Born to be Bound

Addison Cain

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    Core Theme














    At the mercy of a jealous, possessive villain, gentle Claire begs her city’s savage conqueror to save the vulnerable Omega females, from the violence his soldiers have inspired in her fallen city. Not only does Shepherd refuse her, he takes the rare Omega woman for his own.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

    Target Gender: Universal


    A city ravaged by war located under a dome.

    Based on a True Story


    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: with a Publisher

    Publisher: Addison Cain

    Year Published: 2016

    Starting Description

    Claire, dressed in layers of filthy, ragged clothing enters the Citadel to approach the massive, imposing convict who overthrew her city. The atmosphere is loud with male jeering, their are soldiers in black, and citizens being sentenced to execution.

    Ending Description

    Claire throws herself off of a building to escape her mate, and survives by landing in a pile of fresh snow.

    Group Specific

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    Mature Audience Themes

    Sexual Abuse,Nudity

    Plot - Other Elements

    Philosophical Questions,Twist

    Plot - Premise

    Overcoming Monster/Villain,Rebellion Against 'The One'

    Main Character Details

    Name: Claire

    Age: 27

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Desperate,Heroic,Educated,Naive,Modest,Sexy,Selfless,Outspoken,Strong Moral Code

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Shepherd

    Age: 40

    Gender: Male

    Role: Antagonist

    Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Criminal,Decisive,Heroic,Leader,Masculine,Villainous,Blunt,Skillful,Visionary,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code,Manipulative,Unapologetic,Lone Wolf

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Svana

    Age: 30

    Gender: Female

    Role: tempter

    Key Traits: Aspiring,Sexy,Narcisstic,Power Hungry,Seductive,Leader,Greedy,Decisive,Aggressive

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Corday

    Age: 33

    Gender: Male

    Role: emotional

    Key Traits: Badass,Charming,Masculine,Obedient,Patriotic,Selfless,Outspoken,Romantic,Honorable,Heroic,Faithful

    Development Pitch

    The Alpha's Claim series launched the Omegaverse genre into mainstream. A massive hit in the paranormal romance community, readers have been begging for a film adaptation.




    Couple is having problems in their relationship, they find out they’re both secret agents, and end up working together against their agencies. They win and live happily ever after. In a future where humanity must live in domed cities to survive, humans also have a unique biology where there are dominant Alphas, rare Omegas, and middling Betas. Alphas seek to dominate and mate with Omegas, who live in hiding to protect themselves. One young Omega seeks out help from a ruling Alpha, only to end up claimed, raped, and locked away by him. She briefly escapes and tries to help change the city, but she’s recaptured and impregnated before running away again.

    Overall Rating


    Point of View


    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: FAIR

    Characterization: FAIR

    Commerciality: FAIR

    Franchise Potential: FAIR

    Pace: GOOD

    Premise: FAIR

    Structure: GOOD

    Theme: FAIR

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    It is accurate.

    Draw of Story

    The world of domed cities to escape a plague and/or climate change is really intriguing, and it’s a great way to draw an audience into the book. It’s a unique visual that could be very cinematic, and it sets this apart from so much dystopian literature. It makes this truly feel like its own world, so the audience is wholly transported somewhere new. Though the political workings of the city are sometimes unclear, they have a lot of potential, and they could be easily developed more in a manner than would generate a lot of conversation around an adaptation.

    Possible Drawbacks

    A good deal of the book focuses on nonconsensual sex scenes, which can be difficult to stomach. This is not to suggest that rape can’t or shouldn’t be included, but they’re explicit, lengthy scenes in which Claire is forced to give in because of her biology. It often feels like nothing is hers to control, which is frustrating and disheartening. Because so many of the pages and plot itself is dedicated to these scenes, it often feels as though this element is being celebrated — which presumably is the norm for the genre. It’s challenging to see past this in moments, as the plot otherwise is rather abbreviated and a bit repetitive.

    Use of Special Effects


    Primary Hook of Story

    The unique world is the best hook for a movie adaptation of the book, and it’s a compelling way to include some soft sci-fi elements. The biological elements of the society, a kind of secondary “gender,” is also intriguing, and it raises interesting questions about agency and selfhood.

