Dead HeatSeries: Alpha & Omega #4
by Patricia Briggs
Published by Penguin, Ace on March 3rd 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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--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.
I’m trying really hard to be a “good” reader. In that vein, I’m going back and getting caught up on older series that I’ve read over the years. We’re talking “old” favorites and the Alpha & Omega series from Patricia Briggs definitely falls into that category. I read Cry Wolf, book one in the series, way back in 2010, before I started blogging. I was actually reading this series before the Mercedes Thompson series, Brigg’s more popular and complimentary series that often crosses over with Alpha & Omega.
But enough background, we’re here to discuss Anna and Charles Cornick’s latest adventures. After last book’s tough work with the FBI, Anna and Charles are looking forward to some quiet time. Anna’s birthday is coming up and Charles is having a tough time coming up with a gift idea for her. Normally, he would buy her expensive jewelry to show everyone that he can provide for his mate and that she is his. But Anna isn’t a fan of lots of jewelry; she’s more down to earth. Perhaps that’s the Omega in her. So Charles comes up with another idea that leads them to take a trip to the Phoenix, Arizona area to meet a dear old friend of Charles.
Turns out the fae are visiting the area as well and that makes the visit a bit more interesting.
Still solid Patricia Briggs writing. I adore the world of werewolves and their hierarchy. They are facing more and more problems now that they’ve “come out” to humans and the fae are just behind them. And I don’t think the fae are playing as nice as the werewolves are.
In my review of Fair Game, I noted that the romance was taking a backseat to the straight urban fantasy plot. That trend is continuing in this book. We do get an intriguing peek into Charles past and that was nice and all. But romance was almost nil. Okay, so there was a bit of an underlying conflict between Charles and Anna but still. Just a little more romance… please?
The plot itself was just okay, too. I love the fae, don’t get me wrong. They was some really messed up sh*t in this story. But it just felt like Anna and Charles were playing along with the story, they weren’t really a part of the story. Maybe it was because the setting wasn’t their home turf? But it just felt like they were on the sidelines for the entire story.
I’m probably just being a picky reader. I’m probably just expecting too much because… Patricia Briggs! I will always love her work. Unless she drops a bomb on everyone and kills all her characters…
…. then we’d have to talk.