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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--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—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--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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Number of Pages : 324 Pages
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Dead Heat Reviews

  • Jo ★The Book Sloth★
    2019-05-05 14:00

    10 Love This Series StarsIt was a vacation trip. Visit an old friend who wouldn't be around much longer, buy a horse for Anna's birthday and have a break from the emotional strain that being the werewolves' hitman always puts on Charles.But sometimes trouble finds you even when you least want it and when a Fae goes around replacing children with changelings right on their friends' doorstep, Charles and Anna will do their best to find the threat and eliminate it.If I had to use one word to describe this book it would be beautiful. There really is no other word that could describe the bond that Anna and Charles share, or how the book manage to sneak in life lessons without becoming too philosophical and condescending, or even how the author's love for horses showed through the pages. Dead Heat was my favorite book in the series so far and that wasn't because of it's spectacular plotline(although it did have one), or the great writing(and it was great), or the interesting side characters(they were!!). Dead Heat was my favorite because of Anna and Charles.I love PNR and Urban Fantasy, I loved then three years ago, I love them now and I will love them still three years later. What these books usually have in common is main characters that are loud or impulsive or bossy or mean or stubborn or commitment-phobes or flighty or high-handed or a combination of the above. The couples in these books are usually full of passion and badass and quite impressive on paper but in real life they would have probably driven each other mental a long time ago. Charles and Anna are unlike any UF/PNR couple I have ever read. Anna is soft and calm, she can be a badass if the situation demands it of her but her usual first reaction isn't "off with their heads" the moment something goes south. She first tries to find a peaceful way out of things, she chooses her words and doesn't let her mouth run ahead of her.She doesn't go into things spoiling for a fight *looks at her beloved Kate Daniels*. I like my badass, impulsive, stubborn heroines but Anna is a nice change to all that. Charles is a tough guy and he knows it. He is a werewolf who has the powers of a witch and a Shaman. But, unlike most Alpha heroes, he doesn't go around doing an impersonation of a caveman and shouting "I'm badass" with his every move. He is collected, calm and rational and although he is pretty scary(he is his father's hitman after all) and radiates menace by default, he doesn't try to intimidate every single person he meets into submission.But what is really special about them is their relationship. Anna and Charles have a relationship based on mutual respect, understanding and love. They both know when to push the other person and when to just be there for them. They don't have loud fights followed by silent treatments. They don't go at each other's throats over silly misunderstandings. They talk their problems through and find solutions that both can live with. That may seem a bit less exciting than the full-on passionate relationships with the big arguements and even bigger make ups but in the end of the day it is more grounded and easy to believe it will last in the long run. Okay, enough of my praise of the protagonists now...I won't include the plot because I'm afraid I'll use spoilers and since the book isn't even out yet that would be kind of bad, even for me. I will say though that Patricia Briggs has created, once again, a great suspense story that manages to keep you engaged and excited even when nothing major really happens. I honestly couldn't put this book down once I started it.The writing was beautiful. Everything seemed so effortless to read that I never wanted the book to end. The author included loads of information about horses in the book and not for a moment did I find myself bored or exasperated on the amount of information I had zero use for. It should have been tiring and boring but somehow it just managed to be interesting. Maybe it was because the author's love on the subject was obvious, maybe it was because PB is just that brilliant, I have no idea what the cause was but the result was the same. The writing was as great as one can get.There are much more to say about the book and I'm sure I will remember them after a while but for now I'm still in book bliss and I just can't do anything better than fangirl over this and thank NetGalley for giving me the pleasure of reading it a month early.***************************************************Guess whose ARC request just got approved?? I'm soooooo happy right now, I was sure I wouldn't get it!(view spoiler)[OH MY GOD!!! It's coming!!!Dear book, Please hurry! (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Anne
    2019-05-07 15:01

    4.5 starsFantastic, solid, emotional...everything I've come to expect from one of Briggs' novels.Including a hideous cover.*shrugs*Eh, what can you do?Charles decides to buy a horse for Anna from an old friend, Joseph. He's hoping to use the visit to catch up with him, and finally introduce his wife. The years have gotten away from Charles, however, and Joseph is now an old man. A very sick old man. Instead of a friendly visit, Charles has come just in time to say goodbye.Oh, the feelings!The friendship between those two was very well done, by the way. And Joseph didn't feel like a throwaway character that was only there to create a Nicholas Sparks moment. On top of all that drama, Joseph's family is suddenly targeted by something dangerous. A Fae, who may have been the one responsible for the kidnapping and death of hundreds of children, is on the loose in their area.Ok. There's this part in the beginning where Joseph's daughter-in-law starts feeling weird, and then she sees a knife, and then she starts getting annoyed with her kids, and then...I'm not gonna spoil it, but was flipping the pages as fast as I could!There was so much more that happened in Dead Heat, but it's better if you just find out for yourself.I'm sure the day will come when I'm disappointed in one of Patricia Briggs' books. However, today was not that day, and this was not that book.For those of you who haven't started your journey with Anna (or Mercy) I'd like to give a word of warning to you.These books do need to be read in order. None of them are stand-alone, so don't attempt it!Also, I've found that it's a good idea to have food and water nearby, as you will not want to put the books down long enough to find something to snack on. Personally, I've found that grabbing a pack of adult diapers from Walmart isn't the worst idea, either.Sure, you turn your nose up at the idea now, but someday you'll realize my genius!

  • JeniReadABook
    2019-05-02 18:14

    2015 is not nearly soon enough! This series is even better than the Mercy Thompson series. I ADORE Anna and Charles and I hope they go on to have a 10+ book series. This is definitely my new favorite urban fantasy series. The dynamics between Anna and Charles and then Anna and the others she comes into contact with is just so cool!

