Review ~ Fair Game by Patricia Briggs

Apr 03

Fair Game (Alpha & Omega #3)
By Patricia Briggs
Released March 6, 2012
Ace
Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
5 hearts out of 5 

From Goodreads: 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…

I have been waiting for this book since July 2010.  Granted, some have been waiting since August 2009 when Hunting Ground, the book right before this one, was published.  But I’m always late to the party.  And it was a serious book party for me in July 2010 when I devoured the novella, then Cry Wolf and Hunting Ground and screamed for more!  I had read the Alpha & Omega series before Ms. Briggs’ Mercedes Thompson series so I had Mercy to hold me over.  But this is the series I truly adore!  And with each book, it just keeps getting better and better and better…

Charles and Anna have come a long way.  Gone is the damaged Anna that had even showed up briefly in the last book.  Of course her scars are deep but she’s much stronger and healthier because of Charles.  But now she’s come into her own!  The book opens with her arguing with Bran.  Who would’ve thought you’d ever see Anna pushing Bran.  But that’s where our tale begins.

Fair Game seemed closer to a true UF novel than past books that leaned more towards PNR.  This one is a true serial-killer murder mystery, with Anna and Charles’ relationship brilliantly woven in and out.  I could just tell Ms. Briggs spent a lot of time on this book, perfecting her plot, timing and overall writing.  Every plot point, every nuance, worked brilliantly with each other.  Nothing was awkward and at no time did I feel anything drag on.  Could I gush anymore?  Probably.  But I just immensely enjoyed reading this book from start to finish.  I looked forward to every moment I was able to pick it back up.

It’s been a long time since I actually gasped, literally gasped out loud at a moment in a book!  I did exactly that during a moment at the end of the book.  It’s got to be hard to write a moment like that because usually readers can see those coming a mile away.  But not in this case.  Wow!  And I was NOT let down after that moment, either.  Remember at the end of the third Lord of the Rings movie, Return of the King, where it seemed like there were five endings and you were sitting there in the theater thinking, “And now it’s over…. and now it’s over…. okay, now…   C’MON!!”  This was NOT like that at all!!!  I wanted it to keep going!  Tell me more, tell me more!  Nope, no such luck.  I guess at Ms. Briggs’ writing rate, we’ll have to wait another two years.

Hey, at least that’s better than G.R.R. Martin ;)

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4 comments

  1. I LOVE the Alpha and Omega series! Fair Game was awesome. I think she writes so slowly because she works on like 500 series at a time, haha. Anyway, great review!

    Amber @ Fall Into Books

  2. I am a huge fan of the Mercy Thompson book and this series has always been inferior in comparison, at least in my eyes, but I have to admit that Briggs delivered her most polished work so far. I was thrilled by how well she handled all the traps of the genre and gave us something truly original while respecting all the rules of urban fantasy. I’m glad she stepped away from PNR a little bit, this works so much better for me.
    Wonderful review, Kristin. :)

  3. I’ve heard a LOT about this series I really want to check it out!! It sounds really great! Awesome review chick!

  4. Love, love, love Mercy Thompson & Alpha and Omega. I could not put down Fair Game. A one day read. “shhh I’m reading”. You gushed appropriately.

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