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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.  

This gay-romance novel by Leta Blake is the second in the Slow Heat universe. It has 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.

©2018 Leta Blake Books (P)2018 Leta Blake Books

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  • Karen
  • Belgium, Europe
  • 10-31-18

Wonderful omegaverse romance! Great narrator!!

Story:
I fell completely in love with Xan and Urho, who are both amazing, complex characters.
Xan is so filled with self-loathing and he has completely given up hope on ever being happy or deserving of happiness even. It was heartrending to read. I wasn’t prepared to feel such depth of emotion for a fictional character, but only a rock would fail to be moved by Xan’s troubles.

Urho was a perfect match for Xan.
I loved their connection and Urho's acceptance and understanding of who Xan truly is. The first moments where Urho gets a glimpse of Xan's true self, and his struggle to accept his own reaction to that truth were so intense! Loved that.

At first glance, Urho appears to be quite conservative and rigid in his thinking, but he bends and even breaks the rules when he needs to in order to be able to help others. He’s modest and brave and oh…be still, my beating heart! Just such a lovable, strong & silent type hero.
Xan throws Urho for a loop, because he doesn’t fit their society’s established gender roles and so Urho is required to rethink some of his long-held beliefs.

I was a bit apprehensive about how Caleb would fit in. But I needn't have worried. He's such an extraordinary individual. The bond between Xan, Urho and Caleb is not a romantic one, but it is a deeply loving one, just the same. They're a family unit. The author totally makes it work.

This book also stands out to me because of the astonishing amount of detail that went into the world-building. The author raises some fascinating points about gender identity, sexual orientation and the danger of entwining politics and religion. There’s also a great set of secondary characters that surround the MC's, friends we know already from Slow Heat as well as new characters that I hope to see again in future books

Narration:
Michael Ferraiuolo is a brilliant performer. Simple as that. How he manages to do so many different voices and match them so perfectly to the characters, I’ll never understand. I’m so glad that he did this sequel to Slow Heat as well, because it was absolutely wonderful to hear Jason and Vale’s voices again too. I must confess that I’m something of a Xan and Urho fangirl and I was so excited and curious to hear their story in audio! It was everything I hoped for and more.
I loved hearing Michael Ferraiuolo’s interpretation of their voices and interactions. The nuance and emotion which he brought to these fictional characters took the entire book to a whole new level.
And it was already pretty amazing. I’m awestruck.

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Hurt/Comfort Non-Shifter A/B/O Mpreg

Michael Ferraiuolo does a fantastic job with the narration. He brings out each character's stubbornness, desire, strength, and comfort so well and really brings each character to life. His character voices are pretty easy to follow (though I personally wish Xan and Caleb had less of a similar tone), and ultimately made my listening experience a real joy.

Alpha Heat is a non-shifter A/B/O romance told in a dual third-person POV featuring a lot of hurt/comfort, plenty of sexy scenes (no cheating), some knotting, and male pregnancy, with a hard-won happy ending all wonderfully narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo.

It's, at times, a hard read with what Xan, Urho, and Caleb go through, but the ending makes it all totally worth it.

I'm going to be honest. I thought I'd read/listened to Slow Heat but it turned out I haven't. And while I would caution against doing the same, I did manage to work through most of my questions about what was going on except for one. Seriously, though, I need to get to the first book so I can find out why everything is 'Wolf' this and that but no one shifts. Regardless, my ignorance of the initial world-building did not diminish my enjoyment.

But, maybe don't make my mistake, and start with book one.

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  • Kelly
  • Des Plaines, IL, United States
  • 10-29-18

lovely and perfect

I struggle with finding time to read so I was thrilled when this book came out on audio. I can't tell you how amazing this book is. I'm not the hugest fan of mpreg, but I really enjoyed Slow Heat (after friends recommended it) and I eagerly awaited the sequel.

It surpassed the first book by a wide margin, which is saying something.

I loved everything about it: gender politics, societal issues, a flu epidemic, and HOT sex—this book is my jam.

On top of all that, MAKING the book, is Michael's wonderful narration. I love his voice.

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  • Cassi
  • ScrolMates Blog
  • 12-10-18

Sooo Good!!!!!

