Author ~ CR Guiliano
Published ~ 14th September
Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance
Arri had been abused and picked on all his life. Born a runt, and then maturing into an omega, he was cast out of his pack. Figuring he’d not find another pack willing to take him in, he struggled to make a life for himself in the human world.
If he didn’t have bad luck, he had no luck at all. Jobs were hard to come by, and he wasn’t able to keep them for long, his omega empathy causing humiliating meltdowns.
He’d been robbed, mugged, and nearly raped too many times to count. Arri’s wolf was fundamentally broken, with no way to emerge, or protect him, finally withdrawing deep within him and remaining silent.
Then, a day came when things changed. Answering yet another employment ad, he was stunned to find the source of the advertisement was a beta wolf, then was shocked further when he was presented before the alpha of the Woodlynn pack. He’d heard rumors about this pack, the alpha considered one of the strongest on the continent.
He believed the rumors after meeting the large male.
Arri’s silent wolf had awakened, whispering to him, calling the alpha, mate, which was ridiculous. Alphas didn’t mate with lowly omegas. Especially male omegas, even though Arri was perfectly capable of giving an alpha pups, or so he’d been told by the old ex-beta he’d befriended. But then again, male omegas were rare, and thought little of, viewed as weak, considered unnatural. So, he would ignore his wolf, do his job, and keep his head down, not causing Alpha Dryden any cause to fire him.
Arri had such a hard life. Banished from his pack at such a young age. As soon as he shifted for the first time, into an Omega wolf he was told to leave, but his problems had begun well before that, thanks to the Alpha's son, Baston. He was really lucky, just before he left to spend some time with an old wolf called Burnett, who was at least able to let him know a bit more about what being an Omega would mean.
Trying to do his best in a human world, Arri is crippled by the way he can sense the emotions of others. So when he is taken in by an Alpha (who doesn't even know who or what he is) to work as a personal assistant for the man, Arri continued to do his best to hide his true nature, and try and keep his attraction for the Alpha a secret as well.
Dryden - well, for an Alpha he could be just a little bit thick sometime. He knows he's got problems in his pack and with other packs, and he thinks by hiring a 'human' assistant he can work out where his problems are coming from. Unfortunately a lot of the pack don't understand, which causes more problems in itself. This book is a slow burn in the romance department, but it's entertaining from the first page.
The only thing I didn't like in this book was the way Dryden was such a slut - in the author's world, it was because he was an Alpha with a very high sex drive, but my heart ached for Arri. Also, Dryden assumed he'd hired a human for the position of assistant and that the human would have to be educated about shifters. In the first meeting Dryden had with his betas he was using words like alpha and pack and things like that. Arri picked up on it, Dryden fobbed it off, and yes went back to screwing anything on legs.
This author has always had a way of stirring emotions with simple words and this book is no different. I felt Arri's pain, I felt the angst in the pack and when Baston turned up again - I felt all that too. This book is a bit harsh in places, but the connection (when it finally happens) between Dryden and Arri is too real to ignore. There are shifter politics in play, Mpreg, and Van - I liked Van. Highly recommended.