(Mercy Thompson, #3)

I could smell her fear, and it satisfied something deep inside me that had been writhing under her cool, superior gaze. I curled my upper lip so she could get a good look at my sharp teeth. I might only weigh thirty or so pounds in my coyote shape, but I was a predator...

Mechanic Mercy Thompson can shift her shape - but not her loyalty. When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it's up to Mercy to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not.

Mercy's loyalty is under pressure from other directions, too. Werewolves are not known for their patience, and if Mercy can't decide between the two she cares for, Sam and Adam may make the choice for her...

"It wasn't hard to follow the scent of blood to the living room where the fae had been killed. It had been a violent death, perfect for creating ghosts."

The shapeshifter series continues with this third book, Iron Kissed, and while I didn’t enjoy it as much as the second, it’s still a goodie.

There was just something about the mystery, which took up most of the book, that I found dull compared to Mercy’s usual adventures. The most potent thing- without a doubt – is that ending. WOW. The book takes a tragic, unusual, gut-wrenching turn for our main character.

Frankly until the second half of the book, the book lagged behind for my tastes. I’m pleased there was an end to the mild love triangle at least, and that it’s now dissolved and pushed out of the way for further plot development.

Also I’m not a fan of the fae because most of the time in these kinds of books they just piss me off and bore me at the same time. No exception here. The other supe stuff takes a backseat. 

What worked the most for the book were the characters, who were amazing as always, and I’m really digging Honey now as a friend and new intro. The interactions between Mercy, Adam, and Samuel help bring resolution to lots of existing issues. I did miss Stefan tons though, nothing from him at all for this story.

Briggs impressed me as a writer with the way she handled the delicate shocker. She did a risky rarely-done move at the end that most authors of single POV stories don’t attempt without a last minute rescue. What was more impressive is the way she handled it at the ending, the convincing and heartbreaking aftermath.

A big turn has taken for Mercy. It is tragic yet beautifully written, morbid but fascinating in how it’s character changing. It stands as the best part of the book, even if what happens isn’t something that someone wants to read about.

Briggs didn’t end with a bang, however. A bang indicates explosiveness, quickness, shocking intensities. This was a shock, but a quiet, sobering one. A gasp that’s low because noise of surprise can barely escape.

If you enjoyed the first two, you will likely like this one as well.

   Book Quotes:

“Some people are like Slinkies.They aren't really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to my face when I push them down a flight of stairs.”

“The warmth of his body shouldn’t have felt good. He was angry and every muscle was tense. It was like being leaned on by a very heavy, warm brick. A sexy brick.”

“Just as I’ve always known there are monsters in the world, monsters and things even more evil, I’ve always known that it is God who keeps evil at bay.”

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