Leta Blake Never Lets me down!! This book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time but it was so so good! And sweet and endearing and stressful and just wow!!!

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Excellent!

Loved it! I could not stop listening. I would love a third book carrying on the story line.

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Interesting story

Interesting story tho at times a bit predictable...
Good book, and with very enjoyable narrator.

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I wish I could give this 10 stars.

I fell in love with Leta Blake's writing and Michael Ferraiuolo's voice when I listened to Slow Heat, the first book in the Heat of Love series. I loved that audiobook so much that I wouldn't read Alpha Heat when it came out even though I had a copy of it. I just had to hold out and see if Leta would have Michael do the audiobook. I am so glad that she was able to and that Michael was once again the one to read it for us.

I really don't have to words to express how much I loved this book. I didn't think I could love it any more than Slow Heat but it is at least equal to and maybe just a smidge better. I really think to get the full effect of Alpha Heat you need to read Slow Heat first. Trust me, it won't be any hardship at all to do so.

The blurb for the book is really good and accurate so I won't rehash it here. Just like Slow Heat, Alpha Heat had me captivated from the very start. It's 15:33 hours long and I listened to it in one day. I wish it hadn't taken me so long to get around to listening to it (I've had it since October 23rd) but I really was waiting for the perfect time to start it – a day when I didn't expect any interruptions – and that didn't happen until today.

This story was so intense in places that I thought my heart was going to beat out of my chest. I don't feel like I can give any details without using spoilers – something I try very hard not to do in reviews. I'll just say that there is a lot more to the story than just Xan, Caleb and Urho, although they are the principle characters.

I want to shout READ/LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!! I know some people don't like MPREG stories but if you ever were tempted to try one this series would be a great place to start. Right along with Slow Heat, Alpha Heat is one of the best books I've listened to this year. I hope there are more stories coming in this series and that they will also get Michael Ferraiuolo's superb treatment if they make it to audio.

A copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.

***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***

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Spectacular Story, Ferraiuolo is at his best!

Alpha Heat is the second book in Leta Blake’s Heat of Love series. While this story can stand on its own, to truly understand the nuances of this society I recommend reading Slow Heat first. Also, there are a few scenes which are definite triggers for some, so make sure you check the tags before starting this book if you are sensitive.

The Heat of Love series takes place in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic world where no females survived the Great Death. Through evolution, genetic manipulation, and the mystical power of Wolf God, there are three different sexes: alpha, beta, and omega. The only pairing which can result in childbirth is alpha/omega, and the foundation of this society is procreation.

The couple from Slow Heat are “erosgape”, and share a deep and passionate bond. But what about the alphas and omegas who never find their “one true mate”? What of those who don’t fit neatly into the stereotype of their gender? In Alpha Heat, Leta Blake delves into the lives of those men whose sexuality falls outside the culturally (and legally) accepted norms. Very different from the bonded couple in Slow Heat, what works for this triad could land them in jail, or worse.

Xan is “unmanned”, an alpha who wants to submit to other alphas. His urges are so strong they’ve become self-destructive and when Urho discovers what’s going on he steps up to help his friend. The intense relationship which blossoms between the two men is truly beautiful, providing some much needed healing for both of them and affecting Caleb, Xan’s best friend, positively as well.

Accepting that he is asexual, Caleb doesn’t experience sexual arousal except during his heat. He wants children and a family and he’s resigned to the reality of being bred. The relationship with Xan and Urho allows Caleb to establish some boundaries, and regain some control over his life.

I definitely recommend enjoying this story as an audiobook because Michael Ferraiuolo is at his all-time best in this one! He makes the most out of the juxtaposition of Xan’s dominant and submissive sides, emphasizes the longing of Urho’s desire to be needed, and brings out Caleb’s frustration (but also his joy) of being an omega. The emotions Ferraiuolo exposes in these characters is spectacular and I’ve truly never heard him better.

This is another marvelous episode in the Heat of Love series and thankfully there are still a host of intriguing plotlines still to explore in this world. Ms. Blake has only begun to touch on the disparity in wealth and class, the restrictive laws and rules that govern each of the sexes, and a host of other relationship pairings…. I can’t wait to see where she takes us next!

