Thursday, December 4, 2014

Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

Title: Night Broken
Author: Patricia Briggs
My Rating: B+

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Mercy Thompson #8
Main Characters: Mercy
Release Date: March 2014
Publisher: Ace
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.

My Review:
Once again, I loved this book, BUT...and this is a big but...I also had major issues with this one. Luckily it was so strong in other areas that it helped to negate those awful things, but *gah*....this book definitely has some serious love/hate issues going for me.  

So let's concentrate on the positives first...
*Mercy...omg, Mercy is always a huge plus in these books, but in this one she was outstanding. She is so strong and honestly just good...she always puts the benefit of others above her own and that is so upfront and center throughout most of this book. She rocks and continues to just get better and better and better throughout the series. 
*Jesse...the only other person besides Mercy that could see what Christy was doing. And out of all of them, she was the one I could have forgiven for overlooking her mother's flaws. I loved that Jesse recognized the issue and stood up for Mercy and took Mercy's side over and over again. 
*, I did not see that badassery coming. And I loved it...YES!! Tell me, please Patricia Briggs, that Tad is going to get a spin-off series. That would so totally rock!!
*Honey...LOVED her. I love her honesty even with Mercy who she really doesn't like. She's badass herself and is proving to be an ally for Mercy...who would have seen that coming?
*Mercy and Adam together...despite the description I like that their relationship never really was in jeopardy because of Christy. That doesn't change that Adam is also a negative in this story. But overall, together they had some incredibly sweet...and even sexy...moments. I liked that a lot.  

The negatives...
*Christy...okay, she's supposed to be a negative so mission accomplished, but ugh. My main issue with her though was in the way that everyone else responded to her. 
*Adam...this is where this book totally failed in my opinion. Adam is a stong, alpha who knows his own mind. I can't imagine that has changed so much over the years. How the hell am I supposed to ever believe that he would have gone for someone like Christy? I don't care how good of a manipulator she is. By writing that he fell in love with her, it takes his character down so many notches in my regard for him. And then in this story, he turned a blind eye to what she was doing which ultimately put Mercy in danger. No, just no. This is not the Adam I've fallen in love with in the other 7 books. 
*The some point, Mercy needs to be accepted. She has sacrificed over and over and over again. And they still have issues with her. I can't accept that.  They don't deserve her. 

And then there is the whole story line in this about Christy's stalker. I can't decide if this is a love or hate issue for me because I really never understood his motives. Why Christy? I understood her attraction for him, but that really never explained the reasons behind his actions/obsession. Somehow it just didn't quite connect for me. 

But I did love the walking stick side of the story and I love that stick...LOL. It keeps me giggling when it shows up. It's definitely an unusual and fun piece of narrative happening in the story to keep it fun.


Melanie Simmons (mlsimmons) said...

You know what bothered me the most with Adam in this story, he let her answer his cell phone. When Mercy called because she needed to hear his voice and got Christy, I was so made. How does she get his cell phone??????

Felicia S said...

Adam pissed me off in this story royally! I am really curious about the ARC you were reading last night though. How is Blaspheme? Is she as smart ass as she was in Reapers book :)

Christi Snow said...

Felicia,I need to go back and re-read Reavers book because I don't remember her at all in it. I will say that this book is excellent. I'm loving Blaspheme and Revenant's story breaks my heart...even more than Reaver's did. It's 54%.