Enemies to Lovers.
Blade Carr and Wyatt Smith are bodyguards from rival agencies who can’t stand each other.
Blade is a younger omega who thinks, Wyatt, a slightly older alpha, is arrogant and disrespectful. Wyatt believes Blade is nothing but a cocky punk. But when Wyatt receives a death threat, his boss decides the last place anyone will look for him is at Blade’s house.
Both men dread spending time together and are shocked when, despite their dislike of one another, they are suddenly physically attracted to each other. When they give into their lust one night, Blade just wants to pretend the perplexing night of passion never happened, but when the younger omega discovers he’s pregnant, the two men are forced to form a closer bond as they try to find a way to come together for the child.
This is a heartwarming, but steamy, 55,000 word story featuring a non-shifter Alpha/Omega world and contains mpreg (male pregnancy). This is a standalone fated-mate, gay for you story and Book One in the: Bodyguards and Babies mpreg series.
This didn’t really work for me. First, they are shifters who “choose not to shift” – so in the blurb when it says non-shifter Alpha/Omega – that’s not really true. The author doesn’t really expound on why they don’t shift – but basically it’s to blend in better with humans.
I love the enemies to lovers trope but this felt like two school boys who fought all the time for no good reason – and they’re mean to one another! Then, when forced together they lose their minds and start having sex. It felt very awkward. I was uncomfortable with how they treated one another from start to finish and never really felt the love.
Towards the end – when they’re making a go of it as a couple – the author tells us rather than shows us how they’ve become closer over the weeks, but I’d have liked to see more of this on page.
I thought the issues of abortion versus adoption could have been handled a bit more on page to give this story a bit more depth.
The other thing that I didn’t understand is why – after the omega gets pregnant – they revert back to no touching when clearly they both crave it. This would have been at least one way for them to reconnect and bond and I wasn’t sure why it was left as it was.
Another issue I had was the world building. I wanted to know more about these guys and why they chose to abandon their wolves. That seems huge to me and worthy of discussion. I also wondered at the fact that so few of their kind know about this ability to get pregnant and why it’s a secret.
As far as a manageable system – the having to be isolated for a month seems pretty unattainable for most people and I would think this would be hard to perpetuate long term.
As a side note I also never liked Wyatt’s mom and I wondered at a name like Blade – without an explanation.
I investigated the second book in the series but it seems like more of the same.
I was disappointed in this and can’t really recommend it. I was grabbed at the beginning but it lost steam for me around the 35% mark and it was a struggle to finish. I love mpreg and chose this because it wasn’t a shifter book but I’m not sure it really satisfies that requirement and I just couldn’t get behind the world building or the romance in this story.
(On a side note – while this SC Wynne book didn’t strike my fancy I really enjoyed their Assassins in love series: https://www.goodreads.com/series/174948-assassins-in-love)
2.5 of 5 stars
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