September 11, 2020

Alpha Heat

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

Alpha HeatAlpha Heat by Leta Blake
Series: Heat of Love #2
Publication Date: May 11, 2018
Publisher: Leta Blake Books
Genre: LGBTQ+, M M Romance, Omegaverse, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 458
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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.

Alpha Heat had me wanting more even from the first page. I was happy to see that Jason and Vale from Slow Heat made a lot of appearances in this book as well. The book continues four years after Slow Heat, and not much has really changed. Except for a few major things.

Xan has grown a lot in this book and is a major character along with Urho. Xan is not like most alphas, in his heart he knows he is a beta. Unfortunately, he could be thrown in prison is anyone were to find out that he acts of those urges. It has even driven him to some crazy circumstances.

Urho has also changed a fair amount. He has become more open-minded since the previous book. He is finally starting to realize that he has feelings for Xan. He does not want any harm to happen to him. But he has a hard time coming to terms with this.

Since Slow Heat, Xan has become contracted to an omega named Caleb. He is not like most omegas and that is what makes Xan and his contract beneficial to both of them. They can be themselves around each other. They may not truly love one another but they are family and would do anything for each other.

Alpha Heat continues to establish the world and the political climate that was introduced in Slow Heat. There are power dynamics in play and not everyone is as open-minded, just like the real world. The main plot of the book was between Xan and Urho. But there were sub-plots between Vale and Jason as well as Xan’s cousin and his family.

There was no short supply of drama as well as romance. The pace kept things going and every chapter end had me continuing to find out what happened next. I have truly come to Leta Blake’s writing in her omegaverse.

Overall Alpha Heat was a really great book. Between the romance and drama, there is something in it for everyone. I really feel for the characters even more than I did before. While each book of the series features different main characters it made me beyond happy that those from Slow Heat also made an appearance. I hope that this trend continues in the third book of the series. I can’t wait to read it and find out what happens next.

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