Title: Cry Wolf
Author: Patricia Briggs
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Series: Alpha and Omega (Book 1)
Publication Date: July 29, 2008
Format: Paperback, 294 Pages
ISBN-10: 0441016154 (Ace Books)
ISBN-13: 978-0441016150 (Ace Books)
Reviewed by: Sheila
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.
Quick & Dirty: A wonder-filled story of romance and death; werewolf style.
Opening Sentence: Anna Latham tried to disappear into the passenger seat.
I would like to take a moment to thank the story gods for talking Patricia Briggs into writing a sister series to Mercy Thompson. One can never get enough of those wolves, yum. Don’t get me wrong, I love Adam and Mercy battling it out with Samuel on the side lines egging each side on. But I need more… more Bran, more Charles, and now more Anna. The “Alpha and Omega” novella in the On the Prowl anthology acts as the bait. Now I’m truly caught; hook, line, and sinker!
Cry Wolf is set along between Moon Called and Blood Bound, the first two books in the Mercy Thompson series. We follow the newly mated couple, Charles and Anna, heading from Chicago to Charles’s pack and home in Montana. Anna and Charles have only known each other for less than a week. Awkward doesn’t even begin to cover it. They are both looking forward to getting to know each other better and get comfortable with the idea of being each other’s mate.
Just to complicate things, Charles is sent on a hunt before he’s had a chance to heal his wounds from the last job. What happened to him? Read the novella “Alpha and Omega” in the On the Prowl anthology for more details. There is a killer werewolf in the backwoods of Montana and Charles, as the pack’s enforcer and assassin, needs to put an end to it, one way or another. Needless to say, he’s not up to par and more than slightly distracted by Anna. Having her along is doing all sorts of things to his control. Charles’s instincts are to protect Anna at all costs and he needs to concentrate on the task at hand. Part of the reason Anna’s accompanying Charles hunting in the first place, is on the off chance this wolf doesn’t know how to control himself. An omega could help calm a new wolf and allow Charles to let him live. Of course, if what they’re hunting is doing it on purpose, all bets are off.
Not only does Anna have issues with more dominate wolves, but in all things involving intimacy. Now she must find a way to integrate herself in a new pack and with Charles himself. Being an Omega is all new to Anna as well. She feels the need to help and protect those around her but is still gun-shy thanks to her abusive former pack. Too many things are unknown to her and it keeps her off-balance throughout most of the book.
Anna’s new pack members are also important to the storyline. Asil is one of the pack wolves that seem in true need of an Omega’s serenity. He is one of the oldest wolves known and is more than a little crazy, most old wolves are. His mate was tortured and killed by a witch centuries ago and memories are, once again, haunting his dreams. He’s worried that this is a sign about him losing control and going on a killing spree. He therefore asks the Marrok, leader of the North American werewolves and his personal alpha, to kill him. Bran, the Marrok, is reluctant to grant his request and continues to put Asil off. Though Asil suspects that the dreams are a herald of a more dangerous foe, he doesn’t speak of it until it’s almost too late. Would Bran, who would not execute Asil for practical reasons, finally kill him for endangering all he holds dear? Does the witch of Asil’s dream have anything to do with the wolf Anna and Charles are hunting?
I have to give it to Ms. Briggs, she writes a mean werewolf novel! I am a loyal follower to her Mercy Thompson series and this new sister series just serves to feed my addiction. I love that she has chosen to expand on Bran and his werewolf culture. Mercy, in the Mercy Thompson sister series, is great but I always wanted to learn more about where she grew up and about the pack that raised her.
Charles is a strong character and Anna is the perfect balance for him. Where he is hard and uncompromising, she is fragile and works to make everyone happy. Her insecurities throw Charles, the original hard-case, off his game and cause him to be unsure of himself for the first time in centuries. It’s too much fun to watch a big man brought down by a little lady. Love is funny like that.
She was tired of being afraid and uncertain. He wanted questions. She’d been taught not to ask – werewolves keep secrets as if they were gold in a vault. Fine.
“What was it that Asil said that pushed you from irritated to enraged?”
“He threatened to try to take you from me,” he told her.
She thought over the conversation, but didn’t see it. “When?”
“It takes more than this attraction between us to seal us together as a mated pair. When he told me that you didn’t smell of me, he was telling me he knew we haven’t completed the mating – and that he considered you fair game.”
She frowned at him.
“We haven’t made love,” he told her. “And there’s a formal ceremony under the full moon that cements our bonds – a wedding. Without those, Asil can still make a play for you without retaliation.”
Yet another thing she’d never heard before. If she had been ten years younger, she’d have stamped her foot. “Is there a book?” She demanded hotly. “Something I can look up all this stuff in?”
“You could write one,” he suggested. If she hadn’t been watching his mouth, she’d never have seen the flash of humor. He thought she was funny.
The Alpha and Omega Series:
1. Cry Wolf
3. Fair Game
FTC Advisory: No one gave me a copy of Cry Wolf, I bought it myself. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. The only payment I received were hugs and kisses from my two little boys.
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