This was a wonderful continuation of the story of Anna and Charles which was started in the anthology On the Prowl. Cry Wolf takes place immediately after the close of Alpha and Omega. Anna is moving to Montana with Charles and finds it hard to adjust to all the changes happening in her life. Charles, for all his age and experience is also struggling to adapt to being mated as well as being around an Omega. Omegas are so rare that it isn't well known what their powers are and how others react to their presence. They arrive in Montana but before they can settle in, The Marrok has to send Charles out into the wilderness to handle a problem that has rogue wolf written all over it. He sends Anna to help with the ulterior motive of bringing the mated pair closer to making it official. But a rogue isn't the only thing waiting in the woods.
For all the mystery and the fighting off evil, this falls into the category of a paranormal romance more than urban fantasy. The focus is most definitely on Anna and Charles. They are an unusual pair in that their beasts mated first and their human side is trying to catch up. What also interferes is that Anna was abused for the last three years and it shows in her reactions to everything, including Charles. Ms. Briggs is a fabulous writer. She seamlessly blends the behavior of characters with their animal parts so that you really believe that they are more than human. I also really enjoyed getting to know more about the Marrok, his pack, and their home in Montana. We have gotten little tastes of it from the Mercy Thompson series but it was really nice to finally hear more about the Marrok and his past. I would highly recommend this to any fans of paranormal romance, the Mercy Thompson series, and Laurell K. Hamilton. I would, however, recommend reading the short story from On the Prowl first so that you experience Charles and Anna's first meeting.
Now Briggs begins an extraordinary new series set in Mercy Thompson's world—but with rules of its own.
INTRODUCING THE ALPHA AND OMEGA NOVELS...
Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack...and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member—and as his mate.