It should've been a picture-perfect wedding. But when Fox Avery's fiancée dumps him days before they walk down the aisle, his storybook future is knocked far off-course, along with both types of happy ending. Now he's simply adrift--an omega without an alpha. Unmated and unwanted.
All Fox wants to do is feel sorry for himself, but somehow his sisters convince him to turn the destination wedding into a family vacation. A jilted omega and his meddling family at the most romantic resort on earth--can it get any more embarrassing?
Apparently it can--and it does, because when Fox drunkenly decides to get his V-card punched no matter what, the hunk he hits on in the hotel bar turns out to be Dustin Miller: smoking hot alpha, world renowned chef--and Fox's first love.
An alpha who never forgot.
Dustin's only real regret in life is leaving behind his high school sweetheart to go to culinary school abroad. He always meant to come back and sweep Fox off his feet when he had more to offer, when he could provide for Fox the way he really deserved. But Fox moved on in his absence.
When the love of his life appears out of nowhere with a cheesy pickup line and the same stunning smile that's haunted Dustin's dreams for years, Dustin is determined to make things right this time. This is the second chance Dustin never thought he'd get, and he won't let it go without a fight.
A star-crossed couple given a second chance.
Fox can't deny he still cares for Dustin, but how can he give his heart to the man who broke it so many years ago? Dustin fears his past mistakes have created a rift too wide to cross. How can he convince Fox that he's a changed man, and that he'll take care of him the way an alpha should?
If the two men are going to build a future together, they need to settle their past first. But when the intensity of their time together sends Fox into an early heat, passion threatens to unmoor them both. Their bodies are definitely saying yes, but their hearts are saying...maybe?
Will the wounds of the past be too much to bear, or can Dustin and Fox find a way to come together and tie the knot?
Tying the Knot is a stand-alone non-shifter alpha/omega romance with a happily-ever-after ending and no cliffhangers. It features knotting, male pregnancy, and lots of (very long and detailed) steamy scenes.
3.75 Stars! Tying the Knot is another enjoyable read from Casey Cameron's non-shifting shifter world of alpha, beta and omegas.
Fox is dumped just days before his destination wedding. Now he feels adrift-an omega with no alpha. With the urging of his interfering sisters, he manages to run into his first love at the bar - the alpha he never forgot.
Dustin has only ever had one regret-leaving behind his high school sweetheart to go to culinary school in France. He never thought he was good enough, and becoming a world renowned chef would give him something to offer his omega. When he finally came back, Fox had moved on and was engaged.
When they meet again years later at the bar, Dustin is determined to make things right. He wants to make the most of this second chance they have both been given.
While the miscommunications between Fox and Dustin got a bit tiring, when they finally got it together it made everything worthwhile. Their interactions were intense, the sexy times pretty hot...and of course there was knotting! The bantering between the sisters and Fox was hilarious.
I really enjoy this unique world of non-shifting shifters. Tying the Knot is sweet and sexy with a little angst and lots of fun. Another enjoyable read from Casey Cameron.
Casey Cameron's non-shifter alpha/omega books aren't nearly as good as her straight-up contemporary stories. There's mpreg in this book, which is hot or not depending on the reader. I can take it or leave it.
The world-building is nonexistent. The MCs can't communicate to save their lives. Both of them, including the alpha, worry that they're not good enough. Fox is so insecure, I could barely stand it. And Dustin's reasons for keeping Fox at arm's length don't make much sense.
My biggest niggle, however, is Fox's family or, more specifically, his sisters. They meddle and push Fox at every turn; they kick each other under the table constantly, call each other names, and complain to their mother that "Ouch! She hit me."
And, no, they're not 10. They're grown women in their 20s! Their behavior was way OTT and distracting.
But I liked the sexy scenes (two words: HEAT and KNOTTING) and the sweet ending. Overall, Tying the Knot (pun intended, I'm sure) is a fun, easy story, and free on KU.
I'm sorry to say that this was just an okay read for me.
