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Fair Game (Alpha & Omega #3)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  26,498 ratings  ·  1,851 reviews
Patricia Briggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson novels, "always enchants her readers." (Lynn Viehl, New York Times bestselling author) Now her Alpha and Omega series-set in a world of shifting shapes, loyalty, and passion- brings werewolves out of the darkness and into a society where fear and prejudice could make the hunters prey...

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Hardcover, 293 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Ace Hardcover
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Mandi Schreiner
I love this urban fantasy world Patricia Briggs has created. She has expanded it over two series, her Mercy Thompson series and this one, Alpha & Omega. In this series we explore the complex relationship of Charles and Anna. Charles is the only known born werewolf, and son of the Marrock (Alpha of ALL werewolves of North America, Bran). Anna is an Omega, a wolf that can calm the fiercest of tempers and is also strong enough to look the Marrock in the eye. Of course, her human appearance make ...more
Lisa Kay

& a Wow! It took me awhile to write this review; the fabulous Ms. Patricia Briggs had wowed me beyond words. Dare I say this is her best work to date? I guess I can’t, since I haven’t read everything she’s written – yet! But, I’m willing to place that bet.

With the third installment of her Alpha and Omega series, Ms. Briggs has proven she is a master of her craft and draws us completely into her paranormal milieu of werewolves, fae, vampires, ghosts, witches, humans, an occasional zombie, a
Mimi Smith
10 stars


This is, by far, the best in the series for me. I can't even begin to explain how much I enjoyed it. It takes place after River Marked. Anna and Charles have been together for a year or so, and we see Charles's job as an enforcer is getting to him. He has killed too many, too often and is closing himself off, even from his mate. Bran decides it might help if he sends Charles to Boston, to investigate a series of deaths stretching back 30 years. Giving him a chanc
Alex is The Romance Fox
The prologue of this book hooked me right into the mystical and magical world that Patricia Briggs has created in her Alpha and Omega Series, where we meet a new character, FBI agent and a human named Leslie Fisher, who plays a huge role in this story. I fell in love with her immediately….
“Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Leslie.”
A big part of why I love this series is Charles & Anna. They have a strong bond and complement each other. But Charles is struggling with his demo
I freaking loved this book! I loved the mystery, I loved Charles and Anna! I loved the glimpses of Adam and the Mercy Thompson world. Bran was amazing and Briggs gave us a good amount of Bran.

Patricia Briggs has that special something that makes me feel so happy and contented to slip into her world and read any one of her books. The characters may be scary and the subject matter disturbing, but Briggs writes them in such a rich way that I wish I was there. The supernaturals in Briggs’ world are
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
5 stars goes without saying of course!

I have a question and since I'm too bored to look it up I'll wait until some awesome GRs friend answers me... Is this series going to have another book? I thought it was a trilogy but I have to admit the end felt like it left things unresolved.


This book begins about a year after Bran made the werewolves public. Since humans now know about shifters Bran has applied stricter rules and Charles is the one who plays the executioner, a job that has began to t
Aly is so frigging bored
1st read: July 2012
OMFG! I iz speechless here! That Gray Lord Prince was awesome! I so didn't expect that! The ending was EXPLOSIVE!

Exactly what the Fae did to the prejudiced humans, if you ask me

This was a great installment by Patricia Briggs. I loved(never was good a literary stuff so I use bluet-points:D):
-Anna: her growth from the scared wolf from the prequel to this book is a lovely thing to watch. The way her bond with Charles and her confidence in his love for her was a very important p
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

I'm used to the events in series installments taking place a few weeks, if not days apart, so I was a little disconcerted by the fact that FAIR GAME jumped two full years into the future. In HUNTING GROUND Bran was still contemplating bringing the werewolves out to the public, but in this audiobook it was a done deal, and Anna & Charles are now dealing with the fallout. As a result, I experienced some mild growing pains while getting up to speed; luckily I had Briggs
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Oh Anna and Charles, I love you so much. From the very first Alpha and Omega novella, Patricia Briggs has given this hero and heroine such depth of character, that I feel like I know them. They are flawed, brave, loyal, insecure, and violent. But above and beyond all that, they always love one other.

This book may be my favorite yet in the series. I was surprised at the onset to see how much time had passed since the events of Hunting Ground. While it's not spelled out precisely, it's been a few
Heather C
I loved this but it was too easy for me to put down. I wasn't sucked in like I waswith the previous two books of this series. It starts off not long after the end of River Marked. We even get a small phone cameo from Adam and Mercy is mentioned, YAY!!!

