In this fourth novel in the Alpha & Omega series, the start of this story has quite a bit of talk of having children from Anna’s end. Anna and Charles have been together for three years at the start of this book and she is apparently having baby fever. I was intrigued when this topic came up since Anna is a werewolf and cannot carry a baby to term. (A full moon forces the change to a werewolf, and a fetus can’t survive the change.) That topic seems to be off-the-table for Charles, but definitely not for Anna. I can’t wait to find out where that story arc is headed!
Charles decides to fly Anna to Scottsdale, Arizona to see an old friend of his and look for a new horse for Anna for her birthday. This old friend of Charles’ is news to Anna, which means that even three years into their marriage, there are still facets of Charles that Anna is still learning about. His old friend happens to be Joseph Sani, a human, who is the son of Hosteen Sani, a full-blooded Navajo, and Alpha of the Salt River pack. The Sanis’ breed Arabian horses, so Charles and Anna will be staying with the Sani’s while Anna gets to view horses all day. Fun! Except for… oh no… apparently there is an evil fae in the area that is taking human children… and it just so happens, it tried to kill Hosteen’s grandchildren. Well, of course, Anna and Charles aren’t going to stand by while children are in trouble. This attracts both the FBI, the Cantrip agency (the federal agency that deals with the supernatural), and the police. I was really happy to see that Leslie Fisher is back! She is a human FBI agent that was first introduced in Fair Game (Alpha & Omega #3). Brother Wolf (Charles’ wolf), Charles, and Anna both really like Leslie and her tough demeanor and her no-bullshit attitude. Anna and Charles are then brought into the investigation as consultants.
We learn a lot about the terrible fae that is kidnapping children and also learn a lot about horses. I knew that Patricia Briggs was a horse aficionado and owns horses, but I was really excited about all the “horse knowledge” that was brought into this story. It was great hearing about all the different types of horses, the different terminology (though I was as lost as Anna was), the proper way to ride horses, and about what goes into a horse show. I think that may have been my favorite part of this story, besides, of course, Anna and Charles learning more about themselves and learning about the Sanis’. I really enjoyed this book and meeting the Sanis’ and learning more about Charles through his old friend Joseph. It had a bitter-sweet ending, I definitely shed some tears, but I definitely can’t wait until the next book!
Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega #4
Published by Ace Books
Pub Date: March 3rd 2015
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
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For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way…
Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.