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He's the most brutal Alpha crime boss in the galaxy—and she belongs to him now. Payment for a debt owed. Pawn for an act of vengeance. Property to be used, knotted, and bred. Irresistibly gorgeous mafia king Nikolai Skolov is dominant, hard, possessive—and determined to bend innocent omega Dahlia Lundin to his will. But she is equally determined to resist. The lives of tho He's the most brutal Alpha crime boss in the galaxy—and she belongs to him now. Payment for a debt owed. Pawn for an act of vengeance. Property to be used, knotted, and bred. Irresistibly gorgeous mafia king Nikolai Skolov is dominant, hard, possessive—and determined to bend innocent omega Dahlia Lundin to his will. But she is equally determined to resist. The lives of those she loves depends upon it. Except Dahlia isn't prepared for the insatiable hunger the Alpha's discipline awakens. Or her soul's recognition that her new master is also her fated-mate. As dangers mount and betrayals loom, all Dahlia knows is turned on its head. Allegiances are tested. Secrets exposed. Until Dahlia is not sure if her ruthless enemy is the monster who will destroy her or the only one left who can save her...


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He's the most brutal Alpha crime boss in the galaxy—and she belongs to him now. Payment for a debt owed. Pawn for an act of vengeance. Property to be used, knotted, and bred. Irresistibly gorgeous mafia king Nikolai Skolov is dominant, hard, possessive—and determined to bend innocent omega Dahlia Lundin to his will. But she is equally determined to resist. The lives of tho He's the most brutal Alpha crime boss in the galaxy—and she belongs to him now. Payment for a debt owed. Pawn for an act of vengeance. Property to be used, knotted, and bred. Irresistibly gorgeous mafia king Nikolai Skolov is dominant, hard, possessive—and determined to bend innocent omega Dahlia Lundin to his will. But she is equally determined to resist. The lives of those she loves depends upon it. Except Dahlia isn't prepared for the insatiable hunger the Alpha's discipline awakens. Or her soul's recognition that her new master is also her fated-mate. As dangers mount and betrayals loom, all Dahlia knows is turned on its head. Allegiances are tested. Secrets exposed. Until Dahlia is not sure if her ruthless enemy is the monster who will destroy her or the only one left who can save her...

30 review for Ruthless King

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carol [Goodreads Addict]