First and foremost, I wish that there had been some sort of world building so that I could understand why these people were alphas/betas/omegas. Though the words were used and omegas go into heat and they knot and males get pregnant this did not seem to be a paranormal world. They are not shifters and other than Fox they all had 'normal' human names. The world itself seemed like modern day earth with many Tolkien references, jokes, name calling such as fart face, drinking in bars, cheesy pick up lines and siblings bickering. The lack of world building kept me distracted from beginning to end.
I also was baffled at having no discussion about Fox's orientation. We know a sister is poly and we have it confirmed that another character is a lesbian yet there is never any mention about our M/Cs orientation. Are we to assume that in this world that gender doesn't really matter for omegas they just need an alpha? Or is he bi? Or was he gay and just settled for Catalina because.....???? Still don't understand that at all.
Furthermore, I don't care how many times that I was told that Dustin was an alpha, I couldn't believe it because he never acted like any alpha that I've ever read about. He was more self doubtful and timid than Fox was. *sigh* I truthfully just wanted to tell both of these guys (and the sisters also) to grow up.
I was provided with an ARC by the author in exchange for a honest review.
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Tying the Knot by Cameron Casey should have been a winner with me. It had all of the things I enjoy happiness, shifters, being on an island, finding the true love, shifters, shifters, and more shifters. Unfortunately, the shifters really didn't shift and there was absolutely no world-building. Just because you use the words Alpha, Beta and Omega doesn't mean that the reader understands the world you've created. We need to know how they live and how they exist. Who's on top and what's expected of these characters. There was none of that, no, nothing that explained anything to us. I think I was disturbed by the fact that Fox felt more and more like a woman the longer the book went. I didn't mind the M-preg thing, that's fine with me but I did mind that I didn't understand the way they worked. I think making them shifters was the biggest mistake. It was messy for me but that's what I love about books, there's something for everyone.
This is not the way slow burn is done; it was just an exercise in frustration. Getting the characters really, really close to sex every time and then having them kiss and angst, give a blowjob and angst, frottage and angst, messed up date and angst, beginning of heat and angst. Just no. Miscommunication at its worst. Dustin's actions made no sense AT ALL. I understood his concerns, but oh my gawd, talk. Use your words!! It was clear that Fox wanted this and he was in the same situation Dustin was. The whole thing was making me so mad. Then I had to endure Fox's sisters. It was nice that he had a supportive family, but I didn't care about his conversations with them because there was never anything good to report, and he met up with them every other chapter ie after every failed date with Dustin.
Then, after it took 85% of the book for them to finally get together, they went from 0-100 and now it's like marriage, pregnancy, with no discussion of how they would resolve living in different places. Even the marriage proposal got messed up! After angsting over Dustin not really wanting him the entire book, why wouldn't Fox read the letters he wrote to him over the years? Made no sense. We learn that Fox would move into Dustin's house as an aside. I guess that discussion happened off-page. The pacing on this entire book was horrible.
There was nothing alpha about Dustin; he just liked to pull Fox's hair during sex.
Did anyone NOT know Catalina was a lesbian? We needed her to show up why? She and Dustin didn't even interact to do an alpha faceoff over Fox.
In terms of good things, the editing (grammar and punctuation) was flawless.
3.5 stars rounded up because UGHF when they finally got together at the end, their chemistry was insane!
This is a new-to-me author, but I'm definitely going to be getting some of her other stories because I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this one! I adored Fox, I loved his family and how invasive, caring, and annoying they were, and I always love a good second chance at your first love type of story.
Dustin was a bit...difficult, because I wish he had just talked to Fox about his fears at the beginning rather than be hot and cold, cut him off and avoid. The miscommunication and lack of it was a bit tiring after the first two times. But boy, when these two hit the sheets? WHEW! Sexy times, indeed!
Definitely enjoyed reading this one and look forward to more from this author!