Anyway, I liked getting to read about Charles and Anna again and see how much their mate bond has changed over the past few years. In this book,Charles is havinga lotof internal issuesresulting from him being the Marrok's Wolfkiller, so that create

Anna and Charles are easily one of the best and sweetest couples I've ever read about. Charles defines an alpha hero without being an asshole. I love that. I hate the asshole hero. It can be interesting at times, but that concept gets really old.

Charles bent his head down and touched his nose to hers, closing his eyes to hide the effect of the knowledge of what he'd been doing to her-and the effect of feeling her, skin on skin, once more

I like that Briggs made a hero who respects and admires t

I'm just going to let you know: I CAN'T WRITE THIS REVIEW WITHOUT SPOILERS. There, you've been warned.

I, DEVOURED, this book yesterday. I was completely exhausted, emotionally wrung out and completely without a clue as to how I could possibly review a book that is so good, so emotional, so deep that I didn't even comprehend how deep it was until I slept on it spectacular. Really - I'm just a peon in the world of greatness that is Patricia Briggs.

The world is now aware of the existence
3.5 stars

Fair Game, the third book in the Alpha & Omega series picks up a few years after Hunting Ground. I was quite thrown off with this because it didn't read like Charles and Anna had been together that long, it was like reading about a couple who were still in the early stages of their relationship. It doesn't help matters that Charles is pushing Anna away and ignoring the mate-bond between them. Charles having been Bran's executioner for years begins to breakdown mentality. To save his
Well, it has been quite a while since we got a new release in this series, hasn’t it? It feels like I have been counting down to the release of Fair Game forever. I reread the last book, Hunting Ground, to get back into the swing of things, and it was just as awesome as I remembered. Perhaps the change in tone in the series wouldn’t have been so glaring if I hadn’t reread the second book, but I did, so it stuck out. It’s not that the new tone was bad, it was just…different.

In the previous books
Wow! What a ride! Patricia Briggs proves once again that she is a master story-teller. The world she creates has me actually believing that there are werewolves, witches, fae, and the like living amongst us. I love how she incorporates magic and the spirit world into her books.

The third book in her Alpha and Omega series, Fair Game was well worth the wait. In this book, Anna worries about Charles. She’s afraid that his enforcer role is causing him to burn out. Anna is no longer the meek, skitti
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
The first chapter is available. It's incredible. (view spoiler) It has me salivating for the book.

For people who haven't read the series, you must give it a try. It's an urban fantasy with romance, suspense, and mystery. No love triangles or angst. Solid couple. Good mystery. Contemporary setting. Werewolves, vampires, and fae.

It is not wise to give something old and powerful something they care about.

And I am very old.

Best book in the series, hands down.

Charles has become the Marrok’s assassin; Anna is worried that his job is making him suffer; Bran doesn’t see what he can do about it; Adam, my one true love, comes up with a solution; The Alpha & Omega couple heads to Baltimore to work with the government on a whodunit serial murder case.

When this series was first introduced, I can’t say that I didn’t like it, bu
People as old and powerful as he should never be given someone to love. For Anna he would destroy the world.

This has easily become one of my favorite series, period. The relationship that Patricia Briggs builds, between all the characters, but especially between Charles and Anna, is stunning.

Fair Game starts right on the heels of the end of River Marked, so the time-lines are finally matching up. The werewolves have come out the public, and with that the rules for werewolves have become much mor
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Posted on Under the Covers

What happens when a werewolf is forced to kill others of his kind without any sort of break? What toll does it take on the werewolf and subsequently his mate? These questions are asked in FAIR GAME, the third and highly anticipated book in the Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs.

FAIR GAME starts out with a low point between Anna and Charles’ relationship. Anna feels detached from her mate, Charles. Her father-in-law, Bran, is now making Charles hunt out-of-cont
Oh. My. God.

So I was thinking this was a solid 4 star throughout. Anyone who's up to book three in this series and has probably also read the Mercy Thompson series, knows what I know. The writing is great. The characters and complex. Briggs knows what the fuck she's doing.

I'm always nervous near the end of her books because the climax is usually in the second to last chapter, so I'm worried things with feel abrupt and not get wrapped up. I'm always wrong. The last chapter was EFFEN PHENOMENAL an
More of a 4.5 really.

