Reviewed by Becca
TITLE: Waking Up
SERIES: The Omega of His Dreams #1
AUTHOR: Kiki Burrelli
LENGTH: 145 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 16, 2017
Henry’s new job as maintenance man in the prestigious Baudlin Towers should be a piece of cake, but when he meets Will, the young, haughty omega living in the top floor, that idea goes out the penthouse window. After Will leaves Henry trapped in an elevator, orders him around for no reason, and rudely dismisses him, Henry is ready to hit the bar with his alpha buddies and forget all about his problem tenant. Except the cold omega prince in his lonely tower won’t get out of Henry’s head.
On paper, Will has the perfect life: he’s a world-renowned artist, wealthy enough to control his heats with suppressors and engaged to a man even richer than he is. He doesn’t need protecting or saving, and especially not by a middle-class, blue-collar alpha. Except there is something in Henry’s gentle eyes and strong arms that wakes Will up in a way that he can’t ignore.
Henry can’t stop feeling like Will needs him, wants him…like Will is his. When he takes a chance and offers Will his friendship, both men are surprised when Will accepts. Even more surprising is how much they both need it. It doesn’t take long before their friendship becomes more, and Henry must claim and protect what is his or risk losing his mate forever.
WARNING: POSSIBILITY OF TRIGGERS. BOOK SPEAKS OF AND SHOWS PHYSICAL ABUSE AND MENTAL ABUSE. IF THIS IS A TRIGGER PLEASE DO NOT READ.
You know, if I hadn’t liked Kiki Burrelli before I definitely would now. But as it happens, I adore her and her books and this one is no exception. I am in love with the alpha/omega trope and it fills my heart with such joy to be able to read these. And this book was perfect. I could not put it down. I was on the edge of my seat during most of the book.
Alpha male Henry is on his first week at his job, first day by himself. He is paged to go to the penthouse apartment, where he has never been, when he makes a startling discovery. The young man that lives there is not at all what he expects. In fact, he’s quite annoying. But something about him keeps drawing him in. And even after leaving, he still can’t get that young man out of his head. He feels like he’s needed. Like the young man needs to be protected and taken care of, and it draws on every part of his alpha instincts. When Will first sees Henry he is floored, almost panicked at how Henry makes him feel. He feels like a part of him has finally awakened and he doesn’t know what to do. As an omega, he has been taught that it’s his place to not speak out or rock the boat, but something about Henry makes him want to take a stand against all that is happening to him. Henry does all he can to run into Will and Will is doing the same. Soon Henry is in the middle of all that’s going on and he will do everything he can to keep his little omega safe.
Oh my gah. Little Will. I want him. He can be another one of my growing pile of book besties. Will has had such a hard life, but he’s so special. He is incredibly talented but more than that there is a fire to him to be something for someone. To be a better him. But his own father he thinks hates him, is forcing him into things he doesn’t want to do, and he can’t make a stand without there being consequences. He’s so lost. And I hate it for him because he is such a sweet soul. He’s so beautiful. He’s never been allowed to just be him and my heart breaks for him. So when Henry comes along, even with a bad rough start, I’m excited. Because now maybe Will can have a chance to be all he wants to be. And Henry I adore because he take his job as alpha seriously. When he finally sees what is happening to Will, he steps in. He takes over and refuses to let anyone hurt Will. And some try. Henry recognizes what Will really is to him and it makes it all that much more sweet. What I love even more though, is how Will finally starts to realize his worth, and starts to bloom. With a little love and encouragement, he begins to grow into all he has wanted to be and it’s amazing.
Life is full of adversities. When beaten down and bullied or abused, it’s hard to be who you are supposed to be. It’s hard to be anything but down. But when someone shows you goodness and love, and believes in you, then it makes life finally seem like it’s worth living. Sometimes it’s too hard to be strong on your own and knowing that someone has your back makes all the difference. This book is wonderful. I definitely recommend it. I hope you enjoy it as much I have!