    Ruthless King is the first book in Alison Aimes’s brand new series, Ruthless Warlords. This book takes place in Anarcheim, a parallel Alphaverse galaxy in a dark future seeded with various forms of alien life. But in this world, there are two constants. All inhabitants are Alpha, beta or omega. Alphas lead, betas serve, and omegas submit. I just this minute finished this book and am staring at the computer trying to find the words to tell you how amazing this book was and the words are not comin Ruthless King is the first book in Alison Aimes’s brand new series, Ruthless Warlords. This book takes place in Anarcheim, a parallel Alphaverse galaxy in a dark future seeded with various forms of alien life. But in this world, there are two constants. All inhabitants are Alpha, beta or omega. Alphas lead, betas serve, and omegas submit. I just this minute finished this book and am staring at the computer trying to find the words to tell you how amazing this book was and the words are not coming to me. Other than to just say just that, this is an amazing book you do not want to miss. Dahlia Lundin is twenty four years old and is an omega. To her father, she is simply a pawn to be given to the highest bidder. But when her father has a large debt that needs to be paid, his plans change and his daughter now becomes a way to pay his debt. When Dahlia sees who she is being given to, she comes face to face with a man she met once before as a little boy. A connection was formed that day that she has never forgotten, that has helped to get her through her darkest days. But this alpha is no little boy. “His past and her future were linked, but it seemed increasingly clear that only one of them would survive the battle coming.” Nikolai Skolov barely survived his childhood, his soul purpose was keeping his siblings alive. Nikolai is an alpha and has amassed great wealth. The one thing besides taking care of his brothers and sister that kept him going was that he would someday take possession of the omega he met when he was a boy. He would possess her and never let her go. “She might be his pawn, but she was his salvation too.” Nikolai needs something from Dahlia, something that would make her betray her family. They may never have shown her love or compassion but they are still her family. Her alpha now owns her, but she is determined not to give him what he needs. What she hadn’t counted on is the bond that is quickly forming between them. They are very rare fated mates. The more time they spend together, the deeper the bond becomes, until it becomes impossible for her to determine where she ends and he begins. Where a hunger for the passion her alpha introduces her to becomes the center of her world. But also, where her loyalties are continuously challenged, and she discovers a strength within her she never knew existed. “He was her leader, her master, her mate, her treasure, and her love.” “You are my beginning and my end, my wildest obsession, my greatest purpose.” This book pretty much rocked my world. Alison Aimes words are pure magic. This is dark, yes. But, it’s also beautiful. The bond between these two was so powerful. It went against everything that was believed possible between an alpha and his omega. Nikolai was ruthless. He was powerful and feared. There was one tiny little omega, though, that he didn’t want to fear him, that he wanted to trust him. One tiny little omega that he would burn down the universe to keep her safe if he had to. His Dahlia. After reading this, now I’m on pins and needles to get the next book. It will focus on another of Nikolai’s siblings but I don’t know which one. It will be entitled Savage Prince. “My treasure, my mate, my queen.” For more about this book and so many others, come and visit me at Carol's Crazy Bookish World. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Carol...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    I am left stunned. Alison Aimes' writing is fast-paced, energetic, and vibrant. With her debut Omegaverse book she's already established herself as a top tier Omegaverse author. For those familiar with her Condemned series this won't come as a surprise, but for Omegaverse readers new to Alison Aimes you're going to want to check this one out. The alien/sci fi element is strong--for sci fi romance lovers who may not be attracted to mafia, don't let the mafia element scare you away from the story. I am left stunned. Alison Aimes' writing is fast-paced, energetic, and vibrant. With her debut Omegaverse book she's already established herself as a top tier Omegaverse author. For those familiar with her Condemned series this won't come as a surprise, but for Omegaverse readers new to Alison Aimes you're going to want to check this one out. The alien/sci fi element is strong--for sci fi romance lovers who may not be attracted to mafia, don't let the mafia element scare you away from the story. I thought the combination was fab. This is basically mafia in outer space. This book is a standalone that ends with a satisfying HEA :) Aimes is a new to me author, I requested an ARC when I noticed Ruthless King up for pre-order on Amazon based on the cover and word mafia alone. I was a bit worried the book wouldn't deliver on the promises in the blurb, but there was no need to worry - this book delivers. ✦ The setting Anarcheim, a parallel Alphaverse galaxy in a dark future seeded with varied forms of alien life. There are, however, two immutable constants. The first is that all inhabitants are Alpha, beta, or omega. Alphas lead, betas serve, and omegas submit. That is the way. The second is that violence is a way of life, power is essential to survival, and crime is king. The author did an amazing job of setting up her Omegaverse world, and it's clear enough that I can wholly recommend it to those new to Omegaverse. If you like sci fi romance, but haven't tried Omegaverse yet, this book would be a great place to start. The author's descriptions of the various planets and areas within Anarcheim were stunning. I noticed this after reading a couple books in her Condemned series, but she has a way of bringing the setting to life. Much of this book takes place on an icy planet, Abzal, and the descriptions were to die for. ✦ Nikolai “Your chance for freedom ended fifteen years ago. Your fate set the moment we met.” Nikolai was swoon worthy. The type of Alpha who is an @hole but ends up caving to his Omega and doing anything to protect her. My favorite mafia aspect of this book was how loyal Nikolai treated his family. He was willing to do anything to avenge the ones he lost and protect the ones he loved. His back story was gut wrenching! Props to the author for writing *that* scene so early in book, my jaw dropped. But going back to family, in Omegaverse there is such emphasis on the Omegas' ability to breed, I'm always surprised to not see as many children or families depicted in the stories. This book depicted how important family lines are within the Brotherhood. While I'm shelving this as dark Omegaverse, this is on the lighter side of dark. There are heavy, dark themes, but Nikolai was not a cruel Alpha like in the darkest Omegaverses. He had his moments, he was certainly an asshole at times, but there was an overarching theme of both MCs learning how to respect and trust each other. ✦ Dahlia Dahlia was snarky without crossing into bratty territory (something I always appreciate). Those who like strong heroines who push back against the Alpha will like Dahlia. Another pet peeve I have is authors writing 'strong' heroines but all they do is talk back to the hero (it's like the author thinks that's enough to advertise a 'strong heroine'). Dahlia had her own goals, took action to meet them, and came into her own power by the end of the book. I wouldn't describe this book as enemies to lovers per se - this ended up being a childhood meet cute to separation to love story which I ate up. Both protagonists come from families with an ongoing blood feud, and Dahlia is key to how Nikolai will enact his revenge upon her family. This created an angsty push and pull between the two. “I see.” “I doubt you do. This is going to get uglier before it gets better. War is coming, the full extent of the player involved still to be determined, and you’re at the center of it all." This is a standalone, but there's still a lot going on this world and I can't wait for more. It looks like each book in this series will be Nikolai's brothers being paired with their Omegas (and I'm eager for what will either be Nikolai's sister or Dahlia's sister's story!). Trigger Warnings:(view spoiler)[Violence, murder, references to childhood abuse (brief), and dubcon -->the forced seduction trope, the omega caves to the bond, especially in the beginning, when she doesn't want too (hide spoiler)] Safety: (view spoiler)[No cheating, no ow drama. Alpha is possessive and caring of his omega (hide spoiler)] Wordcount: 97K! This is a lengthy book. So many Omegaverse books are on the shorter side, it's awesome to find a quality, full length Omegaverse story. I felt fully satiated after reading. This is a standalone and ends with a HEA No cliffhanger :) Notes:(view spoiler)[These are just random notes for myself! please don't read if you haven't read the book! I liked that it was typical for the Alphas to have an 'Omega Prime' as well as 'Omega Property' kept in stables. I feel Omegaverse reverse harems are highly unrealistic, and think it's more realistic an Alpha would have a harem. No worries for those concerned about safety though! The H doesn't have Omega stables :) I really liked how the Omegas gift tied into the fated mate bond, emotionally and physically. How it tied into the Omega Prime status as well. I swooned when I learned Nikolai kept the necklace! I love it when there are objects of importance like that in a story! I appreciated certain world build details, like how gems had their own name, I cracked up at the phrase, 'Alpha bitch,' similar to how guys don't want to be seen as 'whipped.' Plot twist was fab. Well constructed plot with foreshadowing, which is difficult to do. Constructive criticism: This is me nitpicking, nothing major at all needs to be changed. During dialogue, at one point Nikolai said: “What does the fated-mate bond tell you?” @63% in the story. This is serious nitpicking, but saying the full thing, 'fated mate bond,' seemed slightly unnatural and like a mouthful. I would think it would be more natural for him to shorten it to bond. There were times in the story where there could have been more subtlety and nuances of a scene left to the reader to interpret, but I felt instead the nuances and implications of a scene were spelled out to the reader. This is criticism to take with a grain of salt, because I think the majority of readers like having that--but here's an example of what I'm referring too: @53%: Equally bad was the memory of how, for a few heartbeats before he fucked it up, her gaze had been warm and welcoming, the golden glow flowing from her to him along the deepening fated-mate bond making him feel lighter than he had in ages—until the vision and his knee-jerk angry reaction messed everything up. He’d struck out, wanting to prove he was strong, despite what she’d seen. All he’d done was prove what an asshole he really was. This was a really great scene, before the reader had experienced it from Dahlia's point of view, and how she felt hated/resented by Nikolai for experiencing a vision that he wanted no one else to see. Then the book switches to Nikolai's POV and we learn he is feeling regret for his reaction to Dahlia. I was able to recognize Nikolai's regret pretty quickly. This nuance was explained to the reader a few times, that by the time I got to the paragraph above, it felt slightly repetitious. I think not all of it was necessary and a few sentences could have been edited out. This is very minor, me nitpicking, but something I would mention to an author if I was beta reading. Personal taste comes into play too--I like being able to read between the lines a bit and pay attention to subtext. I think there could be room for the author to balance this a little bit more. One more thing I liked about the world: How the balance between the Brotherhood alliance was shaky and easily unbalanced. Alphas are *so* aggressive & territorial, that it seemed very realistic that the Brotherhood would need to take all kinds of precautions to keep the Alphas from murdering each other. All the details from the glass encasements at the meetings, to serious consequences for the Brotherhood killing other members etc was great. I also appreciated how there was variety among the Omegas personality, some scheming, some sociopaths, some nurturing/kind, they all had personalities and their own interests. (hide spoiler)]

  3. 5 out of 5

    Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩

    I have never read from Alison Aimes before, but after reading Ruthless King, I'm definitely adding her to my must-read list! Here are the reasons why you should read this and why it got five stars... ❤️ fated mates ❤️ organized crime shenanigans ❤️ fierce warrior who was insanely hot ❤️ strong and stubborn omega who tried to give as good as she got ❤️ revenge plot ❤️ brilliant storytelling and incredible world building. I could feel the cold of ice planet Abzal. ❤️ tons of hot sex. TONS!! ❤️ enemies-to-l I have never read from Alison Aimes before, but after reading Ruthless King, I'm definitely adding her to my must-read list! Here are the reasons why you should read this and why it got five stars... ❤️ fated mates ❤️ organized crime shenanigans ❤️ fierce warrior who was insanely hot ❤️ strong and stubborn omega who tried to give as good as she got ❤️ revenge plot ❤️ brilliant storytelling and incredible world building. I could feel the cold of ice planet Abzal. ❤️ tons of hot sex. TONS!! ❤️ enemies-to-lovers trope that blossomed into something truly beautiful ❤️ redeemable characters and huge hints to what's to come... Nikolai Skolov is an Alpha - dominant, fearless, gorgeous - and he was the glue that held the Skolovs together. A horror from the past has gone unavenged and unanswered, and now's the time for justice. For truth. And Dahlia Lundin, daughter of his greatest enemy, is the key. Traded to pay her father's debts, she expects abuse, unkindness, and unending punishment. Nikolai wants to use her gift to make her family pay. She is willing to sacrifice anything to keep her family safe. They're at odds until she realizes she's fighting the wrong thing and the wrong person. Every filthy, arrogant pronouncement only made her wetter. She fought it as best she could. "This isn't me. You're triggering my heat. You're using my weakness against me." "Weakness? It's not some flaw inside you. It's all you are, omega. This is what you were made for. Your body knows exactly what it was designed to do. Give." While she grew up treated as trash, Nikolai treated her as his treasure. They were supposed to be on opposite sides, enemies, but with his every move, every thought, every touch, Nikolai proved to Dahlia that everything she knew was wrong. And she gave him the most ultimate prize - her heart. With her, he found all that he was missing. With Dahlia, he was reborn. Freed. Unburdened. He was content. It was more, in fact, than anyone had ever given him before. I fell in love with these characters so easily. I loved when they fought, I loved when they bantered, and I loved when they loved. Most of the bad guys got just what they deserved, the good guys kinda won, and I'm looking forward to the next hunt.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

