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Born to be Bound Audiobook

Born to be Bound: Alpha's Claim, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Surrender is not survival.

Claire is desperate. Her once-thriving city lies in ruins. The strongest of the three human dynamics, Alphas, have grown feral. Common Betas circle like vultures. The lowest in the hierarchy, rare and weak, Omegas like Claire, are being destroyed. Sheltering amidst a dwindling enclave of frightened Omega women, Claire cannot provide enough to feed them all; her friends are starving.

All due to one escaped convict's violent rise to power.

Shepherd is every bit as ruthless as his reputation suggests, but Claire cannot continue watching her friends suffer. Her last recourse is to beg the most powerful Alpha in the city for aid.

Up close, the sheer size of Shepherd, the raw power of the man, terrifies her. But he may be her only hope.

Before she can render her plea, Claire's disguise and careful plans fail. Despite taking every possible precaution, she is captured. The moment the Alpha senses her, Claire's worst nightmare is realized: Shepherd, discovering a rare Omega in his midst, claims her like a prize, forcing a pair-bond that ties her to him forever.

Claire becomes his.

Shepherd keeps his wayward mate locked away where only he might enjoy her, and refuses to help her fellow Omegas unless they, too, are irrevocably bound to favored soldiers of his choosing. Claire cannot allow such a thing. She fights her instincts and his will, because no matter how many times he's knotted her, how manipulative the bond might be, she despises what he's done.

She escapes.

And Shepherd vows he will hunt her down - ready to burn the city to ash if he has to. Because Claire is his. His mate.

The first book in Addison Cain's exciting, raw, and suspense-filled Omegaverse trilogy is a dark tale with explicit sexual themes and complete power exchange.

©2016 Blushing Books (P)2016 Blushing Books

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    Stephanne 04-02-17
    Stephanne 04-02-17 Member Since 2015

    I am 33 years old and love cuddling with my animals, doing jigsaw puzzles, or working while listening to audio books!

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    "Unpolished with a Cliffhanger"

    I was provided a free copy of this book from the author or narrator for a honest review. I regret giving poor reviews to books, but unfortunately, this one is on the receiving end.

    First of all, the narrator was very monotone throughout the book and the production quality was not up to par with other Audible titles. Notably, the editing did not catch a throat-clear that was not written as part of the story. It might seem picky, but it's a short 5-hour book so I would imagine it would have had at least one listen-through before publishing.

    About the book itself. The characters in the story are not fleshed out. We did get some backstory as the book progressed, but the overall character development was just not there. The main female character had moments of courage followed by bouts of complete uselessness. The book also jumps directly into sex scene after sex scene in which there's some sort of wolf or dog inspiration. There were times when I would just think to myself "who would find this appealing?". Overall, I am glad that the book was only 5 hours, as I was having my doubts less than an hour in. I stuck it out though, just to be rewarded with a cliffhanger. Not pleased.

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    Troublemer 04-19-17
    Troublemer 04-19-17 Member Since 2016

    Books are the doors to other places. READ!!!!

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    "Dark"

    This book was to dark for me. I am used to the H and H having some chemistry even though they may go through bad times before they get to the good. The narration was good but again i do not like books where the Hero cheats on the Heroine when they are in the next room. I am not putting the writing down because i think it is bad. The story just was not for me. I received this audio book free for an honest opinion.

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    Amazon CustomerBeliever 04-15-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Cliffhanger Yuck!"

    Let me begin with the fact that the narrator left a lot to be desired in this story. This story was not my kind of shifter story. The abuse and dark sexual details turned me off. the rest of the story although well developed was just too dark for me. I don't condone tyranny in any shape or form and that is what this book is all about. Shephard wanting everything his way and no one even his "mate" would get in his way. Claire, an Omega, is his mate and she is abused. Then to top all of this off there is a cliffhanger. I think if a mind is strong enough to create such a tale it is strong enough to end it and just allude to future events in the next book. Cliffhangers make me angry because most of the time the next book is not finished and you have to wait for the tale to move forward. This is not how I envision reading a book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheri 04-05-17
    Cheri 04-05-17 Member Since 2012

    Love to listen to audiobooks!

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    "No, No, Just No!"

    I love dark romances, but this is NOT a dark romance (which maybe is my fault for not researching throughly before requesting to listen.) Born to be Bound is probably one of few stories I listed too at 2x the speed to make it to the end. It ends on a cliffhanger, but I'm not interested enough in the plot or characters to move onto the next book.

    Spoiler Alert:
    The plot is about a tarrant named Shepard who has taken over leadership by force, and rescues an Omega named Claire from being raped to keep for himself. She's in heat, so Shepard takes her repeatedly to help her through her cycle, but Claire views this as rape. Not to mention he keeps her locked up in a room until she escapes, and finds her way to a male Beta who tries to help her, but due to her experience, she doesn't trust him, and leaves the safety of his home to travel back to the rest of the Omegas who are in hiding. When she returns to the Omegas, she is betrayed by her own kind for food, and returned back to Shepard. Shepard has the women who betrayed Claire hanged. He forces her to go back in heat by giving her drugs, and impregnates her. Through Claire's seclusion she starts to develop feelings for Shepard until another female alpha shows up, and he has sex with her in their room while Claire is locked in the bathroom. She feels betrayed, and helpless and slips into depression, Shepard is starting to exhibit signs of caring for Claire and takes her outside to see the sky (how generous) where she escapes again, and returns back to the Beta. The story ends here with a cliffhanger.

    The sex scenes are descriptive, and some may consider them to be more forced seduction; however, there is no chemistry or romance between the H/h.

