural as breathing and they come together seamlessly. Both Connor and Noah are finally understanding that they all need this connection and bond that keeps growing for all of them. Instead of dividing, it has actually brought them closer together, they are now a family. This also includes the trio that they have let into their lives , Charlie, Brad and his ‘daddy’ Miles. Although unconventional, all of these relationships are being fostered in a safe environment that has allowed them to flourish.

News that there is a contract out on Indy’s life once more threatens to shake their foundation. Connor, Noah and Miles who are the ‘man’ of the house decide to hire private security to ensure their ‘boys’ are safe. They all agree that the security needs to be kink friendly so that they won’t need to curtail their lifestyles. They find a Dom named Wander who is very open minded, but it is still an adjustment and causes some embarrassment for some members of the household. This tests the true strength of the triad relationship when it comes to light that Miles is a bit embarrassed of his relationship. Brad is deeply hurt that his ‘daddy’ would deny the special part of their relationship…. his need of his consensual use and debasement. Miles knows he needs to atone for his mistakes so he asks Connor to dole out his punishment. Although unconventional for a Dom to ask another Dom for punishment, this is his way to prove his worthiness to his ‘boy’.

Even more earth-shattering is when Connor’s mom calls him out of the blue. She says her final goodbyes and tells of the end of her affiliation with the mob. Connor takes this as a premonition of bad things to come and he is indeed right. After giving herself over to police custody, she confesses to her crimes of murdering the remaining Fitzpatricks and then some. This is her last act of protecting Connor and proves her unfailing love in her own way. She later commits suicide. This is heart-rending for Connor, but his men are there to pick him up. Connor is shattered and he doesn’t do well with grief. It is Noah who pulls him in the right direction to express his feelings.

Indy comes up with a game where everyone in the house gets their ultimate sexual fantasy. It is through these sexy times where Connor and Noah finally become intimate with each other and boy was it intense. Intense in a good way and cathartic at the same time. It was definitely a balm to soothe Connor’s hurt and put him back together again. Blake and Aaron was also featured and they also get their happy ending. Aaron proposed to his master who accepts. They have a winter wonderland wedding on Christmas eve where Blake gets the chance to officially collar his ‘puppy’ with a diamond encrusted pink collar. This was certainly the best Christmas holidays for all these men who’ve come together and formed this beautiful family. I give this my ratings of 5- bring out the vibrators cause there is lots of hot sex. I absolutely loved the perfect end to a perfect series.

Facing West: A Forever Wilde Novel by Lucy Lennox

Title: Facing West                   Word Count: 300 pgs
Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb:Nico
I left my family and tiny Texas hometown fifteen years ago to escape small-town gossips and to give my mom and sister the chance at a better life. But when a phone call from an attorney back home informs me that my sister passed away, leaving me custody of her newborn baby, I’m shocked out of the steady life I’ve built for myself running a tattoo shop in San Francisco.

The thing is: I don’t do babies. And I don’t do small towns. Or commitment. And I especially don’t do family. My plan is to go back to Hobie just long enough to sign adoption papers, giving my niece the kind of stable, loving family I could never provide.

But the moment I meet my niece in the arms of Weston Wilde, my sister’s best friend and the town’s handsome doctor, my plans begin to change. Because suddenly, I see a different future. One with the very thing I thought I never deserved: a family. If only I can convince West that I’m not the same good-for-nothing kid ready to bolt when things get tough.

Weston
There’s one thing I know for sure about Nico Salerno: he was a good-for-nothing as a kid and judging by the purple-haired, tattoo’d punk who shows up at his sister’s funeral, he hasn’t changed. There’s no way I’m letting him take custody of my best friend’s baby.

But the more time I spend around him, the more I realize that his rough exterior is just a shell and that beneath all the tattoos is a scared, insecure man searching for a place to belong. And pretty soon I know exactly where he belongs: in my bed and by my side.

The problem is, he abandoned his family once before, how do I know that if we become a family he won’t do it again?

Facing West is the first in the new Forever Wilde series about the huge Wilde family from Hobie, Texas, whose patriarchs aren’t above a little meddling if that’s what it takes to help their grandkids find true love.

My Review: Nico Salerno has his own life far away from the small town of Hobie, Texas. He owns his tattoo shop and has been making his own way for the last 15 years without any contact from his family. Colour him shocked when he gets a phone call from a lawyer saying his sister has died and he needs to settle her affairs. He is heartbroken for a sister he believed hated him. There are a lot of feelings swirling around inside of him, at the very top being anger at the town and at the people he believed hated and resented him for being gay and abandoning his family.

