Title ~ Broken Alpha (The Alpha/Omega Verse Book 1)
Author ~ DC Juris
Publisher ~ Torquere Press
Published ~ 12th January 2016
Genre ~ Sci Fi M/M Erotic Romance, Incest
Captain Korden Encarit of the North Star thought he'd lost the most important
person in the universe to him - his brother and lover, Rennett. A year later,
Rennett has been found alive, a captive on a hostile planet. Only when their
sibling link reactivates does Korden realize how bad the damage is: stripped of
his mental strength, Rennett is now a Broken Alpha. With the help of his friends
- ship's Malorcian healer, Sokel, and his fiery Human mate, Sebastian - Korden
must try and heal his brother's mind and help him adjust to his new status as
omega. But Rennett needs a mate, and it quickly becomes clear that no one is
willing. Will Korden give up everything he has worked for - his career, his ship
- buck Presidian tradition, and risk the scorn of their father to save his
I love anything Sci Fi! Books, movies, TV programmes, Space Operas...it's a genre that's always called to the inner geek in me, and since getting hooked on gay romance I've especially enjoyed books set in this particular sub genre. DC Juris is a new author to me but Broken Alpha's "Read me!" blurb spoke loudly, and after finishing it I'm definitely going be searching out more from this author.
There was a lot I enjoyed about this intriguing Sci Fi novella. DC Juris writing flows easily and I connected with his style and vision immediately. He creates a lovely sense of camaraderie and true friendship around his two space Alpha's; Presidian Captain Korden Encarit and the reptilian ships healer, Sokel, who is mated to his spunky human Omega, Sebastian. Three likeable characters whose love and support of Rennet add a lot of heart to the story. Poor Rennet definitely pulled my heartstrings!
A great premise, I liked the hurt/comfort side of the story, as it delivered some heart felt, dramatic and poignant interactions between Alpha space Captain Korden and his 'Broken Alpha' brother Rennet; two men whose taboo relationship drove the books emotional content.
However because it's a novella rather than a full length novel, as I read on there were times when personally I felt it suffered slightly from length constriction, it's world building clever but  told more than shown therefore affecting certain aspects of its key plot moments. Sometimes a little abrupt in its plot progression, I would have loved to have those parts of the story fleshed out more. Rennets terrifying ordeal and rescue especially. I was expecting a touch more action and excitement but mostly it was left to the imagination in order to push on to the more emotional dynamics of the two brothers taboo relationship, which of course is the main focus of the story. I sort of missed not seeing Rennets side as it sounded like it would have been quite an exciting segment.
For a fairly long stretch of the novella there was actually very little descriptive sex, which I didn't really miss because it suited the tone of the story at that stage. When the long awaited love scene did arrive it was quite a long explicit scene that—because of the dominant Alpha and submissive Omega traits— wasn't BDSM per se but it did have a strong sadomasochistic element. It was crucial to Rennets state of mind and pretty hot stuff but because of the lack of sexual action and description in the first two thirds of the novella, the jump into intense, explicit erotica did feel a bit like I was suddenly reading a different book. Not that I'm complaining really...*cough*...but it was slightly unexpected.
Overall though, I can't deny this was a pretty engaging read. One that kept me intrigued and heralds a good start to a series I'm looking forward to following up.
A Southern transplant who has retained none of his accent but all of his charm, DC Juris is an out and proud transgender bisexual living in Upstate New York with his husband, four dogs, three cats, and a menagerie of Halloween props just creepy enough to keep people guessing about his sanity. He's still hopelessly single when it comes to the woman in his life, and he'll gladly entertain offers or applications for the position! In the rare event that he's not writing, DC can be found surfing the internet for random research, killing things on his Xbox, reading, taking pictures of the world around him, or playing Farmville, to which he admits a complete and totally blissful addiction.