Reviewed by Mandi
I truly love this series but it hasn’t been perfect for me. I think the characters and the world are pretty great, but sometimes I’m just darn bored and that kind of happened in this book. Maybe bored isn’t the right word but I felt like this book was a filler for two reasons – Adam’s ex-wife and the villain. They both seemed to have no purpose unless I’m missing something big and if I am please yell at me in the comments.
Adam’s ex-wife, Christy comes to stay in Adam and Mercy’s house when her boyfriend, or really the guy she slept with – they weren’t super serious – starts to stalk her. He beats her up pretty bad too. They take her in and start to figure out how to get this guy in line. Christy is…well…not my favorite character. And by that I mean, I wanted to punch her in the face most of the book. I’ve thought a lot about here since ending the book. She is a manipulative, whiny person. As the reader, we are just now being introduced to her (we’ve heard from her in previous books but she is in this one the entire time). The reader didn’t know her when she was married to Adam. When she cooked for him, and gave him a daughter and cared for the pack. Apparently – she was a good person at times way back when, says the pack now. So that is why when she barges into Adam’s house and starts cooking and taking things over, the alpha werewolves kind of put their tails between their legs and let her do whatever she wants. What the heck?! She doesn’t necessarily cause horrible conflict between Adam and Mercy as the blurb suggests, but she is just plain annoying and I didn’t like reading about her. I didn’t like as a result how Adam and the pack let Christy get a way with being horrible to Mercy.
While the villain in this story is creepy, violent and different, I didn’t understand his purpose. I figured Mercy would somehow be victorious in the end, and at least in my eyes, his actions didn’t further the world building at all. I’ve heard rumblings from people that Briggs may be heading up a path where some of the pack want Adam to choose between Pack and Mercy. I don’t know if this is the case, but if it is that sounds a lot more interesting to read than what was in this book. Maybe Christy coming to town starts those thoughts in some of the pack’s head? But I want a more focused goal for this world.
Now the good things in this book. First, there are numerous quiet romance moments between Adam and Mercy and I really enjoyed that. Adam never once gets swayed by Christy. Mercy gets jealous but I love that she does! We get good things from Honey, Stefan, Tad, and a new character named Gary Laughing Wood. Warren and Kyle make an appearance. I also like (and this isn’t new to this book) how the pack don’t all like Mercy. . I love that this pack is prickly.
I want these books to be super awesome and I felt like this one just floated along. I expected more.