“Aren’t you supposed to… you know… fall in love first, or something?”
In a word: Read the thing. I read this as part of the full collection and I think that was published after more editing because I didn’t have the writing issues I had in Parts 1 and 2. Though the writing here is still a bit clunky, sort of like English may not be the authors’ first language? Part 3 opens about two days after where Part 2 left off. I definitely liked this part a lot more because it focused more on Ethan and Max’s relationship instead of running around and shenanigans (though there was some of that here too, I suppose). It’s apparently become a given that Ethan’s old life is effectively over. He’s mated to Max and living in his house and is becoming part of his world. Max introduces Ethan to the pack (we actually get to see some full-shift werewolves, but that’s only a short scene) and then, because Max is basically a local celebrity, there’s a press conference to announce Ethan and Max’s mating to the public. While all that is going on, what I really enjoyed was Ethan and Max trying to fit their lives together. Even though they’re both mate-bonded and having a baby, they’re still both effectively strangers. The fact that this book doesn’t have them immediately falling deeply in love with each other (there’s definitely an attraction and a bond, but it’s not romantic love) is one of its best aspects. Ethan and Max are definitely drawn to each other, and so far they’re getting along well, so I absolutely believe that they will eventually come to love each other as they get to know each other better. Another thing I appreciate is that Ethan wants his own life within the relationship (like normal people would, friends and a job and whatnot) and is taking steps to ensure that he gets one (within the restraints that his current situation has placed on him), and that Max isn’t going against this. That seems like a pretty low bar to set, but I’ve seen the opposite happen in other stories. I really hope that this focus on Ethan and Max’s relationship development continues, because that’s becoming my favourite part of the series.
The Summary: (from Goodreads) Two days pregnant, two days of running to the bathroom as soon as he opens his eyes, Ethan’s life has not gotten any easier.
Ethan, newly pregnant and male, doesn’t know what he has gotten himself into. Between meeting the pack, running into his family-in-law and preparing for his first press conference, life has gotten a little hectic. Luckily his Alpha mate, Max, is there for him, to get him in and out of trouble.
Max, richest, openly gay, no-longer-bachelor Alpha in the city, has to fight his own feelings between wanting to keep Ethan close and knowing that he has to let the man explore their new relationship in his own time.
When the two men finally find some peace and quiet together, they learn some very intimate things about each other.
Omega’s Pack is the third story in the Mated to the Alpha series. This series contains an innocent human, a sexy alpha, naughty scenes and Mpreg (male pregnancy).