  • Ferdy
    2019-05-06 15:57

    2.5 stars - SpoilersRather disappointing, the majority of it didn't feel much different from the last book. There were some parts that I really enjoyed though (mainly Chelsea/Hosteen and Charles/Joseph), but a lot of it was quite dull and predictable. -This had the usual investigation-of-the-week type plot. It was fairly entertaining but nothing that I hadn't already come across before. It was pretty much the same as the previous book with Charles/Anna hunting for a serial killer, only in a different location and slightly different circumstances.-I didn't like Anna as much in this one, she was nice but there wasn't much to her, it was like her character development had reached its limit and she was just stagnant. At her core all she really cared about was being a wife/mother, she had no other desires/ambitions, it was all about babies and marriage, and that was kind of boring. Everything in her life revolved around Charles in some way or another, it was like she didn't have a separate life away from Charles or a past of her own. Well, except for her past torture/rape, which to me didn't count - a lot of UF/PNR authors seem to think a heroine who has been abused and who occasionally thinks about said abuse is the same thing as giving them a complex personality and history. It's not, it's just cheap and lazy writing. Anna was plain one dimensional and bland in this, I hope she's actually given proper depth in the next one.-Liked getting to know more about Charles and his past, especially his friendship with Jonathan. I hated his past with Maggie though, for me it soured his relationship with Anna knowing that he could have been just as happy with Maggie if circumstances had been different.-All the horse talk was beyond boring. There were so much pointless description of horses and none of it was interesting to me. I thought all that detailed horse talk would somehow become relevant later on in the story but it didn't, if 99% of it had been left out it would have made no difference to the outcome of the story.-Liked Chelsea, her family, and their whole set up. Chelsea was great around her kids and Hosteen, she was far more interesting than Anna. I wouldn't mind her popping up in the Mercy series or this one again, there needs to be some decent prominent side female characters in either Mercy's or Anna's world, because at the moment there isn't really any. -The Maggie/Charles storyline pissed me off. Maggie was elderly and had been happily married for decades yet she was still panting after Charles, and acting jealous and bitter about Anna. I highly doubt an old woman who'd lived a great life and had a great family would be so petty towards an ex boyfriend's wife. Maggie hadn't been with Charles for over half a century and she was the one who rejected him, moved on, married, and had kids/grandkids.. So it was beyond ridiculous that she was still hung up and possessive of him. Briggs seems to be obsessed with female characters being stupidly jealous and mean. She writes such pathetic secondary female characters, I don't expect all of them to be decent but I expect far more than what's been delivered so far. -I wasn't impressed to find out Charles had been deeply in love with Maggie, not only that but his wolf had also been in love with her too. It made his love/mating bond for Anna seem less somehow. If Maggie hadn't rejected him, he would be happily mated to her and he would never have wanted Anna. What made Charles/Anna's romance so great to begin with was that Charles never let anyone in, yet Anna managed to break down his walls, what he felt for her was special and one of kind.. But it turned out Anna wasn't actually all that special because he'd felt it all before with Maggie, and would have mated with her if he'd had the chance. When it comes to UF/PNR romances I prefer when the hero/heroine love each other like no other.. That wasn't the case with Charles, I have no doubt that he could have been just as happy with Maggie if she had accepted him. At times there seemed to be more romance and tension between Maggie/Charles than Anna/Charles. The flashback scene of Maggie actually showed Charles having more passion/emotion for her than he'd ever shown Anna. I hate when heroines are second best/only best due to timing/circumstances. After reading this I've gone off Charles/Anna, Charles's bond with Maggie just ruined them for me. -Why didn't Charles tell Anna about his past with Maggie before she actually met her? She had to stay in her house and he didn't even think to tell her about their past relationship. Who doesn't tell their husband/wife that they'll soon be meeting and staying with a once serious ex of theirs? Why didn't Anna call him out on that? It was such a dick move. Also, when he did eventually tell Anna about Maggie he brushed it off as them being nothing serious when it was actually so much more than that. He was deeply in love with Maggie and wanted to be with her, yet Anna didn't know that. She had a right to know all the details since she had to live with and put up with her for weeks.-What's with the latest Mercy/Anna books both having the heroines dealing with jealous/petty women and their husband's ex's?! All it's done is ruin the romance between the hero/heroine in both series. -I was disappointed that there wasn't really any Samuel, Bran or Asil scenes. Also, I was disappointed that there wasn't one single female character I missed, simply because there weren't any prominent decent side female characters in the series to choose from. -What happened to the 14 yr old girl with the baby? I really wanted to know more about her back story and powers. -Why did the gray lord release the doll collector in the first place? The fae cut themselves off from humans and declared themselves as separate, so why did they now want to cause trouble for humans? Was it revenge or something? Do they want to start a war? What's their endgame? It wasn't fully clear what the motives behind the fae's actions were. -I hope book 5 has something more original than the usual find-the-killer of the week, also I really want Anna to have more to her than just Charles and her abuse, she really needs far more complexity and history than that.

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    2019-05-13 11:52

    3/3/15: Now Available!This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.5 Stars!This is a fantastic book! I need to be clear up front that I am a huge fan of Patricia Briggs. I have read and enjoyed all of the books in the Mercy Thompson series and the Alpha & Omega series. I enjoy each series but I think that the Alpha & Omega series is my favorite out of the two. I just love Charles and Anna. I love each of them as individuals and I adore them as a couple. "The day I met you was the first day I ever felt joy."Seriously, how can your heart not melt when Charles says things like this?!?! Mine sure did. Charles is unique in the werewolf world. He is the most dominant werewolf around with the exception of his father, Bram, and he has a few extra abilities. He is the one who is sent out when there is trouble since he is Bram's enforcer. Anna is an Omega werewolf which is extremely rare. She has a calming effect on other werewolves and does not feel compelled to obey. I think that she is the perfect mate for Charles and vice-versa. They complement each other completely.Charles wants to give Anna a gift for her upcoming birthday so he decides to take her to see an old friend so that she can pick out a new horse. Shortly after they arrive, it becomes obvious that there is trouble in town that has touched the local werewolf pack. Charles and Anna work to find out what is going on and protect the members of the local pack and the people that they love. I really liked that we find out a little more about Charles's past. Charles has lived a long life and his life before Anna and before the series starts is very interesting to me. So far everything that I have learned about Charles has only made me like him more. I enjoyed seeing Anna fully utilizing her Omega abilities in this story. The chemistry and love between the pair is absolutely wonderful. The writing is excellent and the mystery is solid. The story has nearly perfect pacing and I found that I could not put it down once I started. There is a large focus on horses in this book which may not appeal to everyone. I like horses and spent a lot of time riding when I was a teen so I really enjoyed those parts of the book. I actually liked the fact that this was Charles and Anna's story with only mentions of other characters. Don't get me wrong, I love Bram, Asil, and everyone else but I liked the new characters in this book so much that I found I didn't miss them like I would have thought. There was a lot of werewolf politics in this book that I found that I really enjoyed.I would highly recommend this book to others. While I suppose it could be possible to enjoy this book without having read the rest of the series, the other books are so good I just don't understand why anyone would want to skip them. My suggestion to anyone interested in this series is to start at the beginning and enjoy the full story. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in this fantastic series.I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

  • Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
    2019-04-29 11:51

    4.5 ★'sMy favorite part about this series from the get-go is the relationship between Charles and Anna, The Alpha and The Omega. Sometimes they aren't the only focus but they are always the main focus. Charles is taking Anna on a short vacation to see a friend of his...and to get Anna a horse for her birthday. Naturally, there is trouble and naturally, Charles and Anna jump right into the middle of things. It was awesome seeing how in tune Anna was to Charles, reading his little nuances...I just loved that. There is no egos involved, just whoever is the best one to handle something, they do. And the other one supports them. The "trouble" of the story was a bit intense and a little gruesome. Getting to know the characters and especially knowing what they mean to Charles made it more personal and I felt more invested in the story. The one problem was all the information about the horses. I even come from a family horse business background and it was too detailed and felt like it interrupted the flow of the story. But those details are what PB is known for so I kind of expected it. The ending was full of action and I enjoyed how everyone worked together. Of course, you know the sad part is coming but it was still, well, sad. However, I did love the conclusion that Charles and Anna came to. Very much looking forward to their next journey!Favorite quotes:♥ “You have a beautiful song in your heart,” he said at last. “I am grateful that my old friend would find such as you because he is too often alone. Don’t break his heart or my ghost will haunt you for the rest of your days.”♥ "The day I met you was the first day I ever felt joy."

