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Alpha and Omegaby Patricia BriggsThe werewolf Anna finds a new sense of self when the son of the werewolf king comes to town to quell unrest in the Chicago pack and inspires a power in Anna that she s never felt before Inhuman by Eileen WilksKai has a secret gift of sensing thoughts and desires What she senses in her neighbor Nathan could be dangerous Because he has a secret gift, too, and it s about to be let loose Buying Trouble by Karen ChanceIn a New York auction house, a Lord of the Fey crosses paths with a fiery redheaded mage named Claire But in this strange underground society, the rarity up for sale is Claire herself Mona Lisa Betwining by SunnyAmong the children of the moon, Mona Lisa is of Mixed Blood part Monere, part human, and destined to be alone Then she meets a man who could be her salvation or her downfall


10 thoughts on “On the Prowl

  1. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    Review first posted on www.fantasyliterature.com On the Prowl is an anthology containing four urban fantasy novellas So here s the deal All four are part of longer urban fantasy series, and other than Patricia Briggs Alpha and Omega, I can t really recommend any of them as stand alone reads I happen to be into Briggs Mercy Thompson series, so I picked up this book at the library so I could read Alpha and Omega, but none of the other three stories had much appeal for me, and one of them M Review first posted on www.fantasyliterature.com On the Prowl is an anthology containing four urban fantasy novellas So here s the deal All four are part of longer urban fantasy series, and other than Patricia Briggs Alpha and Omega, I can t really recommend any of them as stand alone reads I happen to be into Briggs Mercy Thompson series, so I picked up this book at the library so I could read Alpha and Omega, but none of the other three stories had much appeal for me, and one of them Mona Lisa Betwining was positively off putting I give Alpha and Omega 3.75 stars Mona Lisa is 1 star material the other two get maybe 2 1 2 stars, based on the amount I read Alpha and Omega Concurrently with her MERCY THOMPSON urban fantasy series about a coyote shapeshifter and her adventures with werewolves, vampires, fae and other supernatural beings, Patricia Briggs has been writing the ALPHA AND OMEGA series about an Omega werewolf, who has unique powers for a werewolf This novella introduces Anna, a seemingly submissive, sexually and physically abused werewolf in an appalling mess of a pack in Chicago Anna was unwillingly turned into a werewolf three years ago and her life has been miserable since But when she reads an newspaper article about a missing teenager and realizes that this is the same boy she had seen in a werewolf cage in the pack leader s home, she drums up her courage and finally telephones Bran, the Montana based Marrok or leader of all the werewolf packs in North America, to let him know that she had seen the boy.Kidnappings and turning unwilling people into werewolves being against the strict rules governing werewolf society, the Marrok immediately arranges for Charles, his half Native American son and his enforcer hit man, to meet Anna Charles dual mission protect Anna from her out of control pack and clean up the situation in Chicago Love wasn t supposed to be part of that mission and Anna s history of abuse for the past three years has damaged her psyche and her trust in menAlpha Omegais a solid, if not extraordinary, beginning to the ALPHA AND OMEGA series It introduces you to Anna and Charles and gives some important insights into their pasts and their characters, as well as werewolf culture and its rules and restrictions generally, and it sets the stage for Cry Wolf, the novel that is next in the series, which picks up immediately after the events in this novella In fact, if you plan to read the series, you ll be doing yourself a disservice if you don t read this novella first Without it, the beginning of Cry Wolf is abrupt, and it s much harder to immerse yourself in their world and their problems Personally, I would have preferred this novella s content being added to the start of Cry Wolf rather than being sold as a separate work Although it s a necessary piece to the puzzle, by itself the story of Alpha and Omega feels incomplete and its ending, while not a cliffhanger, will leave you scrambling for the next book.Unfortunately, the other stories in On the Prowl Inhuman by Eileen Wilks, Buying Trouble by Karen Chance, and Mona Lisa Betwining by someone using the exotic dancer like moniker of Sunny aren t up to the level of Alpha and Omega Like this story, the others are romance oriented urban fantasies and are all parts of a series, but all three of them are set further into their respective series and are tough to get into without having read the authors previous works in the series I didn t find any of them absorbing enough to readthan a third of the way through, even with the shorter novella length, although Buying Trouble was the most readable and seemslikely to appeal to other fantasy romance readers Also, the level of sexual explicitness rises with each story in the anthology, culminating with the fantasy erotica that is Mona Lisa Betwining When the main character is having non committal and highly explicit sex withthan one partner, that s pretty much an automatic book closer for me If On the Prowl is available at your local library, I recommend checking it out so you can read Alpha and Omega if you re interested in that series, but you may want to give the rest of this anthology a pass unless you re already into those other authors If you re thinking of buying the ebook for Alpha and Omega, I d pay the 2.99 for just that ebook rather than 7.99 for this anthology It s not worth the extra 4.00


