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Fair Game - Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega #3
Published by: Ace, on 6 March 2012
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 293, Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Purchase
Reading Challenges: 2015 Reading Assignment Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge, Bookish Resolutions Challenge 2015
It is said that 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.
When the FBI requests the pack’s help on a local serial-killer case, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston to join the investigation. It soon becomes clear that someone is targeting the preternatural. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer’s sights…
Fair game is a fast-paced mystery in which Charles has to fight on several fronts at the same time, and Anna needs all of her diplomacy in order to make sure there is good PR for the wolves…
I had almost forgotten how much I loved Charles and Anna before I finally picked up Fair Game! Anna is an omega wolf, one who can temper an alpha, and she is very, very good at it. Charles has been Bran’s enforcer for a very long time, and at the beginning of the story, it shows that it is really wearing him down to have to go out for a kill the local alphas aren’t capable of taking care of themselves. Anna is very worried about Charles, he has even closed off their mating bond, so she has no way of knowing how bad things are for him – but she is sure they are very far from good.
After she tried to get Bran to see her point of view, Anna and Charles are sent to Boston to help the local FBI in a serial killer case, one in which at least three werewolves have been tortured, raped and killed. Anna needs to stay calm, and make sure Charles doesn’t show Brother Wolf to the humans at every turn, because they all need some good PR in Fair Game. As they meet with FBI and other law enforcement agencies, both Anna and Charles realize that there is more to this serial killer than meets the eye, and the mystery and suspense are a big part of the main plot-line.
Because Charles has more than one battle on his hands – both the external one where they need to help the FBI, and a strange internal struggle in which he has even more to deal with, he is finally able to feel closer to Anna again when he sees that she is much stronger than he ever gave her credit for. With a vast cast of characters that is well developed, Fair Game is a tense story because the protagonists might not have much time if they want to save the latest potential victim of their serial killer. Black magic, fae, werewolves, humans and an invisible hunter nobody can smell, they all have their work cut out for them. And seeing how the fae and the werewolves are being prejudiced against, just like some groups of people have been – and in many cases still are – being prejudiced against right now showed me a different way of looking at many things.
Fair Game is written in third person point of view, past tense, and most of the story is told from Anna’s perspective, but we get glimpses from Charles and other characters as well. And as the story unfolds, the whole plot becomes more complex than it seemed at the beginning. Towards the end, politics make things even more complicated than they were at the start, and I think I won’t be able to read anything else before I continue with the next Alpha & Omega story – good thing it’s already out!
“Are we looking for lost animals?” Leslie asked finally. She mostly learned from observation rather than by asking questions because, in her experience, people lied better with their lips than they did with their actions.
Da had eaten his own lunch and waited until Charles had finished his before leading the way to the study. His father shut the door, sat behind his desk, and pursed his lips, giving Charles his “I have a job for you and you aren’t going to be happy with me” look. Father-son meals often included that expression on his father’s face.
The three feet of empty space around him was probably the only space open in the whole place – but that was Charles; people just didn’t crowd him. Smart people.
Watching Charles dress and undress was one of her favorite things to do – better than wrapping and unwrapping Christmas presents.