Rider Jones is almost thirty and recently dumped by his cheating ex. He’s an omega, and if you don’t have an alpha and a baby on the way at his age, your odds of ever finding domestic bliss are slim. He decides his only option is a matchmaker.
Jax Hamilton has grieved the loss of his college love for twenty-years. No one will ever replace what he had with Thomas, and he doesn’t even want to try. Unfortunately, the family name will die with him if he doesn’t produce and heir. He’s stalled as long as he can, but he’s forty-five and time is running out. He too decides his only choice is to use a matchmaker, so he can find a mate who understands this is purely a business arrangement.
When Rider and Jax meet, there’s undeniable chemistry between them. Jax is drawn to Rider and he pursues him, hoping the sexy omega will agree to his offer of an arranged marriage. While Rider is attracted to Jax, he’s not sure if he’s built for a loveless marriage.
Eventually Rider gives in. After all, the chance of having a family of his own is too tempting to pass up. He’s running out of options.
Once the two men are living in the same household, their attraction grows. Rider is confused by his need to connect to his new alpha, but Jax is still trying to keep him at arm’s length. Even though Jax is insisting the marriage is only a business deal, he can’t deny he’s feeling things for Rider he hasn’t felt for anyone in decades.
When Rider gets pregnant, things become even more confused as need and raw emotions run wild.
Rating: 4 and half cups
I am quite familiar with Beau Brown. I'm on his ARC team. I didn't manage to read this one in time since it was during the holidays even with the extra time he gave because I forgot after the relatives left, oops! I've liked all of books, if you haven't read him yet, give him a try!
I happen to adore the theme of arranged/fake relationships evolving into loving, real relationships. How can you not?
Rider is desperate. He put his money on the wrong alpha and now he's running out of time to find a mate and have a family.
Jax is also desperate. He lost the love of his life 20 years ago and he's going to make sure Thomas stays the love of his life by never loving again. (Never mind that he hasn't been living in the 20 years since his death).
Desperate times call for desperate measures: a matchmaker. Neither is what the other expects. The attraction is immediate. Jax doesn't know if he likes that Rider isn't a submissive, pushover that challenges him. Rider doesn't know if he can commit himself to a relationship that will never turn into love, especially considering how Jax already makes him feel.
Both take the chance. It's awkward at first because they're strangers, plus they are fighting their instincts. Jax wants to view Rider as the bearer of his children and that's it but it's not that simple. He is his omega and Jax's alpha instincts know that. Rider tries to tell himself not to fall for Jax but it isn't easy.
They forget themselves, letting themselves fall into their emotions but then pull back. The conflicts come when they pull back.
I was with them all the way. I loved the push-pull of their relationship. As much as I want all fluff, all the time, and yes, sweet gay kisses. I realize there needs to be some, *sigh*, conflict. Their relationship developed at a great pace. It felt natural. Watching them fall in love was awesome. And the sweet gay kisses are always appreciated. The hot, sexy kisses are even more appreciated! Rider and Jax have great chemistry together.
FYI Jax's assistant is a bitch.
This a great read! I definitely recommend.
The Accidental Everything: A M/M Nonshifter MPreg Story Set in the Omegaverse (Nerds Who Knot) by Amy Bellows
Some omegas go to clubs to pick up alphas. Isaac Evans cruises his poetry readings. It’s not the most professional choice, but what’s a horny omega to do?
He doesn’t mean to have sex with Rhett Donovan of the Donovan Poetry Fellowship—the prestigious grant he dreamed of receiving before he slept with the alpha who awards it. And when Rhett gives him a unique career opportunity, Isaac doesn’t mean to fall in love. If anyone found about his relationship with Rhett, it could mean a career-ending scandal for them both.
He doesn’t mean to get pregnant either. His life is full of accidents.
After Isaac’s made every possible mistake, he has nothing but his poetry to keep him afloat. But in the game of love, poetry might be enough.
The Accidental Everything is a 24,000-word, nonshifter Omegaverse story featuring Mpreg, knotting, and adorable dads. It is an M/M romance intended for an 18+ audience.
Rating: 4 and a half cups
I found this via a Facebook group. I found out this was Amy's first book and she was giving out ARC copies for honest reviews. Happy to help out a new author and someone who seemed to be a genuinely awesome person.
