Hey, if Mick Jagger can have a kid at 56 than Sam should have had no complaints. Besides the constant editing errors in the book and the confusing sentence structure, at one point Olivier is referred to as "her". Uh...yeah. That little gaffe sums up my feelings on Olivier. So bland "he" might as well have been "she" and considering the the goof, probably was. The mystery plot was fine though kinda underwhelming. Even the characters involved drop the case...and pick it back up again...and drop the case....and pick it back up again. In fact, that is a good summary of the whole story. Underwhelming. The characters on their own were great but when brought together they barely had any chemistry.The sex scenes were fairly perfunctory. No flavor, no charm, no power behind em. Just...insert A into submissive B. While I liked the Alpha/Omega aspect of the universe it felt like it was really just a plot device to use why Sam had such a large stick up his bum. The reaction of his coworkers was weirdly disproportionate to the crime though probably petty enough to be true to real life. Though I give points to the author for having his pregnant male character at least consider other options besides having the kid after being knocked up. Overall, a middling story that could have done with some extra planning/clean up.
I have so enjoyed this entire series and was hoping that Sam & Oliver would get their own book and they did! Even though there is angst and Sam is as usual oblivious to Oliver's feelings and they both continue to rub each other the wrong way. Everyone around then can see what's going on, but they can't. With Sam being older and his son is best friends with Oliver; only adds to his reluctance to become involved with him. This only adds more stress to an already stressful cold case situation going back almost 50 years. Their were a couple of times where I wanted to reach into my kindle and bitch slap both of them and tell them to wake up and see what's right in front of you. They finally get their happily ever after but holy cow...what a wild ride to get there. And the frustrating clues and deceptive people only added to the over all book enjoyment. An avid reader in Rock Tavern, NY.
Oregon author Aiden Bates began his writing career in journalism (his degree is in both journalism and creative writing) but his fascination/passion for writing romance erotica won him over and we are the grateful recipients of that decision. ‘ With a fun and playful outlook in his writing, he's committed to bring back quality works with a twist only he can bring to the table. In his free time he enjoys reading smut, going to Bartini and writing in the third person.’ He now has close to 50 novels and short stories to his credit.
By this time readers usually do not need to have terminology of the erotic genre explained, but if some clarification helps any reader new to Aiden’s story a quick explanation of terms is offered: Mpreg = Male Pregnancy and refers to stories featuring a male character capable of conceiving and/or carrying a child within their own body. The impregnator is the Alpha male and the receptor of the impregnation is the Omega male.
Aiden takes this concept and handles it superbly. The story is complex, in a good way, but Aiden manages to outline it as follows: ‘Oliver has worked in the lab for three years, and he’s been in love with Detective Sam Nenci for almost every second of those three years. When Nenci’s boss pairs them up on a complicated case, he finally has a chance to get closer to the alpha of his dreams. When the dream and the reality fail to match up, will there be anything left for either of them to cling to? Oliver Wesson is a hotshot analyst with the State Police Crime Lab. He believes in two things in this world: Science, and saving himself for his alpha. Getting paired up on a case with Detective Nenci is both a dream and a nightmare for him – he has a chance to show off his skills, but Nenci’s aversion to omegas in the field is well known. When he finds himself unable to resist his attraction for the older detective, his entire sense of self comes into question. Sam Nenci is the official troll of the Cold Case Squad. He’s had some rough experiences in life, and they’ve left him a little bitter. The one thing he’s not bitter about, though, is Oliver Wesson. He’s stayed away from the beautiful and brilliant omega, however, because he believes he’s too old for Oliver. Sam soon finds that keeping a professional distance between them isn’t as easy as it sounds. Every time he thinks he has a chance to make things right with Oliver, he finds himself making a worse mess of things than he had before. Can Sam stop himself from destroying a relationship three years in the making.’
Aiden knows this territory well and uses the Omega aspect to strengthen the impact of his very fine crime novel. Yes, the steam is still there and lots of it. With each book Aiden Bates grows as an artist and his audience grows in loyalty! Grady Harp, February 17
he story of Omega Oliver Wesson's desire for Sam Nenci creates a highly recommended read by one of my favorite M/M authors. The Alpha/Omega mPreg adds to the character development and creates a strong although not emotionally self-aware Alpha character, Sam Nenci who is top at his job. The omega for Sam, although he doesn't accept the relationship, is super smart and talented Oliver Wesson, top forensic technician. Sam wants Oliver with all that is in him but he feels that his age, almost twice Oliver's, rules out that relationship. Sam was previously married and lost his husband/partner. Even though he didn't have the strong feelings for his deceased partner that he does for Oliver, this affects his ability to accept love. I suggest that you read the entire 'Never Too Late' series from start to finish as you will come to appreciate the professionals from the Cold Case Squad, as well as their colleagues - very entertaining and engaging reads.