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    Q Civilization is vastly overrated c Q One of these days she was going to break down and buy boots if only she didn t need to eat c Q Who wants to feel everything everyone else feels all the time c Q Which was how Anna ended up naked between a couple of parked cars in the middle of the night at O Hare International Airport c Q This must be what it was like to be fully human c Q The wolf wasbeautiful in the daylight than he had been at night, his fur really red, she saw, set off Q Civilization is vastly overrated c Q One of these days she was going to break down and buy boots if only she didn t need to eat c Q Who wants to feel everything everyone else feels all the time c Q Which was how Anna ended up naked between a couple of parked cars in the middle of the night at O Hare International Airport c Q This must be what it was like to be fully human c Q The wolf wasbeautiful in the daylight than he had been at night, his fur really red, she saw, set off by black on his legs and paws c


  3. Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) says:

    Alpha and Omega by Patricia BriggsI ve actually read Alpha and Omega twice now It s such a wonderful story Very short, but that s okay, because we have two full length stories with one of my supercouples now I can t describe how much I love this story I did write a long review which I added under Alpha and Omega separately I ll just say that Ms Briggs did an exemplarly job of writing this story that is full of underlying intensity, but written so simply Charles and Anna are two characters Alpha and Omega by Patricia BriggsI ve actually read Alpha and Omega twice now It s such a wonderful story Very short, but that s okay, because we have two full length stories with one of my supercouples now I can t describe how much I love this story I did write a long review which I added under Alpha and Omega separately I ll just say that Ms Briggs did an exemplarly job of writing this story that is full of underlying intensity, but written so simply Charles and Anna are two characters that I found very fascinating I could feel their chemistry in every interaction It s romance at its best, wrapped up in a delicious urban fantasy package Five stars.Inhuman by Eileen WilksThis was one of those stories that I find hard to review and to rate It s a very good story, but the writing was hard to get into I found there was a distance between me and Kai and Nathan that I had to work very hard to bridge The remote writing style was the culprit Having said that, I liked the world that Ms Wilks built, ripe with magical creatures, and unfortunately, full of prejudice against those gifted with magical abilities Nathan is a character that I found myself liking very much He had a lot of integrity He was a man of self control, but also a man of intense emotions Kai was a strong woman with an interesting ability, that she was trying very had to understand I liked their romance But, I must admit The world was the selling point in this story Rich with Faerie elements, which never fails to appeal to me as a reader Four stars.Buying Trouble by Karen ChanceThis is my third story by Ms Chance, I am definitely seeing why she has such a devoted fan base Her stories are action packed The world building is intricate and rich Her characters are appealing and likeable And she is a very funny writer I was reading this while sitting with my sister in her hospital room, and I kept laughing out loud and gasping as I read it Ms Chance managed to pack quite a lot into this story, but it wasn t overloaded Although I feel that she could usedialogue in this story, it s hard to find fault with it, because it was so well done Sexy, appealing, funny characters that I cared about, humorous moments, and no holds barred action, what else could I ask for Oh, and a heavy dose of Faerie Five stars.I didn t read the Sunny story because erotic urban fantasy isn t my thing And skimming made it clear this was very erotic So, no rating for it.I d give this collection five stars just because of Alpha and Omega But, the Wilks story was enjoyable, and I loved the Chance story, so it makes it a lot easier to give this book a five star rating If you are urban fantasy fans, and you aren t reading Briggs and Chance, get to it You re missing out


