Dead Heat (Alpha and Omega #4) By: Patricia Briggs
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.
I’m sorry, I’m going to try really hard not to just squee like a fan girl, but it will be very difficult because I love Patricia Briggs. She has never let me down and always given me an amazing story with strong (but not too strong) characters.
Dead Heat picks up a while after Fair Game ended, I’m not sure exactly how long. Fair Game ended on such an epic note that I’m actually kind of glad it took a while for the next book to come out, because it gave me time to simmer down. Dead Heat was not quiet on the same scale, but it did involve the FBI and Cantrip agents.
I liked the fact that the Cantrip agents weren’t evil and stupid like they were in Fair Game. I think if they had been the book would have been too dark.
I was concerned, at first, that uber dark was the direction she was going. The series has never been light by any means, but it has never been dark to the point of depression. The story involved the Fae attacking children, which is difficult for me to read, but because other parts weren’t as evil it wasn’t overwhelming.
I did think there was a bit more info than I really needed to know about horses, but not to the point where it will lower my review. Since Briggs is a horse lover it’s understandable that she included the info and since the characters were horse breeders/trainers/etc it wasn’t out of place.
Dead Heat expanded the world and let you know that there was a war going on against the Fae. It also moved the relationship between Anna and Charles further. They’ve been married for about three years and Anna’s biological clock is ticking, Charles being older is more damaged and not sure if kids is a good thing. By the end of the book they had reached a resolution.
I loved this book and I might actually like the Alpha and Omega series more than the Mercy series. They’re both awesome but the relationship between Charles and Anna gives their series an added push.
Now I must wait forever for the next book.