Release Day Review: FAIR GAME by Patricia Briggs

March 6, 2012 Review 10 ★★★★

*This title will be released on March 6, 2012*

Fair Game (Alpha & Omega, #3) Title: Fair Game | AuthorPatricia Briggs
Series: Alpha and Omega #3
Cover Art: Dan Dos Santos
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Excerpt: Yes | Source: Publisher
Reviewer: Abigail

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Hardcover (March 6, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0441020038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441020034

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Sexual Content:

A couple brief sex scenes. References to rape, sodomy, molestation & torture


Rating:


Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Description

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…

Review

There is a special excitement that comes around every time Patricia Briggs publishes a new book whether in her genre defining Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series, or more recently in her more romantic spin-off series, Alpha and Omega. Briggs is a master storyteller and her deft handling of mythology makes even the most fantastical supernatural worlds feel not just plausible, but every bit as real as our own.

It’s taken me a bit of time to warm up to Anna and Charles and not begrudge them for taking the place of a new Mercy book, but after FAIR GAME, this series has really distinguished itself—in a good way—from Mercy.  While characters and certain large scale events do overlap between the two series, the Alpha and Omega series is really a paranormal procedural, and a good one at that.  In FAIR GAME, by far my favorite installment to date, Anna and Charles join forces with the FBI to help track down a supernatural serial killer.  The investigation is intelligent, and the hunt and mystery of the killer is both scary and gripping.  Readers looking for a greater focus on the werewolf pack may be disappointed, but I actually preferred the subtle shift away from pack politics.

My only real gripe with FAIR GAME is that it feels like the relationship with Anna and Charles is stuck on repeat. They don’t seem to grow as a couple, and any progress they may make in one book doesn’t carry over into the next.  Anna is still relying on her wolf to allow intimacy with her husband, Charles is still shutting down their bond in order to protect Anna from his problems…The serial killer plot and an epically powerful ending that’s going to affect the Mercy Thompson series just as much as this one, was strong enough to mostly compensate for this romantic shortcoming, but I’ll be hoping for some serious developments between these two in the next book.  There is no info yet about the next Alpha and Omega book, but based on the previous publishing schedule which alternates one Mercy book with one A&O; book each year, we can expect it sometime in 2014.

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10 Responses to “Release Day Review: FAIR GAME by Patricia Briggs”

  1. Julia

    I finished this book with a fist pump and "HOLY CRAP", I am beyond impressed with how Briggs' handles her world. I am more excited than ever for more books in this series, can't wait!

  2. Abigail

    You might want to check out the giveaway (up later today) we have for ON THE PROWL, the first A&O; story….plus it's signed by Patricia!

  3. Abigail

    Right!?! The ending was INSANE! I can't wait to see how that affects everyone in this world. Seriously good stuff.

  4. Jessica

    I totally agree with your review. I loved this book, but the turbulent relationship between Anna and Charles gets me frustrated at times. I can't wait for a book where Charles finally just opens up and lets us see who he is…no holding back. And after everything she has been through, Anna deserves to have a husband who gives her everything, all of himself.

  5. Abigail

    Exactly. I read the last two books back to back so I was surprised that the relationship stayed so static. It's time for them to progress beyond this same issue.