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My favorite in the series so far!

4.5 Stars!

Alpha Heat is book 2 in the Slow Heat universe, it could be read/listened to as standalone, but I think you'll enjoy it even more if you read them in order.

We met Xan and Urho in Slow Heat and I loved Xan so much there that I was one of the countless readers begging Leta for a sequel with these two and she didn't disappoint with his story.

Xan is an unmanned alpha and Jason's best friend, who wants a romantic relationship with another alpha, which is forbidden in this 'verse. My heart broke at the lengths he'd gone to punish himself for his 'unnatural desires' and I was glad when Urho found out so he could actually do something about it. Xan was caring, reliable and sweet, and I hated that his own father treated him so poorly.

Urho is Vale's best friend and past lover, who'd lost his omega and child during childbirth. He was controlled and steadfast, willing to do anything to help Xan out, instead of Xan risking his own death at the hands of another alpha.

I really liked the progression of their relationship, while Urho had already experienced the love of his erosgapé (pretty much the equivalent of his soulmate), he fell for Xan and discovered a new kind of love that was perhaps not as all-encompassing, but still passionate and intense with Xan. They had amazing chemistry and were well-suited in pretty much every aspect of their lives and of course, it didn't hurt that every sex scene they had together (and even the one with Caleb) were hot, hot, HOT!

I really liked the relationship Xan had with Caleb, his Omega, even if there was nothing romantic about it. If you're wondering, this is not truly a MMM, since Caleb is asexual and aromantic, but there's a scene near the end in which the three of them are together and only Xan is with Caleb sexually, at the same time that Urho is with Xan. So, if that is what's stopping you, I promise you, it wasn't all that bad, actually, as I stated before, it was quite hot. However, if the idea of poor Caleb being subjected to a heat when it's the last thing he wants to experience puts you off, well, you could always skip that part. The book is well-worth a read even without that part.

I loved catching up with Jason and Vale and that they were such an integral part of this story. I nearly had a heart attack with all that was happening at the same time around the 80% mark, but it was all good.

I hated Monhundy and Xan's father with the fire of a thousand suns. And was quite happy with how they were dealt with. It was brilliant, actually!

I'm a bit torn with the secondary storyline with Janus, Xan's cousin, and Caleb, and while I understood that Caleb wasn't really in love with him, the way he acted made me wonder sometimes.

Michael Ferraiuolo did a fantastic job with the characters, but pretty much like in the book, Xan was definitely my favorite. There were a few parts in which his tone felt a bit monotonous, but overall, it was enjoyable listening to his voice while getting lost in this amazing story.

I can't recommend this story enough in any form. It was fantastically written and Leta did justice to Xan and Urho, Jason and Vale, and even Caleb. While long, it's engaging and intriguing. I really wouldn't mind reading more in this universe in the future, maybe something with Ray, Xan's beta brother? Anyway, just pick it up, you won't regret it.

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Welcome back to Leta Blake's omegaverse!

Having already gotten a feel for Leta Blake's omegaverse, her second Heat of Love novel definitely clicked me more with me than its predecessor (not that series starter Slow Heat was a terrible listen; it absolutely wasn't!). While I do think you can listen to Alpha Heat independent of the first audiobook, I'm going to seriously recommend you listen to these two books in order, not only because of recurring characters whose story does continue here, but also because you get a much better sense of this particular omegaverse and if you're new to the romance sub-genre as a whole, there's a fair amount of information included there. Also, the main characters in this second book were introduced in that first one, and you'll have an inkling why a potential relationship is so complicated.

For the record, this isn't your typical threesome/triad story and the manner in which the author has structured the relationship of Urho, Xan, and Caleb guarantees that it works. The fact that Xan and Urho shouldn't even be involved with one another intimately would have made this an intriguing tale, but add in an asexual omega? Well, Leta Blake doesn't do anything by halves as evidenced by the books she's penned that I've read and listened to and enjoyed. I loved hearing the interplay between Urho and Xan, Xan and Caleb, Urho and Caleb, and all three as an unlikely unit. Fans of the series will also be happy to note that Jason Sabel and Vale Aman, whose story unfolded in Slow Heat, get their happily-ever-after here. Also, there is a happily-ever-after for our new main characters here, but how everything works out is something I'll keep mum to avoid spoilers. As always, Michael Ferraiuolo knocks it out of the park with his narration and the combination of his voice and Leta Blake's words is turning out to be one of my favorite go-tos! Five stars for Alpha Heat! ♥

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  • ReaderLoves
  • 12-03-18

A solid story with fantastic narration

The audio narration was fantastic. The narrator's distinct interpretation of the different characters made them easy to picture and identify.

