Genre: urban fantasy
Cover: strong, but it still looks like a fox to me instead of a wolf.
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’s also a rare van 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 ...
After the events in Chicago (novella Alpha and Omega) Charles Cornick takes Anna home with him to Montana. There is nothing left for Anna in Chicago, but she has no clue what she will do in Montana. Sure, Charles claims she is his mate, or his wolf has claimed her, and that she is a rare Omega wolf, but Anna has no idea what that entails. And when she is frightened, like about sleeping with the still wounded Charles in his bed, she calls upon her wolf for help and strength.
But there is no time to rest and heal for Charles, a stray wolf is killing humans in the territory of the Marrok, and he has to be found and stopped, by any means, before more humans are killed. Bran is about to come out of the closet with the wolves, and he does not need bad publicity. In this modern day and age, it is getting harder to keep themselves hidden from the humans.
And so Charles and Anna set out into the frozen forest to find the killer. But first they will have to attend the funeral mass for a beloved werewolf Bran had to kill recently. And that was not easy, as the man was his friend. His children blame Bran for killing their father, but Charles and especially Samuel,(Bran’s other son) know how to change their opinion of what truly happened. Still, when Asil, another ancient wolf bothers Anna, just to get a rise out of Charles, her Omega qualities kick in, and she quiets Asil.
Anna and Charles take Bran’s car out in the wilderness and from where they can’t drive any further, they will hike. Anna has zero experience with this, but she hopes her wolf’s strength will let her keep up with Charles. Charles is happy that Anna is with him, and that she is not a chatterbox. And how she can appreciate the beauty of it all.
But when they are kissing in a little valley that feels wrong, something attacks them. A new wolf, who doesn’t know how to fight as a wolf yet, and Charles runs him off. But while Anna is alone, a strange woman and her wolf/dog approach her. It is a witch, looking for Asil, and she quickly bewitches Anna and Charles to find out what she wants to know. This witch is pure evil, and she has done something strange to the mating bond between Asil and his late wife, somehow she has stolen it!
When the Witch enslaves both Asil and Bran, the wolves are in trouble, and it is up to Anna and Charles and their new friend, to save them all …
It has been a while since I read this book for the first time, so I had forgotten the story about Bran and his evil witch mother who turned him and Charles. I thought that what I read in the anthology last year, was completely new to me. I was wrong. So it was nice to catch up again.
The story is a strong one, and Charles and Anna grow closer together, and even find the mating bond between them. Not through making love as Charles thought though. I like Asil as a secondary character a lot, and I know there will be more stories where he will have a nice part, I look forward to reading those.
This is a good Urban Fantasy series, it has werewolves and vampires, Fae and witches, and this book has a particularly evil Witch, and I hate what she did to animals to gain power. To learn more about the history of Witches and Asil and Bran was very nice though.
If you like Urban Fantasy and if you like it a bit darker, you really need to read this series. But it is a lot different than the Mercy series, even though it has some of the same characters and the same worldbuilding.
© 2015 Reviews by Aurian