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Swept Away by Amy Bellows & C.W. Gray
Tru Willis refuses to feel sorry for himself.
Sure, he’s a barren rabbit shifter who has to spend his heat alone every year. And of course, he’d love to have a mate and children of his own. But he’s too busy nursing wild animals back to health and babysitting his cute nieces and nephews to feel lonely.
Until someone starts leaving gifts on his doorstep. Sweet, handmade gifts that make Tru feel special and treasured. The gifts all smell of alpha–an alpha Tru has never met face to face.
One day Tru finds a letter on his doorstep instead of a gift. In it, the alpha requests to help Tru through his heat. He even leaves a photo of himself, and he’s breathtaking.
But the stranger doesn’t offer anything else. Just one heat. Just a handful of days, and then he’ll be gone.
Can Tru handle giving himself to a man he won’t be able to keep? And if he can’t, does he have the willpower to say no?
Swept Away is shifter romance set in the omegaverse with MPreg, knotting, and nesting. It’s book one in the Rabbit Hollow series.
For Those Who Like:
I make fun of myself, my genre, and other authors. Please stop here if you have a hard time with super hard words like conflict, poking fun or reality. If so, go get this book Swept Away! It's totally for you, but this review is not.
I usually enjoy the kind of tension that pulls the reader in and follows with a great romp (like Sam Burns The Fantastic Fluke series). I've read a few of Amy Bellows stuff and I turn to her when I want a no drama fluff read with a few poignant lines that might come out preachy (to some).
I don't really have to think about the message with her books as she gladly spells it out for readers. Definitely a tin-man story where the readers doesn't need a brain. But I don't have a problem when the message is "Love each other".
I do have some mental stops when biology gets thrown out the window, but that's just due to me not wanting to let go of things like reality. It's totally cool to yell at me about suspension of disbelief, but there's only so much my mind can bend before I try and rationalize the inconsistencies.
I can get into a predator species loving a prey species. I even love the mpreg thing because I can rationalize it, somehow. But there are some stops in this story that make my brain go...
Dear heavens I hope aliens are not reading this litératuré and come to earth thinking they can mate with males who will produce milk for their babies. Oh my gawd! Can you imagine a grey coming down, nabbing a human male, bringing him onto his space ship and then being like:
Alien: "Feed my babies with your male breast milk."
Human: *eyes popping out* "Our biology doesn't work that way!" (internal thought: the milk I give might not be so nutritional but more importantly... ew ew ew)
Alien: *Holds out a kindle paperwhite with an Amy Bellows title* "But this history book says you can."
Human: *internal screaming* "That's a story! Fiction. You know made up?"
Alien: "Here are my young. Their mother died in tragic masturbation accident and now I must feed them."
Human: *drowns in a sea of little grey's tackling him*
Fuck, now I think I have to write THAT story.
My only defense to save my sanity and keep reading? "FM". Fucking Magic. Fiction authors use it everywhere. Everyday. It just wish sometimes they didn't.
Before one might think I hated the story which is not at all my sentiment, know that I finished the book.
If you've read any of my reviews, you'll see my DNF pile stacks almost as high as the books read. That I completed the book is in itself saying something. Either I was totally desperate for Amy Bellows (and C.W. Gray) or willing to read a low stakes story. Probably both in my search for the book I can rave about in between Megan Derr's releases.
But I don't want to leave readers with a bad impression of this book. You should totally give it a try when you're in the mood for fluffy bunnies and those few passages pointing out every "Alpha" should be this way and yet saying that everyone has a right to be who they want to be.
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