Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega #5
Also in this series: Alpha & Omega, Cry Wolf, Hunting Ground
Published by Ace on March 6, 2018
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Mated werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham face a threat like no other--one that lurks too close to home...
They are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Close enough to the Marrok's pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.
With their Alpha out of the country, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf--but can't stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills--his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker--to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn...
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Several years ago, I devoured Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series and its spinoff, Alpha & Omega Series. Her world full of shifters, fae, and all kinds of different beasties held me enthralled. As happens sometimes with these long-running series, I got behind and never caught up with the new releases. When Burn & Bright came available, though, I thought it might be fun to see what some of my favorite characters were up to, so I snagged it. Immediately I remember all the reasons why I became enamored with this world, to the point I think I’ll be settling in for a massive reread soon.
I have always loved Charles. He’s seriously sexy, very mysterious in a mystical way, and kind of scary, well, really scary if you are a wolf who’s gotten on the wrong side of the Marrok, Charles’ father and the leader of all the North American werewolves. As his father’s enforcer he is feared by almost everyone and for good reason. As the only born werewolf, he’s extremely powerful, and more than a bit magical. All this makes him very formidable, and a bit forbidding. What makes Charles such a good hero is the fact that he loves his mate, Anna, in such a way that will melt even the most hardened heart.
Anna is a very rare Omega wolf. Revered among werewolves, Omegas have the power to calm the wolf within—like a wolf whisperer. Turned against her will and then horribly abused by her first pack, Anna’s introduction into werewolf society was the thing of nightmares but Charles’ rescued her. He became her very own sexy Native American knight in shining armor. She tamed Charles’ wolf and stole his heart while she was at it. Their story is the stuff fairy tales are made of.
For this installment, Charles’ father, Bran, is out of town and Charles is left in charge of the pack. As the Marrok, Bran’s pack consists of the wolves that won’t fit well in other packs. They’ve been broken in some way and need extra care that most alphas aren’t strong enough to provide. The most hardened cases, the wildlings, live outside of the main pack, in remote areas up in the mountains. Close enough for Bran to keep an eye on, but far enough away they can have the isolation they need to survive. This of course is when all hell breaks loose and someone targets the wildlings in the worst possible way.
I haven’t read books 3 and 4 of the series and had no problems keeping up with what was happening. I loved how Charles’ and Anna’s relationship has progressed since I last checked in. With his Anna, we got to see glimmers of Charles playful side and his humour, no matter how deep down it’s been buried. Anna has grown from the abused woman she was that was conditioned to not cause waves. She’s gained some confidence in herself and in Charles. I love books like this!
Ms. Briggs took us on a quite the adventure, with twists and turns I didn’t see coming. At times, I found myself wondering why we were being led down some strange pathways, only to be enlightened later on down the road. I did correctly guess who the traitor was fairly early on, but truly it was a shot in the dark that panned out, making me shout with glee when it was confirmed.
This isn’t an easy breezy series. It has some darkness in places with good people dying occasionally and bad people getting the end they deserve. It was good to step back into an Urban Fantasy world. It had the action, suspense, and grit that I’ve been needing, plus it was steamy, sexy, and chock full of chemistry. I’ll be keeping my eye out for more books in this wonderful world Ms. Briggs has crafted for us.
Rating: 4.5 Suspenseful Stars
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