This story has a lot going on in it. Hence the length. But it is well paced to keep the reader engaged.

I loved Xan and Urho together. One of my favourite scenes in a book this year has to be the one in Urho's library. Go read it and tell me if that doesn't take your breath away.

I'll admit I wasn't a big fan of Caleb or the ending with all three of them. I felt as if he was a third wheel throughout and never really believed he got a happy ending, not the way Xan and Urho got one. Shame, because otherwise, this was a solid story and almost a perfect read.

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  • choccygrl
  • 11-28-18

Amazing

Oh my, that was even better than reading the book. Or worse, depending on how you look at it. What a sobfest. It was so bloody good.

If Leta Blake tugged on my heartstrings with Xan's story, then the narrator used those strings to rip my heart out and play yoyo with it.

 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. 

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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  • Lily G Blunt
  • 11-04-18

An emotional and intense sequel. Loved it!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading/listening to Slow Heat last year and was eager for more of these characters. Xan was an important secondary character in this non-shifter omegaverse story. My heart went out to him, not only because Jason, his best friend and lover, found his erosgape (true mate) in Vale, but also because Xan truly felt he was an omega confined in an alpha’s body.

I would certainly recommend reading or listening to Slow Heat first so you are familiar with the background to these characters, the various complex relationships and the world they live in.

There was so much I liked about this well-written sequel. The many characters are varied and well-developed, and the lengthy and very real conversations help exhibit their personalities. The non-romantic bond between Xan and his contracted omega, Caleb, was already established at the start of the story, having occurred in the intervening years since book one. I loved how selfless and supportive these two are of each other, with no jealousy and only concern for their happiness. The main romance is between Xan and Urho, as they fall in lust and gradually in love, and how they deal with the forbidden nature of their attraction. I particularly liked the unique three-way relationship that develops between Xan, Caleb and Urho over the course of the story. They gelled together to make one lovely new unit. It was great that Jason and Vale are part of the plot and to see how their relationship has progressed too.

There’s also plenty of other conflict and angst:

Xan’s relationship with his father and the risk to Xan's inheritance because of this rift and his 'unmanned' status,

Janus, the cousin who is challenging Xan’s position in the family company,

Xan’s former ‘lover’, the violent and nasty Monhundy,

the flu epidemic that could endanger Vale’s unborn child and could put Caleb at risk if he conceives during his heat.

Gah! So much threatens Xan, Caleb and Urho’s happiness. It’s such an emotional story.

There’s also the super-hot and passionate conversations/scenes between Xan and Urho. Phew! How they deal with Caleb’s heat is also intense!

Michael’s wonderful narration makes this excellent story even more enjoyable. He artfully creates distinct voices for each character to match their individual personalities, and as always, his pacing and delivery are spot on. A highly recommended fifteen hours!

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  • BevS
  • 11-02-18

Great narration of a wonderful love story....

What a whopper of an audio. I loved the story, but Michael's wonderful narration was the icing on top of the cake!! A distinct voice for each character [I particularly liked Caleb], the pacing and the delivery was excellent!! Can't wait to see where Leta goes with this series. 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-27-18

Truly beautiful

Okay. So I was very afraid to listen to this book when I saw it's release. Mainly because Slow Heat (Book 1) was so depressing for me. It was unique and a great listen, but depressing nevertheless. So I was afraid.

But I couldn't resist in the end, I mean the author is amazing and the narration is the definition of perfection. And my God I'm so happy that I gave this book a chance. It was everything and more. I absolutely adored it, more so than the first one in all honesty.

Anyway, I recommend it for anyone who's on the edge of buying it. I don't think you'll regret it.