Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Wet Heat
AUTHOR: R.D. Hero
PUBLISHER: Riptide Publishing
LENGTH: 107 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 20, 2016
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.
Lee isn’t what most people think of when they imagine an omega; he likes to party, he smokes, and the last thing he wants is either children or a mate. He’s happy with his life, even if he has to use synthetic pheromones to get some action. After two years of scamming free samples of wet heat, Lee practically has it down to a science but when he’s found out by the least alpha Alpha he’s ever met, he’s completely thrown for a loop. Now he has to figure out how to get himself back on even footing while dodging Cain’s attempts at courting and, on top of that, there’s something wrong with the latest batch of wet heat…
This book was such a pleasant surprise! All too often in a-b-o stories (alpha beta omega) there’s a certain amount of dubious consent that’s fairly off-putting to a good portion of readers but I’m happy to say that wasn’t the case in this one. I adored Lee; he really enjoyed being the opposite of the ‘good little Omega’ and yet, he still showed that despite being a ‘bad boy’, he cared about the welfare of his nephew. Cain was another surprise as he was probably the complete opposite of what I’d imagined an Alpha to be; he was determined not to blindly give into the typical alpha urges and was all too often mistaken for a Beta as a result. I found it highly amusing how he went about getting a date with Lee and then how he continuously thwarted Lee’s attempts to get rid of him. The relationship between the main characters had this great push/pull to it that I really enjoyed and they just really seemed to work well together; Lee brought out the alpha in Cain that he’d never felt before and Cain offered Lee a degree of stability and commitment that he was lacking. Add in more of a plot than I was expecting and this was a great little story.
I enjoyed this one quite a bit more than I thought I would, which was a nice surprise. The pace was great and the characters entertaining but the best part was how my perceptions of what an a-b-o story is have been changed. Anyone that likes shifter stories or the idea that opposites attract should enjoy this one but I’d recommend it to those that don’t like a-b-o stories as well; I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!