Professor Vale Aman has crafted a good life for himself. An unbonded omega in his mid-thirties, he's long since given up hope that he'll meet a compatible alpha, let alone his destined mate. He's fulfilled by his career, his poetry, his cat, and his friends.
When Jason Sabel, a much younger alpha, imprints on Vale in a shocking and public way, longings are ignited that can't be ignored. Fighting their strong sexual urges, Jason and Vale must agree to contract with each other before they can consummate their passion.
But for Vale, being with Jason means giving up his independence and placing his future in the hands of an untested alpha--as well as facing the scars of his own tumultuous past. He isn't sure it's worth it. But Jason isn't giving up his destined mate without a fight.
This is a stand alone gay romance novel, 118,000 words, with a strong happy ending, as well as a well-crafted, non-shifter omegaverse, with alphas, betas, omegas, male pregnancy, heat, and knotting. Content warning for pregnancy loss and aftermath.
Curious when I read the blurb of Leta Blake’s Slow Heat, I decided to take a chance and read something not normally in my wheelhouse. I was not disappointed!
The new world which Ms. Blake created was strangely similar, yet maximally different. A world beyond humans, no women, almost sci-fi, but earthly.
I would recommend taking a chance on this book, even of you thinks it’s not your cup of tea, in order to appreciate the subtle nuances the author described and elicited in a progressive period, although widely primitive.
Each sector of men had their place in society, deemed by their holy book of wolf and the wolf-god they followed. Interestingly enough, I felt as if I was reading a throwback to another human era, where minimal differences were tolerated and the pervasive upper class (the alphas) ruled the world. Subjugation, anti-abortion, rights given only by the husband (the alpha); I found myself looking through the eyes of the author and the history of a country.
A young and untried alpha, Jason found his Erosgape (soul mate) in an omega fifteen years his senior, an uncontracted professor- Vale. In a society of social class and propriety, Vale’s forced to renounce his position and await a contract between his alpha and himself, negotiated by parents and lawyers. A proud and mature man, Vale was torn between his duty to self and his duty to his soon-to-be alpha.
The story of Jason and Vale’s union, along with the underlying stories of Jason’s parents, and all their friends, added a nuance and depth demonstrating the author’s attention to detail and imagination.
Taboos, illegalities, cheating, and illicit affairs, all created a story worth reading.
A five handcuff review
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