Thursday, November 16, 2017

Book Review: HEARD (Breaking Free # 3) by A.M. Arthur

HEARD (Breaking Free # 3) 
by A.M. Arthur 
An Omegaverse Story

An omega who can’t speak meets an alpha who won’t listen….

Karter Jenks is a first-year constable who’s still trying to prove himself to his superiors, so he isn’t looking for a mate right now. Soon, sure, but he also knows he has work to do to change his alphahole tendencies around omega rights. The Kell Iverson trial opened his eyes to how cruelly some omegas are treated, and Karter doesn’t want to follow in his authoritarian father’s footsteps when he finds his mate. And he absolutely does not expect a homeless omega vagrant and burglary suspect to be his bondmate.

Jax Orris escaped a life of captivity and pain to save himself and his infant son. Living as vagrants isn’t ideal, but it’s better than trusting the authorities who landed Jax in hell to begin with. When their hiding place is discovered, Jax is shocked to feel the mating bond with the young alpha who’s been tracking him—and even more shocked when the constable doesn’t immediately arrest him for his crimes. It helps him trust Karter enough to accept his help in keeping himself and his son safe from the men Jax escaped.

Jax’s story horrifies Karter, and he vows to protect his omega from further harm—but first he has to get his stubborn, angry omega to trust him. Trust is no longer in Jax’s nature, but he can’t deny his connection to the young alpha eager to please him. Jax never thought he’d want another alpha to touch him, much less mate with him, but Karter’s gentle patience breaks down the walls Jax erected around his heart after the death of his first mate. As Jax’s next heat approaches, the investigation into his captivity uncovers surprising connections to several previous cases, and the danger to everyone involved increases. Can he trust Karter to protect him, or will Jax’s past destroy their chance for a happily ever after?

NOTE: This is a non-shifter Omegaverse story with alpha/omega/beta dynamics, heats, knotting, and mpreg. In this world, omegas are second-class citizens with few civil rights and almost no protections under the law. Trigger warnings for physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.

5 Stars!

I think this is my favorite of this series. Not only did I really enjoy the story but I loved both MC’s and I didn’t feel that way about the other two books. I actually cared what happened to Jax and Karter from the very beginning and the more I read about them, the more I loved them and hoped for a really great HEA.

Karter Jenks was kind of a surprise to me. When we met him in the previous story, I had assumptions about him but he was very different. He’s young, only 23. He comes from a pretty conservative family but they are also a loving family. Karter wasn’t a jerk, honestly, he was quite sweet and accommodating as well as eager to change and be better. He’s hoping he’ll meet his mate, especially after Tarek and Braun and Ronin and Kell. However, he isn’t actively searching for his mate. Finding him the way he does shocks him but he immediately does what he sees as the right thing and I loved him for it.

Karter is protective, gentle, sweet and caring when it comes to Jax and Jax’s baby. He pretty much makes Jax his top priority and embraces the bond and mating. It doesn’t bother Karter that Jax is mute, older and already an omegin (his original mate died).

Jax is a great addition to this series because he gives a very different idea of an Omega and how they look, act and feel. He’s extraordinarily brave as well as strong and will do anything to make sure he and his son survive. He also has a lot more Alpha in him than Braun and Kell and personally, I loved that.

Together these guys have incredible chemistry and well, I have to say they’re pretty sexy together. I loved that in the bedroom (and outside of it) they don’t follow the stereotypical Alpha Omega roles at all times. While it was a pretty short timeframe from their first encounter 'til their mating, it didn’t feel like it was rushed, instead I liked the pacing.

Overall, I definitely recommend Heard. It’s well written and very entertaining. This is a very intriguing series and all worth reading.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.***

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