Thursday, March 5, 2015

Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

Publication Date: 3/3/2015
Series: Alpha & Omega #4
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Official Blurb:

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. 

Nothing is ever simple in the werewolf world especially for the son of the Marrok and his mate. Charles and Anna embark on a leisure trip to sunny Arizona to simply buy Anna’s birthday horse from a family friend and reputable breeder. Their trip turns into a mystery involving the disappearance of children and a very badly behaving Fae. This trip is definitely one Anna and Charles won’t forget.

As a huge fan of the Mercy Thompson series by Briggs, I personally love the Alpha & Omega series. Charles is the baddest of the bad when it comes to enforcing his father’s pack laws and protecting his fellow werewolf brethren. Yet, within Charles is this unbreakable loving bond to his mate, Anna. One of the things I love most about him in this series and more so in Alpha & Omega is his ability to protect, love, and trust Anna’s abilities as an Omega to help in serious and dangerous situations.
Anna is by far one of the most complex characters in the series. In comparison to Mercy, Anna is the sweet and gentle soul compared to Mercy’s hell on wheels kick your if you mess with my families nature. Being an Omega wolf is rare, and her abilities to calm werewolves can be seen as a useful trait or a threat to other wolves. I gravitate towards Anna’s character because she isn’t like any of the other female shifters I have ever had a literary acquaintance with. Most females are like Mercy, relentless in their protection of their pack and friends, deadly in combat, and lack serious compassion. Anna is the opposite of every single one of those traits. She knows when she needs to flick the badass switch and when do resolve issues calmly.

As a couple, Anna and Charles complement each other’s strength and weaknesses. They are the ying and yang on fiercely protective and compassionately calm. Their relationship isn’t based on anything, but the love and respect they have for each other. There isn’t any drama with this couple and I find that greatly refreshing in a literary world where so much is stored on the drama factor in a shifter’s relationship. Sure some might think that their lack of drama makes their love story a little bland and boring, but to me, the lack of mate drama provides a different view point to the shifter world.

Briggs has managed to increase my serious in love status with the addition of Dead Heat to the Alpha & Omega series. Dead Heat delivers a suspense filled story while adding in small touches of romance and heartbreak. There is one particular plot point in this series that has given me a new perspective on human/werewolf relations that I have never yet experienced before Dead Heat. I won’t spoil it for you, but you might want to keep your Kleenex’s on hand for that one. I know some of the SNSB fans will want to be reading a deeper look into the plot in this review, but honestly, this book needs to be experienced in a spoiler free manner. Plus, I don’t believe in spoiling great literary works for others. I’d like to closet his review with a thank you to NetGalley for providing Saints and Sinners Books with an ARC of this book.

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