Leann Ryans-Autumn’s Rescue

It’s been a minute since we’ve seen one of Leann’s barbarian omegaverse stories. I am more than happy to read a new one with Autumn’s Rescue. I’ve been looking forward to this one, since we left Autumn in such a precarious place at the end of the last book.

For those who may have forgotten what happened, Autumn is an omega who was captured on a raid, and then traded to another tribe, with her cousin, Iris. Iris mated the leader of the village, but he declared that Autumn was going to choose her alpha.

To that end, he had her placed in a cave with 12 alphas. They used that cave as their bedroom. Autumn had her own space there, but the goal was for her to get used to the alphas, and to see which one worked for her. We don’t get to know all of them, luckily, becaue that would be a whole lot of alphas for us to remember, but there are a few that we learn about.

The primary ones are Dracon, Kull, Aesir, and Kantor. There is another alpha, but we really only see him as a side character. We do mostly get chapters from the POVs of the others.

The plot of this book is mostly about searching out a missing Autumn. This is not a spoiler, since the early part of this book overlaps with the last part of the last book, so, I’m not doing anything that will spoil you.

Autumn is very shy. I wouldn’t call her completely submissive, but she does lean on the submissive side. There are moments where you get to see flashes of internal fire, and even when you don’t see them, you know that they are there. I think that she’s hanging on as well as she can, considering all the things that have happened to her. Everything has changed in her life, and it has to be really scary, and then as she manages to get her feet under her, they are pulled out from under her again.

Of the 4 named alphas, I really like Kull and Dracon. It’s obvious that they are really, truly, concerned about Autumn and her comfort and wellbeing. I found it interesting that of all the alphas there competing for Autumn that they were often thought of as weak by the others whose POVs we get. I think that Kantor is slimy, and he’s sneaky and gross. Aesir’s a player, and I think that he’d be happier being a player. He’s not really a one omega kind of alpha. Dracon and Kull would definitely be that kind of person for her. I think both of them are strong and silent. They watch things and observe everything and think about what’s going on. I think that makes them stronger, and shame on anyone who can’t see that.

There aren’t any spoilers down below, mostly because it’s a short book. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Leann Ryans-Flawed

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve had an omegaverse book on here. I’m sure you’re all wondering how the fuck that happened. To tell you the truth, I have no clue. But, never fear, Leann is here to break the dry spell with the second book in her Omega Market series, Flawed.

So, here’s our story. Cassie and 5 other omega women have been hiding so that they aren’t collected and taken to the center to be mated off to an alpha. Too bad that their luck has run out. The military raids their hidden home to take them to the center. All of the omegas run away, trying to follow a plan that they’ve made, all but Cassie. She had been injured severely back when she was a child, and she couldn’t walk. She needs to use a wheelchair, but with all the soldiers there, she can’t get into her chair, and she’s willing to sacrifice herself so that her friends can get away. She gets taken to the collection center, but she figures that they will just let her go because she’s injured and has never gone into heat, even at her advanced age of 25.

Terille has been in the service for a long time. He was on the front lines until he was injured, and now he is working on Earth and part of his job is collecting omegas and guarding the center. He’s on the raid that gets Cassie and her fellow omegas. He carries her to the truck and then from the truck into the medical center so that the doctor can check her out. There’s just something about her that Terille can’t get out of his mind, so he decides that he’s going to do what he can to make her his mate.

I think that Terille is a very good man. He wants to make sure that Cassie knows how perfect she is. There isn’t anything about her that stops him, and he wants her even when they think that she won’t be able to go into heat and he won’t be able to bond with her. He’s gruff, and he doesn’t speak much to anyone, but part of that is because he’s got an injured throat, but he makes an effort to talk to her. I like that they are able to spend a lot of time talking and getting to know each other, which lets them have a deeper relationship faster, I think. Not to say that they wouldn’t have had a deep relationship anyway, but I think that it worked really well in their situation.

Cassie is really strong. She’s had to be. She’s survived a lot before she got to Terille. He’ll make sure that she doesn’t have to go through any of that again, but she survived a whole lot, and I have a lot of respect for her for that. She uses that strength with Terille, and he is really respectful about it, I think. He doesn’t do anything that could cut down that strength in her. In fact, I think that he does everything he can to continue to build it up for her.

