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Konnor and His Omega Mate - Shannon West And here we have a classic case of words said vs. actions taken.

**General spoiler warning**

What does Konnor tell Ethan at the end of the story? That he knows what's best for Ethan. Lol. Let's rewind.

Ethan communicates that he is too frightened to ride the giant bird things. Konner forces him to. Ethan is scared and miserable while riding the bird thing. Does Konnor notice or check on him? No.

Rewind further! Ethan is terrified of being sold to auction and sees Konner as some form of safety-net. He begs Konnor to let him be his slave. Does Konnor clear up the misunderstanding? Haha, no. He throws a big tantrum and decides to fake out Ethan and make him miserable and treat him like a slave until Ethan breaks down and begs to be treated better. (Like a "mate" says Konnor, but I'm not seeing the difference.)

And yes, keep rewinding:

Ethan learns that he is an omega--something shameful in his society. He bolts because he does not want to be a slave. He gets sold to a brothel and put through humiliation (and possibly whipped?). Konner retrieves him, scares him, AND in this brothel while Ethan is still traumatized and frightened, mates with him and marks him. Then he calls him damaged goods.

Ok, so. Why--in these books, does it always seem like the sub is the more logical one and the Dom is some hysterical, violent psychopath? WHY should the sub relinquish control to such a person? Is it so hard to write a domineering alpha type male who actually deserves his mate's submission? An alpha that doesn't leave the reader wondering if he's somehow going to get his sub killed? Doms are supposed to be in tune with their subs needs--not blindly and callously forcing them to do shit they're too scared to do.
Bound by Pleasure - Anitra Lynn McLeod Well... I don't know. It made me wonder if the author has parents, or rather anybody she would miss if suddenly taken away from them? It's like she concedes the ridiculousness of someone accepting such a fate by having throwaway lines about missing his mother, but knowing she'll be ok. Same with Hunter's friend Dalton: in the beginning he has a logical fear that Dalton is somewhere miserable, but that fear literally lasts one sentence and then Hunter is off to happily accept his slavehood. When he does think of Dalton (his best friend! The person he was speaking to right up until he left earth!) it was another throwaway line about "knowing" Dalton could take care of himself. But really, how could he know that?

It makes me worry for the humans in this series, worry about their ability for compassion and their ability for rational thought. What if Hunter wasn't the solution Kian was looking for? Then Kian would have no qualms with selling Hunter off. I saw the hint that Eoaens are doing this with a purpose, but ... That honestly just sounds dumb. If there's a purpose, then use communication. Hunter's parents have to live the rest of their lives having no idea what happened to their son. When I said compassion before, why does it never occur to these guys that although they may have had the lucky draw, there could be humans out there with someone terrifying and abusive? Yet, the humans don't mind falling in love and staying with aliens who condone this slavery system. There is never talk of bringing the human back to earth, setting him free, etc. This ultimately takes away my belief that the human could really, and truthfully consent to a relationship.
Spanking Dee-Dee - Fabian Black It was cute, but could have been at least 50% shorter.
The Magpie Lord - K.J. Charles Great story, mystery, plot, etc. Only a few complaints: There were a few times that the pacing seemed weird, and they were both during intimate moments. The first, when Crane had Day over the desk, the action of him backing away and going to the window was all one paragraph and just felt..rushed. Secondly, the end of the book when they do have sex... it felt as if the author was just trying to get it over with. There wasn't enough build-up in that moment. Yes, the whole book was build-up, which was wonderful, but then the actual sex scene just seemed perfunctory in comparison (no heat).

But honestly, this isn't erotica, and the romance was just one interwoven element, so it's not like those particular things were much of an issue for me.

Beyond that, I wish the author had somehow foreshadowed that the incident in Romney Marshes would connect to the villains and the plot, instead of something unrelated and completely dealt with. She made references to the villains, but it was almost too subtle, and barely even registered.
Still - Mary Calmes I got about one-third into this, drifted away, and then came back and finished it during a fit of boredom. There was one particular thing that really bothered me about this story: When Sivan and Walter were talking about who they'd slept with during the relationship hiatus, it was very important to the author to stress that Sivan hadn't slept with anyone , while Walter had a few partners. This strikes me as ... I don't know, weird. Like it would be worse for the receptive partner to have had sex, while Walter, alpha that he is, obviously was justified in needing to quench his toppy thirst. And that Sivan should be happy it wasn't so many...? That seriously grossed me out.
Falls Chance Ranch (Falls Chance Ranch #1) - Rolf,  Ranger I think what made this dnf for me is exactly what appeals to the five/four star raters, so it's really a matter of what you like as a reader. I couldn't get over the ethical issues involved with this plot.
Forgotten - Traxie She obviously stopped caring, and the ending was ridiculous.