Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Snowed In
Author: Aidan Bates
Heroes: Austin Baines/Cody Howell
Genre: MM Fantasy
Length: 174 Pages
Publisher: Aidan Bates
Release Date: October 18, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Austin Baines is a workaholic omega living in the upscale town of Skaneateles, New York. He’s unmated, but he doesn’t mind. He’s happy with his life. He runs a phenomenally successful wine business, has the respect of his peers, and has complete freedom.
Cody Howell left the rat race of Manhattan behind three years ago to start Blue Bells Weddings in Syracuse. The alpha figured that wedding planning wouldn’t be much different from running a consulting project, and he was right. He’s been very successful, and he’s content with his life.
When Cody meets Austin on a last-minute business deal, sparks fly immediately. Both men try to keep things professional, but the sudden appearance of Austin’s twin brother from Texas raises the stakes.
Adrian Baines might look like Austin, but the pair couldn’t be more different. For starters, Adrian is an alpha, and he’s an archconservative alpha determined to bring his wayward omega brother back into the fold. Adrian promised his best friend, Kirby, years ago that Austin would be his omega. Now they’re both here to bring Austin to heel.
Can Austin resist the demands of his estranged family, or will his fierce need for independence keep him alone forever? Or can Cody help him find a third option, one that will lead them both toward happiness?
This is an alpha/ omega non-shifter male pregnancy gay romance book. This book contains sexually explicit content not suited for those under the age of 18. The book is approximately 60,000 words, has a happy ending and does not end in a cliffhanger.
Review: I liked this one, a lot. Obviously you have to suspend belief with an Mpreg book, but that is not usually a problem for me because I love the idea. Austin and Cody were both awesome characters, even though Cody did have a couple genetically induced-alpha – brain freezes. Cody is an alpha, and Austin an Omega…they have genetic predispositions, but Austin’s is a bit warped (he really did not make a good omega…at first) and Cody was willing to accept that Austin was different…and also right about the omega getting nothing out of being claimed. In most Alpha Omega stories, the omega comes across as worthless and less than. Austin said screw that and moved away. More power to you buddy. Then his alpha twin brother shows up and tries to bully his way into Austin’s life…and his money.
Cody didn’t want an omega, until he met Austin…and then Austin didn’t want an alpha…and round and round we go. Until he did and then he did, too. I loved the back stories, Cody and Austin were pretty well fleshed out, and I liked their relationship. You know eventually they will go through the claim, but I was glad the love came first. But the other stuff was little bit much.
There is a lot of family drama, police being called on a twin, threats and a bit of miscommunication. I was glad Austin didn’t bow to any of the pressure and threats, but instead called their bluffs. Again, more alpha than Omega. The only time it got weird, for me, was when Austin went from totally hating and not wanting kids, to not only having his own, but adopting two others…and became the omega that he hated on the whole book. That didn’t sit too well with me. And the way Paul remained “traumatized” and ignored the fact he had kids, but was able to fall in love with another man, again…very unrealistic to me and made me roll my eyes. But, for the most part, I loved the story and slow burn between Cody and Austin. So, if Mpreg is your thing…read it.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*