I think that Terille and Cassie are a great couple, and I would love to see more about them in the future.

I do have to say one thing. I’ve spent the majority of my life involved in various communities of people with disabilities. I’ve talked about my brother before, I think, who had spina bifida. He needed to use a wheelchair in order to get around. The preferred language of people who use wheelchairs is a wheelchair user, and not wheelchair bound, because the wheelchair lets them be free. It’s part of people first language, which works to not define people by a disability, but to define them as a person first. A person with disabilities who uses a wheelchair versus a disabled wheelchair bound person. I am not trying to embarrass anyone or anything, because language evolves and terms change, and not knowing the right one isn’t anything to be embarrassed about. So, there’s that. It didn’t bother my enjoyment of the story in any way, it’s just something that I feel I need to say. 🙂

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The whole heat thing made me a wee bit grumpy the way it worked, but I understand why it happened the way it did.

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

Leann Ryans-Maid in Time

We have another story from Leann. This one is not an omegaverse book, and I am appreciating Leann’s continuing evolution as an author, and I’m looking forward to whatever she’s going to give us. This particular one is a Cinderella/Outlander kind of mashup, and it really works. So, let’s get on with Maid in Time.

We start in Regency England with Ivy and her evil family. Her parents are dead, and so she lives with her aunt and two cousins. As you can probably guess from me calling them evil, they aren’t very nice to her. Her Aunt Mary treats her like a servent, making her do all the work, and as Auntie Dearest fires off the other servents, Ivy has to pick up the slack, and her life is pretty fucking miserable. But Ivy has learned to deal with it. She doesn’t expect to find happiness. She has just kind of… Accepted her lot in life. She’s built up walls so that whatever is said to her just kind of sloughs off. It’s not a happy life, but it’s her life.

Then, one day, her family goes off to London so that they can go to a huge party that the new Prince Regent is throwing. Her family is going to be gone for two whole weeks, which is just totally awesome for Ivy. She’s going to be able to do some bigger chores and have some space to herself.

One day, during that time, she goes out to have lunch in the forest behind the house and gets caught in a storm and ends up someplace else, where she meets Dedrik.

I like Ivy. I also feel sorry for her. I think that she is a little brainwashed by her family, most probably because her aunt and cousins have been the only family she’s had for a long time, and she’s been made to feel responsible for them and to feel like she’s failing them if there is a problem. Like I said, her aunt is evil. So Ivy feels like she has to be with her family, no matter what, even if she knows that they will punish her.

Dedrik is a good man. He’s also a very determined man. I think that he has been alone for a very long time, but he’s come up with ways to handle things well on his own. I think that he will be really good for Ivy.

No spoilers today. Go check it out! Happy reading!

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Leann Ryans-Proposition #1

Leann usually gives us Omegaverse, but this is her first non-OV book. Proposition #1 is a pretty short read and one that is pretty engrossing. It is the first book in a new series, and it is a HFN. I wouldn’t quite call it a cliffie, since it pretty much wrapped up everything at the end.

So, here we go. Cadence is a young woman who is working really hard to make sure that her mother, who is dealing with dementia, and her younger brother have a roof over their head and food in their stomachs. She works two jobs and her brother takes care of their mother after he gets out of school. They are almost making it, and then her brother does something really stupid. He got involved with local drug dealers, and they made him their runner. On his very first run, something happened. He got mugged by some guys who stole $22k of drugs from him. Now the guys he was running drugs for want their money or they want him. Cadence isn’t about to let her brother get hurt, so she’s going to do what she can to help him.

Then we have Leo. His dad is the boss of the group that Cadence’s brother was working for. He told Cadence that he needed the money and he gave her 2 weeks to come up with it. Then Leo talks to her and tells her that he has a proposition for her.

Cadence is a sweet young woman. She’s also determined, which is a good thing, because that’s all that’s keeping her going. I do feel sorry for her trying to deal with her mother and her mother’s illness. I know how hard it is to take care of a family member with dementia. But she does a really good job, or at least the best job possible, as long as things stay normal. Even when things are not normal, she works so hard to do everything she can to help her family.

