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Most omega werewolves want a mate and pups, but Lee Aung prefers an unconventional party-boy lifestyle. Yet at forty-two, 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 k Most omega werewolves want a mate and pups, but Lee Aung prefers an unconventional party-boy lifestyle. Yet at forty-two, 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 thirty-two 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.


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Most omega werewolves want a mate and pups, but Lee Aung prefers an unconventional party-boy lifestyle. Yet at forty-two, 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 k Most omega werewolves want a mate and pups, but Lee Aung prefers an unconventional party-boy lifestyle. Yet at forty-two, 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 thirty-two 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.

30 review for Wet Heat

  1. 4 out of 5

    SheReadsALot

    3.75 HEARTS--You mention Alpha/Beta/Omega dynamics to me equals me doing something of this nature: Because I know it's going to go DOWN! KNOTTING is on the horizon, I can taste it. Mmhmm... But I should've known with this author, she'd do something a little different to the popular fan fic dynamic. KNOTTING enthusiasts, put your bibs away. Fans of the Omega slick, don't pull out the good glasses for the gushy nectar. Those aren't to be found in Wet Heat. This author writes quirky and i 3.75 HEARTS--You mention Alpha/Beta/Omega dynamics to me equals me doing something of this nature: Because I know it's going to go DOWN! KNOTTING is on the horizon, I can taste it. Mmhmm... But I should've known with this author, she'd do something a little different to the popular fan fic dynamic. KNOTTING enthusiasts, put your bibs away. Fans of the Omega slick, don't pull out the good glasses for the gushy nectar. Those aren't to be found in Wet Heat. This author writes quirky and is known to throw a few twists close to the end to turn the story on it's head. In a good way, of course. The blurb really sums up the story very well, and if those aren't your kind of topics to read about. I wouldn't suggest this story. Wet Heat is snarky, light, quirky and most of all, fun. Lee is a forty-two, dried up omega. He has no job, no money and spends his days hustling for synthetic omega pheromones aka Wet Heat so he can get fucked on a daily basis. See, in this world were werewolves are the norm (aka werewolves are known for fan fic readers), either you're alpha, beta or omega. Omegas are the ones who whelp pups, take care of their mates and the caretakers. Not what Lee wants to do. Give him hot stiff dick over babies any day! *double wink* The thing is he's a 42 year old brat, who clubs with the twenty-somethings and doesn't care what they think about him as long as he has his Wet Heat to make the Alphas/Betas lusty. With his precocious younger omega nephew to sort of guide in his "slutty", free loving ways, Lee can stay forever young right? Well, it seems he finally met his match in a geeky, not-so-alpha scientist, Cain. Cain works for the Wet Heat company, and has been overseeing his subject, Lee, for two years...thinking Lee had a mate. When he finds out it's a lie, he tries to go courting. The tone is light. Lee might grate on the nerves if brats aren't your deal. And nothing is worse than an old-head brat, but somehow, it worked for Lee. His personality is big, and he doesn't act like a typical omega. And Cain is the least aggressive alpha I've ever read. Think a strong beta with an alpha title. Pair a not-so-omega with an not-so-alpha and it's kinda funny. But the pair worked. Cain is socially awkward but determined. He knows what he wants and he's flexible with Lee. Lee is stubborn and set in his ways. The story is told from Lee's POV. The reader gets a decent slice of Cain and his personality, but he's more reserved. There is a suspense-ish plot, with a college/laboratory background. I found it a little weird with the laboratory right on campus but maybe it was to cut having to go to another place in the book. I liked the side characters - Shane was younger version of uncle Lee, just more bubbly and a little more airhead. I love that the alphas have like a unspoken fraternity - they must protect ALL omegas at all costs: give an unmated omega money for an item they need, protect them from unruly alphas, etc. That aspect I thought was cool, the omega reverence. The suspense gets solved easily, I kinda figured it out in the middle, but I was hooked so it didn't matter. The sex? Not as much as you'd think, but it was hot. (Hint: there was a particularly hot little semi-public sex scene that tickled my rough sex buttons) Also, there was an on page sex moment with a MC and different character, but it didn't go into much detail. The romance is shared with Lee's sort of maturing and the suspense plot. Don't expect much romance. The story ends with a HFN with a path to HEA. I liked it. I don't think it could end any other way, given both main characters' personalities. Lee's wearing Cain down, baby! I think this couple will have plenty of fun using their opposite personalities to find common ground. Recommended for readers who enjoy A/B/O and don't mind it not being typical, quirky and has a different type of werewolf society. A review copy provided via Netgalley for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    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 ju 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*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    3.5 stars This was fun! Not your typical Alpha/Omega story. Lee is a 42 year old omega. He has no interest in mating and he never wanted kids. He is using the artificial scent ‘Wet Heat’ to simulate heat pheromones to attract alphas (since he no longer goes in heat). Of course the alphas notice it’s fake once they get a good whiff of him, but most want to do Lee anyway. Lee only uses Wet Heat to attract alphas, keeping them interested long enough to have sex with him is up to Lee. Lee has been a te 3.5 stars This was fun! Not your typical Alpha/Omega story. Lee is a 42 year old omega. He has no interest in mating and he never wanted kids. He is using the artificial scent ‘Wet Heat’ to simulate heat pheromones to attract alphas (since he no longer goes in heat). Of course the alphas notice it’s fake once they get a good whiff of him, but most want to do Lee anyway. Lee only uses Wet Heat to attract alphas, keeping them interested long enough to have sex with him is up to Lee. Lee has been a test subject for Wet Heat for 2 years. He has told the researcher alpha that he is happily mated and that Wet Heat has given his sex life a new impulse, but he uses the stuff to get laid by a different alpha every night. When Lee’s mother arranges a blind date for Lee, Lee goes along with it since he is about to be evicted, so he needs a place for the night. He is very surprised to find out his date is Cain, the researcher from Wet Heat. Cain is a 32 year old alpha who has never felt any alpha urges. That is until he meets Lee. When he found out how bad an omega Lee was really being, all his instincts overcame him, and he is now determined to make Lee his. But Lee is not so willing to bend to the will of an alpha. No matter how cute and nerdy this alpha is. Lee was hilarious. He was a true brat, even though he was 42. He really made Cain work for it, and I loved it. It was like one long mating dance. We got some sexy times, some action and a nice HEA/HFN. Such a fun, light read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    BWT

