Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Tooth and Claw
SERIES: Omega Wolves #5
AUTHOR: Willa Okati
PUBLISHER: Changeling Press
LENGTH: 58 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 15, 2016
Lewis, Alpha master of the Wasp Lake wolf pack, knows that finding his mate should be a joyous event. But former army ranger Jacobi isn’t an Omega. Or even a wolf. He’s a grizzly bear shifter, and Alpha to the bone.
Falling for an outsider is risky, especially given Lewis’s secret. He yearns to be an Omega, not an Alpha, and has never met anyone willing to accept the man he really is behind the Packmaster’s mantle. As for Jacobi, it’s been a long time since he’s been loved so well that it made him want to be a better man.
The pair try loving in secret — for a while — but know that’s not going to be enough to satisfy them forever. When Jacobi adopts an orphaned lynx cub and Lewis becomes the toddler’s second father, they realize something has to be done. But what?
Nature is red in tooth and claw — but sometimes true love really does save the day.
While Lewis has featured in previous books in this series, he wasn’t seen much and I’ve always wondered about him so it was great finally getting to see him get his own story. For anyone familiar with the Omega Wolves series, this one deviated a bit from the norm as there isn’t a designated Alpha/Omega pairing. Instead, you have two Alpha males, something that’s frowned upon within their society, but that I was more than glad to see.
What made this book such a great read is that, beyond the overall plot and problems Lewis is dealing with, you get to see Lewis dealing with his own personal struggles. Gender identity isn’t something I can remember reading in a shifter story before but it was honestly refreshing to see; Lewis is torn between how society says he should act and what he’s always felt himself to be and, as a result, is lonely and unhappy. When Lewis meets Jacobi, it almost seems too good to be true that he’s met someone who understands how he feels and isn’t repulsed by him wanting to play at being an Omega. I really enjoyed these two men together; they each brought something the other needed to the relationship and even when they ended up pushing the other away, they couldn’t stay apart. Add in the shifter cub and they made a perfectly adorable family.
While I usually enjoy a good Alpha/Omega story, I found I really liked the differences in this one. By the end of the book quite a few changes had been made and plenty more looked to be coming in the future. I’m hoping the author will continue the series and maybe give another book focus on a non-traditional a-b-o pairing as this was probably my favorite book in the series so far.