Leo isn’t a bad guy. He’s not the best guy either. I mean, he is the son of a drug boss, but there’s something about him that I really like.

I’m really looking forward to #2.

No spoilers today, since this one is so short.

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Anthology-Auctioned

Auctioned is a MF omegaverse anthology. There are 7 authors, some of whom I’ve read, some I haven’t. I used to be able to keep up with all the new MF o-verse authors and books, but there are enough now that it’s hard. Which is a good thing. More authors means more stories for me to read. I’m always happy to have more things to read. So, without further ado, let’s talk about the stories, shall we?

Intro

The intro lets us know what’s going on, Basically, there is this festival called the Rathsima Unity Festival that is celebrating the end of a war. The high point of the festival is the huge slave auctions that go on, where all kinds of beings are sold.

Raevyn London-Fight For Her

Raevyn is new to me, but I will be reading everything I can find, for damned sure. This starts with Anders, who is an alpha who was stolen from his village in a raid. He’s just been sold, when he discovers where a scent that has been distracting him comes from, and her name is Kasi. This was a really sweet story of alpha finds omega and does what he has to do to protect her.

Leann Ryans-Unexpected Gift

Leann is an old friend of the blog. I know that I’ve talked about how much I enjoy the way that she takes on the omegaverse. Working within the framework, she twists things around. She does that in this one too. Instead of being Mf, it’s Fm. We have Scarlett who is a female alpha, and her friends are going to give her a gift. It’s an omega male that they are buying for her. We haven’t seen a lot of Fm, at least not on Amazon yet. I’m sure there are some on Wattpad and Radish, but I haven’t had a chance to get over there to read them. I have a hard enough time making sure that I have the time to read all my books. I won’t tell you what my TBR looks like. Anyway, I loved Leann’s take on this, and I would love to see more of this world.

VT Bonds-The Omega Spy

VT is another newbie to me, and if the rest of their stories are like this one, I’ll be right on top of them. We have Omega, who is a spy and has been altered many times to kill people or get info. Now she’s been altered again to go find a specific alpha. Alpha buys her, and much mayhem ensues. One thing I really liked about this story is that we never learn names for our Omega and Alpha. I thought that it worked really well, and gave us a really interesting mix of distance and intimacy.

Merel Pierce-Eli’s Hellcat

Merel is another old friend, and she gifted me this book, so thank you so much, Merel! This is a MMf book. Well, sorta. When you read it, you’ll see. Elias and Lorin are alpha guards over the slave pens, but they are also lovers. Eli also likes females, and he’s been eyeing an omega slave who is scheduled for disposal. I really like the relationship dynamic between Eli and Lorin as well as Eli and Magda, and even Magda and Lorin. It’s a really interesting look at the world of omegaverse. I would really, really, really love for Merel to write more about these guys. (Hint, hint)

Emma Mountford-Alpha’s Pet

Goddamned motherfucking authors who want to go and rip my fucking heart out. Pay heed to the disclaimer. It’s a true thing. Fucking hell. I’m haunted.

Isoellen-Proper Behavior

I’ve read Isoellen before, and I’m pretty sure I reviewed her here. Like 99% sure. Well, she has a great story in this one, and I really enjoyed it. We have Druku, who is a genetically engineered being who was created for war. He’s been sold as a slave, but was supposed to be disposed of. But, these things happen. Omega Niddie is trying to run her uncle’s estate, but it’s not working well. Luckily, Druku is there. I really like him a lot. He’s really such a sweet guy, for, you know, a genetically engineered killing machine, which may be one of the weirdest sentences I’ve written in a while. But, it’s really true. I would love to see more of them too.

LP Dillon-An Alpha for Dahlia

LP Dillon is another new one for me. This was their first omegaverse story, but I really hope it won’t be their last. I really liked their take on it. We have Lia, who is a beta and whose beta lover is urging her to let them get together, but she really wants an alpha. She was willing to stay with him, but things happen, and she ends up with Bain. There are a lot of secrets and things happening in this one, and it really kept my interest. So, I’ll be keeping my eyes out for LP Dillon.

OK, if you’ve been thinking about dabbling in omegaverse, or you want to stay on the lighter end, mostly, then Auctioned is perfect for you. Go check it out!

