April 13, 2012

Loved It: Cry Wolf an Alpha and Omega Novel

Series: Alpha & Omega #1
Publisher: Ace
Release Date: July 29, 2008

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.

I absolutely LOVE Patricia Briggs' Mercedes Thompson series so when I found out about Alpha and Omega I knew that I'd have to get my hands on this. Well I had to wait a year before I actually had the pleasure of reading the books, but thanks to Cimmaron and my local library, I finally did! 

If you've read Mercy Thompson you know PBriggs doesn't really write hardcore paranormal romance with all the bells and whistles of what goes on beneath the sheets. But that's fine by me because all the other elements in her books makes up for the lack of steam. The action/adventure with all the graphic fight scenes and death is very Roman and certainly appealing to me. 

Alpha and Omega is a Mercy Thompson spin-off series set in Bran a.k.a. The Marrok's territory, Aspen Creek, Montana, and the main characters are Charles Cornick (the Marrok's son and Samuel's brother) and Anna Latham. Anna is one of the very rare species of Werewolves, she's an Omega and Charles' mate. 

An Omega wolf is an Alpha wolf who is extremely zen.

CRY WOLF is an Omega book in the sense that Patricia Briggs is painting her version of Werewolf ridden Montana to us so the action is not as intense. She focuses on the budding relationship between Charles and Anna and the dynamics of the Marrok's "pack". This is an introduction to the series but it's not devoid of  blood and gore, which is Patricia Briggs' specialty. 

Anna, like Mercy, isn't spectacularly beautiful. She's an average looking girl, frail even, but these and her countenance coupled with being an Omega creates her allure. But don't let this fool you because one carefully planted blow from this girl will give you an early appointment with your maker. In book 1, We see Anna coping with the recent changes happening in her life, trying to recover from 3 years of abuse from the Chicago pack. 

He was pleased to know that after the she'd taken the first bite, she'd fallen on her food like a lumberjack.

I find Charles and Anna an uncanny but cute couple. He's all big and strong while she's this timid and petite but extremely influential girl. One thought and she can calm Charles' Beast down. Their romance is instinctive, possessive and definitely knee buckling. Only supernatural characters and Christian Grey can get away with the word MINE as a term of endearment, and Charles Cornick is no different. Charles is obviously smitten by Anna and the latter can't resist the former's unbelievable good looks and sexual pull. I love that the series is in third person point of view because I get to play voyeur on their private thoughts. Charles' POV in particular sent delicious shivers down my spine. 

Charles was amused to find he preferred the pink [bandage] better because she had put it on him.

Unexpected, unheralded, the mating bond settled over him like a well-worn shirt -- and for a moment he didn't hurt, wasn't tired, sore, beat-up, cold, naked and terrified. For a moment his father's rage, eating him up from the shadows, was as nothing to the joy of the moment.

Anna took a deep breath and gave him an astonished look that clearly said: You told me we needed sex for this to happen. You're supposed to be the expert. 


  1. I love this series! Roarke from the In Death series can also get away with the word "Mine,"as well.

    1. Ooohh I have to check that one out. Thanks for stopping by and for your recommendation Stephanie! Happy Weekend! :)

  2. Wonderful review Miss B:D You have made me want to slide it higher up my list, in time for the next Mercy book. Keep it all in the family with Charles.

    Patricia doesn't write the between the sheets all BDB style, but, I do love the emotions she brings out with Adam in Mercy series. I love the way he will drop to his knees and put his face on her belly. He is so powerful as a character. I do love Stefan too:D



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