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Alpha and Omega 0.5 by Patricia Briggs
The werewolf Anna finds a new sense of self when the son of the werewolf king comes to town to quell unrest in the Chicago pack- and inspires a power in Anna that she's never felt before.

Inhuman by Eileen Wilks
Kai has a secret gift of sensing thoughts and desires. What she senses in her neighbor Nathan could be dangerous. Because he ha
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Mass Market Paperback, 341 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by Berkley
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Drsarah You should read this one (at least the 'Alpha and Omega' story) before 'Cry Wolf', as 'Cry Wolf' picks up the story from the point this one finishes…moreYou should read this one (at least the 'Alpha and Omega' story) before 'Cry Wolf', as 'Cry Wolf' picks up the story from the point this one finishes and parts of the beginning of 'Cry Wolf' are not very clearly explained and don't make much sense unless you've read 'Alpha and Omega'. By the way, you don't have to read the whole 'On the Prowl' book for this - 'Alpha and Omega' is only one story and the other three are unrelated fantasy by different authors. 'Alpha and Omega' can be purchased separately on Kindle.

However, if you haven't done so already, I would recommend reading 'Moon Called' before reading either of them. This introduces the ideas behind the world, and the characters of Bran and Charles, and explains some background. It's also a fantastic book. :)

Hope that helps.(less)
Rae Whitefeather It is a compilation of short stories by different authors. Essentially it's the adult version of a Disney Story Book. However Alpha and Omega happens…moreIt is a compilation of short stories by different authors. Essentially it's the adult version of a Disney Story Book. However Alpha and Omega happens to have an entire series written based off it, (by the same author.)(less)

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Civilization is vastly overrated. (c)
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One of these days she was going to break down and buy boots - if only she didn't need to eat. (c)
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Who wants to feel everything everyone else feels all the time? (c)
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Which was how Anna ended up naked between a couple of parked cars in the middle of the night at O'Hare International Airport. (c)
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This must be what it was like to be fully human. (c)
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The wolf was more beautiful in the daylight than he had been at night, his fur really red, she saw, set off
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Review first posted on www.fantasyliterature.com:

On the Prowl is an anthology containing four urban fantasy novellas. So here's the deal: All four are part of longer urban fantasy series, and I can't really recommend any of them as stand-alone reads. I happen to be into Patricia Briggs' series at the moment, so I picked up this book at the library so I could read Alpha and Omega, but none of the other three stories had much appeal for me, and one of them (Mona Lisa Betwining) was positively off-
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs
I've actually read Alpha and Omega twice now. It's such a wonderful story. Very short, but that's okay, because we have two full-length stories with one of my supercouples now. I can't describe how much I love this story. I did write a long review which I added under Alpha and Omega separately. I'll just say that Ms. Briggs did an exemplarly job of writing this story that is full of underlying intensity, but written so simply. Charles and Anna are two characters
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Nadir
Jul 06, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy readers
Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs- this story introduces a new character to the world of Mercy Thompson and elaborates on a off-screen event in or between Blood Bound and Iron Kissed. The character Anna is a lot like Kitty ( Kitty and the Midnight Hour) at first, being at the bottom of the pack. The nature of the short story stops much character development, but I enjoyed the peek into their lives, the plot and interaction drawing the reader along at a quick pace. I look forwards to reading mo ...more
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-urban, 2015
In love with Anna and Charles, and learning about pack hierarchy according to werewolves is really interesting.
Schnaucl
Patricia Briggs' story was okay. It was nice to see something of the "other son." Though once again, the woman is extra special.

Eileen Wilks' story was interesting, though definitely more paranormal romance than urban fantasy. It's a good start for a series and I'm almost tempted to go out and find that series.

Karen Chance's story was all right. I liked the male protagonist, but I'm not really sure I care for the plot twist.

Sunny's story was not urban fantasy. I'm not sure I'd even qualify
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Alaina Meserole


Okay, okay, let me just tell you that within this book there are about four novellas. Oh, and let me just point out that the first novella within this entire damn book is the only good one. It's 100% less cringe-worthy as well. The other three I just wish that I would've blacked out on. I really want to forget reading them. I was cringing the entire god damn time. I don't know if I'm ever going to get back the hours I spend reading this book. AND YES I SAID HOURS. Because of the constant cringin
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Tilly Slaton
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Although I have not read all of her books as of yet, Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite authors.

