Erryn reviews Settle for Something (Desert Homesteaders Book 3) by Susi Hawke. The book was published September 24, 2021 and is 101 pages. The audiobook was published March 8, 2022. It is narrated by Michael Dean and is 3 hrs and 13 mins length. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Carjacked and taken hostage? Just another Friday night for this alpha.
Sweet, bumbling Shane is an alpha who’s been looking for love in all the wrong places. Bad dates and catfishing incidents are the norm in his world. But Shane pushes on, because he knows his fated mate is waiting to be found. And if he doesn’t eventually find his perfect match? Well…. Shane might be willing to settle.
Xavier’s on the run from a rough past. Luckily, he’s a jackrabbit shifter who’s good at getting lost. Not so lucky? He’s also pregnant, and needs a safe place to burrow. He sees his chance in a small Arizona town – by carjacking his own fated mate, and taking him hostage. “Kinda”. Is it really kidnapping, if the hostage offers to be taken?
Return to the hills above Cottonwood, Arizona, where every shifter has a bit of special magic, and the pack of homesteaders, preppers, and loners are a lot nosier about each other’s lives than they’d care to admit. Because no matter their differences, pack means family.
This 28k novella is the third in this short-read series, and definitely contains “mpreg”. Be prepared for side-splitting laughs, an omega who can talk to animals, and a group of people who know that family always comes first. Also, all the feels you’d expect from a Susi Hawke original.
Possible triggers include the mention of rape in a main character’s past, and a resulting pregnancy.
Xavier has had a rough start in life. Then he undergoes a horrific event that drives the jackrabbit shifter to run – for his life – and to protect his unborn babies. He needs a safe place to land. Shane is that safe place. Shane’s got a good life as a homesteader. Except he can’t seem to find a mate. His Grindr hookups are going nowhere, and he’s about to have another disastrous date when he’s hijacked by the man he scents to be his fated mate. The guy is adorable, and a terrible kidnapper, so Shane plays along. He’s curious where they are going to wind up.
I empathized with Xavier’s panic and I empathized with Shane’s loneliness. That they found each other was great. The they overcame their obvious differences was lovely. Now, this is the third book in the series and I haven’t read the other two, but I wasn’t lost. In fact, I was, like Xavier, found. Finally, I loved how Xavier handled Shane’s animal problem. That part of the story was a hoot.
I adore Michael Dean’s narration of the story and think he did a great job. I may just have to go back and listen to the previous two stories.
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
I’m a total fan of M/PREG Paranormal Romances, first and foremost as a reader. I’m excited to share my own omegaverse(s) with you. What’s not to love about adorable Omegas and the Alpha men who love them? If I’m not writing about men sporting baby bumps, I’m definitely reading about them!
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