Shifter Week Review: Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

Reviewed by Heather C

night broken_front mech.inddTitle: Night Broken
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson Series #8
Heroine: Mercy Thompson
Genre: M/F Urban Fantasy
Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Ace
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Available at: Amazon & Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: 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.


It’s no secret that Mercy Thompson is one of my all time favorite series and easily my favorite heroine. And then there is Adam, who I would steal for myself if I could.  So after another long year of waiting, Night Broken is finally here!!!

My thoughts:

It took the first half of the book for the story to really pick up; then I couldn’t put it down.

I really, really hate Christy!  I honestly tried to give her a chance, and in the beginning I felt sorry for her.  But UGH, in the end, I agreed with Mercy: shoulda just given her to the bad guy.  I know Christy never even had the smallest chance of taking Adam from Mercy, but the whole Adam-letting-Christy-use-his-phone business was really pissing me off.  I did feel that all of Christy’s pettiness did get a bit too tedious at times; I’m just glad Mercy finally paid her back in the end.

Adam is delicious.  Duh!  There is a bit more smexiness in this book compared to  what we are used to seeing between Mercy and Adam.  Of course it’s not at all explicit, but sometimes less is more, ya know?  *imagining Adam stripping out of his clothes right now*

I’m soooo into the pack dynamics.  I actually love how Mercy is always the underdog (pun?), but somehow figures out a way to regain the upper hand…no matter how brief it lasts.

The bad guy is bad ass.  Thumbs up to Ms. Briggs for making him so freakin’ creepy!  And how Mercy defeats him in the end, very clever!

Gary Laughingdog was a fun addition to Mercyverse. Didn’t like him in the beginning, but he was very entertaining by the end.

Poor Honey.  She definitely gains points in my opinion for defending Mercy.

Tad is becoming a more and more intriguing character with each book.

Stefan!  I really wanted to see more of him, but this was really not a battle for him to take on. So I’m just gonna tease:  Stefan has been keeping a big secret from Mercy!

Wulfe is even more freakier than I remember!  Jeez!!

Why were Mercy’s tattoos never mentioned?  I know its not at all an important detail to the plot, just seemed odd that she never used them to describe her appearance…her looks seemed to be a bit more important to her with all of Christy’s poaching.

Mercy never changed to coyote. Hmm, how suspicious is that?

Oh.My.God.The.Ending!  I didn’t want it to end!  It seemed a bit too sudden to me and I just wanted to keep reading and reading and reading…(I can never get enough). It wasn’t a cliffhanger or anything; only a little surprise that was not unexpected.  I just love these books so much!

Already waiting for book 9. 

Overall Impression: I Loved It!

*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*

Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, M/F, Published in 2014, Theme Week | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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