Never Too Late series by Aiden Bates

Buried Passion (Never Too Late #1)

AUTHOR’S BLURB: This is the first book in the Never Too Late series. However, it can be read by itself (stand-alone).

Ryan is a detective with the Abused Persons unit of the Mass. State Police. He loves his job, and he’s very good at it. He balks when his supervisor assigns him to a case with the Cold Case unit, and not just because that’s out of his area of expertise. Everyone in Cold Case is an alpha, and that’s just not a comfortable place for an unclaimed omega to be.

Nick is a detective with the Cold Case unit. He’s a strictly by-the-book detective. He trusts to procedure and precedent to get the job done. He doesn’t mind getting stuck with a highly visible case. He doesn’t even mind getting stuck with the pretty omega from Abused Persons, so long as he sits down, shuts up and doesn’t screw with the process that’s worked well for years.

Ryan and Nick butt heads almost immediately, although it doesn’t take long for either detective to figure out that at least part of the reason for their strife is the scorching chemistry between them. When their cold case seems to parallel Ryan’s life a little too closely, and when Ryan’s methods don’t fall exactly in line with Cold Case procedure, will their differences drive them apart?

This book contains sexually explicit content and not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. This book is approximately 80,000 words, has a happy ending and does not end in a cliffhanger.

MY REVIEW: Very in-depth and interesting. I look forward to more from this series. I do question why Ryan keeps giving in and taking the jerk back when he’s not really taking any steps to improve or prevent the SAME THING happening again. Considering the department he works in, doesn’t he recognize a person who needs anger management sessions? If so, he should suggest them. However, as much as it may sound like I’m criticizing the characters, I’m not criticizing the writing or story. Besides, aren’t we supposed to get wrapped up in these lives temporarily? 😉
I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book.

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Adrenaline Rush (Never Too Late #2)

AUTHOR’S BLURB: Pete is six months pregnant when he finds himself in the middle of a bank robbery gone bad. He’s sure he’s going to die, but a handsome alpha State Trooper bursts in to save him at the last possible moment. Pete is half in love with Ozzy before the week is out – but what kind of alpha wants a pregnant omega?

Ozzy Morris is a Cold Case detective. He’s also a member of the SWAT team. When SWAT is called out to intervene in a bank robbery turned hostage situation, Ozzy meets the omega of his dreams. He barely cares that his perfect omega is already six months pregnant, and finding out that the gun used in the robbery is tied to a twenty-year-old cold case just gives him reasons to reach out.

That twenty-year-old cold case, though, turns out to be the tip of an iceberg made up of organized crime, dirty cops, and families so twisted they can barely be called families at all. Ozzy and Pete love each other, but can that love survive a new baby, their families’ opposition, and criminals who will stop at nothing to keep their operation running?

This is the second book in the Never Too Late series. However, it can be read by itself (stand-alone). This book contains sexually explicit content and not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. This book is approximately 80,000 words, has a happy ending and does not end in a cliffhanger.

MY REVIEW: The name of the series is ‘never too late,’ right? Well, I tell you what CAN be too late: The rest of this series! I’m so ready to DEVOUR this series. Not that I don’t want the author continuing to do whatever magic he does by taking the relatively small amount of time to complete each book. But I am jonesing for more, and I just finished book 2!
So, if you need it spelled out for you: I love-love-loved it and I think it was great. If you read it, you won’t be sorry.
I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book.

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Omega’s Kiss (Never Too Late #3)

AUTHOR’S BLURB: When family is on the line, there’s nothing that defense attorney Doug Morrison won’t do. He’ll even go to the detective who put his father away for help in proving his innocence. When the driven omega meets the strong, crafty alpha, will their passion burn too bright to keep them on the case?

Defense attorney Doug Morrison is very good at his job. After his father is convicted in a series of gruesome murders, Doug takes it upon himself to save the man who’s given him everything. When he finds evidence that his father was someplace else for some of the crimes, he seeks out the detective who initially got his father convicted.

Ray Langer is a laid-back sort of alpha, but he’s very good at his job. He knows that the evidence was good when it came to the Morrison case – until Morrison’s gorgeous, confident omega son shows up with evidence that chips away at his case, little by little.

Ray agrees to work with Doug to get to the bottom of the issue. When an evening of passion turns into an accidental claim, they’re left with questions and fears. Can Ray continue to investigate his mate’s father without a conflict of interest? Can Doug defend a man that his alpha arrested?