    Fanbase Potential

    It’s not entirely clear what the audience would be for an adaptation of the book, as it’s not romantic erotica and is indeed very, very dark. The series appears to be a bestseller, though, so there clearly is a fanbase that would likely support any show or film. The difficulty would like in censorship and the ratings system, which tends to discourage explicit sex. Streaming services could show promise in this way.

    Awards Potential

    Due to the genre, it’s unlikely an adaptation would have traditional awards potential.

    Envisioned Budget


    Similar Films/TV Series


    What’s New About the Story

    The Alpha/Beta/Omega biological element of this story is unique to published literature, though it is also seen in “fan fiction” works. As mentioned, the domed world is unique, and the focus on a non consensual but unavoidable relationship is also original. Further focus on the ins and outs of this world, and firmly grounding the audience in it, would help it to stand out more.

    Lead Characters

    Claire’s characterization could be fleshed out more. We know that she’s fiercely loyal and determined to save her people, which is fantastic. However, this largely falls by the wayside for most of the book. She spends a good deal of time imprisoned, and then she’s frequently saved by men. It’s great that she runs away, and any moments like this really enhance her agency — which could be pushed even further. Giving her more to do than be an unwilling participant to sex would better serve her character. Shepherd has good bones, but he reads as fairly onenote right now. He’s controlling and cruel, and there are only bare glimpses of a real human under there. This is of course somewhat purposeful, but it’s not quite working. His backstory and rationale is also very reminiscent of the character Bane as portrayed in The Dark Knight Rises. Separating Shepherd from this so he’s his own man, so to speak, would help him to shine as a true co-lead.

    Uniqueness of Story

    The world is unique in many ways, which is great in theory. There might be almost too much originality, as the dystopian world is somewhat at odds to the biological differences. There’s a lot for an audience to take in and attempt to understand, which makes it difficult to suspend disbelief. Simplifying one or the other would make for a cleaner narrative overall, and would likely be necessary in an adaptation.

    Possible Formats

    Film: Streaming TV Series: Streaming

    Analyst Recommendation



    The world is a bit too complicated in its current state, and there’s so much new information that it’s almost at war with itself. The characters often read as flat, and they don’t inspire much loyalty or empathy as a result. The plot is repetitive, and features a great deal of the same type sof scenes featured again and again. The ending is also abrupt, and it might be nice if we knew some of what Claire was planning. The biological element also often feels very misogynistic, as female agency is largely removed. This is an interesting thing to play around with but it could perhaps be handled with more nuance.

    Tips for Improvement

    Fleshing out the rules of this world a bit more would help a great deal, as well as focusing on either the dystopian element or the Alpha/Beta/Omega element. Both are interesting, to be clear, but it’s not clear what they have to do with one another. It’s difficult to suspend disbelief for both, as they don’t connect other than happening in the same place at the same time. Asking the audience to accept too many unbelievable things at the same time can lead to confusion or frustration. Claire is not a very relatable heroine, and she doesn’t have much of a motivation throughout the book. First she wants to not starve, then she wants to escape. It’s not these aren’t understandable, but they’re not very compelling. We’re not quite deep enough in her perspective, and part of this might be because of the reader’s accidental disconnect due to the frequent scenes of rape. The sex scenes are also physically uncomfortable to imagine, in particular due to the use of the word “womb” to describe Claire’s vagina. As mentioned above, Claire has moments where she’s powerful and compelling, and building on those (and expanding them) will go a long way. Knowing what she’s planning to do, rather than being surprised by it every time, will invite the audience to be more along for the ride.


    A young woman both valued and judged for her unique and alluring biology attempts to provide a better life for others like her. Unfortunately, she catches the attention of the powerful and dangerous man who’s attempting to take control of their city. After he forces himself upon her, forging a magical bond that can’t be broken, she escapes. He hunts her down, refusing to let his pregnant mate escape.

    What We Liked

    Above all else, the book presents a unique world on many levels. From the characters intriguing biology to the domed cities themselves, there’s something new to experience around every corner. There’s something here for any adult reader, as it’s a genre-crossing story. The politics of this society, and those it helps and hampers, raise questions about the often-sexist and racist society we accept in today’s world. The book offers a bold statement on gender and women’s agency and equality, and it’s wrapped up in an easily consumable, darkly romantic erotic thriller. This is a swift, page-turning read that would easily translate onto the screen. With the success of titles like The Handmaid’s Tale, it’s clear there’s a place for this story to be told.

