Series: Alpha & Omega #1
Published by Penguin on 2008
Number of Pages: 310
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Urban
Purchase: At Amazon
Anna never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack... and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer—and son—of the leader of the North American werewolves, came into her life.
Charles insists that not only is Anna his mate, but she is also a rare and valued Omega wolf. And it is Anna's inner strength and calming presence that will prove invaluable as she and Charles go on the hunt in search of a rogue werewolf—a creature bound in magic so dark that it could threaten all of the pack...
First I must say, that if you haven’t read the short story collection On The Prowl, you will be seriously confused by the beginning of this book. I sure was! Apparently this book picks up shortly after the short story ‘ends’. And that short story has all the information about how Anna meets Charles and Bran, and what exactly happened with her pack.
I had no idea there was a prequel of sorts to this series, or I would have waited to start it until I had that book in hand. As it was, I had to make do with synopsis I found online, and the ‘peek’ Amazon gives you with their ‘Look Inside’ feature.
Once I got the context though, it was a really good story. I always wished we could know more about Bran and Charles. They aren’t central in the Mercy Thompson series, so this spin-off series is perfect. We get to know Charles really well over the course of the book, and learn a lot about Bran and his past as well. Including why he picked the mate he did, and why she’s such a bitch to everyone.
I liked Anna and how she worked with her wolf. Asil was amusing and I hope we get to see more of him as well as Sage. There were multiple point of views in this book, all of them were easy to figure out who was talking though. We get to see from Anna, Charles, Bran, Asil and Walter’s point of views. My favorites were of course from Bran and Charles though!
There is less emphasis on action in this series and more on romance. However there is still quite a bit of action. So if you like the Mercy Thompson series, or just books about werewolves, I would recommend this book.