- File Size: 3412 KB
- Print Length: 215 pages
- Publication Date: May 25, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072324NGJ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,699 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I personally especially appreciated the side-story of the Princess, and the overall including of expanded (and LGBT-friendly) exploration of male/female gender roles in an Omegaverse society (including female Alphas and Omegas, as well as the typical male Alpha can mate with a male Omega).
Loved the characters and I was immediately fully invested in Rowan and his happiness. He's a great character in an unfortunate position of being in love with someone unavailable.
TWO great plot twists. I was O.o because I was caught off guard, and that's really unusual for me!
So, Ms. Peters, you've got me now! Heading back to read more of your work!!
Title: The Prince and the Omega
Author: Penelope Peter
Review: The opening to The Prince and the Omega was great, we meet Rowan who is an omega as he arrives at his best friend Celia’s (also an omega) engagement announcement party where she is to be married to an Alpha prince. As the party begins we are also introduced to Prince Gaspar of Iberia who is going to be marrying Celia despite the fact he prefers men. Wanting to have some fun before his marriage Gus heads out to the party where he bumps into Rowan. As the King arrives Rowen unknowingly helps Gus escape the party as he isn’t meant to be there yet.
As we approach the ¼ mark in the novel Gus and Rowan talks as they work their way through the castle’s secret passageways. Gus tells Rowan he is with the Royal party so Rowan leads him back to the Prince’s room not knowing that Gus is the prince. While there the passion ignite and Rowan willing gives his virginity to Gus despite knowing he will never be with him, that this hour is all he is going to get. Afterwards Rowan learns the condom broke but since he isn’t in heat he shouldn’t be able to get pregnant. As both men head back to the party separately Rowan is excited to tell his cousin all about Gus until he sees Gus and Celia together. Rowan puts all the pieces together and learns he just gave his virginity to Celia’s future husband and he knows that he can never tell her about what happened on that night.
As we approach the halfway mark in the novel we see the aftermath of Gus and Rowen’s one night stand. Rowan begins to feel ill and has kept the fling a secret from everyone except Amelia his alpha friend. While Rowan and Amelia are talking the newly engaged couple arrive and there is so much tension resulting in an argument ended by a kiss. A few weeks after their encounter Rowan confirms his pregnancy but the only person that knows is Amelia and she offers Rowan an escape by bonding with her.
As we cross into the final section of the novel Gus and Celia’s wedding approaches Rowan is now over 5 months pregnant. As Rowan and Amelia arrive at the castle she leaves him to face Celia alone because they need to talk. While they are in the library men with guns come out of the tunnels and kidnap them both. Gus and Amelia obviously go after them where they learn that Bruce, Gus’ illegitimate brother kidnapped both the unbounded omega in order to claim them for himself and spite Gus in more ways than one but together Gus and Amelia overpower Bruce and rescue their loved ones. It turns out that while Gus and Rowan were pining for each other Amelia and Celia were doing the same. In order to make everyone happy Gus breaks off the engagement to marry Rowan so Celia can do the same and be happy with Amelia. The epilogue was beautiful everyone had their happy ending and it just perfectly concluded this standalone romance novel.
This wasn’t a “great” book. There were flaws. The writing was immature in places and there were parts where it was trite and the reality of the situation was somewhat strained. However, it was a good book, and an extremely entertaining read.
I suppose the realistic rating for this book would be 3.5* but I’m giving it 4* purely because of its entertainment value. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and read it in one sitting, although it caused me to stay up until the early hours.
I loved Rowan from the very first page to the last. His character is consistent, honourable, sweet and a little naïve at times. He tries his hardest do the right things by his friends and where did it leave him – abandoned and pregnant. Fortunately, he had Amelia to pick up the pieces.
Amelia was my second favourite character. She’s a tough cookie with a snarky humour and a liking for knives – just my kind of girl. You always know where you are with this girl. She shoots straight from the hip and takes no nonsense. I suspected her role early on but was still taken by surprise and had an “Aww” moment.
Gus, I wasn’t so keen on. He allowed his brother to talk him into having a fling the night of his engagement and although he tells Rowan from the start it can only be a one-time deal, he deliberately misleads Rowan about his identity and then won’t leave him alone. Poor Rowan struggles with his loyalty to his friend and wants to keep Gus at a distance, but Gus keeps yanking him back. I appreciate Gus is in emotional pain, but given his opinions at the beginning about his father’s indiscretions I think he’s being an idiot.
What can I say about Celia. She sounds as if she was a fun friend as a child, but the way she behaves in the book, I can imagine she would be a difficult person to spend any amount of time with. She professes to being Rowan’s best friend, but she doesn’t act like it. A best friend would have seen he was in pain and instead of complaining about how he doesn’t keep in contact, would have spent time with him and actually talked to him about what was bothering him. Okay, it would have made things a lot more difficult for Rowan but it would give me a better impression of her. At the moment I don’t think she deserves Rowan’s devotion.
That being said, the characters gel well and complement each other. The story itself is a nicely woven tapestry of strange, but nicely drawn world that is a mix of fantasy and contemporary. There is darkness, but it’s a subtle thread rather than an “in your face” band of black cord. Even Rowan’s pain is bittersweet.
All in all I loved this story despite it’s flaws. If you like quirky fantasy with princesses and castles, as well as cars, computers and guns, this is definitely one for your TBR list.
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