Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Book Review: 'Omega Shadow' by Quinn Michaels

Pennsylvania author Quinn Michaels pens sweet, sexy Mpreg romances: he also has published a fine book on Investing in the Computer Age! As Quinn phrases it, ‘I love fantasy, werewolves and M/M mpreg romance! My goal is to write action-packed adventures of romance, self-discovery and second chances, all served up with a hefty helping of sweet, sexy Omegas and hot, determined Alphas who will do anything to cherish, love, and protect them.’

Quinn has opened a new series of books that focus on Mpreg romances. His first book – OMEGA SHELTER - set the mood for the Pine Creek Lake series, which extended well with OMEGA SACRIFICE and even better with OMEGA SHADOW.

We first meet Kyle – ‘Kyle held his hand against Ron’s front door in case the omega decided to slam it on him. The midwife’s bag bumped against Kyle’s hip as he bent his knees to settle his weight. "You told Artie this afternoon you were feeling those pains again." "And I told her not to come over." Ron had the door open enough to see half of his face, the partial profile of a narrow shoulder, and the tips of his fingers resting on his very pregnant belly. "Chaz’s going to be home any minute." "It’s a quick exam." Kyle tried to keep his disgust from showing. Ron was two weeks from delivery, and his no-good mate was as useless as a sack of rocks. And as dangerous when he got into the wrong mood, which was too often. Kyle said, "This won’t take long. I just want to make sure everything’s okay with the babies. Twins are a challenge. Especially when the bearer’s a man." Finally, Ron stepped back and pulled the door open. "Okay. Let’s go upstairs to the nursery. It’ll be better in the nursery."

Then Shadow enters - ‘One clean punch and the alpha dropped. Good. Shadow’s knuckles stung. He hated bullies. At least this one was staying down. Shadow had thought he would have to hit the other alpha again. Whatever was going on with this guy, he had lost control of his wolf. Shadow felt like he’d punched the other alpha back into human form as the man’s jaw receded and the fur on his hands and forearms sunk back into his skin. Maybe he had been sick. Maybe he was strung out. The latter seemed more likely. Though the Blackcreek pack was much larger than Shadow’s own Pine Creek Lake den, they lacked discipline. Outside of fighting, the alphas just stomped around and did whatever they wanted, while the omegas and betas kept to their own. It was weird to spend almost a month around so many wolves and yet feel like he barely knew any of them. Shadow wanted to go home. He wasn't doing much good here. He kneeled down beside the fallen alpha. The man looked pale. Had he stopped breathing? Shadow hadn't hit him that hard. He put two fingers under the man’s nose to feel for breath. Nothing.’

And that tells us the essence of the place and den of Pine Creek Lake. The plot is distilled as follows- ‘Midwife-apprentice, Kyle’s sheltered world is shattered when a patient’s mate flies into a murderous rage and attacks him. Kyle is rescued by a handsome alpha visitor, but as attraction blazes between the two men, and they fall into each other’s dreams, what starts as lust becomes something impossible. Kyle is a beta. He can’t be an alpha’s true mate. And yet, what else explains their connection? Pine Creek Lake alpha, Shadow isn’t looking for his true mate when he stumbles across a beta being attacked in the middle of the night. But when a simple rescue reveals a chain of possible murders, Shadow must learn the truth about the man in his dreams before it’s too late. Something is driving alphas in the Blackcreek pack to rage and die young. Is Kyle as ignorant as he pretends, or is he hiding a dangerous secret? As Kyle and Shadow work together to discover the truth, both men are forced to question their deepest assumptions about themselves and each other. Are they fated mates? Is Kyle living a lie? And when the truth is revealed, will Kyle have the courage to face it before Shadow suffers the same death as the others?

Short but told with fervor and erotic steam, Quinn seems be gathering a following for these books. Grady Harp, April 18

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