UNDER HIS CONTROL: HYBRID HEAT BOOK TWO
A jaded older shifter trying to be the alpha he isn’t collides with a cocky, young Dom…
Garth isn’t a well-liked member of his bear shifter pack. He’s got a sharp tongue and a deep-seated hatred of humans spawning from a traumatic experience years ago. Garth believes that a man his age should have his life figured out. He should be an alpha, he should find a mate to start a family with. Except, all of Garth’s nasty quips, shoves, and snarls are him trying to pretend to be that thing he is not. If he isn’t an alpha, what is he? Cassius, the youngest hybrid shifter to join the pack, is cocky, arrogant and all alpha. He also won’t stop getting under Garth’s skin, making him long for things he can’t have.
Cassius knows he doesn’t have the years or seniority in his pack but that’s fine, he doesn’t want to control a group of people. He longs for control over one man in particular. Cass isn’t sure how he is the only one to see how amazing Garth is, but he’s glad he is the only one to notice how talks of submission and spanking affect the shifter in a way that Cassius will do anything to explore. He’s obsessed with Garth—his mate—and knows that if he would simply give into his true nature as a submissive, Garth wouldn’t feel like he has to keep everyone away from him with his rudeness.
But attempting to get Garth to see past the difference in their years and understand he would be happiest under Cassius’s control will mean nothing if Cassius and the other hybrid bikers don’t discover who has been targeting shifters. All over the area, entire packs are being harmed by a strange new drug that has everyone on edge. Cassius and the rest of the hybrid bikers must find the people responsible for poisoning entire packs of shifters before they are the next ones targeted.
Under His Control is a 60k word Mpreg romance that contains an age gap relationship as well as some light to medium BDSM elements. It is the second book in the Hybrid Heat series and can be read and enjoyed as a standalone.
Rating: 5 cups
I loved this story. It was unique. Inside Garth isn't the typical alpha; his instincts aren't to protect or dominate but to submit. His inner struggle between who he believes he should be and who he actually is inside is the reason why he can't connect with others. Pretending means putting up a front, one that does not endear him to others. Chuey, from the first book, is about his only real friend.
Cassius is comfortable with who he is and what he wants. He knows Garth is his. He knows Garth desires to submit to him. Cassius tries to ease Garth into things but he's not any more perfect than Garth. He makes mistakes and a mistake is more than enough reason for Garth to balk and try to retreat back into his false persona.
Garth's continued struggle created problems for them both. I enjoyed the struggle, the battle between fear and desire. Happiness could only come with the courage to be who he truly is. Overcoming fear of rejection isn't easy and it wasn't easy for Garth either. But when he finally has the courage to accept and be who he is, it was beautiful. The happiness and freedom he felt were beautiful. It's what we all wish, isn't it? To be free to be who we are without having to hide for fear of rejection.
The mystery aspect wasn't anything surprising. I knew the culprit right away, whether it was because it was obvious or I've just read and watched too many mysteries, I'm not sure. It didn't diminish the story at all for me. I wasn't reading this story for the mystery.
It's been a while since I read this and when I read it, I didn't know what was next for the series. The third hadn't been released yet but I was excited to find out!
Since I've already read all three books, I can tell you this one is my favorite in the series!
UNDER HIS COMMAND: BOOK THREE
A bond that surpasses blood.
Thorne has found a home as second-in-command among the hybrid bikers, and while he considers his pack mates brothers, he never forgets the stepbrother he was coerced into leaving behind. From first sight, Thorne knew he was meant to protect his stepbrother, Sage and he never stopped, until his parents pushed Thorne out of his home by threatening Sage’s safety. His parents thought their bond was unnatural and while it broke Thorne’s heart to leave, he believed it was what was best for Sage. The pack would protect Sage better than an eighteen-year-old lone hybrid shifter.
When the world tells them no.
