Title: The Omega Objection
Series: San Andreas Pack: Book Two
Author: G.L. Carriger
Length: 317 Pages
Category: Urban Fantasy
At a Glance: G.L. Carriger’s San Andreas Shifters series has taken the concept of pack and chosen family and, most especially, the roles of Alpha, Beta, and Omega, and made them into something just a little bit different. And that difference is fun and charming and sometimes heart-tugging but always entertaining.
Reviewed By: Lisa
Blurb: A werewolf walks into a bar.
Tank is working as a bouncer when he notices something odd about the sexy-as-sin bartender. He’s odorless, he’s amazingly popular with shifters, and he’s terrified.
A man without a smell.
Isaac is trying to escape his past. He hides in San Francisco because everyone knows that there are no werewolves in the Bay Area.
Until one walks into his bar.
Can a gentle werewolf with a trampled heart show a man who’s been running scared that sometimes there are monsters worth running towards?
Review: The Bay Area has never been quite so magical nor a pack so diverse as the San Andreas Pack, led by an unlikely werewolf Alpha, marine biologist Alec Frederiksen. But Alec is underestimated at great risk to the one foolish enough to miscalculate him and his pack, the blended family he’s created with his mate Marvin—who happens to be a merman and works for the Coast Guard. And just when you think the shifter subgenre couldn’t possibly offer up anything new or unique… G.L. Carriger’s San Andreas Shifters series has taken the concept of pack and chosen family and, most especially, the roles of Alpha, Beta, and Omega, and made them into something just a little bit different. And that difference is fun and charming and sometimes heart-tugging but always entertaining.
Theodore Depeine—or Tank as he’s known to everyone—is nothing short of a complete love, and I absolutely adored him. Over and over again throughout this book he made my heart go wibbly-wobbly: his insecurities, his uncertainty of his place in the pack, and especially his overall sense of worth. As the so-called grunt, Tank doesn’t believe he’s of any particular value to the pack and therefore, how could he be of worth to anyone as special as the bartender he’s become so smitten with? Plus, Tank has always been wrongly underestimated from an intellectual standpoint thanks to his size, and there are conclusions that have been jumped to about his sexual preferences as well, which have caused him to choose to be alone rather than have to explain that he’s a submissive and just wants someone to love and care for him and maybe take total control of him in the bedroom.
Isaac Mercer is a loner and new to San Francisco. He’s relocated there specifically because there are no werewolves in the Bay Area…or so he believed. Isaac has good reason to avoid wolves at all costs, though; he’s hiding something that could cause him no small amount of trouble if discovered, so he tends bar at Saucebox, lays as low as possible, but still ends up drawing a particular sort of clientele to him through what seems to be little more than his natural state of being. Tank included. But while it becomes clear that Isaac and Tank could be a match made in heaven, there is a little bit of hell they have to wade through first to get there, and that’s where the story gets its heft from. It’s not just a relationship book, it’s a story of fear and assimilation, and fear of assimilation, and freedom of choice and acceptance, and it’s all wrapped up in a quirky but loving family-sized package.
While The Omega Objection is book two in the San Andreas Pack series, it’s written as a solid standalone, but that doesn’t mean reading The Summage Solution to find out where Max, the pack Magistar, and Bryan, the pack Beta and Max’s familiar, began isn’t warranted. These guys are snarky and charming, fully realized characters, Marvin is an adorable whirling dervish of darling, and Tank and Isaac finding their places within the pack all added up to a delightful and sometimes intense read. The next book in the series has already been set up by the end of this book, the friction between Judd and Colin so evident, and I’m anxious to see where Carriger takes their story. Wherever it is, I’m sure it won’t disappoint.
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