by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega #4
Published by: Penguin Random House
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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 the fourth book in the Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs. I listened to the previous books but was offered an advanced print copy of Dead Heat. Ironically, I could still hear the narrator in my head as I read. For those who are curious, I fully intend to continue the series in audio format. Dead Heat was intense and brought us closer to Charles and Anna.
Time has passed since Fair Game and we meet a stronger Anna. Charles has decided he wants to purchase a horse for her birthday and together they take a trip to Arizona to visit a dying friend whose family breeds horses. What began, as a vacation quickly gets complicated when a dangerous Fae, whose been replacing humans with simulacrums (kind of like golems who mimic the child that was replaced) threatens one of the packs wives.
Briggs fleshed out Charles and Anna’s relationship and I adored seeing them interact. Anna is strong, and beginning to understand her role as Omega. She is no longer meek, and I loved seeing her stand her ground. She really sees Charles and is so in tune with him. She understands him even if he does not. Charles himself sees growth and there is a new calmness to him. Briggs shows us the darker side of being immortal and an enforcer. These glimpses into Charles delighted me. Secondary characters developed the tale from jealousy to trust. adding interest from a jealous woman to pack trust and beliefs.
“Love,” he said, “Is always a risk, isn’t it? I’ve always thought that there were no certainties in life, but I was wrong. Love is a certainty. And love always gives more than it takes.”
Briggs did not spare us the details from show horses to the darker aspects of the Fae. Leslie Fisher, the FBI agent they worked with in Fair Game is called in and we see the relationship between the three strengthen. The Fae fascinate and freak the heck of out me. I would rather spend time with a vampire or Were. The Fae are nasty, deceitful and have no human attributes. Briggs brought all those fears to the surface and her imagery and dark imagination rocked. The thread involving Charles’ friend Joseph tugged at my heartstrings. Briggs’ weaved in magic, pack knowledge, Charles’ past and the spirits to keep me flipping the pages.
Dead Heat held me captive as once again, Briggs provides an intriguing, heart-tugging case and brings us closer to her characters.
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