Burn Bright (Alpha & Omega #5) by Patricia Briggs
Mated werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham face a threat like no other--one that lurks too close to home...
They are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Close enough to the Marrok's pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.
With their Alpha out of the country, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf--but can't stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills--his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker--to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn...
If you’re a fan of Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series, but didn’t know she had an Alpha & Omega series, you’re missing out on a series that is just as good and adds a lot of background to the werewolf hierarchy. And I will always take more of Bran, the Marrok. Anytime, any day.
The Alpha & Omega series books always have a good mystery at their heart, but this one had me questioning everything I thought I knew. Where is Bran and why isn’t he answering his phone? Who is hunting the Wildlings? And who the hell is the actual traitor to the pack? My guess changed about four times from beginning to end.
Anna and Charles are still the focus of this series. The way they interact, their trust in one another and their willingness to doing anything for the other is what makes this one of my top three werewolf series. There’s also a nice crossover connection this time with the Mercy Thompson series. It actually made me want to go back and re-read that series because I just love the characters in that series.
The world building that Briggs does is fantastic as always. I never question that werewolves, vampire and Fae exist. My favorite characters have rich histories and backgrounds, what they do and believe seems plausible and the writing lets you check out of reality for a while and just enjoy.
I’d give this one more than $0.02 if I could.