  4. Schnaucl Schnaucl says:

    Patricia Briggs story was okay It was nice to see something of the other son Though once again, the woman is extra special Eileen Wilks story was interesting, though definitelyparanormal romance than urban fantasy It s a good start for a series and I m almost tempted to go out and find that series Karen Chance s story was all right I liked the male protagonist, but I m not really sure I care for the plot twist Sunny s story was not urban fantasy I m not sure I d even qualify Patricia Briggs story was okay It was nice to see something of the other son Though once again, the woman is extra special Eileen Wilks story was interesting, though definitelyparanormal romance than urban fantasy It s a good start for a series and I m almost tempted to go out and find that series Karen Chance s story was all right I liked the male protagonist, but I m not really sure I care for the plot twist Sunny s story was not urban fantasy I m not sure I d even qualify it as paranormal romance It readlike softcore porn with paranormal elements tacked on It was mostly sex with a little plot that seemed like it was excerpted from some larger work Very much not my thing


  5. Tracey Tracey says:

    I picked this up solely for Patricia Briggs I find it a little odd that a Briggs story is part of this collection the other three contributors seem to be firmly in the sex soaked PNR category, and Briggs isn t At least, the Mercy Thompson books aren t, despite what their covers look like it s a hard sell when someone, particularly a male someone, has understandable difficulty looking past the tramp stamped Mercy doppelg ngers that scream hot werewolf sex Not, of course, as loudly as the I picked this up solely for Patricia Briggs I find it a little odd that a Briggs story is part of this collection the other three contributors seem to be firmly in the sex soaked PNR category, and Briggs isn t At least, the Mercy Thompson books aren t, despite what their covers look like it s a hard sell when someone, particularly a male someone, has understandable difficulty looking past the tramp stamped Mercy doppelg ngers that scream hot werewolf sex Not, of course, as loudly as the cover of On the Prowl screams it midriff baring leopard skin But Mercy really is urban fantasy a protestation that loses a little ground with an anthology like this For example, I went into it dreading the novella by the single named Sunny the first book in her series has this line in its description A smoldering debut novel exploring the passion, hunger, and danger that can break loose in the moonlight Oh Fabulous Ms Briggs, what fresh hell is this Are the Alpha Omega novels, which I have not located all of yet, PNR Say it ain t so Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs It ain t so This is solid Patricia Briggs Anna has been a werewolf for three years, and it s been brutal only now is she exposed to the idea that it might not always be so This is a great introduction to the characters and the world and strictly PG rated, at that It could easily have gone deep into PNR territory it has a lot of the elements But this is a well thought out world with rules the magic must follow, and the aspects of the story a lesser writer would have turned into mindless hot werewolf sex were treated seriously, mindful of the characters personalities and histories and futures Patricia Briggs writes with the mindset of This is the character as she as been formed, warts and all, as three dimensional and life like as I can convey her This happens to her, and then this What is she thinking What is she feeling How does she react What some of these other authors set down on paper remind me of a little girl banging her dolls together to try to approximate what she think grown ups do together The bad PNR author has a littlecomprehension than that little girl of the mechanics at least, but the level of relationship and character development conveyed is about on par, and while both processes might be fun for the perpetrator, neither is nearly as rewarding to an observer And that, my children, is why Patricia Briggs writes urban fantasy, not PNR her writing presents a realistic world into which fantasy elements are realistically introduced and through which her characters make their way in a believable manner One fifty cent word to cover it all verisimilitude Briggs achieves it PNR, very very often, does not Her work is not, I repeat not PNR It is good urban fantasy Very good.Inhuman by Eileen Wilks The version of Earth which Eileen Wilks has created has undergone a wee bit of a change Power winds swept through a little while ago, and unleashed or emphasized or tore loose magical abilities in people who never suspected such things existed Kai has an odd gift, not one she can explain easily, and not one she wants to try she loses friends when she tells them she can see their thoughts One person she doesn t have to worry about in that regard is her neighbor, Nathan whatever he is, he s stranger than Kai And their relationship is changed, accelerated, when they discover that whatever has been killing the Gifted in the neighborhood is using a human appearance a very particular, dangerous human appearance I like the writing, I like the characters and the use of mythology and the concept of the mage winds And the I suppose inevitable sex scene was comparatively tasteful, and the conclusion of it actually got a little snort of laughter out of me On purpose, even I m interested I do wonder why he says Eh all the time it s an odd idiosyncrasy It happens at the beginnings of sentences, so he s not trying to pass as Canadian.Buying Trouble by Karen Chance Haidar reigned in his horse sigh This was not what I expected I liked it I didn t love it, but all of