Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

Posted December 21, 2017 in Review / 10 Comments

Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

Dead Heat

Series: Alpha & Omega #4
by Patricia Briggs
Published by Penguin, Ace on March 3rd 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 324
Format: eARC

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.

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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.

About Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.



About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.



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10 responses to “Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

  1. I love both the Alpha and Omega and the Mercy Thompson series. Glad you are able to get caught up in time for the new release. It’s been a while since I read this one, but I loved getting more from Charles’ background and the adventure. Maybe you’ll get more romance in the next one coming out, but its Urban Fantasy so probably not as much. 😉
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  2. UGH I am not sure we can be friends anymore (JUST KIDDING)—I love hard this series. Anna/Charles are just amazing. I think the reason the romance can take a back seat (convincingly) is because they have their stuff together: they communicate, fight, work things out, and that just makes it hot. I, however, will forgive you LOL

  3. Looks like good stuff. I gotta get moving on Briggs’s stuff, I read the first Mercy this year and maybe after reading a few more I’ll try these too. I love the idea of werewolf packs and werewolves vs fae sounds fab.
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  4. I just finally got around to this series this past winter and I enjoyed it. I do think this was one of the weakest books in the series. Too much horse talk for me. Let’s hope next book is back on track. Happy holidays to you and yours. Looking forward to great books and continuing blogging friendships in 2018. Hugs!