Matt Guerrero is ready for the freedom that college brings: freedom from his family, and the pressures of being an omega in an alpha’s world. So when the school assigns him an alpha “mentor,” he can think of nothing he wants less than a mandatory babysitter…no matter how hot the guy is.
Derek Fisher just wants to play it safe after a serious mistake almost cost him everything last year, but it’s hard to keep his head down when his assigned omega keeps making trouble. He’s never been into guys before, but Matt is attractive, smart, and funny, and spending time with him is seriously distracting. Derek wants more, but giving in to his desires could put everything at risk all over again.
When Matt uncovers a plot that could tear the school apart, he’s all in–on fighting it, and on his relationship with Derek. Derek won’t let him do it alone, but they’ll have to fight the school administration and a ghost from Derek’s past before they can be together the way Derek truly wants: as alpha and omega.
This is a 57,000 word stand-alone steamy gay romance with lots of heat, non-shifter alpha/omega dynamics, and a happily ever after ending with no cliffhangers.
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This was a wonderful story. I adored seeing Matt figure out not all alphas are testosterone fueled jerks and Derek realized not all omegas need the same thing. Plus this world is so fascinating! We learn a little bit more how things work in Ms. Cameron’s universe. I enjoyed the friends surrounding Derek and Matt. They made a wonderful case and made me want to get to know them more.
Matt was someone you could tell was going places in his life. He was an omega advocate and wanted what’s best for every omega even if it’s different than what he wants and society thinks omegas want. He definitely came off preach at first and mellowed throughout the story. But that was part of his growth as a person to realize not all alphas are bad and not all typical A/O relationships were abuse. The way Matt’s feelings for Derek grew was so sweet. You could tell he was hesitant at first but when they were both on the same page their emotions poured from the page.
I really liked Derek. He had growing of his own to do. At first I kind of wanted to smack him with his stereotypical alpha-centric views. However it was obvious he just never through about things from any other aspect. The way his eyes opened from knowing Matt and handling his feelings for Matt he evolved and realized there was far more to omegas than he thought. I adored how he handled his dawning bisexuality. The way he was all “oh, I like that too” made me cheer. He was slow to come out though I did understand his reasonings. However the way he came out when he was ready was completely epic!
There’s a scene towards the end where Derek’s friend does something to Matt. I was confused by its inclusion since it didn’t further the plot and not much actually happened. It was over quickly and not mentioned again.
The plot line where Matt uncovered some things between alphas and omegas at the college was really well done. I liked how it was woven in the story and you didn’t realize you were biting your nails wondering how it was going to go down until the suspense and tension was so thick you could wade through it. It did wrap up a bit too easily. However it was also realistic for the bad guy in this situation to slip quietly into the night without any repercussions from his actions.
I liked Matt’s friends and Derek’s teammates. They were supportive of both of them and their relationship. They had their own personalities and were fun additions to the story. I liked how Jesse and Paul got their own happy ending even if they weren’t the focus of the story. Matt and Derek are in that happy space between happy for now and happily ever after. I know they’re going to make it and they love each other deeply. But I so want to see them a few years down the line. I want to know what career field Matt goes into and how his and Derek’s relationship plays a role in that. I can’t wait to read more in this world and from Ms. Cameron.
Casey Cameron lives in a rare urban center in the U.S. Midwest, where she can be found among her fellow deviants writing porn in coffee shops. She writes primarily gay romance and erotica with a twist of the paranormal, and has a real kink for sex-positive and emotionally mature characters.