Breaking Free – Book 1
Author: A.m. Arthur
Release date: September 12,2017 Price: $3.99
Reviewed by Lilith
Cover Art: The cover has vibrant colors and the expression on the model’s face and in his body stance, definitely goes with the main character. Clearly says omegaverse so MPreg could be derived from this so it shouldn’t surprise anyone.
Synopsis: Good introduction to characters and plot. It also includes warnings such as alpha, beta and omega dynamics, heats, knotting and MPreg along with trigger warnings for physical, emotional and sexual abuse. They are in there so if those are triggers for you this might not be the book for you. There is no specific adult only warning given.
Plot: Braun is a 20 yr old omega whose abusive father dies, leaving him alone in a world where omegas have no civil rights and are treated as property. He fears for his future which he sees as hopeless, that he’ll end up in a bad mating and/or just a womb to carry young.
The plot is well conceived and written, with subjects taken from today’s headlines. Namely the fight for civil rights and equality for women, minorities and LGBTQIA+ people.
Main characters: First we meet 20 yr old Braun Etting, an omega who fears for his future after his older brother is mated off to an abusive mate and his father dies.
Next up is Tarek Bloom, a 28 year old alpha who works as a constable and tries to help those he can.
Secondary characters: Serge and Dex are Tarek’s friends who meet and save Braun from a bad situation in an alley. Fascinating characters in their own rights and I could easily see them having their own book. We also meet Kell who is Braun’s older brother, and briefly Krause, his mate.
Flow: The story flow is good, no plot holes or loose ends unless they are to be built up for the sequel. The main characters have an attraction but go slowly so trust is built and the storyline flows naturally.
Conflict and climax: The characters struggle with the same doubts and fears we all have and we read how they are resolved. The build-up is slow, Tarek and Braun are written as people you could know in real life (except for the MPreg part of course).
Editing and formatting: They was both expertly done ,no plot holes or loose ends unless being a build up for book 2.
Conclusion: This was a well written book which borrowed themes from today’s headlines and could help open the eyes of those who might not be aware of the struggles of minorities, women and those in the LGBTQIA+ communities. This was the first of A.M. Arthur’s books I’ve read, but it won’t be the last. With well written characters and storylines this is a don’t miss book.
I give it a mark of 9 out of a possible 10.