“I’d like to meet someone, get to know them, get to know their life, their family. Fall in love. That kind of thing.”
In a word: Read the thing. Much healing and hurt/comfort here. Totally my jam. Beau is an alpha werewolf who needs a spouse in order to start his residency in a hospital that treats humans. Roland is an omega werewolf with a traumatic past who is slowly dying. A marriage of convenience turns out to be a solution to both those problems. This whole book is a very slow story about Beau and Roland accidentally falling in love with each other while also learning to let people into their worlds. They’ve both been traumatized – in different ways – so it’s difficult for them to get close to people, but they eventually manage it. Their union is meant to be temporary, but they eventually come to find that they’re both actually very fond of each other, and they become someone the other can rely on for safety and comfort and support. That eventually transforms to love, and it’s great to watch it happen in real time. Next to the romance (and ALL the hurt/comfort), the really great thing about this story is the worldbuilding and the focus on fleshing out werewolf culture. Beau and Roland being werewolves actually means something in this universe, it’s something very ingrained in the story and in who they are as people. It affects all aspects of their lives, especially when there are humans around. I don’t think it’s something I’ve really seen before (outside of fanfiction, I guess) so it was a really nice surprise and took everything to a whole other level. This story is kind of a slow burn, and mostly character-driven (not a lot of plot here), but it really is very good. There are a few things that I feel didn’t really get properly tied up by the end, but on the whole I really enjoyed the read and I hope that the author eventually comes back to these characters and this universe.
The Summary: (from Goodreads) An alpha werewolf chasing his dream meets an omega fighting for his life in a strictly temporary marriage of convenience…
Alpha werewolf Beau Jeffries has been going it alone ever since he was cast out of his pack as a teenager for trying to help a human and endangering the pack’s secrets during the tumultuous years when the wider world was learning the truth about werewolves. He hasn’t lost his drive to help others, and he’s about to begin a prestigious medical residency–only to learn that, as the first werewolf the program has knowingly accepted, he’ll have to follow special rules, including the one that requires him to be married when he begins his residency.
Omega werewolf Roland Lea is just trying to survive. After escaping the last and worst in a string of abusive relationships that left him scarred and unable to conceive, he’s found safety in a refuge for homeless omegas. But despite the help he’s getting at the refuge, he just keeps getting sicker instead of better, further and further from being able to make it on his own. When he’s offered the opportunity to sign up with a mate-matching agency, he figures he has nothing to lose. No alpha is ever going to want an omega like him.
When Beau sees Roland’s profile, he knows at once what’s making the omega sick, and he’s determined to help. If he can persuade Roland to marry him, he can save Roland’s life while Roland helps him get through his residency. But will their hasty partnership be enough to bring them both through what’s ahead–and can temporary necessity lead to a forever love?
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