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14 Apr

The fact that some of my favorite authors actually take the TIME to write good books is somewhat annoying to me.  And, yes, I am clear on the contradiction in my statement.

I love that they write great books.  I just wish they could do it REALLY quickly.

I found a new author that I love.  Patricia Briggs.

She’s written a lot of books but the ones that I fell in love with are her Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series.  They are set in the same world with overlapping characters which is sort of like taking everything I like about series books and magnifying it.

Mercy Thompson is an auto mechanic with some real problems.  For one thing, she hangs out with werewolves, vampires, and other magical creatures.  For another, she’s a Native American shapeshifter who turns into a coyote.  Yup, her world is complicated especially when you add in all the interest she’s getting from her werewolf neighbor whose the Alpha in his pack.

The Alpha and Omega series is set in the same world and there are crossover characters and situations.  The Alpha in this situation is another Native American but this one is a werewolf.  He falls in with and rescues a female Omega wolf.  I won’t go into the details (because Briggs does a much better job of it than I can) but suffice to say that the Omega is very special and they click.

These books are edgy as urban fantasy and/or paranormal romances tend to be but they aren’t over the top edgy.  I found them very well written and compelling.  The women are strong but may need help from time to time.  The men are VERY strong and definitely need help from time to time.

I burned through these books in record time (not a surprise for me).  I read fast, especially when I’m reading something I really enjoy.  However, that gives me lots of time to go back and re-read which I also love.  I am most unhappy that I’ve read all the books in these series.  I have read the descriptions of her other works and it sounds good, just not what I’m wanting to read right now.  The good news is that she plans more books in both series.  The bad news . . . she seems to write slowly.  I’ll wait but I won’t be patient about it.

Cry Wolf is the first book in the Alpha Omega series, however, you should start with the novella that started it all: Alpha & Omega: A Companion Novella to Cry WolfMoon Called (Mercy Thompson, Book 1) is first in Mercy Thompson’s series.  You can start with either series.  Be aware that Alpha-Omega starts prior to the first Mercy Thompson book but overlaps it somewhat.