A note from your blogger: I'd like to apologise to both Leta Blake and Signal Boost Promotions for not managing to post this on the agreed date.
This in no way makes up for my lapse but you can pick up Slow Heat (Book #1) for free at Amazon at the moment.
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.
My Two Pennies Worth
Book 1: Slow Heat
I think one of the reasons I can't really connect with MPREG books as a whole is less to do with the male pregnancy thing and more to do with the why. The reader suddenly discovers a man is pregnant and there is no reason behind it, or just a perfunctory mention. Not so with this book. Leta Blake has given us a whole well built backstory on the world and why male pregnancy is necessary (there are literally no female humans, due to THE GREAT DEATH). Making Jason a student was a stroke of genius because it allowed her to have a reason to introduce the world-building information without it appearing as info dumps.
I cried ugly tears in this one several times. I thought my heart would be ripped out when I read about Xan (Jason's best friend) and the last 20% of the book had me in tears almost constantly.
Jason was a sweetheart and Vale too independent (which was good) and full of self loathing (which was understandable). I didn't like Urho (until I did--you'll know when). In fact the whole group, including the cat, were great as an ensemble cast.
If you only read one MPREG book, make it this one.
Book 2: Alpha Heat
"If you only read one MPREG book, make it this one."
I lied in my last review, make it this one.
I made no bones in my last review that Xan broke me almost every time he appeared on the page in Slow Heat. Now we catch up with him five years later and committed to an omega. But his ability to break my heart remains. He hates himself and is wilfully self-destructive which is almost painfully to read but once he is happy, he is a joy. I think Xan is probably my favourite character from the series.
Both books, as you can imagine from the title, have their fair share of hot, sexy scenes although I think book #2 felt more sexual, with a slightly kinky edge.
Now I need Ray's story, because the possibility of a bearded bear of an omega turning up in that tale has me salivating.
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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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