Book Reviews

Claimed (Breaking Free 7) by A.M. Arthur at Briggs-King Books

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / MPreg / Omegaverse / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 08-April-2019

Book Blurb

University student Demir Higgs is on the fast-track to graduate with honors and dive straight into medical school. His career plan leaves little time for dating, so after he catches his casual boyfriend cheating, Demir attends an anonymous sex party, determined to finally lose his virginity. He chooses an older alpha in a red mask and the man takes Demir apart piece by glorious piece, worshiping his body in ways Demir never imagined. Too bad he’ll never see the man again.

After his bondmate disappeared eleven years ago, Senior Constable Brandt Lars fell into his work and avoided dating, disinterested in relationships. Not until the boy in the blue mask. Introducing the young beta to the wonders of sex was Brandt’s absolute pleasure, and he can’t stop thinking about him—until Brandt comes face to face with Blue in the form of Demir Higgs, the middle son of a work colleague. Demir is equally drawn to Brandt and their chemistry is through the roof. The age difference is an issue, but their attraction is real, and stolen moments turn into a secret relationship they both enjoy…but something is still missing.

Years ago, Oliver Strand lost all his memories in a horrible car wreck that left his face scarred and his sense of smell obliterated. But he built a new life for himself and his son, and now he’s visiting Sansbury Province as a guest speaker at a territory-wide anti-sex-trafficking conference. What he does not expect to find at the conference is an alpha he doesn’t know, but who insists Oliver is his missing mate Ollie Lars, who disappeared the same week as Oliver’s accident.

Brandt is overjoyed to discover his bondmate is alive, despite Oliver having no memory of his old life in Sansbury, and he’s determined to keep both mate and son in his life. But he’s also in love with Demir and doesn’t want to lose him. Demir is ready to be the bigger person and step aside so the Lars family can be together again—until Demir realizes he and Oliver have unique chemistry of their own. And they’ve also both been claimed by the same alpha.

Can a grumpy alpha in love with two men, an omega with no memory of his mate, and a beta determined to chart his own course find a way to navigate the complicated waters of a poly relationship? Or will all three men end up stranded alone with broken hearts?

NOTE: This is a non-shifter, M/M/M Omegaverse story with alpha/omega/beta dynamics, heats, knotting, and mpreg. In this world, omegas are second-class citizens, but they are working toward gaining more civil rights and protections under the law. Series warnings for mentions of past physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Additional warnings for extremely kinky sex, including dirty talk, light spanking, biting, edging, roughhousing, come-swapping, and threesomes. This series is best read in numerical order.

Book Review

A brokenhearted alpha, an exuberant young beta, and an omega who has no memory of who he was is the conflict in this seventh book of the ‘Breaking Free’ series by A.M. Arthur. I have enjoyed each of these installments a ridiculous amount partly because the worldbuilding is quite spectacular and the characters are enthralling. I strongly recommend that these books be read in order as there is too much backstory and history regarding this future Earth where alphas are the top of the food chain and omegas are barely hanging on at the bottom.

It wasn’t until I read book six (‘Feel’) that I learned some of Brandt Lars’s background – how he lost his bondmate ten years before and no one could ever discover what had happened – and when I began reading this installment, I discovered that his beloved Ollie had been pregnant when he disappeared. Not only had he been expecting their first child but it had taken them six years to conceive. Why am I mentioning this? Mainly because the other times Brandt has appeared in any of the previous books, he has been a complete asshole and discovering all of this made me see him in a new light.

I can’t imagine waking up in a hospital with no memory of who or where I am, much less being pregnant and having zero clue who the sire is. That was Oliver’s reality eleven years ago and it wasn’t until he came to Sansbury Province and in a twist of fate met his bondmate that he felt the full impact of what he’d lost all those years ago. Granted, Oliver didn’t regain his memories, but he got a sense of home not just with Brandt but with Sansbury as well. Finding out Brandt was in love with a much younger beta brought initial concerns until Oliver met Demir.

I adored Demir when I first met him and I was so happy to see the author write a story about him. At twenty he is a very driven young man finishing his last year of college before heading to medical school. He made a promise to a young omega’s son many years before that he was going to become a doctor and would find a cure for the genetic disease the young boy has. Demir has never forgotten his promise. In fact, he has been so focused on schoolwork he has never had a real relationship. Then he falls in love with an older alpha plus his bondmate when he resurfaces.

I’m not going to go into great detail about this triad’s relationship mostly because I feel it needs to be experienced. I was very happy with how the author addressed the myriad of issues each man had and the ones they shared. The sex is plenty and more than hot with the kinks these three enjoy. I was a bit disappointed that the story dragged a little (for me) at the three-quarter mark and then zoomed into tying up all the loose ends. I would have loved having more time and detail for the finality of the storyline and to see these men really integrate into a family unit.

All in all, however, I loved being back in this world and seeing so many well-loved characters. Since the author indicated her own surprise at writing this book believing she wasn’t going to, I’m going to assume that this is the finale in the series. I’ll be thrilled if there’s more but if not then I have these gems to comfort me in rereads.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 406 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 15-November-2018
Price $3.99 ebook
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