Isaac is an interesting character. On the surface, Isaac could be seen as just another sex-driven easy omega, who gives his body to any alpha who is willing. But scratch the surface and there is a lot more underneath. His poetry is about sex. It's taboo because he's an omega; that's why people pay attention. Go deeper and he's an omega damaged by his past. Rejected by his father and his past boyfriend, Isaac doesn't believe an alpha will see him as worthy of more than sex.
Rhett is the rich guy from the prestigious family in the poetry world. He's not what you'd expect either. He's the black sheep of the family because of a situation that happened when he was young. I liked the surprise, so I'll leave it vague as to what exactly it is.
Their relationship starts as a one-night stand. It's rocky and emotional. They are from two different places, with their own baggage. One part about tears out my heart and stomps it to pieces. Gut wrenching!
Isaac finding out he's pregnant changes everything. It's the catalyst for change.
In the end, it works out. They get their happily ever after. I need it as much as they do!
I was really impressed by this book. I haven't read a book set in the poetry world before and I really enjoyed the new experience. I never lost interest and I read this book straight through. It's a really good book. For a first published book, it's even more impressive. I cannot wait for more from Amy Bellows!
The book is available for preorder and will be on KU. It comes out January 25th. Set your calendars!
Like your favorite Hallmark Christmas movie...only way more gay.
An alpha dragon in denial...
Sebastian Wallace spread his wings (literally) and left Vale Valley for business school in the city the moment he was able. Ambitious and full of big ideas, he wanted to find his own place in the world. With an MBA under his belt and a startup business venture in New York, things are looking up. Until he gets the call that his mother has passed away and left him The Dozing Dragon, her bed and breakfast, in the will. Sebastian returns to his hometown, hoping to make it a quick trip. But when he reconnects with a sweet omega in the Valley, everything changes.
A haunted omega...
Will Sterling can see things no one should. In a town full of shifters and other paranormals, you'd think seeing ghosts would be no biggie. Afraid of his own power, Will does his best to live a "normal" life and keeps himself busy at the local garden shop. But things are starting to change in Vale Valley. The yearly Festival of Lights ended five years ago when faulty wiring sent the place up in flames. And now The Dozing Dragon's sudden closure fills Will with dread for what might come next. When the owner's son returns to town, dare he hope for a better future?
With Sebastian's help, can they save the Dozing Dragon and bring back the Festival of Lights in time for Christmas? And does Will's secret power hold the key to both?
Mated Under The Mistletoe is the first book in a multi-author series about Vale Valley, a small town open to everyone in need of love and a home. It contains way too many dirty jokes, plants with a mind of their own, mpreg, and more sweets than Willy Wonka's factory. Pull up a chair, grab your hot cocoa, and settle in for this heartwarming holiday read!
Cups: 4 and a half cups
Like my favorite Hallmark Christmas movie but way more gay? Count me IN! If Connor was looking for a way to hook me in, he found it. If they had gay Hallmark movies, I'd be ALL. OVER. THAT! All the sweet, fluffy gay kisses. Is it too much to ask for some sweet gay kisses? *Sigh* Am I the only one?
Sorry, got off topic but sweet gay kisses! Can you blame me?
Back to business!
Sebastian is cray cray. I mean, what kind of dragon wants to live as a basic human? Cray cray! You're a dragon! That's awesome! How boring to suppress your instincts and live as a stupid, boring human in a stuffy office. Boo for Sebastian. Let your dragon out, dude!
I found it kind of sad that even in Vale Valley with shifters and other paranormals, Will feels like a freak for seeing ghosts.
Sebastian left Vale Valley and his mother years ago. His mother's death brings him back. Among dealing with his regrets of not coming back to see his mother before she died, he stumbles upon his mate in Will. Sebastian is forced to make to choice. Does he stay in Vale Valley with his mate and save The Dozing Dragon? Or does his drag his mate back to the city where he'd be miserable and save his company? He doesn't have the money to do both.
The underlying theme of this book is that leap you have to take to be who you truly are. To accept who and what you are. Both Sebastian and Will had parts of themselves they couldn't accept and spent good portions of their lives doing everything they could to hide and run from them. Together, they found love, acceptance, and happiness. It's a great fluffy story. A perfect Christmas read!
P.S. I am legit watching a Hallmark moving while writing this review, lol. If only it was a gay romance. *sigh*
Hi. My name is Jordan K Prince. I live and breathe MM fiction. I am particularly fond of mpreg; I can never get enough. I'm in the process of writing my first MM novel, mpreg, of course.