Sunday, May 3, 2015

Dead Heat by Patrica Briggs

Book Blurb:

Praised as “the perfect blend of action, romance, suspense and paranormal,"* the Alpha and Omega novels transport readers into the realm of the werewolf, where Charles Cornick and Anna Latham embody opposite sides of the shifter personality. Now, a pleasure trip drops the couple into the middle of some bad supernatural business…

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.

My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Supernatural, Urban Fantasy, Werewolves, Faeries--

Charles wants to give Anna something special for her 26th birthday so they fly to his old friend’s horse ranch to pick out a horse. Charles is overwhelmed by the fact that his friend Joseph is dying and the expectations of Joseph’s family to turn him into a werewolf against his will. While battling personal demons, Charles and Anna get sucked into a battle with an unknown supernatural enemy to save the life of a child.

I absolutely love the Mercedes Thompson series by Ms. Briggs and I have enjoyed this spin-off series as well. This was another example of an incredibly well written, complex Urban Fantasy full of detailed characters, strange creatures and a well developed mystery. I found the mystery/supernatural components of the book to be highly engrossing and had me on the edge of my seat, but I did find myself to be overwhelmed with the horse talk. I understand that the premise of the book was to buy Anna a horse, but I did feel that the specifics of the horses breeding, flaws, traits, shows, ect., to cause my interest to wane. Someone who really likes horses or is interested in learning more about them would probably really like the depths to which the story went, but to me who only has a passing interest in horses, it was too much. I understand the need the book had for the creatures, but I felt that it went overboard in details which kept other interesting things from happening. I also was a little let down when there was no details as to what Anna and Charles were able to do to Joseph. Was there a greater power involved? Spirits? Luck? It was not really addressed and it just trailed off. I absolutely love the Fey that Briggs creates. At times they pretend to be human or sweet and innocent, but they are so far removed from humanity it is scary. I can’t wait for more books in either series to see the war the stories have been leading up to play out. I have read a lot of books about the Fey, and none have gone the direction Briggs takes which causes fear into the hearts of the reader.

My favorite part of the series is that the books are told from both Charles and Anna’s perspectives. I love the input of both the female and male perspectives with the emotions that go along with it. I also like the dual perspective so that way the reader does not miss out on any plot or mystery. Their battle over the idea of a child was interesting and I would like to see it come to fruition. Charles is so very secretive about his past and his emotions that sometimes he is very hard to read without Anna to interpret him for me. I like the dynamic between them and I think they make a nice team. I also love how people react to Anna, trying to protect or dominate her without any results.

I really enjoy this world and the depth of characters that Briggs creates, making the fantastical seem real. This was not my favorite book in the series due to the horse tangents that I got lost in, but still it was a solid book that helped to bring the Fey to the forefront as the enemy that the wolves will battle very soon to save everyone.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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