Stolen (Alpha’s Control #1)
by Addison Cain
Release Date : 26 September 2017
He stole her off the streets in broad daylight—the first Omega discovered in Bernard Dome in generations. He took her with violence while none intervened. He broke her, swearing he’d put her back together.
Brenya Perin was ordered to submit.
Bernard Dome is the jewel of Europe, a bastion of art and culture, pleasure and decadence. But life in the city depends on the occupation chosen for you at birth. There is no subversion, no question of who rules. There is no freedom.
Peace has a price, a price the Commodore of Bernard Dome is willing to pay… so long as the Omega remains his.
Shepherd’s influence is on the rise. His machinations are subtle, his hands full tending to his recovering mate. Her safety is his priority, and something he’s willing to risk war to assure. Bernard Dome has what he wants, and they will all be dammed if they deny him.
Publisher’s Note: The Alpha’s Control series, is a dark Omegaverse tale with explicit sexual themes and complete power exchange. If such material offends you, please do not purchase.
STOLEN: ALPHA’S CONTROL BOOK ONE mild spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk!
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They missed their walk that day, Shepherd far more focused on fucking his despondent mate back into a state of tranquility. He had to be careful. There were rules now, because others had hurt her. He couldn’t take her from behind; she had to be able to see him so she might not panic, might not be in a position to suffer a flashback.
Aggression had to be severely moderated.
Shepherd still made certain to enforce his domination, because that’s what she needed when she was scared, angry, or lost.
The first time they’d joined after reuniting, she’d been terrified. It wasn’t fear of Shepherd, it was just the unlanced poison stuck inside her from everything she’d survived and all that had been taken from her. After waking in the new nest—after the rules were broadcasted—he’d mounted her again, over and over, until she’d fallen into a dreamless sleep, voice hoarse from crying out his name.
Shepherd did not let her out of his sight for even a moment the first weeks. The routine deviated little from what had been theirs in the Thólos underground. If he could be inside her he was. She hardly stepped outside, though she could if she wished to.
Claire had a studio to paint in, a COMscreen should she wish to read, and had been told—more times than she could count—that all she had to do was ask for something and it would be acquired.
“Are there other Omegas here?”
Shepherd was dead serious. “Would you like me to procure some?”
Her lip twitched. “Are you going to round up friends for me?”
“There is a team in place to see to your recovery and companionship. It can be augmented with Omegas if you need them.”
“No, Shepherd. You can’t just procure Omegas. That would not make me happy. It would make me angry.” A year, and in the most fundamental ways he hadn’t changed at all. Claire hesitated to ask, “What about the Omegas… from back home? The ones your men took as mates?”
The way the Alpha looked at her, Claire was not certain if he was intrigued she had asked after the females or angered. “Those who betrayed you will never be allowed near again. I would not even allow them to step foot in this palace. They are with their mates in another sector, they are not allowed free reign of the city. In a year or two my stance may be reconsidered.”
She should have known better. After chewing her lip she asked, “Are they well?”
“They are settled, content. Several have children.”
The conversation was over, Shepherd having used the one word that was guaranteed to shut her down. Before she could slip back into her medicated daze, Shepherd pushed a little more, “Would you like proof of my claim? Do you want assurance that they are happy?”
“No.” Maybe… “I believe you.”
“The children could be brought here.”
“You can’t separate babies from their mothers!” She was awake again and very angry he would even suggest such a thing. “Swear to me you won’t.”
Large arms crossed over his chest, Shepherd challenging, “Their fathers could escort them so you might meet them, but yes, the mothers would be left behind.”
“Asking your men to come here so I can see their offspring is ridiculous.”
“I do not ask my Followers. I order and they obey.” Shepherd stepped closer, menacing. “Do you understand that, Claire? I could demand anything, anything at all, and they are bound to do it. You like children. You could learn their names, paint pictures for them.”
He was annoying her with his grandiosity. “You make yourself sound like a king-”
Shepherd growled, “I am greater than a king. Or have you forgotten? I brought ruin to the most corrupt city on the planet. It was easy…”
The words fell heavy on a dumb tongue. “Thólos still stands.”
“Limping and fractured. Those who survived have less than five years before famine and exposure kills them all. My point was made greater that way, so the lesson might continue for the world to see. And believe me, the world is watching.”
Claire didn’t even know what to do with his words, because there was something dark in the link she must not acknowledge. “Svana destroyed Thólos. It was all her doing.”
Shepherd made sure Claire heard every word. “Everything that was done was my machinations, my leadership.”
She felt as if she’d been punched in the gut. “I was there. She did it.”
