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Review: Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs

Posted September 3, 2009 by Tracy in Reviews | 13 Comments

It’s now been 2 months since Charles and Anna were married. Anna is still having intimacy issues but she’s learning to get by them little by little.

Charles father, Bran, the Marrok of the US werewolf packs has decided to send Charles to Seattle to talk to the European packs about how he will soon reveal the existence of werewolves to the world. Whether the European packs like it or not they have no control over Bran so they’re having to deal with it. It’s Charles’ job to try to work out compromises, possible loans and maybe even immigration issues with the packs from across the sea. The talks are being mediated by a local fae, Dana.

When Charles is in talks Anna is off shopping with the Seattle packs second, Tom, and his wife, Moira. While out and about they are attacked by vampires. So begins a series of events that will test Anna and Charles relationship as well as their strength.

Yet again Patricia Briggs has brought us an incredible story. This book was no less wonderful, in my opinion, than Cry Wolf. New players were brought in but never did it take away from Charles and Anna – and the book is ultimately about them.

Anna in this book is put to several tests. She’s facing beings she only just learned even existed, she’s meeting another Omega and learning to deal with Alpha’s in an original way. She’s learning not to be so afraid – of life and of love. She’s got this amazing inner strength. She just thinks she’s a coward, but when truly put to the test she always comes out on this side of powerful.

Charles is once again one of my favorite characters. He’s so patient with Anna even though he wants to attack. He loves her so darned much and it shows in so many different ways. He’s never been a talker, but when Anna starts to discuss matters in their relationship he always opens up to her. I just love him! lol

If you liked A & O and Cry Wolf I think you’ll like Hunting Ground as well. Good addition to the series.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Re-Read Challenge Review: Alpha and Omega and Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

Posted August 31, 2009 by Tracy in Reviews | 13 Comments

Ack! I know I said I’d post this on Tuesday but I kept thinking that Tuesday was the 31st! I’m so off on my dates! So here it is in all its glory. lol

For this month’s challenge I decided to re-read both Alpha and Omega and Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs. I guess it was kind of in honor of the release of the newest story in the Alpha and Omega series, Hunting Ground.

Alpha and Omega (in the On the Prowl anthology)
Anna has been a werewolf for 3 years. She was changed against her will and has been thoroughly mentally, verbally and sexually abused by her pack Alpha as well as the other members of her pack. She considers herself a monster.

One day as she reading the local paper she sees the picture of a missing man. Knowing that the missing man was changed into a werewolf by her pack she contacts the Marrok, the head werewolf of all werewolves.

Bran, the Marrok, sends his son Charles, his executioner, to investigate. When Charles meets Anna his wolf instantly recognizes her as his mate and wants to take care of her. What Charles also recognizes is that Anna is not a submissive wolf, as her pack would have her believe, but an Omega. Omega’s are neither a submissive nor an alpha werewolf but kind of outside of the pack, while still being a part of it. Charles is infuriated with what has happened to Anna and is determined to find out what is going on in her pack.

This is such a short yet wonderful novella. With Anna and Charles meeting and Charles taking care of the pack situation it’s a very satisfying story even though Charles and Anna don’t get an HEA. It’s just the beginning of the relationship and that’s totally ok. You just don’t feel that there is anything left undone. This was my first read from Patricia Briggs and when I was done I immediately started reading Cry Wolf. I have to say I loved the story just as much with this read as I did the first.

Original rating: 4 out of 5
Current rating: 4 out of 5

Cry Wolf

Our story begins with Anna moving to Montana with Charles. She’s hoping that life will be better in the new state. She’s accepted that her wolf wants Charles as her mate as well and Anna is trying to deal with her life being in upheaval. She’s moving to a new state, she knows no one, she’s scared out of her mind of Charles even though she wants to be near him, and she’s going to be that much closer to the Marrok, which scares her shitless. What she doesn’t realize is that the people in Charles’ pack are still werewolves. It’s a hard lesson to learn that these people are still “monsters”, just in a different location.

Charles is trying to recover from bullets wounds and trying to make Anna comfortable. It’s taking all of his strength to try to be calm, but his wolf wants him to complete the mating bond with Anna. Charles knows she’s not ready. When the Marrok assigns Charles to go into the Cabinet mountains to hunt down a rogue werewolf Charles knows that he has to take Anna with him. As an Omega Anna might be able to calm the rogue and then Charles won’t have to kill once again. But the rogue is not what they thought. They end up facing down a witch and it’s not like anything either one of them had dealt with before.

