Reviewed by Nikyta
**We’re doing this review a little differently! Scroll below to find out more information about the GIVEAWAY we’re having in honor of Burn Bright releasing on March 6, 2018!
Title: Cry Wolf
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega #1
Hero/Heroine: Anna & Charles
Genre: M/F Urban Fantasy
Length: 321 pages
Publisher: Ace Books
Release Date: July 29, 2008
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
It is recommended you read the prequel “Alpha & Omega” before reading Cry Wolf.
In honor of Burn Bright coming out next month, I’ve decided to re-read the Alpha and Omega series to refresh myself on what happened over the series. I honestly thought this series was over when Dead Heat came out in 2015 so when I saw Burn Bright was coming out? I had a little party! I’m so ecstatic for this story because this is one of my favorite series ever. I re-read it at least once a year because I just adore Anna and Charles.
For a little background you should really read the prequel Alpha & Omega (especially since the first paragraph of the blurb is actually in that story and not this one). It’s a short little novella that helps you better understand where Anna and Charles met, how and why Anna is who she is and also why Charles is so careful with her. Also, the Alpha & Omega series and the Mercy Thompson series often interconnect. So what happens in one series, is sometimes mentioned in the other. If you’re caught up with the Mercy Thompson series then you’re golden, if not, I suggest you read that series too just so you’re not questioning why everyone is talking about the Marrok and what he wants to do.
Now, this story picks up literally right after Alpha & Omega where Anna and Charles are still in Chicago and Charles is hurt. As they go back to Montana, Charles doesn’t get much better but Charles is the Marrok’s enforcer and when there’s a rogue in their backyard that’s attacking innocent people, the Marrok sends Charles out to investigate and do what must be done and Charles decides to take Anna with him. However, the rogue is not just a simple rogue and what starts out as something that should have been easy to fix turns into so much more. Thankfully, Anna is the perfect person to help when her inner strength and power come out. But even with Anna there to help Charles, will they be able to defeat what lurks in the mountains before it affects all the wolves under the Marrok’s care?
Okay, that recap still doesn’t do the book justice but I didn’t want to give too much away! What I will say is Anna and Charles get much closer in this book. Charles starts to realize a few things about himself and Anna does as well but they also learn about one another and how their strengths and weaknesses compliment each other. It was so fascinating to see how different Charles is with her compared to everyone else and how Anna is starting to grow into the wolf she should have been from the start.
I just LOVED them together because they are complete opposites but their relationship isn’t just a mates thing. In fact, while they are mates, that doesn’t define their relationship because it doesn’t give them the feelings to really become mates, it just gives them a little push into exploring what could be between them. Charles gives Anna the choice at all times and even says she could leave whenever she wants… although he doesn’t want her to.
In the end, I’m a little biased with this series. I enjoy it more than the Mercy Thompson series because it’s about Anna and Charles and how they work as a team while also getting to know one another and cementing their bond with each obstacle they overcome. It’s a phenomenal story arc that I keep reading even when I thought it was over! I’m so glad Burn Bright is coming out because I can’t wait to see what’s happened in the time that’s passed!
Definitely give this one a go if you’re looking for a new M/F series to sink your teeth in but I suggest reading Alpha & Omega first just so you have a better idea of who Anna and Charles are before they get together.
Overall Impression: It was amazing!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*
In honor of Burn Bright releasing next month, Patricia Briggs & Berkley are giving away one mass market paperback copy of Cry Wolf (US entries only) to one lucky winner! The giveaway starts now and ends February 17, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. To enter, just click the link below!
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