    Oh wow this was so good I’m blown away with how much I enjoyed this and I couldn’t put it down I was that invested. This is a new series for this author set in the Anarcheim universe it’s a brutal hierarchy of Alpha Betas and Omegas and the Alphas rule it all with an iron fist. This one is such a genre mash-up which I adored the Brotherhood which rules this universe is made up of various crime syndicates and this is a combination of Darkness, Sci-Fi, Mafia and omegaverse all rolled into one. The Om Oh wow this was so good I’m blown away with how much I enjoyed this and I couldn’t put it down I was that invested. This is a new series for this author set in the Anarcheim universe it’s a brutal hierarchy of Alpha Betas and Omegas and the Alphas rule it all with an iron fist. This one is such a genre mash-up which I adored the Brotherhood which rules this universe is made up of various crime syndicates and this is a combination of Darkness, Sci-Fi, Mafia and omegaverse all rolled into one. The Omega here Dahlia is the daughter of Olan Lundin he is the head of the Lundin syndicate. Because of prior events, the Lundin’s and Skolov’s are at war and The Ruthless king, Nikolai Skolov and head of the Skolov syndicate is gunning for the whole Lundin clan and the key to there total annihilation may just lie with one little Omega one who also just happens to be Nikolai’s fated mate. Dahlia finds herself being used as collateral to pay a debt owed from her father to her mate and being redefined as his property. But her alpha also has plans to unlock and access her special gift one that has lain dormant for years. This one definitely had a dark vein running through it but being omegaverse it also was easier to accept. The connection between Alpha and Omega was intense and sizzled off the page and this one was scorching hot in temperature. This is essentially an enemy to lovers trope with the lover's bit, because of the alpha and omega dynamic happening fairly swiftly. But though her alpha may have her body she still tries to stay strong against his magnetic allure. Nikolai himself is quite brutal and crude but this a lot is due to his past and just what he has had to overcome to keep his family safe. He’s not always that nice to Dahlia initially in his actions and words and this instantly sets them up as adversaries. initially, he tries to fight his new emotional bonds believing them a weakness he can’t afford but at the same time he also craves the closeness and connection, it doesn’t come naturally to him being so vulnerable to another and he initially fights his feelings. By contrast, Dahlia is much softer her gentler nature offsetting her mates. But this softness doesn’t affect her strength and Dahlia has a core of steel when it comes to protecting those she cares about. She may be an omega in dynamic but she doesn’t allow this to define her character and refuses to be cowed and defeated. Even going as far as to make desperate choices that will only open her Alphas eyes further regarding her true worth to him. This had some fabulous world-building and great secondary characters. It’s very well written and this author's books just keep on getting better I’m seriously impressed. I can’t wait to read more set in this fascinating new world and will definitely be picking up the next book in this series this really was fabulous and I highly recommend. I voluntary reviewed a copy of Ruthless King (Ruthless Warlords #1). Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm https://www.facebook.com/beckiebookworm/ www.beckiebookworm.com

  5. 4 out of 5

    Niki

    WOW!! This was sooooooo good!! So this is my Omegaverse solid gold or kryptonite, however you want to look at it, I love a strong, ruthless, ALPHA who has a sweet side for his omega. Who will tear the world apart and bathe in it's blood for his omega. And slaps her ass and knots her good too. Nikolai was that and more. So this is Nikolai in my head: and this is Dahlia: and when they're together: and that's all I have to say about that except I can't freakin wait for the next one!!! WOW!! This was sooooooo good!! So this is my Omegaverse solid gold or kryptonite, however you want to look at it, I love a strong, ruthless, ALPHA who has a sweet side for his omega. Who will tear the world apart and bathe in it's blood for his omega. And slaps her ass and knots her good too. Nikolai was that and more. So this is Nikolai in my head: and this is Dahlia: and when they're together: and that's all I have to say about that except I can't freakin wait for the next one!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    ⭐Toonasa⭐ •Romance Book Lovers' Haven•