    Updated for audiobook This was such a fun listen with great character voices, a steady pace, and good tone. Nick J. Russo doesn't disappoint. **~~**~~**~~**~**~~**~~**~~**~~** Snarky, sexy and fun! This was just the quick, entertaining read I was looking for today. A bit quirky, and I was a bit sad there wasn't any omega slick or knotting, but the whole thing was just enjoyable! Updated for audiobook This was such a fun listen with great character voices, a steady pace, and good tone. Nick J. Russo doesn't disappoint. **~~**~~**~~**~**~~**~~**~~**~~** Snarky, sexy and fun! This was just the quick, entertaining read I was looking for today. A bit quirky, and I was a bit sad there wasn't any omega slick or knotting, but the whole thing was just enjoyable!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    2.5 stars rounded down to 2 because still no 1/2 stars here on GR and this one just didn't work for me. Wet Heat turned out to be a bit of a wet blanket for me... I admit it, I'm reviewed out for now but bottom line with this one is I liked the narrator, Nick J. Russo. He's a favorite of mine and truthfully the main reason I wanted to review this book unfortunately for me the best thing about this one was that it was short because overall I just didn't enjoy this story. I really wasn't a fan o 2.5 stars rounded down to 2 because still no 1/2 stars here on GR and this one just didn't work for me. Wet Heat turned out to be a bit of a wet blanket for me... I admit it, I'm reviewed out for now but bottom line with this one is I liked the narrator, Nick J. Russo. He's a favorite of mine and truthfully the main reason I wanted to review this book unfortunately for me the best thing about this one was that it was short because overall I just didn't enjoy this story. I really wasn't a fan of Lee Aung one of the MCs and overall I just couldn't connect with this story. So at the end of it all I liked the narration and the fact that it was short. But just because this one did work for me doesn't mean it that others won't enjoy it. ************************* An audio book of 'Wet Heat' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Juxian

    A totally charming story, funny and clever. I loved its fresh take on the usual elements of shifters stories & omegaverse stories. It also was a pretty sharp satire reflecting some stereotypes related to women. I mean an "unmated, without pups" woman over forty would be hearing EXACTLY the same things Lee did. It was wonderful to read how Lee managed to stay himself and not cave in, even if "being himself" was not something respectable and commendable. Lee is such an awesome character! Not a sin A totally charming story, funny and clever. I loved its fresh take on the usual elements of shifters stories & omegaverse stories. It also was a pretty sharp satire reflecting some stereotypes related to women. I mean an "unmated, without pups" woman over forty would be hearing EXACTLY the same things Lee did. It was wonderful to read how Lee managed to stay himself and not cave in, even if "being himself" was not something respectable and commendable. Lee is such an awesome character! Not a single boring minute with him. He's the reason I wish the book were longer, I could've read about his frolics on and on. Cain with his brand-new awkward dominance was also fun, and together they worked perfectly. A decent sub-plot with the tainted Wet Heat and who's the bad guy, too.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tatiana

