Author: Rebecca James
Publisher: JMS Books
Cover Artist: Written Ink Designs
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 04/10/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal
Nothing can prepare Josiah Kimbrel for what he finds when he enters the compound of the River Wolf Pack. As an ambassador of the human-werewolf congress, Josiah is keen to build bridges between the two species. Josiah is surprised to see how ‘normal’ things look in the compound; the wolves, all of whom are gay, live in family units, complete with children, in houses built from local materials.
Then there’s River, the pack alpha. Josiah can’t deny his attraction to the handsome, dominant wolf man. Josiah’s world is further turned upside down when he unexpectedly goes into heat. He doesn’t understand — how can he be half-werewolf and an omega? River wants Josiah for his mate, but is Josiah prepared to leave everything he knows in the city and become first omega of a werewolf pack?
As second in command of the River Wolf Pack, David takes his duty as ambassador to the Human/Werewolf Congress very seriously. With the threat of war, it’s more important than ever to strengthen human/werewolf relations.
But the meeting at the werewolf compound doesn’t go very well. The humans find the homosexual, polygamous nature of the werewolves, along with the fact that the men can bear children, off-putting.
On top of this, although David’s human lover Jax says he loves David, he is not willing to take the bite and become a werewolf himself. David doesn’t see how they can have a relationship, and even wonders if he would be better off mating with Brooks, an attractive beta in the pack. When David and Brooks are kidnapped by the vice president of the Congress, David has to think quickly to save his pack, even if it means throwing his own life away.
While First Omega and Second Alpha each follow a different main pairing, I highly recommend that they are read together. There is just too much going on in this world to understand it all by just picking up book two. Besides, you will miss a lot of bratty omega moments if you skip book one.
Book one, First Omega, sets up James’ take on the Werewolf/wolf shifter mythos. A lot of it is exactly what you would expect. Some are not. All werewolves in James’ world are gay. Some might call it a cop-out for a gay romance writer to write an all gay pack, but it presents its own complications that play a large part in the backstory of the River Creek pack and specifically our main character Josiah. These werewolves are also very sexual beings. VERY sexual. So yeah, there is a lot of hot and dirty sex on all surfaces and in all sorts of places.
You have jealous ex’s, bigotted humans, bigotted wolves, self-lubing omegas, and a lot of alpha wolf posturing. You have a Congress out to eradicate the wolves and willing to do anything to get their way. Their story will keep you turning the pages or rolling your eyes. It just depends on your ability to suspend disbelief and fall into the story.
Book two, Second Alpha, continues the human-wolf interaction back story. We get to see more humans this time and see them interact together on the wolves’ turf as well as their own. We see both sides’ intolerance and fear first hand. We wolves who can’t quite relax enough to make the humans welcome. We see humans who are in for a shock. We see a wolf and a human fall madly in love.
We also get to see that there is more than one solution to each problem and the most obvious solution may not be the best one. I appreciated that the author didn’t take that most obviously solution in this story.
I have a few candidates in mind for a third book. Just saying.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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