Release Date: Ocotber 20, 2008
Genre: Urban Fantasy
In Cry Wolf, New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs started a new urban fantasy series set in the world of Mercy Thompson -- but with rules of its own. Now, read "Alpha and Omega," the novella that inspired the new series, and see how it all began...Anna Latham never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack... and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the Chicago pack, she's learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But when she discovers wrongdoing in her pack, she has to go above her Alpha's head to ask for help.Charles Cornick is the son -- and enforcer -- of the leader of the North American werewolves. Now his father has sent him to Chicago to clean up a problem there. Charles never expected to find Anna, a rare Omega wolf -- and he certainly never expected to recognize her as his mate...
This novella was originally published in On the Prowl
**This review was originally published in 2012**
Before you pick up the series you HAVE to read the novella first. There are "holes" in book 1 that might baffle you and the answers are here in Alpha and Omega the companion novella to Cry Wolf.
Here we witness how Anna and Charles first met and how Brother Wolf (Charles' nickname for his wolf) chose Anna to be his mate. We are told the tale of Anna's traumatic experience in the Chicago pack under the the weak Alpha Leo and his manic mate, Isabelle.
The wolf wanted to bed her and claim her as his own.
Anna was Changed against her will and wasn't oriented on the consequences of being a Werewolf like not being able to have children for example. On top of that Anna was demoralized, assaulted, raped and passed around like a whore in Leo's pack. That factoid coupled with Anna's battered look made Charles protective of Anna.
He'd have to call his brother, Samuel,, and tell him that he'd finally learned that his face wouldn't crack if he smiled. all it had taken to teach him was an Omega werewolf.
Charles' original mission was to investigate suspicious activities happening in Chicago but his last minute rendezvous with Anna proved to be serendipitous for them both. I for one was squealing and giggling like a high school girl in this three chapter novella. Charles is all Male like his father Bran, he's had previous dalliances with other women but no one made him and his wolf feel the way Anna made him feel.
Here are my favorite parts mostly Charles' dialogue with Anna:
My wolf is more interested in courting you than in asserting his dominance
But you are mine, and the thought of you hurt, of being able to do nothing about it, is an anger that even an Omega wolf cannot easily soothe.
If you had let me, he said, I'd have courted you gently and won your heart.
I don't like sex, wasn't enthusiastic before the Change. And after being passed around like a whore for a year, until Isabelle put a stop to it, I like it even less. But if I am yours, then you damned well are going to be mine. [Anna]
I promise you will enjoy sex with me...
Too bad that part of the story (in detail) will never see the light of day.