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- Publication Date: October 11, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B076D4L8Z9
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Sanctuary (Gay Mpreg MM Shifter Romance) (A Tale from the Mercy Hills Universe Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Sanctuary expands on the shifter world and gives us perspectives of other shifters not associated with Mercy Hills. Omegas are oppressed and shoehorned into rigid roles with no room for any deviances from what’s expected. But it’s not just Omegas, but all the different dynamics – there’s no room in this hierarchy for a Beta to break free from what’s expected from him to court and mate an Omega. And an Omega can’t accept the attention nor love of a Beta. This has been the obstacle Ori and Patton have been trying to navigate around their entire lives. Ori and Patton have always loved each other, first as best friends and then as star-crossed lovers forbidden from ever expressing that love. And then Ori is faced with a future that is so bleak it devastates him. Once Patton learns about this future, he knows he cannot allow it to come to fruition. So they both make a choice – they decide to no longer allow themselves to be defined by the expectations of their pack, they decide to choose love and each other, they choose to run.
The book has a fast pace as Ori and Patton run and hide from their pack. The plot has a suspenseful edge with the urgency Ori and Patton feel as they head towards Mercy Hills. During their journey, Ori and Patton grow, not only with their love for each other, but also as adults finally allowed to come into their own.
The narration was done wonderfully by Nick J. Russo. He brought the story to life and made it into a performance that was delightful to listen to.
Overall, this book and its narration was a five-star read and listen for me. I adore Mercy Hills and I loved this addition to it. Not only was the plot and characterization phenomenal, but the sex scenes were hot and the love story tender and sweet. I highly recommend this book, but you need to read the series in order to get the full enjoyment out of the story.
In Sanctuary, she twists the often over-treaded tropes of alpha/omega/beta into a sweet coming-of-age love story that defies her world's conventions.
Ori and Patton (the two main characters) must somehow overcome even their own traditions, not to mention the frightening world "outside walls" (outside the confining, but more-or-less safe shifter enclave) to achieve their goal of acceptance and a good life.
It's a powerful story, especially considering our current political situation, where "shifters" can easily be read as anyone who is not the dominant default of cis-het-white male American who distrust anyone who is "other" and "omega" a metaphorical substitute for weak/female/not-in-charge.
I loved how Byrde wove this story into her existing universe and gave us a glimpse of yet another enclave. I said above her world building is impeccable and I reiterate that statement. Not too many other writers make me green with envy at the worlds they've created, but she does. And she's excellent at explaining those worlds without resorting to the "as you know" info dump. She gets how to write and that translates to excellent storytelling.
Kudos for another great book and, as always, I'll be one of the first in line for the next one.
They come from Perseguir, the pack that had thrown Holland out like some 3 day old trash. You get to see a glimpse of him through Ori and Patton’s eyes and witness his disgrace and downfall. Ori is the only one who lends a hand, which shows just who Ori is as a person, and Holland is able to return the favor when it really counts. It’s nice to see how another pack operates and their perceptions of the A/O/B hierarchy. I mean, an O/B pairing appears to be almost as taboo as a shifter/human one would be. I really liked getting a glimpse of this other pack if for no other reason than to see just how different and progressive Mercy Hills is, but I couldn’t wait for Ori and Patton to get there because I wanted them to be safe and happy.
This story left me wanting more, which is nothing new, and very impatient to read the next one. I want to revisit with Ori and Patton again, and I hope we see a lot of them in the upcoming books. It’s always fun to predict who the next couple might be... maybe Cas and Raleigh? There were a few passing comments that made me think that, but whoever it is, I know it’ll be good.
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The humans of this world know ABOUT wolf-shifters, but don’t KNOW them or understand their nature. Shifters are feared or hated. They are constitutionally received as citizens but forced to live with little space behind high walls in enclaves that they can only leave with special permits. They must wear yellow marks on their clothes and are submitted to a curfew when they are outside their enclaves. They are barely admitted to human schools and seldom accepted in human hospitals. A contemporary, dystopian USA where the treatment of these undesired inhabitants reminds of the treatment of black people during slavery in USA or the apartheid in South Africa and of the Jews in Europe before and during the Second World War.
Not enough that wolf-shifters are discriminated in and segregated from the human world, the discrimination deepens within the packs according to genetic disposition that determines the social status. The division of wolves into alpha, beta, delta, gamma and omega leads to a reckless, often cruel abuse of omegas, especially the male ones - who have in this Mpreg (male pregnancy) universe a worse stand than wolf bitches, despite being told different.
