Elias, who was voted “Wolf Most Likely to be Sexed-up by Readers,” is the novella’s hero, X-Clan: The Experiment. He gets Daciana, an Ash Wolf omega from the Shadowlands. I’m so very excited because Kale Willams and Sarah Puckett get to read these parts, and the two are so damn good at it that there were times I fell into the story.
The Andorra Sector hasn’t been able to produce its omegas for decades, and because of this, their entire society is endangered. But there is hope for the future if the Ash Wolves are compatible. So the Alpha of the X-Clan and Elias’ best friend Ander Cain have arranged a trade, the experiment. Elias gets Daciana, and if she proves to be compatible, then they will mate.
Kale Williams sounds filthy reading Elias’s parts. It’s compelling, and even though his reading voice is sometimes delivered without a ton of inflection, it sounds even dirtier for it. Sarah Puckett is an excellent counter in Daciana’s voice.
Snow Frost is heir to the Winter Sector throne. Adopted daughter to the Queen of Mirrors, Vanessa, who is plotting against her and the kingdom, in a power move to end all power moves because bey-otches be bey-otches, yo!
This is my favorite X-Clan story so far. Ander Cain was a mean dope, IMO–he made me cry for an entire chapter. Elias is totally my WILF, and now Lexi C. Foss gave me another name to add to the WILF list in Sven Mickelson–who is getting his own book next in the series, Bariloche Sector. Swoon, I tell you. SWOON!
But Kazek Flor is my wolf, and he won’t be to everyone’s taste, but he’s tasty as all heckfire to me.
Winter’s Arrow is a retelling of Sleeping beauty omegaverse-style. Snow Frost is a Beta princess promised to the Alpha Enrique from the Bariloche Sector in an alliance mating devised by the Queen of Mirrors. Only Snow finds that there is something far sinister awaiting her on her wedding night. Feeling reckless, she gets a little mouthy with Alpha Kazek from the Norse Sector; instead of punishing her, he finds her tempting. And fate and Snow’s miscalculations land her at his feet when she attempts to escape. Only this is ain’t no fairytale.
Kazek is more smexy growl than bitter poisoned bite compared to Ander Cain, who was a bunch of emotional rocks (Sorry, Lexi C. Foss). Kaz’s brutal in many ways I can embrace, but Kaz lacks the prideful callousness that made me angry about a lot of what happened in Andorra Sector. I would say that Kaz is Ander done correctly (Sorry, Lexi C. Foss).
If I had to scour the book for a complaint, I would say that I wish the Snow’s/Winter’s Seven weren’t so similar. Overall they had little character development. They also had very little part in the story, and they were easy to confuse for one another other than Grum, who was part of the plot.
I loved Winter’s Arrow, and I can’t wait for Sven and Kari’s book!
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary advance copy of this book.
Sigh, Lexi C. Foss wrote my WILF’s story!
Elias is second-in-command to the head of the X-Clan and is about to get rewarded for his loyal service. The Ash Wolves Alpha, Dušan, has agreed to an arrangement with Ander Cain, the X-Clan Alpha, a trade: Omegas for technology. Daciana will be the first Omega sent to the X-Clan: an experiment to see if the two wolf breeds can mate and breed successfully.
I couldn’t wait for this novella, and I wasn’t disappointed!
The Andorra Sector is my new favorite shifter region. — And this new shifter world is my new treasured special place. And, well hell, this book is my most beloved book of the entire year so far. And that is saying something because I’ve already read finished eleven books, and we are only half-way into January.
But why the hype, Ali? Yeah, with all that endorsement, I’d be suspect. When looking to buy a book, I’m always cautious when seeing too pretty covers. They don’t always mean a great story. Just trust me here; if you like growly, rapacious, horn-dawgs who are subject to the demands of their baby mommas, here you go.
The X-Clan is screwed. The Andorra Sector has every technology this barely surviving existence could want. The wolves are safe from most threats allowing the pack to focus on scientific advancement. And who doesn’t want an edge when facing a post-infection world?
But no amount of research, design, and development is going to give the Alphas of the X-Clan what they need most: mates. The Alphas are currently outnumbering Omega mates by 30:1. And the only mate and Alpha can mate with is an Omega; biologically, they are perfect together.
X-Clan is at a disadvantage in this way, Ander Cain has a revolution brewing, and his wolves are hungering for blood or pleasure.