Release Date: March 3, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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.
Life is hard; dying is easier and kinder.
Eeeeee!!! I don't know if it was wise for me to have read DEAD HEAT by Patricia Briggs mid-week because I think it ruined me. Like, currently I'm reading something I think is cool (weird AF), but it's very different from this so I don't know if DEAD HEAT set the bar or I have a bad case of book hangover. I hope it's my current read that's the problem because I'm going to be seriously effed up if every book I read this week is "wrong".
DEAD HEAT is so great I'm still a mess! First of all, I'm truly, madly, in love with this world that PBriggs created. Most of us are romance whores and love to read a good romp, I was initially frustrated over how wholesome Mercedes Thompson is, but as I read more of the books, which eventually led me to Alpha & Omega, I realized and saw how powerful the emotional connection is between the featured couples, to the extent that adding a sex scene would muddy the romance. Although I wouldn't mind a triple-X scene featuring Bran Cornick...
So, Anna and Charles. These two epitomize the title of their series. The perfect example of what an Alpha and Omega is, and this unique symbiosis left me with swoony butterflies with a big slice of Moss Green Envy. Anna and Charles complement each other like nobody's business. Where Charles can be so tightlipped, uptight, and über serious, Anna is playful, slightly snarky, and sunny. However, don't make the mistake of flirting with her mate though, Anna will cut you to pretty ribbons. If you're planning to read this book, you'll get it when they meet with Ms. Newman.
Now for the core of DEAD HEAT: kids and the fae. I love a good murder mystery, and when you add kids to the equation, it instantly gets creepy and dark. I mean, what kind of evil preys on kids, right? Add the fae to the equation and you know it'll be a fuckity-fuck-fuck story. Per usual, you won't find spoilers here, but expect some super messed up shit. PBriggs took her time in connecting the dots, I gave up trying to solve the puzzle before the quarter mark. Yes, that soon because shiznit went down that early into the story. I'm telling you, this installment is PACKED, it'll be a shame if you miss this.
There's one itty bitty thing I wasn't a big fan of though. I got bored with all the horse talk but I'm giving PBriggs a pass. She loves horses and she wrote another fantastic book so she can go wax poetic over her beloved equines. And as if the human-animal-beast love fest wasn't enough, she also dared to insert this super touching story of friendship between Charles and his human bestfriend/horse whisperer, Joseph, which left me sobbing at 98%!!! Who does that?!
To finish off, DEAD HEAT is obviously a superlative read. Expect a lot of mad gushing in the coming weeks and believe everything we say. We're not exaggerrating, this is not out of loyalty to PBriggs and the series, DEAD HEAT is just freakishly good, it's one of those books you don't want to wait too long to read.