Synopsis: With his former, rather abusive alpha dead, Caden is unsure that his new alpha, Fletcher, will truly be any better. The lot of omegas is usually to be playthings and breeders for their alpha masters, but the new alpha indicates he will not breed or impregnate an omega against their will. However, Caden’s work in helping fellow omegas may require him to seduce the new Alpha, who on the surface appears to be much less abusive than his previous master. As both omega and alpha work for their own opposing ends regarding their own safety and survival as well as in broader political struggles, the two have a difficult time resisting the powerful, natural, and sometimes magical attraction between them. (This story is in an omegaverse type of setting.)
Review: All of the elements of a good, unlikely alpha/omega mpreg romance and an underlying supernatural, political plot were present, but the work was lacking in the execution and exposition of these creative story lines and characters. The book raced through developments, shortly describing major events and changes without compelling prose or developing feelings and revelations at an appropriate pace that would entice and draw the reader in. Basically, the story and character ideas and conflicts were very solid, but the execution within individual scenes was often overly quick and simplistic.
For example, on several occasions the omega did something the alpha would likely find very questionable and/or dangerous. When the alpha discovers the omega’s questionable activity, he simply asks the omega who immediately explains it away truthfully. The alpha immediately moves on, even though that level of deep trust between the characters really had not really been established. These were opportunities for some drama and intrigue, or at the very least building some real emotional and relationship ties between two characters who lusted after each other, saw some very good in one another, but also had every reason to distrust their prospective partner. Repeatedly flying through huge potential conflicting issues with a quick, trusting sentence or two just made whole aspects of the plot and relationship rather flat and unappealing.
There are enough elements that show promise, but overall it reminds of other works with decently outlined but thinly written stories that surround very heated erotic scenes – except this mpreg story really doesn’t have much heat either. This is most appropriate for readers who like Alpha/Omega MPREG with a well-thought story but do not mind if it is thinly written (and has very little explicit heat).
Recommended for fans of: Omegaverse (Alpha/Beta/Omega) stories; MPREG (male pregnancy); almost complete trust/lack of conflict between the main characters.
Examples of extremely flat, underdeveloped, or just way too hokey scenes:
- Both alpha and omega are secretly searching for an extraordinarily powerful artifact, and when each realizes the other is pursuing the same item, there is quick agreement to look for it together. There is no real drama or distrust, even though the omega has been horribly abused by alphas in the past and is working for what the alpha considers to be a dangerous and untrustworthy organization. This type of scene would have been ripe for some potentially interesting character and relationship development.
- The extremely jealous alpha thinks his omega servant/bedmate is sneaking off to hook up with another lover. When he finds out omega is basically working for (what the alpha considers to be) a subversive organization, he mostly shrugs it off with just a little warning to his wandering omega about potential dangers.
- When the omega takes the extraordinarily powerful artifact/jewel to a man he doesn’t trust (and the alpha warned him about), the omega gets pummeled and loses the jewel. Even though the opportunity presents itself, he does not tell his extremely understanding and trusting alpha about it, but hides this major development for a while. When the alpha eventually finds out, he almost just shrugs it off.
I understand the idea that not every romantic couple needs to clash again and again, and not every minor or major issue needs to be driven into a soap-opera style confrontation. However, the extreme level of nonchalance for major developments (that could shake the future of their entire world) and over-the-top trust (for characters who did not seem to have yet really earned it yet from each other) just made the scenes rather unbelievable and simply just too pat for my preferences.