Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega #1
Also in this series: Burn Bright, Alpha & Omega
Published by Ace on July 29, 2008
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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.
First up, you need to read Alpha & Omega before reading Cry Wolf or you are going to be all kinds of confused. It has the story of how Charles and Anna met and what happened to get Charles in the sorry shape he was in at the very beginning of Cry Wolf. Trust me, this will not be a chore. It’s a great book chock full of info you’ll need, plus its action-packed.
I had a hard time feeling Charles out in Alpha & Omega but in Cry Wolf you really get to know him. He’s hurt in a huge way, his mate has been horribly abused and, to make matters worse, there is a rogue werewolf attacking people in the mountains and it’s his job to track him down. I loved Charles here. Even with so much going on, Anna was always his first priority. Clueless as to how to help her, he even resorted to asking advice from someone who he could barely stand but who was uniquely qualified to help. For me, this is alpha behavior at its best.
Anna was like a fish out of water when first introduced to Charles’ pack. Never given the information she needed after being forcibly turned, everything was a learning experience especially when it came to becoming mated. Anna’s gift as an Omega wolf was sorely needed in the Marrok’s (Charles’ father) pack. An Omega has a calming effect on wolves and can help them heal. For Anna, it was like being thrown into the deep end from the get-go. She thought being sent out in the wilderness with Charles to track down a rogue werewolf was more like a getting to know you type of adventure. Too bad it was way more than a rogue werewolf that they found. This was a fight against pure evil and one that would take everything they had and then some to win.
Charles and Anna truly coming together as mates as they fought against evil may have been at the forefront of this book, but the side characters had me just as enthralled. Bran commands my attention any time he shows on the page, Asil tugged at my heartstrings with his story and the trials he had to go through here. It’s apparent Samuel has a story ahead of him, and then there is Walter…I admired him so much, and my heart broke for him in the end.
Cry Wolf was an emotional read with suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat. I loved the depth given to the characters and can’t wait to see what else is in store for Anna and Charles.
Rating: 4.5 Stars