My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A new author to me and a new way of examining the world of shifters and I really enjoyed it.
Set in the forests of Western Australia, this romance examines in detail the hormones made me do it aspect of an omegaverse where the dynamics of alpha, beta and omega are followed.
Branden is a really beautifully crafted character, he’s strong but vulnerable, an omega masquerading as beta not only because he wants the freedom to roam as a nature photographer but also because of a traumatic previous experience with an alpha.
In this world, shifters have only been known for a few decades and I liked the way Pia Foxhall approached all the bureaucracy of dealing with wolf shifters through a lack of knowledge based on superstitions and outdated information.
Coll was a gem of an alpha. Way beyond the norm for the type, not an over-inflated egotistical jerk, but a complex man capable of not only controlling his emotions but using his ability to help Branden through his first heat in nearly a decade.
I loved that this book bucked all the must fuck tropes that often come with an omegaverse.
Yes, it touched on it, Branden’s heat put him into that same almost painful and emotional driven state, but Coll’s long lineage of alpha shifters gave him abilities which were able to help the omega move beyond the emotional need. It was an interesting way to deal with the biology of the mating instinct
Great world building and some really interesting secondary characters made this a book I didn’t want to put down.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review