Title: Getting Close to the Omega (Cloverleah Pack Series Book 5)
Author Name: Lisa Oliver
Publication Date & Length: December 6, 2014 – 548pgs
Book Five – Cloverleah Pack Series
Can be read as a standalone.
Dean Weir has finally found happiness in his position as Omega wolf of the Cloverleah pack. He has his friends, his work and his art and he has never looked for anything else. Badly abused by his ex-home pack and Alpha, Dean keeps his head down and stays out of trouble. That is, until his mate joins the pack.
Matthew Charmichael is over a hundred years old and has been a lone wolf for longer than he can remember. Joining the Cloverleah pack after he heard they were having trouble with another wolf shifter, Matthew is overjoyed to find his mate is the cute little Omega of the small pack. But Dean’s past, and the constant attacks on the pack from the mysterious Kylan, could mean that Matthew and Dean won’t get their HEA after all. Can Dean overcome his past, and embrace the powers that a claimed Omega is purported to have, or will his ex-pack kill him before he and Matthew have a chance?
Warning: This is a love story between two male wolf shifters. It includes graphic depictions of sex between men as well as some violence and coarse language. Historical abuse themes are referred to, but not described.
I loved the story line and can’t wait to read the rest of the series. In the beginning there was a lot of detail trying to be thrown in and some of it was confusing. Other than the rush of detail at the beginning in gym that made it hard to follow (I had to read it a couple times to try to get all the characters straight) the book was well written and kept me hooked until the end.
The book shows that people who should not live together, all the Alphas, can when there is someone special to hold them together. The way they all care and look out for Dean even though he is small shows the kindness in others. Dean was truly the heart of the group and once meeting Matthew he was shown to overcome his past abuse and have a happy life in spite of it and he only grew in power instead of it being snuffed out like the other omegas went through in history.
This was the first book in this series that I read, but I didn’t feel like I was missing out on much even though I knew there were probably little things between couples that were established in other books I didn’t understand as well as I would’ve had I read the other books.
I really liked the way Dean and Matthew came together. It really worked for me. The way everyone came together to protect the smallest member of their pack was really amazing especially give Dean’s past. The way Dean opened up under the caring hands of his mate was almost crippling. It was so touching the way Matthew let Dean lead even though he was the more submissive of the pair because he knew Dean needed the tender support.
The only thing I found that I didn’t like was that there was a LOT of repetition. Did we really need attempts on him so many times to get the same point? Did the same statements need to be uttered numerous times? Not to me. I was convinced long before everyone else in the book seemed to be.
Other than that, the book was great and I would be willing to pick up other books in the series.
“You matter to me,” Matthew said. “One day you will share your personal horrors with me, purely and simply because eventually we won’t have any secrets from each other. You will trust that I am strong enough to handle it, and that I will comfort you when you need me to. Those things come with time.” Matthew lifted his arms, encouraging Dean’s hands to come back up to his shoulders. As though he couldn’t get enough, Dean went back to tracing Matthew’s collar bone.
Matthew swallowed a moan and forced himself to keep speaking. “But right now, in this moment, I need you to know, that to me, any scars you have are a testament to your strength and ability to survive. And you have no idea how thankful I am that you did survive and that you feel comfortable enough with me to sit here and touch me like this.”
“You make me calm, like I have found my center,” Dean explained. “I don’t know why, but when I’m around you I don’t have any fear, of anything.” He looked up and Matthew was blasted by the pure need in Dean’s eyes. “Could you, would you mind maybe kissing me again, please?”
“As often as you like,” Matthew promised as he leaned over and carefully brushed his lips over Dean’s mouth.
Lisa Oliver had been writing non-fiction books for years when visions of half dressed, buff men started invading her dreams. Unable to resist the lure of her stories, Lisa decided to switch to fiction books, and now stories about her men clamor to get out from under her fingertips.
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