Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Release Day Review: Seen by A.M. Arthur

Seen by A.M. Arthur

Hell is a six-by-six jail cell and no hope for the future.

Kell Iverson has never raised his hand against another person in his entire life—and yet somehow he’s been arrested and charged with the murder of his alpha mate Krause. Sure, Krause brutalized him on a daily basis, and Kell hated his mate, but he never wanted the man dead. Not fighting the charge and accepting his fate is the easiest path—except Kell doesn’t think he’ll survive a week in prison, and he doesn’t want to disappoint his younger brother Braun by giving up. He also doesn’t expect to recognize the lawyer who shows up to defend him.

Ronin Cross was barely eighteen when he felt the mating bond with then-fourteen-year-old Kell, but his family moved away before Ronin could decide what to do. For the last ten years, he hasn’t forgotten teenage Kell, hasn’t mated, and now he’s in Sansbury Province to defend adult Kell from a capital murder charge. The mating bond is still there, but now isn’t the time to pursue anything with his fragile, battered, emotionally-damaged client.

For Kell, the term “kind alpha” is a contradiction, because he’s never known one. He went from abusive father to abusive mate, and for twenty-four years, he’s simply done what he’s told. But Ronin asks Kell what he wants. What he likes. Ronin sees him, and it’s both confusing and delightful. But Kell is facing prison time at best, execution at worst, and as his trial date looms, he can’t indulge in a fantasy that will never come true…or can he?

NOTE: This is a non-shifter Omegaverse story with alpha/omega/beta dynamics, heats, knotting, and mpreg. In this world, omegas are second-class citizens with few civil rights and almost no protections under the law. Trigger warnings for physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. 

4.5 Stars!

Here we go again. I love these books but I end up on an emotional rollercoaster, they make me so angry and sad one minute and then the next I'm laughing and sighing. I abhor how Omegas are treated in this ABO world and I want to scream at all the Alphas and even Betas when I read about them being abused or just treated as less than human.

This story is about Kell, (Braun's older brother), an Omega who suddenly finds himself being charged with murdering his sadistic Alpha husband after 3 years of deplorable physical, sexual, mental and emotional abuse. Unable to remember the night his husband/Alpha had his throat slashed, Kell doesn't know if he is really guilty or not. One thing is for sure though, it's a good thing Krause is dead.

Ronin refuses to give up hope that he will be able to keep Kell from going to prison. Alpha born and a lawyer he fights to prove that Kell is not a coldblooded murderer but the victim of a horrible crime. This case means everything to Ronin who knew Kell years ago and has never been able to forget the Omega who stole his heart.

I honestly loved Ronin. He was so different than the other Alphas we've seen in this and the previous book. He's even more sensitive than Tarek who I adored in Saved. He does everything he can to prove to Kell that he deserved a good life and I thought he was an incredibly loving, loyal and protective.

AM Arthur has done a great job with this story and the series. As with Saved, the writing was well done and the story flowed well. There were a few moments I felt that it dragged a little bit but, overall, I really enjoyed it.

I would definitely recommend Seen. 

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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