Thomas is a shapeshifter. He can turn into a wolf or a panther, a snake or a bird. He can also turn into people. He is, as far as he knows, the only one of his kind. Thomas is obsessed with his current lover, Jonathan, but he has been sleeping alone for the past week — something he is unhappy with. When Jonathan finally allows Thomas to come over for a quick booty call, Thomas is more than happy to oblige, but even all of the exertion of their very active sex leaves him restless, so Thomas shifts into a wolf and goes for a run.
While running, he meets André, an alpha werewolf of a local pack who invites Thomas to come live with him, and he very much wants to. He is on the verge of saying yes when Jonathan calls again, asking him to come over … but this time, for the first time in their long affair, Jonathan asks Thomas to top. Unfortunately, it’s the night of the full moon and Thomas ends up shifting while within Jonathan, filling him with his DNA and causing Jonathan to turn into a monster!
Having nowhere to turn but André, Thomas runs to the alpha and his pack, and into the arms of Gunter, a large man with a large cock who Thomas falls for instantly.
Blood Omen is the first book in the Blood Crusades series, stories involving a rivalry between vampire and werewolves, with shapeshifters and humans caught in the middle, and it will also be the last book of the series that I read. Sometimes you know, within the first page of a book, that you’re in love. In love with the writing or the characters. Sometimes, unfortunately, you know within the first page of a book that it is an absolute no for you. That there is nothing you and this book have in common; no shared humor, no shared taste, nothing. And that’s what this book is for me. It began, innocently enough, with Thomas’s description of himself, in which he states that, owing to his cock size, Thomas is bottom, unless he’s shape shifted into his alter ego, Evan, whose cock he has made large enough so that he can be a top. Thomas boasts that in his lifetime he’s easily slept with over 700 men and can tell at a glance how big a man’s cock is.
This is followed by lines such as:
Jersey boys and the surfers that had the most obnoxious personalities, and the smallest penises.
His pecs moved inward and out, and his large brown nipples were rock-solid.
I am not versed enough in this author’s writing to tell if this is tongue in cheek, a sort of self-aware satire. If it is, the humor missed me completely. Unfortunately, I think this is just a case of the book having issues with pacing, characterization, and writing. Thomas feels like he has zero personality and zero emotion. He, like the other men in this book, is a creature of action, not introspection, and being very nonplussed by everything. When Gunter tells him about his horrific childhood, (which involves mentions of a lengthy kidnapping and sexual assault by a gang of men), Thomas doesn’t seem to care. Instead it’s very much a “that’s too bad, bro” sort of feeling, followed later by the thought that he can heal Gunter … who has lived beyond what was done to him and become the man he currently is, all without Thomas, thank you.
Gunter, Jonathan, André, and even the others of the pack have the same blank personalities. The pacing in the book is haphazard, with lengthy scenes of Thomas thinking about each man’s cock, quitting his job, or looking at his apartment, and then brief scenes of actual conflict or plot progression. The writing itself is not very strong and very much not to my taste. The kindest thing I can say about it is that it is a fairly quick read. I’m sorry, but this book is very much a pass for me. I do not recommend it, and will not be continuing with the series.