Monday, May 26, 2014

BOOK REVIEW - NIGHT BROKEN by PATRICIA BRIGGS - MERCEDES THOMPSON # 8 - ADULT URBAN FANTASY - ORBIT - ACE BOOKS

By: Patricia Briggs
Published By: Orbit Books
Released : Available Now
Details : Hardback from library, 341 Pages

RATING: 5 ADAM STARS!!

Blurb : Goodreads

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.


BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

What is one of the golden rules of marriage?

Don’t let your hubs invite the ex wife to stay.

Ok, well she is being stalked by somebody who is even hard for Mercy, Adam and the pack to kill.

WHY WON’T YOU DIE!???

This character is one of the more difficult ones to contain.

I didn’t realize the females in the pack liked Adam’s ex wife more than Mercy. I was rather shocked at this information, considering the ex didn’t like Adam being a werewolf and she didn’t feel comfortable around the wolves.

Hence, why she left him in the first place.

Then she didn’t feel comfortable being around the pack without Adam. Make your mind up woman.

Christy played her part well. She will annoy the shiz out of you. You will want to give her a stinky dead fish slap for her behavior towards Mercy. Patricia brought the ex to the story in true ex-wife-manipulating, style.

Mercy not only has Christy-the-manipulating-queen, to contend with, and she does it in mighty fine classy style too, she also has to put up with some pack members behaving badly and a Christy stalker.

I knew all the things I wanted to say to Christy. But Mercy took the high road on more than one occasion. I kept having fill in comments that I would have said to Christy. I was amusing myself to no end.

I love watching Adam and Mercy together. They have something very deep and trusting. I love how Patricia writes their relationship.

He looked up at me. There was heat in his gaze-- there is always some spark of heat when Adam looks at me, but there was also need that was deeper than sexual. I could see the shadow caused by worry, possessiveness, and a vulnerability that allowed him, the Alpha wolf, to stay on the ground when I was standing. That vulnerability ( and the possessiveness) meant that Adam would never let me leave him, as he’d let Christy leave him.

I didn’t like him vulnerable to anything, even to me. I pulled on Adam’s hand, and he stood up.

“I love you, too,” I told him, and he smiled because he’d let me see what he felt.



I love reading Tad and his fun comments. He is a favorite of mine.


I was almost out the door, and Tad was back under the Beetle, when he said, “When Adam’s ex drives you into making sweet things with chocolate, just remember I like brownies with lots of frosting but no nuts.”



Tad took a third muffin and ate it in two bites. His voice was muffled with food when he said, “Nasty piece of work, him. Are you up for this?”

I shrugged. “Sure. If it gets too bad... how would you like a roommate?”

“If she can cook like this, okay by me.”

“I was talking about me,” I told him. I was joking. But there was a cold knot in my stomach anyway.

He came around the counter and kissed the top of my head. “Poor Mercy. Let’s go fix something you know how to fix. It’ll make you feel better.”



Tad and Mercy have such a great working relationship.

When I’d met Tad, a little over ten years ago, he’d only been a kid, and he’d been running this shop himself because his dad had gone on a two-month drinking binge after Tad’s mom had died of cancer. He’d been nine going on fifty then, and the only thing that had changed since was that someone had rubbed off the bright and shiny cheer that had been his gift to the world.


Stefan fans, fear not. He does eventually make it into the story. I was beginning to check under the beds for him. I miss Stefan when he isn’t around. Sadly there was no Scooby Doo van.

Seeds are dropped for the next installment, # 9 in 2015. This is a series I truly love revisiting.

I love the US cover art, it makes me happy. I sadly had to look at the Aussie cover art while reading this installment, which just does nothing for me. Sorry about being picky, but, gahhh I do have trouble with the Aussie cover art.

So glad I loved what was inside the pages.

Another page turning read, with great sub characters and a villain that was not an easy fight.

Check out the new characters brought into the fold.

I loved the ending.

The last line in the book was...unexpected...yet expected:D



Michelle

6 comments:

  1. I love, love this series so much! It makes me happy when people love a book as much as I do!

    Gah! I was so nervous going into this one because of the ex-wife. I just wanted to ship her to Madagascar or something. Also, I agree with you, I mean, I knew the women of the pack didn't like Mercy but I didn't know it was that bad. It surprised me. What made me incredibly happy was that there wasn't a question of whether Adam and Mercy would have problems with their love towards each other. Like Cat & Bones, their relationship is set.

    Awesome review!

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    1. Hi Nancy, Adam and Mercy are solid. Love them. Just like Cat and Bones. The ex-wife was a nice easy way for Patricia to add some tension, but it was nice to see how Mercy handled the ex's behavior. I always knew Mary Jo had issues with Mercy, but the other females in the pack, I was like, what have I been missing ?

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  2. Waiting on this to be come available on the library. So want to meet Adam's wifey!

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  3. OO you may want to give Adam's ex wifey a slap, lol!

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  4. I can't wait to read this one, Michelle. This is one of my favorite series - love Mercy and Adam. Hmm, thinking I'm not gonna love Christy. ;) Oh, and I totally agree with you about the cover. When I saw the cover you had to look at, I was sad. I love the US cover art - I think it's perfect. :) Great review, my dear.

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    1. Hey Brandee, err, you are gonna want to slap her upside the head, but it is a role she plays uber well and suits the story. Ahhh, our covers. Somebody slap me upside the head. I am not normally a cover hater, but dang, I want the US covers real bad. I found it hard holding the book with these awful covers I have been subjected to. How rude am I?? I know?? Sorry Patricia. I fell so in love with the US covers from the start. I am so glad my library had the US cover for Frost Burned. So hopefully for the next one I get the US cover to hold :D

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