REVIEWED by Caroline
TITLE: A New Beginning
SERIES: Cascade City Pack Book 1
AUTHOR: Rebecca James
PUBLISHER: JMS Books
LENGTH: 257 Pages
RELEASE DATE: April 29, 2017
When tragedy strikes his small band of werewolves who’d been roaming the countryside in search of a new home after River had been ousted as pack alpha of his old pack, River reluctantly concludes life in Cascade city might be safer.
However, tensions within the pack soon escalate when they’re forced to all live in the apartment rented by Jax, the human lover of David, the pack’s second in command. Knowing he needs money to buy better and bigger accommodation for his pack, River disappears for a few days and returns with a bag of gold chips he’s sniffed out from the Cascade River near his old pack grounds.
Coyote shifter Foster’s true mate has made his presence known, but when the coyote alpha finally shows himself, Foster is faced with a difficult decision. Stay with the werewolves and risk his mate’s unhappiness, or leave those he’s come to love as family?
Meanwhile, David continues to want to submit to Jax while being alpha to his beta mate, Brooks. Tension in the threesome grows as Jax’s reluctance to take the bite turns into flat-out refusal. Can their relationship survive this as well as Brooks pregnancy and David’s hyper-protectiveness of his werewolf mate?
When Josiah suggests the pack admit rogue werewolves, River’s desire to please his omega mate wars with his responsibilities to his pack as he questions past decisions and Josiah’s influence on them. Will history repeat itself, leading to the downfall of the newly-formed Cascade City Pack?
A New Beginning is the first book in the new series Cascade City Pack by Rebecca James. Although you could start out with this book if you are new to this author my recommendation would be to first read the River Wolf Pack series as that is where the story starts. In that previous series we were introduced to River and his mate Josiah – we followed there ups and downs as they tried to introduce the werewolf way of life to humans. Sadly, we saw it all go wrong and River was ousted as pack alpha. This new series picks up with River, Josiah and the faithful few who left the old compound with them as they try to navigate their new life and learn how to live in the city.
Life isn’t easy for this small band of wolves and River is really struggling to keep things together. They have no money, they are living on top of each other in small apartment and River’s increasing lack of trust with anything human is causing problems between him and his mate. He is feeling unconfident in his roll and those feelings lead him to think he is failing his pack – this River is definitely not the confident man we met in First Omega.
River and Josiah aren’t the only ones having problems. Jax, Brooks and David’s relationship looks set to implode. I like the complications that come with these three guys but when Brooks becomes pregnant David’s alpha tendencies come to the fore and Jax is pushed to the side – for a human that refuses to take the bite and become a member of the pack this doesn’t leave him many options. Although Jax has a new role at work before the story ends and his role within in the series looks set to continue I was personally frustrated that the three men didn’t sort things out.
Foster finds his mate, Josiah and the pack build an omega den and the pack continues to grow as more babies are born and a few rogues are permitted to join. I like this group of wolves and I’m glad their story is set to continue in a new series and I am already looking forward to the next book in the series.