July 5, 2011

Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

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Series: Mercedes Thompson 3
Format: Hardback
Release Date: January 2, 2008
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

I could smell her fear, and it satisfied something deep inside me that had been writhing under her cool, superior gaze. I curled my upper lip so she could get a good look at my sharp teeth. I might only weigh thirty or so pounds in my coyote shape, but I was a predator...

Mechanic Mercy Thompson can shift her shape - but not her loyalty. When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it's up to Mercy to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not.

Mercy's loyalty is under pressure from other directions, too. Werewolves are not known for their patience, and if Mercy can't decide between the two she cares for, Sam and Adam may make the choice for her.

After her unfortunate adventures with those wretched Vamps, Mercy is again caught up in another risky enterprise this time with the fae folk.

Zee, Mercy's former boss, who's a gremlin, asked for her help in solving a series of murders that happened inside the faery reservation. Mercy managed to solve the murders instantly by "sniffing" the common scent in the crime scenes, figuring out that it was the human reservation guard, O'Donnell.

Zee with the help of the Irish fae Uncle Mike, decided to confront O'Donnell and went to his house. When they got there, they found the guard decapitated and next thing we know Zee was arrested for the guard's murder.

Mercy, being the loyal friend that she is, decided to conduct her own investigation amidst the warnings and protests of both fae and Weres. But she cannot let an innocent man or fae hang for someone else's crime. Soon she found herself caught in life threatening situations involving humans, Gray Lords (they are like Fae Grand Masters) and Weres, leaving her bloodied and broken.

I tried my best to digest the book slowly. I love how this series is edited, it's full of dialogue and action packed scenes that keeps the pages flying. We've read a lot of supernatural stories involving Fae, Vampires, Weres and the like, the Mercy Thompson Series manages to be fresh and exciting. And though I would frequently find myself partial to the men in the stories that I read, I can't help but fall in love with Mercy and admire her spunk. I even found myself tearing up a bit on some parts of IRON KISSED, I don't want to give out any spoilers but something happened to Mercy that made her very vulnerable and how Briggs wrote it is just heart wrenching. I can't help but empathize with Mercy in this part of her fictional life, she can roll with the punches but this latest abuse almost shut her down.

The only deterrent for me in this book is the fae part of the story, it's not as tight as I thought it would be. The motives behind the fae attack on Mercy is a little loose and the way Zee intervened is a little too convenient. It sort of sticks out like a sore thumb and didn't bode very well with the rest of the story. I wish Briggs have ironed it out seamlessly but I'm hoping that she'll tie the loose ends in Silver Borne.

As for the love story part, it teases but at the same time it sort of sways and courts the reader to agree with Briggs on how she wants the direction of the story to go. I can tell you this much, Mercy already made a choice between Adam and Samuel and the way Patricia Briggs wrote it was very subtle. She let the events play out that made Mercy, Samuel and Adam realize what they want and why. The end result is so romantic in a gruff way (typical of Weres) that will make you clutch your heart literally. I was just disappointed that the nasty still hasn't been done but at the same time I like that twist. I feel like Patricia Briggs is giving us this much verbal foreplay so when "it" finally happens we'll also feel the fireworks. I found myself cursing when the book finished with Mercy taking off her shirt for the man of her choice. Bone Crossed better start where this book left off and it better be in Mercy's bedroom. Damn!

Anyway, I'm anxious to read Bone Crossed and even happier to know that there will be a book 7 to be released on 2013 so I can still get my Mercy fix.

Janina Gavankar

P.S.While watching True Blood last night, I saw this actress named Janina Gavankar of Indian and Dutch descent, and she is like Mercedes Thompson in the flesh! She plays the shifter Luna who is currently Sam Merlotte's love interest. If you find her familiar it's probably because you saw her playing Papi in Showtime's now defunct series The L Word.


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