Sunday, February 15, 2015

Early Review: Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4) by Patricia Briggs

Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Ace
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Goodreads | Website

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.

Fantastic, solid, emotional...everything I've come to expect from one of Briggs' novels.
Including a hideous cover.
Eh, what can you do?

Charles decides to buy a horse for Anna from an old friend, Joseph. He's hoping to use the visit to catch up with him, and finally introduce his wife. The years have gotten away from Charles, however, and Joseph is now an old man. A very sick old man. Instead of a friendly visit, Charles has come just in time to say goodbye.
Oh, the feelings!
The friendship between those two was very well done, by the way. And Joseph didn't feel like a throwaway character that was only there to create a Nicholas Sparks moment. 
On top of all that drama, Joseph's family is suddenly targeted by something  dangerous. A Fae, who may have been the one responsible for the kidnapping and death of hundreds of children, is on the loose in their area.
Ok. There's this part in the beginning where Joseph's daughter-in-law starts feeling weird, and then she sees a knife, and then she starts getting annoyed with her kids, and then...
I'm not gonna spoil it, but was flipping the pages as fast as I could!

There was so much more that happened in Dead Heat, but it's better if you just find out for yourself.
I'm sure the day will come when I'm disappointed in one of Patricia Briggs' books. 
However, today was not that day, and this was not that book.

For those of you who haven't started your journey with Anna (or Mercy) I'd like to give a word of warning to you.
These books do need to be read in order. None of them are stand-alone, so don't attempt it!
Also, I've found that it's a good idea to have food and water nearby, as you will not want to put the books down long enough to find something to snack on. 
Personally, I've found that grabbing a pack of adult diapers from Walmart isn't the worst idea, either.
Sure, you turn your nose up at the idea now, but someday you'll realize my genius!


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