Cry Wolf - Patricia Briggs {Originally read February 1, 2010. Reread August 2013}
Oh. Em. Gee.

This is hands down one of my favorite werewolf stories.

This is my first [a:Patricia Briggs|40563|Patricia Briggs|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1228867484p2/40563.jpg] novel. There are currently three stories in the Alpha & Omega Series -- starting with the short story "Alpha and Omega" from the [b:On the Prowl|285212|On the Prowl (Alpha & Omega, #0.5)|Patricia Briggs|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1348557602s/285212.jpg|276710] anthology (which you absolutely MUST read as it includes a HUGE amount of important backstory, since [b:Cry Wolf|2355575|Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1)|Patricia Briggs|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1310494063s/2355575.jpg|2362332] picks up right where the short story left off), and continues on with [b:Hunting Ground|5292853|Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega, #2)|Patricia Briggs|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1375461295s/5292853.jpg|5360280]. A third novel in the series is due out Fall of 2011 so we've got a while to wait on that one.

I loved the mythology of these stories, but even more so, I loved the interaction between Charles and Anna. So many "fated to be mated" stories have the hero and heroine madly in lust from the get-go with tons of smexin' until they finally "give in" and fall in love. However, that's simply not the case with Charles and Anna. Their wolves accepted the mating bond long before their human sides did, and Charles is SO gentle and understanding with Anna that I couldn't help but love him a bit myself. She's been through such horrors for the three years that she's been a werewolf, and not many alpha-males would be as patient and kind as Charles was.

As Patricia Briggs says on her website, their romance is sweet rather than steamy. And yet, even with my love of trashy novels, I wasn't bothered a single bit by the fact that the one sexual encounter was brief and in general terms rather than explicit.

I really enjoyed watching Anna overcome her abuse and start to accept her power and place as an Omega. I still hold out hope that her old pack will get their comeuppance for their treatment of her, and will not go unpunished.

5 Solid Stars