  • Carmel (Rabid Reads)
    2019-05-16 16:14

    Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.This book started out as a sweet vacay type story line with Anna & Charles traveling to Arizona to buy a horse from an old friend. We got to see a different side of Cornick, witness a couple of flashbacks, reconnect with an old love, and meet Hosteen's pack. There was of course some mild tension, but that's to be expected whenever two alpha males are in the same room; however other than that it was looking like this was going to be a relatively tame installment. Ha! Yeah right, this is Patricia Briggs, and she doesn't do cute. DEAD HEAT's fae mystery kept me guessing, the ending made me cry, and the werewolves rocked, as usual. I've become accustomed to being spoiled by this author's furry characters, so when I first opened this novel I was surprised to find... horses! I marveled at the level of detail Briggs went into with regards to these magnificent beasts from the various breeds, to their different gaits, temperaments and the competitive side of shows. I actually had to pause mid-chapter to read her bio because I needed to know whether she had existing equestrian knowledge or had put her research cap on for this latest book. She lives on a horse ranch in case you're wondering. I really enjoyed the amount of information she managed to incorporate alongside the plot.Don't tell Clay & Elena (Kelley Armstrong), but they are in danger of losing their title of being my favourite werewolf couple because Charles & Anna are gaining on them with each new ALPHA & OMEGA installment. Cornick's lone wolf status is no secret, so discovering that he has a human friend was quite the revelation. His relationship with Joseph awakened so many feels; however I wasn't overly happy about Maggie's role. Why is Briggs so big on ex threads? Urgh! Charles & Anna are working through another couple dilemma, and I just love how conflict makes them stronger. Their character growth continues to be one of the high points of this series.Our friendly neighbourhood FBI agent, Leslie Fisher, is back in the thick of things which was great because I liked her in FAIR GAME. It turns out that the fae did not go quietly into their reservations, instead they are underhandedly siccing their worst monsters on human society, and the Doll Collector was their latest ruse. This novel's plot deals with children, and it's not pretty, so it's not recommended for everyone. That being said, this author has a propensity for misdirection, therefore expect the unexpected! There was also a touch of humour though in the form of Hephzibah, the Evil Queen Hellbitch, and leave it to Briggs to work in a Supernatural shout out. Squee!This was my first time reading an ALPHA & OMEGA book, and although I missed Holter Graham's narration, it's clear that no matter how you tackle DEAD HEAT, the end result will be 5 stars.

  • Angela
    2019-05-20 14:04

    February 2017 Re-read: I liked this better than the last time. Quite a lot more. But it's still my least favorite of the Alpha and Omega books. There's something missing for me.February 2016 Re-read: Buddy read with SarahThis is the book I've read most recently in the Mercy World prior to this re-read, so it was the freshest in my mind, though I still found I forgot a lot. I think my review below speaks the best for it. The unveiling of the bad-guy was a little disappointing, because I felt like it should have been noticed previously, or at least speculated on. And the whole having kids things...well, I'm just sort of over it. But, *shrugs*, Okay. I get it, too.I think part of the reason that I'm not into the whole kids thing in these books is that they're essentially done when they have kids. Kids change your life, in a lot of big (and little) ways - you're not your own person anymore, you're not even just a couple anymore. Plus, can't these incredibly long-lived people just...enjoy their mate for a half-century or something? Moving on - I still enjoy this book, because I love Charles and Anna so much. The horse stuff was a bit much on this re-read (though I remember enjoying it a lot in the first read). And I really enjoyed meeting a whole new pack, and an old, true friend of Charles. Original Review:The last several months have been life-changing for me. First, I got engaged. Then I moved across country (Wisconsin to Washington state). Then I was looking for a new job, while assisting the transition remotely for my old job. Then I was buying a house...And still I freaked out and wondered how the heck I had managed to forget that I had this book to read on my Kindle. When I was going through my 'must-have' releases to be happening I suddenly realized that I hadn't ever started this book! I was horrified, and immediately set about correcting that.I'm really glad that I did. This book was quietly satisfying. I say quietly and I hope that people don't take that to mean a bad thing. This wasn't as action-packed as some of the books, the mystery wasn't as urgent to me - for whatever reason - but I loved how the story moved the world in a new direction, how we got to meet up with some new (and varied) characters, and how we got a lot more from Anna and Charles. I admit it, I'm pretty tired of the +child aspect to a lot of books lately, I started in Urban Fantasy because I was pretty bored with the 'must have a child' thing in Romance. So it's not my favorite addition to the storyline. That being said, it makes sense here. Anna was changed without even knowing that she'd never be able to have kids. So much was taken away from her, it's understandable that she's going to fight to regain as much as possible. What I really liked about this (almost) side-plot was that Anna never forced Charles hand, she tried to figure out the root of the problem, offer logical solutions and let him figure out where he wanted to be on the subject. They're a team, and it's never in doubt that they are together for it all.What I loved most here was the cast of characters, both those we know and love already and those that are new to us - even if not to Charles. Seeing true friends of Charles was a treat, and I liked them immensely. There were a couple of new characters in particular that I loved meeting, and I hope we get to see more of them in the future.I already mentioned that the mystery aspect of the book wasn't that enticing to me and part of that is because I figured out who the "bad-guy" was as soon as we met them. It was a little out of character for Anna - and especially not Charles - to suspect this person when the clues kept lining up pointing to a particular place. Accusing would have been too far, but the way they studiously avoided even thinking that this person could be the culprit left me feeling bland about the whole process. I was really interested in the fae's powers and the consequences of their actions - both for the fae, the werewolves and even the humans. Patricia Briggs definitely knows how to continuously up the stakes in this ever-changing world, I'll never deny that.Like I said, it was quietly satisfying. We got a lot of time with Charles and his friends - of which we know he doesn't have many, a lot of time with Charles and Anna, and a lot of time learning more about other packs of werewolves. I also particularly enjoyed some of the investigation that was detailed and the things that our investigators found out.Dead Heat isn't as exciting or flashy as some of the other books in the Mercy Thompson World, but it's definitely satisfying and creates intriguing new directions for our favorite supernatural beings to go in. I'll tell you though, after all the stuff with the fae I'm really curious as to what's going on with the vampires - especially Stefan. Here's hoping we get to see him again in the next Mercy book (Feb 2016 Edit: which despite the order now on Goodreads, at the time of this review, Night Broken had already been out for a year, so I was waiting for Fire Touched - which didn't have a name yet).23 January 2015: Preorder $5.99 on Kindle - for a new Patricia Briggs ... that's a great price to preorder at!

  • AH
    2019-05-08 15:03

    Update 3/3/15: Check out Badass Book Reviews where we discuss our thoughts about Dead Heat. There's also a chance to win some books!Thoughts before reading:Want it...want it...want it....NOW!!!!Can't wait to read this one.The Review:Another fantastic addition to the Alpha & Omega series. When I read a series, I like to watch the character development over the course of the series. This book has one of my favorite UF couples - Anna and Charles and they have grown together nicely over the course of 4 books (and hopefully more). When we first met Anna in the first book, she was very skittish. Now she has come into her pack position as an Omega wolf, using her calming abilities on both human and wolf. She stands up for herself and the people she is protecting. Charles seems to have mellowed out. He seems genuinely happy and eager to please his mate and he's taken her horse shopping in Arizona. But this book doesn't really dwell on their relationship. In the last book, the fae went to ground. In this book, one of them is up to no good. Charles and Anna work with both Cantrip agents and their FBI contact to catch this fae before he kills again. I love how the author incorporates Native Indian (mostly Navajo) mythology into her narrative.A must read for Patricia Briggs fans.

  • Regina
    2019-04-28 15:01

    Badass Book Reviews is giving away a free copy of this book, stop by to enter to win: http://badassbookreviews.com/release-...If I could, I would give it 10 stars. The best yet.

  • Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
    2019-05-05 12:47

    4.25 Stars – Love, Loss, & PromiseI hold it true, whate'er befall;I feel it, when I sorrow most;'Tis better to have loved and lostThan never to have loved at all.- Alfred Lord TennysonTennyson's poem comes to mind after completing Dead Heat. Bran, the dominant werewolf of North America and recurring secondary character in the Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series, and his son Samuel have reacted to love and loss their own way. As with many werewolves, there are some that anchor their humanity with relationships to short-lived humans and there are others, like Bran, who cannot bear the pain of loss, which is what Charles faces in Dead Heat."Ah. Of course," I noted as I was reading. The previous Alpha and Omega books involved high-stakes situations. Charles and Anna fought to live. They battled their inner-demons to endure as a strong mated couple. This time the conflict isn't a threat directed specifically at them or their relationship. Instead, there is a dangerous Fae. An old character returns. New aspects of Charles and Anna are revealed. Anna and Charles defied great odds to achieve happiness. Their relationship is stable in this book. They are happy. Their inner struggles are mostly about what they are and, surprisingly, a pang for something they cannot bear as werewolves. Anna deeply wants something. To get it she tries to pinpoint the source of Charles’s fears. Through characters’ observations we learn more about Anna (she has a dark side she’s hiding), Charles (who understands why Bran has given up human friendships), and werewolf dynamics and laws. There’s also insight into Native American culture. I gobbled up Dead Heat and look forward to more Alpha & Omega series. There is still plenty to experience with this werewolf couple leading the way through new mysteries, horrors, and human frailties. Overall, I highly recommend this series to readers searching for romance, urban fantasy, mystery, and psychologically-complex characters.ARC courtesy of Penguin Group via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.************************************Upon receiving the ARC...Ohhhhhh, yes! Yessssssssss!(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • MelissaB
    2019-05-21 12:55

    ** 4.5 stars **A very nice addition to a good series. We are starting to get into the implications of the Fae being out in the world, I think it's going to get ugly in this series and Mercy Thompson. Can I say that it is so nice to read a book that is well-written for once!

  • Mandi Schreiner
    2019-04-29 20:04

    Another outstanding addition to this fabulous urban fantasy series. Well done Patricia Briggs. Set in the same world as her Mercy Thompson series, the Alpha & Omega series follows Charles (son of the alpha Bran) and Anna (an Omega wolf). I’m not going to recap who Charles and Anna are and how they came to be – I highly recommend this series and reading them in order. I even recommend you start with the novella in the On the Prowl anthology. I also want to note, at this point I’m enjoying this series even more than her Mercy Thompson series. Maybe it’s because Adam annoyed me in the last book (*gasp* did I really just say that?!) but I’m finding Charles and Anna to be so, so intriguing and I like the suspense and conflict in this series better.The last book ended with the Fae coming out to the world, locking themselves away on their reservations and announcing they were free of the laws of the United States. Oh those fae have some balls! And being fae, they didn’t stay locked up, at least not all of them. We’ll get back to the fae in a second. Charles has a very close friend who is dying. Joseph and Charles spent many years together, but Joseph is human, and is old and sick. Charles takes his wife Anna to visit him before he dies and while he is out there, to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Joseph’s father Hosteen, is a werewolf and the alpha of the Salt River pack. Charles and Anna stay with Hosteen (a typical alpha wolf that has a big attitude) and his family. We come to learn about all of them in this book. Joseph’s wife, also a human once fell in love with Charles and things turned serious until Charles realizes she could never accept his wolf the way he needed her to. She still holds resent me to this day. Her interactions with Anna, who becomes quite possessive are done well in this book. The action picks up when Hosteen’s daughter in law, comes home from picking her three kids up at daycare with an extreme headache. Several minutes later, she has voices in her head telling her to kill her children. Stabbing herself instead, she weakly warns her children to lock themselves in a room, as the voices takeover again and she tries to kill them. Her husband finally comes home with Anna and Charles who immediately realize something isn’t right.“The children must bleed,” she gritted out, and the knife shook in her right hand. “Bleed out the bad – ” She dug the knife into her thigh and he winced. But she didn’t push it deep, just slid it along her leg parallel to the other wounds that bled there. “Something in my head wants me to kill my children,” she said in a hurried whisper, very different from the voice she’d started speaking with. “You have to stop me.”Brother Wolf snarled at this enemy he could not fight with tooth or claw; fae magic surrounded the woman. Charles needed to figure out how to help Kage’s wife.He figures it out, but you’ll have to read how he does it. This is what I love about Briggs. She writes her fae world so creepy and unpredictable. She doesn’t make them loud or in your face. Just slips in a spell that makes a nice woman want to kill her children. It made me want to read while peeking out from behind my hands.From here, Charles and Anna realize the fae have decided to attack humans and it all leads back to the daycare. I really enjoyed this mystery – the fae are so intriguing and cruel, and Charles and Anna having to work together to figure things out always entertains me. They are such a great couple. Charles is Bran’s assassin so to say. He is in charge of killing wolves that have gone rogue, or that haven’t gone through the change well, or just those that deserve to die. He has seen so much death – and then Anna comes into his life as a ray of sunshine.He smiled at her. “The day I met you was the first day I ever felt joy.”An omega wolf who can calm people and her human self is very smart. Anna knows when to speak and when to let things play out. People come to greatly respect her and she even gets the extremely serious Charles to break into a smile now and then.Besides the fae drama, Anna wants to have children. Charles is the only werewolf born full-term and this obviously presents a problem. There is also the problem that having a kid terrifies Charles, although he would never say it. But Anna knows. So during this book she very carefully brings up the subject now and again. She thinks maybe a surrogate would be the way to go for them, after much more research. Briggs doesn’t rush this topic. She actually never rushes anything in her books, which in this series I find throughly satisfying. Sometimes in her Mercy books I get a little bored or antsy for things to happen, but I never get that feeling here. I like that Anna broaches the subject of becoming parents, but it’s not rushed to an answer by the time the book ends.We also get those precious moments between Anna and Charles that I adore. Charles is so possessive over Anna, but lovingly. He respects her freedom and independence, but with her horrific past, she knows he will always be there for her. And that makes her stronger.“Who hurt you?” she asked, slicing through two other conversations going on at the table.“He’s dead,” said Charles, his hand sliding up Anna’s back reassuringly. “I killed him. If I could, I would brig him back to life so I could kill him again.”[..]Charles put his lips against Anna’s ear. “He’s very, very dead.”She nodded jerkily. “Sorry.”“No,” he said, his breath warm against her neck. “Don’t be sorry. Just know if anyone ever tries to hurt you again – they will be dead, too.”While Charles is usually very quiet and more in the background, when things need to get done, the boy gets them done.“Pull over,” he told Marsden, interrupting whatever the agent had been saying about the next place they were headed, had been headed.“Excuse me?”Impatient, Charles caught the other man’s eye and said, low-voiced. “Pull over.”The car swerved out of traffic and came to a halt with a jerk.“What the freak, man?” said Marsden, staring at his hands as though he couldn’t believe what had happened. That he’d just obeyed orders.This is an excellent urban fantasy series. You don’t need to read the Mercy series to enjoy this. But I recommend reading this series in order. You won’t be disappointed.Grade: AP.S. – I will say this in every review I write. I will beg. I have no shame! I NEED, not just want, but NEED a book or a series about Bran. *whimpers forev

  • ★ʜɑʋɘɳ★
    2019-05-06 11:57

    3.5 StarsBeautiful story in itself, but also a tiny disappointment. It doesn't quite fit to the previous Alpha & Omega books.There was way too little Anna and Charles time, as we have come to know and love it, and way too much talk about horses, which made certain passages of the book quite boring. ------------------------------------------Edit 02.02.2015SO jealous of everyone reading this! :(------------------------------------------This book is calling me...

