Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Darien’s Omega
Author: Stephani Hecht
Series: Dire Pack Reborn #4
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 40,000 words
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: May 12, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Blaze’s dreams just may come true when the top Beta, Darien, finally notices him.
For years Blaze had a crush on Darien. Yet, the Beta never looked twice at the shy, small Omega. Why would he? After all, Blaze is the packs’ art teacher. He was never anything special and Darien was way out of his league.
Darien spots Blaze in the cafeteria and instantly drawn to the Omega. At first Darien thinks he’s blown things when he’d forgotten that he had known the Omega when they were both young. Luckily, Blaze forgives him. But, just as they are getting close, a danger looms, threatening the entire pack. Has Darien found love only to lose it? Or will they overcome the evil is out to get them?
Review: So, apparently I didn’t realize this was the fourth book in the series until I’d finished reading it. Fortunately, I was not lost and just assumed that Darien’s brothers and his father would soon get their own books, not that most of them already had them. My bad. Regardless, I don’t feel I missed anything except for knowing that Angel and Bishop, no matter what they go through in their books, will end up happy and committed with their mates.
These books are very short and so things happen very quickly. For me, that is normally a major no-no, but sometimes I need to pull out my little literary palate cleansers, as I call shorties, before I head back into my longer, more detailed novels. This book did progress quickly but I didn’t feel like I missed anything along the way. It was precise and to the point, surprisingly very slow burn, and almost insta-love but that is expected in short books, and especially with shifters, so it never bothered me. I think we all need a well-written short story now and then and this one fits the bill.
Darien is a big, bad beta to the Dire Wolf Pack, and Blaze is the small Omega who crushed on him for years. But somehow Darien never noticed him, until he noticed him in a sexual attraction way. He feels horrible, but honestly, his attention was focused on training new betas not looking for love, so I gave him a pass. These two hit it off hot and heavy from the get-go, but the sex takes a long time in happening. I didn’t expect that but I didn’t miss it either because the storyline ran in a different direction.
Basically, we have a shifter book with a detour down the demonic route. It was kind of unexpected, but had I read the earlier books I would have figured it out sooner, but that’s on me. This is a well-written short story that I’d read in one sitting so it goes without saying that I recommend this one, and I plan on going back and starting the series from the beginning.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*