(Mercy Thompson, #7)
Published March 2013

Mercy Thompson's life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman - the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack - has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy's life. But on the edges of humanity, a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more. After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can't reach Adam - or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They've all been abducted. Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from the most unlikely of allies: the vampire seethe.

"I was going to fight vampires, and my name wasn't Buffy - I was so screwed."

It’s funny, I always loved Adam as a love interest for Mercy early on, and still do, but once they were married the books got a little dull. I especially didn’t care for River Marked, which I only rated two stars, and think much of this has to do with some of the more interesting paranormal creatures not concentrated on enough, being overshadowed with shifters.

I liked this one a lot more than River Marked – Adam and most of the pack have been captured. There is a tragedy and it’s interesting on Mercy’s connection with her husband and the alpha. Stefan, my favorite, makes an appearance or two, and I loved every minute of that. The ending battle is oh so great and tense, loved it. I found Asil intriguing – haven’t read the other series, but heard he’s from there.

Within the pack, it seems Mercy still isn’t accepted, and I was saddened by a death, surprised by Honey’s animosity (didn’t think it was as strong before). It was nice there was a strong reunion of characters not seen enough lately, like Stefan, Gabriel with his family, and Kyle. I’ve always loved Ben, too, so glad he was behind with Mercy to help her figure things out.

There is a strange thing where some is told through Adam’s point of view – where did that come from? I dislike changes in viewpoint when the rest of the series has been through one view.

Overall it was hard to put down and easy to breeze through. The story was interesting and it involves all of the supernatural community. There’s some minor mysteries present to spice up the mix, we get reoccurring characters, Adam is still hot, Mercy is still amusing, and the pack is still complicated. 

Worth a read, especially for series fans.

   Book Quotes:

“Then he'd come back home and found out that war didn't cause fear- love did.” 

“Vampire politics make the very complicated dance of manners that is werewolf protocol look like the Hokey Pokey.”  

“We're the good guys. That we're scary doesn't mean we're the villains.”

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