the otherwise gag worthy elements glowy elves and much put upon heroines and such are dealt with in such a way that my interest was held and I was entertained, and never tempted to actually retch I liked the transition between mostly ordinary here and now and a sort of DD setting I liked the system of magic I didn t like the incompleteness of the story, though yes, of course it s just the beginning of the tale and if I wantI ll just have to go get the books but there s a major character who shows up, has one line, and vanishes again, never to be seen and only briefly to be heard of This character deserved at least one solid scene with Claire happy, or tense, or uncertain, or dismayed, or all of the above whatever, it should have happened and did not In all, it was enough fun that I ll take a I can t say take a chance , can I I ll give further Karen Chance books a try.One qualm I had about this for a while was the way the pair s clothing disappeared Neither exactly started out dressed for being on the run, and then they both quickly ended up shoeless a few pages later Claire is using his shirt for bandages, and other bits and pieces variously didn t survive So I was kind of wondering what they were going to do when they left their shelter Yay deus ex machina Dragon ex machina A smaller ish qualm was that Claire was torn up about having accidentally killed the horse, but not too fussed by the men elves, she corrected in a non pejorative manner she d hurt and probably killed I m a horse lover I d be bothered too But I d be just a bitbothered by the people, even if they were trying to kill me Claire seemed utterly unaffected Question Claire s other self, twin self, whatever, is a baby And has to grow up But she s not going to let it out much So Will that stunt its her growth It s referred to as a second personality how separate are they I know, I know Read the other books Mona Lisa Betwining by Sunny Oh, now, this this is what I was dreading This is where That Cover comes from I had low expectations for all but Patricia Briggs in this book, and was two thirds pleasantly surprised But this is bloody awful This hits on every dreadful clich of PNR from tight inner sheaths on down The first chunk of the book has Mona gag Lisa sorry my gorge rises every time I read the name, and typing it is even worse mooning and pining and moping because Her Beloved Is Dead and She Isn t Pregnant Thing is, though, even though her lover is dead she s got at least a couple of spares, and uncounted other stunningly gorgeous males flocking from everywhere for a chance at bedding her Literally Of course, she s not THAT fickle She ll stick to the two she s got left until circumstances dictate otherwise, of course Grief has little effect on libido in this world Libido, in fact, rules all, as I can t imagine being pinned against a tree in one s scanties would be so very conducive to sex as it seems to have been for her Bark, and all Rough Dirty And rubbing up against the tree wouldn t be too comfortable either Ba dum tish I thought hoped , from reading this, that Mona was the Queen s title related to Monere , and the heroine s name was Lisa, creating a moniker that she and others would cringe over as much as I do But then again, unless the title has followed her all her life, from what I care to read about it I guess it isn t Ew The names all of them, not just ML are calculated to irritate me thoroughly Gryphon and Amber and Halcyon good grief, they re the sort of names you put in stories you write when you re sixteen and then burn a few years later in horror at how juvenile they were They re purest OMG PRITTEEEE Using one such Maybe allowable they are purty All of them plus ML No No no nonono Uh uh.Really No.The language even besides the oh come on really erotic scenes, it s dreadful The clich s extend well beyond those scenes, and there is an inconsistency between pseudo high fantasy and ML s present day slanginess which is probably intended to emphasize how new she is to all of this but which makes no sense at all when some of the High Fantastic occurs in the first person narration Yes, that s a terrible sentence, but I blame the influence of what I ve been reading If you know what I mean The tone seems to be deadly serious, but then the first person narrator gets snarky when I m depressed, I m not snarky , then well, then, sex Lather, rinse, repeat, ad, literally, nauseam.The other novellas in the collection did a nice job of serving as introductions to the worlds they take place in, and to the characters the writers want the reader to come spendtime with Betwining which huh did not do such a nice job I d never heard of Sunny or this character I refuse to name again, or the Monere wait Oh, of course there s an accent grave Mon re is that just random because it s pritteee or does it actually follow any rule of spelling , and I spent a fair amount of the story at least slightly baffled It didn t take long to start skimming And until I reached the line about the male lead s nipples standing up like little soldiers Appalled, I flipped a few pages further, and what I read next was worse no, I m not writing it, I m still queasy , and there, donePardon me I ve got to go poke out my mind s eye Frasier CraneSorry, Ms Briggs I love you, but If the bad apple had been in the middle and I d left the book with a better taste in my mouth, I might be able to begenerous with my rating Not even Alpha and Omega could make up for the horrors of Mon re It s interesting, actually the book starts off with a great novella, goes on to a very good one, to a good one, to a dreadful one Also, and possibly related, in the first story there is very little sex in the second, only a little still in the third and, finally Cleanup on aisle four, please shudder


