IAB: Fair Game (Alpha & Omega #3) – Patricia Briggs

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Patricia Briggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson novels, “always enchants her readers.” (Lynn Viehl, New York Times bestselling author) Now her Alpha and Omega series-set in a world of shifting shapes, loyalty, and passion- brings werewolves out of the darkness and into a society where fear and prejudice could make the hunters prey… 

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…

Ever since the werewolves revealed themselves to the public, punishments have had to be more severe. No longer can a werewolf tear into someone and leave them for others to see. It can no longer be blamed on wild animals. Now, Charles, the pack’s enforcer must hunt down those werewolves who do a crime that once would have been ignored and slaughter them.

All those kills have taken their toll on Charles and now he has ghosts who are haunting him. His father, the Marrok of all werewolves, decides to send Charles and his wife, Anna, to Chicago to help the FBI solve a case. Someone has been hunting werewolves, and who best to solve the case than an actual werewolf? The Marrok believes this case will help relieve Charles’s grief and banish the ghosts who have been haunting him.

Of course, no FBI investigation involing a werewolf is going to be simple. The investigation brings Fae, witches and other unique things into the equation. But who is commiting the murders, and will Charles and Anna be able to stop them in time before they kill their next victim?

I have been a huge fan of Patricia Briggs for several years now. I devoured the Mercy Thompson series, and I was super excited when I found out that the Alpha and Omega series would become a spin off of that series. Unfortunately, I was very nervous to read this book, as the last Mercy Thompson book was not very good.

The first several chapters of Fair Game were very boring for me. I have never appreciated the Alpha & Omega series nearly as much as I do the Mercy Thompson series, so I accepted that Fair Game was probably going to be about a three star book. Even though the Alpha & Omega series isn’t off the charts brilliant, I have always been entertained and glued to my seat with the previous books, which made it that much more shocking that it took me so long to get into this book.

Eventually Fair Game started to pick up it’s entertainment level. It finally got to the point where I could sit down with the book for hours at a time. I really enjoyed the characters and plot in Fair Game, which was an additional bonus.

Here’s what I didn’t like about the book. I predicted every. single. thing. that was going to happen. I knew who the murderer was within the first several chapters of the book. I knew the twist at the end. I knew what was going to happen with the killer’s latest victim, with Charles’s ghosts. Everything. Nothing in this book caught me off guard or even slightly surprised me. Talk about a big disappointment. I tend to guess many twists and surprises in both books and movies but this was just taking it over the top. I wanted to be a little shocked at least once, and I never was.

I’m beginning to worry that Patrica Briggs is taking this whole world of hers a little too far. The last Mercy Thompson book was absolutely horrifying, and this book was not amazing either. It was decent. I did give it three stars, but three stars doesn’t always cut it. I was expecting amazing, and I was really let down that I didn’t get it.

It’s hard for me not to recommend this series, because I am so invested in it. I would recommend the Mercy Thompson series, because I loved those books, but it’s not necessary for readers to read the Alpha & Omega series. They are very predictable and lack a little bit on entertainment level. Overall, I was a little bit disappointed.

 

Pages: 293

Publication Date: March 6, 2012

Publisher: Ace

Rating: [rating: 3]

 

Teaser Quote: “He’d woken up after flying from Boston to Montana to find his da cooking breakfast for them: sausage and pancakes shaped like deer. It wasn’t just any deer, either – they looked like Bambi from the disney cartoon. Charles didn’t want to know how his father had managed that” 

 

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