This book was given to me by the author for an honest opinion I really enjoyed this book as this genre is right up my alley. I loved the whole omega/alpha theme books and m/preg stories. This book is about Fox and Dustin who get reunited after Fox gets jilted at the alter, and they reignite their romance from when they were younger when circumstances drifted them apart. They meet by accident on Fox's supposed honeymoon holiday when with the goading of his sisters and copious amounts of alcohol he hits on the handsome stranger who turns out to be Dustin. This book is set in the alpha/omega dynamics but without the furriness. I enjoyed the characters from this book, Fox who was sweet and needy to be loved, to Dustin who though was an alpha was a little shy and socially awkward. Fox's family was also good characters, I liked their rambunctious antics and teasing. This book alternated between the two main characters point of view which I enjoyed as you got the perspective of both involved parties as they reconnected and their budding romance. I liked that the author also done snippets of the past when they were younger so that we got a fuller understanding of their relationship background. All in all I really enjoyed this book, the writing was free flowing, the characters were lovable and I enjoyed the added family dynamics, a good read.
3.5* I liked this one, no silly drama or angst thrown in for the sake of plot, just two men reconnecting after a childhood friendship.
Casey Cameron's created an interesting twist on the alpha/omega dynamic usually found in shifter stories which is enjoyable to read. There's the alpha-ing and mating but not as much of the "mine, mine" emotions which can overpower a storyline and turn it into a one sided power play.
Fox was sweet, uncertain of his next steps after his alpha fiancee called off their wedding. Dustin was afraid of his alpha reactions to the man he'd never stopped thinking about since he'd left for catering college six years earlier.
It was nice to watch them waking up to the fact they'd never stopped loving each other. There was also a low slow burn with sex not really happening until the final quarter but when they finally did come together, it was passionate and emotional.
There a nice epilogue which glimpses into their future.
#ARC kindly supplied by the author in return for an unbiased and honest review.
Tying the Knot is sweet, funny, sexy, and a bit angsty, all rolled up in one great read. Cameron's storytelling drew me in from the beginning and kept me turning pages. I can't think of a single character in this book that I didn't enjoy at some point and sweet Fox and Dustin are so good together. I love a bit of humor in a good story and this one has that in spades. Even when there's drama, there's at least a chuckle, if not an outright laugh. The banter between Fox and his sisters was perfect and the mother's reaction to it all is something most parents can relate to. This author has become one to watch and I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next.
*I was gifted this ARC from the author and are freely giving my review of it*
I like this story, but I thought it was a little slow in the beginning.
Fox is a Omega that's left by his Alpha right before his wedding. When he gets tipsy and his sisters encourage him to hit on a man at the bar he does so. The man turns out to be his high school boyfriend, the one that got away.........
I'm a very open minded reader and read almost everything but I still have genres I prefer reading. This is not one of my preferred genre but the author did a great job in getting me in to this story.
The author had some great references to "The Lord of Ring" movies that made me giggle, I love that because I'm a big fan of those movies.
It's a well written story with good described characters and the storyline is great in my opinion. (I've said my negatives in the beginning) There are very good love scenes and there are lots of emotions and intensity in them.
Another of the things I like about this story is that it's no unnecessary descriptions of surroundings and lots of dialogues.
I also liked the little snippets of how their relationship was in the past, that made me feel like I got to know them even better.
This story was fun, sweet and hot. I'm giving it 4 stars and that just reflects how much I liked it despite not having all the love for Alpha and Omegas.
So to conclude, if you love this genre you will love this story. And I would totally read what this author writes in this genre because it's well written.
I got really tired of both Dustin and Fox making wrong assumptions about the other, failing to communicate, and thus hurting one another. What in Dustin's upbringing, or his past, made him so insecure about being worthy of Fox? Why did he feel that he had to sacrifice Fox, and their relationship, in order to gain that worthiness? I never quite felt that was made satisfactorily clear.
On Fox's side, how did he and Catalina meet? Did her family approve of Fox? If Catalina just called off the wedding, why were none of her family already at the resort as well? I wanted him to either drop Dustin and move on, or to get mad and confront him directly - or have his sister's get tired of the drama and do it for him. Either way would have been good, but I ended up being disappointed, and the drama just continued on, and on.
Overall, I liked the story ok, but felt that this book didn't live up to all of it's potential.