    I see that a lot of people disliked Wet Heat, but I honestly can't fathom why. It's just so much FUN! Okay, admittedly, even though it's set in the A/B/O universe, there is no knotting or mpreg, but the main characters have such quirky, unconventional personalities that I gobbled this book up like it was a box of chocolates. I see that a lot of people disliked Wet Heat, but I honestly can't fathom why. It's just so much FUN! Okay, admittedly, even though it's set in the A/B/O universe, there is no knotting or mpreg, but the main characters have such quirky, unconventional personalities that I gobbled this book up like it was a box of chocolates.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    Lee is an unmated Omega that loves his partying lifestyle. But because of his age, forty-two, he's stopped going into heat naturally meaning he is no longer fertile. He wants to be the life of the party and be every Alpha's special boy-at least for that night! In order to do that, he wears a synthetic pheromone called Wet Heat to attract the Alphas he craves. Wet Heat is supposed to be used by mated couples to ensure long lasting bonds, but Lee uses it to gain hook-ups from the clubs he frequents Lee is an unmated Omega that loves his partying lifestyle. But because of his age, forty-two, he's stopped going into heat naturally meaning he is no longer fertile. He wants to be the life of the party and be every Alpha's special boy-at least for that night! In order to do that, he wears a synthetic pheromone called Wet Heat to attract the Alphas he craves. Wet Heat is supposed to be used by mated couples to ensure long lasting bonds, but Lee uses it to gain hook-ups from the clubs he frequents. After he loses his job to his partying ways, he's forced to beg, borrow, and steal to get more Wet Heat. That also includes lying to the Wet Heat testing center he's frequenting. Unfortunately for him, the Alpha in charge of Wet Heat testing suspects Lee has been lying to get the drug. He sets his sights on outing him by hooking up with him. When the latest sample doesn't feel the same, Lee knows things aren't as they seem. When he finds his nephew under the influence as well, he is sure there is deceit at play! But who is tainting the Wet Heat? Wet Heat is a super quick paranormal read. I really enjoyed the Alpha, Beta, and Omega world. I was unfamiliar with their dynamics, so I would've liked a bit more of explanation. I wanted to know the roles, and rules of the game, so to speak. I also was interested in the mating ritual within a Male/Male union. All in all, a worthy book of your time! 3 stars/3 flames This book was gifted to me for the express purpose of an honest review. The rating and review are solely my opinion and in no way was I compensated

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jaime

    A Creative look at Shifters - Male Menopause - Fake Pheromones - Unique story ❥❥**´¨) ¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨) (¸.•´ (¸.•`*ARC provided by Author in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Jaime from Alpha Book Club A Creative look at Shifters - Male Menopause - Fake Pheromones - Unique story ❥❥**´¨) ¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨) (¸.•´ (¸.•`*ARC provided by Author in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Jaime from Alpha Book Club

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ariadna

    Actual rating is 3.3 I picked this book up during a flash sale. The premise was enticing to the point that I sat down to read it that v. same day. After reading countless A/B/O stories, the idea of a novella where the omega doesn't want to be bonded to anyone and the alpha is a clueless sounded like a perfect afternoon read. Seriously, the trope inversion angle was clever as hell. I LOL'ed for the first half of the book as Lee goes to clubs for hookups with the little help of artificial pheromones Actual rating is 3.3 I picked this book up during a flash sale. The premise was enticing to the point that I sat down to read it that v. same day. After reading countless A/B/O stories, the idea of a novella where the omega doesn't want to be bonded to anyone and the alpha is a clueless sounded like a perfect afternoon read. Seriously, the trope inversion angle was clever as hell. I LOL'ed for the first half of the book as Lee goes to clubs for hookups with the little help of artificial pheromones. The tone shifted somewhat at the halfway point and, imo, it wasn't until the last chapter that I felt the humorous tone had bounced back. FWIW, there is dub con and characters being threatened with rape. Also, I was never completely sold on Cain's switch into ~alphaness~. BUT, Lee's brattiness made up for any lingering doubts. Also, another thing I didn't like was that the female characters were minimal at best. Aside from Lee's mother and a couple of alpha females who show up in a scene or two, the majority of the characters are male. TL;DR:This is a cool twist on the usual A/B/O premise with a v. charming omega and the younger alpha who is interested in him. Do keep in mind that there are characters placed in situations where they're threatened with sexual assault. Although it's not going to be the novella of the year, it's a fun one.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ije the Devourer of Books

