Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Saved by A.M. Arthur

Title: Saved
Author: AM Arthur
My Rating: B+

Genre: New Adult Paranormal (m/m)
Series: Breaking Free #1
Main Characters: Braun and Tarek
Release Date: September 2017
Publisher: Briggs-King Books
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
He didn’t want an alpha to save him, but fate had other ideas… 

Braun Etting was raised to know his place as an omega by his alpha father’s cruel words and fast fists, and he expects nothing but violence from the alpha who may one day mate him. His older brother Kell mated a cruel alpha who abuses him daily, and Braun is terrified of that seemingly inevitable future. When Braun’s father dies in a car crash, leaving Braun an orphan, he’s sent to a halfway house for omegas. But on his fourth night there, he witnesses a horrifying crime that sends him fleeing to the streets alone—and edging into his first heat. 

Tarek Bloom is settled in his workaholic, single lifestyle, even if it is somewhat embarrassing to be a twenty-eight year-old unmated alpha. He enjoys his job as a constable, helping people and solving problems, so he isn’t prepared for his life to flip upside-down when he walks into his beta friend Dex’s apartment to help with “a problem.” 

The problem turns out to be an unmated, nearly in-heat omega orphan who Dex and his husband rescued off the street last night. The even bigger problem is that Tarek feels the mating bond for this terrified omega immediately—and he’s pretty sure the omega feels it, too. But Braun hates alphas as a general rule, and no way is he giving in to the bond. All mating leads to is violence and suffering, so no thank you. But Tarek’s gentle kindness slips under Braun’s emotional shields, and Braun begins to want. To dream. All Braun has ever known is violent alphas, but Tarek is determined to make Braun trust him—and to trust in the idea of their happily ever after. 


NOTE: This is a non-shifter Omegaverse story with alpha/omega/beta dynamics, heats, knotting and mpreg. In this world, omegas are second-class citizens with few civil rights and almost no protections under the law. Trigger warnings for physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. 67,000 words. 
My Review:
AM Arthur writing paranormal? I had no idea what to expect. I knew I enjoyed this author's contemporary, but would that flow over into another style genre. Whew...it did! I really enjoyed this book and am literally counting down the days until I can get my hands on book number two. 

In this world, there are three classifications (all men)...alpha, beta, and omegas. They are not true shifters as they don't shift into animals. Omegas are the lowest of the classes...basically incubators for the children. They have zero rights or identities. They're basically slaves. 

Braun is a rarity....a 20 year old omega who hasn't gone into his first heat and is still unmated. He's terrified of mating. His alpha father and his brother's alpha are both incredibly cruel men and he can't ever see trusting someone like that to hold his life. But then he meets Tarek. 

Tarek is everything opposite of what Braun has known an alpha to be, but it's still almost impossible for Braun to extend his trust or affection. What if he's wrong?

This is a hard world for Omegas and to a lesser extent the betas, but I loved getting to visit it through AM Arthur's writing. I cannot wait for book #2. It's about Braun's brother who's been through the most horrific three years of his life. I imagine his book is going to be incredibly emotional. I cannot wait. 

If you enjoy mpreg/non-shifter worlds, I highly recommend this story. I really liked it. 

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