Release Date: March 6, 2012 | Penguin Audio on March 6, 2012
Pages: 293 (Hardcover) / Audio Length: Approx 10 hours
Narrator: Holter Graham
Source: Library via Overdrive
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Date: October 22, 2014
Rating: 5 bookmarks
Synopsis: They say opposites attract. And in the case of werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, they mate. The son-and enforcer-of the leader of the North American werewolves, Charles is a dominant alpha. While Anna, an omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind.
Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can't afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father's dirty work is taking a toll on Charles.
Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston, when the FBI requests the pack's help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves-all of them were. Someone is targeting their kind. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer's sights...
As a result of Bran revealing the wolves to the public, it has created a lot of issues among the packs and lots of wolves are breaking the rules. It's a lot more death sentences that usual, Bran is cracking down with every infraction, no matter if he would have given a second chance in the past. We get a brief interaction with Adam, from the Mercy Thompson series, and that’s where we find out time-wise where we are in the scheme of both series. This book takes place right after Mercy's huge injury that left her in a wheel chair at the end of River Marked and before Frost Burned where the Fae have been called back to their reservation. Adam suggest to Bran a way to give Charles an overdue break from being full time executioner while at the same time finally utilizing Anna and her talents to help with an important request for help.
While this series is intended to be more more sweet than heat, I feel that this installment went the opposite way completely. Not much sweet or heat. There were some pretty heavy things going on in this story; rape, kidnapping, and other topics. The romance was pretty much lacking all together. There was a sliver of heat here and there, but again, this installment seemed to stray away from the formula Briggs was previously using in this particular series. I enjoyed that there was so much going on, that I didn't really miss the heavy romance part of things. Anna's really coming into her own and I'm starting to feel that Anna and Charles are the perfect pair and work seamlessly as a team when Charles takes a step back and let's Anna do her thing.
In true Briggs style, she brings an action packed story with lots of character growth and plot progression in under 300 pages. As expected, Holter Graham does an amazing job narrating the story. This series is a must read or listen, it's completely addicting. Too bad that I have to wait until next year for book 4, Dead Heat.
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Happy Reading & Listening,