Plucked by Vera Valentine
If you’ve been here for any length of time you know that I’m a fan of everything Vera has ever written, and Plucked is no exception. Vera really has a beautiful magic with her words, setting the scene so beautifully and describing places and feelings with so much depth. It’s pretty short so it’s a quick read and more than worth your time.
Blurb: Struggling with the loss of a loved one, devastated Cara Pierce is determined to move on and piece her life back together. When finances force her to reluctantly barter employment to fulfill her sister’s last wishes, Cara soon discovers she’s not the only one being compelled to work under suspicious circumstances. Can the strong, silent cemetery landscaper help her grief bloom into something more?
Plucked is an MF paranormal romance short story that unfolds between Jax, a grief demon (luctus) and Cara Pierce, a grieving human woman who has just lost her sister. This story is the first step into the Moriverse, a new series full of death-centric myths, creatures, and plots, continuing with an upcoming ‘Why Choose’ novel, Styx and Stones, in late 2023.
This story originally appeared in the (now out of print / unavailable) Monsters in Love: Volume 2 Lost in the Dark monster romance anthology, published in 2022.
Be sure to check out the content warnings because there’s a lot going on in this story.
On Thin Ice by Calliope Stewart
At the time I’m recording this I’m still reading this one but I’m already in love. I have a very big crush on Dutch, and am well on my way to falling for Brynn and Nash as well. It’s an MFM sports romance omegaverse with a figure skating lead and hockey player love interests.
Figure skater Brynn Peterson had the time of her life at the Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway… or she would have if she remembered any of it. After a hit-and-run accident in Norway leaves her with lost memories, Brynn scrambles to collect the scattered pieces. Especially since she’s pregnant and has no idea who the father is.
Afterward, Brynn and her family move to Seattle, Washington, so her father can start a new job as a coach for The Seattle Stallions. There she meets Dutch, an alpha goalie who sweeps her off her feet.
When the team signs a new center, Nash, a cocky alpha, infamously known as Whiplash Nash due to his habit of sleeping around, Brynn can’t seem to figure him out. Nash is the kind of alpha that Brynn typically avoids, so why does he keep glaring at her as if he knows her?
Alec “Nash” Nashtos made a mistake when he was in Norway. After getting caught up in a pretty omega’s surprise heat, he is left alone in a hotel room with nothing to show for their time together except the lingering scent of gingerbread.
Now, as he joins his new team, he sees her again, but she acts like she’s never met him before in her life. Not to mention the fact that she’s clearly pregnant, and Nash is pretty sure the baby is his.
David “Dutch” Reynolds was not looking for love. After spending most of his career fading into the background, no one is more surprised than Dutch when the coach’s daughter notices him. Dutch will give anything to make Brynn happy, but what if that means giving her up?
Unfortunately, Brynn’s relationship drama isn’t the only problem in her life. Strange packages and pictures start appearing on her doorstep. A stalker is hunting her, and it will jeopardize everything she loves.
A Pack Uncertain by Jenny L Black
This title released on February 21 and is a why choose contemporary omegaverse.
Cat: My suppressants failed on my mate and me mid-heat, and we made the difficult decision to find some alphas to weather my future heats. Even though I never thought I would want a relationship with an alpha, the pack we found surprisingly managed to capture my heart. I fell in love with them.
However, I found out they lied to me. They have an omega. While I learned that they lied for a fair reason, it doesn’t change the fact that my heart hurts, and I don’t know if I can trust them anymore.
My heat is close, and I’ll have to decide, can I trust them with my heat and my heart?
Adam: I’ve already forgiven them and honestly don’t care if that makes me an idiot. I know that they’re what is best for my mate and me. The only thing is, will Cat forgive me when I nudge her back in their direction?
A Pack Uncertain is the second book in the Williams-Torrance Pack series featuring LGBTQ+ and inclusive characters, why choose, and spicy—intended for adult audiences only.
Knot My Reality by Miranda May
This title released on February 22 and is a Why Choose Contemporary Omegaverse with a reality TV show, FMC in her 30s, and is the first book in the Heated series which is a series of intertwined standalones.
I have everything that I could possibly want—money, power, and success. The only thing I’m missing is the one thing that every omega needs: a pack.
My best friend and co-founder, Tessa, and I have made our company a success by creating apps for fellow omegas. Knotted allows omegas to find alphas for one-time assistance with their heat, and Mated allows omegas to search for their forever packs in a safe environment. But now it’s time to expand our brand with Heated—an experimental reality television show that will follow an omega who is closing in on their heat as they try to choose amongst suitors who want to be a part of their pack. Because who wouldn’t want to have their struggle to find a pack televised for the masses to see?
