ARC Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

Dead Heat
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Book #4 in Alpha & Omega series : Published 3/3/15

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

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Book Synopsis:

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way…

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire. 

My Review:

Another great addition to this spin-off series in the Mercy Thompson world.  I have to say it again, I almost enjoy Charles and Anna’s stories more than Mercy and Adam.  Tough call though, cause the are both great.  Charles just seems to tip scale in their favor and adds a little something extra to make this series just a bit more enjoyable.

It had been a while, okay only a year…, since I’ve been in this world and it took me a bit to figure out the ‘rules’ again.  The story though gave me enough details and clues that I was quickly on familiar ground again.  We are still dealing with the Fae aftermath from the last book that ended on one helluva cliffhanger and we are waiting for the shoe to drop and the war to break out in this book.  We get to witness just how very terrifying the Fae can be It will make you want to reevaluate all those fairy tales you might have enjoyed as a child.  I know I’m never going to think of them in the same light ever again.

There are several different threads of plot going through this story.  We get to witness a piece of Charles’s past, a mystery/crime dealing with the Fae and a lot of time spent in the barn trying out horses…  Now this is the only plot point that cost the book that fifth star from me.  Not that I didn’t enjoy the angle, it just could have been condensed a bit to make the story move along better.  I have a horse, have been around horses, been to horse shows and still I find them boring and reading about them even more so.  Still to bigger horse people than me this might make the story for them, simply a matter of personal taste.  Personally I found it a bit like going to class and wanted to get back to the action.

I did love that we run into a former flame of Charles’s in this book.  It was interesting to see how Anna handled it and how it affected their marriage.  We also got to work with a FBI agent from a former book and while it took me a bit to remember her, I hope we get to see her again.  The book ended on a bit of a sad note, bittersweet, but sad and I found myself with tears in my eyes for the turn of events.  I like how the author handled the situation and that it helped bring Charles and Anna closer together.  I also appreciate how several of the smaller plot points were revisited at the end and we got to see how some of the people affected by the Fae and other creatures were not forgotten by Charles.

The series still excites me and I look forward to seeing where it goes next, along with Mercy’s story line too.  Looks like we will have to wait a bit before returning to this world, but that’s alright somethings are worth the wait.

My Rating: 4 Stars



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