I remember back in the early 2000s when I found my first manga (Japanese comics) at a thrift store. I think it might have been a random volume of Black Cat. I hadn’t seen anything like it, and from there, I was hooked. Unfortunately, there weren’t as many avenues to getting manga back then, especially not in the middle of nowhere Alabama. So, I usually got my manga fix from whatever manga scan sites and fan translation sites were available at the time. That, thankfully, is no longer the case, and finding good, new manga is just as easy as popping into my local Barnes & Noble or hitting up Goodreads for some recommendations.
This is a boys’ love novel set in the omegaverse.
Nathan and Sam’s relationship didn’t start off all that wholesome. Nathan, a recessive alpha, went to an omega brothel known as the Omega House, looking for a dominant omega to have a good time with. Due to a door number mix-up, Nathan ended up in the room of the dominant omega, Sam, a tall, masculine, and very non-omega omega. Sam turns Nathan’s world upside down, and their steamy night ends up being the first of many as Nathan marks Sam, and they end up being bondmates, intrinsically tied for the rest of their lives. While they aren’t the standard alpha and omega couple, in more ways than one, they do follow the usual expectations of most alpha and omega couples.
They start trying for children.
Much to their joy, it isn’t long into their marriage that Sam finds himself pregnant, compounding the happiness they’ve built with each other tenfold. Just like they’ve done the entirety of their time together, Sam and Nathan jump into this new adventure headfirst. But, unfortunately, their hopes and dreams for their family come crashing down as Sam’s pregnancy ends in tragedy. Having never faced something so painful, the couple’s love and relationship are tested. Will they come out stronger together, or will even the ties of their bond break under the pressure?
This is a boys’ love novel set in the Dom/Sub universe.
The heir to the Griff family company and wealth, Anthony Griff has everything going for him. He’s just graduated high school, looking to attend college fully paid for by his Dom parents, and all he has to do is get his secondary sex of Dom confirmed so he can attend his preferred Dom-exclusive college. Yes, everything in his life is set in stone until he gets his results back. He isn’t a Dom, despite his mother and father both being Doms. Instead, he is the worst possible option: a Sub.
Anthony can no longer take over the Griff family company, he can’t attend the university he intended to attend, and his parents no longer feel the need to support a child that can’t meet their expectations. With his world turned upside down, what Anthony had planned for his life is no longer a possibility. So begins his life as a Griff Sub, which entails being sold off to the highest Dom bidder, and in this case, that bidder is Daniel Abbott, a much older Dom and the brother to the current CEO of Abbott Industries. All Anthony can hope for now is that Daniel is kind and they can someday be happy together, his life no longer being his own.
That is until a pink-haired, golden-eyed Dom named Noah breaks into Daniel’s home while he is away, only to find Anthony there. Noah doesn’t seem that bad of a guy, all things considered, and he is a Dom to boot. On a whim and in an attempt to take control of his life, Anthony demands one thing from Noah:
This is a boys’ love novel set in the omegaverse.
Liam is a dominant alpha. He’s earned himself a great job at a great company, and alongside his recessive alpha buddy Nathan, things can’t get much better. That is until after a night of drinking games with Nathan. Liam wins himself a fully paid evening at the nearby omega brothel known as the Omega House. Liam’s never been fond of brothels or omegas, but at Nathan’s insistence, he gives it a shot.
He has no intentions of actually participating with whatever omega he chooses. Still, upon meeting the mysterious and alluring Raven, a recessive omega, he finds himself inexplicably drawn back to the Omega House. While Raven and Liam grow closer and closer physically, their emotional ties are limited by Raven’s refusal to be owned or bonded to any alpha. Liam could easily dominate Raven and make him his, but surprisingly he would much rather be dominated by him.
Can Liam overcome the instinct he has to dominate and make Raven his? Will he be able to break down the walls Raven has built around his heart? Or will Raven slip out of his grasp?
“Something about him made me want to touch him.”
Matthew Evans works the overnight shift at his university’s nearby museum. He’s never been great with people, so he finds solace in the company of the sculptures and statues present there. They don’t speak, they don’t react, but Matthew has never wanted any of that. He was happy enough just to be able to touch them as he pleased. His nightly ritual with his beloved sculptures goes wholly unnoticed by everyone until the night Gabriel appears.
Now faced with a living, breathing person who knows about his secret, Matthew is no longer sure where he stands in society. However, Gabriel makes it clear he has no intention of divulging Matthew’s secrets, and in reality, he would like to make a few more with him in exchange for a night out of the cold. Matthew soon learns there is a big difference between a sculpture of a person and the real thing, warm under his fingertips.
For the first time in his life, Matthew wants nothing more than the company of another person. He wants Gabriel.
Music is integral to my writing process, especially when writing romance scenes or anything emotional. Since I am predominately a romance writer, one would assume my playlist is probably mostly sweet love songs, but love isn’t always happy. In order to write a piece with tension and grounded in reality, I need to explore all aspects of love.
What better love story to talk about than my own? I have been with my partner, Caleb, for eleven years as of writing this. We’ve been together since we were in high school; he was a sophomore (10th grade), and I was a junior (11th grade). We had known each other for much longer than that, though, having grown up in rural Alabama and going through the same elementary, middle, and high school system.
I really want to make more of an effort for myself this year to go into things much more purposefully than I have been. I typically do things on a whim, especially with my writing. I’ve had pieces that I’ve worked on on and off for years with the intention of one day finishing them, but this past year has put everything into perspective.