Deciding to kill two birds with one stone by launching my career to the next level while also getting my friends and family off my back—I will be the first omega on Heated.
With only eight weeks until my heat, I didn’t realize how overwhelming it would be to be constantly surrounded by twenty hot, willing men who are all vying for my attention while also trying to run the show from behind the scenes. I can’t seem to allow the people I hired to do their jobs—after all, I’m the only one I can trust besides Tessa, right? Because if this fails, it’s all on me.
Can this control freak omega learn to let go and find her pack? Or will Heated prove to be Bree’s first and greatest failure?
Fiancée or Knot by M.P. Starkweather
This title released on February 24 and is book 2 in a series of contemporary omegaverse standalones featuring friends to lovers and a second chance romance.
Barren omegas live a cursed life.
At almost thirty, I haven’t had my first heat. Mother insists I keep my secret if I want any semblance of a good life. As for me? I’m madly in love with the Davenport boys from next door.
I’ve grown from a tomboy, playing in the mud with them to a pretty omega taught how to please. But one thing hasn’t changed: the desire to be more than friends.
Except I’m damaged goods.
No pack will want me, because there’s no way I’ll be able to give them children. So when my omega assignment comes in, Mother wants me to lie. I’m torn between my love for my best friends and dooming their bloodline.
With every passing day, my heart breaks, and I’m running out of options. A couple of bad decisions later, I realize I might have been wrong about everything. But what if I’m too late? I could destroy our lives.
Forbidden: Part One by Emilia Emerson
This title released on March 1 and is an omegaverse why choose with hurt/comfort, fated mates, and cinnamon roll alphas that help their omega heal from trauma. It’s book one of a duology and ends with a cliffhanger, but book two is slated for release next month so you don’t have long to wait.
What if everything forbidden to me — freedom, love, pleasure — could be mine?
Would I be brave enough to take it?
Five years ago, Josie Porter’s life was about to begin: she was going to escape her abusive family, move in with her best friend, and start college. Now, scarred from years of government torture in the Designation Academy, her dreams are long gone. Her only goal now is to survive.
With the Designation Government out to pair every omega with often brutal alpha packs, Josie has to turn to black-market suppressants to disguise her biology. But when the supply runs out, Josie can no longer run from her designation.
Cam, Ben, and Theo Ashwood had given up on their dream to find an omega, refusing to participate in the government’s oppressive policies. But when the underground anti-government Alliance asks them to help an omega in need, they can’t say no. They never expected to meet her — their fated mate.
Suddenly surrounded by alphas desperate to tend to her every need, Josie finds herself feeling things she only dreamed of as a child — love, trust… hope.
But even the protection of her fiercely loyal pack can’t stand against those determined to tear them apart.
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Plucked by Vera Valentine books2read.com/moriverse
On Thin Ice by Calliope Stewart Books2read.com/onthiniceOV
A Pack Uncertain by Jenny L Black https://books2read.com/u/bxJov
Knot My Reality by Miranda May https://books2read.com/knotmyreality
Fiancée or Knot by M.P. Starkweather https://books2read.com/FOK-PND2
Forbidden: Part One by Emilia Emerson https://books2read.com/forbiddenpartone
First Heat Series – m/f, 3rd person POV
First Heat: https://books2read.com/FirstHeat
First Heat: Second Chances: https://books2read.com/FHSC
First Heat: Tying The Knot: https://books2read.com/FirstHeatTTK
Heat Play Love – m/m/m, 3rd person POV https://books2read.com/HeatPlayLove
Conference Confidential – m/f, 3rd person POV https://books2read.com/ConferenceConfidential
2021 Omegaverse Collection – contains First Heat, First Heat: Second Chances, Heat Play Love, Conference Confidential, and 2 bonus shorts https://books2read.com/OV2021
Nicky and the Night Owls: Part One – polyamorous (m/f/nb/f/nb/m), multi 1st person POV https://books2read.com/NickyNightOwls
Nicky and the Night Owls: Part Two – polyamorous (m/f/nb/f/nb/m), multi 1st person POV – currently on preorder https://books2read.com/NickyNightOwls2
Salacious Salvation – m/f, 3rd person POV https://books2read.com/SalaciousSalvation
Playtime with Professor – m/f, 3rd person POV https://books2read.com/PlaytimeWithProfessor
PARANORMAL Into The Depths – f/nb, 3rd person POV https://books2read.com/intothedepths
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