River Wolf Pack /Angel Hills Pack series by Rebecca James

First Omega (River Wolf Pack #1)

AUTHOR’S BLURB: Nothing can prepare Josiah Kimbrel for what he finds when he enters the compound of the River Wolf Pack. As an ambassador of the human-werewolf congress, Josiah is keen to build bridges between the two species. Josiah is surprised to see how ‘normal’ things look in the compound; the wolves, all of whom are gay, live in family units, complete with children, in houses built from local materials.

Then there’s River, the pack alpha. Josiah can’t deny his attraction to the handsome, dominant wolf man. Josiah’s world is further turned upside down when he unexpectedly goes into heat. He doesn’t understand — how can he be half-werewolf and an omega? River wants Josiah for his mate, but is Josiah prepared to leave everything he knows in the city and become first omega of a werewolf pack?

MY REVIEW: This book was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.
Intriguing. Keeps you on the edge of your seat, biting your nails in anger, worry and suspicion. But so. Hot. There’s an interesting story, well-written, and an all-male colony of wolf-shifters. What else do you need in life? Oh, that’s right: the rest of the series…

Second Alpha (River Wolf Pack #2)

AUTHOR’S BLURB: As second in command of the River Wolf Pack, David takes his duty as ambassador to the Human/Werewolf Congress very seriously. With the threat of war, it’s more important than ever to strengthen human/werewolf relations.

But the meeting at the werewolf compound doesn’t go very well. The humans find the homosexual, polygamous nature of the werewolves, along with the fact that the men can bear children, off-putting.

On top of this, although David’s human lover Jax says he loves David, he is not willing to take the bite and become a werewolf himself. David doesn’t see how they can have a relationship, and even wonders if he would be better off mating with Brooks, an attractive beta in the pack. When David and Brooks are kidnapped by the vice president of the Congress, David has to think quickly to save his pack, even if it means throwing his own life away.

MY REVIEW: This book was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.
The story was one I was interested in and the premise was a good one. The difficulty David has in making peace between what is his societal norm, position-wise, and what he needs to do and be in order to be happy and stay with Jax is appreciated. It did seem like there was a bit of missed opportunity, in that it only ever seemed to be touched on in a surface way, and could have been given more of the weight it could have been. Maybe should have been?
Overall, it ended with a HFN instead of a HEA and it all seemed very temporary and up-in-the-air. This was likely deliberate, as it matches with the feel of what the characters are experiencing, as their world changes in many and drastic ways.
I enjoyed the writing, as I have found this to be an author I will be looking to in future for my entertainment. So, far, she seems to be reliable in providing a good storyline and the writing is enjoyable.

Third Mate (River Wolf Pack #3)

AUTHOR’S BLURB: Pack tensions increase, and River and Josiah fear for the safety of their twin girls. When Stone begins campaigning to take River down, Leo must choose sides. Another pack desires to make a trade for omegas. The coyote-shifter Foster yearns for his true mate, while human Jax knows he has to make a decision before the pack turns him out. David determines to keep Brooks from making a bad decision.

MY REVIEW: This book was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.
I will admit, it can and did get confusing at times. There wasn’t a focus on one love story, as a lot of books will do. Instead, you got a couple of them, but the focus and the POV continually shifted between the love stories and the pack issues. While occasionally it all felt like a big tangled mess, it really did a good job at keeping you on the edge of your seat and wondering about what was coming. This was a book that technically could be read as a standalone, though I really don’t suggest it. I am interested in whether there will be any more books in this series or if the author has planned for a spin-off. Whichever, I would gladly read.
This was written well, and I enjoyed it.

Omega Arrival (Angel Hills Pack)

AUTHOR’S BLURB: Emotions run high when five omegas are traded to the Angel Hills Pack, which has suffered a decline in population after an illness killed a fourth of its wolves.

After a previous mating Justin would rather forget, he’s happy to leave his old compound and start afresh. A part of him hopes the gorgeous second-in-command alpha, Milo, will choose him for a mate. As memories of his life with Stone haunt his dreams, Justin struggles to make the right decision for himself as well as his four pups.

Gabriel doesn’t want to mate at all, but as one of the traded omegas, he knows he doesn’t have a choice. He just hopes he’ll end up with a beta and not an alpha. How does he feel when he’s mated to both? Grey is the pack alpha of Angel Hills and he and his barren beta, Ian, want to start a family to continue the dynasty. Is that all they want Gabriel for, a breeding machine?

When an intruder is detected in the compound, everyone is on high alert, especially as the new arrival proves remarkably adept at remaining hidden. Will the newly-created mating bonds be strong enough, or will rancor and bitterness win out?

 

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