Bitter Heat by Leta Blake

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Bitter Heat by Leta Blake

Book Info

Book Series
Heat of Love (Book 3)
About the Author
Author of the bestselling book Smoky Mountain Dreams and the fan favorite Training Season, Leta Blake’s educational and professional background is in psychology and finance, respectively. However, her passion has always been for writing. She enjoys crafting romance stories and exploring the psyches of made up people. At home in the Southern U.S., Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.

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Publication Date
September 12, 2019
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Content Warning
 Content warning for a violent and oppressive society regarding reproductive rights. 
 A pregnant omega trapped in a desperate situation, an unattached alpha with a lot to prove, and an unexpected fall into love that could save them both.

Kerry Monkburn is contracted to a violent alpha in prison for brutal crimes. Now pregnant with the alpha’s child, he lives high in the mountains, far above the city that once lured him in with promises of a better life. Enduring bitterness and fear, Kerry flirts with putting an end to his life of darkness, but fate intervenes.

Janus Heelies has made mistakes in the past. In an effort to redeem himself, integrity has become the watchword for his future. Training as a nurse under the only doctor willing to take him on, Janus is resolute in his intentions: he will live cleanly in the mountains and avoid all inappropriate affairs. But he doesn’t anticipate the pull that Kerry exercises on his heart and mind.

As the question of Kerry’s future health and safety comes to an explosive head, only the intervention of fate will see these desperate men through to a happy ending.

This gay romance novel by Leta Blake is the third in the Heat of Love universe which began with Slow Heat. It’s 111,000 words, with a strong happy ending and a critically-acclaimed, non-shifter Omegaverse. It features alphas, betas, omegas, male pregnancy, mpreg, heat, and knotting. Content warning for a violent and oppressive society regarding reproductive rights. 

Editor review

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Wow! Just wow!
 Another reviewer declared Blake the “Ruler of the omegaverse.” I’m wondering if there’s a crown and scepter that should go with the title, because I fully agree! Bitter Heat was so categorically dissimilar to the previous books in the series that it could have been an alternate dimension of the omegaverse created in the previous books were it not for the MCs having been introduced in Alpha Heat
That said, this book can easily be read as a standalone. There are overlapping characters from the previous books, but their roles are removed enough that you will not feel you’re missing anything (you will be, most definitely(!), but you won’t notice). However, this book will resonate infinitely deeper if you have read (at the very least) Alpha Heat, though starting with Slow Heat will give you the greatest advantage. 
I detested Janus in Alpha Heat. I pull no punches. He was a loser and a user and I held him in zero regard. Because of that, I really was quite leery about this book, but Kerry! How could I not read Kerry?! So I jumped in and asked for an ARC…and I couldn’t be more glad I did! 
Kerry is contracted to an immoral, loathsome, malevolent man, and despite this creature being in prison for the rest of his life, Kerry is still subjected monthly to the very treatment that landed his “alpha” in that prison. Janus, having recovered from a second bout of the same illness that landed him under his cousin’s omega’s care originally (when I hated him), has decided it is time to start a new path in life, one in which he cares for others as a nurse. Staying at Kerry’s uncle Zeke/unofficial adopted pater’s boarding house, the two men are in constant contact, something Kerry is determined to have nothing to do with. 
Watching Kerry’s pain, anger, hopelessness, and terror brought tears to my eyes. His plight is so far beyond imagining that I couldn’t help but mourn what his life should have been. Janus is only fed bits and pieces through most of the book, but his alpha wants nothing more than to protect, soothe, and care for the decimated soul of the beautiful omega. 
This story starts slowly. It took me a bit to get into it, unlike the previous books, but again, polar opposite styling, so do keep that in mind and don’t give up. It’s worth the wait! 
This is a twisty turvy, lay everything out neatly and then run a tornado through it kind of story. The secondary characters are many, from those actually in the mountains the men live in to those who write or visit the city at the base of the mountain. Zeke plays heavily, as does the omega of the doctor Janus works with. His name is Fan, and I’ve already told the author what I think about what he does and what he’s never received that he deserves so richly. Unsurprisingly, the incarcerated alpha’s parents are just as narcissistic as their child, and I wanted to smack them – repeatedly. 
By the end of this book I was in tears again, but for a wholly different reason. These two men deserve to never have another day of sorrow in their lives, and who would’ve thought I’d say that about Janus?! 
I’m rating this at 4.5 stars, rounding up for sites that don’t accept halves. I highly recommend this book, this series, and this author!!! 
**Same worded review will appear on Goodreads and** 
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