Finn is focused on continuing the success of his family's bakery. Eventually, he'll settle down with an alpha and start a family, but for now, he's content to satisfy his needs with casual hook-ups. Then a gorgeous stranger walks into the bakery, and Finn's whole world shifts.
Levi's father was a wolf shifter, but he was raised by his human mother and—like most hybrids—has never shown any wolf characteristics. That all changes when he enters Lupine Bakery and every instinct tells him the omega behind the counter is his.
Both Finn and Levi try to ignore what their hearts and bodies are telling them, but an unexpected pregnancy may force them to face what fate has in store.
I loved this prequel to the Trillum Creek Series because it was exactly the right length for the kind of story it wanted to tell, and it was exploding with personality. It's the kind of romance that has both an erection and a bakery in the first paragraph. That's all you really need to know.
But I mostly write this blog because I can't go into the nitty gritty about the sex in my Amazon reviews without getting banned, so here we go. However, I must warn you. The review of the sex is chalk full of spoilers.
I always appreciate an unexpected heat. But this book also offers unexpected slick, unexpected knotting, and an unexpected pregnancy. Be still my heart.
The pacing of the sex and the use of kinks were both spot on. You can expect fated mates, a shy alpha who takes control in the bedroom, and a delightful kitchen scene where Finn (the omega) gets pounded into the countertop from behind. And it only took me about an hour to read. That's a lot of excitement for one hour of reading.
This short story gives a taste of some of the Trillum Creek love stories Violet will be releasing in 2019. I'm completely intrigued. Violet will be hitting a few of my favorite tropes: the beta who thinks he can't satisfy his alpha lover (but he's wrong, of course), and the older man who's lost hope on love (but is just about to meet his fated mate). I'm anxiously awaiting the next book!
One night equals a test of faith for Father Lance…
Trouble always finds Mateo and he’s succumbed to it several times with or without help. However, after running with the wrong kinds of people, he’s decided to turn a new leaf. His attention to detail lands him a job as a tattoo artist, making people’s dreams come true through body art. With this steady gig and his grandmother’s support, Mateo is convinced he can live mostly anxiety free.
Father Lance has always suppressed his needs to care for others. The older alpha is Vale’s most handsome and available bachelor, but Lance has no interest in hooking up. Instead, he puts all his energies into his church. Although loneliness is a constant partner, Lance refuses to let it stand in the way of his goal.
One wintery night, Lance spots a man in need of assistance and immediately calls for help. Despite Lance’s instincts crying out to the victim, he ignores those desires.
As he's being rushed to the emergency room, Mateo feels his destined mate near. Once he recovers, he’s determined to find his forever partner to build the relationship that will stabilize the young omega’s life.
Warning: On page violence and a near death experience.
Breakable Faith is the eighth book in a multi-author series about Vale Valley, a small town open to everyone in need of love and a home. Each installment can be read as a standalone
This story features a tattooed omega that has the hots for the priest. Naughtiness and general unholy thoughts are the running themes in this book. Be prepared to clutch your rosary and have a fan nearby.
Breakable Faith begins with a request for the reader to suspend their disbelief. This made me nervous. But I was pleased to discover that he was simply asking the reader to imagine a world where Catholic priests are allowed to marry, and gay people are allowed to be themselves without any guilt. In Breakable Faith, this premise feels not only plausible, but like a warm hug.
There are many reasons why I loved this book. Mandrake has a flair for dialogue that makes his characters jump off the page. I not only felt invested in Lance and Mateo, but their friends and family. I sincerely hope Mandrake will consider writing a sequel.
The chemistry between Lance and Mateo worked on so many levels. There was a glorious sense of the forbidden as Lance and Mateo's physical relationship developed that felt perfect in a MPreg book featuring religion. The slow burn truly paid off, and when the sex finally happened it crackled with electricity.
If you're hoping for a sex scene in a church, complete with all the priest kink bells and whistles, Breakable Faith won't disappoint. There's a fabulous frotting scene that's honestly the best I've read in the genre. The quality was similar to what I'd expect from gay erotica, but with all the heart of a good M/M romance.
From an omegaverse standpoint, this is an interesting book. Mateo slicks, but Lance doesn't knot. I haven't seen that before. Often it's the other way around. Knotting is one of the reasons I read MPreg, but the sex was hot enough that this wasn't a problem for me.
There is some violence and a near death experience in Breakable Faith. I didn't mind this, but it definitely made the book feel different than other stories in the Vale Valley series. Paired with Mateo's street persona, it created an urban fantasy vibe that really worked for me.
Overall, this was a great read.
Chris and Jason thought they’d lost their way home, but wound up finding the exact place … and person … they’d been looking for.
A young couple--Chris, a beta, and Jason, an omega--come upon a small, snowy town that seems too magical to be true. Is it just the snow and the Christmas season that makes them feel like anything is possible? Or does that feeling really come from the knowledge that nothing is holding them back from a relationship they never could have imagined in their wildest dreams?
Rafe Montgomery has been single for over five years. He lives with his daughter, Grace, and some staff in his enormous mansion in the woods. As much as he tries to give everything to Grace, he still can't give her the comfort and security that comes with having both an alpha daddy and an omega daddy. But he's sworn off love after losing his cherished mate in an accident. When he sees Chris and Jason he's struck by something he doesn't understand, but soon realizes that the three of them fit together in a beautiful relationship he'd never even considered.
Five Gold Rings is the fifth book in a multi-author series about Vale Valley, a small town open to everyone in need of love and a home.
It is a non-shifter omegaverse story about a relationship between an older, tall, dark, handsome, and wealthy, alpha dom, a young beta sub, and a young omega sub. You will find incredibly hot sex, and insta-love, between three men. As well as male pregnancy, loads of holiday decorations and snow, and a very sweet, cuddly HEA in front of a roaring fire.
Five Gold Rings is the fifth title in the Vale Valley Winter Romance series, and a great read. The three alternating points of view were clear and easy to follow, and I enjoyed the BDSM elements (but I am not a reader who deliberately seeks out BDSM, so a small amount of domination and pain play works for me).
For those of you who read omegaverse for the cute baby at the end, there's only a promise of one in this book. But Rafe has a daughter named Grace, and there are plenty of adorable dad moments with her.
The sex in this book was well written and delivers in regards to omegaverse kinks. Rafe knots, Jason slicks, and there's that uncontrollable sexual tension that comes with a heat. The ménage elements are successful as well, with a great three-way oral moment, and a domination scene that manages to incorporate the beta in the menage very effectively.
As a warning, Chris comes off as 100% pure asshole in the first chapter. He's not. Once you get to the second chapter his actions make more sense, and he becomes a lot more endearing.
Overall, I enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading more from Xander Collins.
Amy is a librarian and an author of MPreg romance. She reads MPreg primarily for the kink, so her reviews focus on the naughty bits. When she isn't writing or librarianing