Length: 130,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Dar Albert @ Wicked Strange Designs
Heat of Love Series
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.
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Author of the bestselling book 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 balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.
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The continuation of Leta Blake’s Slow Heat, Alpha Heat furthered delivered the story of Jason and Vale, expanding on characters Xan, Urho, and Caleb. The introduction of a ménage in a world of forbidden desires, sexual expectations, and a strict caste system, Xan, Urho, and Caleb forged a union of circumstance and need.
As an alpha, Xan was to contract an omega and produce an heir to carry on the lineage. Alphas held the physical power, sexual power, and above all were never penetrated (lest he be unmanned).Unfortunately for Xan, his desires lent itself more to an omega than an alpha. This affected his sexual desires which transcended to his sexual exploration.
The author characterized Xan’s personality as confused and self-loathing, while attempting to allow him to find his place in a world where differences were not tolerated, even ostracized. Xan found some redemption in his contracted asexual omega partner, Caleb. Sweet and understanding, Xan and Caleb made their union their own, albeit some complications.
Urho, very alpha and in charge, intimated a relationship with Xan, his alpha-omega, thus cementing their triad and going against the norm.
While I liked each character, the heavy handedness of the dominant alpha and the ease in which the omega permitted it, brought forth a circa early 1900’s feel- a time when women had no say and the male ruled the roost. Elements of BDSM lifestyle also prevailed, an alpha who sought someone who punished him for his desires, omegas who held the power in the relationship (as a submissive), along with some light spanking.
Ms. Blake truly has a gift to design an all-male world, finding a gender-related role for each.
A five handcuff review
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