Series: Alpha & Omega, #5
Published by Ace on March 6, 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: kissing, references to sex
Reviewed by: Kristina
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…
BURN BRIGHT wasn't the best story in the Alpha & Omega series but it achieves what it seems to set out to do and acts as a well thought out bridge to the next book. The plot of BURN BRIGHT is kind of slow at times and relies on mostly exposition or characters sitting trying to figure things out. But that exposition is mesmerizing and almost like a whole story within a story which makes up for not having a whole lot of action. The plot is so well executed with an awesome plot twist that was well and truly hidden until the right moment. That's the marker of an excellent mystery.
Much of the plot revolves around the wildlings; werewolves who are too broken or dangerous to be out is society. I really liked getting to learn more about them in this story and seeing Anna and Charles work together to help one of the wildlings was really fun. Anna continues to hone her Omega powers and it was cool to see how her powers evolve in each book as she learns more. Anna and Charles' relationship is extremely sweet and charming. I enjoyed the other non-wildling secondary characters, but could have done without Charles' step-mom, Leah. She comes off as incredibly combative and toxic which I suppose was intended. I just really did not care about her and had an immediate eye roll any time she came up.
BURN BRIGHT takes its time with its story and while it was indeed too slow at times the unraveling of new information and unique stories was well worth it. The story ends on a cliffhanger of sorts and I am after a really eye-opening twist I am looking forward to seeing what the next book has in store.Series Titles:
- Cry Wolf
- Hunting Ground
- Fair Game
- Dead Heat
- Try out Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series for more of the world.