    'Every day for the thief. One day for the owner.' (Nigerian proverb) This was an enjoyable novella, very funny in places, and a different take on shifters. Lee is an older omega wolf. Despite being an omega and expected to mate and produce pups, he has stuck to his guns, partied his way through his fertile years and has remained single. Of course being in his forties he is no longer in heat and relies on Wet Heat, a synthetic spray which gives off pheromones attracting both alphas and betas. Wet He 'Every day for the thief. One day for the owner.' (Nigerian proverb) This was an enjoyable novella, very funny in places, and a different take on shifters. Lee is an older omega wolf. Despite being an omega and expected to mate and produce pups, he has stuck to his guns, partied his way through his fertile years and has remained single. Of course being in his forties he is no longer in heat and relies on Wet Heat, a synthetic spray which gives off pheromones attracting both alphas and betas. Wet Heat is supposed to facilitate long, loving, lasting bonds between omegas and their mates, but Lee uses it to facilitate short hook ups in clubs and elsewhere, ensuring that Lee can continue his partying ways whenever the opportunity presents itself and he is determined to remain fancy and free and enjoy his forties, and he isn't above cheating, lying and stealing to get Wet Heat. Alas sometimes being an ageing party animal has its downside. Unfortunately Lee has lost his job through his own recklessness and so he ducks, dives and wangles he way into getting free samples of the spray and he manages to lie his way into a drugs trial for a new improved Wet Heat. Unfortunately for Lee the alpha in charge of the programme has sussed him out and suspects that Lee lied his way into the drug trials by pretending to have a partner but Lee doesn't care about all that. The end justifies the means as far as he is concerned. The end is to party and have hook ups, the means is Wet Heat and job or no job this is what Lee lives for - partying and sex. But how the worm turns! Especially when Lee's mum, tired of her son's persistent singleness, sets him up on a blind date with the scientist in charge of the Wet Heat trial. Ooops and now Lee's nice little deception is over, the rules of the game suddenly change because the 'owner' has arrived and Lee might find that domestic bliss is in his future after all, forty or not! This is a fun read and very entertaining especially if you like shifter stories. I enjoyed reading about an older character who is a bit of an unruly 'bad boy'. and I liked the Alpha/Beta/Omega world that the story is set in. It is a novella, so a bit short and the premise is pretty straightforward. It is an angst free, light hearted story and a bit cheesy in places but good fun. This is the first time I have read anything by this author and I will definitely be reading more of her stories. Copy provided by Riptide Publishing via NetGalley.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kira

    Sorry, guys, I really tried but this book was just too amateur for me. I'm all for subverted tropes, but most of the book it felt like the author isn't completely sure herself what or whom she's writing about. Sorry, guys, I really tried but this book was just too amateur for me. I'm all for subverted tropes, but most of the book it felt like the author isn't completely sure herself what or whom she's writing about.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Skye

    Lee is an aging omega wolf shifter. In his world only young, fertile omegas gain the attention of alphas. Lee has never wanted to settle down and actually mate any of the alphas, he just likes the chase. Now that he doesn’t make his own pheromones, he uses an artificial pheromone to attract the alphas. When he loses his job he goes to the factory itself for the fake pheromones, Wet Heat, and gets samples as part of a mated couple tester. Though he never brings in his other half, he continues to f Lee is an aging omega wolf shifter. In his world only young, fertile omegas gain the attention of alphas. Lee has never wanted to settle down and actually mate any of the alphas, he just likes the chase. Now that he doesn’t make his own pheromones, he uses an artificial pheromone to attract the alphas. When he loses his job he goes to the factory itself for the fake pheromones, Wet Heat, and gets samples as part of a mated couple tester. Though he never brings in his other half, he continues to fake the research for two years. When Cain, his research leader, finally finds out he’s been cheating all this time, the stuff really hits the fan. ** Oh, how I wanted to like this. It was so unique and had such an opportunity to create a new shifter world, to give us this new chemical addition to spice up the traditional alpha/omega storyline, it had some very charismatic characters… But it was just all over the place and I felt like it never found it’s footing. First, Lee is not likable. That’s romance 101 – make your MCs (at least ultimately) likable. He’s just a whiny, bratty, slut who uses people to get what he wants. I didn’t care if he found happiness. Second, I loved Cain but he confused me. I’d see these odd bursts of Alpha in him followed by what – is he secretly submissive? I wasn’t sure. If the story had been longer then we could have explored this further. Where it was left was just confusing. Third, we get a little sub 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. So… all in all I just can’t really say I recommend this. The romantic in me was absolutely horrified by Lee – I can’t really say if this was even an HFN based on how it ended. The shifter-story-lover in me loved the unique spin and found the possibilities in this world endless – but inchoate here. One other thing that drives me crazy is when shifter stories have shifters who never shift. This is one of those. The alpha/omega thing was utilized excessively but never did anybody ever become a wolf. So I give this a mixed bag of 2.75 of 5 stars but with a warning to the romantics in the room that it might be more like a 2.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christi Snow

    My Review: Okay, just when you think that every possible aspect of shifters has been creatively played with in paranormal stories, here come R.D. Hero with a totally new twist on the shifter lore. In her shifter worlds, the Omegas have the pups for the Alphas and the Betas...and in this world it seems like all the wolf shifters are male. Lee is an Omega past his prime. The only way he can attract other Alphas to him now is through a medical ointment that draws them to him. That's not the way Wet My Review: Okay, just when you think that every possible aspect of shifters has been creatively played with in paranormal stories, here come R.D. Hero with a totally new twist on the shifter lore. In her shifter worlds, the Omegas have the pups for the Alphas and the Betas...and in this world it seems like all the wolf shifters are male. Lee is an Omega past his prime. The only way he can attract other Alphas to him now is through a medical ointment that draws them to him. That's not the way Wet Heat was meant to be used, but Lee doesn't think twice about manipulating the system to get this liquid gold. He's the original flamboyant, party guy, having a different alpha or beta every night. He doesn't realize he hasn't been quite so effective with his subterfuge as he thinks. Cain is an Alpha, but he's not a normal Alpha. He's a very scientific, cerebral guy rather than one who's ruled by his instincts as an Alpha. Lee challenges what he thinks about himself because when he's around Lee suddenly all those Alpha traits come forth, needing to conquer and dominate Lee. And Lee really needs an Alpha to take control of him. There's a lot to love about this story. It's really creative. I love how protective Lee is of his nephew. While he shuns normal Omega behavior, it shows up every time he's around his nephew. There's also a bit of a light suspense story line that I liked. And I loved the tiny plot bunny with Lee's nephew and his beta roommate. I didn't quite feel as much of a connection between Cain and Lee as I would have liked, but they had a few moments that were fabulous. It was a fun book and like I mentioned before...super creative. This is my first read from R.D. Hero, but it won't be my last. She has some interesting ideas. I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sonia

