Alpha Grant has inherited a tattoo shop from his grandfather and is determined to take the place and make it successful…but first, he’s got to unlock it. While he’s struggling, a tall, gorgeous omega named Zane comes by and initiates a chat with some witty, flirty banter. The next day, Zane shows up and basically hires himself, knowing Grant will need more help than he has. Zane proves himself and, at the end of the day, he’s earned some money. Oh, and he and Grant find themselves engaging in some hot, steamy sex.
While Grant enjoys what’s happening between him and the wild omega, he makes it known he’s not ready, and may never be ready, to have children. He wants to make the shop his only family and won’t have time (or maybe the inclination) to spend on an omega and kids. This is troubling for Zane because, well…he has a son named Hadrian.
Now, as Grant and Zane find themselves in uncharted relationship territory, Zane will have to decide whether to tell Grant the truth about Hadrian, or lose what he and Grant are building. Once Grant finds out, will he push Zane and the boy out of his life until all he has left is the shop?
I liked this little novella, and it’s a great addition to the Roanoke River Omegas series. This is the third installment, and it nicely follows the first two stories, Conceivable, and Inexplicable. Combustible has the same type of characters the other books focused on…handsome, good, hardworking men getting through their lives as best they can and falling in love with equally good men. They’re relatively short, sweet, and to the point, with sexy banter and dialogue and lovely HEAs.
Grant and Zane have an instant chemistry. Sparks begin to fly as soon as they meet, and they keep flying until the very end. They’re cute together, and they made me laugh. I think that may be my favorite part of their relationship. They’re funny, and even though Grant swear they are nothing but f*ck buddies, it’s obvious that’s clearly not the case. We only get to see Zane’s son Hadrian a few times in the story, but I really liked how Zane interacted with him. It felt very natural, and the same goes when Grant finally meets him. Hadrian is a nicely written child of about four. He’s cute and precocious without being obnoxiously so. Sometimes, children can overtake a story and make it jump off the tracks, but the author handles Hadrian very well, making him a part of the story, rather than the focus of the story.
The ending is as expected. While there’s no new territory explored, it’s just a nice, pleasant end to a nice, pleasant novella. It made me feel happy to see Grant and Zane get their Happily Ever After, and I was able to fall asleep with a smile on my face after finishing and turning off the Kindle.
As I mentioned, Combustible is part of a series, but I don’t necessarily feel you must read the first two to know what’s going on here. Other characters’ names are mentioned, but I don’t think you’d be lost simply by hearing them. With that caveat, I do recommend you read them because they’re good books. I enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed Combustible. Definitely pick this one (and the others) up.