Title: Omega Released
Series:Omega Reimagined book 3
Publication Date: February 21, 2019
Length: 199 pages
Reviewed by Sammy
Growing up in the Hinterlands hasn’t prepared Benjy for life in North Leland where the alphas grow to an alarming size and he’s expected to get a job. He’s never been farther than running distance from his den until the morning his father drops him off in the city to be claimed by the first alpha who‘ll have him. Of all the things Benjy isn’t prepared for, finding his own mate is at the top of the list.
Fortunately, JT has all that covered—a bed to sleep in, a job at the library he’s in the process of opening, even matchmaking services. There might be wolves in North Leland who disapprove of JT’s wild omega ways, but he knows all the hottest alphas and he for sure knows how to take care of himself. He can take care of Benjy too, even when Benjy goes into his first heat. But could any of North Leland’s alphas really be good enough for his precious potato?
As the library takes shape, Benjy makes friends and settles into life in North Leland, but he’s not getting any closer to picking out an alpha. Why would he want to when JT gives him everything he needs, including a very special sort of knot? But it takes an inconveniently timed heat and a predatory alpha to make Benjy realize who he really wants for a mate.
Take one extremely naïve and sheltered omega, add a three month deadline to find an alpha in a strange land and you have a recipe for something akin to disaster. Benjy is the last of his siblings to be mated and his father has taken him to a neighboring territory to find his mate. Leaving him in the care of one of the Alpha Princes of the land, his father returns home with the admonition that if Benjy can’t find his mate in three months’ time he will be brought back home--no doubt to spend his life in isolation and alone. But the place he’s been brought to views the rights of omegas differently—they are no longer just there to be used and claimed but can have a life of their own even if not mated. When Benjy is taken under JT’s wing little does he ever dream the independent, sexually active omega will change his life.
On one hand I feel as though this novella was mislabeled and should come under the heading of erotica rather than romance. With more sex than anything else, this is certainly not the average Alpha/Beta/Omega story. Instead we have an incredibly young omega who has not yet encountered his first heat, virtually abandoned in a foreign land by his father with the threat of finding himself an alpha or face the embarrassment of being brought back home and returned to the incredibly cloistered life he had before the trip. It was never really explained why Benjy and his siblings had to be kept apart from the rest of the pack and guarded other than the idea that an alpha would essentially rape them if they were caught outside by themselves. So in light of that, the town where Benjy was taken to find a mate was a really unique and wonderful place—for the most part, omegas moved freely in that society—even holding jobs and going unmated if they desired to do so.
The premise of Omega Release by Tanya Chris was a good one—I liked the idea of a more progressive territory where omegas weren’t treated as just a hole to fill or a slave to mate. I liked JT right away for the brash way in which he lived his life and the clever way he kept alphas away from Benjy while he slowly fell in love with him even though he kept repeatedly reassuring him that he was only interested in mating for love and therefore unlikely to ever agree to being tied to another. JT took care of Benjy—both pushing him to experience independence for the first time while also looking after the young omega and keeping him from harm.
Where this story fell apart for me was the incredible naivete Benjy exhibited. He just came off as so very young and since he was begging for sex a great deal of this novel that made for an interesting read, to say the least. I wanted to understand why Benjy was so incredibly backwards not just in the ways of the world but going as far as not even not knowing about his heat and what it would be like. Surely one of his parents or another of his siblings could have given him some sort of guidance before they set him loose in a strange land? I did understand his father hoped the Alpha Prince would make a match for him but to just walk away without any assurance that would happen when your son was essentially completely in the dark as to how to find and keep a mate was a bit cavalier.
The other plot element that eventually left me rather bored was the unending sex. I got that these guys were in heat and I knew that meant an insatiable need for sexual gratification but honestly I just felt like we moved from one sex scene to another with very little story line to pull them together—again, it felt more like erotica than a romance. I really enjoyed those few moments where Benjy and JT talked about their dreams and the library JT wanted to build—that made the rest of the story palatable for me, in the end.
Omega Released was a fast moving erotic story that had a tiny bit of romance thrown in for good measure. It nicely created a different world where omegas had the opportunity to be independent and not just used as something to be owned as is per usual in an omegaverse story. I do wish there had been a bit more to the plot and a little less sex but you must decide on how much is too much for yourself. I do think fans of this author will enjoy this novella immensely.
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