Read it on the plane to and from France. (Had to squeeze that in there :P) Cannot rec this author enough in the urban fantasy genre. Charles almost broke my heart in this one- but I loved he and Anna together. Great character development and interaction and good seriel killer mystery. EPIC new direction for the magical world at the end. (This means war- Yeah, Patty Briggs went there.) Fair Game is a huge WIN in the Alpha and Omega series.
People as old and powerful as he should never be given someone to love. For Anna he would destroy the world.

This has easily become one of my favorite series, period. The relationship that Patricia Briggs builds, between all the characters, but especially between Charles and Anna, is stunning.

Fair Game starts right on the heels of the end of River Marked, so the time-lines are finally matching up. The werewolves have come out the public, and with that the rules for werewolves have become much mor
Originally reviewed here.

So how many of you out there follow Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega series as well as her Mercy Thompson one? I'm always curious about how many followers the offshoot series get as compared to the flagship ones. This has been on my mind, especially in light of Ilona Andrews' Gunmetal Magic recently making its debut (more to come on that one soon). I was torn at first with the notion of this series, though. First of all, I love the tiny glimpses of Charles we get in Merc
Laura (Kyahgirl)
March 2014 re-read:
Still a 4 star book for me. I re-read it to remind myself of who Alistair Beauclaire was and enjoyed it just as much the second time. The original review from two years ago is below.

4/5; 4 stars; A- (March 2012)

The Alpha & Omega series has a different feel than the Mercy Thompson series even though the characters are connected. This was a strong addition to the series and it was interesting to see the challenges that Anna and Charles face. When you have one partner who is
5 stars but why did you have to make me cry?

Reread in happy readiness for Dead Heat Alpha Omega 4.

This book has a fairly important impact upon the entire Mercyverse, most notably from Frost Burned Mercy Thompson 7 onwards. Not necessarily essential to read but I'd definitely recommend. Oh, and even this second, fully expecting read made me cry. So be warned.

Anna and Charles have been mated/married for a few years now but the coming out has been particularly difficult for Charles in his role as B
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
And that is how you write a book.
Ms. Briggs makes us wait an eternity, but she always delivers.
Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: An intense manhunt for a serial killer. A story about people, or werewolves, who are haunted by their ghosts, sometimes literally.

Opening Sentence: “Go home,” Bran Cornick growled at Anna.

The Review:

At last! The third installment of the Alpha and Omega series is here. Oh, how I have longed to find out how Charles and Anna are doing. Well folks, let me tell you that not that much has changed. Charles still is trying to protect Anna from himse
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
4.5 stars

I thought this was a great addition to the Alpha & Omega series that happens a few years after Hunting Ground.

In this one we see Anna and Charles try to work through the consequences of having the werewolves known to humans because Charles' job as the Marrok's enforcer becomes more prominent causing a bit of strain on their relationship. We also get a lovely mystery about multiple murders (of the magic kind) which drew me in from the start. It had me guessing who could be doing it a
Fabulous new entry in the Alpha & Omega series.

The werewolves have 'come out' to the human world. Charles' work as his father's enforcer has increased and he is being haunted by the ghosts of his kills. He withdraws from Anna and closes their mate bond to protect her. But Anna is determined to fight for her man and challenges Bran (Charles' father and head of all the werewolves) to find a solution. Bran sends them to Boston to help the FBI and other government organisations with a serie
Mar 04, 2013 Maggie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Maggie by: Noelle
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Alpha & Omega (5 books)
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  • Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega, #2)
  • Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega, #4)
  • Untitled (Alpha & Omega, #5)
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“Then he snarled at her. “You are not leaving me.”

It was an order, and she didn’t have to follow anyone’s orders. That was part of being Omega instead of a regular werewolf – who might have had a snowball’s chance in hell of being a proper mate.

“You need someone stronger,” Anna told him again. “So you wouldn’t have to hide when you’re hurt. So you could trust your mate to take care of herself and help, damn it, instead of having to protect me from whatever you are hiding.” She hated crying. Tears were weaknesses that could be exploited and they never solved a damned thing. Sobs gathered in her chest like a rushing tide and she needed to get away from him before she broke.

Instead of fighting his grip, she tried to slide out of it. “I need to go,” she said to his chest. “I need – “

His mouth closed over hers, hot and hungry, warming her mouth as his body warmed her body.

“Me,” Charles said, his voice dark and gravelly as if it had traveled up from the bottom of the earth, his eyes a bright gold. “You need me.”
“You forgot the ‘my precious,’” Anna said dryly. “If you want to act like a freaking nutcase, you have to do it right.” 62 likes
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