Title: Fair Game
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega; Mercy Thompson World
Publication Date: March 6, 2012
Synopsis: 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…
Review: This is surprisingly one of the few books in this series (The Mercy Thompson World) that is not a re-read for me, which had me super excited to read it. I love Anna and Charles, they are two of my favorite characters, and I love that we are getting more books with them. This book also had one other thing I loved. Briggs’ fae. I love them, especially when they are doing awesome things, and trust me this one does something AWESOME. Did I mention Anna’s amazing character growth? It might seem sudden or too fast if you just read the Alpha and Omega books because you don’t get a real sense of how much time has passed between the books, which is a lot by the way, but when you read them in order between the Mercy Thompson books, they’re spaced out more in the timeline and you can see how much time has passed and you can see that she’s had time to change and grow. I do wish that we got to see her and Charles more during that long period of MT books, or had some idea of what was going on with them, so that we could see a bit more of than transformation, but I really do feel that Briggs does a good job at handling Anna’s PTSD and anxiety, and I speak as someone who experiences both. Anna never suddenly gets over it but she learns coping skills and she learns a lot of that from Charles and his wolf, and they are a huge part of how she is able to learn to stand on her own two feet, she doesn’t rely on them to protect her. They teach her how to stand up and be able to protect herself, even though they still have that instinct to protect her. I seriously just love this series, it does have it’s faults, but it is one of the more diverse urban fantasy series I have ever read, so that on top of Briggs’ great writing and storytelling is what makes this one of my all time favorite series ever. Now off to read Frost Burned.