“Our children will grow up knowing true love comes in all packages…that there are different kinds of love and friendship.
We’re going to quietly, gradually, begin to change the world.”
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 has 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.
Author of the bestselling books Slow Heat, Smoky Mountain Dreams and the fan favorite Training Season, Leta Blake’s educational and professional background is in psychology and finance, respectively. However, her passion has always been for writing. She enjoys crafting romance stories and exploring the psyches of made up people. At home in the Southern U.S., Leta works hard at achieving a balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.
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4 Top pick
3 Compelling page-turner
Narration (Articulate, Accent appropriate, Pacing, Differentiating characters, Consistent narrative voice, Delivers emotion yet doesn’t pull the reader from the story.)
4 Top pick
2 Inconsistent with accent, pacing, voice or emotion
1 Pass –
1. Oh so Vanilla
3. Passion and Romance
4. Toe-curling yumminess