Tooth and Claw by Willa Okati

Tooth and Claw by Willa Okati
Omega Wolves 5
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (58 pgs)
Other: M/M
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Mistletoe

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.

Lewis may be the alpha of his pack, but sometimes he longs for something else–especially behind closed doors. When his duties take him to Jacobi’s home, Lewis realizes that he may have found what he needs. The problem is life does not always work out the way we want it to. Jacobi is an alpha himself and, if that is not enough to put a damper on things, he is a bear, not a wolf like Lewis. Yet their attraction cannot be denied. As the two men spend more time together their attraction soon turns into something more. Soon they will not be able to hide the bond that is growing between them. Add in an orphaned lynx cub and the love begins to grow between them all.

While I enjoyed the concept of this story I would have liked a bit more depth to it. I liked the characters but they seemed a bit one-dimensional. The story moves quickly and I would have liked to see some of the parts of the story a little more fleshed out. I really liked Lewis and Jacobi. They made a great pair and understood each other and what was needed in their relationship. You can see just how much they care for each other in everything that they do. Their life is hard and when push comes to shove it was nice to see them step up. I was pulled into their story from the start but wanted more. This was a quick read that whet my appetite for this world and will have me going back for more.

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