Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

Title: Burn Bright  
Author: Patricia Briggs
My Rating: B+

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Alpha and Omega #5
Main Characters: Anna and Charles
Release Date: March 2018
Publisher: Ace
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Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
In her bestselling Alpha and Omega series, Patricia Briggs “spins tales of werewolves, coyote shifters, and magic and, my, does she do it well” (USATODAY.com). Now 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…
My Review:
The alpha and omega series is the best of Patricia Briggs. I read it before Mercy's series and always loved the thread of romance that ran through it from the very beginning. So I was incredibly excited that another volume was coming out in the series.

If you've been reading the Mercy series and this one then you know that the two are fairly tightly intertwined as events happening in the Mercy series are happening in the background of this one...same with this book. 

In this story, Bran has been away on business as the Marrock so Charles has been in charge. They get a distress call from one of the packs "wildings". The wildings are pack who are more than a little broken. They are under the protection of the pack, but it's not safe for them to be around the pack because overall, they are fairly unstable. What I found most interesting in this book is that for a few of them...there are fixable things about them being unstable. (I really enjoyed that aspect of the story.)

And of course, I always love to get to see Charles and Anna together. As their relationship has deepened, they have a true partnership and trust between them that you don't often get to see in romance and it's fabulous to read. There is a lot of pack politics in this one...something that Charles never deals well with. There also seemed to be some developments for the pack overall that will play out over the entire series. I'm interested to see where all this goes. 

I am not a fan of Leah's (because the reader isn't supposed to be), but she went up a few notches for me in this story. This woman is tough and it's hard not to feel some empathy for her situation. 

Overall, this was a highly entertaining read that sucked me and didn't let me finish until way too late into the night. This world that Patricia Briggs has created is amazing and I enjoy every single journey into it. 

I highly recommend both this series and the Mercy Thompson series. The author is good enough that you can read any of the books alone, but to get the full effect of the world you need to commit to devouring the entirety of both series. They are wonderful books and this one was no exception to that.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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