Simply brilliant world building

Slow HeatSlow Heat by Leta Blake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is so far beyond hot it goes off the supernova scale. The opening paragraph alone is enough to set off a hot flush.

But, it’s also so much more than just the sex, there is world building of such a clever degree that it’s easy to believe this could be a reality some time in our future.

In this Alpha/beta/omega world there are no more females of the Human species and an event horizon level disaster fused man’s genetics with those of the wolf. There are mPREGnancies, usually something which isn’t a favourite of mine as it normally gets fade to black-ed or happens off page without any “biological” explanation of just HOW!
Not in this book, Leta gives a rational explanation which isn’t just random theory, I could see humankind developing to make it possible.

Lots of elements of this book reminded me of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian classic The Handmaid’s Tale although – unlike that book which I absolutely hated (sorry feminists and fellow women) – I absolutely loved this one.

Jason and Vale were fully realised characters, totally believable within this world of alphas, betas and omegas and they were surrounded by a cast of absolutely compelling secondary characters, religion and history.

This book made me think as much as it gave me a hot flush. This isn’t our world but it mirrors elements of it. There are moments of intense passion, intense pain, emotional connections and true friendships.

I understand some readers have been concerned about something which happens with Jason and his friend Xan but I have to say it didn’t bother me. It fit into the context of what was happening once Jason met Vale and their Erosgape (basically a biological desire to imprint which develops into a soul mate bond over time) kicked in.

It was drawing an end to Jason’s life before Vale, he was saying there would be no more “comfort fucks” for Xan because he’d met his life partner, even if they knew absolutely nothing about each other at this point.
I didn’t think it was cheating but I can see why others might consider it as it came after Jason met Vale and got the “instalove” but – for me anyway – before they’d had any time to develop a relationship at all. It was Jason’s way of closing the door on his youthful impulses and fun times with Xan.

This is a fascinating world with its omegaverse but non-shifters and I hope it’s the start of a new series because i want to know that Xan is safe and gets his HEA. Oh and the cover – smoking!

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Another good paranormal romance from Cameron

Omega StudiesOmega Studies by Casey Cameron

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like the paranormal world that Casey Cameron has created for her alpha/beta/omega romances. There’s no shifters here but a lot of the dynamics work in a similar fashion.

This is a romance but it has a nice side order of college politics running alongside it. I did think there were a few plot elements which didn’t get properly resolved like Andy’s fate for one, but overall it was an enjoyable read.

I found Matt a little too abrasive at first but he slowly grew on me. Derek I liked from the off as he seemed determined to try and not fulfil stereotypes and was willing to listen.
I liked the secondarily characters too and I liked that all the alphas weren’t jerks.

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