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Omega Rising: A Wolf King Novel (The Wolf King) (Volume 1) Paperback – June 7, 2016
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About the Author
Anna Kyle wrote her first story at age 12 on an old manual typewriter, and though the technology has changed, she hasn’t stopped since. She lives in the Midwest surrounded by family and friends and dogs and horses. They’ve forgiven her (mostly) when they appear in her stories. She reads everything she can get her hands on, but romances, especially paranormals, are her favorite. Vampires, humans, Fae, shapeshifters, or demons, it doesn’t matter—Anna’s heart goes pitter-pat for the Happily Ever After. Hot heroes + strong, funny heroines = awesome.
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Top Customer Reviews
I liked Cass's character. She was quirky and flawed. Nathan was pretty awesome too...though there were a few times that I felt like he should have groveled his way back into her good graces. The romance was really hot and built well. Also, I'm a sucker for the shifter-match thing where a shifter recognizes their mate right away. I love that.
I wish other books were out (besides the novella) because I want to see what happens with certain characters. Le sigh. Getting in early on a series can be frustrating. Anyway, I'd recommend this to paranormal romance fans who like to get in deep with a world. This had many different types of paranormal aspects: magic, fae, and shifters--wolves, cougars, bears, etc. Fans of Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden, or Georgette St. Clair would enjoy this romance.
Cass Nolan is the star of this book for me and her affliction is so unusual that at first I was pessimistic that the whole “burn of human touch” idea would work but with the way it is written, it totally works. Since Cass is unable to withstand more than a few seconds of contact with anyone otherwise she actually burns and blisters from their touch she is very disciplined in her “no touch” policy. That is until she meets Nathan Rivers.
“What the hell was wrong with her? He’d said something about asking her some questions before she clearly freaked him out by trying to molest his face. Super. Probably just freaked out a potential customer.”
Nathan Rivers just showed up one day to inquire about job and unfortunately for Cass it flipped her world upside down. That entire scene is just hilarious! She is a complete hot mess and she keeps trying to touch his face, all subconsciously, which is humorous because she has avoided the touch of others for so long. So very funny! Nathan appears very closed off and unapproachable but as Cass just lost an employee she is desperate for the help on the horse farm and she hires him for the day. Of course she really just wants to “get it on” with Nathan.
Cass as a character is witty, fiery, compassionate and, my favorite, sarcastic. I love the interaction that her character has between her and her employees. The dialogue is full of snarky banter, respect, and a sense of belonging. She seems like she cannot do anything without help from the others but as the story plays out we find that she is actually the glue that holds the farm and her employees together. Speaking of employees, they all have a secret of their own and it is actually really exciting.
“You know, Robin isn’t supposed to throw Batman over his shoulder.” He jerked his head up, incredulous. “I’m Robin?”
So we have the joined, a prophecy, crazed killings, and what else? Hmmm, feels like I am forgetting something…oh yeah, the romance. Yes, there are Sexy Times happening in this story between Cass and Nathan. It does not come easy and it is not the entire plot, which is nice. What I really did like about the romance angle was that although Cass and Nathan fought the attraction tooth and nail once Cass was committed to the attraction she did not let his reluctance to accept it bother her. I really liked that about her character. She was like “I am gonna love you despite yourself and when you are ready to put your big boy pants on I will be right here.” She did not do the girl thing where she was insecure and wrung her hands over did he want her or not. It was refreshing.
What did I like? Well besides everything I have already discussed, the alternating points of view between Cass and Nathan. All too often we get the story from one side or third person but in this story we get the inner thoughts and feelings of both Cass and Nathan. For me that adds depth to the characters and makes the story more enjoyable.
What did I not like? When you first start off reading this book you find yourself a bit confused by all the characters and races that make up the world that was developed. There is a lot to follow and you will need to really pay attention because there are no “filler” details. Every detail is used and built upon later on in the story. Once you get it all straight in your head though it is very easy to fall into this world and enjoy every minute.
What a great series starter! There are so many wonderful things about this story that it would just make this review too long or be full of spoilers to discuss them. 😉 I recommend this book highly to fans of paranormal romance, fantasy, and just plain romance! It was a good read.
*Thank you to LibraryThing and World Weaver Press for this complimentary copy of Omega Rising*
This review is based on a digital copy I received from LibraryThing Early Reviewers and World Weaver Press. It is an honest review and the complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
The characters who work at the stables have their own distinct personalities and back stories. The protagonist, Cass, especially. I liked the unusual handicap she had, though I did feel its interaction with her love interest was a little corny and predictable. That said, the love interest came just how I like them – dark, dangerous, and with a heart that sets its sights on the right girl. You certainly won’t be disappointed by the bedroom antics – these characters love a hot romp under the sheets, and enjoy teasing each other with new and experimental ideas! The man here is definitely in charge, but the woman won’t take a stupid decision without complaint, or a fight. In fact, in this regard, she soon sets him to rights.
I enjoyed the small mysteries which were revealed throughout and felt these were well handled, but I did feel that the shapeshifting wolves that arrived late to the party could have done with more history behind them, and more to differentiate them. As it was, they multiplied the total character count and at times I found myself forgetting who was who! It didn’t help that on a few occasions I felt like I had missed a step in the plot. Suddenly a character was much happier around another character they were wary of before, or a conclusion was made about a small detail of plot that was easy to miss. This could be because the pace throughout the book was very high, and, therefore, smaller details were easier to overlook.
Readers should also be aware that there are some potentially trigger-worthy pasts discussed. Cass has a history of abuse and the romantic interest has also been manipulated but none of these acts take place in real time.
All in all, I would really recommend this book to romance and fantasy lovers. The weight is more towards romance than fantasy, but I can see that the novel is establishing a world for later development and using the lens of a strong romance to do so. For those of you who like to see different side characters paired off, the potential for that with this book is there in spades. A mythical past of the supernatural world appears to be being resurrected alongside this mottled crew of survivors, and I look forward to seeing it progress into a fantasy tale with worldwide implications for the supernatural community.
originally posted at long and short reviews