Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

February 27th, 2015 Kimberly Review 48 Comments

27th Feb
Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs
Dead Heat
by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega #4
Published by: Penguin Random House
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

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.

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.

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48 Responses to “Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs”

  1. Lupdilup

    We’re gonna be review twins 😉 Well, on the blog. I just scheduled Melanie’s review of the audiobook. I’ll be listening to as as soon as I get a chance. These is one of those series where I just love being back in their world, and I have always enjoy my visits.
    Sounds like a good one 🙂 I think the narration notched it higher a 1/2 star for Melanie.
    Thanks Kimba, I’m glad the series continues strong.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I cannot wait for the audio, it is most definitely my preferred format for this series

    • kimbacaffeinate

      What? Shut the Front Door…you haven’t read Mercy? Oh lord,. First The Others then Mercy, then these.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh man..not fair..the audios rock. I hope you can get them. I wish it was Audible of the World and not limited to certain markets. It bugs me.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, I have a list like that..it took me a while but I finally read Kate Daniels, and these 🙂

  2. Sarah

    I finally picked up a copy of Moon Called by Briggs from the public library. Have yet to read it but I’m super stoked! I can’t believe he’s buying her a horse . . . one day I will meet my SO and he will want to by me a horse. And maybe a pet pig LOL

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes..I adore the Mercy Thompson series..and Adam, and Sam and Adam 🙂 LOL, you sound like my daughter..she wants all kinds of animals.

  3. kindlemom1

    Yay! We are review twins today. 😛

    I really do love this series and while I might have liked this just a bit more than you did this time, I can still tell that you are loving this series and that makes me so happy! 🙂

    Wonderful review Kim, I really hope you have a fabulous weekend and stay warm where you are!!

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  4. Ramona

    I love it when a writer creates a character that is both scary and fascinating! And I think that’s a true portrayal (or what a true portrayal should be) of the faeries. I have to read this series… With each new review from you, it seems as though it’s getting better and better. It’s very satisfying to watch the relationships between characters developing across several volumes, isn’t it! Another splendid review 🙂

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you try them, I really prefer the audio and in fact ordered it.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      For me Kim, it is audio all the way, I think this would have scored higher with it. Holter just adds another layer for me:)

  5. Terri

    Love Charles and Anna, so excited to see that the next book is out already! Glad to hear that Anna keeps getting stronger, as I hated the situation she was in originally. Thanks for a great review!

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  6. Mandy

    Great Review!!! I’m not a audio book kind of girl but ugh I can’t wait till I have my copy. Love this series one of my favorites. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you so much for the tease only a few more days. Happy reading!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I will listen to the audio even though I read it, it really does add an extra element particularly with the characters emotions.

  7. Olivia

    I am glad that you were able to enjoy the continuation of the series! It sounds like this one is even better than the third. I love it when authors aren’t afraid to get nitty and gritty and show us the darker side and themes as well.

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