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'Dead Heat' is the fourth book in Patricia Briggs' insanely addictive 'Alpha & Omega' urban fantasy series. We haven't had a new instalment in. Read "Dead Heat" by Patricia Briggs available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. Praised for having “the perfect blend of. Alpha and The Omega Series By Patricia Briggs On The Prowl 1. Cry Wolf 2. Hunting Ground 3. Fair Game 4. Dead Heat.
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. Twitter Facebook. Like this: This book was quietly satisfying. I say quietly and I hope that people don't take that to mean a bad thing. This wasn't as action-packed as some of the books, the mystery wasn't as urgent to me - for whatever reason - but I loved how the story moved the world in a new direction, how we got to meet up with some new and varied characters, and how we got a lot more from Anna and Charles.
So it's not my favorite addition to the storyline. That being said, it makes sense here. Anna was changed without even knowing that she'd never be able to have kids. So much was taken away from her, it's understandable that she's going to fight to regain as much as possible. What I really liked about this almost side-plot was that Anna never forced Charles hand, she tried to figure out the root of the problem, offer logical solutions and let him figure out where he wanted to be on the subject.
They're a team, and it's never in doubt that they are together for it all. What I loved most here was the cast of characters, both those we know and love already and those that are new to us - even if not to Charles. Seeing true friends of Charles was a treat, and I liked them immensely.
There were a couple of new characters in particular that I loved meeting, and I hope we get to see more of them in the future.
I already mentioned that the mystery aspect of the book wasn't that enticing to me and part of that is because I figured out who the "bad-guy" was as soon as we met them. It was a little out of character for Anna - and especially not Charles - to suspect this person when the clues kept lining up pointing to a particular place.
Accusing would have been too far, but the way they studiously avoided even thinking that this person could be the culprit left me feeling bland about the whole process. I was really interested in the fae's powers and the consequences of their actions - both for the fae, the werewolves and even the humans. Patricia Briggs definitely knows how to continuously up the stakes in this ever-changing world, I'll never deny that.
Like I said, it was quietly satisfying. We got a lot of time with Charles and his friends - of which we know he doesn't have many, a lot of time with Charles and Anna, and a lot of time learning more about other packs of werewolves.
I also particularly enjoyed some of the investigation that was detailed and the things that our investigators found out. Dead Heat isn't as exciting or flashy as some of the other books in the Mercy Thompson World, but it's definitely satisfying and creates intriguing new directions for our favorite supernatural beings to go in.
I'll tell you though, after all the stuff with the fae I'm really curious as to what's going on with the vampires - especially Stefan. Here's hoping we get to see him again in the next Mercy book Feb Edit: Apr 13, Carmel Rabid Reads rated it it was amazing Shelves: Reviewed by: Rabid Reads. We got to see a different side of Cornick, witness a couple of flashbacks, reconnect with an old love, and meet Hosteen's pack.
There was of course some mild tension, but that's to be expected whenever two alpha males are in the same room; however other than that it was looking like this was going to be a relatively tame installment. Yeah right, this is Patricia Briggs, and she doesn't do cute.
I've become accustomed to being spoiled by this author's furry characters, so when I first opened this novel I was surprised to find I marveled at the level of detail Briggs went into with regards to these magnificent beasts from the various breeds, to their different gaits, temperaments and the competitive side of shows. I actually had to pause mid-chapter to read her bio because I needed to know whether she had existing equestrian knowledge or had put her research cap on for this latest book.
She lives on a horse ranch in case you're wondering. I really enjoyed the amount of information she managed to incorporate alongside the plot. Cornick's lone wolf status is no secret, so discovering that he has a human friend was quite the revelation.
His relationship with Joseph awakened so many feels; however I wasn't overly happy about Maggie's role. Why is Briggs so big on ex threads? Their character growth continues to be one of the high points of this series. It turns out that the fae did not go quietly into their reservations, instead they are underhandedly siccing their worst monsters on human society, and the Doll Collector was their latest ruse.
This novel's plot deals with children, and it's not pretty, so it's not recommended for everyone. That being said, this author has a propensity for misdirection, therefore expect the unexpected!