Impoverished and isolated, the wolves have lost within a few generations many fundamental aspects of their age old culture, values and traditions. The packs shown in more detail are not only financially, but also spiritually depleted - poorly educated, misinformed, narrow-minded, even bigoted - the typical decaying, opioid addicted “southern rural”. The alphas are vain, more often than not corrupt, the other wolves struggle to survive against the odds. Still, despite that fact, they are not able to grasp the solution before their eyes.
In this desolate world and desperate situation one pack stands out due to the education level of their alpha and many a member, the modernity of their economy – especially revenue sources – , social structures and services, the importance given to each and every member of the pack and the deferential treatment of omegas.
Ann-Katrin Byrde reveals the differences between “the world” and “the Mercy Hills Pack” step by step - as of yet in six stories: Mating the Omega, Abel's Omega, Duke's Baby Deal, The Omega’s Alpha, Legally Mated and Sanctuary. Each story depicts the exceptional ways members of the Mercy Hills Pack find love and the fight they have to withstand both with human and shifter traditions in order to keep it.
The first four pairs the reader is introduced to are more or less the familiar pairings of an Mpreg universe: the alpha and the omega. Self-evidently not the common sort of pairings, because not only are the alphas more than remarkable, the omegas are extraordinary.
1. “Mating the Omega” introduces the concept of the “True Omega”, a concept to be yet entirely revealed and understood but seems to have something to do with special, maybe even magical abilities of some male omegas. It also bestows the Mercy Hills Pack their first victory over “shifter law” due to the prevalence of “human law” when it comes to treating omegas as individuals who are not to be sold into ownership of an alpha because they have equal rights as all wolves. It is also a story of parental devotion and of love being unpredictable and uncontrollable - a solid start worth good *4 stars*.
2. “Abel’s Omega” is a story about the strength of an omega protecting his off-spring and the open-mindedness of an alpha planning a well-balanced family by choosing to mate someone strong enough to be a real partner, not only a “homemaker”: another good *4 stars*.
3. “Duke’s Babydeal” deals with the mindlessness of youth and the warm-hearted devotion of an alpha who gets the suitable punishment for his communication impairment, insecurities and hesitancy and takes it graciously converting it into a reward. This is a bit of a May / December romance for solid *4 stars*.
4. “The Omega’s Alpha” is a heart wrenching and heartwarming love story between two grand souls each with a burdensome past. Troubled, but not broken, the alpha - damaged by the service in the human military - and the omega - outcast for being barren - mutually unearth their exceptional strength and become not only the leaders of the pack, but also the most glamourous pair. Nothing to bitch about, thus full *5 stars*.
5. “Legally Mated” is the story that unveils a further element in the singularity of the Mercy Hills Pack: the willingness of its leaders to appreciate humans according to their characteristics and behavior, and even to accept / allow inter-species relationships.
A character study in an unique love story: the human “alpha” lawyer (curious, daring, generous, self-assured, as sharp as a razor blade, temperamental and last but not least idealistic) and the wolf omega (alert and unsentimental mind, stubborn perseverance, unrelenting loyalty, cautious passion that promises a lot more) who refuses to be an omega (and hides that he is one) because he wants to be just himself (not a "bearer") and work in the field of law.
The development of the pack / humane society interactions takes an unexpected turn and some fruitful steps. A part of the story is rather naive – the author investing so much trust in an idealized president with corresponding congenial first lady and competent entourage, while we know from our history how fast such a configuration may change. Nevertheless, for the love of Garrick and Laine it is a *5 stars* story for me.
6. “Sanctuary” - the most recent release in the series - focuses on life in a different pack shown from the point of view of an omega that the reader meets as a teenager and accompanies on his way to growing up and fighting for his independence. Another taboo break: according to pack law “omegas are for alphas”, but this omega loved, before he knew what love is, his childhood best friend and the beta loves him back – so that they decide to elope and search sanctuary in Mercy Hills.
Judging by their possibilities and the nature of the world they confront, the illicit lovers succeed the almost impossible: escaping an enclave, moving into the human world undetected for over five months, surviving deprivation, illness, even a birth and sneaking into the enclave of their choice. An awesome read, *5 full stars*.
Do I recommend this series? I obviously do! Warmly!