Twelve years Sage has spent getting over losing his protector, his bodyguard, and his only friend. Thorne had been his entire world, until he suddenly wasn’t. Gone without a trace, at thirteen, Sage couldn’t believe the boy who held his heart would leave him. He spent months running away from the compound he lived in with his parents and lion pride. He’d been sure that Thorne was out there, needing his help. But, after several cruel punishments and years without more than an envelope of money sent through the mail from his former savior, Sage had to realize, his soul mate was gone. Gone, but never forgotten. With only a return address, Sage sends a letter hoping it will bring Thorne home while also dreading that it will.
They say yes.
Thorne worries that returning to his hometown of Dry Creek, Texas will cause more harm than help, but he received Sage’s letter and Thorne has never been able to refuse Sage anything. Except, when he gets there, he finds his hometown in disrepair. Relations between the humans and shifters are at an all-time low, and the sweet, innocent little stepbrother Thorne left in the safety of the pack his now foul-mouthed, sharp-witted and knocked up. Thorne knows the father of Sage’s unborn isn’t his mate. Thorne is Sage’s mate, and he’s spent too long trying to ignore that fact.
Thorne has to pick up the pieces of his broken relationship with Sage and put them back together before he loses Sage for good. Or, before the Protectors of the Pure, an anti-shifter group, unveil their latest plan to wipe shifters off the face of the earth.
Under His Command is a full-length, stepbrother mpreg romance with sugar, spice and a guaranteed HEA.
Trigger Warnings include: mentions of abuse, mentions of drug addiction and alcoholism, and death of a parent.
Rating: 4.5 cups
I was ULTRA excited when I found out during the mpreg party from Kiki that book three was out! I absolutely made room for it immediately on my kindle. Once I read the summary, I admit I was a little less excited. My own personal reading preferences do not lean toward heavy angst. The trigger warnings seemed to shout: ANGST CITY! I know some people love it (angst sadists!) but not me. I can and do read angsty stories but I have a weird relationship with them. An almost love/hate kind of thing. I have to try to convince myself to read them...or ease myself into reading them. It's weird. This is why I started this book and then started another book. I needed to convince myself to read it. I'm a big angst baby, sue me. Anyways, maybe I should quit jabbering about my oddies and get to the actual review...
Both Thorne and Sage know they are mates, have for years. Problem is Sage's dad is a fucking bastard and believes it's an abomination. Since the moment they met, Thorne has tried to protect Sage and that's the reason he leaves in the first place. The problem is it doesn't work, which Thorne finds out when he returns after his mother dies. Sage is no longer the sweet omega Thorne knew. Sage goes through a ton of shit and believes Thorne abandoned him. He's been hardened by life and it's hard to see.
The pack Sage lives in is run by his dad (you know, the bastard). I can't remember his name (names are hard for me to remember, even MCs!) so I'm gonna go with Bastard from now on. Bastard is an absolute mess, drunk and abusive and cruel. The pack reflects that; it's cruel and hard and full of problems. My hate for him should be pretty damn obvious. He's a terrible alpha and terrible man.
Sage made me sad. He's been dealt a terrible hand and the one person he thought would be on his side suddenly abandons him without an explanation or any contact since. His pack sees him as a trophy, not a person, not someone to protect and love. He is a tool to them. Sage is faced with making choices to try to survive and the choices are great. He's endured too much to just expect Thorne's arrival is going to solve everything for him. He has a baby on the way and his own life to protect.
Thorne is pretty thrown by the Sage he meets and to see how far the pack has fallen. All he believed was a lie and the guilt of leaving burns in his belly. He wants to take Sage and run but the pack is a mess and Sage won't leave the few good people behind.
The mystery was better in this book than book two. The in-fighting/mutiny within the pack and the baffling (and suspicious) behavior of the townspeople was beautifully dramatic.
Despite my reluctance to dive into this angsty story, I really did enjoy (see...love/hate...or maybe hate/love?). It's very good and I'm glad I could convince myself to read it. I definitely recommend the series! It's been added to my series to buy and I'll be back for a re-read.
Hi. My name is Jordan K Prince. I live and breathe MM fiction. I am particularly fond of mpreg; I can never get enough. I'm in the process of writing my first MM novel, mpreg, of course.