There was also a touch of humour though in the form of Hephzibah, the Evil Queen Hellbitch, and leave it to Briggs to work in a Supernatural shout out. View all 8 comments. Mar 24, Regina rated it it was amazing Shelves: Badass Book Reviews is giving away a free copy of this book, stop by to enter to win: If I could, I would give it 10 stars.
The best yet. View all 3 comments. Feb 06, AH rated it really liked it Shelves: There's also a chance to win some books! Thoughts before reading: Want it Can't wait to read this one. The Review: When I read a series, I like to watch the character development over the course of the series. This book has one of my favorite UF couples - Anna and Charles and they have grown together nicely over the course of 4 books and hopefully more. When we first met Anna in the first book, she was very skittish.
Now she has come into her pack position as an Omega wolf, using her calming abilities on both human and wolf.
She stands up for herself and the people she is protecting. Charles seems to have mellowed out. He seems genuinely happy and eager to please his mate and he's taken her horse shopping in Arizona. But this book doesn't really dwell on their relationship. In the last book, the fae went to ground. In this book, one of them is up to no good.
Charles and Anna work with both Cantrip agents and their FBI contact to catch this fae before he kills again. I love how the author incorporates Native Indian mostly Navajo mythology into her narrative.
A must read for Patricia Briggs fans.
I absolutely love Anna and Charles, they're one of my favourite couples and I can't get enough of them. What I enjoy most about them is the way that even though Charles is protective of Anna he also understands her need to stand on her own two feet, he wants her to be an equal partner and h 1st Read March 2nd Read February 3rd Read February 4th Read March Full Review Buddy read with Ange I read this book last year but never got around to writing a proper review for it so here we go: What I enjoy most about them is the way that even though Charles is protective of Anna he also understands her need to stand on her own two feet, he wants her to be an equal partner and he encourages her to be independent while still promising to have her back whenever she needs him.
Charles has always kept his distance from everyone else though and even Anna knows very little about his past. It's not been easy for him to work as his father's executioner and it's hard to make friends with other wolves when you know that one day you could be called on to kill them if they ever cross the line. So the people that Charles considers part of his inner circle are very few and Dead Heat gives us the chance to meet one of his oldest, dearest friends. A friend who is human and who Charles has avoided visiting for a long time because it hurts him to see how old Joseph has become.
Charles knows that the time is coming when he'll have to say goodbye and even thinking about that is painful for him. The story is quite bittersweet in some ways but it's also about appreciating the people you love while you still can and I really enjoyed getting to see a more funny, slightly lighter hearted version of Charles.
It was also great to learn a bit more about his past and see how much he has changed over the years. Dead Heat is slower paced than the previous books but I felt that worked really well here, there is a lot of character development and a lot of time just seeing Anna and Charles enjoying each other's company and spending time with friends like a normal couple. Of course, it wouldn't be a Patricia Briggs book if they didn't find some kind of mystery to investigate and I enjoyed the reappearance of FBI Agent Leslie who I think makes a nice addition to the series cast.
The mystery was well drawn out and definitely raised the stakes since they were up against a predator who was focusing on children. The one thing I didn't enjoy so much was Anna's desperation to talk Charles into them having kids of their own, it's not a trope I particularly enjoy reading at the best of times but it seems particularly strange when you're talking about a couple who are probably going to have hundreds of years to spend together.
Why do they need to start a family so soon? Surely they'd want to enjoy time as a couple first? Having said that I do think the author did a good job of explaining Anna's feelings so it's really personal preference that I wanted them to wait.
I'll see how it plays out over the next few books though because I'm sure if anyone can sell it to me Patricia Briggs can! I just have a fangirl worship thing going on for this entire world though, I love the cross over of characters between this and the Mercy Thompson books and I always know that picking up a book in this world I'm going to get completely lost in the story and not surface for air until I reach the last page.
There's just a little too much info about the horses they're looking at for my taste I enjoyed it on my first read through but it's boring on rereads. I do think they'll both make wonderful parents but it worries me their storyline might become stale if they're settled down with kids in tow. Hopefully I'll be proved wrong though, especially if they go the adoption route and start taking in kids who have deadly enemies LOL View all 4 comments.