    2.5 stars I'm lost for words. I really am. Not sure how to rate the book. It wasn't bad, actually it has some very good aspects, Lee and Cain being too of them. Two well written characters, with personalities not exacting matching their roles, and the inevitable attraction without the insta-lust we see in PNR when mating couples are involved. However, I wish that instead a novella it was a full-grown book. It has so much potential unexplored. I would like to see the alpha-beta-omega rules explaine 2.5 stars I'm lost for words. I really am. Not sure how to rate the book. It wasn't bad, actually it has some very good aspects, Lee and Cain being too of them. Two well written characters, with personalities not exacting matching their roles, and the inevitable attraction without the insta-lust we see in PNR when mating couples are involved. However, I wish that instead a novella it was a full-grown book. It has so much potential unexplored. I would like to see the alpha-beta-omega rules explained in more depth. How the mating-pups comes to male/male couples. The roles. The circles. The hunt. Also, the idealists, and their role. All those little aspects could be explored. I enjoyed the book. A quick read, with some funny and endearing moments, that left me craving pancakes. I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Read as part of the Clean Sweep ARC Challenge hosted by Kimberly @Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Kristin @ Addicted to Happily Ever After Complete review @ The Book Wielding Harpie

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aerin

    I know paranormal isn't usually my style, but once in a while I need something different to cleanse my mind and get me to appreciate my contemporary, normal, every day books. That's when I choose to read a werewolf story or two... Wet Heat is different from other books in its genre simply because it lacks the insta-love and mushy-gushy "mate" cliche. Lee and Cain actually have personalities and their own identities, don't depend on a pack for their well being and Lee is actually quite the deviou I know paranormal isn't usually my style, but once in a while I need something different to cleanse my mind and get me to appreciate my contemporary, normal, every day books. That's when I choose to read a werewolf story or two... Wet Heat is different from other books in its genre simply because it lacks the insta-love and mushy-gushy "mate" cliche. Lee and Cain actually have personalities and their own identities, don't depend on a pack for their well being and Lee is actually quite the devious shit. I liked this a lot, from the plot, to the characters, to the lack of eye-rolling moments. I definitely need more of these two!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jax

    I really disliked this take on shifters: the bratty omega who needs/wants discipline, specifically spanking. Ugh. Not fun to read about a 42 yr old man being treated like a naughty child. There’s no relationship building here, it’s very hard to see why Cain would be interested in Lee at all. This is all about how Lee rebels against the norms of the a/b/o dynamic, but maybe kinda likes it too?? If this wasn’t so short, I wouldn’t have bothered to finish.

  18. 5 out of 5

    ConM

    The sub-plot ruined this for me. The book was too short to carry a romance and sub-plot. I wanted more Lee and Cain.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Quinn Anderson

    It's been a long time since I've had this much fun with a book! I loved the characters, the social commentary, the plot, everything. And I love how the author got me invested in Shane, which was really important to the denouement. I swear, I read the last 30 pages without breathing, I was so anxious to see what happened. Also, this is unrelated, but I love how this author's name is Rough Draft Hero, ha ha. It's been a long time since I've had this much fun with a book! I loved the characters, the social commentary, the plot, everything. And I love how the author got me invested in Shane, which was really important to the denouement. I swear, I read the last 30 pages without breathing, I was so anxious to see what happened. Also, this is unrelated, but I love how this author's name is Rough Draft Hero, ha ha.

  20. 5 out of 5

    La*La

    This was so much fun! I enjoyed every minute of this book, especially how Lee manipulated alphas and betas left and right...he was devious!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    Hero's books have a nice steady pace filled with action, drama, excitement to keep you blood running. Hero's books have a nice steady pace filled with action, drama, excitement to keep you blood running.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ali