  • Brigid
    2019-04-22 12:49

    What the fresh hell is this?Charles and Anna you say? No way, those books are awesome! This book was decidedly not.I mean, do you really expect me to believe that the badass author who wrote the glory of Mercy Thompson wrote this nonsensical piece of boredom?To my utter and complete fucking surprise: YES.*What the crap just happened?*Anna and Charles travel to Arizona thinking it'll be a relaxing trip visiting old friends and looking at pretty horses. But, lucky for them they get to solve a nifty little mystery. A dangerous faerie is stealing children. Charles and Anna set out to solve this mystery, going all Nancy Drew on our asses. Get out your notebooks and flashlights, ladies and gents 'cause we've got a mystery to solve. It all comes down to this: Did I enjoy it? Sure, there's always going to be things I like or dislike in every book I read, but in the end it always comes down to whether I enjoyed it. I truly did enjoy things about this book. For example:HORSIES!They are majestic creatures.Obviously.Every once and a while, you ship a couple. C&A were one of my most shippable UF couples, next to Curran and Kate (We can't be friends if you haven't read them, fyi). I truly do love how Briggs built their relationship. I wouldn't say that I love that Charles saved Anna from her previous pack, but I can deal with it. Plus, the use of rape AGAIN was just not to my favor. Oh, and just to be clear: there is no rape in this book. I want to make that very clear. But, still I can get past that because at this point in Urban Fantasy it's an anomaly if rape isn't used. Although, it is suspicious how Briggs uses rape in both series. It must be a genre staple. Even so, I love how Charles gives Anna her space and doesn't hover like most love interests. He just backs way up if she needs it. He's a quiet guy. I just love the quiet mysterious guys. Again, with the mystery aspect. He's just so chill. But, now I'm going to have to say that they have gone the way of the wind. The 'Dead Heat' title takes an entire new meaning, emphasis on the "dead."I never really realized this before, but Anna is not an interesting person. The only thing that makes her interesting is that she's an omega and she has a traumatic past. Anna as a person? Not so much.In this book, Charles completely dominated the book. This is not a good thing. I don't care how much you have the hots for him, it is not cool with me when the woman takes a backseat in the story. Too often the guy seems to have a much larger presence than the girl. I'm not okay with this. It seemed like Anna had a presence in the beginning, then it became all about Charles, and then towards the end she showed up to save the day. What is this plate of ripe shit? Do not confuse me like this. I will not be tricked into thinking it's about both Charles and Anna, when Charles has a more dominating presence (not a wolf reference, please) than Anna. Exit the ship, if you don't mind me saying.Briggs has a way with unweaving a mystery. She's just so excellent at planting clues and teasing you the entire way through. The writing is quite nice and I enjoyed it. Dead Heat did not interest me as much as it should have. It was quite boring, as I've already stated. Patricia Briggs does tend to weave a book slowly and surely. But, there should always be something to interest me no matter how long it takes to unweave the story.The sad thing about the horses being such a big part of the book is that a lot of the scenes had no purpose other than spew out horse facts. As much as I love horses, having grown up with them, I can't see an actual purpose to many of the scenes. The horses are part of why Anna and Charles went to Arizona, so that's why the horses are so important in the background of the story. But, I felt like the author gave us a little too much. It started to become a little obsessive on the horse info and descriptions.The plot took so incredibly long to unravel that I cannot forgive the huge chunk of book it took to become known. It dragged on too much for my taste. I love it when stories take a while to unfold. Sometimes, I just love to sink into those stories. But, when the plot takes an entire section of the book to start? That's when I start to consider watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians instead. Desperate times, my friends. I had them.I don't know why I do this to myself.I will remember you Charles and Anna. We had some good times. I can honestly say that it could be me. That's possible. But, let's go with the possibility that it's probably you. I'm a confident woman. I don't need hesitate to say what I think. This is what I think.Thank you to Penguin Group Berkley, NAL for providing me with an Advanced Reader's Copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book. 

  • Sarah
    2019-05-05 17:08

    1st Read March 20152nd Read February 20163rd Read February 2017Full ReviewBuddy read with AngeI read this book last year but never got around to writing a proper review for it so here we go:I absolutely love Anna and Charles, they're one of my favourite couples and I can't get enough of them. What I enjoy most about them is the way that even though Charles is protective of Anna he also understands her need to stand on her own two feet, he wants her to be an equal partner and he encourages her to be independent while still promising to have her back whenever she needs him. Charles has always kept his distance from everyone else though and even Anna knows very little about his past. It's not been easy for him to work as his father's executioner and it's hard to make friends with other wolves when you know that one day you could be called on to kill them if they ever cross the line.So the people that Charles considers part of his inner circle are very few and Dead Heat gives us the chance to meet one of his oldest, dearest friends. A friend who is human and who Charles has avoided visiting for a long time because it hurts him to see how old Joseph has become. Charles knows that the time is coming when he'll have to say goodbye and even thinking about that is painful for him. The story is quite bittersweet in some ways but it's also about appreciating the people you love while you still can and I really enjoyed getting to see a more funny, slightly lighter hearted version of Charles. It was also great to learn a bit more about his past and see how much he has changed over the years.Dead Heat is slower paced than the previous books but I felt that worked really well here, there is a lot of character development and a lot of time just seeing Anna and Charles enjoying each other's company and spending time with friends like a normal couple. Of course, it wouldn't be a Patricia Briggs book if they didn't find some kind of mystery to investigate and I enjoyed the reappearance of FBI Agent Leslie who I think makes a nice addition to the series cast. The mystery was well drawn out and definitely raised the stakes since they were up against a predator who was focusing on children. The one thing I didn't enjoy so much was Anna's desperation to talk Charles into them having kids of their own, it's not a trope I particularly enjoy reading at the best of times but it seems particularly strange when you're talking about a couple who are probably going to have hundreds of years to spend together. Why do they need to start a family so soon? Surely they'd want to enjoy time as a couple first? Having said that I do think the author did a good job of explaining Anna's feelings so it's really personal preference that I wanted them to wait. I'll see how it plays out over the next few books though because I'm sure if anyone can sell it to me Patricia Briggs can!I don't think this was my favourite novel in the Alpha & Omega series but it's still a solid instalment and I love Anna and Charles as much as ever. I just have a fangirl worship thing going on for this entire world though, I love the cross over of characters between this and the Mercy Thompson books and I always know that picking up a book in this world I'm going to get completely lost in the story and not surface for air until I reach the last page.______________________________________1st ReadI read this back in March but left it WAY too long to write my review. Since Ange & I are currently rereading the both Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series I'm going to wait and review this properly after my reread.______________________________________Before ReadingOMG I got approved on netgalley!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you ACE, I'm DYING to read this book :o)______________________________________3rd ReadI still absolutely love this series but I think this is probably my least favourite of the Alpha & Omega series. There's just a little too much info about the horses they're looking at for my taste (I enjoyed it on my first read through but it's boring on rereads). I'm also not 100% on board with Anna's desperation to have kids immediately, they have so much time on their hands I'd prefer to see them spending more time as a couple before adding to their family. I do think they'll both make wonderful parents but it worries me their storyline might become stale if they're settled down with kids in tow. Hopefully I'll be proved wrong though, especially if they go the adoption route and start taking in kids who have deadly enemies LOL

