Reverse Harem/Paranormal Romance/Fantasy/Omegaverse
Book #1 The Omega War series
Published 7th March 2022
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Omegas need to be enslaved. They need to be kept in line otherwise they will manipulate the Alphas. They are responsible for the Betas not being able to breed. Therefore, they must be kept in line. For Harper, life at the Omega Compound has been normal since the age of fourteen. The minute she started producing Omega pheromones, she was shipped off by her parents for training. To be kept in line. Grueling regimes meant to keep them docile, strict living conditions that aren’t fit for any living thing, keep them safe, keep every body safe. When Harper is suddenly put up for acceptance into an Alpha pack, she is suspicious, and terrified. She knows what her lot in life is and she doesn’t know whether she’ll survive it. However, after seeing how different things can really be, Harper and the Winter Pack start to realise that the government isn’t being entirely truthful with everything. Can life really be different than what Harper has been lead to believe, or is it all a ruse meant to lull her into a false sense of security?
I was lucky enough to be one of those chosen to receive an ARC copy of this book. I haven’t read any Omegaverse stories before, that I can remember, and this one sounded super intriguing so I was stoked when I got the message, and I was not disappointed.
I want to put a trigger warning here, there are situations of abuse, torture and sexual assault in this story, so if that is something that you struggle with, may I suggest avoiding this story.
This is Flood’s first novel, and may I say, she knocked it out of the park. This is a story that some might see as offensive to women, but for me, that is definitely not the case. This to me was a story about government lies and secrets, about fear mongering in order to control society, and about a woman who has survived through so much trauma and abuse yet she still finds the will to keep going. Is Harper a kick arse female lead? Probably not in the way that you’re thinking. She’s not strong, and she’s not a physical fighter, but she never stops fighting. She fights every day to survive, she fights to hope that things will get better, and she fights because she doesn’t know how to roll over and simply give up. She is terrified every step of the way because her for seven years she’s been told that she’ll either end up with a pack that will use and abuse her like a toy, or in one of the heat nests where she’ll be used for breeding purposes for those who can afford it. So when she is placed with a pack of Alphas, she is of course terrified, but she works so hard to learn about her Alphas and to understand that things are not all as they seem. The Alphas, man, these were a group of wonderful characters, all so different to each other yet they fit together seamlessly. We have the leader, the strong one, who takes everything on his shoulders, we have the joker, the shadow, the fierce protector, the gentle one who has also faced trauma and is trying to get past it, and we have the brooding stone faced one, who has been hurt before and is terrified of losing those that he loves again. These four characters are all so real, their personalities are all so diverse and deep, and I loved getting to know them. They meshed so well with Harper’s character and I loved all the ways that they interacted with her, each giving what they could to help her adjust and make her a part of their family. I especially loved Ace’s Grandfather, he was such a wonderful character, and I simply adored him. I found the character interactions to be super cute and I adored the way the male characters were just infatuated with their leading lady.
This is a medium burn reverse harem romance, but there is little sprinklings of sexy times through out the story. I like that we got a chance for the relationships between Harper and the guys to develop and for them to get to know each other before blindly ripping off their clothes and having at it. I feel that this made the relationship development more real and natural, and I really enjoyed it. The story itself was absolutely gripping. I found myself unable to put this book down because I simply had to know what was going to happen next, and I was just hoping against hope and just waiting for the guys to see Harper, to meet her, to help her have a chance at a better life. I don’t want to say that she was saved, because even though she was in a dire situation that was only going to get worse had she stayed in it, I feel like she was given an opportunity for a better life, not so much saved from her old one. Some people may see this story as the damsel in distress being saved by the big man, which, yeah okay, I’ll relent it is a little bit like that, but when you look deeper, it’s so much more. As said above, Harper is a fighter and has been from the moment she was giving to the OC, she could have given up at any point, but she didn’t. The guys were in the right place at the right time and circumstance gave all five of the MCs a chance at something more, something better than what they had before. I’m definitely curious to see more unfold in relation to the government’s propaganda and I’m keen to see what happens in the coming books. I’m also interested in Rogue’s father who we get to meet briefly in this story, and I’m hoping we see more of him in coming instalments.
I really enjoyed their story, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series and I’m dying to know what’s going to happen to Harper’s only friend at the OC. If you like your story with heart, flawed characters that are just trying their best and healing from past scars, and characters who are given a chance at a better life, then give this one a go. If you really don’t like submissive females and stories that paint a world where females can be seen as less than, maybe give this book a miss. While I don’t believe that this book paints women at all as lesser, I know that some people will read it that way.