Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

dead heatReviewed by Jen

Patricia Briggs never disappoints me with her Alpha and Omega stories. I really enjoyed jumping back into Charles and Anna’s world as they go on a vacation that runs afoul.  The plot moves well and the story is engaging, but what sells this story for me (as with every installment in this series) are the main characters and the relationship they have with one another.

As the story begins, Charles decides to pay a visit to an old friend who is nearing the end of his life. Joseph lives on a horse ranch, so Charles decides it would also be a good opportunity to get away with Anna and buy her a new horse as a gift.  He wants to please her more than ever, as she is pushing to have a baby, and he is not ready to give her what she wants.

Of course, nothing goes smoothly for these two, so their visit coincides with a nasty Fae attack on some of Joseph’s family members.  That family connection, and the fact that children were among the targets, draw Anna and Charles to the case immediately.  They set to work to weed out the threat, as Charles reconnects with old friends, and spends time with the horses on the ranch.

For the most part, I really did enjoy this story.  Charles is such a great leading man. He is both simple and complex; Simple, because he has these very black and white rules he lives by.  But complex, because he balances roles as a killer and a protector in a way that makes perfect sense.  His hands are dirty, but he is a man of honor. I love him.  Anna is a perfect complement to him, with her blend of both strength and vulnerability.  Together, they are magic. I also very much liked watching the two of them interact with Charles’s old friends, both as individuals and as a couple.

The Fae mystery was great. I love that Briggs makes each story conflict so unique.  The villain was super-creepy and I didn’t solve the mystery myself until nearly the end.  The pacing was good and the story moved along very well, with one notable exception.  The horses. There was way, way too much detail in this book about the horses.  I don’t know or care to know what makes a good show horse or minute details on the individual animals up for sale. I skimmed. I admit it. Try as I might, I could not make my eyes stay on the text when we got detail after detail on the horses. The rest? Every. Other. Thing?  I thought was fantastic.

As usual, I can’t wait for more from this series. Anna and Charles make my heart happy.

Rating: B+

*ARC provided by publisher

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Dead Heat
by Patricia Briggs
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Ace

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