Resentment is strongest coming from the esteemed Dr. Weston Wilde, his sister Adriana’s best friend. West sees a tattooed punk who only cares about himself and abandoned his family. He is worried that the same fate is about to happen to the precious 4 month old Pippa, Nico’s niece. Nico states clearly that he knows nothing about babies. From the very beginning, there is tension between Nico and West. West has his preconceived notions about Nico and Nico hates the fact that West judges him unfairly without knowing his story.

It soon becomes apparent that the two are attracted to each other. West doesn’t want to want this man who he knows is itching to leave everything and everybody from their small town. After witnessing Nico in confrontation with the closeted town sheriff Curt who is also his step brother , West goes to check on him. What he finds is a broken-hearted Nico who cries for his sister and his mother who he’s only learnt recently passed away years ago. Nico is faced with many regrets from his past. There is a tender moment between Nico and West when West offers him comfort and dulls his loneliness for just a moment.

Once West sees this side of Nico, all his protective instincts come to the surface and the attraction he held at bay can no longer be curtailed. When he decides to go after what he wants, Nico responds favorably to his dominance. Their night is filled with intense passion with moments of vulnerability on both their parts. They both realize that the journey they are about to embark on is not only about sex. With Pippa involved and both of them invested in her, things get real pretty fast.

They both realize that they make a good team and a familial bond is definitely being formed between them and Pippa. Nico starts reconciling the sister he knew with the one that West describes. He starts to realize that his sister apparently grew up and was respected by many in their small town. He regrets missing out on the relationship that could have been. This realization makes it even harder to think about leaving Pippa to be adopted by strangers. Their comfortable domesticity soon comes to a halt when disturbing information about Pippa’s father comes to light.

West is the father, at least that’s what the birth certificate states. Nico is shattered when he hears the news and doesn’t even allow West to plead his case. West is clueless as to why he is listed as Pippa’s father. He can only speculate as to why his best friend Adrianna would do that. He just wants to make it clear to the man he’s falling for that he never slept with his sister.

Nico does what he does best, he runs. It becomes hard for Nico to acclimate to his past life. He has been back for weeks , but his whole life feels so empty until West shows up at his tattoo shop. West claims his man in front of his friends. He expresses his love for Nico and for the first time Nico feels like he belongs. Nico goes back home to his small town Hobie, a place he now realize has always been in his blood. They know they will face challenges, but with the help of the Wildes, they will make it. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear.

Terms of Service (The Heretic Dom’s Club 2) by Marie Sexton

Title: Terms of Service Word Count:398 pgs
Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb:Dr. River McKay moved to Denver with his husband, Terrence, hoping to give their failing marriage a new start. A year later, Terrence is gone and River’s left brokenhearted. Now, he’s decided it’s time to get back in the game. A chance encounter at the hospital introduces him to Phil, a strong-willed pharmacist who isn’t impressed by River’s degree.

Phil can’t deny his attraction to River, but dating is out of the question. Phil only does one kind of relationship — domestic servitude, where he gives the orders and his partner obeys. To his surprise, River agrees — not because he likes the idea, but because anything’s better than being alone.

They know the arrangement won’t last. Phil’s set in his ways and incapable of showing affection outside the bedroom. River’s unused to obedience and still in love with his ex. But their time together will change them, making them question everything they thought they knew about love, control, and relationships. When the unexpected threatens to tear them apart, they’ll have to choose between the comforts of the past and a future they can only find together.

My Review: After his marriage ends in a most disastrous way, Doctor River is left floundering. Although his husband cheated on him and is now dating a surgeon at the hospital where they all work, River still misses and loves his cheating ex Terrence. To alleviate some of the awkwardness, River works the graveyard shifts in the emergency room. River’s life is at a standstill and he feels like a pathetic human being without a purpose outside of work. That is until he meets Phil.

Phil is a pharmacist at the hospital where River works. After an extremely stressful night in the ER, Phil refuses to fill a prescription for one of River’s patients. Needless to say, their first meeting doesn’t go so well as River sees Phil as a challenge to his authority. River pulls out all his cockiness, deciding to show Phil who is boss. That is until Phil points out very calmly and slightly mocking that the prescription conflicts with the patient and could have eventually resulted in a heart attack with prolonged use. River is penitent and apologizes to Phil when he sees that his slip up could have caused harm.

The next time River sees Phil, he goes out of his way to mend fences. He starts up a conversation and one thing leads to another leading them to talk about the debacle that is now River’s life.Phil suggests hook up sites such as Growlr to River. River decides to check it out, but he chickens out on his first two dates. When he comes across Phil’s profile, he sets up a date thinking that familiarity will work in his favor. Phil is definitely surprised to see River at his door. Right away Phil lets the bigger man know what he is into. Phil is a Dom who subscribes to the BDSM principle of domestic servitude. River is slightly unsure, but intrigued nonetheless. Soon their unlikely arrangement begins.

