Author: L.C. Davis
Summary: Falling for his deceased twin brother’s mate was never part of Dustin’s plan.
This midwestern Alpha might be a little rough around the edges, but he lives by a few simple principles and honor is chief among them.
Nonetheless, when tragedy strikes the Meadowlands Pack, Dustin feels he has no choice but to bring his twin’s mate home to take care of him. The only problem is, Caleb isn’t anything like Dustin expected of the city omega who stole his brother’s heart and divided their family.
What starts out as trying to do the right thing soon becomes a blurry series of complicated decisions that lead Dustin further away from the path he’s always followed—and further into the arms of the one omega he was never supposed to want.
Caleb has been through the worst a mated omega could fear. He’s lost his mate and their unborn child, and now he finds himself at the mercy of an Alpha who has every reason to hate him.
Despite being twins, Dustin and Caleb’s former mate, Alec, are nothing alike. Caleb wants nothing more than to please his new Alpha and secure his position in the pack, but Dustin seems to take everything he says the wrong way.
As forbidden tensions mount between Alpha and omega, Caleb begins to fear that Dustin will start taking his developing interest the right way.
This is a hurt/comfort MPREG romance at approximately 37k words, HEA guaranteed.
Review: I admit I was a little worried going into this one because it sounded so angsty – the dead mate and baby really made it questionable for me. And it was sad. Caleb’s mate, Alec, died in a car accident along with their unborn child. Caleb has no family, no one to care for him as he’s grievously injured from the crash and grieving for his lost family and future. When Alec’s twin brother, Dustin, come to take Caleb back to the homestead, Caleb is understandably scared but he’s also so numb from it all that he just goes with it.
Meeting Alec’s mother, Noreen, who considers him the reason Alec didn’t return home, makes things so much worse. Noreen is a serious piece of work. I hated her, even after she softened some. She does things and says things throughout that make you wonder how two loving brothers survived her raising them.
While it did seem like it was too soon for Caleb and Dustin, there was imprinting happening, which apparently didn’t happen with Caleb and Alec. Caleb feels guilt about that – things took longer with Alec but I liked that it did. They fell in love on their own, no shifter bonds. Now there is a fated mate bond and it makes it different from Alec. I liked that Alec and the baby are never pushed aside or forgotten, and appreciated that Caleb had a difficult time with his feelings. That made sense.
There’s Mpreg in here, along with knotting, a nasty mother-in-law, a Federation issue of the highest caliber, a runaway Omega girl and some interesting side characters that I loved (Zander, Ariel). This is a nice start to a series and I look forward to continuing!
I want Zander to have a story and have it very soon. Just sayin.