Bethany reviews ‘Home In Austin: Lone Star Brothers’ by Susi Hawke. Self-published December 17th, 2018, 212 pgs. Audio was released January 17th, 2019, 6 hours 3 minutes. Narrated by John Solo.
Why I listed to this: I have not read anything by Susi Hawke and I was in the mood for mpreg, so when we were offered a code for this, I jumped at the chance.
NOTE: We were provided a code for this in exchange for an honest review.
Take one pregnant omega who’s all alone in the world…
After accidentally getting pregnant by his best friend and occasional hookup buddy, Owen Grant finds himself on his own… again. After being abandoned at birth and growing up in the foster system, he’s used to having to say goodbye. If he’s learned one lesson in life, it’s this: people don’t stay.
Add in one alpha who just won’t leave…
Austin Logan is a quirky alpha who’s accepted that he’ll never marry and have a family of his own. His focus is on being the favorite uncle to all of his brothers’ kids. He’s happy with the well-maintained and structured routine of his life, and doesn’t need anything more.
Mix in one fake marriage of convenience…
Meeting Owen shakes things up in Austin’s world. He has to beg and barter with the guy to convince him to accept his help, even going so far as to sign a prenup that absolves Owen of any rights to Austin’s wealth, just to get him to agree to a fake marriage that will provide him with the medical insurance he so desperately needs for himself and his unborn child.
And remember not to fall in love with your fake groom!
What happens when your fake husband turns out to be an awesome dad to your child and doesn’t seem in any hurry to let you go? And what if you slowly find yourself falling for the stranger you married? You sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.
This is the final book in the Lone Star Brothers series. This mm book contains mpreg, and is intended for 18+ readers. This 60k novel is a slow-burn strangers to friends to lovers romance with all the feels you’re used to from Susi Hawke, and definitely includes an HEA and all the laughs, naughty-knotty times, and family fun you’d expect!
So, I was in the mood for mpreg without the shifter part, and this sounded really cute and you know what? It was. Let me start off with the narration. This is the first time I have listened to John Solo and I was impressed. In my mind though I wasn’t expecting Austin to sound like that, but I quickly adjusted it in my head. I must say that I was thoroughly impressed with how well he handled all the different voices that you have in this book. I enjoyed listening to him so much that I went ahead and bought book one and will continue to buy the entire series in audio.
Now the story. I have not read books one through three in this series, and I always worry that if I have yet to read them I might be lost. But I can tell you that is not the case at all. This is very much a standalone, yes previous MCs make appearances in this, but I never felt like I was missing out on something. Though when I finished this one I couldn’t wait to hear the rest.
Austin is, well, different. But not in a bad way. He kind of reminds me of my youngest, who is a bit OCD and likes things done his way. Austin is a germaphobe and likes things to be in a certain order. He is the man who carries around hand sanitizer everywhere he goes. He is content being the fun uncle to his brothers kids. Yet when fate throws him an omega in need, he just can’t turn him away.
Owen is grieving the loss of his friend who is also his unborn child’s father. Not sure what to do, he finds himself homeless and ends up accepting Austins help by agreeing to be “fake” husbands so he can have insurance for him and his baby. I love this trope because I love watching them fall in love with their husbands. And that is exactly what happens here.
I really enjoyed their journey and watching them fall in love with each other. This is a slow burn with hilarious scenes and even funnier brothers. I do recommend this if you are looking for a sweet alpha/omega mpreg. Very low in angst with a very happy ever after, and a BIG family you can’t help but love.
I’m a happily married mom of one snarky teenage boy, and three grown “kids of my heart.” As a reader and big romance fan myself, I love sharing the stories of the different people who live in my imagination. My stories are filled with humor, a few tears, and the underlying message to not give up hope, even in the darkest of times, because life can change on a dime when you least expect it. This theme comes from a lifetime of lessons learned on my own hard journey through the pains of poverty, the loss of more loved ones than I’d care to count, and the struggles of living through chronic illnesses. Life can be hard, but it can also be good! Through it all I’ve found that love, laughter, and family can make all the difference, and that’s what I try to bring to every tale I tell.
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