Title: Wet Heat
Author: RD Hero
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Expected publishing date: June 20, 2016
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Page/word count: 107, 25,200
Rating: 2 Stars
Most omega werewolves want a mate and pups, but Lee Aung prefers an unconventional party-boy lifestyle. Yet at forty-two, he’s stopped going into heat, which means he’s expired goods—no longer a fertile, young omega that alpha wolves drool over. So Lee uses Wet Heat, a synthetic pheromone, to reel in the alpha hookups.
After losing his job at the bank, Lee can’t afford to keep up his Wet Heat habit. His solution: scam free samples by pretending to be a happily mated test subject at Wet Heat headquarters. There, Lee spends two years being interviewed by the reserved alpha scientist, Cain, who at thirty-two is unmated and—up until this point—content with that.
Cain never really felt his alpha instincts, nor took part in the usual alpha/beta/omega social dynamics. But after discovering that Lee has been lying about his unmated status for two years, Cain finally admits that for the first time, he wants to court an omega. Unfortunately, he’s picked the one omega who doesn’t want to be courted.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
This book certainly told a different verse of a/b/o to me. Omega’s nature here’s supposed to be caring and nurturing their mated wolves and their pups. There was no Mpreg mentioned but I thought it was implied between the lines. In the eyes of the wolfverse, Lee went against that nature. Though he seemed pretty fond of his nephew.
Other than Lee, the story evolved around Wet Heat . It was a formula developed for postheat mated Omega, something like a pheromone perfume. Lee tricked his way into getting his hand on as much as the stuff, to make his clubbing and stranger-hopping more… desirable.
At first I found Lee to be hilarious and witty. As the story went though I got tired with his shenanigans. There was more to live than clubbing and shagging strangers, surely. True, he had character – he certainly stood up like a sore thumb among other (and more docile) Omega – but going rent arrears, stealing vials of Wet Heat, and live only for clubbing and fu**ing spelled irresponsibility and trouble.
Lee’s one good trait was his concern toward Shane, his nephew. Shane’s lab in campus involved with Wet Heat’s research; he even worked together with the creator and owner of the potion! On this front, I applauded Lee his dedication; no matter how bad influence he shown Lee was a good uncle to Shane.
While I’m not really impressed with the story, I thought the idea of the whole new a/b/o in wolfverse quite interesting. It even started okay, until halfway the storyline seemed to rush up and sprint, leaving quite some plot-holes here and there.
I don’t know whether to admire or pity Cain in this book. As an Alpha who’s attracted to Lee, he didn’t exhibit the usual Alpha mannerism; and I thought he wasn’t particularly bright either. In fact, Cain contributed to the plot-holes I mentioned earlier. But the good thing – I really trying to look for any bright splash here – for him was his patient handling Lee FOR TWO YEARS and still hadn’t flipped out.
I would consider this book an open ended with HFN, because with lead character like Lee Aung, one never knew where the story would find itself in. *grin*
ARC is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the exchange of a fair and honest review.