I often like very cheesy and fluffy romance, especially in the Omegaverse genre, and wh2/3rds enjoyable romantic fluff, 1/3 ridiculously cheesy ending
I often like very cheesy and fluffy romance, especially in the Omegaverse genre, and when I read this I was particularly in the mood for some light and over-the-top Alpha/Omega bonding. The first 2/3rds of the short work delivered fairly well, providing at least a bit of depth and chemistry to characters in a semi-taboo (younger college student/slightly older professor) pairing.
The chemistry built quickly but fairly nicely, yielding a bit of romantic tension and release (if rather light on the explicit heat). However, the ending was just way too quickly and simplistically resolved for my tastes, even when I was looking for some over-the-top romantic fluff.
Readers who like a vibe of an Alpha jock being stimulated by the intelligent Omega professor, and who also enjoy quick and pat romantic endings, may find this story to be their cup of tea.
For me, I rate it as “ok” when in the mood for low-steam, decent chemistry, and very quick and simple HEA
2.5 stars - rounded up to 3 (“o.k.”) on Amazon and down to 2 (“o.k.”) on Goodreads...more
A nice "faux date" romance between a scarred Omega and an Alpha in need
This entertaining story provides a decently diverting male/male romance, centerA nice "faux date" romance between a scarred Omega and an Alpha in need
This entertaining story provides a decently diverting male/male romance, centered on a pair who have (previously unstated) attraction to each other and are pressed by their boss into a weekend of being "fake boyfriends." These somewhat typical tropes of the m/m genre are explored with a nice bit of nuance in the characters, especially for Bryce, an Omega with scars in his past. Overall, this is an enjoyable book which includes the best exploration of the "scenting" aspect of Omegaverse settings that I've read. The result is a nice, slow burn of building physical attraction and interaction from surface (but rather intimate) scenting followed step-by-step to increasingly heated connections.
In many ways, this fits with the basic "simple but enjoyable and escapist 'aww shucks' Omegaverse romance" found in the author's previous books. However, I found the characters to be a bit less stereotypical and the world to be a bit less "me Tarzan, you Jane" (or big Alpha has arranged marriage with homebound/breeding Omega) feel than in the previous stories, and a bit more nuance in the Omega and Alpha roles. All of these works are nicely sweet and escapist A/B/O reads. Although I'm a total sucker of simple "decent Alpha with their own struggles helps rescue an Omega trying to be more than a spouse/breeder" story, I appreciated a bit more depth in the Omega character. It's especially interesting, as the focus on the fashion industry and make-up/appearance is sometimes not my favorite, but it worked well for me in this story (especially as both a literal and metaphoric "overcoming past scars" aspect to the character). ...more