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Alpha and Omega (2009)

de Patricia Briggs

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Séries: Alpha and Omega {Briggs} (Prequel), World of the Marrok (novella, 3)

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In Cry Wolf, New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs started a new urban fantasy series set in the world of Mercy Thompson but with rules of it's own. Now, read the eSpecial, Alpha and Omega, the novella that inspired the new series, and see how it all began.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… (mais)
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I liked it and definitely will look into this series. ( )
  RankkaApina | Feb 22, 2021 |
An excellent start to the Alpha and Omega series. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Jan 28, 2021 |
When Anna spots a particular newspaper article, she realizes that her pack may have murdered someone and should be reported to Bran, the Marrok. Ever since she was turned into a werewolf against her will, Anna's life has been a struggle - her pack abused her, and her pay is barely enough to feed her and cover the money she's required to give to the pack - so she isn't sure the Marrok will listen, but he does, and tells her that Charles, his son and Enforcer, will deal with the problem and protect her.

I have this in my Audible library, and it's one of the audiobooks I regularly turn to when I need something short, enjoyable (story and narrator), and undemanding (I can zone out when necessary because I've listened to it before).

I liked Briggs' Mercy Thompson series enough to read several books in it, but I don't recall ever rooting for any of Mercy's romance options. In terms of the romance aspects, Briggs' Alpha & Omega series has always worked better for me, and it's one of the reasons why this introductory novella (short story?) is one of my favorites. Charles is one of those tough guy types (he's essentially Bran's hitman) who, with Anna, finds himself in the position of wanting to make himself less scary and more approachable. I particularly liked the scenes with him in wolf form - his wolf accepts Anna even more readily than he does, even in situations where that wouldn't normally have been the case.

That said, the more I've listened to this, the more painfully obvious some of the problematic aspects have become. First, there's the bit where, in order to make Anna feel better about having him stay at her apartment, Charles says it's "doubtless more civilized than the Indian lodge I grew up in." It was weird that he'd talk about his and his mother's people that way. There was an element of Native American exoticizing to the way Charles was sometimes written - I can't remember if it continues throughout the series or if this novella has the worst of it.

Then there's the issue of sex. At one point Anna tells Charles that she doesn't like sex - she was repeatedly raped by other members of the pack when she was first turned into a werewolf, and I think she might also have said something about not being particularly into sex even before that, but I could be wrong. Charles' response is that she'll enjoy sex with him, which irked me. What if she wasn't interested in giving it a shot? Could Charles accept a relationship with his mate that didn't include sex? If I remember right, sex does become an issue in the first full novel and is resolved in a way that will reassure people who can't imagine romance and intimacy without sex, but I wish there had been more recognition that maybe "Charles is good at sex and is willing to demonstrate it however often it takes" wasn't a guaranteed solution.

So yes, this has its issues, but it still makes for a decent short listen when I haven't decided yet which longer audiobook I want to listen to.

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.) ( )
  Familiar_Diversions | Jan 16, 2021 |
Utter shit, and creepy at that. Its got all the same issues 50 Shades does, except somehow manages to be worse. ( )
  kaitlynn_g | Dec 13, 2020 |
My friend loaned me her audibles copy of this series. I was sure I had read this but as I listen to it now, nope, I had not.
Now that I read this I can see different aspects of this couple. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
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In Cry Wolf, New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs started a new urban fantasy series set in the world of Mercy Thompson but with rules of it's own. Now, read the eSpecial, Alpha and Omega, the novella that inspired the new series, and see how it all began.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

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