  6. Ashley Marie Ashley Marie says:

    In love with Anna and Charles, and learning about pack hierarchy according to werewolves is really interesting.


  7. Alaina Alaina says:

    Okay, okay, let me just tell you that within this book there are about four novellas Oh, and let me just point out that the first novella within this entire damn book is the only good one It s 100% less cringe worthy as well The other three I just wish that I would ve blacked out on I really want to forget reading them I was cringing the entire god damn time I don t know if I m ever going to get back the hours I spend reading this book AND YES I SAID HOURS Because of the constant cringin Okay, okay, let me just tell you that within this book there are about four novellas Oh, and let me just point out that the first novella within this entire damn book is the only good one It s 100% less cringe worthy as well The other three I just wish that I would ve blacked out on I really want to forget reading them I was cringing the entire god damn time I don t know if I m ever going to get back the hours I spend reading this book AND YES I SAID HOURS Because of the constant cringing opportunities sprung upon me I had to walk away from this book and cheer myself up with another book It honestly did not matter to me if the other book had a happy or terrible ending IT JUST HAD TO BE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT BOOK That s all I asked and looked for.So if anyone wants to read the Alpha and Omega Series by Patricia Briggs, just read the first novella of this book or just completely forget this book and read the novella called Alpha and Omega 0.5 It s the same exact thing but just about that one novella It would save you so much time You wont be cringing at all You will be happy unlike me.But don t worry I m not going to let the three other novellas steer me away from this series Oh, hell no I will stay strong and stick with my guns I will read this series I will make this series my bitch


