Night Broken (Mercy Thompson, book 8) by Patricia Briggs
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.
Well, the plus side is that I didn't dislike this as much as I thought I would. My first initial thoughts about Adam's ex-wife coming into town and trying to one up Mercy was indeed annoying. Hand it to Mercy to know when she's being petty, but to take the higher ground. Besides, she always gets even in the end.
The sad thing is that this installment really didn't do much else for me. It honestly felt like the book didn't grab on and expand the two things that make this series good. The characters and the world.
In fact, there was pretty much zero character development besides a few key things. It sucked. Especially because Tad is finally here! For a bit. I loved the idea of Mercy having a brother though! Honey had some good page time, but I don't like this rushed feeling for her to have a romance. What the heck?
Night Broken also highlights one of my least favorite things about the Mercy Thompson books. That unless you're Mercy or Jess, the women are evil witches! (Or simply over bearing and unpleasant to deal with for a while.) They're schemers and of course disparage and hate Mercy. It's really . . . annoying. In this book you can't even attempt to just ignore it.
Props to Briggs for not having anyone kidnapped. (I feel like she should get a gold star when she avoids this trope of hers.) Still the plot was rather dull. I didn't feel invested in it. Especially when Adam goes off to fight, Mercy and him believing that he would die. Please, we all know that the villain would appear in front of Mercy and she'd save the day. (So Briggs hasn't quite escaped her tropes.) Overall this has been my least favorite installment in the series. The ex-wife needed to be handled, and at times it got a laugh out of me, it was dull. Not to mention that the world, nor the characters were explored. It all felt like a side note. Thank goodness for the walking stick. Oh, and we do get one HUGE questions about Mercy's lifespan. Then more questions when she cheats death.
Content Warning: The sex scenes aren't' really graphic, but fans will find them steamier than before. Violence, references to rape, and so on. Physical abuse and some other minor dark themes.
2/5 - It's rough, but there's still some hope.
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