An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right. Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy. Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.
I have to say that I enjoyed this newest Mercy book immensely. More than the last couple of books, for sure. This is what makes Patricia Briggs such an amazing author. I couldn't think of anything she could do to pull me back into this series, and she did so in flying colors. This book was awesome. There was non stop action, romantic tension, near death experiences, a really messed up bad guy and enough humor from Mercy to make this one of my top reads of 2014. I'm not going to say that I was completely happy with the characters in this book, especially my book boyfriend Adam, but overall, Briggs brought great character growth to Mercy and to the Pack.
The romantic tension in this book comes in the form of Adam's ex-wife, Christy. Christy is a manipulative bitch. No other way to say it. Christy is in trouble - an ex-boyfriend of hers is killing other ex-boyfriends and doing some very bad things in an effort to find Christy. Since Christy is in fear for her life, she asks Adam to grant her sanctuary. Of course, Adam must agree seeing as their daughter lives with them. Oh, and the Pack still L-O-V-E-S Christy. The Pack politics are very much in play in this book, and unfortunately, it made me dislike the Pack.
Christy is all about the facade she shows the world. She appears to be Holly Homemaker, taking over the kitchen, Mercy's kitchen, and cooking for the Pack. As Christy moves in, she attempts to move Mercy out. She is very subtle and has a knack for making everyone feel sorry for her. She tried to overtake Mercy's bathroom and flaunts her relationship with Pack members in Mercy's face. There are times when even Adam feels sorry for Christy, but that rant is coming soon.
Mercy takes the stress of Christy all in stride. She tries to keep her mouth shut when Christy oversteps her bounds - Mercy doesn't want to upset the Pack that is still obviously in Christy's corner. Mercy tries to be accommodating and kind. Hold up. I began growing tired of the "Saint Mercy" act. Mercy does eventually stick up for herself, but I think she let the tension with Christy go on for far too long. No married woman, and I mean none, would be okay with how Christy behaved. I really wanted Mercy to lay the smack down, but she handles things in her own way. Christy knows by the end of this book in no uncertain terms how Mercy feels about her.
Adam. Sweet, sweet Adam. I never wanted to smack him more than in this book. I feel that his behavior borderlines on disrespect towards Mercy. He allows Christy to take over the house, make Mercy feel abysmal, answer his phone more than once and act like the queen of the castle. I just don't understand why Adam didn't stick up for his wife. I understand that Pack politics played a big role in his behavior, but come on!! However, every time I felt like I was done with Adam, he would do something to show Mercy how much he loved her. There is a big difference in Adam's relationship with Christy and in his relationship with Mercy.
The Pack pretty much sucks. They were all so pro-Christy, I wanted to puke. No. Seriously. Oh, Christy's a great cook. Oh, Mercy ruined Christy's table cloth. Oh, Mercy why can't you be nicer to Christy. Blah, blah, blah. It was absolutely transparent that Christy wanted to win her ex-husband back, and even though Mercy is Adam's mate and wife, the Pack didn't seem to mind one bit. Although I had to suffer through this for most of the book, I think that Mercy proves her value, her loyalty, her toughness and her commitment to the Pack by the end of this book. There seems to have been a great change of opinion regarding Mercy, although I'm still wary of Mary Jo.
The plot was excellent. I enjoyed the evilness of the bad guy. I liked the story behind him. I loved how Mercy worked the mystery out with help from Coyote and another coyote shifter. I really had fun reading their interactions and I know this won't be the last we see of them. The big battle scenes were epic. There were two, and both had me on the edge of my seat. I love how Briggs can write such an excellent fight with a powerful bad guy.
This story is wrapped up by the end, although there are some loose ends to keep in mind. There is something with Stefan that will play a role in the future. I'm sure we haven't seen the last of Marsilia and the vampires. It is left open regarding Coyote. There is an avenue left open regarding Tad and the Fae that should be very interesting. Christy's story, or side story, isn't yet complete, so I can't wait to see how her drama will figure into Mercy's and Adam's lives in the future.
Briggs does an excellent job with this book. The writing is spot on and the actions scenes are some of the best I have read in urban fantasy. She has continued to build on her characters, giving them a richness that they didn't necessarily have in the past and I hope they continue to evolve. If you are a fan of kick ass urban fantasy, then I highly, highly recommend this series and this book. Briggs and her stories will never let you down.