    "Every Ruthless King Needs an Equally Ruthless Queen." An Enchanting Start to this Epic series! A Sci-Fi Blockbuster Story with Emotional pasts, Heart-gripping Suspense, Loads of Drama, Betrayal, Action, Secrets, Lies, Hurt, Steamy times, Truth, Happiness, Swoony Love, Laugh-out-loud Fun, Surprising Twists, Kept me on Edge Showdown, A Gorgeous HEA AND I want more! This book made me feel all sorts of emotion, I read it till the wee hours of night! I love Nikolai & Dahlia so much, Their Strength insp "Every Ruthless King Needs an Equally Ruthless Queen." An Enchanting Start to this Epic series! A Sci-Fi Blockbuster Story with Emotional pasts, Heart-gripping Suspense, Loads of Drama, Betrayal, Action, Secrets, Lies, Hurt, Steamy times, Truth, Happiness, Swoony Love, Laugh-out-loud Fun, Surprising Twists, Kept me on Edge Showdown, A Gorgeous HEA AND I want more! This book made me feel all sorts of emotion, I read it till the wee hours of night! I love Nikolai & Dahlia so much, Their Strength inspires me. DEVOURED this story in 8hrs. Once again Alison has shown why she's my fav sci-fi author! This story takes place in Anarcheim, a parallel Alphaverse galaxy, With Varied Alien life. Alphas lead, betas serve, and omegas submit. Where violence is a way of life, power is essential to survival, and crime is king. (The world building is so Great!) Nikolai & Dahlia, Both had hard lives. Her as this place is so damn cruel to omegas; Him after Her father killed his dad, took over his planet & made Nik's (& His siblings) life hell. Nikolai Skolov (eldest brother) & Dahlia Lundin met at one fated Night 15 years ago. The night that changed Everything. That forged him on a path of Revenge against her dad, which marked that Nik'll come for her. "The Skolov crime boss might be a ruthless Alpha beast, but he hadn’t been born that way. He’d been made, molded by shame and rage and each horrific brutal thing that had been done to him by her family." Now, Her Dad (I hate the guy!) owed Debts, Gave her away as payments to... Nikolai. But Nik isn't her Savior anymore. She's a pawn in his Revenge, BUT she'll become his Salvation. Their Fated mate bond, Her seemingly gone but now Back Omega Power (Past Visions), & Happiness is the key. Love will Save them, but for the safety of their family, they can't submit. Them going toe-to-toe is so fun! "He was determined to conquer her mind as well. He wanted her to see him as her master and protector, ruler and champion, defender and disciplinarian." When she almost dies, Everything Changes. It Reminds him of the feelings he'd always harboured For her. From that moment on, making her smile mattered the most. He also finds a way so that Her innocent sister won't get caught in his Revenge. His siblings were reluctant, but soon accepted Dahlia! "He was her Alpha and her protector. Her end and her beginning. Her torment and her greatest pleasure." Their Happiness had my heart soaring, It was pure & beautiful, They grew closer, & the sexy times were Fiery. Her Visions gave her (& us) an insight to everything Nik endured for his Family's well being. I fell for Nik & Dahlia so hard! "With Dahlia, he was reborn. Freed. Unburdened. He was content. That had to be enough. It was more, in fact, than anyone had ever given him before." But Dangers & Attacks are growing.. Only showing the truth of that fated night can save them, Now She even wanted to help him BUT he finds that the truth may hurt her..So he refuses the help he wanted so much earlier. "I don’t see you as a monster anymore. Far from it....I see an Alpha who is brave and selfless and fierce. A fated mate who has brought me joy and laughter, and shown me a power within myself I had no idea existed." And When Danger comes too close, He chooses her & their family over vengeance. "His omega was different. She was goodness and light. Too fucking perfect for the likes of him. Yet he loved her with every dark, twisted piece of his soul....The fated-mate bond wasn't a trap. It had set him free." The Depth of his feelings broke the last restraint within her. She shows everyone that She's powerful, not Weak as many thought of omegas. Cue Heart-racing Scenes.. "He’d considered her needs over his, and rather than using her for his own agenda, as was his initial plan, he’d done the exact opposite. He’d chosen her life over his...He was a true Alpha...He was her leader, her master, her mate, her treasure, and her love." And at last, Heart-aching Twist happens & Surprising truths are found. Her vision saves Them all *Happy Tears*. And the True Villain here, who's actually just someone's pawn in the greater schemes, is found! *Fist-pump!* The ending's beautiful, the love, belief & respect Nik has for Dahlia makes me so happy! Now the other crime bosses owe her *Snicker*. The epilogue & Bonus Epilogue were Fun, Sexy & Gorgeous! (I loved seeing Nikolai & Dahlia's HEA!) I can't wait for Maxheim's (2nd Skolov brother) story & see where this series takes us, hope to get clues about the Real Mastermind & Their endgame! **ARC Received for a Honest Review.** FB Page | Instagram | Bookbub

  7. 4 out of 5

    Somia

    This book and the MCs were super unexpected. I've always been unsure of this genre and was uncertain if this alpha-omega read would be my cup of tea, my worries were for nothing. I found myself getting lost in the world and MCs Aimes had created, finished this thinking bloody hell I want book two. Fated mates, organised crime, revenge, a possessive and dark Alpha male, a fab heroine, and murder and intrigue make this one great ride. I loved Dahlia Lundin - she's a fierce and resilient omega that This book and the MCs were super unexpected. I've always been unsure of this genre and was uncertain if this alpha-omega read would be my cup of tea, my worries were for nothing. I found myself getting lost in the world and MCs Aimes had created, finished this thinking bloody hell I want book two. Fated mates, organised crime, revenge, a possessive and dark Alpha male, a fab heroine, and murder and intrigue make this one great ride. I loved Dahlia Lundin - she's a fierce and resilient omega that shows the perceptions of omegas as weak is horribly wrong. Nikolai Skolov is a formidable and uber dominant Alpha, determined to protect his family and make the monster of their childhood pay. Finally getting his hands on his fated mate who happens to be the daughter of his enemy, he has no plans to become an 'Alpha-bitch' consumed by his mate, but what he does not count on is Dahlia, how she makes him feel and what she makes him crave. Going in my re-read pile. Warning/Potential Trigger:(view spoiler)[Omegas are biologically driven to desire Alphas and have no control over their sexual urges - so issues/questions around consent really pop up at the start, something about how things were depicted led to me not being horrified. (hide spoiler)]

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lori R.

    Holy HOT Alpha!! Alison is an amazingly talented writer. She has once again WOWed me with her masterfully penned story in the Omegaverse world with the sexiest of Alphas and the most beautiful omegas who are just a tad bit on the defiant side. Which makes the Alphas a little more aggressive. But is that really such a bad thing? *heart eyes* Ms. Aimes created a world that felt so real, with rich and vivid descriptions, I swear I was watching a movie play out in front of me. This well-written story Holy HOT Alpha!! Alison is an amazingly talented writer. She has once again WOWed me with her masterfully penned story in the Omegaverse world with the sexiest of Alphas and the most beautiful omegas who are just a tad bit on the defiant side. Which makes the Alphas a little more aggressive. But is that really such a bad thing? *heart eyes* Ms. Aimes created a world that felt so real, with rich and vivid descriptions, I swear I was watching a movie play out in front of me. This well-written story was full of powerful moments that made my heart beat faster, and fantasize about being a certain red-skinned, horned Alpha’s obedient omega. It made me want to purr. I would submit and beg in a heartbeat if I had an Alpha like Nikolai. You know those heroes we love that are all jealous and possessive and growly and protective? Yeah, that’s Nikolai. And you guys...he literally growls. All. The. Time. And that makes Dahlia shiver and tingle and swoon...among other things. And you guys...it made ME shiver and tingle and swoon, too. Big ol’ growly, possessive Alpha? YES. PLEASE. And the feels...they were everywhere in this story! Pretty much every page was filled with something that made me feel way deep down inside. With every turn of the page I was feeling one emotion or another...pain or passion or love or heartache or anger or tingles or fear or happiness...there was always something. This story has it all. I could feel the power, I could hear those growls, I could feel that bond. Is there anything hotter than a strong, possessive, protective alpha who is brought to his knees by an omega that he loves with all his heart and would die for?! GEEZ. These two were FIRE. The connection and chemistry and intoxicating passion between them made my Kindle sizzle. I was ready for the dark and gritty. I was ready to devour. But I was not ready for my heart to be stolen. But that’s okay, Nikolai can have it. I absolutely loved this fabulously written Sci-Fi romance with tons of dark and delicious alpha goodness. It was intense. It was intoxicating. It was scorching and sexy and utterly filthy. It was UNPUTDOWNABLE. And the best part? It rocked my fucking socks off. I love when that happens.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tricia Len

