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.
While this is book two in Leta Blake's Heat of Love Series I will tell you that you can absolutely read this as a standalone. I have read both books and while I love revisiting characters Alpha Heat focused on Xan and Urho's story.
This was SUCH a unique story and putting into words how it made me feel and the message the author pushed forth may be difficult. This world is one that has strict rules. Alphas are to be with Omegas. The end. So what happens when an alpha wants to be with another alpha? And what happens when one alpha feels, to their bones, they are truly an omega? And what happens when you're an asexual omega who must deal with heats.... There are SO many what if's in this world and one at a time the author tries to deal with them. Personally, I thought she did it brilliantly.
The underlining parallels to our society didn't go unnoticed by me. It won't for you either and it shows that while love is all powerful it can not change minds, it can not fix law, and it doesn't always extinguish hate.
Alpha Heat is just as amazing as Slow Heat and I positively adore this series for more reasons than I have time to put down in this review. It is Mpreg so if you don't like that thing, well, yeah.
Leta Blake shows no matter what genre/subgenre/trope, she's writing in that she knows how to drill into those emotions and pluck them right out of you. She doesn't butter up the serious subject matter she deals with it.
Bravo to this author!
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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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