Title: Saved: An Omegaverse Story (Breaking Free #1)
Author: A.M. Arthur
Publisher: Briggs-King Books
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Mpreg
Page Count: 243
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
He didn’t want an alpha to save him, but fate had other ideas…
Braun Etting was raised to know his place as an omega by his alpha father’s cruel words and fast fists, and he expects nothing but violence from the alpha who may one day mate him. His older brother Kell mated a cruel alpha who abuses him daily, and Braun is terrified of that seemingly inevitable future. When Braun’s father dies in a car crash, leaving Braun an orphan, he’s sent to a halfway house for omegas. But on his fourth night there, he witnesses a horrifying crime that sends him fleeing to the streets alone—and edging into his first heat.
Tarek Bloom is settled in his workaholic, single lifestyle, even if it is somewhat embarrassing to be a twenty-eight year-old unmated alpha. He enjoys his job as a constable, helping people and solving problems, so he isn’t prepared for his life to flip upside-down when he walks into his beta friend Dex’s apartment to help with “a problem.”
The problem turns out to be an unmated, nearly in-heat omega orphan who Dex and his husband rescued off the street last night. The even bigger problem is that Tarek feels the mating bond for this terrified omega immediately—and he’s pretty sure the omega feels it, too. But Braun hates alphas as a general rule, and no way is he giving in to the bond. All mating leads to is violence and suffering, so no thank you. But Tarek’s gentle kindness slips under Braun’s emotional shields, and Braun begins to want. To dream. All Braun has ever known is violent alphas, but Tarek is determined to make Braun trust him—and to trust in the idea of their happily ever after.
NOTE: This is a non-shifter Omegaverse story with alpha/omega/beta dynamics, heats, knotting, and mpreg. In this world, omegas are second-class citizens with few civil rights and almost no protections under the law. Trigger warnings for physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. 67,000 words.
I’m glad the next book is coming out next week, because this ends in a cliffy. I need to know what happens to Kell!!
Braun is an unmated Omega in a world of Alphas, Betas and Omegas. Omegas are the lowest of the lowest, and it is totally alright to abuse an omega, since they’re worth nothing in the society A.M. Arthur created.
When Braun’s father dies, Braun feels relieved because his abusive father can no longer hurt him. But now he’s sent to an omega home, where Braun feels bad things will happen. That’s why Braun runs away the first chance he gets. But when he gets cornered by two asshole alphas and is about to be raped, he questions his decision.
Fortunately two Betas intervene. Braun knows one of them since he was his nurse at the hospital he was at recently. Serge and Dex take Braun in and offer their place to stay for a while. Braun is happy to have a place to stay, but he is not happy with the Alpha who is friends with Serge and Dex and comes to visit often..
Tarek feels the mating bond, but also knows Braun is scared to be attracted to an Alpha. But Tarek will just have to be patient to get Braun to trust him…
This was a nice non-shifter mpreg book. I really enjoyed it. I do think we could have used a little more MINE MINE MINE in this. Tarek is trying to be veeeeery civil because Braun is scared. And while that is certainly admirable, I wanted them both to just tear each other’s clothes off and do the nasty some more.
And I felt the relationship got shoved in the back a little beause of all the action happening in the second half. Of course I really loved Braun’s brother Kell, and was eager enough to read more about him, but I also wanted to see Braun and Tarek mated, but there just wasn’t enough time. And since the next book is about Kell, I don’t think we’ll get a proper mating scene from them anymore. Well, I’ll just have to trust that they had hot monkey sex during said claiming and use my imagination.
Don’t worry, we do get enough sexy times, since Tarek helps Braun out with his first heat. We get self lubricating assholes, knotting, the whole works.
So yes, I enjoyed this.