Surrender is not survival. Claire is desperate. Her once thriving city lies in ruins. The strongest of the three human dynamics, Alphas, have grown feral. Common Betas circle like vultures. The lowest in the hierarchy, rare and weak Omegas like Claire, are being destroyed. Sheltering amidst a dwindling enclave of frightened Omega women, Claire cannot provide enough to feed them all; her friends are starving.
All due to one escaped convict’s violent rise to power.
Shepherd is every bit as ruthless as his reputation suggests, but Claire cannot continue watching her friends suffer. Her last recourse is to beg the most powerful Alpha in the city for aid.
Up close, the sheer size of Shepherd, the raw power of the man, terrifies her. But he may be her only hope.
Before she can render her plea, Claire’s disguise and careful plans fail. Despite taking every possible precaution, she is captured. The moment the Alpha senses her, Claire’s worst nightmare is realized: Shepherd, discovering a rare Omega in his midst, claims her like a prize, forcing a pair-bond that ties her to him forever.
Claire becomes his.
Shepherd keeps his wayward mate locked away where only he might enjoy her and refuses to help her fellow Omegas unless they, too, are irrevocably bound to favored soldiers of his choosing. Claire cannot allow such a thing. She fights her instincts and his will, because no matter how many times he’s knotted her, how manipulative the bond might be, she despises what he’s done.
And Shepherd vows he will hunt her down – ready to burn the city to ash if he has to. Because Claire is his. His mate.
The first book in Addison Cain’s exciting, raw, and suspense-filled Omegaverse trilogy is a dark tale with explicit sexual themes and complete power exchange. If such material offends you, please do not purchase.
Let me get the required parts for a review taken care of now. Pay close attention to the wording in the synopsis. Because lack of warnings are a huge pet peeve for me, I looked closely and was impressed how the warning was there among the description of the story. When reading the blurb you will see everything you need to know about how dark and painful some scenes can be.
I am sure there are going to be two trigger topics for some readers but I ask that you consider how both scenes continued the advancement of the plot. Without the first one, he would have not been bonded to her which probably saved her life. He “loves” her? I say that because he is obsessed with her and even though he is portrayed as the devil, I liked him. I found the balance between his animalistic tendencies and his tender side of wanting to make things easier for her intriguing. Shepherd isn’t someone that a reader can just make a quick determination on because the plot twists and turns with each chapter.
Claire broke my heart while also made me want to shake her till she saw reality of the situation. I have to say she is a fighter and one strong woman. After hiding who she really was for so long, she still couldn’t just accept her fate in life. At first it confused me as she would weaken and surrender to him with one sound, but then be angry and resentful, claiming she doesn’t want him near her. It didn’t take long with the way the story was explained that things began to make perfect sense and my heart went out to Claire.
The other trigger topic for some will come at the end of the book. It isn’t a problem for me, but I know some readers take offense to what will happen. Once again it was vital for the plot development and ending to book one. This scene was needed to force Claire into the mind state that lead to the cliff hanging ending. She needed to be broken so she could rise again and hopefully save herself. I think her past relationship with her parents played a bigger part in what happens after this scene than we know right now.
There are times in this story that I felt dragged along, it could have been because the new character that was interacting with Claire didn’t give me the dark and exciting element I was craving but I see no way around having them play out as they did. I can hardly wait to get my hands on the next book. I have not read anything by this author but I am highly impressed with the way she presents the story with such raw emotion, intensity and explanation of the new world in which she is introducing us to.