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Don’t read Cry Wolf first!! Start with Alpha & Omega, because without reading this book first, Cry Wolf feels like it begins in the middle of Charles and Anna’s story. Alpha and Omega depicts their first meeting and you don’t want to miss that for anything!! Doreen
Growing up, I'd been a huge YA paranormal romance fan but after getting a bit older, a "hot and intense" romance between a barely legal teenager and centuries old adult got a little... distasteful, to put it lightly. So, I went on a hunt for an adult paranormal romance fiction series that I could get behind but yeezus, so many of them are literally just erotica with a "macho-alpha-male" lead who makes a turnabout after falling for the "fiery" female lead /but/ only after he makes himself completely unlikable aside from his good looks. Like dang, "hot and heavy" is fine and all but where's my plot? Where's my character development?
Rant aside, this series was honestly the light at the end of a tunnel.
We're first introduced to Anna in the "Alpha and Omega" novella. (It's not included in this series lineup oddly enough but I definitely recommend that you start with it first before carrying on to "Cry Wolf") She's a recently turned wolf-- forcibly changed and kept under the thumb of her Chicago pack. Anna's in a bad place but still manages to keep her head up through the horrors and finally makes the fateful call to the Marrok-- the leader of all the North American wolves-- to start the ball rolling. From there, we're introduced to Charles, the Marrok's son and enforcer. He's got centuries on his plate and recognizes Anna for who she is-- an Omega wolf and she calls to his wolf in a way that no one has before. (Ugh, such a cliche line but it's so fitting.)
It's instant attraction that quickly works its way to romance-- albeit not without difficulty as in observed in "Cry Wolf". As the series goes on, we see Charles and Anna work through their ups and downs. We watch as Anna gains more confidence and how Charles works to open himself to her. He respects and adores her and vice-versa. (Agh, I love their relationship because they're just so /good/ for each other.) We learn so much about them and there are so many moments that wring at the heartstrings, are terribly funny and sweet, and make us recoil in utter horror. ("Fair Game", enough said. It was fun to see our leads from another POV but man, it got really grim.)
If you're looking for a paranormal romance with multifaceted leads and plot with not over-the-top explicit sex, this is definitely the read for you.
Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2017
I have read every book in the Alpha & Omega series as well as the Mercy Thompson Series. I own every one of the books, both paperback and digital. I have read all of them many times and each time I read them, they still captivate me; keeping me glued to the story and at the edge of my seat. Patricia Briggs is an awesome author. I can't wait for the next Mercy Thompson book to come out. I will definitely be pre-ordering the newest Alpha & Omega book to add to my collection. There is actually 7 books in the series; the companion novella and there is a seventh book coming out in March 2020. It's available for pre-order now.
This is one of my favorite series, written by one of my top 3 best loved authors! It has a healthy romantic relationship developing between 2 emotionally damaged individuals. Lots of adventure and suspense are found in these books! No explicit language or sex scenes. I would highly recommend both this series and the author in general for anyone who wants a well written, supernatural or fantasy world in which to lose themselves.
Forever my favorite shifter writer- Anna and Charles are also my favs. Their relationship is so sweet and poignant, and Anna is such an empowering and awe-inspiring character.
Perfect balances of suspense and danger, mystery, folklore and magic, and romance. The character writing is simply beautiful- and each story has a new element of suspense, a dangerous and mythic mystery to solve.
I would read this series forever- never stop writing it!
I love this series and wish Patricia Briggs would continue with the stories of Charles and Anna like she does with Mercy and Adam. Why doesn't she I wonder? I check every month to see if there is a new book, but perhaps she ended this series....