Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

April 10, 2015 4 stars, Book Review 11 ★★★★

Review: Dead Heat by Patricia BriggsDead Heat by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega #4
Published by Ace on March 3, 2015
Genres: Adult SFF, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way...

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.


Another great installment in the Alpha & Omega series, Dead Heat takes Charles and Anna to see Charles’ long time human friend Joseph whose family breeds horses. They go there with the intention of buying a horse for Anna but find themselves mixed up in an investigation of attempted murder by fae magic and a child’s abduction. For Anna aside from the unexpected investigation this trip is a step towards Charles letting her know more about him.

Fae of the worst kind

I think this latest book is likely solidifying the larger plot for future Alpha & Omega books to be about investigating and hunting down the nastier fae that the Grey Lords have set lose upon the human population. We see the FBI and Cantrip again with Anna and Charles working along side them using their alias. I am sure we can anticipate more of that in forthcoming books. Based on Dead Heat as well as the previous books the fae seem to be the frequent villains of this series. Which totally makes sense if you go along with the darker tales of the fae being really nasty and their prey of choice for the nastier ones being children. I like the direction the series seems to be headed and I’m really curious as to the Grey Lords motives in letting their nastier brethren out to play.

And all the pretty children

Another theme here is children, not just the attempted murder of children or the abduction and abuse of children by the fae but Anna’s desire to have children. She brings up the topic early on in Dead Heat and you can tell that it isn’t a subject she is going to let drop because she is determined she wants kids. I was actually pretty surprised by this given it hasn’t been long that she’s been settled into her new life.

What’s with all the horsing around

As Charles and Anna are visiting a family of house breeders we are given a lot of information about horses. Personally some of these parts were cool but there were a few times when the amount of info given started to stray towards too much. I felt that way because they didn’t really have much to do with the main plot.

Overall a good addition to the series, Dead Heat even gave me a close to tears moment and left me wanting more asap.

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11 Responses to “Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs”

  1. Melliane

    I’m not a big fan of this series, I so prefer Mercy but I heard great things about this one so maybe I should try more. I did only read book 0.5 and 1. thanks for the review!
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  2. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    Another series I can’t wait to pick up, I really need to get my urban fantasy fix! I do love horses, so I find I wouldn’t mind the horse bits too much. The fixation of children here sounds appropriate too. Lovely review!