Heat can be sold but love is earned.
In a world where omegas sell their heats for profit, Adrien is a university student in need of funding. With no family to fall back on, he reluctantly allows the university’s matcher to offer his virgin heat for auction online. Anxious, but aware this is the reality of life for all omegas, Adrien hopes whoever wins his heat will be kind.
Heath—a wealthy, older alpha—is rocked by the young man’s resemblance to his dead lover, Nathan. When Heath discovers Adrien is Nathan’s lost son from his first heat years before they met, he becomes obsessed with the idea of reclaiming a piece of Nathan.
Heath buys Adrien’s heat with only one motivation: to impregnate Adrien, claim the child, and move on. But their undeniable passion shocks him. Adrien doesn’t know what to make of the handsome, mysterious stranger he’s pledged his body to, but he’s soon swept away in the heat of the moment and surrenders to Heath entirely.
Once Adrien is pregnant, Heath secrets him away to his immense and secluded home. As the birth draws near, Heath grows to love Adrien for the man he is, not just for his connection to Nathan. Unaware of Heath’s past with his omega parent and coming to depend on him heart and soul, Adrien begins to fall as well.
But as their love blossoms, Nathan’s shadow looms. Can Heath keep his new love and the child they’ve made together once Adrien discovers his secrets?
Heat for Sale is a stand-alone m/m erotic romance by Leta Blake, writing as Blake Moreno. Infused with a du Maurier Rebecca-style secret, it features a well-realized omegaverse, an age-gap, dominance and submission, heats, knotting, and scorching hot scenes.
Bethany – Why I read this book: I loved this authors other Omegaverse series, so I jumped at the chance to read this one.
OMG holy hotness. From the very beginning of this one I was hooked. After reading the blurb I was intrigued as to how this author would handle a Omegaverse book that was not tied directly to her other Omegaverse series.
I adored Adrien from the beginning. After finishing this author’s other Omegaverse series I was excited to see that Omegas in this one were treated differently. They hold so much more power in this one and I really enjoyed that. Yet while I loved Adrien I didn’t think I was going to enjoy Heath.
Actually after reading the blurb, I kinda wanted to hate him. And in the beginning I did but as the story moved forward I started to understand the why of what he did. As the two men start to actually fall for each other, it made me a very happy reader, even though I knew that the big secret Heath was keeping would eventually come out.
When it did, I must say Adrien handled it a thousand times better than I would have. This shows what a amazing Omega Adrien truly is. The way that Heath and Adrien handled their situation was really exciting to read.
If you enjoyed this authors other Omegaverse series I highly recommend this one. And if you haven’t read her other series, I would like to say, please get that one as well, this author is wonderful and knows how to write a book that you will want to talk about with anyone that will listen.
9 of 10 pots of gold, or 90% recommended.
Wendy – Why I read this book: I love this author’s stories, under both pen names. I jumped at the chance to co-review this with my fellow RGR bloggers.
I was instantly engaged by this story. Much like all of this authors work, they write characters that I can immediately relate to or feel for. Adrian is instantly lovable, a somewhat naive, smart, introvert who doesn’t know his own worth. Who doesn’t want this type of character to succeed? I know I do! I couldn’t help but feel for this guy who found himself in the position of having to sell his heat through the university to the highest bidder. I got a true sense of his fear mixed with some curiosity.
I did feel a bit like I used to when I read Male/Female romance and I’d like to explain that a little bit because it was what directly resulted in my reading very little of that genre and switching to mostly MM/LGBT.
*a tiny bit of backstory*
I read MF almost exclusively for decades. It wasn’t that I didn’t like any other genre, it was that other than a few FF books that I had found, I didn’t know anything else existed. I had all but lost my joy of reading because of the misogyny and unbalanced relationships I was reading. I remember the first time I stumbled upon a MM story… WOW! Here were characters that were equals and true partners! I jumped into the fray, was embraced by the community and never looked back.
Back to the present lol. I thought this story was following that MF path of an Alpha male who paid no heed to his romantic interest and the Omega in this story felt like a character that would lie down and beg to be walked on all for a few scraps of attention. I almost gave up and hung my head fearing the worst. BUT, in this authors true fashion, they had the sense of perfect timing. Truly, it was just enough to raise my mama bear hackles because I didn’t want Adrian to get hurt like that. But I quickly caught on because that wasn’t what was happening at all.
