Most omega werewolves want a mate and pups, but Lee Aung prefers an unconventional party-boy lifestyle. Yet at 42, 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 32 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.
I've never heard anything like it. Great narration by Nick J. Russo. This one will be on my steady rotation! Highly recommend!
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Snarky, sexy and fun!
This was quick, entertaining, and such a fun listen with great character voices, a steady pace, and good tone. Nick J. Russo doesn't disappoint.
A bit quirky, and I was a bit sad there wasn't some more world building or any omega slick or knotting, but the whole thing was just enjoyable!
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This was cute and clever
Loved the narration
Very interesting Storie.
Different alpha and omega take .
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I loved this story. Unlike most books about alpha/beta/omega wolf shifters, here we get the rebel omega that thrue the whole story dont want to be mated and he really dont want kids. Usually the omegas in these kind of stories end up chainging there minds later of and get pups anyway when they find there mate, so to actually follow an omega in his early fortys was a breath of fresh air! Lee despite that omegas have to be weak and obedient, so he live his life as he chose: go out clubing and fucking anyone interested, and not backing down when talking to alphas. Cain was adorabell as he tried to get Lee to somehow obey him, without much success I might add.
Liked the idee behind Wet Heat, we never really learn anything about omegas heat other than that they get super horny and wants pups, so to learn that it can end and they no longer can get pregnant, and that someone invented a way for omegas to still draw other wolfs to them was a briliant idee.
And to have Nick J. Russo narrate this sexy story only made it better! He was a perfect choise for this story!
Really recommend this book!
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Wet Heat is an artificial male attractant that omegas use to entice alphas. It’s like a cologne but supercharged. In this “world” these alpha and omegas exist but don’t ever actually shift, but do live by the old hierarchy.
Lee is an aging omega who loves to be on the prowl and finds the chase more fun than the capture. He doesn’t want to settle down and is quite happy to keep everything carefree.
The Wet Heat he needs is expensive, so when he loses his job he finds an alternate way to keep his supply coming in. When Cain, a researcher for the product, finds out Lee has been cheating to get his free product, he personally gets involved.
I was really attracted to the premise of this book and the unique world building. The characters are interesting and I especially liked Cain.
However, I never warmed up to Lee. IMHO - basic romance 101 – is to make your MCs (at least ultimately) likable. Lee is just a whiny, bratty, slut who uses people to get what he wants. I didn’t care if he found happiness. This was especially true since Cain was so likeable. I kinda wanted Cain to find someone else.
There is also a little secondary plot with Lee’s nephew and the maker of Wet Heat. This, too, could have really been a fascinating part of the story. It started to make a statement about stereotypes and societal expectations and the almost dystopian idea of manipulating that chemically – but then stopped before anything really happened. As a result it just drew attention away from the already rather anemic relationship storyline between Cain and Lee.
Finally, they don’t shift. I don’t know why and I’m not sure why they were shifters at all. I’ve seen plenty of Alpha/omega stories that don’t involve wolves at all and I think this is a case where that might have been more appropriate. I like shifting! I love the “mine, mine, mine” of fated mates and there is none of that here.
I love Nick J Russo. I chose this to review because he narrated it. I knew he’d make me at least enjoy the story if not make me like it a bit more than I had reading it.
He does a great job with the growly Alphas and he’s got such a lovely reading voice. You never know if a story will hit you differently in audio format and I’ve learned that sometimes your mood when you read/listen to a book can influence your opinion so I will give some things a second chance.
Though Nick did his typical awesome job, it wasn’t enough to make me like this any more.
In fact, I think my distaste for Lee was amplified.
So… if you’re in the mood for something different and you’re not too concerned about a realistic HEA or even an HFN you might give this a try.
If you’re a sucker for a sappy ending – keep looking. If you want wolf shifters who become wolves – keep looking.
I’d give the story a 2.75 of 5 stars and the audio a 5 of 5 stars for an overall rating of 3.75 of 5 stars.
i did not want it to end the story is so good that it could be a series it really could it is so worth it I loved it
Wet Heat was an odd little book that wasn't bad but wasn't quite good either.
I haven't read many alpha/beta/omega books, so I've been looking to expand my repertoire. I also ADORE Nick J. Russo, who always does a good job with his audios. However, I just never really gelled with the story.
The MC, Lee, is a weird guy and I never got why Cain was into him at all. Lee honestly seemed like a drug addict, scamming everyone around him for some of his "fix" of Wet Heat. He was rude and snappy and just didn't work for me.
The story was also mostly focused on sex but it also lacked heat, which was an unusual combo. The majority of the story was Lee and his nephew trying to get laid, and, yes, there was some weird incestuous tension going on there. The romance isn't there at all, and even at the end, we barely got the sense that Lee was into Cain. I'm still not sure if he was just using him.
While the world of the story was fun in a grrr, alpha! kind of way, I just didn't feel like the story or romance were developed enough.
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
Wet Heat is a fresh take on the werewolf books. I loved the different take on Alpha, Beta, Omegas and there wasn't so much focus on pack hieratics and insta-mate. I also liked that Lee was an omega and not shed as a weak clingy type. He is the opposite very feisty and pushy for not being an Alpha. I loved him.
Then we had Cain. He was different for his type of character. Didn't want pups and wasn't all domineering and bossy but could hold his own.
The storyline is unique, fast-paced and I admit I wanted more. maybe we will get Shane's story? Or more Cain and Lee?
This is a short story but very complete. The characters well rounded and the plot interesting. If you like werewolves want a fresh take, I highly suggest this!
As for the narration. It's Nick J Russo and in my book, you can't go wrong. He always has a mellow voice, great character voices, good pacing and brings the story to life.
As far as gay romances go, this one is on the light side. Meaning that it’s light on plot and character development. I was going to say that it’s light on the paranormal side also, since there’s no shifting just ‘almost.’ But that’s a mistake since the story does focus on the relationship of Alphas & Omegas in a new & different way.
For a short story at half the price, it was an ok way to pass a mindless four hours.
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.