QR: The Omega’s Baby Plans (Oceanport Omegas #3.5) – Ann-Katrin Byrde

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“Besides, Dean and I made great babies, obviously. It would have been silly to stop at one.”

 

In a word: Read the thing.

 

The Summary: (from the author’s website) The Omega’s Baby Plans takes place between books 3 and 4.

 

[available for purchase as part of the Oceanport Omegas Complete Series Bundle, or for free on the author’s website]

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The Omega’s Surprise Baby (Oceanport Omegas #3) – Ann-Katrin Byrde

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“I was his. He chose me, and I chose him.”

 

In a word: Read the thing. I’m really enjoying this continuing trend of couples in this series getting together and not going through a third-act break-up because they won’t communicate. That’s not to say that none of these stories, including this one, are without drama and conflict, but at least the drama doesn’t go over the top and can get resolved without the relationship threatening to implode in on itself. Anyway. We first met Shane in the previous book (A Baby for the Firefighter) as one of the leads’ widowed cousin. Shane lost his omega spouse about two years ago and is still struggling to get over the loss while also raising his two young children. Kade is a celebrity singer-songwriter from LA who is currently trying to rebuild his career after it was demolished by a scandal. He ends up in Oceanport to provide the music for Shane’s cousin’s wedding, which is how he meets Shane. The two of them seem to have an instant connection and have a hard time keeping their intentions strictly platonic. They share a night together on the last night Kade is to stay in Oceanport and hope that’ll be enough for them. It isn’t, of course, and soon they’re busy trying to figure out a relationship when they live a plane-ride away from each other and each have their own emotional baggage to deal with. There are some serious themes present in the story (religious cults, gender oppression, getting over the loss of a loved one, sexism, and so on), but a lot of Shane and Kade’s time spent together is romantic fluff. There’s a bit of a push-pull thing happening where neither of them think it’s right to start something when they both have other shit going on, but are still unable to stay away from each other. The chemistry between the two of them is great, even when they’re both trying to deny it, and they actually fit into each other’s lives fairly well. Their journey to happiness was a bit of a roller coaster, but so worth it for the happy ending. Along with those two, we also get updates on couples from past books and see how well they’re all doing, and we also get some cuteness with Shane’s children and pets (including a snobby cat named Sauron). There’s just a lot of good in this story, and some hints of coming excitement later on in the series.

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) A haunted omega, a single dad, and the world’s sweetest surprise…

Music has always been the first love of singer-songwriter Kade Ashton. And it was that love that gave him the strength to defy his family and the cult they belonged to, running away from his arranged marriage to make a life for himself amongst the spotlights. He’s living his dream, until a media scandal derails his career and leaves him hiding from the very public he used to seek out.

But his dream is still alive, and to get his career back on track, he’ll take any job that gets him in front of an audience and helps him pay his bills. Even if it means performing at a wedding in that worst of all terrible places–a small town.

After his husband’s death, Shane is convinced he’s had his one chance at love and that part of his life is over. He has his kids, and they’re enough to keep a single dad on his toes–there’s no time or room for dating. Until he’s asked to host the singer for his cousin’s wedding. First, the sexy omega’s music draws him in, then he meets the omega himself. And he realizes that, maybe, love isn’t just a one-time thing.

Still, their one night together was supposed to be just that, until a positive pregnancy test brings them back together. Can they find a harmonious middle ground between small-town father and big-city star, or are they doomed to lives that are out of tune with their hearts?

 

[available for purchase at Amazon.ca, also available as part of the Oceanport Omegas Complete Series Bundle]

 

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Son of Money – Brandon Witt

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“Leave it to me to make seeing the man I measured all others against instantly awkward.”

 

In a word: Read the thing. There’s quite a bit happening in this book, enough so that the actual romance isn’t necessarily center-stage the whole time. Randall and Noah first met as children and were friends until their first kiss at 13, after which religion-induced shame tore them apart and they didn’t see each other for over 20 years after Noah and his family moved away. They meet by chance as adults and immediately get together. Them getting together was probably the easiest part of their relationship, because the shit of Randall’s professional life hits the fan almost immediately after and basically throws his whole life into chaos. Randall comes from a rich family, part of the local elite, though he’s cut himself off from the family inheritance in order to live his own life on his terms. The only reason he has any contact at all with his family is because he wants to be a part of his young niece’s life. In order to earn his own money, he’s been doing professional photography and supplementing that with erotic photography and sexy massages. It’s the sexual aspect of some of his work – and public opinion about sex work in general – that gets the ball rolling on destroying his livelihood; and it gets even worse when someone out there insinuates that he might also be a danger to children. So this story is sort of part romance (with Randall and Noah getting together and trying to navigate a relationship) and part mystery drama (with Randall trying to figure out what’s going on and also how he’s supposed to be dealing with it). It’s a very compelling story that left me unable to put it down for long while reading. Randall and Noah are both great characters and their chemistry is amazing. Their menagerie of dogs is also pretty cute. Randall’s family is completely batshit, although his sister-in-law Kayla and niece Bailey are pretty awesome. This story was pretty great and I loved it.