The Mercy Thompson series really appealed to me. I love shape-shifter romance books, and I was pleasantly surprised to find the series continue the relationship between Mercy and Adam.

The Alpha and Omega series is a spin-off of the Mercy Thompson series. This series is based on the relationship between Charles and Anna.

Charles is a very dominant werewolf. He was born a werewolf, the only of his kin
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Ina
Mar 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
Re-read: April 2018
3.5 stars

On the Prowl is still my least favorite book written by Patricia Briggs. It's not really surprising considering her other books are usually novels which have huge advantage over the short stories. I don't have anything against short stories, but full length novels just let you understand the characters and the overall story better. Plus, I'm not the biggest fan of insta-love stories, so even though I really like Anna and Charles (and I absolutely adore this series a
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Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
So, I have read the entire book and all the novella in it (and really enjoyed!) but I am reviewing this after having just had a little reread of Patricia Brigg's Alpha & Omega novella.

Alpha & Omega
by Patricia Briggs

This is where my love for Patricia Briggs started, with this short but powerful novella. This is the first in the series, of the same name as the novella: Alpha & Omega. It gives you such a great hint of the massive world the Briggs has created with werewolves, fae and vam
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MelissaB
Sep 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: paranormal romance/werewolf fans
Recommended to MelissaB by: Denni
This review is only for Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs.

I really enjoyed the first book in the Alpha and Omega series. The book is set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson series but follows Anna, an Omega wolf who has been abused by her Chicago pack for three years, and Charles, Bran's son who we met in Moon Called. I really enjoyed reading this story in third person because I knew what Charles was thinking (the Mercy Thompson series is in first-person, so it's harder to know what Adam re
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Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
**only reading Patricia Brigg's Alpha and Omega**

This was a really sweet and short story on how Charles and Anna met. I am definitely looking forward to the courtship in the next book. I had been told that Anna had been abused ~ and she was but thankfully not as bad as my imagination lead me to think.

I enjoyed getting to know Anna and Charles especially since it's been awhile since I read the first Mercy book. I'm really liking Anna and I hope that continues. Charles is very interesting and I j
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Cathy (cathepsut)
Finally caved in and got the precursor to the Alpha & Omega novels. My excuse is that I wanted to try out my new eReader. And as expected I really liked the first story, although I already roughly knew what to expect from it. I guess that is the nice thing about book series. You make freinds and it's familiar and nice to meet them again.

The second story by Eileen Wilks was pretty good as well. Interesting idea of the borders between realms breaking down and talents emerging. The heroine sho
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Carolyn F.
AMENDED 02/12/11 I'm re-reading this because I'm going to listen to the Alpha & Omega series and the first story about them meeting is not in an audiobook. Note to publisher: Please make this an audiobook! This is one of my favorite anthologies.

2nd read. Loved the Patricia Briggs and Eileen Wilks stories. Karen Chance's Claire (2nd story I've read with this character) is okay. She's an okay character. Sunny's story is good, but you have to read the other stories in order to understand this
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Beanbag Love
Jun 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only bought this for the Briggs story which is a prequel to her Alpha and Omega series.

I'd give it five stars, but I've read reviews of the other stories and it seems the PB story is really the best and the others fall quite short. So I can't, in good conscience, give the whole book a five.

But, if you're into Patricia Briggs, this is a really great novella about what happened during Moon Called when Charles (the marrock's other son) went to Chicago to check things out.

I can't wait to get sta
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Tracey
Sep 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who aren't sure about Patricia Briggs - just DON'T READ THE LAST NOVELLA
I picked this up solely for Patricia Briggs. I find it a little odd that a Briggs story is part of this collection; the other three contributors seem to be firmly in the sex-soaked PNR category, and Briggs … isn't. At least, the Mercy Thompson books aren't, despite what their covers look like; it's a hard sell when someone, particularly a male someone, has understandable difficulty looking past the tramp-stamped Mercy doppelgängers that scream "hot werewolf sex". Not, of course, as loudly as the ...more
Bex
Feb 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Ok i only got this book for Alpha and Omega so thats the only story im reviewing :D

In Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs, we meet Anna, a recently turned werewolf, whom everyone believes to be a true submissive wolf. But when Charles Cornick arrives, son of the Marrok werewolf (or king as we humans understand better), arrives to investigate some problems in the Chicago pack, he knows immediately that Anna is more than anyone thinks, and is one very special female he could easily fall for.