“You can’t pretend I am something I am not for the sake of your comforting delusion. I ruled Thólos, I now rule Greth. Under this Dome I hold the position far more firmly than any before me. No one can challenge my authority. Those who could were removed. Claire, I crippled Thólos. Its citizens are rotting as we speak, and I will enjoy knowing that city suffers insidious harm until my dying breath. But I did leave it uninfected, enjoying the show of their scrambling pleas for mercy to other Domes who ignore them or face my wrath. I will assure other nations will avoid them, that they will refuse to buoy the infrastructure as it collapses. That city will be hell on earth no matter how loud they beg.”
She could feel a river of tears fall down her cheeks. “Why are you saying this?”
“Because I love you.”
Had they not been in the confines of their kitchen, the whole Palace would have heard her shriek. “I can’t hear this! I don’t want to talk about Thólos!”
“Don’t be a coward, Claire. Fight me.”
It felt like she was walking the ice again, cracks spreading out under her feet. “I told you I couldn’t do that… I won’t stand for Thólos. That part of me died.”
“You know they deserve every torment they will feel.”
“What’s left was what you made! There was good there once. YOU ARE KILLING ME.”
“The only good thing that ever was in Thólos is standing before me, very much alive,” Shepherd growled, stepping nearer should she think to run before his lecture was complete. “And she doesn’t belong to Thólos anymore. She belongs to me, to my domain, Greth Dome. She belongs in this palace that I have secured for her. She belongs on the throne at my side because I have made her queen.”
She ignored a goodly portion of what he said, her thoughts on one man. “Corday was good.”
The second it was said Claire wished she hadn’t spoken. Fear hit her hard. “Corday is still alive right? You didn’t kill him when you came for me, did you? Oh my god, Shepherd, please tell me you didn’t!”
“He lives.” The giant’s fists were clenched tight, his silver eyes burning. “Don’t think I wasn’t tempted… until I saw what he’s become.”
There was something deeper going on, the real reason Shepherd was orchestrating his attack. “Explain?”
“He hates his people, himself… the world.” Shepherd watched her confusion, watched her try to process something seemingly absurd. “It’s a legacy I understand.”
Claire knew him better than that. “Corday is gentle, he’s sweet. I don’t believe you.”
Shepherd sounded almost proud. “The Undercroft has that effect on the soul.”
“What do you think you’re doing?” Claire ground her teeth, angry, so angry. “Why are you saying these things?”
He repeated his reason from before. “Because I love you.”
“…and you want me to not love my friend? You can’t share my affection with those who cared for me when I was alone and scared?”
“He is not what he was, little one. That is my point.” Shepherd stood taller, took her chin so she was forced to look. “The fall of Thólos brought out the true heart of everyone. Do not be fooled by his smiles or the flowers he brought you. That goodness was corrupted when you were ra—”
Her hands flew to her ears, Claire breathing too hard to see straight. “SHUT UP!”
One swipe and the dress was ripped off, a hard cock shoved in with only the kitchen counter digging into her back to offer support. Clawing and scratching she raged at the Alpha, punishing him with bites as he thrust.
Holding her bare ass in his hands, yanking her body back down when she squirmed away, Shepherd grunted like a beast, barely able to form the words, “Fight me, little one. Remember.”
The initial aggression was all hers, Claire so far gone she hardly noticed how she screamed when all the rage inside her squeezed, cracked, and dumped out like stagnant filth. The power of her release, she sobbed through it while the violent Alpha used her as he had not since Thólos.
Just when he was about to knot he spun her around, bent Claire over and plunged in from behind. The knot expanded, her legs kicking while Shepherd roared, “This is your Alpha, your mate! That is who is fucking you!”
Dangling from her awkward position, feeling the cramp of her orgasm milk Shepherd’s cock, she understood. Living in seclusion, where they walked trails and enjoyed one another, didn’t change what he was, or what she was. He needed her to accept all of him, and not pretend while they played house.
He was never going to be easy on her.
There would never be a day he’d regret forcing her into a pair bond. It was the only way he would have ever won the female’s affections. His reward was perfect, dominating her body and mind sublime to such a man.
Shepherd twisted her hair in his fist, pulling her neck up so he might dig his nose in and sniff, so his grating purrs would be felt best with her back to his chest. “You are my little one. Sweet and so pretty. The way you come around my cock is something that I hunger for, hearing you scream for me my favorite sound. You are my wife, my mate. No time apart could change that. No courting Beta, no estrous, no drugs. You didn’t want me, I know that. I enjoyed the challenge. I enjoyed stealing your affection. I enjoyed mating you into oblivion more times than I can count. I’d never let you go. EVER!”
Claire could see his reflection in the window, could see that the man knotting her was Shepherd and not a horrible memory, and wondered if he’d plotted the entire conversation just to reach that moment, knowing she would have that reflection should she need it.
