My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book is as hot as the proverbial fires of Hell. But it’s also about lots more than just the heat and the sex and the powerful need to mate.
This is a non-shifter Omegaverse but it’s not related to the other world author Leta Blake has created in her Heat of Love series (Blake Moreno is her pen name for more darker reads.)
Here there isn’t as much attention paid to the expansive world building of Alpha Heat and Slow Heat. This book is much more focussed on the intimacy of an alpha and omega’s intense bonding during First Heat.
Now, that’s not to say there isn’t any world building, this is Leta Blake after all! Through dialogue, the narrative builds up an omegaverse in which the alphas aren’t necessarily the jerks and where the omegas have a lot of control over how they deal with their heats and producing offspring.
Inspired in part by the superb Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, the presence of Heath’s now dead omega lover Nathan hangs over the plot because we, the audience, knows he was Adrian’s father but the young man doesn’t.
This is a wonderfully paced story, the heat level is incendiary and full of all the erotica associated with this genre. There is insatiable need, knotting, dirty talk, commanding behaviour from Heath and submission from Adrian.
There’s also a building level of tension as the reader knows eventually the secret will out.
I really enjoyed this book and I hope Blake/Leta intends to write more in this world.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review