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): Non-shifter Omegaverse, Mpreg
Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
Reviewed by: Lily G. Blunt
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 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.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading/listening to Slow Heat last year and was eager for more of these characters. Xan was an important secondary character in this non-shifter omegaverse story. My heart went out to him, not only because Jason, his best friend and lover, found his erosgape (true mate) in Vale, but also because Xan truly felt he was an omega confined in an alpha’s body.
I would certainly recommend reading or listening to Slow Heat first so you are familiar with the background to these characters, the various complex relationships and the world they live in.
There was so much I liked about this well-written sequel. The many characters are varied and well-developed, and the lengthy and very real conversations help exhibit their personalities. The non-romantic bond between Xan and his contracted omega, Caleb, was already established at the start of the story, having occurred in the intervening years since book one. I loved how selfless and supportive these two are of each other, with no jealousy and only concern for their happiness. The main romance is between Xan and Urho, as they fall in lust and gradually in love, and how they deal with the forbidden nature of their attraction. I particularly liked the unique three-way relationship that develops between Xan, Caleb and Urho over the course of the story. They gelled together to make one lovely new unit. It was great that Jason and Vale are part of the plot and to see how their relationship has progressed too.
There’s also plenty of other conflict and angst:
Xan’s relationship with his father and the risk to Xan’s inheritance because of this rift and his ‘unmanned’ status,
Janus, the cousin who is challenging Xan’s position in the family company,
Xan’s former ‘lover’, the violent and nasty Monhundy,
the flu epidemic that could endanger Vale’s unborn child and could put Caleb at risk if he conceives during his heat.
Gah! So much threatens Xan, Caleb and Urho’s happiness. It’s such an emotional story.
There’s also the super-hot and passionate conversations/scenes between Xan and Urho. Phew! How they deal with Caleb’s heat is also intense!
Michael’s wonderful narration makes this excellent story even more enjoyable. He artfully creates distinct voices for each character to match their individual personalities, and as always, his pacing and delivery are spot on. A highly recommended fifteen hours!
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