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4.29  ·  Rating details ·  401 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Maned wolf shifter Alek Sawyer is a pro at landing on her feet. From being dropped into foster care as a child, to tripping over her hopeless romantic tendencies as a teenager, she’s an omega with no need of an alpha or a pack. With a curvy figure and a mean right hook, she’s also not the omega that most alphas expect her to be.

But Hades, Roman, and Wilder aren’t ‘most alp
Kindle Edition, 335 pages
Published April 23rd 2021
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Michelle The Outgoing Bookworm
I love a FMC who is curvy and doesn’t care what others think. More FMC should be like her.

Her awkwardness at times was endearing. And her group dynamic with Wilder, Hades and Roman? their scenes are just too scorching for my ereader. I was afraid it would catch fire. I’m trying to decide which of the three guys I want as a book boyfriend.

Definitely recommend for those who like RH, PNR, some kink and MM elements. And I found it rather interesting that she was a Maned Wolf which is a unique choi
Jade Adams
Apr 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Ok, where to begin on the journey of sex, love, relationships and intrigue within the shifter community.
Reckless is a shifter novel about a maned wolf Alek; who is an Omega.This in itself  is unusual and i had to actually 'Google' what they are!
That is where it differs from the "normal shifter types".
AJ Merlin totally rips up the premise and delivers her own take on the shifter lineage Alpha, Beta, Omega. She introduces us to different World where the Omegas are 'specifically' there to please an
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Rhema P __(:з」∠)__
Dnf 72%

The best parts for me, were the moments between Noah & Alek.

As for Alek and her harem, I thought their relationship was superficial, convenient & weirdly plotted. For example: Her Wilder ‘meet & greet session’ (view spoiler)
Irene Kiew
Sep 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The story drew me in from the beginning and was very well paced. Compared to the other omegaverse book I read just before this (Lyric and the Heartbeats by Lana Kole) which moved so slowly and in which nothing much happened, this book just had so much happening, especially with the way each member of the harem was introduced and how her relationship with each one unfolded. I felt like there was never a dull moment. The three men were very different and distinctive with particular personalities, ...more
Barbara’s Booknalysis
Jul 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Alek is a woman ( /maned wolf) with a big attitude. And I loved her! She is confident and strong, and she stands up for what she believes in. Throughout Reckless we slowly learn about Alek’s past, and she hasn’t had it easy. But it has taught her to stand up for herself and she does that with determination!

When Reckless first starts, Alek is working in a coffee shop, but as an omega, she finds the attitude of many of the alpha customers hard to take. When an opportunity to take a job working wit
Apr 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I enjoyed this book so much! It’s a steamy and unique take on a shifter RH. I liked that this story has a bada** omega, who doesn’t bend over backwards for an alpha.

Alek is not your typical omega. She’s fierce and will fight for those who can’t fight for themselves. She’s also not what most alphas are used to.

Luckily for Alek. Hades, Roman, and Wilder are not your typical alphas. The sexy panther, the sweet coyote enforcer, and the enigmatic dire wolf...all intrigue and entice her.

The dynamic
Sep 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Alek is a maned shifter and an omega. She works as a barista, but one day she gets the opportunity to work at the "hottest" company for cam work as an assistant. Her favourite cam boy, Hades, works there, and Alek is always rendered speechless every time she meets him. And Hades might be as interested in Alek as much as she is with him. Alek also meets the dire wolf Wilder and the enforcer Roman, all shifters whose scent attracts Alek.

This is a 3.5 read for me. I really liked how open and accep
Rambling Reader
May 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Omegaverse that has a taste of sweetness but won't give you a toothache. Reckless is a new addition to my list of omegaverse reads, and it's definitely a good option for fans of Kathryn Moon's series, the ones who want those alpha, beta, omega add-ons without the angst, darkness, and dub/non-con that happens between the FMC and the men in a lot of the omegaverse that's currently out there. Now, it's not quite as much of a sweet story as Baby or Lola's, but so far, Alek's men want to do right by ...more
May 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
AJ Merlin I LOVE how you write! You are so good at weaving in so much humor. The banter between Alek and Noah is just awesome and I’m wanting more. I can not wait to find out more about Noah too and his relationship with Alek. I also loved all her guys. Hades, Roman and Wilder are all alphas but they all seem to compliment each other so well especially when it comes to Alek. This is my first omegaverse and I was a little worried I wouldn’t know what was going on and what the dynamics would be bu ...more
lovelust andbloodygoodbooks
Apr 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to AJ for sending over this book for us to read it's very much appreciated.