This w
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Steven
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the short story "Alpha & Omega" by Patricia Briggs, the precursor to the Alpha & Omega series that takes place in Mercy Thompson's world and runs concurrently with that series. So I guess I'll be switching back and forth according to the "best reading order" post that Sonia sent me. :)
Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)
"Alpha and Omega" by Patricia Briggs was the prequel for the Alpha & Omega series that focuses on the relationship of Charles and Anna. In this short, we see how Anna and Charles first met and really get a feel for what Anna's life had been like before she met Charles. Really an excellent short, definitely recommend reading it before Cry Wolf that way you won't miss anything. Action packed, emotional, and just a little darker than the Mercy Thompson series but overall just a great short-stor ...more
Leah
Jun 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
NOTE: THIS RATING IS ONLY FOR THE PATRICIA BRIGGS NOVELLA FOR NOW.

"Alpha and Omega" by Patricia Briggs - 4 stars (read August 4, 2011)
I loved this short prequel to the "Alpha & Omega" series, which is also a spin-off of the "Mercy Thompson" series. A&O features Charles Cornick, son to Bran the Marrok and brother to Samuel, and Anna. It takes place around the time of Mercy book on, Moon Called, after Bran is made aware of the situation in Chicago.


I liked Charles a lot in the Mercy books,
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willaful
One of these things is not like the others...

I really enjoyed the first three stories in this anthology, all of which were on the paranormal romance side of urban fantasy, just where I like it. I was familiar with the worlds already established in Briggs' and Wilks' stories but think it would have been fine if I hadn't been; Chance's world was new to me, but stood alone perfectly well. Good characters, good conflicts; I actually feel inspired to continue with Wilks' Lupis series, which had prev
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Marulett
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Super promising start :)
Glamdring
Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it

This novella has a good length and is a very good beginning to this series.
Jamila
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really liked it
Tani
So, I got this book ages ago, just for the story by Patricia Briggs. And then I never read the rest of the stories in the book! Let's talk about failure. XD Anyway, I took this off the shelf the other night, when I was feeling the urge for some romance, and now I've finally managed to read all four stories in this book. Here's the breakdown:

Alpha & Omega is the lead-in to the series of the same name by Patricia Briggs. It's the story of how Anna and Charles meet, and I think it's great. Alp
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Dark Faerie Tales
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: This anthology delivers tantalizing views into well-loved worlds. Fun reads that can be enjoyed without prior knowledge of the series.

The Review:

I don’t normally read all of an anthology. I will go to the sections with my favorite authors and then call it good. On the Prowl is not your usual anthology. The novellas are long enough to satisfy my need for details yet short enough to wet my appetite for more. I had not previously read anything
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Elaine HowlinBooks
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthologies
Only read Buying Trouble and Alpha and Omega. Loved them both.
Ally
Nov 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, ebook
On the Prowl is a paranormal romance anthology from today's 'hottest authors'. On the Prowl features: a female werewolf who comes into her own; a Lord who crosses paths with a fiery mage; a mixed-blood Child of the Moon who faces an uncertain future; and a woman whose sixth sense proves to be a dangerous talent.

I only bought On The Prowl because of Susi! She told me I'd really need to read it if I wanted to read Patricia Briggs other Urban Fantasy series Alpha and Omega book Cry Wolf as the anth
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Jen
This book was a fun collection of stories and I really enjoyed them all, but though some were initially great and all were pretty enjoyable, I'm finding it now hard to remember - just five days later - the various happenings in each story. So I think I'll leave it a *just* four stars. :-)

"Alpha and Omega" by Patricia Briggs
I really liked Charles. Anna was a character I was less enthused about, as she seemed awfully meek, but when she proved herself to be possessed of a strong backbone, I grew fo
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Kelley Anne
Jan 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: patricia-briggs, 2010
On the Prowl
Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs - I have loved this short story since the first time I read it. On the Prowl is the only anthology I've ever bought because of this story! But, I do think that you really need to read Moon Called first or else you just wont understand what in the world Charles is doing in Chicago. But this is a great beginning to Brigg's spin-off series. Love it, love it, love it! And always something great to pick up for a quick re-read.

Inhuman by Eileen Wilks -
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