Slow Heat by Leta Blake

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A lustful young alpha meets his match in an older omega with a past.

Professor Vale Aman has crafted a good life for himself. An unbonded omega in his mid-thirties, he’s long since given up hope that he’ll meet a compatible alpha, let alone his destined mate. He’s fulfilled by his career, his poetry, his cat, and his friends.

When Jason Sabel, a much younger alpha, imprints on Vale in a shocking and public way, longings are ignited that can’t be ignored. Fighting their strong sexual urges, Jason and Vale must agree to contract with each other before they can consummate their passion.

But for Vale, being with Jason means giving up his independence and placing his future in the hands of an untested alpha–as well as facing the scars of his own tumultuous past. He isn’t sure it’s worth it. But Jason isn’t giving up his destined mate without a fight.

This is a stand alone gay romance novel, 118,000 words, with a strong happy ending, as well as a well-crafted, non-shifter omegaverse, with alphas, betas, omegas, male pregnancy, heat, and knotting. Content warning for pregnancy loss and aftermath.


This is a very intense novel. I requested reading and reviewing this since I absolutely love shifter and Alpha/Omega storylines. What I got was so much more.

There was a unique world building with how we come to this place in the story. We are in a world where there are no female humans although there once was. I didn’t totally catch how omegas were created but they started out as second class citizens and even slaves. With alphas acquiring omegas for breeding.

This story starts with an explanation of Erosgape, which is the term used for a Fated mate. This being the highest form of bonding in this world, but not the only one. We also see the option for surrogates and non fated bonding. But above all else breeding is the main reason for bonding and a government priority.

The two MCs in this story, Jason the Alpha and Vale the Omega, are almost twenty years different in age with the Vale being the older one. He has a past he is not proud of, as well as health issues because of it. For him to Bond with Jason it will basically end Jason’s family line. He has both a career as well as property and assets that he must now trust his alpha to decide how to handle them. This is a story of angst and really scorching sex. The pull of the Erosgape is intense for both parties and they must be chaperoned whenever they get together. Omega’s heats are extreme and the author does a great job describing the both what the omega is feeling and the act between an alpha and omega when it is consummated.

All of the supporting characters in this story help make this story a compelling read. They are well thought out and written as well as both MC’s, with sub stories weaved into the total storyline.

Some people will come away from this story with a feeling of a story well told and others like me will have that feeling, as well as seeing what I thought were statements concerning issues we see in our daily lives. Either way I would recommend this book.

Rating 5 of 5 stars



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