Together, they need to get to figure out what the claim means for them, but who committed the murders attributed to Doug’s father. Somewhere out there, someone is getting away with murder.

This is the third book in the Never Too Late series. However, it can be read by itself (stand-alone). This book contains sexually explicit content and not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. This book is approximately 80,000 words, has a happy ending and does not end in a cliffhanger.

MY REVIEW: The author kept good pacing. When the couple was living a laid-back life, the narrative meandered through the details. When the danger arrived, the pace changed to shorter, blocky highlights. Nowhere did the story stop feeling like a love story, though. Even if it did feel a little repetitive, adulation-wise, it still came across as being more of a result of the character whose head you’re in, rather than a mistake on the author’s part.
I really feel this was a good continuation of the series.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.

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Father Figure (Never Too Late #4)

AUTHOR’S BLURB: Oliver has worked in the lab for three years, and he’s been in love with Detective Sam Nenci for almost every second of those three years. When Nenci’s boss pairs them up on a complicated case, he finally has a chance to get closer to the alpha of his dreams. When the dream and the reality fail to match up, will there be anything left for either of them to cling to? Oliver Wesson is a hotshot analyst with the State Police Crime Lab. He believes in two things in this world: Science, and saving himself for his alpha. Getting paired up on a case with Detective Nenci is both a dream and a nightmare for him – he has a chance to show off his skills, but Nenci’s aversion to omegas in the field is well known. When he finds himself unable to resist his attraction for the older detective, his entire sense of self comes into question. Sam Nenci is the official troll of the Cold Case Squad. He’s had some rough experiences in life, and they’ve left him a little bitter. The one thing he’s not bitter about, though, is Oliver Wesson. He’s stayed away from the beautiful and brilliant omega, however, because he believes he’s too old for Oliver. Sam soon finds that keeping a professional distance between them isn’t as easy as it sounds. Every time he thinks he has a chance to make things right with Oliver, he finds himself making a worse mess of things than he had before. Can Sam stop himself from destroying a relationship three years in the making?

MY REVIEW: These alphas are so cartoonishly annoying and aggravating, yet addictive. I hate ’em. But not all the way. This one even made me not care about the May-December age difference thang. The writing is good, but this story has me annoyed. Basically, the older guy is all “omegas are damsels in distress” the whole way through, right? Well everyone else is all “he’s super self-sufficient and modern.” But the Omega even admits he’s traditional, a virgin, waiting for The One, and becomes a damsel in distress when his lover leaves him knocked up and broken-hearted. Regardless of what degrees he may have hanging on his walls. Wasn’t bad enough for 3 stars, not good enough for 4, but in math, you are required to round up.
I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book.

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Together Again (Never Too Late #5)

AUTHOR’S BLURB: They split up ten years ago. Fate brought them together again, on a case with life or death consequences. Can they fix what went wrong, or will they both spend their lives mourning for what they lost?

Elias let his own frustrations and his family’s disapproval drive him apart from his boyfriend, Pat Tessaro, just before graduation. That was just the beginning of his troubles, but once his world stopped ending he got back on his feet. He works to save missing children now. When he gets assigned to a bizarre case involving an archaic illness in Boston, he figures it’s just another case.

Pat Tessaro didn’t let getting dumped, and kicked out of his apartment, right before graduation keep him down. Elias was just one more person in a long string of people who’d let him down. He got onto his feet and kept moving, although he never got close to anyone again. Now the wild child of the Cold Case department, he specializes in messy cases. The case with the missing child that turns up dead of an archaic illness, ten years after he was abducted, is messy.

Things get even messier when the consultant sent by a leading missing children’s advocacy group to help investigate the case turns out to be Pat’s ex. Nothing is what it seems, neither with the case nor between them. The clock is ticking on finding resolution, before a deadly outbreak strikes the state.

This is the fifth book in the Never Too Late series and an M/M Mpreg Gay Romance. However, it can be read by itself (stand-alone). This book contains sexually explicit content and not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. This book is approximately 85,000 words, has a happy ending and does not end in a cliffhanger.

MY REVIEW: This felt so full of longing and a tired anger. Which is a different feeling than a raw anger. The fact that that distinction could be felt is great. This is the best book in the series so far. The Alpha-ness and the omega-ness were there, but the only focus of the story. They were seen, felt, smelled, known, but didn’t overwhelm. Could have even added some more in spots had it been a different story. But, thankfully, the author wielded the keyboard with precision and held back.
I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book.

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