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.
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Dark, Twisty, and Different
I get into book ruts with run-of-the-mill romances - you know, the sweet ones where he's great, she's great, insta-love, happily-ever-after complete with picket fence, a dog, and 1.5 children.To get out of those, I turn to books that are disturbing. Dark. I-don't-know-what-I'm-reading-but-I-think-I-love-it and they walk the line of ...romance?
And yep. Born to Be Bound ripped me riiiiight out of my book rut.
Hmm, sort of lycanthrope vibes, or some sort of "other" creature with their biological differences, despite them referring to themselves as human - and I liked that, because what the characters do and undergo doesn't seem *so* bad if "it's just their nature".
But. It's still bad enough that it is nothing like those insta-love-happy romances. You know. The boring ones.
This book was not boring --- Eye opening, horrifying, addictive? YES. What does that remind me of?
Not in audio but Venomous One by Penelope Fletcher had dark elements/captive/WHAT-AM-I-EVEN-READING moments, This is War, Baby by K Webster (that one was a mindbender, for sure - you don't even know which "hero" to root for) Kitty Thomas (pick any - all are totally disturbed)
In audio: Anna Zaires' books are dark and SOOO twisted. Other than that, hmm -- I'd love to see what others are comparing BtBB to; I really enjoyed the sci-fi sort of element going on + dark and I'm all for more like this.
The author described Logan's voice as having a sexy timbre. That he does. :) After hanging out on audio/narrator groups on FB, I've learned that comparing narrators to a certain narrator *coughs* SebYo is kind of turning reviews into an epidemic drinking game for them so I won't compare, I won't. Logan McAllister's voice acting style is more Jim Frangione than Robert Petkoff, and although I normally gravitate towards narrators like Petkoff who make the book sound like an audio play than an audio reading, Logan McAllister has this fabulous voice, and *whispers*... I liked him /better/ than Frangione (Sorry JF! BDB fans don't throw that! stop! STOP!)
Please record book 2! And I book 3!! And thank you for a great male narrator; I was going to say that male voices are more ...soothing? But the material of the story is anything but. I don't know what it is. I favs for female narrators, but if it was a this-or-a-that choice, I'd prefer a guy in 3rd person narratives most of the time.
- ReadMeAStory "Milo's Sidekick"