Title: All That Glitters (The Omega Auction #4)
Author: Kian Rhodes
Publisher: NDP Publications, LLC
Release Date: October 13th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Erotic Romance
Page Count: 227 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
“He has to go.”
The words echoed through the cavernous great-room that held my cage. I could have winced at the venom dripping from the Alpha’s voice. I could have cried at the injustice of being sent away after the injuries already visited upon me. I did neither, I simply closed my eyes and tried to block out the hateful noise as I breathed against the searing pain in my abdomen.
Captive or not, I would have preferred to stay in my human form – it was much more efficient at achieving a comfortable body temperature – but with neither clothing nor bedding provided in my cage to help me retain my body heat, I wouldn’t have been much better off. Instead, I lay curled in my wrought iron cage, my tail wrapped tightly around my body, the tip hooked over my snout as I tried to retain every bit of warmth available in the damp, drafty castle.
“But he’s an Omega,” the dowager dragoness argued. “That’s rare in itself, but he’s a jeweled dragon!” She clucked to herself. “A jeweled Omega! Do you know how rare a combination that is?”
“Of course I do,” the Alpha replied, exasperation seeping into his voice. “But the bloodlines are useless if we can’t control who breeds him.” He huffed and I heard a brief sizzle as his fiery breath clearly got too close to something. “Mother, he’s a whore. Do you really wish to bring that type of breeding stock into the lineage?”
“No, no. Of course not,” she answered, sighing heavily. “When Harold takes a mate, of course it should be one as pure as he or she is fertile.” Another sigh. “The children would have been beautiful, though. Where do you intend to send him?”
“The Omega Auction,” the Alpha said firmly. “That’s the only place I can think of to unload him without his virginity intact without cheating anyone.”
“Of course, the auction,” the dragoness said slowly. “Yes, I suppose that’s for the best.
I’m continuing to set the multiple editing errors (names mixed up, missing punctuation, grammar issues) aside.
This is dragon shifters Cian and Trevahn Falk’s story. Dragons don’t have traditional fated mates, so Trey doesn’t initially have the pull for Cian that the wolves have had for their mates. Trey buys Cian only for the purpose of breeding him.
“It’s important to bring as much fresh blood into the bloodlines as possible. All fertile dragons should be breeding in an attempt to increase the numbers of our species.”
However, after some really terrible treatment, both by Trey (inadvertently) and members of his household (on purpose) Cian becomes ill and begins to die. Faced with the possibility of losing the man he’s tried desperately not to get attached to, Trey goes to Trevor of the Coruscation pack for help.
I enjoyed some of this story. There’s a really nice thread of hurt/comfort here that hit the spot. I’m especially glad that even though this one had multiple POV, it wasn’t as jumbled as The Mating Game. Also, in this the timeline, though still screwed up, was less maddening as well.
I would have really liked to have gotten a better idea about Dragon history, and some of the plot points weren’t concluded very satisfactorily (what happened to Harold?), but in all it was enjoyable and I can’t seem to put the series down.
On to the next!