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Bax is desperate. Recently widowed, he takes his pups and flees his pack to avoid a new mate who wants him - but not his babies. 

At Mercy Hills, he finds the help he'd hoped for, but also a man who both attracts and unnerves him. He doesn't want another alpha mate, or even any mate, though he knows an omega has to have one. But Abel is unlike any other alpha he's ever met, and the hope that had been crushed out of him begins to grow again in the warmth of Abel's kindness and strength.    

Bax is a dream come true for Abel - smart, loyal, strong, and loving. Everything Abe's ever looked for in a mate. Except the independent omega has no reason to trust an alpha, and Abel's going to have to work his way through layers of hurt if he wants to convince Bax he's safe opening his heart.    

But to keep him, he'll have to fight for him.

©2016 Ann-Katrin Byrde (P)2018 Ann-Katrin Byrde

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Great Shifter series that I'm obsessed with!

I had to have a copy of this book when I saw Nick Russo was continuing with the narration as I truly fell in love with these Shifter's in book 1. This is Abel's book, his turn at finding his true mate. I would urge you to either read/listen to book 1 before this one because events in that book directly play into this story.

Sold off to an older, abusive alpha when he was barely a teenager, Bax doesn't have time to consider the freedom he could have when his mate dies. His pack wants to turn right around and do the same thing to the sweet, beautiful omega. Once again giving him no choice in his own life. So he takes his pups and runs, right into the arms of an Alpha built to respect him.

Abel almost mated Jason simply to protect the omega from the same pack Bax was born into and he quickly welcomes Bax into his pack. The spark and attraction is there from the start, but Abel recognizes the fear and apprehension that exudes from Bax in waves, so he takes his time, hoping that once he shows the skittish omega that he's safe in Mercy Hills that they can take their budding relationship to the next level.

I was pulled into this story from the start, could literally feel Bax's pain and desperation within the first chapter. When he found his way to Mercy Hills and a pack that respected him and gave him a choice when it came to how he and his pups would live their life, it took a long time for Bax to come to believe it, he'd been mistreated and abused for so long, it's all he knew. I loved how Abel took his time, breaking away a little more of the wall Bax hid behind and courted him, protected and respected him. Russo did an amazing job of ensuring that each character had their own voice, their own tone in the story. He poured emotions into the story as he told it, truly bringing not on the characters, but things like Bax's fear and Abel's determination to life in my mind.

This is definitely a shifter series I would recommend. I cannot wait for the next book and am hoping and praying Russo continues to tell the stories.

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i love it

you will love it too you can't put it down you will not be disappointed at all

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  • DianaP
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  • 08-07-18

Excellent second entry in a great series

I read a lot of shifter romances. Ann-Katrin Byrde's Mercy Hills series stands head and shoulders above the average for the genre. Her characters are appealing, and their romances are fun, but the real stand-out is her world-building. In her universe, shifters are a feared and hated underclass, living inside the walls of enclaves they were herded into several generations before.

This particular entry in the series focuses on Bax, an omega - a male shifter who can bear children - in a loveless mating. When his mate dies, he and his children lose status and the new Alpha plans to adopt the pups out to multiple families and mate Bax off to his own political advantage. Bax flees, and ends up at Mercy Hills, an enclave where things work quite differently from his previous home.

The romance between Bax and Abel, the Alpha of Mercy Hills, is a lovely, slow growing thing. In addition to the love story, though, the treatment of omegas parallels the treatment of women in our own history, and the oppression of the shifters has echoes of Nazi Germany (the yellow collar tabs that are worn to identify shifters "outside walls" instantly reminded me of Star-of-David patches.) Not that the author preaches at you; it's all organic to the story.

I love the story - I've read it several times - but the audio version is a great enhancement. Nick Russo uses a soft Southern accent for most of the characters - they all hail from the South: Mississippi, Texas or Tennessee - with enough variation that you can keep track of who's speaking without much trouble. I HIGHLY recommend both the print and audio versions of the series (and I hope the whole series makes it to audio eventually!) A very, very good use of a credit!

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Abel’s Omega

I really liked this book. But I had to say I was a little confused. I am definitely not prejudiced but I had a little trouble visualizing where a male could have a pup from. But it doesn’t really matter be I just went with it. I hope the author writes more books in this series. (read the first book too) Good going.

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  • Jammy Red Roo
  • 07-27-18

Enter the world of Mercy Hills

Can listen to this as a standalone, but recommend Mating the Omega first to understand the context better. Great narration, can't wait for Holland's story to be published in audio format as this is my favourite book in. the series