Fair Game

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Fair Game

Alpha and Omega

Opposites in temperament, werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, are proof that opposites attract. A dominant alpha, Charles, is the son and enforcer for the leader of the North American werewolves, while his mate, Anna, is a rare omega who can calm even the most savage of their kind. With the revelation of the existence of werewolves to society, Anna and Charles have been called on for their skills more and more.

In the public spotlight, werewolves can’t afford any bad publicity. Now violations in behavior, which in the past could have been overlooked, must be dealt with harshly and the stress of carrying out his father’s dirty work is catching up with Charles and putting a strain on his bond with his mate.

When the FBI needs help on a serial killer case in Boston, the decision to send Charles and Anna as consultants is not easily made. Almost immediately into the investigation, Charles and Anna realize that more than just the last two victims were werewolves – all of them were. Someone is hunting their kind and now Anna and Charles have put themselves in the killer’s sights………

Fae, witches and werewolves, Oh My! Fair Game, the highly anticipated third book in the Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs, is in a word "brilliant". A highly skilled author, Ms. Briggs proves once again why many consider her one of the best in urban fantasy with well developed characters, an interesting plot, good dialogue and enough action and romance to keep your heart pumping. Continuing the world building she began in this series, this installment brings us further into the lives of Anna and Charles, one of the most powerful couples amongst the werewolves, and the conundrum the werewolves find themselves in since they revealed their existence to society at large.

An omega werewolf, Anna Latham finds herself in what is becoming a usual situation, confronting her father in law, the Marrok, about his son, her mate. Since the werewolves revealed themselves, Charles has been burdened with enforcing his father’s judgment on werewolves who’s infractions of the law would ruin the image of being harmless and still humans they’re trying to project to society. When this series began, Anna was a somewhat broken character who didn’t consider herself particularly strong, I like how Ms. Briggs has developed her character; she’s become strong and confident in her abilities both as an omega and as a werewolf. Even though Anna still knows there are things to be feared, she no longer lets fear direct her life or her actions.

An incredibly strong alpha, Charles Cornick is possibly on the verge of a breakdown. Tasked with enforcing the Marrok’s judgment on fellow werewolves has gone from being a job he had to undertake a couple of times a year to something that’s become a weekly occurrence. Having to kill others of his kind is taking its toll on him and on his bond with his mate. While Charles is different than other werewolves, born not made, he’s still human and has become haunted by the ghosts of his kills, who consider themselves victims. Even the magic of his mother’s people, and his shaman grandfather, can’t seem to help him now. I also like how Ms. Briggs has developed Charles throughout this series, while he’s always been somewhat quiet and is clearly a good enforcer; it’s good to see that he doesn’t enjoy having to be a killer though he does believe in justice.

The scenes between Anna and Charles have always been very good and highly enjoyable, they have great chemistry and their enjoyment of each other is easy to see. While they get along great, it doesn’t mean they don’t make mistakes in their bond. When Anna tries to use her omega skills on Charles without his approval, he quietly walks away, which lets her know he doesn’t approve. As they become involved in the FBI’s ongoing investigation of a serial killer, they’ll have to depend more on each other than they’ve ever done in the past and work on solving Charles’ dilemma, something that Anna feels is overdue. Ms. Briggs did a great job on the further development of Anna and Charles as a couple; we get to see them in both situations at home and at work. I love how loving and protect full of each other they’ve become.

The secondary characters in this particular story are mostly new, though we do get to spend time with two recurring characters we’ve met before, the Marrok and Asil, another alpha werewolf who has had experience being around an omega wolf. Of the new characters I particularly liked FBI Special Agents Leslie Fisher and Craig Goldstein, who while fictional characters would definitely make any government agency shine. We also get to meet an incredibly strong older Fae, Beauclaire, the alpha of the Boston werewolf pack, Isaac, and Caitlin, the Boston Pack’s witch. We also get some more information on CANTRIP, a new federal agency created to help the government deal with the paranormal issues they’re sure will creep up. While the FBI agents are a shining example of what’s best in law enforcement and investigation, CANTRIP appears to be another government agency that falls very short of its goal.

When the killer grabs another victim, Anna and Charles know they must hurry to solve the case. Will they be able to help the FBI in time to save an innocent life? Will their involvement in this case make them the next targets? And is the killer acting alone? You’ll have to read Fair Game to find out. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I can’t wait to see what happens next in this world.

Book Blurb for Fair Game

Patricia Briggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson novels, "always enchants her readers." (Lynn Viehl, New York Times bestselling author) Now her Alpha and Omega series-set in a world of shifting shapes, loyalty, and passion- brings werewolves out of the darkness and into a society where 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...

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2012 5.00