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
    2019-04-28 11:47

    A whole lot of time has passed between books three and four in Briggs’ Alpha & Omega series, and yet most of us haven’t forgotten a single thing about Fair Game or any of the previous books. The explanation is rather simple: it’s all due to the quality of Briggs’ writing. She is, and always was, incredible. I dare say she’s the reigning queen of urban fantasy.Dead Heat is not her best book to date, though, not even close, but Briggs at her weakest is still better than 90% other authors. It read at times like a filler book, and it was, on occasion, more an ode to horses than anything else. Patty loves her horses and she knows them well – understanding their behavior has influenced her writing greatly, and in fact, the way she writes her werewolves is heavily influenced by her knowledge of animal psychology. She raises horses and spends every day around them, which makes her books truly special. In this installment, however, she took things just a tiny bit too far, offering a lot more information on breeding and raising horses than her story actually needed.That aside, it’s always a pleasure to see how her characters develop and behave. Charles and Anna have progressed so much, and while it’s more obvious on her, his changes seem a lot more significant. I didn’t understand the need to bring in another woman as Charles’ former love interest, but while it bothered me as these things usually do, it also showed how much more confident Anna has become and how firmly she believes in her marriage. The mystery elements were very nicely done and that part of the story progressed at an excellent pace. This is where Patty’s experience really comes to light – she weaves her stories expertly and smoothly, balancing romance, creepy moments, dreadful monsters and character development with seeming ease. She is the absolute best at what she does and I hope she’ll keep writing stories in this universe for many more years to come.Her next book will be in the Mercy Thompson series and as far as I know, the next Alpha & Omega book has yet to be announced, but things happen on a firm timeline and, with each new installment, the two series are brought closer and closer together. I feel that they’ll collide at some point, especially now that war with the fae seems more or less inevitable.

  • Alex is The Romance Fox
    2019-05-09 19:00

    I love this series…..eagerly wait for the next installment of Charles and Anna. They are what make this series so incredibly enticing and addictive.Dark Heat is the 4th book in the Alpha & Omega Series, which is linked to Patricia Briggs awesome Mercy Thompson series.So what’s the latest book all about????? Apart from us getting more of Alpha & Omega???Charles & Anna travel to Arizona to visit an old friend of his and from the first moment of them arriving, they are thrown into a battle between fae magic that is doing something really bad to the children in the area, which includes Charles’s friend’s family.I am totally invested in Charles & Anna…their relationship has grown into something deep and really beautiful…. The connection between each other is truly amazing …. An entertaining ride, filled with action, danger and suspense. Also get to meet some additional characters to the series, which I look forward to meeting them again in the future.I can’t get enough of Patricia Briggs’s incredible series and hopefully won’t have to wait ages for the next book.My favorite quote:

  • Yodamom
    2019-05-08 19:48

    Anna and Charles, bonded pair, deeply in love, set out to find the person involved in threatening the family of one of their pack members. They plan on making it a two birds type trip, they will find the source of danger an pick up a new horse for new rider Anna. The threat becomes more then expected, dangerous, deadly and full of hidden truths. During this already horrible time Charles must deal with the mortality of humans, his best friend. The Fae are not following the rules lives will be lost, children are in danger and Charles is a Protector. Wow, this book lets us see into this great and deadly man/Were. His connection to the human aged man and his family are very interesting we get a good look at a time in his life never seen before. He has to make some hard choices they may haunt him forever. His connection to Anna was a beautiful thing to see. They are a great couple that can keep me reading even after the chase has been run and won.I really enjoyed stepping into this world again. I wished we had seen more of Bran but it was hinted he will be in the next book. The ending was a cliffhanger that twists the story into a new direction. I can’t wait for more.

  • Danielle (Love at First Page)
    2019-05-02 11:50

    This may be the first time I've mentioned Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega books for my blog, but it's absolutely one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series. It centers around werewolf mates Charles and Anna Cornick, whose story begins in Alpha & Omega. Though Charles is not the Alpha of his pack - that would be his father - he's very much his father's second, and one of the most dominant wolves in existence. He dispenses his father's justice wherever he goes. For this reason, many fear him and don't understand him; Charles has few in his life that he actually cares for. He never thought he'd find a mate, until Anna that is. She is an Omega wolf, meaning she's 'outside of' the pack hierarchy. She brings a calming presence to everyone around her. But Anna hasn't had it easy - she was turned against her will and brutalized by a pack that was supposed to protect her, until Charles came. Guys, they are one of my very favorite pairs, especially in Urban Fantasy. Their romance is always something to savor because it is full of nuance and genuine feelings. They give me lots and lots of feels.While the Alpha & Omega series is one you must read in order, each book has a clear beginning and end. In addition to the growing relationship between Anna and Charles, there's also mystery that reads like a crime scene investigation for the paranormal. These books have a gritty realism that will leave you haunted and breathless. Dead Heat may be the most disturbing of all, as it involves a menacing Fae who kidnaps children and makes them his dolls... literally. There's one horrifying scene in particular that I haven't been able to forget. *shudders*Each book in this series also examines a different facet of Charles and Anna's relationship, or what this couple is currently facing together. In Dead Heat, Anna wants to have Charles' baby badly, but for a female werewolf to be pregnant would be fatal. Seeing them work through this issue - and Charles' fear of letting another person in his small inner circle - is a beautiful thing. They each have their own insecurities and doubts, but their love for one another always shines through. They truly want to give what the other person needs, and that's always a romance I will swoon for. And werewolves? Let me just say, I've got a major thing for Charles as werewolf, because he is protective and possessive in the best way. Both mates are territorial, and I love it! If you are looking for your next series to start, I highly recommend Alpha & Omega. Intense action, heartbreaking moments, sexy romance, and pages filled with sly humor. You can't go wrong with that!***Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for approving my request in exchange for an honest review!***This review can also be found at Love at First Page.

  • Kathleen
    2019-05-01 18:47

    Great urban fantasy series! Suspenseful and scary, and not too predictable. It's book 4, and by now the kinks have been sorted between Anna and Charles, making way for the alpha and omega to get playful and tender when not storming the gates of hell. This book is set in current day Arizona, at a Navajo horse ranch outside Scottsdale, with scenes of the Arabian Horse Show in Scottsdale. After the concluding events of book 3, Fair Game, the wronged and enraged Fae are out for blood. Innocent human children are especially at risk. Creepy "dollmaker" scenes. Gaiman's Coraline came to mind in the "Fetch" depictions.Despite the gruesome factor, I felt a promising and heartwarming tone to this book, because Briggs portrays a world where great evil exists, confronted by great good. Her heroes came in all shapes and sizes, from the very little to the very large. Four legged and two. Female and male. Youthful and elderly. Sweet! Characters from prequels:Anna and Charles "Smith" (haha!). Bram the Marrock. Tom the werewolf and and Moira his blind white witch wife, first introduced in "Seeing Eye" in the anthology Strange Brew, also published in Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson. Tom and Moira were also featured in book 2 of this series, Hunting Ground. We also get to see plenty of Lesley Fisher, the fabulous and gorgeous FBI agent from book 3, Fair Game. Themes (besides the overarching theme of Arabian horses!) ::1) Children as wise and brave heroes who yet need our protection. I loved that Charles learns to see himself as Anna does, as a heroic badass to whom terrified children turn for protection. 2) Birthing baby werewolves versus adopting children. 3) Death as a basic human right and as a rite of passage. (Really liked those scenes with old Joe). 4) The process, problems, and advantages of becoming a werewolf (would like to see more of a certain newly-made white wolf).Quibbles:The pace got a little slow at times. Horse descriptions went a little long. I also felt the pace slow when reminiscing about the past, and a younger Maggie, but maybe this was exaggerated by the audio format. Harder to skim the slow parts when listening. Holter Graham did his usual solid gold job with narration, but there were some swallowing sounds that could have been edited out.Contents: Several scenes of bloody violence. Some loving smexy scenes, but no sex scenes. No profanity or vulgarity.

