Bax is desperate. Recently widowed, he takes his pups and flees his pack to avoid a new mate who wants him – but not his babies.
At Mercy Hills, he finds the help he’d hoped for, but also a man who both attracts and unnerves him. He doesn’t want another alpha mate, or even any mate, though he knows an omega has to have one. But Abel is unlike any other alpha he’s ever met, and the hope that had been crushed out of him begins to grow again in the warmth of Abel’s kindness and strength.
Bax is a dream come true for Abel – smart, loyal, strong, and loving. Everything Abe’s ever looked for in a mate. Except the independent omega has no reason to trust an alpha, and Abel’s going to have to work his way through layers of hurt if he wants to convince Bax he’s safe opening his heart.
But to keep him, he’ll have to fight for him.
I read this a while ago and I’ll admit that it’s very long so when I listened to it, I may have skimmed a bit.
Bax is an integral character in this series and his story sets the tone for many omegas to come, so I feel this book, especially, needs to be read to appreciate the others going forward.
From previous reviews, you know that this is a sort of dystopian society where shifters are ostracized to “camps” and made to act like prisoners in the world. They can be themselves but only in certain places.
The male pregnancy thing is not a secret but is definitely kept hidden from non shifters.
In general, the adults spend next to no time as wolves, and this is my main criticism of the series. The children do but the adults don’t seem to shift much.
Most of this is about the Alpha/Omega dynamic and male pregnancy and living on the outskirts of society.
I loved how Bax comes into his own and in later books you’d have a hard time recognizing the meek Omega we are introduced to at the beginning of the book.
If you’re a fan of male pregnancy and Alpha/Omega dynamics you’ll really like this. If you’re more a traditional shifter fan, maybe not.
Nick Russo narrates this, and if it hadn’t been for him I’m not sure I’d have listened to this at all as it’s quite long and full of minutia.
4 of 5 stars for the story
5 of 5 for the narration
Overall 4.5 stars
Copy Purchased for Review