    A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review An Alisa Audiobook Review: Rating: 4 stars out of 5 I really enjoyed this story. Lee is the complete opposite of what others think an omega should be and he refuses to be shamed by this. Cain has spent the last two years wanting a mated omega and when he finds out that he isn’t actually mated he is determined to make him his. I really liked both of these characters. Lee says he doesn’t want to be tied down but to his surprise loves Cain’s displays of alph A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review An Alisa Audiobook Review: Rating: 4 stars out of 5 I really enjoyed this story. Lee is the complete opposite of what others think an omega should be and he refuses to be shamed by this. Cain has spent the last two years wanting a mated omega and when he finds out that he isn’t actually mated he is determined to make him his. I really liked both of these characters. Lee says he doesn’t want to be tied down but to his surprise loves Cain’s displays of alphaness and encourages it. Cain is confused with his instincts but Lee is more than willing to help him adapt. At the end they are playing a game of tag with their mating but I can picture them having a HEA. Nick J Russo did a wonderful job narrating this story. I could just feel the characters’ emotions happy and sad while listening. I loved the different voices he used for the characters and it helped to keep track of the story. I really like the cover art by LC Chase and it works well for this story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    3.5 stars- different story, great narration I enjoy shifter stories occasionally and with Wet Heat receiving recommendations from some book friends and the audiobook featuring a favorite narrator, I decided to give it a try. The plot of Wet Heat is wonderfully unique and quickly captured my attention. The characters were likable and the protagonist Lee had loads of personality. While I liked the different plot premise, I did think it was a little complex for a novella. Consequently, the pacing som 3.5 stars- different story, great narration I enjoy shifter stories occasionally and with Wet Heat receiving recommendations from some book friends and the audiobook featuring a favorite narrator, I decided to give it a try. The plot of Wet Heat is wonderfully unique and quickly captured my attention. The characters were likable and the protagonist Lee had loads of personality. While I liked the different plot premise, I did think it was a little complex for a novella. Consequently, the pacing sometimes felt rushed and the plot lines/conflicts underdeveloped. This was especially true of the relationship between Cain and Lee. I wanted to see a tad more from them but only got a hint of what this couple’s life together would look like at the end of the story. What made Wet Heat truly enjoyable though was the narration. Mr. Russo never disappoints with his performance, keeping a good tempo and injecting just the right amount of emotion into each scene. If Wet Heat has been on your radar, I’d definitely recommend the audiobook to deliver a unique story with great narration. Reviewed by Annie from Alpha Book Club

  24. 4 out of 5

    Barb ~rede-2-read~

    ARC provided by the publisher through Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words in exchange for an impartial review. Lee Aung is an omega werewolf who refuses to follow tradition. Omegas are expected to mate with an alpha and produce children, which they would then nourish and cherish until the child is of age to move on. Homebodies, omegas are happiest when serving their alphas. Lee is far from that! In fact, at forty-two, he’s past the age of going into heat, so alphas would no longer be attracted to ARC provided by the publisher through Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words in exchange for an impartial review. Lee Aung is an omega werewolf who refuses to follow tradition. Omegas are expected to mate with an alpha and produce children, which they would then nourish and cherish until the child is of age to move on. Homebodies, omegas are happiest when serving their alphas. Lee is far from that! In fact, at forty-two, he’s past the age of going into heat, so alphas would no longer be attracted to him. But he has a secret weapon—he uses Wet Heat, an experimental spray-on fragrance that simulates the scent of an omega in heat, thereby giving Lee all the hookups he can manage. Too bad he’s lost his job, and the landlord wants to evict him, because now he can’t afford to buy Wet Heat. He knows how to scam free samples and does so, but he’s also participating in research conducted by the lab that makes Wet Heat, so he knows his supply is stable That is, until a bad week gets worse, and his research handler—geeky, introverted Cain—informs Lee that his lying and cheating is over. Cain has found out that, contrary to what Lee told him when he signed up for the program, he is not a mated omega, and his stories about his alpha have been nothing but lies. But what Cain doesn’t tell Lee is that Cain is attracted to him even without the scent of Wet Heat. In fact, if half the stories Lee has related about sex with his fake alpha are based on truth, Cain is willing to put aside his own reticence to take an omega mate and pursue Lee instead. But Lee leads him on a merry chase, and it’s not quite so easy to land the omega as Cain thought. Interfering moms looking to get their children settled, a nephew who is experimenting with a dangerous version of Wet Heat, and a tough alpha scientist who will go to any length to get Lee’s nephew—even if it means getting Lee out of the way permanently—all contrive to keep Cain from Lee. This is the first story I’ve read from this author, and I enjoyed it very much. It was humorous, with Lee making sometimes snarky commentary both directly and indirectly via parenthesis. The concept of the werewolf universe with alphas, betas, and omegas having certain roles was a new one and certainly believable. Both main and secondary characters were well developed, and the drama surrounding the distribution of the “bad batch” of Wet Heat was well done. I’m looking forward to more from this author. I recommend this to those who enjoy paranormal stories in the werewolf universe, especially to those who like a little humor and mystery thrown in.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sadonna

