Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega series - set in a world of shifting shapes, loyalty, and passion - brings werewolves out of the darkness and into a society in which fear and prejudice could make the hunters prey....
They say opposites attract. And in the case of werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, they mate. The son - and enforcer - of the leader of the North American werewolves, Charles is a dominant alpha, while Anna, an omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind.
Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can't afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father's dirty work is taking a toll on Charles.
Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston when the FBI requests the pack's help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves - all of them were. Someone is targeting their kind. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer's sights....
©2012 Patricia Briggs (P)2012 Penguin
All her books are good but this is her best series. The character development is very good. She has long segments where people are sitting around talking at a table but it is still very enjoyable because she digs so deep into what each character is thinking. Yes there is action but basically it is a 'character study' book.
The only negative is that sometimes it is repetitive with the "the wolf wants to protect his mate" stuff. I mean we get that the first dozen times :)
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
Each of her books are spellbinding - I could go on about the 'GREATS' in this book such as the storyline, characters, twists, their enduring love etc etc etc but it's all been said before. Enjoyed every last minute and the book 'had me hooked' at the prologue.
Worth a credit? Well, what do you think after my comments !
I found Holter Graham's interpretation of Charles' character disconcerting and off-putting. This is the first of these books I've listened to rather than read, and the mindless, moronic thug Graham portrays is not the impression I got of Charles when I read the books.
I really loved this book. I'm totally addicted to the Mercy Thompson Series and Alpha and Omega is no disappointment either. With all of Brigg's books that I lhave read and listened to 99% of the content is ok for my kids to hear too if i want to listen over the speaker system. Fair Game is a lot grittier than the other two books in the series and there are only a few instances in Mercy's Series that I don't allow my kids to hear.
The story is dead on, nothing disappointed me here. One thing to note is there is explicit sex in this book. So if you're going to listen be careful when and where so your kids don't get an early education.
Holter Graham is an excellent narrator. The only thing that threw me was his "Adam" voice. But that was just because I am so used to King's voice for Adam.
If you're a Brigg's fan you won't be disappointed.
The humanity Patricia Briggs gives her characters in my opinion, has not been equaled by any other writer in this genre, and add to that the character range of Holter Graham... Takes my breath away. I loved this story, it's my favorite series by Briggs. We get to know the complicated Charles and Brother Wolf, his dimensions revealed to us in a way that never resorts to making her characters oblivious to what is more than obvious to the reader. This makes her characters smart. We also get to watch Anna become stronger, and move past her insecurities. I love that Patricia doesn't resort to making Anna pathetic, which many authors would use, just because it's just easier. This is an inspirational story.
50 something, retired professional, mother, grandmother, wife.
I really enjoy watching the relationship between Anna and Charles develop. it is great to see him vulnerable, and sometimes in ways that surprise me. I also like Anna's growth as she discovers her strengths.
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Read/Listened for Fun (Paperback/Audible)
Overall Rating: 5.00
Story Rating: 5.00
Character Rating: 5.00
Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Fair Game by Patricia Briggs was my favorite in the series so far!
Quick Thoughts:It was a great mix of mystery, romance (a totally inappropriate "bow chica bow bow" moment that was immediately called out by Anna so that made it OK), and momentum forward in the overall storyline. All around FANTASTIC! I didn't even knock off for that "wait where is the next one" ending.
Narrated By Holter Graham / Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
Holter pretty much nails it again! I really loved his narration, pacing, and emotion. I couldn't imagine anyone else doing Charles voice!
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Blue Moon Reviews
If you like dark werewolf tales told in a darkly sexy voice, I urge you to start at the beginning with Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series. In this third book alpha dominant Charles Cornick and Anna Latham, newly mated and settling in with Charles’ pack on a Montana mountain, find their uneasy relationship tested anew.
As a rare omega wolf, Anna is highly prized for her ability to empathize with and calm her kind. She is the only one who sees that Charles is severely distressed over over his work as enforcer and executioner and that he’s trying to spare Anna his agony by shutting down his end of the mating bond. Holter Graham clearly conveys Charles’ imposing size and forbidding demeanor, and he adds a deliciously deliberate I’m-just-a-big-dumb-guy flavor while Charles has too much fun standing behind Anna pretending to be a clueless hunk of muscled bodyguard. Kudos to Briggs for forward movement in the story arc and for satisfying, organic growth in the series regulars -- and applause to Graham for getting it.
Holter Graham is a talented narrator who makes it sound easy. He employs an easily recognizable voice for each character and he is sublimely comfortable with the material. Graham’s mastery proves the importance of casting the right narrator for an entire series. A goodly number of parts are in play and Graham never misses a beat. Amazing!
An absolutely spectacular denouement caps off the story and it’s so cool that I’m not even going to hint at what happens. Graham’s intuitive delivery adds to the jaw-dropping surprise. Don’t miss this one!
A full version of this review appears at All About Romance Speaking of Audiobooks.
Reviewing Romance & Urban Fantasy
Fair Game had a little bit different feel that the last two books since the POV included someone that was not Anna or Charles. The book actually starts out in the POV of a little girl that we later see as the grown FBI agent that Anna and Charles is partnered with to solve a serial killer case.
There has been some time between the ending of Hunting Ground and Fair Game. Briggs doesn’t come out and give us an exact time frame but it’s at least around a year, maybe even more. Anna makes reference to it being several months since Charles has touched her and the evens with the werewolves coming out to the public are parallel to the timing in the ending River Marked, in the Mercy Thompson series.
After the coming out of the werewolves Bran has been focusing on keeping all the packs under a tight leash so as not to scare the humans. This means Charles’ job as his enforcer has picked up and Charles has become somewhat depressed at all the killing his has to do. He is haunted by the ghosts of the wolves he has killed and is keeping Anna away to keep her safe from them and not wanting her to see him as a monster.
Because of the depression that Charles is in, Anna goes to Bran for help. She tries to talk sense into the old wolf but he knows what’s best for the good of all the wolves and tells her to grow up. But Anna finds the means to finally get through to Bran and he sends her and Charles to Boston to help out with a serial killer case that might have some supe connections.
Helping with the case gives Charles and brother wolf the hunt they need but without being the “monster” that Charles is starting to feel like.
Through out Fair Game Charles and Anna work on the case and on their broken bond and when it’s over the case is solved and the bond is on it’s way to getting stronger.
Even thought the couple has been together since almost the first time they meet, Briggs makes them work for their HEA. Both are damaged in their own way but they are tough and loyal and truly love each other. Yeah the story is about fictional creatures like werewolves but if you put that aside, you can see the truth in their relationship. It’s hard to be married and love someone but it’s worth the everyday fight to keep it together when it’s real.
I so want to spoil you about the ending, it was really good. But let me just say that there is an event that takes place that has changed Briggs’ worlds. It will not doubt show up in Mercy’s books too. It’s that big! Can’t wait to see what both series bring in the future.
There are a handful of narrators who make the audiobook so much better. In this case, Holter Graham did an awesome job. You could distinguish between all of his characters and he brought just the right tone of voice to each of the characters as the situation dictated. Briggs had me riveted from the beginning until the end and I can't wait for the next in the series to see what comes of everything that happened in this book. A great listen for sure.
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