Title: Illicit (The Wrong Alpha #3)
Author: Alessandra Hazard
Heat: 3 Flames
Rating: 2.5 Hearts
Synopsis via Goodreads:
The last time Liam Blake saw his eldest brother, Liam was five and Anthony was sixteen. Liam barely remembers him. He remembers adoring him and remembers missing him, but his childhood memories faded as he grew up.
Fifteen years later, a man who calls himself Anthony Blake finally comes home after the war ends. He has documents that prove his identity, and he has Anthony’s dark hair, blue eyes, and broad shoulders. There’s no reason to think he isn’t who he says he is—except for Liam’s strange, inexplicable attraction to the man who claims to be Anthony.
Liam refuses to believe he’s that sick: related alphas and omegas can’t be drawn to each other or get fixated on their sibling’s scent. It’s unnatural. It’s perverse.
Could that man be an impostor?
But if he is, who is he—and why is he pretending to be Anthony Blake?
Review: I really wanted to like this one more than I did, but frankly, it fell short on just about everything for me. I read this a few weeks ago and I’ve been procrastinating on writing the review because I just don’t have much to say about it. It was fairly lackluster.
In the previous book, the Uncle successfully manages to get the eldest brother, Anthony, declared dead. A subplot to steal their wealth since he was in debt. In this book, Anthony returns from the dead and takes over as head of the household and their finances. Liam is still searching for his mate, but is appalled to find out that he is attracted to Anthony and is beside himself with self-loathing. The two begin an affair, and it’s … meh. I mean, the illicit bad wrong part is attempted, but it just wasn’t working for me. You know the way it’s written, and the blurb for that matter, that Anthony is not Anthony, so I just didn’t care for the whole illicit plotline. Commit or don’t I guess? I don’t know.
There is some drama towards the end where you do find out who “Anthony” is, but I’m not going to spoil that here. It’s a major reveal for the book.
In the end it’s a sweet story, but it just didn’t have much depth or work for me on many levels. YMMV. This whole series fell a bit flat for me overall, but this one was my least favorite of the three.
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