I have to start by saying I really enjoyed reading this book, I enjoy reading shifter books but this book was different to what I’m used to reading as normal shifter books I read are just wolves but this one’s different animals and that was really good because with each person you got a buzz finding out what their animal was.

Alek is a strong independent woman who has been through a turbulent past and gained a st
Apr 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Maned wolf shifter Alek Sawyer is a pro at landing on her feet. From being dropped into foster care as a child, to tripping over her hopeless romantic tendencies as a teenager, she’s an omega with no need of an alpha or a pack. With a curvy figure and a mean right hook, she’s also not the omega that most alphas expect her to be.
But Hades, Roman, and Wilder aren’t ‘most alphas.’ When Alek is unexpectedly and irrevocably drawn to the exhibitionist panther, the quiet but firm coyote, and the
Danielle (Danniegurl)
3.5 stars not a bad start to a new story.

3.5 stars not a bad start to a new story, but the writing bugs me. It’s written in the past present tenses. So we are reading from our FMC’s POV but she talks about things in past tense. He grabbed my hand, he knocked on the do, rather than present tense. It was somewhat jarring for me because in some places this method works but in others I kept getting tripped up.

The lead up to being stalked didn’t come through too clearly. We could see yes that she was
Shawna Jimenez more.books.forever
I loved this!! AJ Merlin’s stories are always so fun and full of pure hotness! It was out of the box and so great. I have never read a shifter book with sure a strong badass omega and that is exactly what Alek is! She sticks up for herself and those around her and in no way let’s these alphas run her.
I mean how can you go wrong with a shifter RH romance that is oh so dirty and oh so delicious!!! Hades, Roman and Wilder are just forever HOT!!!! There are so many moments throughout this book that
Apr 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved it

I ended up loving this book. I usually don’t read books with a plus size fmc, because as a plus size woman myself they end up triggering me. I’m not a fan of the way curvy fmc’s tend to tear themselves down in novels and their lack of confidence when it comes to their body. Instead of being empowering to women like myself, it does more harm than good. Alek is curvy and beautiful and confident in her actions and I appreciate that. She doesn’t tear herself down, and she’s isn’t constantly
Shelby E.
Apr 24, 2021 rated it liked it
I bounced between 3.5 and 4 stars for this book. Ultimately, I decided on 3.5 stars. I decided this because 1) I did catch a couple of typos/errors, nothing to major or annoying. 2) Is this a stand-alone book? Because the ending is slightly confusing and abrupt. 3) I didn’t like how the FMC kept her past to herself. What I am trying to say is that I don’t like the idea of building a relationship (a new one at that) with secrets. FMC didn’t have to feel ashamed of her past. I wanted her to trust ...more
Heather Freeman
Aug 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this to the point that it killed me my break was over at work at 99%. Brutal lol. Smart, sassy Alek has a troubled past but lives with her BFF/foster brother. When she goes to work with him one day she runs into the cam star she’s been crushing on and gets a job offer. How can she turn it down. Life starts looking up for this omega, except for this reoccurring feeling of being followed.
And there is my only complaint. I love when characters communicate. And these guys do not lis
Sue Harbers
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this novel! All the characters we were introduced to were interesting and different. I really liked the setting of Prowl, being an online subscription site and having a place for the creators to go and film their content. I thought that was really different and a cool way for people to kind of relate to a shifter world that isn’t like our world at all. I liked Alek a lot as a FMC, she held her own and fought for people that couldn’t fight for themselves. She also had a lot of se ...more
Jessica Robbins
Apr 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-kindle, blog-tour
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

I totally fell in love with this book!!! Alek is an Omega in a world full of shifters. Growing up in foster care after having a horrid mother she created her own foster family that loves her. In a world of Alphas she is quite tired of all of them deciding how to treat an Omega so she makes sure she can handle herself. This works great until she runs across not one but three Alphas that totally take her
Erin Figueiredo
Apr 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic Story!

This is a fantastic RH shifter romance filled with angst, drama, suspense and twists that will definitely keep you captivated and highly entertained right to the very end.

Alek is an amazing character that kept me laughing and cheering her on. She’s a kickass woman that takes no crap and knows just how to dish it out too!! I can’t wait to see how she develops over the series. She is sure to become a force to be reckoned with.

