An Alpha Determined to Win His Chosen Mate Star Officer Tony Alvarez protects his galaxy along with the rest of the 29th Star Squadron. But deep space can be lonely, and Tony longs to share his love and passion with a mate. Many omegas would jump at the chance to bond with the virile alpha. But Tony desires only one, his best friend, and the one man he can’t have…
An Omega Newly Awakened to Passion When it comes to mating, Star Officer Rashan Grove doesn’t trust alphas. He’s repressed his omega nature for years, choosing instead to focus on his career as an elite fighter pilot. But now that he’s experiencing his first heat in a decade, he turns to the alpha who has always been by his side for help.
With a gentle touch and passionate embrace, Tony guides Rashan through nights of passion hotter than an exploding star. But when the heat clears, Rashan retreats behind a wall built from lifelong fears. How will Tony convince Rashan to embrace the bond between them before their shot at love is lost to the stars?
Alpha’s Desire is a steamy human/alien *omegaverse romance set in the distant future. It has mechs, hot sex, and space battles. If you love space opera, anime, and romance you'll want to give this series a try! *Non m-preg.
Tags: Sci-Fi, Space Opera, Omegaverse, Non M-Preg, Friends to Lovers, Pining Hero, Battle Couple, Multicultural Heat Level: High/Explicit
Christa Tomlinson is an exciting up and coming author in erotic romance. Christa graduated from The University of Missouri-St. Louis with a degree in history. She loves to create stories that are emotional and lovely with sex that is integral to the characters' romantic arc. Her books include straight couples, curvy couples, gay, and multicultural couples. Love is love and everyone should have their story told.
Christa lives in Houston, Texas with her two dogs, and is a retired roller derby player. She enjoys hearing from readers, other authors and aspiring writers. For more on Christa's work, including deleted scenes, excerpts, and free reads, visit www.ChristaTomlinson.com
This book is a fence-sitter, sitting on the fence dividing the good from the bad. It is the definition of an okay read, to the point that it should probably be the first search result when you type in those words.
I was ridiculously excited about this book, I love omegaverse novels and so far I have loved all books by Christa Tomlinson that I have read, so the fact that I wouldn't like this book was so surprising to me that I finished the entire book dealing with my disbelief.
This book has an interesting premise and it was written well enough to keep me reading but I wasn't invested in anything. I liked Tony but Rashan just didn't inspire any feelings in me, for the most of the book his intentions are unclear and he is so damn indecisive that I wanted to slap him and the worst part is that we don't even know why Rashan feels the way he does. In fact, for most the book he is written in such a way that I was unsure if there even was a deeper meaning behind his bias. Rashan was just not a well-defined chaarcter it felt like to keep him likeable the author decided to not give him any radical traits except his one bias against alphas and the bias ending up colouring his entire character in the worst way possible. Like most of the book wouldn't have happened if not for Rashan's idiocy.
Also, this book just has too much going on. It is set in Voltron-esque world complete with biomorph-ing jets like Lotor and literally the only thing that wasn't similar to Voltron in that regard was the fact that the ships didn't merge to form one big one which would probably have been cooler, I think. The fact is seeing mechs transform is a visual pleasure that didn't carry over to the text medium. We have only a faint idea of how the screamer jets look and absolutely no way of knowing how they would transform and what shape they would end up in after morphing.
There is a whole lot of diversity that is just thrown in but doesn't really add to the story. There are a dozen characters introduced but so poorly developed that I hated quite a few from the beginning. Dax was a character whose introduction seemed really important but his role in the story is minor at best and totally replaceable at worst. And, seriously you throw the words giant lizards at me and I will think dinosaurs and you can't convince me otherwise.
On top of all the trauma that Rashan and Tony's will they? won't they? relationship causes the author ends up giving Rashan a reason for his hatred of alphas and then has him resolve the conflict in the last 30% of the book and the book still doesn't end. At one point I was like I still want another book about these two just to figure out if this relationship will work out but too bad I am so bored by the end of this book that I will definitely not read the next one. This book seemed interesting but it had nothing to keep me invested.
This book had so many issues but the underlying story was intriguing so I kept reading but then it just got more convoluted as it went!
First- this book really needs a good editor. Many sentences have odd syntax which make reading them uncomfortable.
Second- the story doesn't feel like a romance of any type. It is very 1 sided and the explanation of past issues was so odd. I didn't believe it. I definitely felt bad for Tony and Rashad is mean so I can't cheer for a HEA!
Even though I'm curious how it all goes down I just can't read anymore!
Though longer than the prequel this one felt less complex (so didn't tickle my brain quite so much). But still an enjoyable friends-to-lovers story. I liked the casual f/f, nonbinary, and trans reps, and the notion of alpha/beta/omega being a second gender distinction, overlapping with male/female/nonbinary+ gender. I'll continue to give this series a go.
Excellent world building, well thought out! And I loved the whole nesting thing with pillows. Lots, I mean lots of angst, I wanted to whack Rashan up side the head at times. But overall I enjoyed everyone in the 29th Squadron. And I hope there will be more stories with this group!
An interesting future for humanity, mixing in alien genes that lead people to have a secondary gender of alpha, beta or omega. One hero is an alpha and the other an omega. The practical effect of this secondary gender is either heat or ruts, basically getting really horny for several days, and the ability to form mating bonds.
This gender is reflected throughout the worldbuilding, with cultural mores reflecting these biologists needs. Interestingly, the omega hero has been on a suppressant for ten years that eliminates all sexual arousal, but his doctor refuses to refill his prescription and he's finally forced to confront his sexuality.
The author has clearly made efforts to create a world reflective of the diversity in real life. People of all races, a disabled squad leader, a trans commander, gay and straight pairings, and diversity spread throughout all roles. I especially liked pointing out that the character who uses a wheelchair in gravity has equal mobility to non-disabled characters in low G. The society appears free of homophobia.
The omega hero has a secret backstory that's left him with a lot of emotional baggage that he has to confront. He struggles with accepting his sexuality and it makes him a little wishy washy. It's understandable but I also feel for his best friend getting yanked back and forth.
Along with the secondary gender, there are some physical changes to human bodies, which are common in SFR stories (scent glands for marking and, ahem, enlarged members for bonding). So if you're into that you'll find it here.