*I voluntarily read a review copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else's*
Wow Tying the Knot was absolutely brilliant from start to finish and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Fox had a crazy family; his sisters were a blast - I found myself laughing at their bantering, jokes and teasing. I couldn't stop laughing at their drunken attempts to come up with good pick lines lol. Fox's grandma was fun too especially, when she admitted to ogling the men playing volleyball lol. Meredith had no filter and her comments were funny;
"He might have run home to have the squirts in private." Lol
Casey has truly outdone herself - this book was fun, intense yet sweet. Fox and Dustin had sizzling hot chemistry - I'm surprised these two didn't combust just looking at each other. Fox's family members were funny and I enjoyed their meddling to get him laid and bring him closer to Dustin. Dustin was hot/cold throughout but the author explored his conflicted emotions beautifully.
This book is from a new-to-me author based on recommendation. I did read the blurb, and I was intrigued. The alpha/omega non-paranormal m/m genre I think is wobbly become one of my new fascination to read. I enjoy reading m/m romance, and adding this new twist (well new to me) is different and exciting. I really enjoyed this book, and I know I'll be reading more from this author.
I absolutely loved the story, and can't think of any loose ends that can happen. I believe that all my quotations were answered, and it was a really nice read.
Please note that I did receive a free copy of this book.
If you are looking for an alpha, do not read this book, this books is about two omegas, but one calls himself an alpha. Plus the omega, more than omega resemble a little insecure child, I could not believe he was going to have sex, as emotionally immature as he was. As I realized this was not an alpha story, and the omega went to become more and more boring, I started to skip the pages, and read just little pieces, trying to find at least one paragraph, where this story will change.
WANT TO SMILE SO HARD THAT YOU'LL FEEL YOUR FACE MUSCLES TREMBLE FROM NOT BEING ABLE TO STOP? YA...THIS BOOK FEELS THAT GREAT!
Laugh your ass off?…INDEED Know that your family will always have your back any time, any where, any place?…HEARTWARMING To know that true love unerringly transcends the depths of time, infinity and space?…POWERFUL Want to smile so hard that you'll feel your face muscles tremble from not being able to stop?…YA, THIS BOOK FEELS THAT GREAT!
This book has all the angst that every romance book couple normally goes through. It has all the love that every romance book couple normally have and want to display to each other. And, of course, it has its HEA…
But ohhh, baabyy…it has ohhh, sooo much more than all that!!!
"I sooo enjoyed reading this free "ARC" (ADVANCE READER COPY) of the book "TYING THE KNOT," from the author "CASEY CAMERON," that I am freely, and wholeheartedly, volunteering to write this review because I HONESTLY HOPE TO ENCOURAGE OTHER READERS who may not be familiar with either this genre or this author to TAKE A STEP FORWARD and GIVE IT A TRY...I truly believe they would not be disappointed!"
There's a tortured soul (or two) with a tender, loneliness buried so deeply inside. It only feeds his regret, of how he let love and the only happiness in his life slip through his fingers. He HAD, had it all. Right there in front of him. But, he thought that he, himself, wasn't enough. He believed he had to be more than he was, better than he was. Because he couldn't accept himself as he was, he didn't believe any one else could, either. Problem was, the love of his life, his Omega COULD, and DID. But, he wouldn't let himself believe it was true. So, he left him. He only left to better himself, for the love of his life, that he had every intention of coming back for. That is, once he made the "something of himself" that he thought would be "something worthy enough" to offer to his love. The other problem was, even though they had always talked about there never being any one else for either of them, he not only never told his love why he was leaving, (about going to Paris to learn to cook ya, but about not being worthy enough, no) he also failed to mention that he would be back for him, too. He just assumed his love knew that. It didn't help that he didn't bother to write to him, either. So, when he's satisfied with himself, thinking that he was finally worthy of his Omega and would be able to properly take care of him when they were married, he returns for him. And, truly, it had only been a couple of years - 2 years - but, Oops…his Omega didn't know to wait for him. He thought he had been abandoned by his Alpha. They had always said that they belonged to each other...that it would always be just them but, he'd left him, without another word. His Omega knew he wanted to go to Paris to learn to cook and he truly wanted him to go. He would never have wanted to be the one to hold him back. He just never figured he'd be abandoned and forgotten by his Alpha, as he believed he was...But, he wasn't...
