Author: Rebecca James
Publisher: JMS Books
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/29/2016
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal
The first three stories of Rebecca James’s best-selling werewolf series are now available together in one box set for the first time! Meet half-werewolf Josiah, his mate River, and all the sexy alphas, omegas, and betas in the River Wolf Pack! Contains the stories:
First Omega: Improving werewolf/human relations takes a sudden backseat when Josiah, unknowingly half-werewolf, goes into heat and is mated by the handsome Pack Alpha. Added to that are three rogue alphas stirring up ill feelings towards humans. War between the werewolves and humans and the overthrow of Josiah’s mate as Pack Alpha threaten Josiah’s future happiness of First Omega of River Wolf Pack.
Second Alpha: David knows it’s imperative to strengthen human/werewolf relations, but the humans distrust the homosexual, polygamous werewolves. David’s human lover Jax isn’t willing to take the bite and become a werewolf himself. David wonders if he should mate with Brooks instead, an attractive beta in the pack. When David and Brooks are kidnapped, David risks his life to save his pack and their way of life.
Third Mate: Leo’s desire to rise within the pack wars with his dislike of Stone, who wants to depose River as alpha. Meanwhile potential mates Sam and Foster add further complications. Should Jax remain human or accept David’s bite? When he discovers Brooks is considering mating Stone, Jax provides a solution at the expense of his own happiness. Can River remain in charge of an increasingly fractured pack?
I had mixed feelings about this set of books. On one hand, there is a lot of interesting things that Rebecca James did with her interpretation of werewolf lore. Having all wolves be gay and the hierarchal division of Alpha, Beta, and Omega are a few. Brandilyn wrote a good review about the first two books, First Omega and Second Alpha, Here. She liked them a little more than I did but I generally agree with her.
Book 3, Third Mate, encompasses three “couples”, two of which are from books one and two. I say “couples” because two of the groups are potential ménage situations. I liked how she integrated all the players together. Some of the dialog is eye rolling though, and the ending saw our couples together but on precarious ground in the bigger picture. I really disliked the ending. There is no indication of another book with these characters, although there is a book set in the same world, Omega Arrival.
My final take away is you really need to read all three books together to get the most out of the series. There is some hot and dirty sex and enough tension that these aren’t fluffy romances. As Brandilyn said in her review:
“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.”
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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