Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #4
Published by ACE
Published on: January 26, 2010
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
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By day, Mercy is a car mechanic in the sprawling Tri-Cities of Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shapeshifter with some unique talents, Mercy has often found herself having to maintain a tenuous harmony between the human and the not so human. This time she may get more than she bargained for.
Marsilia, the local Vampire Queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan—and she's out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from direct reprisal by the werewolf pack (and her close relationship with its sexy Alpha), it won't be Mercy's blood Marsilia is after.
It'll be her friends'.
This installment picks up right where the last one left off and by right I’m talking like one split second later. Well, let’s just say that things don’t go quite as I had envisioned them. In Bone Crossed Mercy is still recovering from what went down in Iron Kissed so she’s not her usual spunky self and unfortunately for her, things aren’t really looking all that up either. In book 4 Briggs finally sheds a bit of light on one very important unanswered question and seriously, Adam Hauptman is just SO freaking awesome in this installment!
Bone Crossed has a much darker tone than its predecessors and it also felt like a stepping stone to the next phase of this series. Mercy’s finally solved her relationship dilemma but instead of running into her beloved’s arms she’s trying not to scream every time someone touches her. I felt so horrible for Thompson in this installment; she’s hurting bad and unfortunately for her, the only cure is time. In other news, the reason why vamps are so afraid of walkers is finally becoming clearer and Thompson takes her newfound powers for a test drive. I’ve been anxiously waiting for this aspect of the story line to develop and I can’t wait to see how much more butt Mercy is going to kick in Silver Borne!
I really liked Chad, Amber’s son. He’s a brave kid who’s similar to Thompson in a lot of ways and I loved their interactions. The child challenged her at every turn and I liked that Mercy treated him as an adult and also worked at earning his trust. Stefan lost a few points with me in this book; I found his behavior to be a little suspect and now I’m kind of glad that he was never a real contender for Mercy’s affections. Better the devil you know… unless they are a vampire!
The romance between Adam and Thomson is tender and sweet which was not at all what I expected from an alpha werewolf! Hauptman is so incredibly patient and understanding of Mercy’s needs; it just made me love him even more! I’ve enjoyed watching their relationship grow and change over the past four books and hope that they’ll get a bit of a break in the next novel because they need time to reconnect. And, ya know, I also need some Adam sexy time!
After finishing Bone Crossed my only thought is: thank goodness book 5 is already waiting for me on my shelves!
I’m planing a re-visit of this series early next year. I love Adam too! He’s just such a good guy and yet he’s a strong and secured male. He’s is to me what total alpha male should be.
I’m just hoping I can catch-up before the next book comes out! *eyes TBR pile* It’s going to be close…
After reading your reviews of this series I wish I had time to do a re-read because I don’t remember who Chad is. LOL
I’ve actually been thinking I might want to do a few series challenges this year. Maybe they’ll help motivate me to get caught-up.
Since I’ve had the nasty habit of buying series I have a ton I need to read or get caught up on so I’ll be doing a lot of series binge reading in 2014.
I adore this series, but poor Mercy..that girl needs a vacation!
Love the series and Adam…*sigh* He’s just so wonderful for Mercy!
He is! She’s a lucky gal.
Adam is so good and patient with Mercy. She really deserves someone like that, that will take care of her. I never liked Stefan so I’m glad he’s not turning out to be an interest.
Yeah, screw the vampire! I’ll take an alpha werewolf any day! 😀
The vampire never had a chance. Adam is perfect for Mercy. I just wish Briggs gave us a little more in the bedroom dept in her books. But oh well. I have a great imagination. LOL
It’s UF. Not all books can meet your incredibly high smut expectations. 😉
And with what happened to Mercy I can understand it not getting to the smut level. It makes it real.
I am re-reading this series at the moment and enjoying it again. So glad you like it as well Carmel.
It’s great, isn’t it? I love Mercy and Adam!
I love this series! and Adam & Mercy are soooo good together.
They are. I hope they don’t get their HEA for a while still though because I want more books!
I need to catch up on this series! Haha! Well, only one book behind but still! =)