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Leann Ryans-Used

Used is Leann’s latest Omegaverse book. It’s slightly different to her other books. Mostly, because this one has a lot less consensual stuff going on than her other books. Elise goes through a whole lot of stuff in this one.

So, here’s how the way that this world works. Omegas are a commodity. When they come of age, they are supposed to go to a center so that they can be “matched”. For matched, read they are basically placed on a galactic auction site, where all the alphas basically try to buy them. The whole process is supposed to be good for the omegas, and they are supposed to be treated well once they are in the center, but that’s not how it happens. There are terrible doctors who don’t want to be nice to her, and nurses who enable them. But, there is one woman there who befriends Elise and tries to make everything better for her. Her friend helps her with makeup and hair, and promises that she’ll find the best match for Elise.

Fast forward a couple weeks, and Elise has been matched to Tiral. On her trip to his planet so that they can mate, pirates take out the ship she’s on. The pirates want to get to Tiral or his father, because they want them to make some changes. But, nope, they aren’t there. They have Elise.

I like Elise. I think that she is a little naive sometimes, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, really. At the same time that she’s naive, she also has a real understanding of her world and how it works when it comes to certain things.

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I like Leir, a lot. I like that he’s thinking about all the people and wants to make things better.

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

2019 Round Up-Top Omegaverse Books

We’re back to my year-end round up from last year. Today is going to be my best Omegaverse books. I’m not sure how long this list is going to be, because some of the books I would put on this list I listed elsewhere, so… We’ll just have to see, won’t we?

Tabitha Black-Primal Mate

OK, I’m not just putting Primal Mate on here because the main character is named after me, really I’m not. The reason I am putting it on here is because I really liked the way that Clara interacted with the world. She is an Omega and knows that she’s an Omega, but she tried really hard to act like an Alpha. She trained herself to do it. She learned how to walk, talk, dress, and behave like she was an Alpha, until she couldn’t. I really liked watching her character and how she reacted once she went into heat and things changed. And hey, the fact that Tabby likes me enough to put my name on one of her characters is just really fucking cool.

Anna Wineheart-Gareth’s Boy

Anna released a few books this year, and I tend to reread her books too. I like the characters in them. They give me all the feelz. I’ve already had one of her books on my Top 10 list, and here’s another with Gareth’s Boy. This book is the second one in a spinoff series from the Men of Meadowfall books. This one goes on this list because of how Gareth changes his mind about Flores and how he wants to protect him. When you read this one, watch out for the carrots, snakes, and honey. Oh my. Do be aware that you will have all the feelz.

Leann Ryans-Hired for Heat

Leann took the Omegaverse and flipped it upside down. In Hired for Heat, instead of the Omegas having to be segregated, it’s the Alphas. Once a man presents as Alpha he is put into a camp and either has to work or, if he’s lucky, become a stud who helps Omega women through their heats. It is a fascinating idea and a very new way of looking at the O-verse. Leann has another book in this world, and I’m living for the series.

L.V. Lane-Taking Control

L.V. Lane’s Taking Control is another great take on the O-verse. In her world, there are more than Alphas, Betas, and Omegas, and they all have their own jobs. There are also people who don’t present at all. The reason that there are any Alphas et al in this world is because there was a virus that was released, and now everyone is at war. I am a couple of books behind in this series. I have all the books, I just need to sit down and read them. I just find this to be a really unique take on the O-verse.

Sara Fields-The Omegaborn Trilogy

I can’t really separate out Sara’s Omegaverse books out. That’s because the Omegaborn Trilogy has to be taken together, I think, as one big unit. Even though each book follows a different grouping of one Omega and several Alphas, it has a much larger story arc, and you need to read all of the books together to get the full impact of what is going on. We don’t often see a lot of Betas in the O-verse books, and I really liked what Sara did with it.

OK, that’s all my books for today. I have one more round up list coming, so stay tuned!

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Leann Ryans-Bear’s Honor

So, Leann has written another one of her barbarian Omergaverse books. Bear’s Honor is the second one in the series, and it is an enjoyable read. Leann tends to write on the lighter end of the ‘verse, and this one fits right into her groove.