Hades, Roman and Wilder are sexy, fierce shifters that
Danyelle Williams
Apr 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Alek is my new BFF

I feel in love with the main character Alek and her brother Noah. Alek is a honest and tough omega and I absolutely can't get enough of this character. She is very sure of herself even in situations that are hard she still relys on her strength to get her through. Girl after my own heart right 😍 Noah is the best brother a girl can have he's supportive and funny and adds a great deal to the story as a whole.

Then we get to the men 🤤 Roman, Hades and Wilder. Whew these men all ve
Evelyn Jane Thorne
May 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
A.J. Merlin is back with another fantastic book that is definitely keeping my new found love for paranormal romance alive.

I really love Alek and the fact that she is a curvy badass omega who never backs down from anything. Oh boy what can I say about Hades, Roman and Wilder except for prepare your panties for a serious amount of drenching because they are sinfully delicious. I found it very interesting to read about types of shifters that I have never came across before.

This book doesn’t finish
Brianna Belbin
This is my first book by AJ and I really enjoyed it. I liked the unique take on the omega verse and the world she created was very interesting. This book was filled with humor, intrigue, action, and tons of steam!
Alek has a strong, snarky, awkward, and protective personality. I loved the sibling relationship that she had with Noah and he was my favorite side character. I think Wilder was my favorite of the guys and then Hades and Roman were tied, but all three of them had distinct personalities
I was going to rate this three stars because despite some really style choices (a character will sometimes be referred to as ‘the panther shifter’ even when his name is known and the fact that he is a panther shifter is completely unrelated to what’s going on), not great worldbuilding, middling to not great character development, and the fact that someone needs to give this author a refresher course on the use of commas (although this is true of most self published authors I’ve read lately), thi ...more
Aug 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Sexy, intriguing, funny and did I say sexy?

Wow. I really enjoyed this book. Sassy bratty and strong female, that doesn’t let anyone shove her into a submissive role expected of an omega (unless she’s in the mood to beg and wear some handcuffs ;). I liked the alphas all for their own personalities and heat; there was dominance but not grossly overdone and balanced with kindness and other traits. The storyline progressed quickly but not in the sense that it was too rushed, skipping ahead, or soft
Nina King
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Reckless is a fun, delightfully dirty RH shifter romance. It has just enough drama and intrigue to give it an edge. I absolutely zipped right through it because I didn’t want to put it down. Alek is fantastic heroine, absolutely no fear, and ready to fight for anyone who needs it. Hades, Roman and Wilder are a great mix. Each would be super appealing on their own, but I really loved their group dynamic. Speaking of group dynamics...holy hotness. I had to fan myself a couple times, and I am here ...more
Megan Kornegay
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved Reckless...

AJ Merlin has done it again. Reckless is the first in a planned trilogy and it immediately sucked me into its world. Alek is a fun, booty kicking, female lead and the men are a good blend of personality types, along with being super hot alphas. As in Merlin’s other series (Wicked Fortune) the world building and side characters are strong and well developed, which adds so much to the story. Reckless doesn’t end on a big cliff, but I was left wanting to read more about Alek, Hades
May 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Really awesome book. I love Alek. She is an omega but she doesn't have the stereotypical fear of nasty alphas, which I think is awesome. Her guys are super protective but supportive at the same time and Hades is so cute. He is like the one with the highest social standing and yet his courting gifts did not really reflect that. Personally, I felt they were the best just because I mean coffee is an awesome courting gift. Although Ill admit if you are clueless or dont want to get your hopes up (whi ...more
May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read.

Surprisingly a lot more fun than I’d been expecting. I liked the bond between Alek and Noah, and just how clueless Alek was regarding her ‘suitors’. It had some moments where you just wanted to yell and vent with Alek over the treatment she almost expects from strange alphas (which plays a part later in the story). But once Hades, Roman and Wilder get on her radar she is clueless as to her affect on them so it’s a jolt to the system when she has to adjust her reality after they
Aug 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: meh-or-dnf
Fun and Sweet Omegaverse

This was a fun read. I'm very cautious with OV reads, as I'm not a fan of grooming, heavy dominance, or humiliation themes in my romance. I am thrilled to say we get a fierce Omega fmc in this story, and Alphas who give off a protective and sweet vibe along with their light sexy displays of dominance (primarily in the bedroom). The plot is a little light in this story. There is some mystery around the fmc and her background and a minor drama around whether the guys will s
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