I love this story. I loved it the first time and I loved it this time. Patricia Briggs has such a way of pulling us into her characters that I feel like I’m with them on their journeys. I actually got teary-eyed this time around where I didn’t before. It’s just good stuff.

Anna shows such amazing growth in this story. She goes from a scared, almost submissive woman to a strong Omega. By the end of the story she knows who she is, what her place in the pack is and what she needs to get done. I just admired her strength so much!

Charles *sigh* (lol) he’s just an incredible man and a pretty smart werewolf. He was born a werewolf to an Indian medicine woman and has not only his werewolf magic but a little more besides. He’s the kind of man I’d want around in a tough spot. Not because he’s an executioner, but because of his inner strength and intelligence. I love his playfulness mixed with his steadfastness – just a great combo.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good werewolf story, loves Patricia Briggs or just wants to read a well written novel. Does that cover everything?

Original Rating: 4.5 out of 5 original review here
Current Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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What I’ve Been Reading This Week

Posted August 31, 2009 by Tracy in Features | 14 Comments

by Emma Holly, Fran Lee, Patricia Briggs, Shannon McKenna

She’s baaaaack! Yes, I’m back from my weekend in the mountains. It’s just so incredibly beautiful and peaceful up there. We had so much fun. I just love getting together with some of the women I know and having a weekend away. We laughed and drank wine and shopped (got some gorgeous Bass boots that were normally $109.00 for $49.00 and some Bass dress shoes that are stinking adorable for $43.00 marked down from $89.00…oh and got some stuff for hubby and kids too. lol) and read and played games. It was just relaxing and fun! I came back refreshed and feeling like I could conquer the world my office. lol

(Here’s a picture of the playful racoons that were on the deck of the house last night.)

And I did conquer the office! Well, at least part of it. The important book part. Here are before pictures of the shelves/messy office. Yes, the box and the bag on the floor have books in them, of course. (and I had the camera on the wrong setting which means the pictures were under-exposed and makes them look worse! lol)

And here’s the new bookcase. Technically it’s for cd/media storage but it was just so adorable and the perfect size for my office I just had to get it. I got to move my hubby’s cd’s (a friggin miracle) and then move some books around. I got an extra shelf out of it in the built-in bookcase and filled the new shelves with cd’s (he got 1 shelf) and my books. It’s beeeeeautiful! Here are photos of the finished product. Later I’ll be working on total office domination (which means that the trashy fish tank that is a total eyesore but my hubby refuses to move will be gone!) but for now I’m happy with the way it is. :0)

I even grouped the books that I’d already read by author. I know, don’t fall off your chairs, I was just on a roll. 🙂 And I have a big bag of books to take to the next So Cal Blogger Get-Together!

Reading: I really didn’t read that much this week but I got everything done that I needed to so that was good.
Book for The Book Binge read – check
Book for Tracy’s TBR Challenge Read read – check (well almost since it was a DNF)
Book for Nath’s Re-Read Challeng read – check
and a couple other stories in between.

So up first was Saving Midnight by Emma Holly. As I said in my last post, the review is up at The Book Binge if you’d like to read it.
Next up was my Tracy’s TBR Challenge Read for the week: All About Men by Shannon McKenna. Sorry to say this was a DNF for me. My thoughts are in my previous post here.
Next was Out of Her Dreams by Fran Lee. This is a story about a romance author who has dreamed about a man since she was 14. She has based a series of books on him and has used the likeness from her dream for the cover of the books. One day at a book signing a man shows up and he looks exactly like her dream man! It’s a cute story that has lots of sex and some sweet moments. 4 out of 5
Last were the books I read for my Re-Read Challenge. I re-read the novella Alpha and Omega and the book Cry Wolf both by Patricia Briggs. I’ll post my reviews on Tuesday.

And that’s it! Can you believe it? I know I was shocked too. lol Ah well, another day…another book! lol
Happy Reading!
(Sorry for the book covers going all wonky. I can’t seem to fix it. I think it might be time for a new blog template – this one’s driving me batty! lol)

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Review: Cry Wolf

Posted August 27, 2008 by Tracy in Reviews | 9 Comments

TITLE: Cry Wolf
AUTHOR: Patricia Briggs
SERIES: Yes – The Alpha and Omega Series
Novella in the On The Prowl Anthology: Alpha and Omega
1st Novel: Cry Wolf

I’ve been wanting to read Briggs’ work and this seemed like a good time to start. :0) I’d also heard great things about both the novella and the novel.

Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member and as his mate.

