Melissa & Dana review Alpha Heat (Heat of Love #2) by Leta Blake (Published by Leta Blake Books, May 11, 2018) A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
To read the review for Slow Heat (Heat of Love #1) click here.
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.
Why Melissa read this: Because I enjoyed Slow Heat and have been looking forward to Xan’s story since I met him. 🙂
Why Dana read this: Much of the same reasons Melissa read it. Xan appealed to me and I wanted to know how he would find his happy ending with his unusual desires.
I have wanted to read Xan’s story since I first met him in Slow Heat. He captured my heart right from the start and I hoped I would get to read his story and here it is!!!! It didn’t go the way I thought, but that’s ok because in many ways, this was so much better than my imagination. Not only so Xan and Uhro get to be together, but they also have Caleb, an asexual omega who gives them both everything they need.
After reading Slow Heat, I don’t recalling Xan thinking about finding an Omega. He probably did, I just didn’t believe he would because of how he felt. Regardless, he did find and match to an Omega, Caleb, who only wans sexual contact during heat, and he wants those to be as perfunctory and…clinical…as possible. What was so super exciting, and WHAT I WAS WAITING THE WHOLE BOOK TO EXPERIENCE! was the three of them being together during Caleb’s heat. I knew it was coming, and I was eagerly flipping my kindle pages, wanting that moment to come. And it was awesome!!!! Hmm, is a spoiler to tell you Uhro was able to knot Xan, while Xan was knotting Caleb? If it is, sorry! But I have to share that because I was hoping and hoping that would happen. It would have been icing on the proverbial cake, and it was scrumptious!
There is a serious tone to this story – it’s not all sex and knotting. There is a flu epidemic going around and it is BIG and it is scary, and it is killing people. Xan’s pater and brother Ray are suffering greatly, and Xan’s jerk cousin Janus caught it to. Fear and tension is everywhere, especially around Xan and his father, who won’t let him see his Pater because of a personal bias and grudge.
My heart ached for all that Xan was suffering but he didn’t let his fear stop him and he pushed his way forward. I can’t say I enjoyed everything Xan did (especially with that Alpha who treated him bad), but in the end I was happy for him and with him. 🙂
Overall I rate this as 4 stars/8.5 pots. Mostly because the length of the story (and Slow Heat too), were soooooo long, and I skipped several parts that truly had no bearing on the story. Well, at least they had no bearing on the story for me. There was a lot of running around and talking things over to death, and scenes between characters I didn’t care about. But still, all in all, a very good Alpha, Omega, Beta story. I might know who the next book will be about (if there is one).
I really loved book one of this series. Xan had stood out to me as an interesting character. An alpha whose desires made him more omega inside. In this world where genders are alpha, omega, or beta, and females don’t exist at all Xan goes against all that is normal. I don’t know if its easier to compare his different wants with being gay. Instead of desiring omegas, he desires alphas. It might fit, but I also think of him as transgender in a way. He was born alpha but inside he feels like an omega. The loss he felt at when his best friend and sometime lover Jason met and mated with Vale in book one was strong and I really worried for his mental health going forward. I was so excited when the author announced this story was coming.
We fast forward in this book to a few years after book one. Xan found an omega he really cares about who also is different from most omegas in this world. Caleb is asexual and aromantic. The bond between Caleb and Xan is truly sweet though. There is definitely love, just not the romantic variety. They are two souls who know what it’s like to be different and to be judged harshly for it. Even though Caleb doesn’t desire sex at all, when his heat comes he doesn’t exactly have control of his body, and he does want to carry a child. Their relationship makes sense except that Xan has difficulty keeping up with Caleb’s heat when he just wishes he could be filled instead.
The last piece to the puzzle of this love story is Urho. He is an alpha who lost his mate. He has some traditional views about gender but Urho is also a man who pushes back on the way that things are supposed to be by law. After finding out what Xan has been doing on the sly and the danger he puts himself in, Urho acknowledges his own desire for an alpha. An alpha shaped omega, he calls Xan. A few too many times for my liking. I like the expression but it was a bit repetitive to me. And really, other than that, I found this story to be perfect.
There is a lot of stress as Urho oversees a complicated pregnancy and a dangerous flu strain is overtaking many households in the city and the smaller towns around it. At one moment, I was worried Urho would explode with all he tried to take on. I did enjoy the action in the book and how Xan finds the courage to accept himself for who he is in the end. At the end of reading the book, I felt happily satisfied with the love story in this book. It was truly beautiful to see how these three people, who don’t quite fit in with the world as it is, fit perfectly together.
I really hope the author carries on with this series since she introduced a few characters that I would really love to read about. Xan’s beta brother Ray, whose responsibility seems to leave him lonely, and Xan’s cousin Janus, who I loved to hate but who keeps looking for happiness in the wrong place both really stood out to me in this book and I truly hope they get books.
I know that mpreg is not for everyone but this series involves so much more with it’s dystopian-like society. The laws that govern this world feel like they need to be fought against and I would love to see that happen if the series continues also. I would urge everyone to take a chance on this unique storytelling and read this series.
9.5/10 pots of Gold (95% Recommended) – Compares to 4.75/5 Stars
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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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