What the fresh hell is this? Charles and Anna you say? No way, those books are awesome!
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This book was decidedly not. I mean, do you really expect me to believe that the badass author who wrote the glory of Mercy Thompson wrote this nonsensical piece of boredom? To my utter and complete fucking surprise: But, lucky for them they get to solve a ni What the fresh hell is this? But, lucky for them they get to solve a nifty little mystery. A dangerous faerie is stealing children. Charles and Anna set out to solve this mystery, going all Nancy Drew on our asses.
Get out your notebooks and flashlights, ladies and gents 'cause we've got a mystery to solve. For example: They are majestic creatures. Every once and a while, you ship a couple. I truly do love how Briggs built their relationship. I wouldn't say that I love that Charles saved Anna from her previous pack, but I can deal with it. Oh, and just to be clear: I want to make that very clear.
But, still I can get past that because at this point in Urban Fantasy it's an anomaly if rape isn't used. Although, it is suspicious how Briggs uses rape in both series.
It must be a genre staple. Even so, I love how Charles gives Anna her space and doesn't hover like most love interests. He just backs way up if she needs it.
He's a quiet guy. I just love the quiet mysterious guys. Again, with the mystery aspect. He's just so chill. But, now I'm going to have to say that they have gone the way of the wind. The 'Dead Heat' title takes an entire new meaning, emphasis on the "dead.
The only thing that makes her interesting is that she's an omega and she has a traumatic past. Anna as a person? Not so much. In this book, Charles completely dominated the book. This is not a good thing. I don't care how much you have the hots for him, it is not cool with me when the woman takes a backseat in the story. Too often the guy seems to have a much larger presence than the girl. I'm not okay with this. It seemed like Anna had a presence in the beginning, then it became all about Charles, and then towards the end she showed up to save the day.
What is this plate of ripe shit? Do not confuse me like this. I will not be tricked into thinking it's about both Charles and Anna, when Charles has a more dominating presence not a wolf reference, please than Anna.
Exit the ship, if you don't mind me saying. Briggs has a way with unweaving a mystery. She's just so excellent at planting clues and teasing you the entire way through. The writing is quite nice and I enjoyed it. Dead Heat did not interest me as much as it should have. It was quite boring, as I've already stated.
Patricia Briggs does tend to weave a book slowly and surely. But, there should always be something to interest me no matter how long it takes to unweave the story. The sad thing about the horses being such a big part of the book is that a lot of the scenes had no purpose other than spew out horse facts. As much as I love horses, having grown up with them, I can't see an actual purpose to many of the scenes. The horses are part of why Anna and Charles went to Arizona, so that's why the horses are so important in the background of the story.
But, I felt like the author gave us a little too much. It started to become a little obsessive on the horse info and descriptions. The plot took so incredibly long to unravel that I cannot forgive the huge chunk of book it took to become known. It dragged on too much for my taste. I love it when stories take a while to unfold. Sometimes, I just love to sink into those stories.
But, when the plot takes an entire section of the book to start? That's when I start to consider watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians instead. Desperate times, my friends.
I had them. I don't know why I do this to myself. I will remember you Charles and Anna. We had some good times. I can honestly say that it could be me. That's possible. But, let's go with the possibility that it's probably you. I'm a confident woman. I don't need hesitate to say what I think. This is what I think. This does not affect my opinion of the book. UF fans. As with many werewolves, there are some that anchor their 4.
As with many werewolves, there are some that anchor their humanity with relationships to short-lived humans and there are others, like Bran, who cannot bear the pain of loss, which is what Charles faces in Dead Heat.
Of course," I noted as I was reading. The previous Alpha and Omega books involved high-stakes situations. Charles and Anna fought to live. They battled their inner-demons to endure as a strong mated couple. This time the conflict isn't a threat directed specifically at them or their relationship. Instead, there is a dangerous Fae. An old character returns. New aspects of Charles and Anna are revealed.
Anna and Charles defied great odds to achieve happiness. Their relationship is stable in this book. They are happy. Their inner struggles are mostly about what they are and, surprisingly, a pang for something they cannot bear as werewolves.
