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.
Omegas, Betas, and Alphas… werewolves have their particular natures and roles in life, right? But this past his expiration date Omega rebels against all that and lives life on his own terms. It sounded like a light and fun paranormal novella and I was all ready to enjoy it.
Wet Heat has a bratty Omega werewolf hero who has the sole narration of the story. Lee is snarky, cunning, and unrepentantly goes after what he wants- a freewheeling night life and few responsibilities. He fakes it through real life and lives to party though his age has forced him to look to chemical assistance to draw in the betas and alphas. Meanwhile, his mom and everyone else wants to see him settled with a good mate save his equally wild and loose nephew whose so much like him down to their handsome looks and need to party.
While I found this story and Lee amusing, I will say that I was left somewhat wanting. I blame the author for crafting such an intriguing world and background that was left underdeveloped so I was left with so many questions. I might have resigned myself if that was it, but I also felt that the other characters around Lee were not really filled in. I was confused by the power dynamics in the werewolf relations. Lee is supposedly an omega and Cain an alpha, but much of the time, I felt they were both a blend of those- a brazen omega and a timid alpha, I guess.
Also, this was a shorter piece that was left at a happy for now type of ending. I can guess where it will end up based on where it was going. At first I was dissatisfied, but then I thought about it and felt that the ending was actually true to Lee’s character. He’s got some issues and he’ll never be easy. And, when all’s said and done, he’s still very much the wild child eternally young omega looking to tease Cain to distraction.
One of the best parts of listening to this book was getting Nick Russo as the narrator. He did a great job making me really see Lee in my mind and I had a good time listening to him share Lee’s escapades and the adorable bumbling Cain trying to make sense of Lee and Cain’s reactions to sassy male he’s attracted to. I think Russo got this story just right.
So, all in all, it was fast and fun. I wanted more when it came to development, but I did find the hero a clever creation. For those who are looking for an engaging shorter piece this m/m light paranormal romance might fit the bill.
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