  • Susana
    2019-04-26 13:59

    There were times I almost forgot what the plot was supposed to be about, with so many horse references!Full review to come...Arc provided by Ace /Penguin Group through Netgalley Release Date: March 3rd In a perfect world I would have had time to re-read all the previous volumes, so I could fully compare them.Not being able to do it, the best I could do was re-read my reviews of the previous books...and they weren't all that helpful. In fact, my previous reviews suck!And this one, also isn't all that great.-_-Here's what I know for certain: With the exception of the third book, I have never been a big fan of Charles and Anna. Their relationship was just too quickly done having in mind what Anna had been gone through...And since we're on the subject, what are the odds of having two series by a same author in which the main characters (view spoiler)[are raped (hide spoiler)]?Wasn't one enough? *sigh*It changes the dynamics: Mercy went from a strong character to being the mate of Adam.Anna is the mate of Charles, and what does she do?She is an Omega, she's a walking Valium for weres.And now she wants kids...At least Mercy is a mechanic... But getting back on this book: It was slow. Painfully slow...The characters _Anna and Charles _ came out even more dull than what they normally do.There were way too many references about horses!For the first thirty per cent of the story, one mainly has boring descriptions about horses.I don't have anything against the animals, I just don't want to read a long book about them.In the end, there were times I would forgot what the story's plot was supposed to be about _ Fae on the prowl for children _ because there wasn't a real sense of urgency conveyed on the pages.Bottom line: as a urban fantasy series I found this story kind of week. There were coincidences, and things that weren't all that explained.. That is not to say, that as a contemporary drama it doesn't work. It does, but this was supposed to be full urban fantasy.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • D.G.
    2019-05-15 13:09

    **3.5 stars**After the amazing end of Fair Game, which for me had the best ending to all the books in the Mercyverse, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Dead Heat. I mean, I knew that it couldn’t measure up to the previous book but still, there were several things missing for me. I felt that the villain was obvious, some things were important one minute and dropped the next, and all the talk of horses made some sections interminable. Not a bad book but definitely not great.Let’s start with the good things: it placed the wolves in the middle of the fae-human conflict. It made me think that maybe the werewolves would be the ones to broker some sort of peace at the end. (Of course, we can expect a lot of bloodshed in the mean time.)We knew so little of Charles’ life that it was great to meet a man he considered his friend and even a woman from Charles’ past! I confess I wasn’t too keen on this Maggie – I don’t like people who always think the grass is greener on the other side. But Joe was so good. I wish we would have met him when he was in better shape.I really like to see growth in a couple so I was glad to see them addressing the “children’s” topic. I know this is something couples should talk about before they get together but their courtship was not very conventional, to say the least. I was surprised though that Anna would consider doing what Charles’ mother did (as her last resort, but still.) I think it’s the height of irresponsibility to bring a child into this world when you know there’s a big chance you won’t be there to take care of it. The fact that she even considered it sort of lowered my opinion of Anna.Now unto the bad…the villain was so obvious. I was surprised that Charles didn’t realize it as soon as he met this person for the first time. I thought both Charles & Anna where off their game, missing clues left and right. You would have thought they would be at the very best, trying to find a villain who targets children. Instead, in moments they could have used to follow leads, they would go ride a horse! To tell you the truth, the horses brought the rating down for me. There was too much unnecessary talk of horses and styles of riding, etc. It bogged down the plot – this is the first time it’s taken me a month to finish one of Ms. Briggs books. When the talk would turn to horses, I would put down the book and pick it up a week later (this happened several times.) And it wasn’t the topic per se, but how technical and detailed it became. I just read a book centered on horse racing (The Scorpio Races) that had less technical discussions of horses than this one.A solid entry in the series with some weaknesses. Enjoyable but not mind-blowing.Thanks to Ace Books for providing a review copy of this book.

  • Dark Faerie Tales
    2019-05-22 18:07

    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: Charles and Anna travel to Arizona to buy a horse for Anna. Of course, they run into trouble along the way, and have to deal with a fae who is taking children. Will they be able to find the most recent victim before it’s too late?Opening Sentence: The fae lord stalked back and forth in his cell of gray stone.The Review:I was really excited to have a chance to review Dead Heat, as I really love the Alpha and Omega series. I’m happy to say my excitement was completely justified, as this book was a truly awesome addition to the series.After the events of Fair Game, Charles and Anna’s relationship is stronger than ever. Anna’s birthday is coming up, and Charles wants to buy her a horse as a gift. This also gives him a chance to reconnect with his old friend Joseph, whose health is failing. Upon reaching Arizona, Charles and Anna don’t have much time to relax before a powerful fae tries to attach Joseph’s grandchildren. This leads to the discovery that a fae has been taking children for years. Anna and Charles must hurry if they want to find the most recent victim before it’s too late.This may be almost sacrilegious to say, but I think I like this series even more than Mercy Thompson. Both are good, but there’s something about Charles and Anna’s relationship that I just love. I think a lot of it has to do with the character of Charles. His position within the pack makes everyone fear him, and yet, he is so tender and caring with Anna. It’s truly amazing to see. By this point in the series, their relationship is super strong, and it’s just fun watching them interact with each other. We get to see even more of Charles’ softer side here with Joseph, as he has to face the fact that a person he loves is dying and doesn’t want to become a werewolf, so he’s going to have to say goodbye. Anna has come into her own as an Omega, and while she’s still learning the full extent of her powers, she is much more comfortable with them and with her position than she was at the beginning of the series. It’s awesome to see how she’s been able to rise above what was done to her. Seeing how she’s grown since book one just makes me love her even more.As with all of the books in this series, it doesn’t take long for the action to get started. The plot is very fast paced, and I had a hard time putting it down. At the same time, I wanted to savor the experience because I’m not very good at being patient as I wait for the next book in series that I love. I eventually had to finish the book though,and I did so with a smile on my face. I’m truly excited to see what lies next for Anna and Charles. If you haven’t read this series yet and are a fan of the Mercy Thompson series, you really need to give the Alpha and Omega series a shot! You won’t regret it!Notable Scene:She hurried out and down the stairs. The sound of the TV led her to the family room, where the kids were watching a cartoon. Michael didn’t look up, but Mackie gave her a wary look.“Sorry,” she told them. “I have a bad headache. Will you two be okay for a while more? I have to get dinner started.”“Okie-dokie,” said Michael, without looking away from the TV. Because he couldn’t be bothered. TV was more important than his mother.Mackie didn’t say anything. Just watching her with her father’s eyes and judging what she saw, always judging her and finding her lacking.Chelsea turned and went to the kitchen. She got random things out of the refrigerator with shaking hands: carrots, celery, summer sausage, and radishes. The cutting board hadn’t been put back where it belonged and she had to search for it. She found it among the pots and pans instead of in the narrow cupboard next to stove, and by then she was in a fine rage.Max came in the kitchen door, letting it bang carelessly against the wall. He took after her, tall and blond, rather than her first husband, who’d died in a car wreck, leaving her to raise her two-year-old son on her own. For a moment, Max’s presence cleared her head like a breath of fresh air.“Hey Mom,” he said cheerily, sounding so much like his father that it sometimes made her heart ache. She loved Kage, but that didn’t mean she hadn’t loved Rob, too. “What’s for dinner?”He was always hungry these days. Always expecting her to feed him when he was old enough to get his own food. She clenched her fingers around the chef’s knife, so cool and powerful in her hand.“Would you do something for me?” she said through gritted teeth, unable to look away from the bright silver promise of the knife.“Sure,” Max said, snitching a carrot from the bag she’d put on the counter.Bad manners to steal food before the cook was ready. Bad.FTC Advisory: Ace/Penguin provided me with a copy of Dead Heat. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

