Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega, book 2) by Patricia Briggs
Anna Latham didn’t know how complicated life could be until she became a werewolf. And until she was mated to Charles Cornick, the son — and enforcer — of Bran, the leader of the North American werewolves, she didn’t know how dangerous it could be either...
Anna and Charles have just been enlisted to attend a summit to present Bran’s controversial proposition: that the wolves should finally reveal themselves to humans. But the most feared Alpha in Europe is dead set against the plan — and it seems like someone else might be too. When Anna is attacked by vampires using pack magic, the kind of power only werewolves should be able to draw on, Charles and Anna must combine their talents to hunt down whoever is behind it all — or risk losing everything...
It shames me that I hadn't moved on to this book when Cry Wolf had disappointed me. Because if I had way back then I would never have doubted this series. Hunting Grounds answered and quieted all my worries that Cry Wolf had created. Making me fall in love with the Alpha & Omega series like I had when first reading the short that started it all!
I had serious qualms about Anna and Charles as a couple from the last book. All of Anna's doubts and the way they were not communicating seemed real, but progressing to them marrying at the end worried me. It felt like they needed more time . . . but the wolves wouldn't wait. They basically tied the knot while still needing to date. Again, I was worried. However, I do enjoy that they are getting to know each other here. Finally the emotions are connecting, and they're truly courting each other. It also helps that more and more about Charles is FINALLY being revealed. It always bothers me how much is unknown about the male love interests in books.
I loved the whole mystery and the Faye in this book. The Faye of the Mercy/A&O verse are so fascinating and I loved the theme of Hunting Grounds' Faye. It was also the coolest thing to see other Alphas and their packs from around the globe! Werewolf politics will never get old with Briggs writing about them.
Hunting Ground was amazing. It shows off how amazing Briggs writing is, especially with making realistic characters. Hunting Ground continues in the vein of letting other characters tell the story and I really enjoy that. Anna and Charles are the ones that really get to tell the story, so I'm still happy. The main pack hosting the event was awesome and I'd love to get to know them, especially the witch. She was the perfect thing to offset the taste of evil witch from the last book. Alpha & Omega is just as amazing as the Mercy series. I love that this offers a chance to get to know Bran and the many fascinating characters of Brigg's amazing Urban Fantasy world.
Sexual Content: Sexual humor, dark themes, and sex scenes. It's not overly graphic and has the bare minimum.
4/5- Great! Really enjoyed it.
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