I am the luckiest woman in the world, to have as friends the fantastic authors Livia Grant, Lee Savino, Jennifer Bene, and Myra Danvers. And recently I've gotten to know Addison Cain as she made the transition to published author.
Holy hell the girl can write.
Born to be Bound is her first book, and she's nailed the target on her first try. The universe she's created is a tapestry of rich darkness and despair, with just enough glimmers of light to let us know that all is (maybe) not lost yet. We feel the Claire's desperation to save others like her from the first page, and witness the change into anger and despair as she is instead pair-bonded to a man she despises but is no longer able to resist. We cheer when she takes action to save herself, and cry again more when fate throws her back into her tormentor's hands. And the end of the book is not the end of the story, as we find ourselves with our mouth hanging open, unable to believe the event that unfolded on the final page, and wailing that we have to wait until the next book in June to find out what has happened. (Yes, it ends with a cliffhanger, but believe me, this is a full-length book, not a novella that is released in pieces).
In case I haven't grabbed your attention, here is the synopsis of Born to be Bound:
Surrender is not survival.
Claire is desperate. Her once thriving city lies in ruins. The strongest of the three human dynamics, Alphas, have grown feral. Common Betas circle like vultures. The lowest in the hierarchy, rare and weak Omegas like Claire, are being destroyed. Sheltering amidst a dwindling enclave of frightened Omega women, Claire cannot provide enough to feed them all; her friends are starving.
All due to one escaped convict’s violent rise to power.
Shepherd is every bit as ruthless as his reputation suggests, but Claire cannot continue watching her friends suffer. Her last recourse is to beg the most powerful Alpha in the city for aid.
Up close, the sheer size of Shepherd, the raw power of the man, terrifies her. But he may be her only hope.
Before she can render her plea, Claire’s disguise and careful plans fail. Despite taking every possible precaution, she is captured. The moment the Alpha senses her, Claire’s worst nightmare is realized: Shepherd, discovering a rare Omega in his midst, claims her like a prize, forcing a pair-bond that ties her to him forever.
Claire becomes his.
Shepherd keeps his wayward mate locked away where only he might enjoy her and refuses to help her fellow Omegas unless they, too, are irrevocably bound to favored soldiers of his choosing. Claire cannot allow such a thing. She fights her instincts and his will, because no matter how many times he’s knotted her, how manipulative the bond might be, she despises what he’s done.
And Shepherd vows he will hunt her down – ready to burn the city to ash if he has to. Because Claire is his. His mate.
The first book in Addison Cain's exciting, raw, and suspense-filled Omegaverse trilogy is a dark tale with explicit sexual themes and complete power exchange. If such material offends you, please do not purchase.
Shepherd's thumb brushed her lips. "Did you miss me, little one?"
The dark fan of her lashes lowered, Claire was unwilling to answer. She had missed him. Missed his smell and the purr, missed the calm he cultivated with precision. But her desire for such things were only the result of the bond. She had not missed the constant feeling of being trapped—watching day by day as more pieces of herself were peeled away.
"Answer me, little one." He used that power he had, making the thread knock about in her chest.
Looking lost, her emerald eyes met his. "You have invaded my mind."
"And your body," he added, holding her a little firmer.
"And my body," Claire agreed, her expression brokenly resigned. "Is that what you want to hear?"
Pinching her chin so she could not look away, he warned, "You will not run again."
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A little bit about Addison:
Addison L. Cain was born in sunny California, but found herself drawn to dwell in older, history-rich places. Japan, Ireland, Qatar, and now Washington DC, Addison is always on the move, always eager to immerse herself in new cultures and people. Her stories reflect the antiquities she loves: deep and sometimes very dark. Driven to push her characters beyond the pale, Addison’s books are not for the faint of heart.
An alumni of California State University Fullerton, she earned a degree in Japanese and spent years in Asia studying indigenous Japanese religion. Primeval forests and worn pathways have led to her obsession with gardening. Her Great Dane approves, loping around the yard and getting into mischief. Unfortunately the cat has to watch from a window, and because Addison is a total sucker for his sad golden eyes, he gets hours of belly rubs and too many treats.