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This is a fantastic book! I need to be clear up front that I am a huge fan of Patricia Briggs. I have read and enjoyed all of the books in the Mercy Thompson series and the Alpha & Omega series. I enjoy each series but I think that the Alpha & Omega series is my favorite out of the two. I just love Charles and Anna. I love each of them as individuals and I adore them as a couple.
"The day I met you was the first day I ever felt joy."
Seriously, how can your heart not melt when Charles says things like this?!?! Mine sure did. Charles is unique in the werewolf world. He is the most dominant werewolf around with the exception of his father, Bram, and he has a few extra abilities. He is the one who is sent out when there is trouble since he is Bram's enforcer. Anna is an Omega werewolf which is extremely rare. She has a calming effect on other werewolves and does not feel compelled to obey. I think that she is the perfect mate for Charles and vice-versa. They complement each other completely.
Charles wants to give Anna a gift for her upcoming birthday so he decides to take her to see an old friend so that she can pick out a new horse. Shortly after they arrive, it becomes obvious that there is trouble in town that has touched the local werewolf pack. Charles and Anna work to find out what is going on and protect the members of the local pack and the people that they love.
I really liked that we find out a little more about Charles's past. Charles has lived a long life and his life before Anna and before the series starts is very interesting to me. So far everything that I have learned about Charles has only made me like him more. I enjoyed seeing Anna fully utilizing her Omega abilities in this story. The chemistry and love between the pair is absolutely wonderful.
The writing is excellent and the mystery is solid. The story has nearly perfect pacing and I found that I could not put it down once I started. There is a large focus on horses in this book which may not appeal to everyone. I like horses and spent a lot of time riding when I was a teen so I really enjoyed those parts of the book. I actually liked the fact that this was Charles and Anna's story with only mentions of other characters. Don't get me wrong, I love Bram, Asil, and everyone else but I liked the new characters in this book so much that I found I didn't miss them like I would have thought. There was a lot of werewolf politics in this book that I found that I really enjoyed.
I would highly recommend this book to others. While I suppose it could be possible to enjoy this book without having read the rest of the series, the other books are so good I just don't understand why anyone would want to skip them. My suggestion to anyone interested in this series is to start at the beginning and enjoy the full story. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in this fantastic series.I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.