Heath shows small snippets of his true self in the beginning of the story, enough that I could see he was trying to protect himself because love hadn’t been kind to him in the past. It was obvious that the harder Heath tried to protect his heart the more Adrian began to firmly insert himself there with his sweet nature. I spent a great deal of time trying to put Heath’s secrets together (because that’s just how I am), yet still found myself surprised when it all came out. What was a way for Heath to hold on to a piece of his past soon becomes more and I enjoyed watching these two on their journey.
I love the way the author built this world. Similar to ours but with just enough differences that it didn’t take pages and pages of explaining. This might have been one of my favorite parts of the entire book (series).Truly a smooth and seamless transition to immerse myself in this Alpha/Omega world.
8 1/2 out of 10 Pots of Gold or 85% recommended
Dana – Why I read this book: The blurb was very intriguing. It offered a little bit of taboo, and I am a fan of omegaverse and mpreg books. The author’s other omegaverse series under her name Leta Blake is amazing so I wanted to see how this would compare.
I can understand why the author wrote this book under a pen name in order to separate this series from her other one. Because the two are very different. In both series there are no woman, and omega men carry babies, but that is all there is in common. At one time in the Heat for Sale universe, it seems that omegas were pretty oppressed. But strides have been made and they have a good amount of freedom. There are still some signs that it isn’t perfect for them, but omegas can sell their heats and even sell their children if they want to be unencumbered and free to travel, go back to school, or just party. For some that is a good option, just like in the real world, not everyone able to bear children wishes to have them. It does feel a bit cold to me, especially if the omega bonds with their child and the alpha doesn’t want to keep them, just the child. I could see problems arising. Luckily in this book, Adrien and Heath both develop feelings for each other.
However, there is a secret Heath is keeping and I read this book with my stomach in knots. As a reader, you know that a secret in a book is bound to come to light. You also know that it is going to be bad when it comes out, especially the longer it’s drawn out. As Adrien and Heath develop some small feelings during the heat, and later come to love each other during the pregnancy, I was hesitant to just enjoy the process, because I worried that it might all be broken apart when Adrien learned the truth.
As far as the characters go, I really did like Adrien. He is a real innocent, raised by a religious alpha parent with not much knowledge of the world he lives in. He is sweet throughout the whole book, and overtime grows stronger and more confident in himself. I was slower to warm up to Heath. He is painted somewhat cold and a little bit calculating. But underneath those things is a giving man who has had his heart broken. He also comes to learn more about himself in the book, or at least faces the truth about his past relationship. Their relationship together is very compatible. Adrien needs someone who can kind of take his hand and show him what mating is about and how enjoyable it can be. Heath needs someone he can help and teach. There is a lot of dirty talk between them, but sometimes it didn’t work for me, and I felt like Heath’s words made him sound arrogant or held him back from connection.
Of course the secret was revealed, and it goes down like one might expect. Heath surprised me here, with his considerate behavior. They both have strong feelings for each other so you know that they will have to both work on overcoming the hurt feelings. There weren’t a lot of side characters to mention. Heath and Adrien did spend a lot of time in their own little bubble. Adrien’s lab partner is a more knowledgeable omega who helps Adrien through some tough times, and I feel he could be an interesting character worthy of a book. Heath’s brother and nephew are just kind of annoying. The only other person to interact is Heath’s right hand man, a butler, caretaker, cook, all rolled into one. Simon is fatherly and likable and also mated so I don’t expect a story about him, but I really liked him.
Heat for Sale was a really good book, but I didn’t connect with it quite as much as with the author’s other omegaverse series. I missed the crazy passion and the immediateness of imprinting on someone that the other series has. I’d still recommend it, though, for it’s own unique world building and sweet love story.
8/10 Pots of Gold (80% Recommended) – Compares to 4/5 Stars
Blake Moreno explores the darker side of erotic romance. Married to a hot tech nerd, educated in BDSM, and attracted to twinks and twunks alike, Moreno embraces taboo explorations. Come along on a quest for intensity and deep emotion. Don’t fear the dark.
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Blake Moreno is an alternate pen name of the author Leta Blake.
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