    OMG! This Book Will Burn You! The first thing you have to do is to put aside your thoughts that these creatures are human. They are not. They are alien and primal beasts. They function on pure animal instict with all the trappings of a civilization but violent, territorial, and sexual. There world is ice and cold and brutal... as are the males The Alphas are cruel, vicious, mean, violent, aggressive, and possessive, and very Ruthless. This is Nikolai Skolov. And his newest possession is Dalhia L OMG! This Book Will Burn You! The first thing you have to do is to put aside your thoughts that these creatures are human. They are not. They are alien and primal beasts. They function on pure animal instict with all the trappings of a civilization but violent, territorial, and sexual. There world is ice and cold and brutal... as are the males The Alphas are cruel, vicious, mean, violent, aggressive, and possessive, and very Ruthless. This is Nikolai Skolov. And his newest possession is Dalhia Lundin. The daughter of his greatest enemy. She is his obsession. The Omega’s are born to bend to the will of the Alpha. They have no power to resist the call to submit and give their body to their Alpha. They are born to serve, to be knotted, to be bred. That is their lot in life. Wow! That is a lot to process. And to wrap your mind around. I’m pretty stubborn. I have a mind of my own. I don’t like to be bossed around. At the same time, I can relate to Dalhia. It’s all instinctual. It’s chemical and sexual. And you are helpless. I went in certain that I was going to hate the hero, Nikolai Skolov . But... He’s complicated. He’s shaped by all that he has lived through. He’s made himself Alpha for his family. For his woman. For his people. I thought I would really dislike him. But I fell in love with him. How could I resist? He is Alpha. He is everything. He has a tender heart. He has a soul that has been hurt, and beaten, and left alone for too long. He is wonderful. Dalhia is kindhearted and sweet and good. Too good for the violent world she lives in. Too good for the violent man who would own her heart and her soul. She is naive and trusting of family that would use her for their own goals. She fell in love long ago with a handsome boy who needed her help. She never stopped loving him. She is stronger than she knows. She has steel in her soul. She can endure for the ones she loves. Her love finally sets Nikolai free. She calms him, sooths him, excites him, and submits to his every command. This book will make your panties melt! This book is scorching. This book makes me obsessive about the characters and the world and I want more! Alison Aimes sends her readers into a hot, sexy, new world... and I want more!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bourbon, Books and Brenda

    A great start to the series!!! Nikolai and Dahlia's story was more than Alpha and Omega! ****** Rating: 4 Stars Steam: 4 flames Genre: Sci-fi / Alien / Omegaverse / Fated Mates ****** Nikolai, the Ruthless King, Alpha. He has suffered and sacrificed for years to protect his family and get to where he is now. There is only one thing missing. Taking the Omega daughter from the man that ruined his childhood. Dahlia, sassy, strong, Omega. She has suffered at the hands of her Prime Omega mother and Alpha Fa A great start to the series!!! Nikolai and Dahlia's story was more than Alpha and Omega! ****** Rating: 4 Stars Steam: 4 flames Genre: Sci-fi / Alien / Omegaverse / Fated Mates ****** Nikolai, the Ruthless King, Alpha. He has suffered and sacrificed for years to protect his family and get to where he is now. There is only one thing missing. Taking the Omega daughter from the man that ruined his childhood. Dahlia, sassy, strong, Omega. She has suffered at the hands of her Prime Omega mother and Alpha Father. Her father has lost some wagers and in order to pay his debt, he is giving Dahlia to his debt holder. Is it worse to be at home and confined to the house and treated like dirt or given away to an unknown Alpha...or is he unknown? This book was filled with betrayal, deceit, darkness, danger, and determination. Both Nikolai and Dahlia are trying to protect themselves, but should they be protecting themselves from each other, or are their outside influences that are much more dangerous. There were twists, turns, steam, intrigue, romance, and growth between the two characters. These two definitely grew! Ruthless King had a fantastic story that kept me engaged well into the night. I read this in one sitting because I was so enthralled I couldn't put it down. I just knew there was something going on, but just couldn't put my finger on it. It was suspenseful and did I mention steamy? As one of the only Omegaverse books I have ever read, and only my second book by Alison Aimes I was pleased with the writing, story, characters, and I am a sucker for fated mates. I will definitely keep reading this series. Also, DO NOT FORGOT TO DOWNLOAD THE BONUS EPILOGUE it will give you insight into the next book and it was great! I look forward to more Ruthless Warlords and can't wait for book 2! This gets a big thumbs up recommendation from me!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy Russo

    This book is a combination of my two favorite themes: mafia and Omegaverse. The writing was excellent, as was the plot. I liked how the Alpha/Omega roles were explored and I especially loved how the h and H fought each other in the first half of the book. My one complaint was that it would have been nice if the H stayed celibate while waiting for the h instead of getting plenty of action. I still think the book deserves five stars though, it was written so well and kept me hooked to the end. The This book is a combination of my two favorite themes: mafia and Omegaverse. The writing was excellent, as was the plot. I liked how the Alpha/Omega roles were explored and I especially loved how the h and H fought each other in the first half of the book. My one complaint was that it would have been nice if the H stayed celibate while waiting for the h instead of getting plenty of action. I still think the book deserves five stars though, it was written so well and kept me hooked to the end. The twist at the end was one I did not see coming. There was plenty of action and suspense and the sex scenes were ultra hot. I can't wait to see what's to come with the brothers' books too, especially after reading that bonus epilogue!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hart's Reader Group

    I was 100% honored to obtain an ARC copy of this book. This sexy as f**k sci-fi, Alpha-verse romance is one of my favorite reads of 2020 and my favorite Alison Aimes book by far. It made me smile, bawl my eyes out, wet my panties, growl in anger, and howl in grief. This book clamped me into an emotional rollercoaster car, set the damn thing to "f**k her up", and hit the GO button. Nikolai stole my heart, Dahlia stole my soul, and this first book in the Ruthless Warlords series stole my money for I was 100% honored to obtain an ARC copy of this book. This sexy as f**k sci-fi, Alpha-verse romance is one of my favorite reads of 2020 and my favorite Alison Aimes book by far. It made me smile, bawl my eyes out, wet my panties, growl in anger, and howl in grief. This book clamped me into an emotional rollercoaster car, set the damn thing to "f**k her up", and hit the GO button. Nikolai stole my heart, Dahlia stole my soul, and this first book in the Ruthless Warlords series stole my money for the next few years--take it! Take my money! That said I LIVE for this book. Gimme more, Alison!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Starfall

    Alison Aimes is one of my favorite authors and Ruthless King is now on my top 3 list. While many authors just play around with the concept of an “alpha,” this story takes it to a whole new level of commitment. In this particular book, across the galaxy, beings are either alphas, betas, or omegas, with betas and omegas being the serving class (in different ways). There are other sub-castes, which the book doesn’t go to far into but among the omegas, a female can be a “prime omega” which is an ome Alison Aimes is one of my favorite authors and Ruthless King is now on my top 3 list. While many authors just play around with the concept of an “alpha,” this story takes it to a whole new level of commitment. In this particular book, across the galaxy, beings are either alphas, betas, or omegas, with betas and omegas being the serving class (in different ways). There are other sub-castes, which the book doesn’t go to far into but among the omegas, a female can be a “prime omega” which is an omega of great worth to her “owner.” This is Dahlia. She is a complex being - not an empty-headed waif. My point being that the world building is very good (not that I expected anything else)! The Alpha, Nikolai, was definitely the stuff of fantasy and blended a lot of what we readers love into one being - alpha, strong, commanding, virile, red skinned, horned, knotted, protective, loving, fated... hopefully you get the idea! The love scenes were hot, but the beginning when Dahlia is first on “display” and Nikolai’s reaction really was a fanning moment! :-D I am SO looking forward to the next book (Alpha has delicious Alpha brothers)! Put this series on your reading list to toast up on those cold winter nights! (I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Barrie Mac

