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Urban Fantasy Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega #4)


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Synopsis from Goodreads
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. 

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9.5/10

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God, I love this series! More than I love Mercy Thompson. And you know why? It feels structurally stronger, the story is tighter and emotionally more compact. Maybe I'm prejudiced because it reminds me of the glory days of early Kelley Armstrong with her Women of The Otherworld series. Who knows?



Charles & Anna have a wonderful and completely unique emotional connection which nobody else gets. They work as a perfect unit as humans and wolves because they already have been through so much. I also love how Anna might appear timid and young until she opens her mouth to put you in your place or blasts you with her super Omega powers, which is awesome! And Charles just loves watching her do it.*grins*

This time their story is very personal. Charles due to his status as a troubleshooter and executioner doesn't get attached to many people, but those who are closest to him he loves very deeply. He takes Anna to visit his old friend,  Joseph, -the son of local Alpha, but what he doesn't know is that Joseph has terminal cancer and refuses to become a werewolf to survive. Their reunion is bittersweet, and Joseph's character is heartfelt and endearing.

Then Alpha's family gets attacked by a nasty fae preying on children, and Charles & Anna offer their help to the local community. Their investigation is quick, tense, dangerous, and the results are horrifying, The ending is very emotional... I was holding back tears. However it just makes Dead Heat more beautiful and very strong.

Fantastic book, strongest in this series so far, highly recommended!

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Ох, люблю я эту серию, дамы и господа! Если её сравнить с Мерси Томпсон, то она структурно более чёткая и вызывает сильные эмоции. Но вполне возможно я предубеждена, потому как Альфа и Омега напоминает мне о моём восторге от первых книг Келли Армстронг.

Мне безумно нравятся Чарльз и Анна, их уникальная эмоциональная связь и их умение общаться на множестве уровней: телепатически как Брат Волк и Омега волчица, и физически как давно женатая, понимающая друг друга с полуслова пара.

В этот раз сюжетная линия очень личная. Чарльз с Анной приежают в Аризону посетить его старого друга, Джозефа, и купить ей арабского скакуна на день рождения, так как семья Джозефа занимается коневодством.

У Чарльза очень мало друзей из-за его профессии так что когда он узнаёт, что Джозеф умирает от рака и отказывается от превращения в вервульфа, он искренне горюет. В то же время на семью его друга нападает фэ занимающийся похищением детей, и Чарльз с Анной предлагают свою помощь в расследовании, в которое вмешивается знакомый им агент ФБР.

Книга эта быстрая, острая, напряжённая и в то же время очень тёплая и эмоциональная. Под конец у меня на глазах стояли слёзы. Эта серия началась сильно и с каждой книгой становится всё сильнее. Очень рекомендую, читайте!
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