April 14, 2012

Suped Up: Hunting Ground an Alpha and Omega Novel

Series: Alpha & Omega #2
Publisher: Ace
Release Date: August 25, 2009
Anna Latham didn’t know how complicated life could be until she became a werewolf. And until she was mated to Charles Cornick, the son — and enforcer — of Bran, the leader of the North American werewolves, she didn’t know how dangerous it could be either...

Anna and Charles have just been enlisted to attend a summit to present Bran’s controversial proposition: that the wolves should finally reveal themselves to humans. But the most feared Alpha in Europe is dead set against the plan — and it seems like someone else might be too. When Anna is attacked by vampires using pack magic, the kind of power only werewolves should be able to draw on, Charles and Anna must combine their talents to hunt down whoever is behind it all — or risk losing everything.

Don't trust the fae

At last! The old Anna is back! In Cry Wolf I was a little antsy because her character is so guarded brought resulting from an abusive pack she used to be part of. In HUNTING GROUND, the walls are slowly going down and we're finally getting to know our heroine better.

Anna leaned her forehead against Charles' arm and thought of the way his scent made her feel. 

His muscles softnened against her forehead, and his lips came down to brush the top of her head. She opened her eyes and met the fae's gaze.

"Mine," she said firmly.

Isn't that scene utterly possessive and knee buckling? Anna still has some issues concerning her traumatic experience with her previous Alpha and pack but with Charles' patience she's slowly getting over it. But being around a lot of testosterone energized Alphas is still making her skittish plus being Charles' mate makes her an easy target for his enemies. But Anna's got some spunk, she's proving to be a better assassin than Charles. Don't let her "frail" looks fool you.

Anna is growing into her Omega abilities and her position as Charles mate. HUNTING GROUND's events are side by side with the last 2 or 3 books of Mercedes Thompson when the Werewolves were planning to make themselves public. In Hunting Ground, we see the politics behind the revelation and the struggle for power between these domineering wolves.

Omegas don't care about pack position, they just care about the pack.

Once again Charles is sent on an errand by Bran to Seattle to help lead the talks between packs from the US and Europe. Bran is planning to come out to the public and prove that the myth about Werewolves are real. And as expected, things didn't go as planned, Anna was attacked by Vampires and coveted by other Alphas because of her Omega status. Charles, though not an Alpha, is a dominant wolf and as the Marrok's son he is considered a threat by most of the Alpha wolves. Throw a conniving and devious fae into the mix and you know it spells Trouble. Both are tested to the limits but the same possessiveness helped Anna save Charles' life, keep pack peace and most definitely earned her the respect of other Alphas and Bran.

Aside from my stoic fangirling and private Gushes about Charles and Anna, I have to highlight Patrica Briggs' pack magic. I love how these Werewolves have a built-in sensor chip that tells them who is more dominant when an Alpha is around. When an Alpha or Omega sends a message or a command one is compelled to submit to their power. You can't resist the call of your Alpha nor challenge a more dominant wolf, all you can do is lower your eyes or bow your head in respect or acknowledgement of their power. 

Bran Cornick

I call dibs on the Marrok! The more I read about Bran the more that I'm falling in love with this guy. Sure he looks like a college student but he's centuries old, a berserker with witch blood from both sides. I won't reveal anymore details but Bran is oozing with history, personality and power. He's eternally heartbroken over the death of Charles' mother and his marriage to Leah is a train wreck. Bran is pure Male and I think if he comes and claims me as his mate will be the death of moi! Just thinking about him is making me blush! Too bad Patricia Briggs is as chaste as sliced bread. Argh! It's in instances like this when I appreciate a well written graphic love scene.

Why?! Why do you have to torture me like this Patricia?!

1 comment:

  1. I can't read your review too closely as I want to read this series but it got suped up and that means you really enjoyed it!!

    You are making me want to get them, library, buy, ebook, whatever way...I am feeling the urge to crack them open:D:D



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