Author: Patricia Briggs
Date Published: March 3rd
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5 out of 5 Stars
***Review copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest 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, 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.
Dead Heat is so engrossing I read from start to finish, every spare minute I had, and absolutely loved it. It was a beautiful story of family, friends, love, loss and life. I can't get too specific without giving too much away, but it was well worth the read!
Charles and Anna go to Arizona to see an aging friend about a horse and are pulled into a dangerous situation involving the Fae. This particular Fae steals children and replaces them with fetches, all while causing havoc along the way. The plot was superb and this book was a joy to read from beginning to end.
The characters in this book will really get to you, wrap you up in their lives and make you forget about everything else. Anna simply 'gets' Charles so well, they are obviously made for each other. Charles had intrigued me since I first read of him in the Mercy Thompson series, and I loved finding out more about him. Patricia Briggs writes characters that are so realistic that it easy to see them, and also to feel for them, whether you love them or hate them. The story was well written and very enjoyable, I'm chomping at the bit to go back and read the first three books in this series.
While this series and the Mercy Thompson series often get put into the paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres, they are both not really either but at the same time have elements of both. While you aren't going to find wild, descriptive sex in them (which is fine either way with me) you are going to find love and romance. Charles and Anna clearly love each other deeply and their bond is so well described that you can feel the love flow easily between them. Their relationship is so beautiful and they compliment each other so well that I couldn't stop reading it.
I don't know how I didn't realize that the Alpha & Omega series was set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson series for so long, but now that I've found out that it is I'm off to get the first three books in the series!