Anna deeply wants something.
There is still plenty to experience with this werewolf couple leading the way through new mysteries, horrors, and human frailties. Overall, I highly recommend this series to readers searching for romance, urban fantasy, mystery, and psychologically-complex characters. Ohhhhhh, yes! Mar 14, MelissaB rated it it was amazing Shelves: We are starting to get into the implications of the Fae being out in the world, I think it's going to get ugly in this series and Mercy Thompson. Can I say that it is so nice to read a book that is well-written for once!
Feb 20, Mandi Schreiner rated it it was amazing Shelves: Another outstanding addition to this fabulous urban fantasy series.
Well done Patricia Briggs. I even recommend you start with the novella in the On the Prowl anthology. The last book ended with the Fae coming out to the world, locking themselves away on their reservations and announcing they were free of the laws of the United States. Oh those fae have some balls! Charles has a very close friend who is dying. Joseph and Charles spent many years together, but Joseph is human, and is old and sick. Charles takes his wife Anna to visit him before he dies and while he is out there, to download Anna a horse for her birthday.
Charles and Anna stay with Hosteen a typical alpha wolf that has a big attitude and his family. We come to learn about all of them in this book. She still holds resent me to this day. Her interactions with Anna, who becomes quite possessive are done well in this book.
Several minutes later, she has voices in her head telling her to kill her children. Stabbing herself instead, she weakly warns her children to lock themselves in a room, as the voices takeover again and she tries to kill them.
This is what I love about Briggs. She writes her fae world so creepy and unpredictable. Just slips in a spell that makes a nice woman want to kill her children.
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It made me want to read while peeking out from behind my hands. From here, Charles and Anna realize the fae have decided to attack humans and it all leads back to the daycare. I really enjoyed this mystery — the fae are so intriguing and cruel, and Charles and Anna having to work together to figure things out always entertains me. They are such a great couple. He has seen so much death — and then Anna comes into his life as a ray of sunshine. He smiled at her.
Anna knows when to speak and when to let things play out. People come to greatly respect her and she even gets the extremely serious Charles to break into a smile now and then. Besides the fae drama, Anna wants to have children. Charles is the only werewolf born full-term and this obviously presents a problem. There is also the problem that having a kid terrifies Charles, although he would never say it.
But Anna knows. So during this book she very carefully brings up the subject now and again. She thinks maybe a surrogate would be the way to go for them, after much more research.
She actually never rushes anything in her books, which in this series I find throughly satisfying.
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Sometimes in her Mercy books I get a little bored or antsy for things to happen, but I never get that feeling here. We also get those precious moments between Anna and Charles that I adore. Charles is so possessive over Anna, but lovingly. He respects her freedom and independence, but with her horrific past, she knows he will always be there for her.
And that makes her stronger. If I could, I would brig him back to life so I could kill him again. Just know if anyone ever tries to hurt you again — they will be dead, too. This is an excellent urban fantasy series. But I recommend reading this series in order.
I will beg. I have no shame! There was way too little Anna and Charles time, as we have come to know and love it, and way too much talk about horses, which made certain passages of the book quite boring. The explanation is rather simple: She is, and always was, incredible. It read at times like a filler book, and it was, on occasion, more an ode to horses than anything else. Patty loves her horses and she knows them well — understanding their behavior has influenced her writing greatly, and in fact, the way she writes her werewolves is heavily influenced by her knowledge of animal psychology.
She raises horses and spends every day around them, which makes her books truly special. In this installment, however, she took things just a tiny bit too far, offering a lot more information on breeding and raising horses than her story actually needed.
The mystery elements were very nicely done and that part of the story progressed at an excellent pace.I'm soooooo happy right now, I was sure I wouldn't get it! Eileen Wilks. Dead Heat was my favorite book in the series so far and that wasn't because of it's spectacular plotline although it did have one , or the great writing and it was great , or the interesting side characters they were!!
But, unlike most Alpha heroes, he doesn't go around doing an impersonation of a caveman and shouting "I'm badass" with his every move.
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