Breakable Faith: A Winter Romance (Vale Valley Book 8) by Michael Mandrake #Audiobook #LGBTQ #MM #Review #Omegaverse

Erryn reviews ‘Breakable Faith: A Winter Romance (Vale Valley Book 8)’ by Michael Mandrake.  Self-published on December 15, 2018, 164 pgs.  Released on December 9, 2018, the audio is 5 hrs & 18 mins.  Narrated by Nick J. Russo.   

Why I listened to this audio:  I’m always game to try a new series.

One night equals a test of faith for Father Lance….

Trouble always finds Mateo, and he’s succumbed to it several times with or without help. However, after running with the wrong kinds of people, he’s decided to turn a new leaf. His attention to detail lands him a job as a tattoo artist, making people’s dreams come true through body art. With this steady gig and his grandmother’s support, Mateo is convinced he can live mostly anxiety free.

Father Lance has always suppressed his needs to care for others. The older alpha is Vale’s most handsome and available bachelor, but Lance has no interest in hooking up. Instead, he puts all his energies into his church. Although loneliness is a constant partner, Lance refuses to let it stand in the way of his goal. 

One wintery night, Lance spots a man in need of assistance and immediately calls for help. Despite Lance’s instincts crying out to the victim, he ignores those desires. 

As he’s being rushed to the emergency room, Mateo feels his destined mate near. Once he recovers, he’s determined to find his forever partner to build the relationship that will stabilize the young omega’s life. 

Warning: Includes violence and a near-death experience. This story is set in an omegaverse with the possibility of male pregnancy.

Breakable Faith is the eighth book in a multi-author series about Vale Valley, a small town open to everyone in need of love and a home. This story features a tattooed omega that has the hots for the priest. Naughtiness and general unholy thoughts are the running theme in this book. Be prepared to clutch your rosary and have a fan nearby.

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My Review:

I’ve listened to Michael Mandrake audios before and wasn’t sure what to expect with this story.  There was a bit of violence, but there was also some tenderness.  And plenty of naughtiness.

Father Lance is a priest in a world where priests can have sex – but only after marriage.  This is a relatively new development, but his dedication to his flock is solid.  He’ll do anything for them – including rescuing a young omega who is near death.  Mateo has made some questionable decisions in the past that are coming back to haunt him.  But when he scents his true mate, he’s willing to turn away from his past forever.

Now, if he can just convince the virgin priest they’re meant to be together.

I liked that the older Alpha was the inexperienced one in the story.  And how they just couldn’t resist each other.  And those adventures in the church?  Pretty hot.

The story was narrated by Nick J. Russo – a narrator who always gives a solid performance and he delivered with this book.  And no worries if this is your first trip to Vale Valley – you’ll fit right in.

My Rating:

8/10 Pots of Gold (80% Recommended) – Compares to 4/5 Stars


Michael Mandrake pens complex characters already comfortable with their sexuality. Through these, he builds worlds not centered on romance but rather the mainstream and/or obscure plots we might encounter in everyday life and beyond.

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