Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
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.
Another great book in this series. I felt for Xan in the first book and to see how he has struggled the last few years made my heart break. Urho finds out about Xan in the worst possible way but what he thinks is a straight forward plan to help quickly becomes more complicated.
I loved both Xan and Urho and could easily see their struggles to accept themselves and how their lives would be but how wonderful it was once all the walls were broken down. I also adored Xan’s omega, Caleb, he is so accepting of Xan and Urho; it’s his unconditional support that helped them the most. Their support for each other and family in the end was great and the fact that they were pretty much giving societal standards the finger was nice.
Michael Ferraiuolo did another great job narrating this story. I was easily able to connect with the characters feel their emotions as he used different voices for the characters. I have to just say again he does speak quite slowly and with increasing the speed it was made better, which also shortens how long the book takes to listen to, if that deters anyone.
Cover art by Dar Albert is great, I love the visual of the characters together and that it follows the same style as Slow Heat.
Audiobook, 15 hrs 22 min
Published: October 22, 2018 by Leta Blake
Edition Language: English
Series: Heat of Love #2