Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman—the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack—has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more
After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.
Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.
Mercy and her step-daughter Jesse are out on Black Friday (well technically it’s still Thursday but the sales have started!) when she gets in a car accident. Mercy is banged up but they’re both ok for the most part. When she tries to call Adam she gets a voicemail. When she tries to then call almost every other person in the pack, she gets voicemail. Extremely weird. They hitch a ride with the tow truck driver back to Mercy’s garage and when they get there they find Gabriel, Mercy’s employee, and Ben, one of Adam’s wolves, who says that the ENTIRE pack has been taken, even those who weren’t at Adam’s house for Thanksgiving, and Ben just managed to get away with his life. He’s been injected with a tranq that also has silver in it and he’s weak and practically uncontrollable.
Mercy sets out to check on the rest of the pack that she hadn’t heard about and get Jesse and Gabriel to safety while trying to figure out who took the pack and how she can get them back.
Being book seven in the series I guess some people would think that there wasn’t much more that could happen between Mercy, Adam and the pack…they would be wrong. I had no doubt when I started the book that it would rock and it totally lived up to my expectations.
In this book Mercy is not fixing things on her own, she’s got others helping her at all times. I think I really liked that about this book as it still showed Mercy’s strength but also her vulnerability. She is not an island and she knows that. She worked with everyone’s strengths and went from there. I love how Briggs writes Mercy’s character in that while the situations are always unpredictable Mercy is always consistent in her desire to help and do her best no matter the situation.
The story is mostly from Mercy’s pov as is normal but in this story we actually got 2 full chapters of Adam’s pov and I freaking loved it. It was so great being in Adam’s head and seeing things from his eyes. When we’re in his head we get to see how incredibly hard it is for him to deal with not ripping everyone to shreds and eating them (he is a wolf, ya know) and also how much he loves Mercy and wants to take care of his pack. The view of him as wolf was a bit scary but oh so realistic, imho.
Overall it was a great book. I loved getting another glimpse into Adam and Mercy’s lives, into the lives of the vampires and a little bit into the Fae. As usual I can’t wait for the next book!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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