    Wow! This was quite a sci-fi read. This is not normally my genre of reading, but I like mafia reads. The series is similar to werewolves as there are alphas, omegas, and betas. The romance scenes are STEAMY! My kindle was on fire!! The book was excellent with a lot going on. I can't wait for the next book with the ongoing secondary storyline going on. My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read. Wow! This was quite a sci-fi read. This is not normally my genre of reading, but I like mafia reads. The series is similar to werewolves as there are alphas, omegas, and betas. The romance scenes are STEAMY! My kindle was on fire!! The book was excellent with a lot going on. I can't wait for the next book with the ongoing secondary storyline going on. My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Motaung

    I am definitely going to repeat this book at some point, probably when the next book comes out or the series is complete. All I know at this moment is that I can't wait for the next book. This is a very promising start to a series, I can't wait to see who is next. I am definitely going to repeat this book at some point, probably when the next book comes out or the series is complete. All I know at this moment is that I can't wait for the next book. This is a very promising start to a series, I can't wait to see who is next.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Seline

    2.5 stars

  17. 4 out of 5

    E.L. Roux

    A ruthless King bent on destruction. An Omega caught in his path. A history they both must overcome in order to survive the danger headed their way. Can a Alpha king learn to trust in time to save his family? Can an Omega learn to trust her instincts in time to save a king? The relationship between Nikolai and Dahlia was a painfully wonderful unfolding that explored the give and take in an Alpha/Omega relationship. The power dynamics scorching the pages made this read hard to put down. I cannot w A ruthless King bent on destruction. An Omega caught in his path. A history they both must overcome in order to survive the danger headed their way. Can a Alpha king learn to trust in time to save his family? Can an Omega learn to trust her instincts in time to save a king? The relationship between Nikolai and Dahlia was a painfully wonderful unfolding that explored the give and take in an Alpha/Omega relationship. The power dynamics scorching the pages made this read hard to put down. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series!

  18. 5 out of 5

    E.J. Frost

    I'll freely admit that I'm an Alison Aimes groupie at this point and will read pretty much anything she writes. I loved her billionaire series, even though I read billionaire romance once in a blue moon. I loved the prison planet series, which is more up my alley. And I absolutely adore her first venture into omegaverse. The thing I appreciate so much about this author's books is the sense of hopefulness in them, even in the darkest moments. Dahlia and Nikolai both experience some very dark momen I'll freely admit that I'm an Alison Aimes groupie at this point and will read pretty much anything she writes. I loved her billionaire series, even though I read billionaire romance once in a blue moon. I loved the prison planet series, which is more up my alley. And I absolutely adore her first venture into omegaverse. The thing I appreciate so much about this author's books is the sense of hopefulness in them, even in the darkest moments. Dahlia and Nikolai both experience some very dark moments in this book (and in the past, particularly Nikolai's, which made me cry for him), but there's never despair. There's always possibility, belief, faith in a better, brighter future if the characters are willing to fight for it. And do they ever. Dahlia's fight is no less intense, no less of an uphill battle than Nikolai's and I was left with a deep respect for both characters. Their coupling is intense and passionate, but more importantly, it's ultimately loving. They find the person they're willing to give everything for, give up everything for. I always find a HEA is most satisfying when the characters have to really fight for it and boy, do Dahlia and Nikolai. Highly recommended and I can't wait for Maxheim's story!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jean Stillman

    There are many excellent writers out there, and Alison Aimes has become one of my favorites because her characters come to life, they are intense, and they make you desparate to know their story. In "Ruthless King", the characters are all this and more! Nikolai is powerful, ruthless, and ever so hot! Dahlia is sweet, pure, and beautiful, but she is in no way subservient. The book is so well written and the plot has you so engrossed in the book that dinner may have to wait! This is a steamy, erot There are many excellent writers out there, and Alison Aimes has become one of my favorites because her characters come to life, they are intense, and they make you desparate to know their story. In "Ruthless King", the characters are all this and more! Nikolai is powerful, ruthless, and ever so hot! Dahlia is sweet, pure, and beautiful, but she is in no way subservient. The book is so well written and the plot has you so engrossed in the book that dinner may have to wait! This is a steamy, erotic tale which includes hot romance, an alpha/omega theme, and a mafia element all rolled into one sizzling package! WARNING: There are explicit sexual scenes and some profanity. There are scenes which may be offensive or triggering for some readers.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Carissa Janes

    This genre-aliens, fated mates, omegaverse-are my guilty pleasure. I love an overprotective alpha that comes to realize that his omega is his to treasure and care for, even if that isn't his first inclination. I loved the idea of gifts and finding out how they work and how to make them stronger. Dahlia's gift was such a driving force of this book and it really helped transition into the glimpses of the past to get answers. I love an unexpected twist, and I didn't see this one coming. Actually I This genre-aliens, fated mates, omegaverse-are my guilty pleasure. I love an overprotective alpha that comes to realize that his omega is his to treasure and care for, even if that isn't his first inclination. I loved the idea of gifts and finding out how they work and how to make them stronger. Dahlia's gift was such a driving force of this book and it really helped transition into the glimpses of the past to get answers. I love an unexpected twist, and I didn't see this one coming. Actually I was caught off guard a couple of times which is so refreshing.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bo0kSLoth

    Omegaverse isn't like a regular shifter book. Many authors try but as a long time fan of the trope, I feel a lot fall short. Yes, there are the alpha, beta, and omega dynamics. But the relationship between an Alpha/omega is more than just dominance. There will be the power struggle between the two along with other things (knotting, biting, bonding, possessiveness, submission, heat, rutting, etc), but for me the most important factors as the attributes. The alpha is usually an alpha-hole in the b Omegaverse isn't like a regular shifter book. Many authors try but as a long time fan of the trope, I feel a lot fall short. Yes, there are the alpha, beta, and omega dynamics. But the relationship between an Alpha/omega is more than just dominance. There will be the power struggle between the two along with other things (knotting, biting, bonding, possessiveness, submission, heat, rutting, etc), but for me the most important factors as the attributes. The alpha is usually an alpha-hole in the beginning while the Omega may seem submissive, but she usually is hiding a truly fiery spirit. It is the Omega's spirit that breaks down the alphas domineering ways and tempers his wild ways turning his sharp edges into soft caring purrs. His omega becomes his treasure, his heart. It's this change, this relationship that I love about omegaverse. I'm a huge fan of Ms. Aimes and have been really excited to see her take on omegaverse (or as she calls her universe, the Alphaverse). I wasn't disappointed at all. She has taken the same kind of care developing her characters as she always does. The world-building (or would it be universe-building🤔) has the same kind of care. Lots of details. Lots of steamy scenes and action, so much so that I felt like I read the book too fast. Now I have to wait for the next one. I love this new addition to the Omegaverse ranks. It's got a blend of mafia darkness and Alpha/omega dynamics that I love. What seems like a chance meeting between as children has fated Dalilah and Nikolai for a destiny that no one stop. Not even the crime syndicate, the Brotherhood or Olan, her father can try to keep Nikolai from getting what is his. As a boy, on the precipice when everything was being stripped from him and he was left powerless, one girl dared to him differently; she saw him for something more than the world did. Now as the powerful ruthless alpha he is today, he will do what he couldn't then. She has always been told she was nothing and would always be nothing. For one brought shiny moment in time, she was something to someone. She was able to make a change in someone's life, or so she hopes before she returned to being nothing. Now as she is being dragged behind her father, she is once again reminded that as an Omega her only with us between her legs and when that runs out she will always be nothing. She is being sold to cover his debts. Will she ever be more? In a galaxy where pain and suffering are a daily occurrence and love is not even an option, two souls dared to believe that they can be fated for more, that they can truly find happiness in each other's arms if they only let go and trust It's a wonderful beginning to a powerful new series that I know will fans from the get-go. I'm already so excited about the next book ** A special thank you to the author for the ARC. The above opinions are my own and have not been influenced by outside sources **

