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In a world that is still getting used to shifters, where everyone thinks omegas are second class citizens, nature photographer and omega Braden Payne lets everyone think he’s a beta. That way no one gives him a hard time and he doesn’t have to live a repeat of his failed relationship. But when his car breaks down in the remote Blackwood forest in Western Australia, without the medication that lets him hide who he is, he’s faced with what he fears most: an unmated alpha.
Government forest guardian and alpha Coll MacDubhar is tired of illegal loggers, foolish tourists and people who underestimate the wilds of Western Australia. He discovers Braden lost and in need of medical assistance in the forest he protects and knows something’s not right.
But there’s hidden depths to Braden that capture his interest, and no decent alpha would walk away when Braden’s unwelcome past comes to visit.
This was really more “deep” than the blurb leads one to believe. It’s about the recovery of Braden in a world that absolutely demoralizes Omegas. (Anyone see a correlation? Hmmmm?)
Braden is virtually told that as an Omega he has practically no rights in respect to an Alpha. So – he’s leery. He does finally concede that not all Alphas are alike but it’s with understandable reluctance.
If I have any problems with this it’s that there is a lot of the “heat” that is really drawn out and maybe not that important to the story.
I also wanted to see these guys together more often in non emergent circumstances.
I really loved the deep understanding we get of Braden’s point but we missed out on getting to know Coll. He’s still a bit of a mystery.
I also felt like the shifting aspect – again – was really neglected. These guys don’t seem as connected to their wolves as I’d like to see. This read more like a non shifting alpha/omega story.
In any case it was still quite good and I give it 3.75 rounded to 4 stars.