Title: Omega Mine
Author: Aline Hunter
Format: Paperback and eBook
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Source: Smexy Fab Four Tours
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Series: Alpha and Omega Series # 1
Best Read in Order: Not Applicable
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About the Book:
A bond forged in blood. Fealty given to the one he desires above all others.
Graced with the ability to shift into any form, Diskant Black is the absolute authority when it comes to New York shifters, and as the Omega of the city, his word is law. Protecting the shifter races is more than a job, it’s a predisposition ingrained since birth–nothing is more important. Until a chance encounter with a tiny female sets fire to his blood, brings him to his knees and turns his world upside down. Ava Brisbane is more than he bargained for in a mate–beautiful, fragile…human. If he wants to keep her by his side, he’ll have to sacrifice a portion of his soul to establish a bond that can never be broken.
Unfortunately, the timing couldn’t be worse. Shepherds–hunters of all the shifter races–have arrived in New York. To protect the woman he can’t live without, Diskant will have to stand against those who have come to start a war.
I had some interesting thoughts on this book, and my reaction to it is still mixed: even though there are many who found it tremendous. Firstly, the story does have some unique elements: it isn’t often that I come across a shifter novel with a shifter who is capable of transformation to any form he chooses, and is supremely alpha in each one. That was both a unique and fun twist, which managed to give a point to the author for originality. Unfortunately, every single “bad boy” generalization that could be used to define the character of Diskant: tattoos, Harley, snarky attitude that borders on bully, and promiscuity. So he was described beautifully – and is handsome, but I could have done without the stereotypes. The story had a great set up to be different, and unique, and that just took the edge off for me.
Now, Hunter again worked to redeem the story in creating the character of Ava: giving her a compelling story and troubles with family that so many of us can relate to. But the emotional connection that I would have hoped to see from the characters just didn’t feel authentic, no matter how often I was told about it. And therein lies the rub – I was told. Repeatedly. Not shown. It wasn’t until near the end of the story that their combined forces actually created a tentative emotional connection that I could see and believe in. When you combined those issues with some overly complex yet poorly drafted sentences that served little purpose but to add to confusion and half-define metaphors that would have been basic, at best, the story becomes a bit of a ‘meh’ for me.
Passably good book that needs another round of editing and tightening, there are some great ideas here that just didn’t grab me and demand that I turn that page. This just wasn’t, unfortunately, the read for me. Go, check it out – read the reviews and a sample – it may be your next must have!
I received an eBook copy for purpose of honest review for Smexy Fab Four tour. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Aline Hunter is the alias of multi-published author J.A. Saare, who has written stories featured in horror magazines, zombie romance anthologies, and flash fiction contests. Her work has a notable dark undertone, which she credits to her love of old eighties horror films, tastes in music, and choices in reading, and have been described as “full of sensual promise,” “gritty and sexy,” and “a breath of fresh air.”
Currently she is penning multiple projects within the urban fantasy, erotic and contemporary, and paranormal romance categories. You can visit her online at www.alinehunter.com. Those interested in her tamer side can learn more by visiting www.jasaare.com.