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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1981276866
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- Publication Date: April 18, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CHV7QCF
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This Omegaverse is much better than the other one, Taken. This protag, Lillian Dorn, is not terminally stupid, just limited in problem solving skills. But she features in a plot line that is very interesting.
The antagonists are very antagonistic because we got to know their personalities pretty well. Dr Urwin is an imbittered Beta who thinks women are essentially liars and all are sexual deviants in secret while they keep their beta lovers on a leash. Dr Axel, the renowned Alpha scientist that Lillian had fangirled all through her grad school days turns out to be quite the sociopath, also with a limited and low opinion of women.
Lillian is blinded, initially, by her admiration for Dr Axel and shocked and thrilled to be working for the Deptartment of Defense on a top secret biodefense project. In order to make alpha soldiers unstoppable, Dr Axel is enhancing their Alphaness with hormone injections that have the unfortunate side effect of depressing their higher level thinking. The cerebral cortex not medulla oblongata (and a simple bing search would have delivered the correct part of the brain) is malfunctioning while the hormone pulses through the test subjects system making them Feral and unable to speak. The alpha test subjects are kept in cages, like lab rats, kept unclothed and in an environment that lacks basic human dignity. The female test subject are also kept in cages that are similar to prison cells in that they offer limited privacy for personal care but allow the females to communicate with one another. The purpose of the females is to entice the male the mate with them and claim them in the hopes that a mated alpha male will be easier to control. She is so eager to fit in and impress her new colleagues that she doesn’t fully grasp the ethical violations the project is tallying up. When she eventually ends up witnessing a live test, bringing together a female in an artificially instigated and controlled heat with an alpha male freshly injected with Feral inducing hormones, Lillian is stunned. She is shocked at the callous handling of both the male and female, but it is the female’s duress that triggers Lillian’s conclusion that this project is blatantly unethical and needs to be stopped.
What exactly qualifies an erotic romance as dark? Is it the lack of spring meadows, or candlit dinners? Is it the presence of clear reluctance, obviously dubious consent, or force/ravishment? The power imbalance in a dark erotic romance is certainly the most important element of a dark erotic read. The protagonist suffers under an imbalance of power, and in this story Lillian Dorn ends up on the short end of the fulcrum. Does darkness have to include pain, emotional and or physical? Lillian suffers a bit of both but the physical pain delivered by the hero, Test Subject 351, incidentally and unintentionally because he is under the influence of Feral inducing hormones and isn’t responsible for his behavior. Lillian suffers because she is also under the influence of Heat inducing hormones and likes, indeed wants, what the hero is giving. (Guess what he’s giving) But while Lillian certainly can’t control her body’s response to the hormones or the behavior of 351, she is cognizant of what is happening to her.
I thought this set up was a clever and unique way to plot the dark elements of this story and offer kudos to Nora Ash. This book 1 in the Feral series was essentially the set up of the story. Characters are introduced, plot line is laid out, and the conflict is presented. Assuming there will be two more books means book two will be the conflict struggle, and book three will be the resolution, this will be another 3 part offering.
This book ended just as unsatisfactorily as Taken. Why? Why are authors writing stories, breaking them into parts and selling each part separately? Imagine baked goods being sold this way, today you buy the list ingredients, next month the completed batter, following month you buy the baking instructions. A most unsatisfactory method of buying baked goods.
No thank you. Scarlett Edwards and her Uncovering You 10 part monstrosity and then Pepper Winters with her Indebted six parts insanity and now every author thinks their creativity is best marketed by creating chatter from fans begging for more. However, there have been a few authors who have broken their stories into parts but each part was meaty enough to leave me satisfied while anticipating more. Althea Romig and Jettie Woodruff come immediately to mind. Addison Cain is another author who has a few series under her belt but each part of her series contains enough meat, moves the story along enough that the reader (me) feels a sense of satisfaction upon finishing along with the anticipation of the rest of the story. Somehow these authors are able to take the reader through a series of emotions so that a sense of fullness is achieved by the end of each part, even though the full and final resolution won’t be coming for a while. Each part offers a bit of resolution, I guess.
This book was listed as having 100 pages but it also included maybe 15 or so pages which were introductions to other books the author has written. Sold at $2.99 for probably 85 or so pages it simply wasn’t meaty enough to leave this reader full enough to wait for the rest. And this is why I knocked off a star on the rating.
While this book, part one, has certainly generated interest in the whole story, it was nothing more than a list of ingredients. Fiction consists of three parts, introduction, conflict struggle, and resolution. The current marketing trend is to sell pieces of a story and not the full story and frankly I’m tired of being manipulated.
Write and sell the whole book, all at one time. I am sick and tired of this marketing manipulation. This isn’t a series, nor a serial, it is selling PARTS OF A WHOLE. Each book in a series SHOULD contain all three elements, 1. introduction of characters and setting, 2. conflict, and 3.resolution. A serial is an ongoing story involving the same characters and settings and overall conflict but resolves mini conflicts within each offering.
