by Tamir Drake.
Blurb: Pierce may have a crush on Steve, his sweet, funny personal trainer, but he doesn’t plan to act on it. They have a great relationship in the gym but are also friends outside of it, and Pierce has no intention of jeopardizing that. Besides, he may be an omega, but he’s got a good handle on his body’s biology. He’s not worried he’ll accidentally take things too far.
Steve may have a crush on Pierce, his smart and incredibly hot client, but he’s definitely not planning to say anything anytime soon. Pierce can do way better than Steve, and anyway, Pierce is a pretty casual dater. What Steve wants is anything but casual. And that’s not just the alpha in him.
When Pierce goes to Steve’s gym one snowy afternoon to work out, he thinks nothing of the fact that he’s in heat. He’s taken his libido inhibitor and is wearing his odor blocker, so there’s no chance of bothering Steve. Except, then the blocker wears off.
Steve wants nothing more than to keep himself under control, keep himself from doing something Pierce might not want. But Pierce might have something else in mind…
Length: 16, 800 words.
Series: Different Dynamics #2.
Read as an: eBook.
My Thoughts: Exercising Restraint proves to be just as punchy as the first book of the series, Different Dynamics. Set in the same world as the first novel, the second expands upon the concept of the Alpha/Beta/Omega (A/B/O) universe and features two incredibly likeable characters.
While I enjoyed the characters, Richard, James, and Dmitry from the first novel, I really found myself falling in love with Steve and Pierce. Steve, an alpha personal trainer, secretly likes Pierce, an omega client of his. Steve hides his attraction to Pierce, so as not to push the boundaries and remain respectful of their client/trainer relationship.
I really appreciated the respect Steve had for Pierce, there were no overt ‘Alpha’ dominance moment between the two. In comparison to Different Dynamics, it was great seeing a different type of omega character represented.
Throughout the novelette, I found myself really enjoying the sweet hesitancy between the pair. The way they circle around their attraction to each other was a pleasure to read. The fact that James and Richard from the first novel make an appearance, only added to my enjoyment.
One a final note, I really enjoyed Exercising Restraint. I found it both incredibly sweet and sexy, which is a tough tough combo to nail 😛 and am hoping to seeing more of the series!