  22. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    Well done omegaverse story! It seems that a lot of the omagaverse stories I read have little plot and focus mostly on the alpha and omega getting together. This book had an interesting plot that kept me intrigued while also showing a great romance with plenty of steamy scenes. I wish more books had this nice balance! I admired Dahlia for how strong she was, even after being beaten down her whole life. As an omega, she's seen as less and good for nothing but sex and birthing children, yet she care Well done omegaverse story! It seems that a lot of the omagaverse stories I read have little plot and focus mostly on the alpha and omega getting together. This book had an interesting plot that kept me intrigued while also showing a great romance with plenty of steamy scenes. I wish more books had this nice balance! I admired Dahlia for how strong she was, even after being beaten down her whole life. As an omega, she's seen as less and good for nothing but sex and birthing children, yet she cares for her mother and sister and works to keep them safe. She stands up to Nikolai when he tries to order her around and shows him that she's his equal. Nikolai is a great alpha male character, he's strong and has risen above poverty and abuse as a child. He does have some ideas about omega's and women being subservient, but he treats Dahlia and his sister well and his opinions shift by the end. He's a great protector and I thought he and Dahlia made a great pair. I'm very excited for the rest of the books in this series! I want to see all the Skolov's find their mates. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kate V

    4.75 Smutty Omegaverse Light Stars! This is the first book in Aimes' Mafia Omegaverse series and I really loved this story about Nikolai and Dahlia. I'm always hesitant to pick up an Omegaverse because some are entirely too dark for me. But I would classify this as light with just the right amount of heat. Nikolai and Dahlia meet at a young age and recognize what they are to each other - fated mates. However, due to the circumstances of their families and their age, they part ways but not before N 4.75 Smutty Omegaverse Light Stars! This is the first book in Aimes' Mafia Omegaverse series and I really loved this story about Nikolai and Dahlia. I'm always hesitant to pick up an Omegaverse because some are entirely too dark for me. But I would classify this as light with just the right amount of heat. Nikolai and Dahlia meet at a young age and recognize what they are to each other - fated mates. However, due to the circumstances of their families and their age, they part ways but not before Nikolai says he will be back for her one day. Several years later, Dahlia has suffered and grown up feeling like a pawn within the world her father is a part of and with no control over her future. She despises her omega nature and wants to be free. Free to make her own choices and save her sister the fate of also being a pawn. It quickly becomes clear to Dahlia that her father owes money to Nikolai (who has risen high in power) and ends up as payment for his debts, becoming the property of Nikolai. There is a long standing fued between Nikolai and her father and he plans to have and keep her, as well as use her gift (the sight) to bring justice to his family. However, Nikolai quickly realizes that having a fated mate proves to be much different than he was expecting and their relationship can either make their bond strong and resilient or crumble and ruin them. It's evident to both of them that their fated mate bond can be a strength in their fight against Dahlia's father and their quest to find out who is behind some nefarious actions should they choose to nurture it. But the matter of trusting one another is more difficult than either one of them expected. Without giving too much away, the suspense and action revolving around their budding relationship is exciting and very well written. I was only annoyed a few times at Nikolai for being so stubborn which is where my rating came from. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen and I truly enjoyed the twists and turns. Dahlia was such a great heroine. I loved that she was strong in her own way and really shined by the end. She was kind, loyal, compassionate, persevering and tender-hearted. I also loved Nikolai's siblings and I'm interested in their stories. What I loved most about Nikolai is that he recognized Dahlia's worth and strived to make her see that as well. Nikolai taught her that the lioness does not try to be the lion. A lioness embraces her role as the lioness. He helps her to see that she is powerful and strong and should never mistake her meekness for weakness. He was such a typical alpha but so swoon worthy. I loved his controlling and possessive nature and his almost teddy bear change in character with Dahlia. Overall, a great read with a wonderful ending that left me smiling and rooting for this couple.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lorrie

    This was pretty interesting and unique, but I just found Dahlia a little too naive at times. I liked Nikolai and his brothers but for some reason I just didn't connect with anyone as much as I was hoping to. No real complaints...It was just okay. This was pretty interesting and unique, but I just found Dahlia a little too naive at times. I liked Nikolai and his brothers but for some reason I just didn't connect with anyone as much as I was hoping to. No real complaints...It was just okay.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ähmsry

    Extraterrestrial insanely fantastic good - and it's only the beginning - the perfect blend of sci-fi alien omegavers with mafia structures and elements - a roller coaster through good and evil as well as crushing and weightless in between. The incredible intensity in the storytelling, the dramatic composition, the clever use of visions as catalyst and link in the progress of the story. Two stunning characters, superbly developed and in their contrariness the perfect match to achieve results and Extraterrestrial insanely fantastic good - and it's only the beginning - the perfect blend of sci-fi alien omegavers with mafia structures and elements - a roller coaster through good and evil as well as crushing and weightless in between. The incredible intensity in the storytelling, the dramatic composition, the clever use of visions as catalyst and link in the progress of the story. Two stunning characters, superbly developed and in their contrariness the perfect match to achieve results and a HEA for the two and fluidly embed and advance the overall story. Arc of tension, breathlessness and relief - terrific!!! Perfect for anyone who is open to a successful mix of genres, loves dark romance and is not afraid of hot moments with all the juicy kinky details. I'm glad I didn't just wait until the bonus extra-exciting epilogue to read this one, but it fits perfectly with the release of novella #1.5 Forbidden Flame - on the menu for tomorrow.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Graham

    Omegaverse books aren’t my usual genre but I really enjoyed this. Loved how Nikolai brought out Dahlias confidence to the point we’re she may not have been as strong as him in official status being an omega to his alpha or in strength but she certainly was in stature. This book had love, murder, loyalty and betrayal, great read that kept me engrossed and I’m looking forward to more from this series

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kay Daniels (Kay Daniels Romance)