    The full review and much more is available at The Novel Approach d Lee is an omega who has absolutely NO desire to be mated or raise pups. He’s long past his sell-by date, and he’s been scamming synthetic pheromones to pick up unmated alphas all over town. He’s partied for so long and so hard that he’s now lost his job. His mother is adamant that he has got to settle down, and she’s set him up on a blind date. Except it turns out to be not such a blind date and he is already well known to Cain, a The full review and much more is available at The Novel Approach d Lee is an omega who has absolutely NO desire to be mated or raise pups. He’s long past his sell-by date, and he’s been scamming synthetic pheromones to pick up unmated alphas all over town. He’s partied for so long and so hard that he’s now lost his job. His mother is adamant that he has got to settle down, and she’s set him up on a blind date. Except it turns out to be not such a blind date and he is already well known to Cain, as he’s been his contact at the company who makes the pheromones for years. It turns out that Cain does not want pups either, and that he’s considered himself to be above his nature—able to control himself. Except that now he’s decided that there is something about Lee that makes him want to give it a try. Lee, however, is not terribly interested in this plan, with the exception of needing a place to sleep until his next unemployment check comes through. While Lee is trying to get himself sorted out, he is also trying to keep an eye on his young omega nephew, who is a bit wild and not interested in settling down just yet either. Lee and Shane seem to find themselves at the same clubs, and Lee tries to keep an eye on Shane, but Shane just wants to have fun. When he’s in over his head, however, Lee reins him in and takes care of him, much to the chagrin of Shane’s boss, the head of the Wet Heat lab. When it turns out that there is some nefarious business going on that involved both a new version of the Wet Heat pheromones and Lee’s nephew, Cane and Lee join forces to turn things around. They end up working together to make things right and discover that maybe they make a pretty good team after all. I found this to be an entertaining story with some new twists on the werewolf, and especially the Alpha/Beta/Omega tropes. Lee is a handful, to say the least. Cain is unsure of what he should be doing and he’s really feeling his way along with Lee. Their interactions run the gamut: Lee thinking he’s running the show and manipulating Cain, and Cain thinks he will bring Lee in line, and neither is necessarily right . . . or wrong. Shane is adorable, of course, and I’d love to read more about him (hint, hint). I liked that the main characters were more mature but still trying to figure out what they were doing and where they were going—kinda like most adults. This is the first book I’ve read by this author, but I look forward to reading more because I really like her style.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lisa The Novel Approach

    Lee is an omega who has absolutely NO desire to be mated or raise pups. He’s long past his sell-by date, and he’s been scamming synthetic pheromones to pick up unmated alphas all over town. He’s partied for so long and so hard that he’s now lost his job. His mother is adamant that he has got to settle down, and she’s set him up on a blind date. Except it turns out to be not such a blind date and he is already well known to Cain, as he’s been his contact at the company who makes the pheromones fo Lee is an omega who has absolutely NO desire to be mated or raise pups. He’s long past his sell-by date, and he’s been scamming synthetic pheromones to pick up unmated alphas all over town. He’s partied for so long and so hard that he’s now lost his job. His mother is adamant that he has got to settle down, and she’s set him up on a blind date. Except it turns out to be not such a blind date and he is already well known to Cain, as he’s been his contact at the company who makes the pheromones for years. It turns out that Cain does not want pups either, and that he’s considered himself to be above his nature—able to control himself. Except that now he’s decided that there is something about Lee that makes him want to give it a try. Lee, however, is not terribly interested in this plan, with the exception of needing a place to sleep until his next unemployment check comes through. While Lee is trying to get himself sorted out, he is also trying to keep an eye on his young omega nephew, who is a bit wild and not interested in settling down just yet either. Lee and Shane seem to find themselves at the same clubs, and Lee tries to keep an eye on Shane, but Shane just wants to have fun. When he’s in over his head, however, Lee reins him in and takes care of him, much to the chagrin of Shane’s boss, the head of the Wet Heat lab. When it turns out that there is some nefarious business going on that involved both a new version of the Wet Heat pheromones and Lee’s nephew, Cane and Lee join forces to turn things around. They end up working together to make things right and discover that maybe they make a pretty good team after all. I found this to be an entertaining story with some new twists on the werewolf, and especially the Alpha/Beta/Omega tropes. Lee is a handful, to say the least. Cain is unsure of what he should be doing and he’s really feeling his way along with Lee. Their interactions run the gamut: Lee thinking he’s running the show and manipulating Cain, and Cain thinks he will bring Lee in line, and neither is necessarily right . . . or wrong.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 3.75 stars When I read the blurb for this one, I was immediately drawn to the quirky premise, one that is kind of unusual in the paranormal/shifter genre. And I think that the set up and interesting take on shifters is what really worked for me the best here. This story really focuses on the alpha/beta/omega dynamic and takes it to some clever places. The individual roles of an alpha/beta versus an omega are really well developed and Hero does a nice job showing how they ar A Joyfully Jay review. 3.75 stars When I read the blurb for this one, I was immediately drawn to the quirky premise, one that is kind of unusual in the paranormal/shifter genre. And I think that the set up and interesting take on shifters is what really worked for me the best here. This story really focuses on the alpha/beta/omega dynamic and takes it to some clever places. The individual roles of an alpha/beta versus an omega are really well developed and Hero does a nice job showing how they are incorporated into these characters’ personalities. As an omega, Lee is supposed to want a family and an alpha to care for him. But he has no interest in pups or mating, which makes him not quite fit in. And the alphas/betas have this dual instinct of both dominance and the need to protect the omegas. So pretty much they all want to fuck him, and then send him home so that he doesn’t get himself into any more trouble. I like how Lee has learned to play the game, figuring out how to manipulate the alphas to get just what he wants. It is also interesting that these wolves don’t live in packs, but pretty much are like everyday people who happen to be wolves. So again the focus is really on the behavior dynamics here. Read Jay’s review in its entirety here.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Brand

