Title: Alpha Heat (Heat of Love #2)
Author: Leta Blake and Michael Ferraiuolo (Narrator)
Publisher: Leta Blake Books
Release Date: October 22, 2018
Genre(s): Dystopian/Romance/ABO, Mpreg
Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
Michael Ferraiuolo does a fantastic job with the narration. He brings out each character’s stubbornness, desire, strength, and comfort so well and really brings each character to life. His character voices are pretty easy to follow (though I personally wish Xan and Caleb had less of a similar tone), and ultimately made my listening experience a real joy.
Alpha Heat is a non-shifter A/B/O romance told in a dual third-person POV featuring a lot of hurt/comfort, plenty of sexy scenes (no cheating), some knotting, and male pregnancy, with a hard-won happy ending all wonderfully narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo.
It’s, at times, a hard read with what Xan, Urho, and Caleb go through, but the ending makes it all totally worth it.
I’m going to be honest. I thought I’d read/listened to Slow Heat but it turned out I haven’t. And while I would caution against doing the same, I did manage to work through most of my questions about what was going on except for one. Seriously, though, I need to get to the first book so I can find out why everything is “Wolf” this and that but no one shifts. Regardless, my ignorance of the initial world-building did not diminish my enjoyment.
But, maybe don’t make my mistake, and start with book one.