So, Rune is another of the Omegas that Raider’s people stole from their village. She is living with the other Omegas in Raider and Lyric’s house while they are trying to figure out who they are going to mate. The other unattached Omegas aren’t having any problems, but Rune is. She likes the quiet and likes to be left alone. But sadly, that doesn’t get to happen. All the Omegas have to be escorted everywhere they are going, because there are only 3 of them and a whoooooooole lot of Alphas. Plus, they don’t know the language of their new village well, if at all. Rune doesn’t think that she’s going to be anyone’s first choice, because she’s not a dainty little Omega like some of the others, so she’s perfectly happy to be by herself and away from everyone. She makes it to the healer’s house and the healer offers to train her to be the next healer.

Meanwhile, Bear, Raider’s Second, has sworn that he isn’t going to take an Omega, but then there’s Rune. There’s just something about her that really attracts him to her, but he doesn’t want the rest of the tribe to think that he’s taking advantage of being the Second by taking one of the 3 unmated Omegas, so he has sworn on his honor to not do it. Idiot.

One day, when going to the market for the healer, Rune is accosted by an Alpha who tries to drag her away to his house. He won’t listen to her when she tells him no, so she tells him that she’s chosen Bear to be her mate. Bear makes her feel safe, and she feels drawn to him, so she’s pretty sure that’s all good. Except, Bear doesn’t know, and when he’s told that by other Alphas, he denies being chosen by her, which causes problems. So, to fix it, Rune calls for an old tradition to be put back into place. It allows everyone to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt who should be mated.

Bear really is an honorable man, but an honorable idiot. A big idiot. Everyone tells him how much of an idiot he is, and he just passes over it and tells everyone that he’s being honorable. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for honor and all, but he’s one of those that take it 50 steps too far. He’s a good man though, a really good man. He does everything that he can to make sure that his people are taken care of and is very responsible. If I were Raider, Bear would absolutely be the person that I would choose to be my Second.

Then we have Rune. I like her a lot. I totally get the wanting to be left alone a lot of the time, because I’m like that too. Too many people and my brain melts down. She doesn’t think much of herself, but she’s had her brother in her ear for years telling her that she’s not worth much, so of course she doesn’t think that. I, however, think that she’s worth a lot. She’s smart and caring. She is a quick learner too, I think. She’s just an all around nice person.

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Amara is tricksy as hell, and I absolutely love her.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check out all of Leann’s books. If you want to try MF Omegaverse and you don’t want to walk on the dark side, even though we have cookies, then she’s a good place to start. Happy reading!

Leann Ryans-In the Darkness & In the Light

I’m coming to you from my blogging lair deep in the Maine woods, also known as my bedroom. Still deep in the Maine woods. Flocks of turkeys wander by, and a moose has been known to show up once or twice. My move is finished, and now I’m in the unpacking stage. I almost think that’s the hardest part. Anyway, now that it’s over with, I can finally catch up on all the wonderful books I’ve been reading and needing to blog. Today, we have a duet from Leann Ryans, In the Darkness and In the Light.

Since it’s a Leann Ryans duet, you know that it’s an Omegaverse story. It’s on the darker side of her stories. Leann generally writes on the lighter end and this ain’t that.

This is our story. It starts with an Omega, Cara. Her mother has sold her to 4 Alphas, who have since kept her locked away in a dark room, chained up, and naked. She’s there to meet all their needs. ALLLLLL their needs. She doesn’t know their names. She barely even knows what they look like. She only knows them by their scents, Pine, Grass, Water, and Cinnamon. Each of them wants something in particular, and the longer she’s there, the more she knows what they want, and she does what she can to make them happy. The happier they are, the better her life is. Although it doesn’t seem like she could ever make Pine happy.

Things happen, and then there’s a cliffhanger. That’s not a spoiler, since Leann has put it in the blurb of the book. And as it’s a duet, it’s pretty much to be expected. But the second book is out right now, so it’s all good.

The second part of the book is a bit lighter than the first part, but that doesn’t mean that they didn’t have some serious problems in it, because they do. It’s just lighter in tone.

No spoilers today, darlings. Go check out this duet! Happy reading!

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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!