REVIEWED BY CINDY
TITLE: Omega Studies
AUTHOR: Casey Cameron
LENGTH: 185 Pages
RELEASE DATE: October 23, 2016
Matt Guerrero is ready for the freedom that college brings: freedom from his family, and the pressures of being an omega in an alpha’s world. So when the school assigns him an alpha “mentor,” he can think of nothing he wants less than a mandatory babysitter…no matter how hot the guy is.
Derek Fisher just wants to play it safe after a serious mistake almost cost him everything last year, but it’s hard to keep his head down when his assigned omega keeps making trouble. He’s never been into guys before, but Matt is attractive, smart, and funny, and spending time with him is seriously distracting. Derek wants more, but giving in to his desires could put everything at risk all over again.
When Matt uncovers a plot that could tear the school apart, he’s all in–on fighting it, and on his relationship with Derek. Derek won’t let him do it alone, but they’ll have to fight the school administration and a ghost from Derek’s past before they can be together the way Derek truly wants: as alpha and omega.
The premise of this story caught my attention. I was looking forward to a little snark, a lot of sweetness and some hot sex and I found it all.
Derek is a young man feeling the pressure of his biological heritage. Being an alpha isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, when you sometimes don’t feel like you’re in control of your mind.
Matt is an omega who’s tired of being told what his place in society is and is hoping that he will be able to find his own place in college. For him, it’s his body that gets out of control and he needs to feel like he can get some of that control back.
The author does a pretty good job of writing interesting main characters that had me invested in their story right from the beginning. I loved how Derek’s shock at Matt’s behaviour soon melted into intrigue and then attraction. I also adored Matt’s strong sense of self and how he was determined to go far beyond what the society he lived in had deemed was proper for him.
I would have liked to have seen some stronger side characters though. All of the other people we meet in the story, like Matt’s roommate and his best friend both fall into the stereotype we’ve come to expect from this genre of stories, although I was happy to see some friendly and kind-hearted female characters here.
I also would have liked a little more anticipation and a few more thrills, but that’s probably a personal preference. I like being tormented a little more before getting the happy ending payoff. I was happy with the sex scenes though. They were appropriately steamy with just the right amount of sweet and I didn’t find that they overwhelmed the rest of the story.
A solid story, that kept me interested and if it didn’t blow my doors off, it at least had me hanging on to the end and cheering for Derek and Matt all along the way.
On a personal note I found it a little ironic that this story mirrors a lot of the struggles that women still face in schools and in the workplace, the fear of being judged by their physiology and how men still think that their hormones control them. Sometimes it seems like they are being perceived that their brains are somehow negatively affected by their boobs.