Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Burn Bright
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega #5
Hero/Heroine: Anna & Charles
Genre: M/F Urban Fantasy
Length: 316 pages
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: In her bestselling Alpha and Omega series, Patricia Briggs “spins tales of werewolves, coyote shifters, and magic and, my, does she do it well” (USATODAY.com). Now 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…
I won’t go into detail with this story because a lot happens in it. Boundaries are pushed, relationships are tested and betrayal runs high. We meet new characters, new pack mates in this one because there’s something fishy going on with the wildlings so it was intriguing to see the ‘crazy’ wolves so to speak and what could happen to some of the older wolves. I liked that we saw a different side to the wolves and that these wolves wanted to be left alone but circumstances weren’t allowing that to happen. I hope in future stories we might be able to see more of them and any progresses they might make and possibly integrating more into the pack because I found them to be absolutely intriguing.
I’ve always loved Charles and Anna because their relationship, to me at least, feels stronger and less antagonistic than Mercy and Adam. Some might not think so but, for me, Anna and Charles are playful and their differences don’t hinder their relationship but strengthen it. What characteristics Charles lack, Anna makes up for and vice versa. It’s always endearing seeing them use their strengths and bond to work through whatever situation they’re in. Burn Bright was no different and we see a different side to Charles, one of more diplomat at times than enforcer, and also more of Anna and her abilities. I loved seeing that Anna has more control of what she can do as an omega and seeing her try and use those on some of the wildlings. I just love these two!! They’re one of my all time favorite couples and could read dozens and dozens of books with them as the main characters. Plus, we got to see Asil again and he is definitely one hot wolf!!
I absolutely ADORED this book but I grew frustrated with the references to the Mercy Thompson world. I’m not caught up in that series and don’t have a burning desire to read it so I hated that I felt lost at the beginning of this book trying to figure out what was going on. Yes, I get that the two series are connected but I don’t remember previous books having such a heavy emphasis on Mercy’s world. A few references, yes, but they were always explained. In this one, I felt like I was scrambling to figure out what Anna and Charles were talking or thinking about and had no answer to what they were referring to so I had to piece things together by context. It was very disconcerting and even though the story turned out amazing, I still didn’t like feeling as if I was floundering to understand the beginning.
All in all, this was a great addition to the Alpha & Omega series. I seriously thought Anna and Charles’ story was over so getting back to these two definitely made me super happy. And, overall, I wasn’t disappointed with these two. I loved getting to see things closer to home and how Charles and Anna dealt with the Marrock being away. I wished the beginning wasn’t so Mercy heavy because I don’t enjoy that series as much as this one so I’m not up to date with it, which left me feeling lost. I hope we still get more of Anna and Charles because I don’t feel like we’re done with them just yet! At least I hope we aren’t. Definitely give this a go if you’ve enjoyed the Mercy universe and this series as well.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*