Author: Nora Ash
Designation: Book 1 of Serial, Short Novella(Approximately 100 pages), Not a Standalone, Cliffhanger Ahead #omegaversefiction #hotalphas #erotic #romance
Format: eBook Edition
My Rating: Five Sinfully Sexy Stars*****
Oh my! Here we go again! Okay, I'll be the first to admit that Omegaverse Fiction is one of my favorite guilty pleasures, and no one does it better than Nora Ash! Without a doubt, Ash pens the most deliciously naughty Omegaverse Fiction EVER and her latest sinfully sexy release Obsession, the first installment in her brand spanking new Feral serial, is no exception. Ash grabbed me in the first chapter and kept me on the edge of my seat with a death-grip on my ereader while my heart fluttered wildly in my chest! Heavens to Betsy, by the time I got to the last page, I was sweating bullets and struggling for my next breath. You better believe I rushed back to Amazon to see if the preorder was up for the second book of the series, Despair, and thank goodness it was! Needless to say, I one-clicked like a crazy woman! No one writes dark, erotic Omegaverse romance quite like Nora Ash. I've been a fan for years and race to Amazon every time she has a new release and Ash didn't disappoint in Obsession! But be forewarned, Omegaverse Fiction is not for the meek of heart! For folks unfamiliar with the term, Omegaverse is a subgenre of fan fiction in which canine-type characteristics are given to human characters, including alpha/beta/omega designations, strong themes of dominance, submission, possession, and usually contains knotting, marking, & biting during sex. Typically, it also includes the strong use of 'soul mates' with the concept of sex or mating as a biological imperative for both males and females. It varies greatly with each author, but I've always found Ash's work in this particular fandom to be fascinating as well as titillating. I guess you can tell I really like Ash's work; now let me tell you why!
Obsession is a dark, gritty, imaginative, riveting, seductive, fast-paced, well-crafted, easy-to-follow erotic romance with strong Omegaverse elements. The narrative is beautifully written with a first-person perspective from the female protagonist, bioanalyst research scientist Lillian Dorne. The dialogue is smart, snappy, gritty, well-executed, and flows effortlessly. But the piece de resistance of every Ash story is her cast of always unique and intriguing characters. One of the things I love most about Ash's writing is her ability to create harsh, gruff, growly, possessive, and unapologetically bad to the bone heroes/antiheroes, blessed (or cursed, depending on your perception) with an overabundance of attitude, testosterone, and alpha pheromones, yet still somehow make them sexy, engaging, irresistible, and endearing. Ash's Omegaverse stories are very much character driven, as is most Omegaverse Fiction, meaning the characters are the primary component or what I like to call 'the driving force' of the story. And folks, this may be erotic romance that curls your toes, but it's not fluff. Ash always balances her steamy storylines with lots of danger, drama, angst, suspense, conflict, and enough plot twists to keep you guessing. But at the heart of every single book, you'll always find a heartwarming love story, which brings me to the lovely, hardworking research bioanalyst Lillian Dorne and former Navy Seal now known as only Test Subject 351. I was immediately drawn into the story by these two characters. It's often difficult to get a good grasp on a story after only one installment, but there's enough for me to know there's a very special connection between the kindhearted Lillian and imprisoned feral test subject alpha. The intelligent, ambitious, but somewhat naive Lillian had no idea what she was getting into when she accepted a job working for her mentor and idol, Dr. Simon Axell, as a bioanalyst on a government-sanctioned biodefense project. Dr. Axell was an alpha himself, but he was also a respected, world-renowned scientist who'd conquered his primitive urges for the good of mankind - or so she thought. Unfortunately, Lillian was soon to receive a rude awakening about the not so good Dr. Axell and SilverCorp. Sigh... I just love when an unlikely heroine finds her courage and decides to champion the long-suffering hero or antihero as the case may be. We don't really know yet, but hopefully we'll find out more about test subject 351 in the next book. Will Lillian be able to save alpha test subject 351 and expose the truth of the heartbreaking atrocities perpetrated by the immoral Dr. Axell and SilverCorps? Or will her selfless act of conscience cost her everything? I guess we'll have to wait and see! Oh my! I can hardly wait for Book 2: Despair!
Did I like this book? No, I LOVED it! Would I recommend it? You bet, and I am but only for adult readers. It does include violence and explicit sex, some with dubious consent. If you've never read Omegaverse fan fiction, don't knock it till you've tried it! If you enjoy paranormal/fantasy/science fiction romance with elements of BDSM, you'll probably love this story, but these Alphas are not shifters, they're human with an overabundance of testosterone and alpha pheromones. And be forewarned, it's dark, dirty, and hot, hot, hot! I definitely advise against reading in polite company! It might be a little uncomfortable. Lol... Will I read this author again? OMG! Yes! And finally, was I entertained? Completely! Fabulous entertainment and an awesome read!
This one hit me hard. I can't wait for the next one. Brava to Nora Ash.