Book Reviews

Alpha Heat (Heat of Love 2) by Leta Blake

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / MPreg / Omegaverse / Interracial / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 20-November-2019

Book Blurb

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.


Book Review

“Two alphas weren’t supposed to lie together… Not unless you meant to leave the other unmanned. To kiss and caress, to care? That wasn’t the way of wolf. According to the Holy Book of Wolf, omegas had been created to prevent unnatural acts like that. And they’d been created for breeding, of course. To carry on the race. And because reproduction was the most sacred duty to wolf-god and to the world, spending seed in another alpha wasn’t something that could be borne by religious or secular law.” ~ Jason Sabel

I touched a little upon the incredible worldbuilding the author has done in this series during my review of book one but, I’d be remiss if I didn’t spend a little time discussing it in slightly more depth. In some ways the setting reminds me of the historical Victorian era but mainly that comes from their strict societal mores versus anything else. I do not know when the Great Death occurred, or why, I only know that a large percentage of the human population and all human females died, leaving only men with no way to reproduce. Religion, of course, has played a huge part in this world with their society worshipping a wolf-god and the Holy Book of Wolf being their moral center. Much like with our own Bible, there are many different opinions as to the veracity of this book but regardless, their government is run based on its principles. No separation of church and state here.

According to the Holy book, omegas were created by the wolf-god but, in fact, they were created by men and wolf genes in an attempt to create a way to reproduce. What ended up happening is a world where alphas, betas, and omegas exist but no one shifts. There are many of the wolf characteristics apparent especially within alphas and omegas, including imprinting, knotting, scents, and omega heats. In this omegaverse, omegas are valued because of their reproductive abilities, so in one regard they are honored, but in many ways, they are submissive to their alpha mates. It is a decidedly unique worldbuild the likes of which I haven’t seen before and I relished everything I learned about it.

Xan is an omega born in an alpha’s body. In the only alpha heir body to a massive fortune and a powerful father. A father who is jealous of Xan’s close relationship with his pater – his birth father – and has done nothing but make Xan’s life a living hell. There are a lot of wrong attitudes in this world including a considerable amount of kink shaming. Xan is considered “unmanned”, a term that represents alphas who have sex with other alphas. This is a criminal charge and if found to be true, Xan could be imprisoned and/or put to death. His father would be able to go in front of the church and disown Xan based upon his proclivities and then his father could legally appoint a new alpha heir to inherit his business and fortune. So the risk to Xan is quite huge but what he needs is so powerful it leads him to take some very dangerous risks which is how Urho discovers what is happening.

Urho is an older alpha, a military veteran, and a physician who specializes in omega heats and births. He is close friends with Vale which is how he and Xan have come into contact in the past four years. Urho’s Érosgápe, his physical and spiritual mate, died years ago during the birth of their son and Urho lost them both. He doesn’t understand his conflicted feelings for Xan, this slight alpha with the smart mouth, he just knows there’s something pulling him towards this young man. Since Urho has been known to blaspheme a time or two it doesn’t take him long to realize that this relationship is something he’d like to explore and see what can come of it.

Xan and Urho’s relationship is fraught with the predictable amount of angst I was expecting based upon their situation. It was, however, written very powerfully and truly showed the pain and anguish that being different can cause in a world that sees only through their own lens. It also beautifully described the love that is possible when two people can truly let themselves be free. The characters I grew to love in the first book are back and I was introduced to Caleb, Xan’s contracted omega, whom I fell in love with. Caleb has a secret as well, something equally horrifying to society Caleb is asexual. He has to have sex during his heats because it’s an excruciatingly painful ordeal without an alpha. He and Xan are family and they love each other but it’s not romantic love. It is, however, one of the most beautiful examples of platonic love that I have ever seen. They care for each other and want what’s best for each other. It was an inspiration to watch.

I loved this story for so many reasons, the largest of which is Xan’s growth during it. He learns to go from hating himself and feeling shame to realizing this is who he is and how wolf-god made him. The part where he confronts his father and the man who abused him had me leaping up and doing a little victory dance because… well, he kicked a** and took names, and I was so proud of him! The ending is chaotic, frenzied, and had me on the edge of my seat, but as the author promised a wonderful happy ever after occurred for all. I can’t begin to recommend this book (and its predecessor) enough. You won’t regret it.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 458 pages/130000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 11-May-2018
Price $5.99 ebook, $15.85 paperback
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D1MDQVS