A desperate young alpha. An older alpha with a hero complex. A forbidden love that can’t be denied.
Young Xan Heelies knows he can never have what he truly wants: a passionate romance and happy-ever-after with another alpha. It’s not only forbidden by the prevailing faith of the land, but such acts are illegal.
Urho Chase is a middle-aged alpha with a heartbreaking past. Careful, controlled, and steadfast, his friends dub him old-fashioned and staid. When Urho discovers a dangerous side to Xan’s life that he never imagined, his world is rocked and he’s consumed by desire. The carefully sewn seams that held him together after the loss of his omega and son come apart—and so does he.
But to love each other and make a life together, Xan and Urho risk utter ruin. With the acceptance and support of Caleb, Xan’s asexual and aromantic omega and dear friend, they must find the strength to embrace danger and build the family they deserve.
This gay romance novel by Leta Blake is the second in the Slow Heat universe. It’s 130,000 words, with a strong happy ending and a well-crafted, non-shifter Omegaverse. It features alphas, betas, omegas, male pregnancy, heat, and knotting. No cheating. Content warning for brief sexual violence.
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Xan was introduced in the first book in the series Slow Heat. He’s an alpha who sees himself as an omega. He is contracted to Caleb, an asexual omega. They love each other but don’t have a sexual relationship outside of Caleb’s heat. As he isn’t a typical alpha, he isn’t able to satisfy Caleb when his heat comes. Because of his feelings of inadequacy he engages in behaviors that put his life in danger. When he is seriously hurt, he is found by Urho.
Urho is a doctor, shocked to see the extent of Xan injuries. Xan has known Urho for several years, and been attracted to him. Urho is the very definition of an alpha, strong, honorable. When faced with Xans injuries he is outraged and shocked at the desire he feels, he begins to question if maybe his path needs to change.
When they are all forced together they become three, searching for a way through an impossible situation.
I don’t want to spoil anyone’s enjoyment of this story so I haven’t went to deep into it. I will say it was a good story with characters from the first book figuring prominently.
Review Copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads.
Author of the bestselling book Smoky Mountain Dreams and the fan favorite Training Season, Leta Blake’s educational and professional background is in psychology and finance, respectively. However, her passion has always been for writing. She enjoys crafting romance stories and exploring the psyches of made up people. At home in the Southern U.S., Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.
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