Title: Omega Required
Author: Dessa Lux
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 4 2018
Genre(s): M/M Shifter mpreg
Page Count: 400
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
An alpha werewolf chasing his dream meets an omega fighting for his life in a strictly temporary marriage of convenience…
Alpha werewolf Beau Jeffries has been going it alone ever since he was cast out of his pack as a teenager for trying to help a human and endangering the pack’s secrets during the tumultuous years when the wider world was learning the truth about werewolves. He hasn’t lost his drive to help others, and he’s about to begin a prestigious medical residency–only to learn that, as the first werewolf the program has knowingly accepted, he’ll have to follow special rules, including the one that requires him to be married when he begins his residency.
Omega werewolf Roland Lea is just trying to survive. After escaping the last and worst in a string of abusive relationships that left him scarred and unable to conceive, he’s found safety in a refuge for homeless omegas. But despite the help he’s getting at the refuge, he just keeps getting sicker instead of better, further and further from being able to make it on his own. When he’s offered the opportunity to sign up with a mate-matching agency, he figures he has nothing to lose. No alpha is ever going to want an omega like him.
When Beau sees Roland’s profile, he knows at once what’s making the omega sick, and he’s determined to help. If he can persuade Roland to marry him, he can save Roland’s life while Roland helps him get through his residency. But will their hasty partnership be enough to bring them both through what’s ahead–and can temporary necessity lead to real love?
There were a lot of elements I liked about this story. But mostly, the overabundance of hurt/comfort I found in this. I do have to say the book felt too long and some intriguing plot points were never resolved, so that left me a bit disappointed at the end.
Beau is a young alpha who has just finished medical school. He is fully prepared to start his residency at the prestigious Rochester Clinic, when he learns he will only get accepted if he has either pack ties, or a mate. Since Beau never wants to be in a pack again after his own pack kicked him out, his only option is a mate.
Rory is a traumatized omega living in an omega refuge. He has finally broken free from his last abusive alpha and is not looking for an alpha ever again. But then he gets asked if he wants to consider a marriage proposal from a young alpha. Rory will get taken care of, he will get paid and he can leave the marriage at any time, but hopefully after 3 years so that the alpha in question can finish his residency.
Rory isn’t sure what to think of Beau. He seems too good to be true. But he also knows he cannot live at the refuge forever, so this might seem like a decent opportunity to be earn some money to stand on his own two feet after 3 years.
But once these two are married it is clear the marriage doesn’t feel fake to either of them. But Beau doesn’t want Rory to feel obligated to stay, and Rory is sure Beau doesn’t want him for a forever kind of marriage…
I loved the hurt/comfort parts in this. Rory is so hurt and shy, and Beau was this super patient alpha who just wanted to take care of Rory and to make him feel cared for.
I do have to admit that around the 50% mark I was getting just a bit bored since this book is so long. It takes them quite a while to be truly honest with each other about their feelings. Not that they were hiding everything, because both realized there must be feelings on both sides since they did act like a true mated couple. But the true I loved yous only happened near the end.
There were two things I really didn’t like and one was how Beau let himself be manipulated by the father of a young patient of his. And the other thing was how the medical problem with that patient was never resolved. I was so curious to find out what was wrong with the little girl, but we never learned that. Total bummer.
Other than that it was an enjoyable hurt/comfort alpha/omega mpreg story (no mpreg in this one, just the possibility) that might have been a tad too long, but still overall enjoyable. I do recommend this only for the die-hard shifter mpreg hurt/comfort fans, who like the hurt omegas and the super sweet alphas who take care of them.