I recently got back in the mood for shifter romances. After looking around at what I’ve been missing since the last time this mood struck me, I found the Alpha and Omega series by Rebel Carter and Leona McNeely. Earlier this month I read Auld Lang Syne by Carter, and enjoyed it. Finding this series meant I’d get to see how the author could do pairing up with someone else.
This novella has a lot going for it. It also has some room to grow. But in the end, it was worth my time and will have me going on to the next novella and probably the third, as well.
As far as what I enjoyed, the world building is near the top of my list. There isn’t a big sprawling world in the story, but there’s enough information given about the different shifters, shifter origins, the different societal structures, and more. Some shifter stories don’t dive into this part of the world. I do enjoy when a book does. I also thought that some of this played into character motivations well.
The reason I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I was hoping to, is that there are some loose ends and unanswered questions in what seemed like a story that would be wrapping up, as well as a flaw in a major character which seems to go against their previously stated values (leading to a major plot point taking place). When I thought I knew a character and what they’d do in a situation, the opposite happens. I’m hoping that in the next two novellas some of this is resolved. Though, I’m not sure it’ll be in novella two since it seems to be focused on two other characters, rather than Cora and Zehr from A Mate for the King. If that’s the case, my enjoyment is sure to increase and I’ll be able to recommend this series more confidently.
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About the Rebel Carter:
Romance is my way of creating a world that reflects the people and various relationship dynamics that exist around me. I hope that my writing offers a space where love of all shades and expressions are seen as valid, real and embraced. Each love story I write carries a piece of me in it’s pages and I’m proud to share a part of my heart with each and every page you turn.
When I’m not writing romance, I’m probably working my day job as a pretty damn good barista, or obsessing over my ever-growing plant collection. I have a geriatric dog that I coddle and enable to live her best forever puppy life. I currently live in Colorado where every day proves to be a new adventure.
About the Leona McNeely:
Leona McNeely is a Southern queer gothic fairy. She collects cats, vintage Playboy magazines, and notebooks. Obsessed with football, dragons, magical girl anime, and intersectional feminism, Leona lives by the maxim that she’s under no obligation to make sense to anyone, even herself. She’s written all her life, about all kinds of things ― girls kissing girls, girls kissing boys, high fantasy, contemporary smut, and way too many papers for grad school ― and welcomes you to step inside the funhouse mirror maze of her imagination.