Let me start by saying that I was pretty much impressed with Briggs’ writing from the word go. It really didn’t matter if there was a lot of action going on or not, she had me hooked. I haven’t said that about an author in a while and it feels good to discover a new one.

Anna was turned into a werewolf 3 years prior to this book and she was badly abused by her previous pack. She has some real issues with being a werewolf and a “monster” as she puts it. She just wants to be human again and getting over those feelings isn’t something that’s coming easily.

Charles is the enforcer of his pack. His father is The Marrok (the head werewolf in North America) so his position in the pack I felt was intimidating for Anna. Charles discovers that Anna is his mate, and he’s willing to accept her, but he has reservations about his line of work scaring her away.

This was such a great story. I truly enjoyed getting to know Charles better as well as Asil, who was another character in the book who played a major role in the story. I thought the character development was wonderful, although I did feel like I wanted to know more about Anna’s life before she had become a werewolf. That didn’t particularly relate to this story so I see how it wasn’t added, but I still wanted to read it! 🙂

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys shapeshifter books, and possibly those who don’t like them. This might be a nice introduction for you. Very will written.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again?
Briggs was a new author for me. I will definitely be reading more of her work.

Are you keeping it or passing it on?
Keeping it!
Did you enjoy the book? Very much

Would you recommend this book to others? Definitely
Score: 4.5 out of 5

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What I’ve Been Reading This Week

Posted August 25, 2008 by Tracy in Features | 19 Comments

Happy Sunday!

It’s been a hellova reading week. I read A LOT this week – I’m not quite sure how that happened actually, but it did. I left work early on Thursday and only worked 2 hours Friday because of a killer headache (that I still have)…and the drugs the doc injected me with kept me up most of the night on Friday so I’ve had mucho reading time.
One of my good friends, Andrew, got married today. Andrew and Beth have been together for 10 years. That’s right, 10 years! He finally popped the question and it was about damn time! lol Talk about an age difference…he just turned 50 in July and she’s 29! Of course he looks and acts like he’s about 35 so it all works out. Such a cute couple.

So my goal this past week was to read a ton of RAW authors as it’s only 4 weeks away. Ask me how that went. Not good! I read 1 book. 1! Geesh! I really need to work on that this week.

Oh and due to sheer, unadulterated laziness and severe pain in my head..no links will be available this week! But I still lubs ya!

The Pregnancy Test by Erin McCarthy was first. My only RAW author book. Cute book…see review a couple of posts back.

Countdown (Shomi) by Michelle Maddox. Good book. I won’t go into detail..you’ll just have to check out my review this week (sometime) on Book Binge.

Kill Me Twice by Roxanne St. Claire. I wanted to read one of her books since she’ll be guest blogging on DIK this week (Mon, Tues, Wed) and I hadn’t read her work. I liked it. I’ll probably read more of her stuff in the future…when the TBR goes down some. Stop laughing!! It’ll happen.

Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs a novella in the On The Prowl Anthology was next. I’ve been seeing this around and hearing how good it was so I wanted to check it out. Very good story. It was a great introduction to Cry Wolf which is the 1st novel in Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series.

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs was really good. I plan on doing a review this week of this book so check back. 🙂

I then read the remainder of the stories in the On The Prowl anthology. (see book cover above) Besides Alpha and Omega I really didn’t care all that much for the other 3 stories – they weren’t bad, just not my thing.
InHuman by Eileen Wilks was ok. There was a lot of info being given but I really didn’t feel like I knew the characters by the time the story was done. This was an intro into a series (I think) but it didn’t make me want to read more.
Buying Trouble by Karen Chance was a cute little novella about a 1/2 human, 1/2 Fae that doesn’t know that’s what she is. She gets jiggy with another 1/2er and turns into something she would have never imagined. I think I’ll check out Karen Chance’s work to see what else she’s got going on since this was my first read of hers.
Mona Lisa Betwining by Sunny. Not a fan of this story. The heroine’s got too many freakin lovers…she’s got serious issues in so many other things and doesn’t know what the hell’s going on. The series is not something I’d want to be reading more of.

I won the novella Oh, George by Christiane France this week. This is an m/m romance about a man who’s inherited his dad’s business and a man from the secretarial pool. I didn’t feel like I could get into the characters enough during the novella and they fell in love really fast.

Last was Just One Bite by Kimberly Raye. The Dead End Dating series is weird and quirky and I like it for a fun little read. For any of you who read the series I just love Ty Bonner and there just wasn’t enough of him in this book! lol I needed more Ty! It was a nice edition to the series and I liked it.

Happy Reading!

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