Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega #5
Published by ACE
Published on: March 6 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
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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...
DEAD HEAT, the last book from the Anna and Charles portion of the MERCY THOMPSON universe, is probably my least favorite book in the combined series, so despite my slight preference for the ALPHA & OMEGA characters, I was a bit leery of BURN BRIGHT . . .
And by “leery” I mean that I hesitated for a whole five seconds before accepting an ARC.
I love Bran. I love everything about the concept of the Marrock. I love the tiny middle-of-nowhere town for misfit werewolves. And even if Bran isn’t a POV or the focus, his presence still saturates everything Charles and Anna do, b/c he’s the friggin’ Marrock.
I hate Leah as intensely as I love Bran, so when my friend Steven told me that BURN BRIGHT was Leah-heavy, I really frowned and squinted.
Me: *frowns and squints HARD*
Steven: It’s not that bad.
Me: How can it not be that bad?
Steven I don’t like Leah either, but now I understand her better, and I’m even somewhat sympathetic to her situation.
Me: Hmph. I don’t want to understand her. I like hating her.
Steven: *rolls eyes* Just read it.
So I did.
I mean, Steven is way more forgiving than I am, but how could I not be curious about Leah—LEAH, whom I hate, loathe, despise, and abominate—being painted in a sympathetic light?
Would I fall prey to that nonsense? Or was my hatred incorruptible?
*smirks* Like the events of a single installment could negate years of animosity, justified animosity . . . Except based on Charles’ recollections of Mercy’s youth, Leah had all kinds of legit reasons to dislike her . . . And yeah, she is the Queen of Mean Girls, but she doesn’t actually do anything to endanger the Pack . . .
Or does she?
BURN BRIGHT takes you deep into the quagmire of Aspen Creek, to places you didn’t even know were there. Old, powerful wolves like Asil who walk an unsteady line between functional and dangerous aren’t the biggest threat facing those who belong directly to the Marrock. Lone wolves and . . . other things have settled the outskirts of Bran’s domain.
But the outskirts still belong to the Marrock, and when one of his more solitary wolves is killed after an abduction-gone-wrong, it becomes obvious to Anna and Charles that someone in the Pack selling information to Outsiders.
But who? And why?
Read it and find out. *grins cheekily*
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