And, everything that happens along the way to meeting and finding each other again is either really tense or suddenly outright hilarious, which is sooo appropriately placed in the story exactly when, and where, it's needed!
You'll love the the family, all of which are stuck on "The Lord Of The Rings." You'll love, and hate, how soft and tender the Alpha is with his Omega. You'll love that every one and every thing falls into place as it should. You'll love that every one gets their "Happily Ever After" and that every thing in between really didn't seem to matter at all, because it brought them right to where they needed to be, in the end.
"TYING THE KNOT" will both tie you in stitches from laughing so hard and tie you in knots from wanting and WAITING for SOMEONE to finally "GET IT" (DUH!?!). "TYING THE KNOT" is, also, a double entendres. First, as in "getting married" and second, as in Alpha/Omega mating.
I really felt for the omega. To spend three years with someone who talks the talk but who fundamentally isn't attracted to you sexually, it's going to do bad things to your self esteem.
To then have to deal with bumping into your ex, where mutual love still exists, and to have to deal with his issues around living up to the perfect standard he sets himself... causing him to constantly pull away. It's too much!
I was with a guy for 7 years, wanted to be loyal and a good partner (and afraid to move on, easier to stay than to deal with moving out) and we never had penetrative sex. Only had any kind of sex a dozen times in all the years. It messes you up to feel so unwanted! It also puts an unhelpful emphasis on whatever sex act you never did. By (bullshit) societal standards I'm still a virgin, despite sex acts with a few different people.
As you can imagine I found this book uncomfortable and sort of triggering, not in a way that meant I stopped reading it, but it made me want to clip the alpha round the ear quite a few times. I was relieved when someone finally did it for me, but it was further into the book than I would've liked.
No the alpha shouldn't have to have preventative sex if he doesn't want to. Consent works both ways. But since he did want to, but was afraid, I'm glad he finally was honest about that rather than acting like he was doing the omega a favour by not doing what the omega wanted. Pretending that you're the noble one, and acting like the omega isn't competent to know his own mind/body gets old very fucking quickly.
In other news... I found the sibling banter sort of annoying, but also really relatable. My sister and I still do something similar when trying to distract our mum or make her laugh. We did it in front of a stranger (health care provider) recently and were both offended when she said she was glad she was an only child. OMG! (Hahaha.)
I thought they end of the story and epilogue were well handled (from the point that three alpha finally admits to being scared). Endings and epilogues can be quite weak or a bit too same-y, but I thought this one was really well done. There was still humour (the proposal scene) and the epilogue gave more insight into their dynamics, seeing them living together amid the day to day ups and downs of real life.
Not sure how to rate. It's somewhere between 3 and 4. Good writing but too much frustration.
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So many questions…First, why make a “non-shifter” story (which you won’t know unless you read the full Amazon synopsis), yet make characters of Alpha/Beta/Omega hierarchy? They don’t shift, but they have mates, and men can get pregnant by being bitten in their scent gland and being knotted. LIKE WEREWOLVES. So what are they, if not shifters? And are all omegas bisexual? And just how significant is mating, when one of Fox’s sisters is in a polyamorous relationship, with at least one partner being female?
Secondly, where did Catalina come from? She’s from a family of multi-millionaires but that’s all we know. How, when, and where did they meet? And if she really wasn’t interested in Fox, why stay with him so long? Or better question, just how long were they together? Who stays with someone for who knows how long feeling unwanted? And then Catalina’s reasoning – that came so late – as to why she couldn’t be with Fox, I felt was so lame. The delivery was dry, and Fox’s reaction felt like he barely even cared about the long-term deceit and subsequent dumping/humiliation. No matter that he was trying to get back with Dustin. Also, the whole drama with Dustin and Fox was just ridiculous, for lack of a better word. As 2 horny teenagers, they were together for 2 years and didn’t go all the way because Dustin thought he wasn’t good enough for Fox (huh?). Then as Dustin jets off to culinary school, he never writes or calls Fox; he has an old shoebox full of letters he never mailed because he figured Fox wouldn’t want to hear his whining about how much he missed him. (His words.) Then after 6 years apart, and about a week of “I want you, but I can’t…” Fox is pregnant. Um, okay.
