Josiah is a representative from the human/werewolf congress. His job is to visit a werewolf compound and observe their way of life. The idea is to assure the humans that the wolves aren’t monsters who will attack them in their sleep. It seems as if a war is on the horizon, and he (and other humans) don’t want that. Josiah is happy to do this and is excited to be there.
River is the wolf pack’s Alpha. He’s still not sure if having humans in the compound is a good idea, and a large bit of the pack is completely against it. He is willing to try, though, and greets Josiah and the other representatives warmly.
A few facts about First Omega…the werewolves are all gay men. They’re very open about their sexualities. Meals are served in a communal dining hall. The wolves swim together (naked, of course). If they aren’t mated, the men think nothing of casual, no strings sex. The pack is broken up into Alphas, Betas, and Omegas. Betas can only have one child in their lives, but Omegas can have more. Omegas go into heat, and when that happens, they become desired (VERY desired) by Alphas and Betas. In fact, unmated Omegas tend to spend their heats in comfortable place away from Alphas and Betas. They take care of each other and help each other through the heats.
Once in the compound, Josiah feels drawn to River and vice versa. Neither man understands because humans and wolves aren’t supposed to be together. However, one day, something happens, and Josiah goes into heat. Turns out, he has werewolf blood in him. The Alphas try to swarm him, but River wants him the most. Their relationship takes off from there. They’re in love, but it’s not easy. There are misunderstandings along the way, and neither humans or wolves are too happy about River and Josiah being together.
I liked this story well enough. I’m a sucker for shifter/mpreg books. There’s something primal and sexy about them, and I can’t stay away. First Omega’s blurb attracted me right away. The MCs are great. River is an Alpha who is totally in charge, and he runs his pack like a well oiled machine. Josiah is willing to suspend what humans have always thought about the werewolves and wants to report back to the humans and tell them they’re not the evil killers everyone believes they are. I liked how they came together. When an Alpha claims his man, I always get goose bumps. I have to confess, though, I wasn’t really feeling it for the first half of the book. I didn’t feel connected to them. Things got way better in the second half of the story as River and Josiah become more comfortable in their relationship, and Josiah becomes more comfortable in his role of…well…First Omega. He has responsibilities he must fulfill, and he wasn’t sure if he wanted them.
Most of the background characters are likeable enough. The big, bad wolf (lame pun, but it fits) is sufficiently big and bad, and I hated him. Topping it all off, the tension growing between the humans and wolves caught my attention and held it. There is also action and intrigue, and I always enjoy that. It kept me on edge and guessing.
Then, there was the end…after staying up until 3:00 am, my jaw dropped, and I let out a yelp. I don’t want to give anything away, but I do want to tell you, when you read First Omega, have book two in the series, Second Alpha, on hand. I wasn’t angry per se, but I didn’t expect it, and I wasn’t going to have instant gratification. I had to wait for book two, and I admit I pouted a little.
I wish I could give two ratings for this one. As I mentioned, the first half was a little slow for me, but the second half is actually a good story. I’m going to recommend First Omega to anyone who enjoys hot Alpha/Omega sex, tender Alpha/Omega romance, mpreg, action, suspense, and maybe a conspiracy theory or two. I was not disappointed in any way, and I’m going to be watching for other books written by Rebecca James.