Published by Riptide
Released on January 2, 2018
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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