Her breath fogged the black marble under her cheek, Shepherd petting her face as he continued his tirade—all of it so she could hear his voice and be still. He kept her there through the entirety of the knot, gauging each fleeting expression.
He’d manipulated her.
She knew it.
There was a flaw in the story he’d told to draw out her anger. “Corday would not turn on his people.”
Shepherd growled softly in her ear, “Don’t fight the knot, little one. Stop bearing down.”
Claire had not noticed her body’s rejection and drew a deep breath to regain control. “The counter is cold.”
A reassuring stroke warmed her from hip to shoulder.
In the glow of rough orgasm, her tension melted. “You can be a real prick sometimes, Shepherd.”
The purr magnified, cuddly Alpha monster settling over her. “Tell me that you love me.”
“I love you.” Claire sighed. “Don’t speak ill of Corday.”
Shepherd ground his hips against her rear, the Alpha purring, “I know a man full of rage when I see one. Another year or two, and he would make a good Follower.”
“Why tell me these things?”
“Because I love you.”
OMFG!!!! I’ve had to give myself a few days after reading this to process and I’ve been in a bit of a book funk since reading it and can’t seem to move on from Addison’s newest offering of delicious darkness, it was that fucking good!!!
Now – this is not for everyone, so be warned and take heed. This is a spin off from Addison’s Alpha’s Claim series. You do not have to have read Alpha’s Claim but I most certainly recommend doing so in order to fully understand just what is going on in the Omegaverse world. These are dark, raw, gritty books, full of violence, explicit sexual themes and complete power exchange – if such material offends then do not read or purchase – but if this is your thing, like its mine, you will fucking love it!!!!
The Stolen story is split between 2 different domes, Bernard Dome and Greth Dome.
Bernard Dome – a dome that seems to be doing well for itself as we first see it through Brenya’s eyes. Brenya (or Unit 17C as she is known) is a Beta mechanical grunt working for Oversight, tasked with fixing problems with the dome itself, is happy in her life, being useful, taking orders, being the best at her work – until she has an accident and falls off the dome whilst fixing it, and her life is turned completely upside down.
Jacques is Commodore of Bernard Dome, which makes him king/ruler/priest of everyone within the Dome, all orders come from him. Brenya is taken by him and captured to be his mate in every violent sense of the word you can imagine.
I have such a respect for Brenya after reading this, all that she goes through, all that she has to endure and submit to yet without fully comprehending the whys of it all to begin with. She is such a strong character to endure what she must to survive. To be taken and be told you are something completely different to what you thought you were, and to feel emotions and changes within you that you have no experience of ever having before must be completely terrifying, and I felt for her every step of the way.
Jacques is such a terrifying Alpha, with such power and control, so used to getting everything he wants and needs, and ruling the Dome in the way he sees is the best to avoid war – by literally enslaving the Betas and controlling them completely. What he does to Brenya in his eyes is the best for her, him and the Dome, and is the way of the Alphas. I seriously did not like the man!!! He made my skin crawl in the worst way. The things he subjects Brenya to are horrific to say the least and I had to remind myself that Shepherd started like this in the first Alpha’s Claim book, so to stay calm and breathe and maybe he will turn out to be a great antihero like Shepherd, time will tell!!
Greth Dome – I’m not going to go into detail too much with this as this is where Shepherd and Claire come into it, and if you have read the Alpha’s Claim series you will be soooo excited to read more about these two!
Shepherd has Claire back, but neither of them are like they were, they have both suffered immensely through their past experiences and losses. Claire had been kept drugged to high heaven and is so broken through her loss. But Shepherd will do anything to get his Claire back, his whole world revolves around her and he will do anything to help bring her back to him.
Now this, was utterly beautiful – dark, emotional, raw, gritty, frightening – the feels for Claire and Shepherd, I was blown away with Addison’s writing and telling of this dark deeply emotional tale, moving me to tears several times throughout their scenes. I couldn’t get enough!!
So if you’ve not gathered I loved this book, I am in awe of Addison’s writing skills and technique and her ability to bring the reader to such an emotional wreck whilst reading such a beautifully dark, gritty, raw, intense, powerful and wonderfully unique story and is such a credit to her as an author. I personally can’t wait to read more from Addison as her writing is going from strength to strength the more she writes. A go-to author for me without a doubt. Thoroughly recommended if this is your thing – a magnificently brutally dark emotional 5 star read!!!
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USA Today Bestselling author, Addison L. Cain, was born in sunny California, but found herself drawn to dwell in older, history-rich places. Japan, Ireland, Qatar, and now Washington DC, Addison is always on the move, always eager to immerse herself in new cultures and people. Her stories reflect the antiquities she loves: deep and sometimes very dark. Driven to push her characters beyond the pale, Addison’s books are not for the faint of heart.