Series: Mercy Thompson #8
Published by Ace on March 11th 2014
Number of Pages: 341
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Urban
Purchase: At Amazon
An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.
Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.
Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.
I do love this series. And yes, the staff on the cover does mean the walking stick pops back up in this book. We also get more Coyote tricks, and a few anecdotes about pranks Mercy pulled on Bran growing up.
There’s a lot of Mercy and the pack being manipulated by Adam’s ex-wife. And surprisingly enough, bonding time for Honey and Mercy. We also get to meet a half-brother of Mercy’s, and get introduced to another set of fantasy creatures. Ones that almost no one has heard of before.
I liked how real the power games Christy was pulling felt. It helped you dislike her as a character, but also they were things you could see a real person doing to try to get their husband/boyfriend/whatever back. Besides manipulative, Christy was whiny and selfish, and didn’t hesitate to cast Mercy in the worst lighting, trying to turn the pack against her. I really liked the prank Mercy pulled on her at the end of the book though!
I also liked the mythology that was used to explain and describe Christy’s stalker. We finally get to see under Tad’s glamour, and also get a stronger taste of his power.
All in all, if you haven’t read this book (or series!) yet, what are you waiting for?