Born To Be Broken by Addison Cain (Alpha’s Claim #2)

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Still have no effing clue

Publisher: Self Pub

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

Claire has a score to settle.

Unwilling mate to the brute who viciously conquered her city, she has once again escaped from her Alpha. Hardened by betrayal, cold as the ice outside the Dome, Claire becomes the mission. The Omegas must be freed, no matter the cost.

The price on her head will not deter her; after all, mated and subjugated her life no longer retains value. She can’t eat, she can’t sleep, and she’s running out of time before the inevitable end.

For once, Shepherd finds himself facing an adversary he cannot simply crush, the situation far out of his depth. Desperate to draw his mate back, racked and restless, he is forced to acknowledge that his pregnant Omega is willing to sacrifice her life for her false notion of a greater good.

He holds the key to her compliance and his dying mate’s survival—all he must do is give her exactly what she wants.

Yup, still not a romance people. If you want a romance look elsewhere. Having said that, there is something about this series that keeps me coming back….

Book one ended with a cliffhanger, like a big one. If you make it through book one, you better have book two on deck or else you’ll be extremely ticked. Just sayin. Claire has run from Shepherd and made a break for freedom. However, it’s not quite that easy since she is now a mated female, whether she likes it or not. She languishes without him, even though she hates herself for it. She had good reason to run, a lot of good reasons, some of which was hard to read and I don’t even have any triggers…so just keep that in mind if you’re thinking of picking this one up. Now she’s out in her city, alone, hunted and sick. Without her mate, the life she carries in her womb, one she doesn’t even want, gets weaker by the day, as does she. Determination to help her city, to fight back, is the only thing that is keeping her going. Even as her own people hunt her for the bounty on her head, she still believes in the good of the citizens. Claire is very set in her ideals, unwilling to see any other point of view. She needs to locate the other Omega’s and keep them safe. Safe from the life she is now doomed to live.

Shepherd has his reasons for taking over the city, however ruthless his actions are. His reasoning for taking a mate, not so clear, at least to him. He’s damaged, probably more than any hero I’ve read to date. Born and raised in a pseudo underground jail, where the worst of the worst are sent to live, Shepherd grew into a fierce male that was feared as much as looked up to. He became a leader of the criminals, the unfairly judged and the innocent who simply pissed off the wrong official. Having little knowledge of the outside world and the relationships normal people have, he struggles to connect to Claire. Instead, he kidnaps her, forces a mate claim, drugs her and impregnates her against her will. All the while he tells her he’s “saving” her, that everything he does he’s doing for her own good. Which may be true, but DAMN, that’s rough reading.

I’m so conflicted with this series. Shepherd is an asshole, he runs hot and cold with Claire, manipulates her at every opportunity, forces himself on her constantly, demands her submission….I could go on and on….yet underneath, every once in a while, I understand his position and his need to cleanse the city who damned him to a life of hell underground. Claire refuses to see her city and her people for what they are. Selfish, uncaring and sadistic. She can’t comprehend what Shepherd has done and doesn’t understand his endgame. Not that he’s very open with his thoughts.

The world building is unlike anything I’ve ever read. I love the idea of a dome city, cut off from everything. Blissfully unaware there are other domes in the world. The citizens blindly following their leaders, uncaring if they are ignorant as long as the elusion of security is draped protectively over their shoulders. When that elusion is shattered, they automatically go feral, killing and raping with a seeming ease. As if, the leaders and the laws mean nothing now that there has been an uprising.

The anatomy of the people is also a fresh take on paranormal romance. They look like humans, but are separated into classes normally reserved for shifter romances. They even have animal-like qualities but they don’t shift. They mate and nest like an animal, yet have relationships like normal humans. The background of these people isn’t explained fully, the reader just expected to follow along, much like the citizens in the story.

Born To Be Broken is a harsh story, full of trying reading and misdirected guilt. It’s a look into a society that has gone mad, and the price it’s people are having to pay for their deceit and selfishness. It’s a scary look into what we could be turning into ourselves in our own world. Is it a romance? Ummmm, no. Is it good reading? Yes, yes it is. *IF* you can handle it.

I give Born To Be Broken by Addison Cain 4 stars!

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