Combined with Fox’s annoying repetition about how no one ever wants him (he’s 24 and been with 2 people in life, please), dusting being an overly soft/sensitive alpha, and Fox’s 3 sisters who all have the mentalities of prepubescent boys, the only thing that gave this 2 stars was the mildly original plot. And what’s with all the Hobbit references? There was no explanation behind it, and what if someone never read the books or saw the movies?
This is a story of lost love and second chances, and it was everything sappy that my heart wanted right now!
This isn't an insta-love story, but one of the one who got away. Both Fox and Dustin are that to each other; Dustin, the alpha who left for an education and job, Fox, the omega left behind who has been left behind again. In meeting again they quickly realize that they still have feelings for each other. Instead the issues are negotiating the problems of their new circumstances.
Dustin has always thought he isn't quite enough. His alpha impulses say he needs to protect and provide. He went far away to culinary school to do so, leaving Fox behind and hoping to come back successful and able to give a good life. Dustin never wanted to commit to anything until he could give Fox everything, so he never reached out when he was away at school. Now that he is successful and finds Fox again, Dustin finds he is still nervous about what he can offer, and continues to push away until everything is perfect (which it never is).
Fox is a sweet guy, but he's built a bit of a complex with his relationships. His first love, Dustin, never wanted to go all the way, and then left him without asking Fox to wait. His next love, Catalina, has been kind and gentle but uninterested in anything in the bedroom. Now that Catalina has left Fox at the alter, he is positive that it must be that he is undesirable. Meeting Dustin stirs up old wants and passions, making him question his relationship with Catalina, but Dustin's continual dance away just further confirms to Fox that no alpha could want him. It is breaking down his confidence and makes it a very difficult time for him.
This is a story of both reconnecting, and one of fixing the past and moving forward. Dustin and Fox love each other, but that isn't enough unless they are willing to truly be together. It was a sappy story that brough together everything just right and I truly enjoyed reading.
After being left at the altar, Fox runs into the last person he expected to see again. Dustin has had only one regret, never asking his high school love to wait for him. Fate has plans neither expected. Will they be able to overcome the past? Will they be able to overcome their insecurities?
It was definitely a steamy read. I couldn't fault either of their mindsets. I thought that Fox had a right to be insecure when you live in a family who is into your business and he had been rejected two times. I think sometimes alphas get a bad name because they are supposed to be big and strong, but this book proved that even they are insecure at times. Definitely a book for anyone who loves MM and male pregnancy!
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This was seriously so bad. First of all, the MCs were so whiny all the time. "Does he want me?" "He doesn't want me" "I don't deserve him so I'll make him suffer". Then I was expecting some mpreg but I was definitely disappointed. And the fact that Dustin . Besides how ANNOYING Fox's sisters were. When you put it all together it just results in a terrible book. The ending was nice though
I've been reading Casey Cameron for a while and I always enjoy her books. This one is a sweet and funny second-chance-at-love romance with some great extras: a luxurious vacation setting, a funny crazy family, some nice chemistry, and an enjoyable level of steam. I always enjoy well-handled Alpha/Beta/Omega dynamics and this story has plenty. Can't wait for the next one!
What a beautiful second chance paranormal romance! A dedicated alpha and a frustrated omega destined to be together but kept apart by self-doubt and misunderstanding try to make it work once again. This book was witty, romantic, and truly captivating. The plot was interesting, the imagery vivid, and the characters complex and well thought out. They completely draw you into the story and make you believe in the enchanting world this author has created for us. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a sweet and sexy romance.
*I was given an ARC of this book by the author and voluntarily chose to review. All opinions are my own.
I loved the story. It was well written and the characters chemistry was well developed and made Dustin and Fox a great couple. It was sweet seeing first love getting back together. I couldn't stop reading until I got all the details about the two. The two heated up the pages when they both got together. At first thought the Catalina was coming back to get Fox back. I was like trying to tell Fox heck no. You want Dustin. Had to get my two cents in there. But Catalina just wanted to explain the why's. So the story had a nice happy ending. Love the authors writing and will stalk their book shelves for new books.