    Everything about this book is amazing, especially if you are a sci-fi, fantasy fan who loves their males to be alpha and their stories to have lots of heat. I'm already in love with all of the characters and the entire storyline, so Ruthless King is a win-win for me in every possible way. There is something about sci-fi and fantasy that allows your mind to really let go and your imagination to run free. It's probably why when this genre is done well I'm such a huge fan of any trope set in this wo Everything about this book is amazing, especially if you are a sci-fi, fantasy fan who loves their males to be alpha and their stories to have lots of heat. I'm already in love with all of the characters and the entire storyline, so Ruthless King is a win-win for me in every possible way. There is something about sci-fi and fantasy that allows your mind to really let go and your imagination to run free. It's probably why when this genre is done well I'm such a huge fan of any trope set in this world.  Ruthless King combines this fantasy universe with a mafia trope which gives these Alpha males another suped-up edge to their already testosterone filled brains. I loved how possessive they already were over their families and then once the mating instinct kicked in with their omega, watch out, that possessive gene goes through the roof.  Their universe revolves around lots of aliens and I won't take the time, nor is it relevant for review purposes to go into Nikolai's and Dahlia's specific features, however, it is pertinent to point out their races have common attributes like barbs and fangs, similar to cats, for mating. Why is this relevant?  All inhabitants are either Alpha, beta or omega. Alphas lead, betas serve, and omegas submit. This is the foundation for the very story and built off of this premise is that while Alpha's are in control, although they seem to have gotten a bit out of control, and the omega's have been reduced to nothing more than breeders or whores, but we circle back to that. Dahlia, from the very beginning doesn't want to be sold into the omega lifestyle, even though she knows that is what she has been preparing for her entire life. She fights her instinct tooth and nail, when it would be so much easier to just give in. It's a good thing Nikolai likes a woman with a little fight in her, otherwise their union might have gone just a bit differently. However, that fight isn't there just to be alluring, she seriously doesn't want to be tossed out like she's seen so many omega's after they have been used. Her fears are deeply seeded and Nikolai may never be able to break through them.  Nikolai is called the Ruthless King throughout the universe for a reason, however, when it comes to his omega there is a softer side to the Alpha. Nikolai believes he is twisted and dark, but he's had to be for a long time to get where he's at. However, he is never that way with his mate. The unfortunate side though of being called the Ruthless King is having your own omega believe it no matter how he behaves around her. He needs her help and the only way to get it is to have her trust. That may be next to impossible. Alphas and omegas relationships throughout the universe have not had the best reputations, so why would Dahlia believe anything less than what she knows. Why should she open herself to hurt even when Nikolai promises he would never do such a thing.  Together these two struggle not only in their relationship, but also to solve a mystery that is closing in around them. The story is high heat, high octane adventure, and full of emotional depth. I truly loved the beginning of this series. This first book has left a door open for more stories with several character potentials. I'm very excited to uncover more about their races and who their love interests could be going forward. Circling back to where I mentioned Alphas and omegas getting along in their past we get a glimpse into some history that their entire society once had a healthier foundation. I'm dying to know exactly what their past looked like and I feel that Alison has just given us a taste.  This beginning book is juicy on so many levels, but it is like the first bite of a really delicious sandwich with a footlong more to eat. I can feel that Alison has more up her sleeve and I looking forward to devouring that entire sub.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    An excellent dark omegaverse romance. This novel was one of the best m/f omegaverse romances that I have ever read, hands down. This author understands very well that in order to have a satisfying romance, the romantic hero doing double duty as the villain needs to be someone who feels intensely, but has it bottled up inside. There was also the very satisfying use of morality chain. The fatal flaw of many dark romances is that the hero is often a sociopath or has narcissistic personality disorde An excellent dark omegaverse romance. This novel was one of the best m/f omegaverse romances that I have ever read, hands down. This author understands very well that in order to have a satisfying romance, the romantic hero doing double duty as the villain needs to be someone who feels intensely, but has it bottled up inside. There was also the very satisfying use of morality chain. The fatal flaw of many dark romances is that the hero is often a sociopath or has narcissistic personality disorder, which means that he is truly incapable of love or loyalty. I personally do not agree with casting a man like that as a romantic hero, because it sets a dangerous precedent to celebrate someone who is truly monstrous and incapable of true social bonds. As someone who has a narcissistic family member, I know of what I speak. This romance contained amazing characterization. The development of the romantic relationship was heartfelt, angsty, and deeply satisfying for the reader. The world building was a vivid character in itself, and the layers of social commentary on patriarchy, toxic masculinity, and a woman reclaiming her power and agency was delicious to read. This novel also contained very high stakes and fast pacing, which meant I read all 300 plus pages in one afternoon sitting. This novel also ended on a true Happy Ever After ending instead of a cliffhanger ending, so that was a huge plus. I personally find the plethora of m/f omegaverse romances which end on a cliffhanger quite irritating, and I inevitably lose interest after the first novel. This novel made me laugh, cry and think. What more can you ask of a novel?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    This was a phenomenal paranormal romantic suspense book. The author has created a world rich in detail, but simple enough to quickly get engaged in the captivating story. This was my first book the author, but I already can’t wait to read the next book in this series. The alpha, beta and omega roles in this universe are clearly defined. Nikolai is a powerful alpha and Dahlia is an omega who has been treated as a possession. The relationship between these two main characters was complex and nuance This was a phenomenal paranormal romantic suspense book. The author has created a world rich in detail, but simple enough to quickly get engaged in the captivating story. This was my first book the author, but I already can’t wait to read the next book in this series. The alpha, beta and omega roles in this universe are clearly defined. Nikolai is a powerful alpha and Dahlia is an omega who has been treated as a possession. The relationship between these two main characters was complex and nuanced, and ever changing. While they had more than their share of misunderstandings and hurt feelings, the author kept their story progressing without using forced separations as a plot point. This was one of the best romances I’ve read, never mind paranormal romance. The suspenseful elements were slowly woven into the story, but became more taunt in the last half of the story. While I suspected part of what happened, I was still surprised and delighted with how this book ended. It does not have a cliffhanger, but their is still story left to tell in future books about Nikolai’s siblings. This is definitely an author I will follow and anticipate future books to read, especially in this series! I stayed up much later than I should have to finish this book, and then stayed up even later to read the awesome bonus chapter/epilogue. I received an ARC from the author and I am voluntarily and happily leaving a review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Darkreads

    This was my first book by Alison Aimes and I'm blown away. This is a unque blend of sci-fi, omegaverse and mafia that shouldn't work but, somehow, does! Ruthless King has all the growly knotting goodness that one might expect from an omegaverse novel but with an added bonus of vivid world building and intriguing plot. I loved Nikolai and Dahlia. Their chemistry is explosive, but they are complex well developed characters who can stand on their own. The romance between these two is authentic and This was my first book by Alison Aimes and I'm blown away. This is a unque blend of sci-fi, omegaverse and mafia that shouldn't work but, somehow, does! Ruthless King has all the growly knotting goodness that one might expect from an omegaverse novel but with an added bonus of vivid world building and intriguing plot. I loved Nikolai and Dahlia. Their chemistry is explosive, but they are complex well developed characters who can stand on their own. The romance between these two is authentic and beautiful and goes well beyond their alpha/omega bond. They've both been through some traumatic events and had to learn to survive and sacrifice to protect those closest to them. This story has a distinct enemies to lover vibe and these two certainly have to go through some growing pains and misunderstandings. I loved that Dahlia isn't a stereotypical weak omega female. She is the kind of heroine I can certainly root for. The side characters had me intrigued as well and I can't wait to get their stories!

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