Ten years ago, Deirdre Tombs died. When she was reborn the next day, Deirdre had become a shapeshifter who can’t shift shapes. Nobody knows what animal she’s supposed to be. She’s definitely not a werewolf. The Alpha, Rylie Gresham, can’t force her to transform like other members of her pack.
Now Deirdre is considered an omega, the weakest shapeshifter in the pack–a vulnerable position when Everton Stark demands tribute from Rylie. He wants to be the dominant Alpha. The only Alpha. And he plans to make her pack submit whether they want to or not. Stark can make every shapeshifter obey him by force of will alone.
Every shapeshifter except Deirdre.
The shifter who can’t shift is the only hope for Rylie to win the war against Stark. It will take everything Deirdre has to survive undercover in his den. But can an omega’s will be stronger than that of a charismatic, deadly Alpha like Everton Stark?
Omega takes place 10 years after the end of the Ascension series. Honestly, I didn’t think about what happened to people outside of the main characters. I’m not surprised that S.M. Reine not only thought about it, but created a whole new series centered around it.
Deirdre was an interesting character. At first I couldn’t sympathize with her, but that was a totally jaded POV on my part. I adore Rylie, faults and all. My love of S.M. Reine’s writing started with Rylie, so of course that’s where my sympathies lie. Deirdre had a totally different perspective. She knew what happened during that ten year gap on a very personal level. To her Rylie was everything her suffering for that decade represented. Her lack of trust toward Rylie and the pack was deep seated. Getting into her head for just a little while made me understand her POV, but it didn’t keep me from wanting to jump into the book and try to explain to Deirdre exactly how awesome Rylie really was and how much the Pack and everyone in it had been through.
This was Deirdre’s story though and the fact that I was so quick to defend Rylie proves what an awesome job S.M. Reine has done so far with this world. Deirdre’s story adds another layer to it and her story is proving to be no less intense than any of the other characters introduced so far.
Speaking of characters, this author has come up with some pretty evil ones. Everton Stark is now at the top of that list. It’s not just because he’s trying to take Rylie down, which is bad enough. It’s more because of the methods he’s using to do so. He’s ruthless, dangerous and worst of all, passionate in his cause.
Omega wasn’t anything like I imagined it would be, but I’ve learned to expect that from S.M. Reine. She pulls no punches when it comes to emotions and she pretty much pushed them to the limit in the first book in this series. (Yes, there were tears…big fat ugly ones) I can’t say a whole lot more because I’m afraid I’ll give something away. There’s a fine line between good and evil and this author walks a tight rope with that reality. No one is safe. No one is immune and not everything is exactly as it seems… ever.