Publisher: Ace (March 11, 2014)
ebook: 352 pages
Series: Mercy Thompson #8
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Rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
I think I forget how much the pack isn’t a fan of Mercy between each book. I don’t know how I forget, willfully or subconsciously, but it happens.
This book starts out with Mercy trying to keep the peace and Adam’s ex-wife calling up, distraught and wanting to stay with him for “protection”. Considering the previous mentions of her in the series, I’m disinclined to believe her. Even the very cool and sweet Jesse, Adam and Christy’s daughter, didn’t want her mom coming to stay.
What was surprising was how easily the pack accepted and liked Christy, even after what she did to Adam and Jesse. I would’ve thought the bonds of pack would be more important than a human woman who broke the pack leader’s heart and toyed with him when it suits her.
Luckily Christy isn’t the only problem that has landed on Mercy’s doorstep. There’s also a fae of high ranking, and has appeared to collect his father’s walking stick. Too bad Mercy gave it to Coyote. However, it won’t end there, so Mercy has to locate Coyote, get the walking stick back and hand it over.
One thing that was really great to see was that this book explored Honey a little more. She is just the right character to have in Mercy’s corner with Christy playing her helpless act and furthering her agenda. Honey is still suffering the loss of her husband and mate, Peter. But being with Mercy during her adventure seemed to help.
Another fun point was the addition of a new character, Gary Laughingdog, another descendent of Coyote and a coyote walker. I love whenever we get to explore these other mythologies more. And Gary is certainly a character.
Overall, it was a fun read and a great addition to the series.
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