Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Guild Team
Kris Vandergale is about to turn eighteen and it is time for him and his two brothers to have an exam, an exam that will change Kris’ life forever. Kris has always been his father’s favorite and is being raised to be an Alpha like his father but when the examination showed that he had the organs of an Omega, although non-functional he has become an outcast to be locked in his room and kept a virtual prisoner. Although his father has made sure he has all the comforts the one thing he is missing is freedom. As an Omega all Alphas are a danger to Kris even his own family.
Omega’s are considered the lowest of the low, they are breeders for the Alphas and treated as poorly as slaves, an Alpha can torture, kill, rape or do whatever they want to an Omega and none of it is considered illegal and now Kris is no better than them. Omegas live on farms always available when needed especially during the Burn a time when sex is required and could last for days.
Thorne is a neighbor of the Vandergale’s but after the death of his Omega mate he classified himself as dangerous and has lived by himself. He is convinced that during the Burn he was responsible for killing the man he loved, and he will never allow that to happen again. When Kris runs away after his father enters his room about to do the unthinkable he hides in Thorn’s shed. When Thorne finds him he does everything in his power to protect this lost soul but it won’t be easy since Kris’ father is one of the richest men and believes that Kris is his property so money is no object in the search for his missing son.
While with Thorne, Kris begins to see that everything he had ever been taught about Omega’s was a lie and once the golden child the mere fact that he has Omega organs even though he does carry the Alpha gene has made him a pariah, nothing but property. I was a little disturbed by the treatment of Omega’s and the treatment of a father toward the son he once loved.
This is a totally different take on the relationship between an Alpha and an Omega and at times it is not pretty. There are many very explicit sex scenes, attempted rape and just the fact that the Omega’s live on farms indicates just how much they are considered animals. What I really loved about this story was how Kris came to accept what he was and began to put the blame where it belonged on his father. Kris is like so many young boys today whose parents blame them for being gay and yet they raised them and feel no responsibility. Prejudice is alive and well today and a book like this should encourage young people to see how a boy like Kris can overcome and live a happy life.