The Baby Pact by Wolf Specter and Rosa Swann was a fast-paced story of three men discovering just how far they’d go to protect the people they love. The first in their Baby Pact series, things start off with an intriguing combination of soap opera-esqe drama and smoking hot sex.
I haven’t read a lot of A/B/O stories (fanfic doesn’t count, right?) so I was interested in checking one out. The idea of a deeply segregated society rings a note of relevance to this day and age.
The Baby Pact, in a way, is an examination of patriarchal society. Alphas are at the top of the ladder and receive the most privilege. Omegas are at the bottom and experience serious oppression–every aspect of their lives are controlled by the Alphas in their lives (parents or spouses).
Considering these shifters live side-by-side with humans, I was disappointed by the lack of acknowledgement in the similarities between the marginalization of Omegas and women. Even an offhand remark would have been nice.
It was also a bit weird how basically all of the secondary characters were awful people–family members and even coworkers. It made it so that the MCs were isolated and they developed an Us vs Them mentality, though I’m not sure if that was intentional or not. In some instances, the Evil Alphas seemed more like caricatures of villains than real characters.
There is so much going on in this book. It makes it engaging in a way where you can’t help but wonder what will happen to the MCs next.
Speaking of, I liked all three MCs though at times I wanted to slap them upside the head. Especially when Gail, described as overly cautious and in hiding, agrees to go home with Lucien and Cyrus when he doesn’t know them. Seemed uncharacteristically risky.
Some people would probably consider the ending a cliffhanger though I wouldn’t technically call it that. The major conflict is pretty much wrapped up, but there are quite a few unanswered questions and loose ends left dangling. So be aware of that if you like your books neatly finished.
I had a hard time writing this review for The Baby Pact because even after ruminating for a few days I couldn’t decide on how to rate it. It’s one of those books where you can’t help but get engrossed even when you’re scoffing at a character’s poor decisions. I have to admit that I’ll probably be reading the next book so I can see what happens next.
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Gail, an Omega, has been hiding from other shifters for over half a decade, determined to choose his own path in life, even if that means working two jobs. During the day he works at a bookstore and in the evenings he is an exotic dancer.
Lucien and Cyrus, an Alpha and a Beta, love each other, a relationship condemned by shifter society, and have never felt the need to find an Omega. They sometimes pick up humans to spice things up, but never more. Until one night they end up in a bar, where they see a dancer they can’t keep their eyes off. They want him, even if only for one night.
But their families have other plans. In a desperate attempt to keep control over their lives, they will need to make the hardest decision yet: Are they ready to be parents?
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Length: 225 pages
Purchase: Amazon (KU)