Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Loved by A.M. Arthur

Kell Iverson Cross never imagined he’d find so much joy in his life, and he doesn’t take a single moment for granted. His tireless work championing omega rights have made him a bit of a celebrity across the territory, so when his brother Braun suggests Kell be the first omega to run for public office, Kell doesn’t say no right away. It’s a huge risk to their family, though, and Kell isn’t sure the political statement is worth it. It may be more change than the traditionalist citizens of Sansbury are ready for—especially the ones who’ve already painted a target on Kell’s back.

Demir Higgs is barely staying afloat with both university exams and the upcoming medical school entrance test. Add in spending time with his younger brothers, cultivating his relationship with his two boyfriends, and winning over a grieving ten-year-old? He’s exhausted in the best way, because Demir is happy, healthy and in love with two amazing men—men he isn’t always sure truly need him in their lives.

Brandt Lars’s greatest wish came true when his missing bondmate Oliver and their son Eriq came back into his life. Eriq is still grieving the death of his beloved uncle, and he’s standoffish with Demir. But their family is trying to come together—as well as come out to more of their friends as an alpha/omega/beta triad. But when Oliver’s traditionalist parents refuse to accept Demir and threaten to take Eriq away, Demir can’t help wondering if it’s time for him to back out of their relationship for good…

Settle in for the final full-length installment of the Breaking Free series, where an accidental secret, a possible surprise pregnancy, a blast from the past, and an unexpected kidnapping combine to shake up the lives of everyone Kell and Demir know and love. But they’ll survive these challenges and changes the same way they always do: as a united and loving family.

NOTE: This is a non-shifter Omegaverse story with alpha/omega/beta dynamics, heats, knotting, mpreg, and MMM pairings. In this world, omegas are second-class citizens, but they are working toward gaining more civil rights and protections under the law. Series warnings for mentions of past physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. This series is best read in numerical order.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team


You must read all the books in the series, and in order, or you will be lost; heck, you still might be lost with all the characters. LOL.

I have loved almost every book in this series. I just love the characters and their stories, of course I have my favorites but who wouldn't? This series made me mad, made me laugh, cry, scream, and most of all love. There was so much emotion in these stories. I can't even put into words how good some of the characters were and how much I love them.

This last installment was great. It had your usual angst/drama with everyone pulling together and things ending up as they should. It was a good ending to a great series.

I highly recommend this entire series.

Loved is the eighth and final book in the Breaking Free series.

Loved concentrates on the relationship between Oliver, Brandt, and Demir. It's an unusual relationship for most of their friends. A triad isn't something most alphas or omegas think about but for Oliver and Brandt, they need Demir in their lives. When Brandt decided he wanted to finally move on from Oliver's disappearance, he found Demir and fell in love. When Oliver returned, he didn't remember Brandt but knew they were mates. Oliver found comfort in Demir and needed him around to be with Brandt, it calmed him. Loved goes through their relationship and how they all needed each other even though it’s hard and unexpected. The past comes back to haunt them when they least expect it, leaving Demir feeling weak.

Loved brought these characters their happily ever after, but you also get a glimpse into the rest of the relationships from the series. This series was a first for me, but I loved every minute of it. I think it's an alpha/omega must read!

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/M/M Romance
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This book is the culmination of everything that has happened over the previous books. You for sure need to read the previous books in order to understand the relationships and nuances in this final book of the series.

Demir, Brandt, and Oliver are just starting out in their triad. While Brandt and Oliver have a very strong relationship, Demir is still finding his place in it all.

You get to see the other family members and what they are doing too. It's a big reunion of sorts.

In this book, without giving much away, you'll see family pull together when it's needed the most and love blossom. Trust is given and held strong, and family is everything.

I enjoyed this book a lot, but wished we got to see the results of the politics and more of the relationships. I liked the surprise thrown in too, but still wished to see more closure. But overall, this was a great series and I really enjoyed it.

4 Warm & Fuzzy yet Agonizing Stars

Loved is the eighth installment of the Breaking Free series by A.M. Arthur. I suggest against reading this as a standalone or out of order, since this installment reads more like a continuation from the previous book. As someone who has read all the books, I still suffer with confusion as I try to place whose novel goes with whom, as 20+ characters are name-dropped throughout the pages, each book adding more and more characters. This has been an issue for me since book #5 or so, especially as they all have multiple children to remember. I just roll with it – if I remember who belongs with whom and what their story is, great. If I don't, I try not to get frustrated by it. In a nutshell, don't read out of order.

By the eighth installment, the books follow a familiar pattern. This isn't a bad thing per se. If you want a dose of the warm and fuzzies, the fuzziest of fuzzies, with a ton of manufactured angst and putting the characters though their emotional paces with a traumatizing event, Arthur is the author for you. By now, I know what to expect, and that's the comfort in knowing the books will follow said pattern, as I can decide when to read based on my emotional mindset, and find immense enjoyment in the familiarity.

Loved was read in two sittings for me, annoyed that I got pulled away to do everyday chores, when I wanted to just read until The End. What I enjoyed the most is that this novel explored what was left up in the air from Claimed.

More of a continuation, Demir is a favorite of mine. The beta is struggling to figure out how he fits in with Oliver and Brandt, while trying to overcome the mindset of an alpha and an omega in a mated relationship, with the betas unable to mate and create children adding another layer of angst. Not to mention the age-gap, when his boyfriends are his father's age.

As I said, Demir is my favorite character, loving his family, especially his brothers, willing to do anything to protect, meanwhile feeling insecure in what his place is within everyone's lives. He's just one of many sons of his father and stepfather, and the boyfriend to a mated pair. He tugged the heartstrings something fierce, making me feel things I didn't with the other narrators. He came off as realistic, while Brandt and Oliver were so loving, supportive, and compassionate, they came off too much as preachy or inspirational speakers to feel real to me. Flaws make the characters feel human, and what Demir suffered made that human side reveal itself.

I look forward to more in the series, hoping to see all those kids aged to adult and find love to call their own (whose names I can't remember since there are so many of them, other than Eriq, because he's fresh in my head after two books. Hahahaha...).

Highly recommend this series and the others by A.M. Arthur, especially when the reader is looking for the comfort of formulaic writing.

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A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone's throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland. She's been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn't been coined yet back then) with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories. A.M. Arthur's work is available from Carina Press, Dreamspinner Press, SMP Swerve, and Briggs-King Books.

When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder. She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she's an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Loved: An Omegaverse Story (Breaking Free #8) by A.M. Arthur to read and review.

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