    Film: The author has published several books in this series, which means there are countless storylines for a television series to adapt. There’s no shortage of plot of characters to explore, and it’s easy to see this world having the fodder to sustain several episodes, and even several seasons. This is a sprawling new reality that would intrigue an audience, not to mention it’s rare to see true erotica on TV. This taps into an often ignored market and could garner an audience who don’t feel otherwise seen. In short, a show would scratch an itch in a completely unique way as few others are attempting to cater to this sort of dark erotica genre.

    TV: Erotic thrillers are a staple in the feature film world, and this book offers that sort of tone up in spades. What’s more, it engages with so many other genres at the same time. There are hints of science fiction, and even of speculative politics. The world itself is original and compelling, and it makes for a cinematic backdrop for the story to unfold in front of. Claire is a strong female lead who’s willing to risk absolutely everything to help her friends, and that’s a powerful and relatable message to any audience. Her determination to free herself is also so engaging, because it’s impossible to not root for her. The cliffhanger ending would scream for a sequel (or two), and anyone caught up in Claire’s journey would be hungry for more.

    Key points:
    1. Female protagonist
    2. Unique world
    3. Unique human biology
    4. Taps into romance/erotica audience
    5. Several books in the series to adapt


    In the future where the world population has dwindled and moved inside domed cities to survive, the residents of Thólos have been further crucified thanks to SHEPHERD seizing power. Shepherd took the city through murder and panic. CLAIRE bravely comes to the citadel where Shepherd rules to plead for food for her people. Covered in clothes taken off a corpse, Claire hopes to hide her scent. She and the other women she lives with in hiding are all rare Omegas, which causes them to be lusted after by the more physically powerful Alphas. Alphas are dominant and the males have genital knots like canines, while Omegas self-produce lubricant called “slick.” Betas are nearly as powerful as Alphas, but aren’t ruled by biology like the other classes. The Omegas take pills to suppress their heats, a time in which they sexually crave an Alpha so strongly that they’ll eschew anything else. Shepherd and his goons have been selling fake suppressants which encourage heats and work as fertility drugs. They’re trying to root out the Omegas so they can kidnap and control them.

    As a result, Claire goes into heat while at the citadel. She is set upon by Shepherd’s followers. He fights them off and takes her for his own, and she’s kept locked away for five weeks as little more than a sex slave. She tries to still get food for the other Omegas, but Shepherd will only agree if she’ll reveal their hiding place, and she refuses. Claire escapes the citadel and is saved by CORDAY, a young beta. Corday is an Enforcer, a group of judicial officers who were allegedly all killed off by Shepherd when he took over.
    Some of them survived, and they still try to protect the common people. Corday gives her shelter and keeps her hidden. He tries to convince Claire to tell him and SENATOR KANTOR where the other Omegas are so they can help them, but she refuses without getting permission first. She meets with the OTHERS, some of whom are jealous of how well-fed she is, never mind her imprisonment.

    Kantor wants to move them somewhere safe and supply them with food and real suppressants, but some of the JEALOUS ONES hatch a plan to turn Claire over to Shepherd in exchange for food, as everyone in the city knows he’s looking for her. Shepherd is relieved to have Claire back but furious at the Omegas who turned on her, and he has them publicly executed. Shepherd uses the fake suppressants to force another heat on her, so that he can get her unwillingly pregnant. As Shepherd breeds her, Corday tries to find her. Claire tentatively gets to know Shepherd, and she begins to understand him. He claims he overthrew the government to address corruption and to try to give the citizens a better life. Any burgeoning relationship the mates have is shattered when SVANA comes to their room. She’s a brash Alpha, and she claims to be Shepherd’s partner. Claire mentally shuts down and begins starving herself. Shepherd angrily drags her outside so she can see daylight, as it’s something she’s enjoyed before. In a burst of energy, Claire jumps from the tower and runs for freedom.

    About The Author

    USA TODAY bestselling author and Amazon Top 25 bestselling author, Addison Cain’s dark romance and smoldering paranormal suspense will leave you breathless.