Phil eases River into the lifestyle gently. He is very militant in his practices and he has 2 very important rules. First rule is that River has to obey all his orders explicitly and secondly River should never touch him. Phil is very clear about their arrangement, it is not to be considered a relationship, because that is something he cannot provide. There will be sex, intimacy and certainly pleasure, but that will be all.As a Dom Phil is as cold as ice and he is borderline OCD. However, his rules are in place due to his past experiences. It soon becomes clear that Phil has a lot of baggage, something that has caused him to become emotionally stunted.

As the weeks go on, Phil pushes some of River’s limits. River finds freedom in being chained and collared. He relishes serving his ‘Teacher’ and his inner exhibitionist is set free. River is introduced to Phil’s friends at their poker night. He is turned on when he sees Dom Gray getting a blowjob from Dom Warren’s submissive Taylor. He realises that he would love switching places with Taylor. When Phil sees River’s interest, he suggests setting up a scene where River will be used by his friends when its his turn to host poker night.

Things are going great for them, when River has a run in with Terrence who wants him to sign their divorce papers. River is at an all time low and indulges in too much Scotch. He forgets one of the main rules and touches Phil as a way of seeking validation. Phil pushes him away and warns him about their agreement. Resentment starts building for River as he realizes that this arrangement is almost one sided. He sees Phil as a cold fish in his time of need and the domestic servitude doesn’t seem as intriguing anymore. Even though he is ready to give up, he begs Phil for a drop of reassurance. Phil remains stoic and gives River ‘recess’. This leaves River alone to question if this is something he can really live with. He knows deep down that Phil will forever hold back a part of himself.

Before he can continue, he seeks advice from one of Phil’s friends, Dom Charlie. Charlie explains that Phil is a complicated character, but he can see that he values River by the fact that he has been introduced to his friends. Charlie emphasizes that River needs to be patient and reshape his thinking if he wants to be with Phil for the long haul. Charlie explains that River has to look for the underlying nuances to gain insight into Phil’s true feelings. Phil is definitely not unperturbed by River’s absence. It soon becomes clear that he just doesn’t know how to express what he feels. River goes back willingly and is fervent in his dedication to continue his domestic servitude.

River comes with his own set of baggage. He has hang-ups about bottoming which usually results in the embodiment of impotence. They have gotten hot and sweaty many times, but never as far as penetration. Phil decides to make that happen after allowing his friends to have many orgasmic rounds with River on poker night. River is super blissful and exhausted by the time they are alone. It’s closest he’s ever felt to anyone and it is truly a memorable moment.

To the outside world their increased closeness would not be apparent, but this is definitely true in the days following ‘recess’. They go camping and River sees a different more caring side to Phil when his impotence rears its ugly head again. River gets the best part of Phil when he switches up the dynamics and gives him the trust of bottoming for River. Phil is laid bare in all his vulnerability. His austere facade disappears as he opens up emotionally, blooming with passion. Their weeklong camping trip brings about a sense of peace and River has never seen ‘Teacher’ so relaxed. River loves this version of what they have and embraces belonging to Phil.They are definitely closer than they were, but rather than leaving with a renewed resolve. It leaves a whole bunch of unanswered questions for Phil to sort through his head. River sees that Phil needs space so he heads home. That’s where he finds his ex Terrence ensconced in their home waiting for him.

Things have gone south for Terrence after his lover gets charged for stealing pills from the hospital. He is now home for good with apologies rolling off his tongue and his smug attitude. River is faced with all he ever wanted from the moment Terrence walked out, but It leaves him confused and needing to talk to Phil. As soon as he explains to Phil, Phil sets him free . In his own way Phil is devastated, but he knows this is a choice that River has to willingly make. River wanted Phil to fight for him, but that’s not Phil’s style. River goes home and Phil turns to the comfort of his friends.

River tries to move on with Terrence who wants to know details about his relationship with Phil. River just glosses over the surface, saying that Phil likes control in bed. Even that is too much, it feels disloyal to talk about Phil and expose his lifestyle to Terrence’s possible ridicule. After about a week River sees the truth, the fact that Terrence has not changed and he is still the same conniving, selfish person he has always been. He finds out that Terrence intercepted a letter sent by Phil. When he reads the letter, he sees through Phil’s soul and he realized that maybe he doesn’t need Phil to fight for him, maybe he needs to be the one to fight for Phil. Phil lays himself bare and finally River understands the nuances that points to love. Phil has always been patient, giving and allowing River to be himself without ridicule or recriminations. Without hesitation River packs his stuff and goes home to kneel before his ‘teacher’. Phil is overcome with love and even though he is the teacher, he knows finally what it means to belong. I give this my ratings of 4- lose the underwear. It is a very unorthodox relationship, certainly not for everyone, but the love ,trust and vulnerability that shines through is embedded on my heart.

Omega on the Loose ( The Rogue Pack 6) by Samantha Cayto

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.