Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs
Alpha & Omega #0.5
Anna Latham never chose to be a werewolf and the last three years of her life have been filled with abuse and pain. In a rare moment of courage Anna contacts the Marrok, the leader of the North American werewolves, and tells him about a missing teen she saw imprisoned at her Alpha’s home. When Charles Cornick, the Marrok’s son and enforcer, arrives in Chicago he’s shocked at the changes the pack has undergone and his wolf is angered by the fear he sees in Anna. But even more surprising is that Charles’s wolf recognizes Anna as his mate and he’s more determined than ever to protect her.
Alpha and Omega is a great little prequel that sets up the world of werewolves and introduces Anna and Charles perfectly. Anna’s back story is tragic and horrifying and I felt so much for her. She spends the majority of the novella fearing what Charles will do and what will happen when her Alpha learns she contacted the Marrok. As Anna learns more about herself and her place in the pack she begins to slowly show the strong woman she used to be before the change. I loved those little glimpses of the wolf Anna will become and look forward to seeing more of it in the next book. A part of her confidence comes from Charles and his quiet and protective presence. She can sense how powerful and dangerous Charles is but her wolf trust him a way she’s never experienced.
The wolves in this book are very connected to their animal side and it rules a lot stronger than I usually see in paranormal romance. Charles struggles to control his wolf who doesn’t like the city and the crush of people. On top of that, Anna’s fear sets off the predator in him and he has to pull himself back especially when he also senses Anna’s attraction to him. While Anna and Charles are fated mates their human sides still have a lot learn about each other. They share a few kisses and Charles makes his intentions toward Anna clear but it appears the majority of the romance will come in later books. I’m looking forward to seeing more of this world!
4 out of 5 stars
Tags: Shifter | Trauma/Abused | Warrior
Heroine has been turned into a werewolf against her will and has been beaten and raped repeatedly (referenced, off page)
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
Published by Berkley Books on August 7, 2007