Author: Ann-Katrin Byrde
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: MM Paranormal
Summary: An omega, an alpha, and a seven year-old secret…
Eight years ago, Eli gave up his future as a veterinarian because of a blue line on a pregnancy test. Now a single dad to the best little boy in the world, he’s working at an animal shelter and trying his hardest to ignore the small town gossip that follows him and his son around. Contrary to popular belief, he does know who the other father is—the irresistible alpha from his youth. But Matt’s upper class family doesn’t think an omega is good enough for their son, and Eli’s not going to expose his kid to that kind of prejudice. Besides, Matt ran off and married someone else, so he couldn’t have felt that much for Eli, could he?
After years of trying to make his arranged marriage work, Matt’s getting divorced–much to his high society family’s dismay and fury. And his relief—something had to change. It does, when he runs into the omega he’d fallen for as a college senior and never quite managed to forget. The moment he lays eyes on Eli, he wants him back, and to hell with what his parents think.
And there’s that little boy, Eli’s son, who tugs on Matt’s heart as hard as Eli does. Could it be…?
Review: Set in a non-shifter universe where some people are alphas and some are omegas, star crossed lovers reunite after years of separation. Eli hasn’t seen Matt in almost eight years, when Matt cut off their relationship to get married to make his family happy. Eli always knew their relationship was temporary, but that didn’t stop him from falling hard for the alpha and missing him when he left. The marriage had never made Matt happy, no matter how hard he tried, and when he ran into the man he’s never stopped loving he thinks that with a little work they can restart that old relationship. But Eli’s kept a big secret, in the form of a little boy, and the two need to figure out the repercussions of shared fatherhood before they can rekindle their relationship.
This was an absolutely adorable book. Ann-Katrin Byrde has a talent for writing lovable, believable characters and that was evident in this book. Eli gracefully dealt with being a single father who gave up his dreams but still felt a little bitterness toward his fate as an omega. And Matt, who regretted letting go of his dreams. He needed do something, so he decided to disregard his family’s wishes and make some changes. The love these two never forgot, and the bit of resentment both felt for their own reasons, was clear and their interactions were complex and believable. And little Jake! I loved how involved he was in his parents story and how he actually acted like a kid. He was a point of contention between his fathers but he was also a binding force between them. They, along with Eli’s brother Griff, created a sweet little family which contrasted nicely with Matt’s toxic one. Overcoming the stress that comes with reconciling their past actions, the venom of a small town gossip mill, and the prejudice omegas face were enough problems, until life threw another curve ball at Eli and Matt.
This was a sweet, fluffy book that dealt with some very serious (and all too real) issues such as the judgement of single parents and crushing family expectations. The writing was very well done, outside of a few minor typos and one slightly confusing time jump. The plot wrapped up so well, though, and the characters were so well rounded that these minor flaws really didn’t bother me. I loved how Eli and Matt’s relationship grew and I loved seeing them interact with those around them. I loved their happy ending and I can’t wait for the next book in the series!
I highly recommend this book and this author. Fans of mPreg and even fluffy contemporary novels should put this book on their lists.