Sunday, November 25, 2018

Release Blitz: Blackwood by Pia Foxhall #Review

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Length: 93,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Tiferet Design


In a world that is still getting used to shifters, where everyone thinks omegas are second class citizens, nature photographer and omega Braden Payne lets everyone think he’s a beta. That way no one gives him a hard time and he doesn’t have to live a repeat of his failed relationship. But when his car breaks down in the remote Blackwood forest in Western Australia, without the medication that lets him hide who he is, he’s faced with what he fears most: an unmated alpha.

Government forest guardian and alpha Coll MacDubhar is tired of illegal loggers, foolish tourists and people who underestimate the wilds of Western Australia. He discovers Braden lost and in need of medical assistance in the forest he protects and knows something’s not right.

But there’s hidden depths to Braden that capture his interest, and no decent alpha would walk away when Braden’s unwelcome past comes to visit.


I will admit that this book started a little slow for me which made it hard to want to keep going. But honestly, in the end, I’m so glad I did. I loved, loved Braden and Coll, individually but most especially together.

Like I said the set up of Braden’s breakdown were too slow for me and the reason for it happening was too contrived for me especially after getting to know Braden; it seemed that it wasn’t something I could see him letting happen. The slow pace in the beginning and a few other parts were mostly due to the amount of detail the author put into the environment or room they were in. In my opinion, there was way too much, most of which didn’t help me in the story. BUT that is certainly a personal preference.

The other thing that kept throwing me off, something that even in stories set in Australia, like this one, or the UK, was the single quotes used for dialogue throughout the book. It was hard to get used to and harder to see when reading. It’s minor but to me, worth mentioning.

What I loved was that this took the normal  Alpha, Beta, and Omega stereotypes and wrote a world that was still finding its way through those preconceptions and the hurt it caused the lowest class of them... omegas. I love the typical shifter hierarchy, but I love when authors make it their own and find a way to make it unique as well, and Pia did that in this story.

Coll was that perfect mix between Alpha and a sweet, caring man, and he was perfect for Braden and his issues. He helped Braden so much, step by step, to get to the point that he could see through it all and see that what he’s always known wasn’t the truth of it. Braden’s friend Aodhan and Hunter need a damn book, please! As little as we got of them together, I feel that there was something there between them.

It was a well paced and written book, and I hope you give it a try because it’s worth the time to sit and fall into Perth and Pia’s world of shifters.

Author Bio

Pia Foxhall is a queer, nonbinary and disabled Australian author who lives in the most isolated major city in the world – Perth, Western Australia – with two rescue cats. Much of their time writing is spent working on the Patreon- supported Fae Tales serial, a dark fantasy BDSM erotica epic that has been in production for many years. They’ve always been fascinated with all types of trauma recovery stories, and they like their character’s comfort to be earned, and the growth to feel real, and need a happy ending after that trauma recovery!

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