    The world building was good, unique and but a little confusing.

    I have no issues with the narration. Logan did a good job, but I did listen to the story at 2x the speed.

    I received this audio in exchange for an honest review, and have to say this story was not for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha McCoury Hampton, TN United States 04-03-17
    Samantha McCoury Hampton, TN United States 04-03-17

    Love books. Can get lost in them and spend hours there.

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    "Dark and cliffhanger"

    Storyline is dark and cliffhanger. I didn't enjoy the narrator he sounds like a computer.
    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    McSleepy 03-31-17
    McSleepy 03-31-17 Listener Since 2007

    I have been an avid reader for over 40 years. But discovering audible allows me to enjoy my books while doing chores and driving!

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    "Too Dark for Me!"

    I didn't realize this was a series and this book ended in a cliffhanger. I really don't like cliffhangers.

    Though the book is very well written, it is just too dark a story for me. The "hero" , Shepherd, captures and basically I'm prisons the "heroine", Claire. He forces himself on her, manipulates her, uses her, scars her body, and does this all without any emotional feelings in evidence.

    Claire is abused to the point that she literally feels like she has no reason to live. Then the book ends.

    Ugh!! I give the author credit for making Claire's situation so emotionally wrenching and heartbreaking. I cried for her despair. The world building was interesting, but bleak. That pretty much describes how I felt as the book ended:.... bleak.

    Not my idea of a good read, although I can see how others could enjoy the book for the realism of the emotions it provokes. It's just not my cup of tea.

    I thought the narrator was quite good.

    I was provided with a complimentary copy by the author/publisher in exchange for an unbiased review through Audiobook Boom.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 06-06-17
    Mary 06-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Dark romance with an Antihero"
    What did you love best about Born to be Bound?

    I really enjoyed the story behind the collapse and the rise of the new government. I think that the second book will offer quite a bit more insight into this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Beta. He is awesome! He is the relief in the story, there to help Claire with no strings attached. He was soft and compassionate and completely understanding of Claire's position and plight.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance could have been a bit better. The narrator was monotone in some areas and didn't seem to capture the essence of the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The second time that Claire escaped was epic. Her independence and strength shone very brightly, despite the horrible situation she was placed in.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a very dark romance with an antihero. <br/>Triggers: graphic sexual scenes,elements of BDSM, male dominance/ complete power exchange, and adultery

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    Amy Molyneaux 05-17-17
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    "bueller.. bueller... bueller... is all I hear!"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The story line is not too dark for me; the Narrator is! I have tried to just read the book but cannot get this mans monotone voice out of my head while reading which in turn makes me not want to finish it! <br/>I even doubled the speed...no luck.


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    Lori 05-08-17
    Lori 05-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    Any additional comments?

    It's hard to figure out how to describe this book. This is one of those stories you really like or really dislike. On the one hand it's creative and completely different from anything I have listened to recently. On the other hand it's twisted and dark in a way that crosses the line for me. When I say dark, I'm not talking about the good kind of dark, twisted roller coaster kind of romance. I really don't even consider it a romance/love story. It's a victim and the controlling tyrant who holds her against her will.<br/><br/>The title isn't a play on words. The female lead is an Omega and Born to be Bound to an Alpha. It may sound like a desirable thing to be, but the reality is much different. The next in the series is Born to be Broken. If the title is as literal as this one, listening to Claire being broken is not something I'm interested in. Was this story interesting? Overall, yes. Will I be continuing with the series? No. Is it a series I would recommend? No.<br/><br/>Be forewarned the story does end in a cliffhanger. <br/><br/>At this point I'm not even sure if they are human, shifter's, a slight combination, still evolving or just referring to themselves in this way in an apocalyptic world that is drastically changed from the world they knew. They talk about having wolf traits but nothing is ever clear. There was no chemistry between Claire and Shepherd. I felt sorry for Claire. Shepherd was just a Alphahole. <br/> <br/> Most of the time no matter how dark, broody or an a**hole an Alpha is he has some redeeming qualities or softens and grows on you. That didn't happen here. I don't care what universe, world, apocalyptic whatever your in, if your in forcing a woman into a sexual relationship it is not sexy, hot or desirable. I know this type of thing happens frequently in paranormal books but it didn't work here. It was a forced abusive relationship in every way, he keeps her locked in a room and cheats on her on top of that, which all just wrong. So no…. just no. <br/><br/>Logan McAllister does a good job with the narration. He's a really good narrator. Although, I don't think this is the best example of his work. I have listened to several other books he has narrated that have been much better. His narration in this story seemed flat. Nice deep voice. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Good character voices. He was able to bring the characters and the story to life.<br/><br/>I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.<br/>

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    Amazon Customerpamels 05-02-17
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    very interesting can't wait to resd next addition hoping I can receive it as soon as possible.

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    ".A Panty Dropping Dark Romance"

    Born to be Bound is a breathtaking book to my add to my favorites -- a truly wild rollercoaster, brilliantly woven with plot twists and thrilling from beginning till end, and also an absolutely beautiful journey sprinkled with countless gut-wrenching moments. Enthralling, action-packed and heartwarming (yes, you read that right), this book deserves every praise known to humankind and I bow down to the queens in eternal awe -- Addison and Logan, did a spectacular job . Cannot wait to see what you have in store for us next.
    This is the 5th book narrated by Logan McAllister that I've read in as many days and he has a voice that will leave you in a puddle on the floor .A panty dropping Dark Romance.There is a cliffhanger so you may literally be begging for more ;) . I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.As always this is my honest opinion .

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