Darian doesn’t look like the typical alpha, though he sure acts like one. Coby doesn’t look like your typical omega, but he certainly acts like one. When the boys first meet, neither has presented their gender, but they’re certain of what they’ll be. Darian is sure to be omega, given his small stature. And Coby is so big and beefy, he’s definitely going to be an alpha. At least, that’s what they think.
Years later, Darian and Coby meet again in Second Chance, both there for a summer grad program for education. But in the intervening years, Darian has presented as an alpha and Coby an omega. And due to a fluke and a flood, they get put together in the same dorm room. They get off to a rocky start, both making assumptions and not listening to each other. And while Darian has accepted who he is and won’t feel bad about it, Coby’s situation has been different and he’s ashamed of what he is.
Darian’s confidence won’t allow Coby to be ashamed, and he endeavors to help Coby grow. But on top of that, there’s no denying the chemistry between them. Coby’s inexperience leads to a friends with benefits/teaching arrangement. Except that it’s anything but casual between them, even if neither man says it out loud. And when Coby gets pregnant, their entire future changes. Will it be enough for forever?
This is the second book in the Second Chance Omegas series, but can be read as a standalone. The thing that ties this series together seems to be both the town of Second Chance, and the fact that the alphas and omegas meet again later in life to have that second chance at love. (Though we might have gotten a glimpse of a future MCs in this book.)
I liked the way Okati played with opposites here throughout the book. Not only in the MCs’ appearance being opposite of what gender they expected to be, but also in how opposite these two characters think and act. Darian is not your typical alpha in any way, shape, or form. And even though Coby acts and thinks more like a typical omega, he definitely has his moments.
These guys start off on the wrong foot, and it definitely takes them a bit to work themselves out. They really need to learn to listen to one another and that takes time. What really fuels them though is their physical chemistry. And while I found their arguments and lack of listening a little cliché, the sparks between them helped ease that and drive the story. These guys definitely work on a physical level, they just have to work out the rest.
The falling in love is a little too easy and I would have liked to see more development. But by the same token, I knew what I was going to get with this story from the start. This isn’t a complex tale, but rather a straightforward one. The blurb tells you all you need to know about the story going in. And that’s not a bad thing. Knowing that, it was easy to get swept away in the story and take it for what it was: two guys working themselves out and beginning a life together. Accidental pregnancy and all.
I liked this alternate reality contemporary tale. I liked both the MCs and watching them figure each other and themselves out. It’s a quick, straightforward read. If you’re looking for some omegaverse and mpreg, then this book and this series, might be fore you.
Note: This book releases September 3rd, but is available now for pre-order