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) Randall Morgan, youngest son of one of Seattle’s wealthiest families, rejected his family’s money to live free of their control and pursue his career as a photographer. To make ends meet, Randall does erotic photography and massage—a secret he keeps from his family so he can remain a part of his young niece’s life. But the price of that relationship is high, and Randall is once more slipping under his family’s thumb.

Noah Carroll is the spokesperson for the Seattle Humane Society, and the city holds a special place in his heart. When fate intervenes during a pet adoption, Noah finds himself face-to-face with his first love—Randall.

While Noah and Randall are not the teenagers they once were, the flame of a first kiss long ago draws them together. Their romance is beginning to grow, but someone is out to destroy Randall and expose all he keeps hidden.

When secrets and rumors thrust Randall into the public eye, his relationship with Noah isn’t the only thing that comes under threat.

 

[available for purchase at Dreamspinner Press, Amazon.ca, Book Depository, Chapters, and Barnes & Noble]

 

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Three Player Game (Bluewater Bay #20) – Jaime Samms

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The idea made his heart skip a bit, imagining a life shared three ways.

 

In a word: Read the thing. No lie, I had a bit of a hard time connecting to this one, though I’m not entirely sure why. I did enjoy the story and the relationship between the three mains, though. Vince and Pete are lovers and living together. Lee is Vince’s co-worker who Vince and Pete would like to add to their relationship as their third. Lee is prickly and wary and it’s a challenge for Vince and Pete to convince him that they really want him. Somehow it all works out in the end. The parts of the story I really enjoyed were when Vince, Pete, and Lee spent time together being intimate, thought not necessarily sexual (either all three at once or in various pairings). Even when Lee was being his most difficult, it wasn’t hard to see the affection they all had for each other. The all have different needs and they all really care about whether everyone’s needs are being met. It’s all really sweet. There are some aspects of the story that I had a hard time with. One of them was that Vince and Pete, who are already together, aren’t entirely clear about their intentions with Lee. They discuss things between the two of them, as they should, but they don’t really have the same kinds of conversations with Lee, seeming to prefer to just start explaining things while in the middle of something, and not before something happens. The point-of-view alternates between the three men each chapter, and a lot of Lee’s chapters have him confused and not entirely sure what’s happening (along with him fighting whatever is going on because he’s stubborn and scared). The most obvious problem I had with the book is that it sort of feels like I should already know these characters. Or that I should already know Vince and Lee, at least, since it seems like they have a history. I’m assuming that history was explored more in this author’s previous book in the Bluewater Bay series, which I haven’t read yet. Aside from that, though, I enjoyed the relationships between Vince, Pete, and Lee. Also the hurt/comfort element was pretty good too, what with Lee having back issues for most of the story.

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) Vince’s life has improved immeasurably since he moved to Bluewater Bay two years ago. He’s gone from working for a man he hated, to helping found a company he believes in. And he and boyfriend, Pete, have built a delicate balance of power between them that keeps them both grounded and thriving.

Almost, anyway.

Pete’s job on the set of Wolf’s Landing is demanding. He needs lots of downtime off set, and that’s where Vince’s firm but gentle control isn’t always enough. And for Vince, Pete’s constant high-energy needs are turning out to be more than he can handle alone.

It’s no surprise to either of them, then, that sparks fly when Vince’s coworker Lee enters the picture. Outwardly, Lee is tough and confident, but when a bad back confines him to Pete and Vince’s spare room, the cracks start to show and his desire for connection begins to peek through.

Pete and Vince both like what they see under Lee’s prickly outside, but now the three men must learn that love isn’t about beating the game—it’s about balance, trust, and letting each other in.

 

[available for purchase at Riptide Publishing, Amazon.ca, Book Depository, Chapters, and Barnes & Noble]

 

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Monthly Round-Up: May 2019

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A Baby for the Firefighter (Oceanport Omegas #2) – Ann-Katrin Byrde

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“How could it be that I wanted to touch him and run away from him at the same time?”