    REVIEWED FOR PRISM BOOK ALLIANCE Wet Heat brought a new and refreshing aspect to the world of shifter’s and as a bit of a self-confessed shifter junkie I was very excited. Lee Aung is quite a feisty character and is determined to live his life as he wants rather than how is expected and to this end he has become an expert in avoiding the whole mated with pups scenario. The only problem he has is at just past forty he no longer gives off the enticing omega pheromones that call to the Alpha’s so his REVIEWED FOR PRISM BOOK ALLIANCE Wet Heat brought a new and refreshing aspect to the world of shifter’s and as a bit of a self-confessed shifter junkie I was very excited. Lee Aung is quite a feisty character and is determined to live his life as he wants rather than how is expected and to this end he has become an expert in avoiding the whole mated with pups scenario. The only problem he has is at just past forty he no longer gives off the enticing omega pheromones that call to the Alpha’s so his casual one night stands require more work. Luckily for him there is a synthetic version known as wet heat on the market and Lee will go to all sorts of devious and not strictly legal ways to get his hands on it. As much as Lee isn’t a regular omega Cain isn’t a regular alpha. He’s over thirty and still not mated and up until now has felt no compunction to do so. What Cain is though is responsible for supplying wet heat to Lee and he’s not as oblivious to the omegas lies as Lee would like to think. In fact Cain is onto Lee and has his own agenda. Both these characters were interesting. The storyline as I’ve said was fresh but I was left feeling like I hadn’t had enough. The details, the whys and the how’s just weren’t explained or made clear enough and I came away feeling like I had read a preface to a really good story but not the story itself.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Trix

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Too many conflicting ideas. Alphas and Betas needed to rule and impose their will but our main character, Lee, is as immune to that as he is to the preconceived notion that Omegas should be docile and want to settle down with a family. I tried to understand the character, know what made him tick but I felt there was never any really in-depth view to his basic needs. One moment he wanted to go out clubbing and bang everything on 2 legs, then he was focused only on getting as many samples or Wet H Too many conflicting ideas. Alphas and Betas needed to rule and impose their will but our main character, Lee, is as immune to that as he is to the preconceived notion that Omegas should be docile and want to settle down with a family. I tried to understand the character, know what made him tick but I felt there was never any really in-depth view to his basic needs. One moment he wanted to go out clubbing and bang everything on 2 legs, then he was focused only on getting as many samples or Wet Heat as he could, then acted the concerned uncle for his younger version, then played a weird, shy flirting game to reel in the alpha Cain? The other characters, Shane (horny nephew), Cain (soon to be Lee's mated alpha), Warren (designated villain of the story) were outlined at best and there was no emotional connection to them. If I'd have to sum this up it would be a chaotic stumble from scoring Wet Heat doses to getting an alpha mate. Frankly, I didn't quite like Lee. He was a slob, with no job and no interest other than using Wet Heat to get laid. He lied, he cheated and his care and worry over his nephew came out of left field. At the end of the book, I'm not sure he was worthy of his happily ever after with Cain. Shouldn't those happily ever after be awarded after doing something worthwhile?

  30. 4 out of 5

    blub

    4.5 stars Lee doesn't want to mate or have kids. In fact, at forty-two, he's passed out of his heat and wants to continue his partying lifestyle with a product called "Wet Heat". Which draws the boys to him for a good time. His mother wants him to settle and even tries to hook him up with a beta who is almost looking for the same things Lee is. Cain is a researcher for Wet Heat. He actually evaluates when Lee comes in for his test trials. Cain, is an alpha, that doesn't exactly act like an alpha s 4.5 stars Lee doesn't want to mate or have kids. In fact, at forty-two, he's passed out of his heat and wants to continue his partying lifestyle with a product called "Wet Heat". Which draws the boys to him for a good time. His mother wants him to settle and even tries to hook him up with a beta who is almost looking for the same things Lee is. Cain is a researcher for Wet Heat. He actually evaluates when Lee comes in for his test trials. Cain, is an alpha, that doesn't exactly act like an alpha should. He feels his alpha instincts come out whenever Lee is around though. When he gets his chance, he gives Lee a run for his money. I enjoyed this immensely. I liked that the Lee and Cain didn't conform to the their classifications. Their behavior and actions was a nice change from the usual stories with alpha, betas and omegas. The plot was great and it was interesting how the author manages to center the problem around a certain strain of Wet Heat. I was a bit sad to see it was so short though. Shane was a cute addition and i loved see his interaction with Lee. I'm hoping we'll see more of the characters in the future.

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