Author: Patricia Briggs

FIRE TOUCHED by Patricia Briggs

FIRE TOUCHED by Patricia Briggs

FIRE TOUCHED by Patricia BriggsFire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #9
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher


Life is pretty good right now for Mercy, Adam, Jesse, and the rest of the Columbia Basin Pack with only the daily pack grips to deal with.  Mercy has healed from their last adventure that destroyed her shop and almost killed her.  Best of all, Mercy and Adam’s relationship has never been hotter.  Of course, that all changes when the Fae decide to take another strike at the world and this time using the Tri-Cities as ground zero.  Mercy, Adam, and several of the pack show up and ultimately defeat the giant troll who was causing harm and destroying just about anything within its reach.


Just when the battle was at the point either side could have won, the pack received assistance from old friends and a mysterious newcomer.  Mercy, then fed up with the BS, makes a proclamation that will change not only the pack’s lives, but every life worldwide before it’s over.  The only question is, whether that change will be a good thing for the future or descend many lives into chaos.  The immediate outcome of that one statement will hit Mercy hard, but Adam’s love and the backing of the pack will keep Mercy on track.  In the world of the paranormal, strength and respect is everything and that is exactly what will be needed before Mercy, Adam, and the entire Columbia Basin pack and a few friends find a way to not only make peace with the Fae, but also give all sides—

humans, packs, clans, Fae, and all other paranormal entities—a way to end the chaos and save face while doing so.  Of course, before that happens, there will be a few dissenters that will need to be taken care of and lots of danger to get around.


Now the really hard work is about to begin, and it is topped off with a few pans of well-deserved, yummy brownies.  After all, everyone knows that chocolate makes everything better.


The world has been getting more and more dangerous since the Fae separated themselves from the world and then started proving all over again just how scary they really were.  Mercy and Adam always knew their lives would be interesting and not in a good way sometimes, but now it appears they will also be the ones behind a way to help the world come back together—maybe even better than it was before.  Fire Touched follows the very dangerous and yet necessary path as Mercy, Adam, and all the others find a way to help the humans, Fae, and paranormal entities find a way to talk to each other again.  By the time I finished this book, all I could think of was wow, and I so wanted one of those iced brownies.  You will understand once you read the book, because everything is tied together.  I loved how easy and natural Adam and Mercy’s relationship is now and how the pack worked…well, after a certain meeting.  Even more, I enjoyed learning more about what was behind the Fae’s recent and not so recent actions.  That Mercy and Adam ended up being in deadly danger to achieve their ending was no surprise, yet I loved reading every single word about what they were doing and why.  To me, Fire Touched seemed to be a major arc turning point, and I can’t wait to see what direction Mercy and Adam’s world turns to next.  There is so much more I would love to discuss, yet it would take away others’ enjoyment of the book, so all I will say is this is a must-read for any Mercy Thompson lovers, and it just had to be Joyfully Recommended as a true keeper.

DEAD HEAT by Patricia Briggs

DEAD HEAT by Patricia Briggs

DEAD HEAT by Patricia BriggsDead Heat by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega #4
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Paranormal
Source: Publisher


For once, Charles and Anna are going away on a trip for pleasure, which has nothing to do with the pack.  It’s going to be Anna’s birthday soon, and Charles has finally come up with the perfect present for her—one that they will pick out while also visiting one of Charles’ oldest friends’, Joseph, who is still human and getting older every day.  Because Charles has selfishly kept away from Joseph, even knowing his health has not been good for several years, Charles now feels the need to not only go see his friend, but to introduce Anna to him.


Anna is very excited to meet Joseph and to pick out her very special birthday present—a horse from one of the best breeders/trainers in the country.  The idea is for her and Charles to stay at the ranch and to just relax while visiting and to try several of the horses out to see which one Anna would pick out for herself. But their plans change when serious and bad magic affects Joseph’s daughter-in-law. Suddenly, Charles and Anna are involved in a mystery that is trying to turn deadly. Very quickly they know that the Fae are involved, but just who is behind it and why is the question. As the clues produce answers showing just how old this magic is, it’s a race to see if Charles and Anna can find the actual killer before anymore of his victims die or are forever damaged.  In the final battle, lives will be lost protecting the innocent, but will the Fae’s latest strategy win, or will the good guys once again show the Fae that might isn’t always right?


What began as a happy pleasure trip quickly turned into a battle of pack against the Fae for Charles and Anna.  Dead Heat takes Charles and Anna to Scottsdale, Arizona and yet another adventure which will pit them against the old Fae. Right off the bat, I could see just how Charles and Anna had grown in their relationship by their conversation that starts the book.  Nope, won’t tell you what it is about, but I can’t wait to see where it will eventually lead to. I loved just how playful they were as the trip started, and yet I wasn’t at all surprised at how fast they both kicked into action when violence was brought upon Joseph’s family.  I really loved watching as Charles and Anna systematically discovered what and how was behind the attacks. Even better was seeing the relaxed interactions between Charles and Anna.  So much has changed since they first came together, wondering if they could overcome the drastic hurtles of old baggage that they each had.


Dead Heat proved to me once again just why Charles and Anna are one of my all-time favorite fictional couples. I would love to tell you more of just what happens, but that would ruin some great reading.  So, instead, I will say that you won’t want to put down this book even to sleep. If you happen to read both of Ms. Briggs’ series, I foresee an interesting time for Mercy in that next book. You will know why if you do read both series. Dead Heat is not only a must-read and one that you will want to leave on your keeper shelf, but it is also a book I just have to Joyfully Recommend as just that—a must-read keeper.  My only regret is that now I have another wait for my next glimpse of Charles and Anna.

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