Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega #2
Also in this series: Burn Bright, Alpha & Omega, Cry Wolf
Published by Ace on September 1, 2009
Narrator: Holter Graham
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Anna Latham didn’t know how complicated life could be until she became a werewolf. And until she was mated to Charles Cornick, the son — and enforcer — of Bran, the leader of the North American werewolves, she didn’t know how dangerous it could be either...
Anna and Charles have just been enlisted to attend a summit to present Bran’s controversial proposition: that the wolves should finally reveal themselves to humans. But the most feared Alpha in Europe is dead set against the plan — and it seems like someone else might be too. When Anna is attacked by vampires using pack magic, the kind of power only werewolves should be able to draw on, Charles and Anna must combine their talents to hunt down whoever is behind it all — or risk losing everything...
The third book (yes, it’s #2 but there’s a prequel), of Patricia Briggs Alpha & Omega series, Hunting Ground was so good, I could not put it down. Charles was his usual overprotective, growly, scary self that I seriously adore, but it was Anna who shined here.
Her introduction into the world of werewolves was horrid, and she was terribly abused by her first pack, even though as an omega she should have been treasured and revered. Charles saved her from all that but that doesn’t mean that what happened didn’t have an impact.
One of my favorite tropes is the abused woman finding her strength, so I ate this book up. In the first two books Charles helped her heal, and we saw glimmers of the strong woman she is. Here, little Anna finally came into her own and kicked some serious ass, and I loved it.
There was intrigue and danger at every turn, and occasionally Anna’s demons would get the better of her, but then she’d kick them to the curb and take care of business. She learned things about herself and what the true meaning of being an omega was and it was a beautiful sight to see.
What made this even more interesting was how Ms. Briggs wove the legend of King Arthur through the story and made it such an important aspect. I especially loved Bran’s take on Arthur and what really happened.
Only in rare instances can one couple keep me interested enough to keep me coming back for more. It’s a pretty short list with Knox and Harper (Dark In You) and Dragos and Pia (Elder Races) the only ones immediately coming to mind, but Charles and Anna have now officially earned their spot on it. The super gruff Charles melts for his Anna, giving the story a sweet, soft, sexiness to go along with all the action and intrigue. I’ll definitely be snagging the next book in the series.
Rating: 5 Coming Into Her Own Stars
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