  8. Tilly Slaton Tilly Slaton says:

    Although I have not read all of her books as of yet, Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite authors.The Mercy Thompson series really appealed to me I love shape shifter romance books, and I was pleasantly surprised to find the series continue the relationship between Mercy and Adam.The Alpha and Omega series is a spin off of the Mercy Thompson series This series is based on the relationship between Charles and Anna.Charles is a very dominant werewolf He was born a werewolf, the only of his kin Although I have not read all of her books as of yet, Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite authors.The Mercy Thompson series really appealed to me I love shape shifter romance books, and I was pleasantly surprised to find the series continue the relationship between Mercy and Adam.The Alpha and Omega series is a spin off of the Mercy Thompson series This series is based on the relationship between Charles and Anna.Charles is a very dominant werewolf He was born a werewolf, the only of his kind As son of the Marrok, Bran, he is the head hunter and wielder of justice for their kind.Anna is an Omega werewolf Changed without her consent and unknowing of what she is, she endured three years of abuse and rape from her pack It took some time, but finally she gripped what little courage she had and contacted the Marrok to inform him of the death of the disappearance of one of the new werewolves in her pack.As Charles was already sent to investigate the evil doings of Leo s pack, Bran added a new order to protect Anna from the pack s retaliation.Charles wolf claims Anna s wolf as his mate before either of them have time to adjust to one another This makes things evenexplosive as he is territorial and jealous of those around her The knowledge of her abuse and pass around rape infuriates him.This is a very short story that introduces this new relationship in the world of Briggs werewolves Although Anna s character progression is at light speed, I look forward to readingof her I strongly advise you to read the Mercy Thompson series first Without doing so, I doubt you would appreciate this book as much as I I recommend this book to mature adults Although there is no descriptive sexual content, there is a semi mild discussion of rape and abuse Mild to moderate violence.If I had read this book without prior reading the Mercy Thompson series, I would have rated this with two stars Knowing what is to come with Crywolf and Hunting Grounds, I rated it with four stars Happy reading


  9. Ina Ina says:

    Re read April 2018 3.5 stars On the Prowl is still my least favorite book written by Patricia Briggs It s not really surprising considering her other books are usually novels which have huge advantage over the short stories I don t have anything against short stories, but full length novels just let you understand the characters and the overall story better Plus, I m not the biggest fan of insta love stories, so even though I really like Anna and Charles and I absolutely adore this series Re read April 2018 3.5 stars On the Prowl is still my least favorite book written by Patricia Briggs It s not really surprising considering her other books are usually novels which have huge advantage over the short stories I don t have anything against short stories, but full length novels just let you understand the characters and the overall story better Plus, I m not the biggest fan of insta love stories, so even though I really like Anna and Charles and I absolutely adore this series as a whole , this story definitely wasn t a 5 star read for me Re read May 2017 I m still f.cking pissed at Charles for not killing everyone who has ever hurt and view spoiler raped hide spoiler Anna First read March 2016 Alpha and Omega 0.5 by Patricia Briggs3.5 starsI m not really sure how I felt about this book I liked learningabout werewolves and I liked Anna What I didn t like was very fast paced romance I m really not into this whole we just met and you are love of my life stuff , but I was warned this isof a paranormal romance story I also hated the fact that Charles didn t view spoiler kill everyone who tortured raped Anna Seriously dude, what the hell I know their Alpha made them do it, but WHO would let them live They raped your mate over and over again hide spoiler However, I m looking forward to reading other Alpha and Omega stories Hopefully, Anna will grow some balls in time I know that not every heroine can be kick ass and Anna has good reasons to be cautious and scared, but I really hope she can learn to fight for herself


  10. Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog) Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog) says:

    So, I have read the entire book and all the novella in it and really enjoyed but I am reviewing this after having just had a little reread of Patricia Brigg s Alpha Omega novella.Alpha Omegaby Patricia BriggsThis is where my love for Patricia Briggs started, with this short but powerful novella This is the first in the series, of the same name as the novella Alpha Omega It gives you such a great hint of the massive world the Briggs has created with werewolves, fae and vampires, altho So, I have read the entire book and all the novella in it and really enjoyed but I am reviewing this after having just had a little reread of Patricia Brigg s Alpha Omega novella.Alpha Omegaby Patricia BriggsThis is where my love for Patricia Briggs started, with this short but powerful novella This is the first in the series, of the same name as the novella Alpha Omega It gives you such a great hint of the massive world the Briggs has created with werewolves, fae and vampires, although her books focus on the wolves As well as this, she has weaved in the start of a romance, which I KNOW as it has already happened means I will be reading the next book to keep up with the almost couple I can t state clearly enough exactly what a fantastic author Patricia Briggs so, if you haven t already, I implore you to give this novella a try, it s short but with a satisfying ending and well worth the hour or so it takes to read