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February 18, 2015

Suped Up: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

Series: Alpha & Omega 4
Format: eGalley
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Ace
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy
BLURB:
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.

QUOTABLE QUOTE:
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 ├╝ber 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.











44 comments:

  1. Sobbing? YOU were sobbing??? Oh Braine...that right there says a lot for the book. Not to mention the possible book hangover you might be suffering. I love your mention about the Alpha and Omega symbiotic relationship and how Anna and Charles signify it. I also liked your mention of how a sexy scene would muddy the emotional connection between Briggs' characters. I'd never thought about it that way. I've only read Mercy but the Alpha and Omega series will be started this year. I've waited long enough. :)

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    1. Girl! That bit surprised me too! I thought it was over then BAM!

      Strange right? You'd think sex would be the proof of how good they are together. Yet I feel that would take a lot of intimacy from them

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  2. I freaking love this series! Anna and Charles are just fantastic and I was so happy to see Agent Fisher back in this one. I hope we see a lot more of her on other cases.

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    1. The secondary characters including the villain were great!

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  3. Damn, about to start book 1. Crying? Damn, it was a good cry then?

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    1. It was so unexpected and there was a great build up to it. Sneak attack

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  4. Ah I confess that I'm not a big fan of this series, I really prefer Mercy. I've tried book 0.5 and 1 but well... I have book 2 for years and I haven't read it because I'm not that attracted but maybe one day. FLad it was that good for you.

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  5. I've been waiting for the audio of this book. I can't wait. I love this series (even more than Mercy). I love spending time with Charles, Anna, Bran and Asil.

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  6. Animal beast love? I hope it isn't gross.... I have got to try this series. I love Mercy Thompson and everyone is swooning over this one.

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    1. Hahaha no its not like that. You know how these werewolves are, there's their human side then their beast side is more intense.

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  7. I love, love this series. Cannot wait for this one to come out!

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  8. I need to read this... But with all the books I need to read, I think I won't be sleeping for the next 10 or 20 years !

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    1. Ill do it with you because I'm the same!

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  9. Dangit I must get caught up with these. And Mercy's series. I just need to do a binge read sometime soon :D

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    1. I'm behind one book in Mercy and the anthology. We need to catch up

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  10. 'kay, just a quick peek to see if you like it. I have it for review too. Oh yay! Really can't wait.

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  11. Awe I didn't mind the horse talk. I loved this one too, each book has gotten better and solidified my love for these two.

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    1. Yeah I saw you were catching up. Glad you're loving it hard like us.

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  12. Braineeeeeeee I need to catch up on this series so baddd

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    1. Mell! I envy you because you get to read the books back to back whereas I will have to wait for another year

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  13. Oh yes!! I'm totally excited about this, I knew it! The audio will rock too!

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    1. I'm sure it will because this installment rocked my world!

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  14. I don't want to read too much of your review because I need to read book 3 first. I love this series, don't know why I am lagging with finishing it.

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    1. This is spoiler free but you go ahead and read them back to back!

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  15. I was looking forward to reading this one, but now after reading your review I'm excited!
    I agree with you, I wouldn't mind a triple X scene with Bran... and me. He's soon yummy!!

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    1. Hahaha! No way! I'll have to fight you for that scene, marcela :P

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  16. I am reading it now, Braine.I'm at 20% and it's already sooo good!:)

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  17. This series sounds freaking fantastic with every instalment better than the last. Love the sound of the world, the romance and even the horse talk lol. Great review Braine!

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  18. I. Am. SO. Excited about this book!! Even with the horse talk, LOL. *whispers* I can take or leave horses, but I'll try not to let it annoy me too much ;)

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    1. It just got a bit long at the 30%-ish mark and my eyes were glazing over. It's still great inspite of...

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  19. OMG! Braine, I have this on my kindle. But I haven't had the time to read it yet *cries* Alpha and Omega was the series that made me discover Patricia Briggs, and I love it! Now, I desperately want to read it thanks to your enthusiastic review :)
    Have a great weekend.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Find time. This is something you want to savor slowly

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  20. I skimmed your review, because I don't want to spoil the surprises for me. I love this series and I am going to have to go back and re-read I think before picking this one up or maybe not, who knows. Can't wait! ^_^

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    1. No spoilers but thanks for still checking it out. I hope you love it as much as I did!

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