Ace, Aug 2008, $7.99
Three years ago a werewolf attacked Anna; she changed into a loup-garou. The alpha Leo had instigated the attack, absorbing her into the Western Suburban Chicago pack. He had her sexually and mentally abused her turning her into a lonely submissive. The pack is n tatters with the alpha leader’s mate killing those she deems a threat until Leo was finally was murdered.
The Marrok Alpha of all Alphas comes to straighten out the mess. Anna and Charles, the Marrok’s son, want to be mates as do their wolves, but she is too afraid to fall into his arms. She learns she is not a submissive, but an Omega werewolf who brings clam to the pack. Once they are there they come under attack and unless the magical practitioner is caught, werewolf society will be enslaved to a malevolent mage.
Patricia Briggs is one my favorite urban fantasists as she makes her alternative world filled with werewolves, witches, and spirits (oh my) seem genuine. As the exciting story line progresses, Anna grows once she realizes she is a worthy individual as she has skills that she can give to her pack that no one else can; she also concludes that Charles is her equal not her superior. Fans of Laura Anne Gilman and Lara Adrian will enjoy visiting Briggs realm as she provides a wonderful coming of age werewolf drama.