 

In a word: Read the thing. This is cute and sweet and I definitely enjoyed it. It’s a friends to lovers story about two childhood friends who are reunited as adults and find out that the crushes they had on each other as teens are still very much present and ready to be explored. We first met Griff in the previous book in this series (The Omega’s Secret Baby) as the brother of the main character. He was introduced in that book as a bit of a loner who loves sweets and cartoons and who maybe has a secret admirer. He’s much the same in this book, and the secret admirer turns out to be his childhood friend Dean, who is back in Oceanport after having moved away with his family as a teenager. Dean is recovering from some work-related trauma (he’s the titular firefighter) and he’s enjoying the time away from work and the chance to reconnect with his childhood crush. The story mainly revolves around Griff and Dean pining after each other and then finally getting together and dealing with all that entails. It’s a sweet little story that’s fairly low-angst, although there is some drama with Griff’s parents. Dean and Griff are sweet together and, though it takes them a bit to get their act together, are pretty good communicators once they get everything settled. There aren’t really any major issues with their relationship, it all goes along fairly well, even with a surprise pregnancy thrown in. Any major drama in the book comes from Griff’s parents and the whole situation with them, and then some minor dealings with Dean’s PTSD (which is never really named in the book but I’m pretty sure that’s what he’s dealing with) and Griff’s hang-ups about sex that sort themselves out fairly simply, it seems. This is a nice story to read if you’re looking for an easy relationship story with some heart and family.

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) When childhood best friends Griff and Dean meet again, sparks fly…

In Oceanport, New England’s most gossipy small town, people wonder about Griff. Such a cute omega can’t possibly be satisfied without a proper mate they say. Yet he’ll be thirty soon and as far as they know he’s never been with anyone! The truth is that Griff has given up on finding love… that is until his childhood best friend moves back to town and sets his heart on fire.

When Dean’s firefighter career is sidetracked by a tragic accident, returning to his roots to mend seems like a good move. It gives him a chance to breathe, as well as a chance to reconnect with his oldest friend, the omega who stole his heart when they were young. For some reason though, Griff keeps shying away from him, and it takes Dean a lot of patience, and a ton of cupcakes, to lure the sugar-addict out of his shell—and into his arms.

But Dean’s memories are still seared by the tragedy that sent him home and Griff is afraid of giving in to his omega instincts. Can they win through their personal walks of fire or is their flame bound to burn out?

 

[available for purchase at Amazon.ca, also available as part of the Oceanport Omegas Complete Series Bundle]

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Inheritance – Sean Michael

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“Twenty-four hours ago, he’d wanted to knock Cash into next week. Now he wanted to fuck him there.”

 

In a word: Read the thing. This was sweet. A bit too much sex for my tastes, but otherwise perfectly fine. Brad and Cash are two very different men who have just gotten the news that their siblings have died in a freak car accident. Brad’s sister and Cash’s brother were married to each other and have left behind a joint will giving custody of their six children to Brad and Cash. The main storyline is about Brad and Cash learning to care for six children, while dealing with the loss of their siblings and also falling for each other. This is a novella, so all of this is a bit hurried, but I still liked it. Brad and Cash start out nearly at each other’s throats, but it really doesn’t take them long at all to fall into bed together. Their relationship turning from antagonistic to sexual/romantic did not take as long as I was expecting it to. They butted heads a few times, had one fight-turned-fuck, and then it was pretty much smooth sailing from then on. There wasn’t even a third-act breakup anywhere, which I appreciated but didn’t make a whole lot of sense considering. The most conflict in the story came from Brad’s mother, who was a straight up manipulative witch, and I feel like that wasn’t entirely properly resolved by the end. Brad and Cash’s relationship was sweet, though, and the kids were all adorable. Like I said earlier, I thought there was a bit too much sex happening at the expense of plot, which may be why there was no real conclusion with Brad’s mother. It’s a surprisingly low-angst story considering the premise, which makes for a fairly low-stress read, which was nice.

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) 3rd Edition

Cash McCord’s life is pretty much perfect. He owns the family ranch, loves his work, and invites the occasional cowboy into his bed. But everything is turned upside down when his brother Jack and Jack’s wife Val are killed in a car crash, leaving behind six kids.

Cash is made guardian of the children, along with Val’s brother, Brad Rafferty—a man who couldn’t be more different from Cash if he tried. A Yankee, Brad is a video-game developer who works twelve-to-fourteen-hour days at his desk. They lock horns as soon as they set eyes on each other. Neither man is happy to have the other around, but neither is willing to give up custody of his nieces and nephews.

It’s up to these two polar opposites to keep the kids together and give them a family again. But first they’ll have to keep from killing each other.

First Edition published as Inheritance in Family Matters by Torquere Press, 2008.
Second Edition published by Torquere Press, 2013.

 

[available for purchase at Dreamspinner Press, Amazon.ca, Chapters, and Barnes & Noble]

 

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