  • Beanbag Love
    2019-05-08 14:08

    I still love Charles and Anna. They have an amazing bond and I love how they continue to heal each other with every book.This one has the couple visiting a dear friend of Charles's whom he hasn't seen in decades. The friend, of course, has gotten very old and he's very sick. There are other quirks in the relationship, but the inevitable death of his friend is what has kept Charles away. With this story line, we get to see some of Charles's past. I'd have liked to have seen more about Charles and Joseph when they were getting in trouble together in the old days, but Briggs had other ideas. In a blog post during the writing of this book, it was mentioned that PB had difficulty keeping perspective on how much horse breeding/showing/training minutia to include. I think she chose to include too much. I read it closely, hoping it would all be necessary in the final outcome. Some of it was, but much of it wasn't. I know it's hard when your own hobby/life's work is included in the story, but maybe an outsider's perspective should have been heeded. It felt like padding.The hunt for the villain was great and I'd have liked a few more scenarios (or at least one) in that effort. Needless to say, Briggs brings the eeriness necessary to make those scenes effective.It's a four star by the end, but just. I still love Charles and Anna, I was happy with the conclusion, and this series will continue to be an auto-buy, but I think this may be the weakest one of the bunch so far.

  • Aly is so frigging bored
    2019-04-26 19:54

    I missed you so! I so wish Patricia would write faster *sigh*

  • Beth
    2019-04-28 19:54

    Another awesome story from Patricia Briggs. There are a few authors that I immedi-click without caring about the synopsis of the book...Patricia Briggs is one such author. Yes, I did read the synopsis but I already new this was a story of worth.Charles and Anna are called to Arizona, a purely personal trip...a trip to visit one of the people that mean something to Charles. But as soon as they arrive they are pulled into an incident that involves Fae magic. The war between the Fae and humans is heating up and people Charles holds dear are placed on the front lines. Now they must decide whether to keep the agreement between the Fae and Werewolves or risk being pulled into the unofficial war to protect the ones they love.I don't know if there could be a better pairing than the the stoic werewolf enforcer, Charles, and the calming Omega, Anna. The plot and character development is truly riveting to watch. Briggs masterfully pulls you into her Alpha and Omega world with great storytelling, amazing characters and heart felt emotions all grouped into a wonderful paranormal urban fantasy romance!I received this ARC copy of Dead Heat from PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW - Ace Hardcover in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication March 3, 2015.Written by: Patricia BriggsSeries: Alpha and Omega Sequence in Series: Book 4Hardcover: 336 pagesPublisher: Ace Publication Date: March 3, 2015Rating: 4 StarsISBN-10: 0425256758ISBN-13: 978-0425256756Genre: Scifi | Urban FantasyFind this book on: Amazon | Barnes & NobleReviewed for: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  • Jennifer Y
    2019-05-09 14:13

    This review was originally posted at The Book Nympho READ IT, TRACK IT IS A WAY FOR ME TO TRACK BOOKS FOR MY READING CHALLENGES AND THE REVIEWS WILL BE SUPER SHORT.Either reading or listening to a Patricia Briggs novel is always an excellent experience. Briggs is a master at weaving plot lines and developing her complex characters and the worlds they live in.Dead Heatis another very enjoyable installment in her Alpha & Omega series.Holter Graham delivered an A+ performance.

  • Courtnie
    2019-04-28 15:45

    I just really savor Patricia Briggs, especially her Alpha & Omega series.For me, some books are just good in total. When I finish and reflect, I think, "that was a good story" without really honing in on any particular thing that made it so. While others, I find, have specific scenes or events that kick me in the face and when I finish I recall those moments that made the book for me.Dead Heat, and Briggs in general, does both things. I was entranced and face-kicked at the same time. I think that this series has that unique ability to do both.On one hand, we have the quiet, stoic strength of Charles and his indomitable mate, Anna, who produce practically palpable levels of zen in their work and their relationship. "She didn’t need him. She was a werewolf and he’d spent the whole of their time together making sure she could take care of herself. She was tough and smart. She didn’t need him to deal with a fae. But he was coming anyway."It's not to say that they don't have stuff to figure out or bloody enforcing to do, but they're so wise about it, even when they're most vulnerable, that I could just weep for the beauty of their partnership.On the other hand, you have all the other brash and (sometimes) volatile werewolves and dark, evil side of the Fae and the inevitable thrill of violence and magic.When put together, it's such perfect pairing.Charles and Anna are visiting an old friend who owns a breeding stable for a new horse for Anna - a birthday present. Amid dealing with dying friend, another dominant Alpha, and local pack/family politics, Charles and Anna fall into a mystery regarding a nasty fae who is doing some pretty creepy things.And there's a big, bunch of horse show related material that fit in here for me, but was a major miss for some readers. I get it, I still don't know what posting a trot is, but I kind of liked it.Anyway.Dead Heat is another precursor to the larger arc of a forthcoming fae war. While this build up is interesting and compelling, it's lacking a lot of climactic steam. We may have a ways to go before we see this series peak. Or it may need a crossover book with Mercy and the gang for that to happen. I'm not sure what the end is going to look like. And because of this, I can see why some might feel it to be flat - this story is sort of incidental, but it still fits, and it's still really good. Some of my favorite things under the spoiler tag, especially what kicked me in the face.(view spoiler)[The Doll Collector fae has to be one of the creepiest to date. The fetch and the collection of dressed up dead children. Willies, I got them.I audibly gasped and choked up when Charles changed Chelsea when she was dying but he knew she had fight in her, this just really resonated with me:He asked the dying woman, What do you live for?Mine, the dying woman said.Will you fight for them? he asked her, inviting her to hear her husband's angry voice.Yes. Not a simple answer but a warriors battle cry. Even Briggs secondary characters are awesome, whether in villainy or in heroics. (hide spoiler)]

  • Tabitha (Pabkins)
    2019-05-17 13:14

    Another great installment in the Alpha & Omega series, Dead Heat takes Charles and Anna to see Charles’ long time human friend Joseph whose family breeds horses. They go there with the intention of buying a horse for Anna but find themselves mixed up in an investigation of attempted murder by fae magic and a child’s abduction. For Anna aside from the unexpected investigation this trip is a step towards Charles letting her know more about him.Fae of the worst kindI think this latest book is likely solidifying the larger plot for future Alpha & Omega books to be about investigating and hunting down the nastier fae that the Grey Lords have set lose upon the human population. We see the FBI and Cantrip again with Anna and Charles working along side them using their alias. I am sure we can anticipate more of that in forthcoming books. Based on Dead Heat as well as the previous books the fae seem to be the frequent villains of this series. Which totally makes sense if you go along with the darker tales of the fae being really nasty and their prey of choice for the nastier ones being children. I like the direction the series seems to be headed and I’m really curious as to the Grey Lords motives in letting their nastier brethren out to play.And all the pretty childrenAnother theme here is children, not just the attempted murder of children or the abduction and abuse of children by the fae but Anna’s desire to have children. She brings up the topic early on in Dead Heat and you can tell that it isn’t a subject she is going to let drop because she is determined she wants kids. I was actually pretty surprised by this given it hasn’t been long that she’s been settled into her new life.What’s with all the horsing aroundAs Charles and Anna are visiting a family of house breeders we are given a lot of information about horses. Personally some of these parts were cool but there were a few times when the amount of info given started to stray towards too much. I felt that way because they didn’t really have much to do with the main plot.Overall a good addition to the series, Dead Heat even gave me a close to tears moment and left me wanting more asap.