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Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson #2)

4.31  ·  Rating Details ·  84,409 Ratings  ·  2,931 Reviews
Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places - and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind. But this new vampire is hardly ordinary - and neither is the demon inside of him.
ebook, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Ace Books
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Clouds I'll second Nikki's calls for Butcher and Aaronovitch - and I'll also shout for Mike Carey's Felix Castor series - a noir inspired urban fantasy about…moreI'll second Nikki's calls for Butcher and Aaronovitch - and I'll also shout for Mike Carey's Felix Castor series - a noir inspired urban fantasy about a scouse exorcist working in London, and Kate Griffin's Matthew Swift series - a stream-of-consciousness influenced urban fantasy about a sorcerer who dies and is reincarnated as a demi-god of the telephone wires... (trust me, it works) - also set in London.
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Blood Bound has about the same romance level as Moon Called, with maybe the addition of some kisses. The romance angle heats up in the third book…moreBlood Bound has about the same romance level as Moon Called, with maybe the addition of some kisses. The romance angle heats up in the third book (where the love triangle, thankfully, finally gets resolution).(less)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
There is something so wonderful about Patricia Briggs's writing for this reader. She is able to create a world in which I am completely drawn in, but she writes with such simple elegance. Without a doubt, this is my favorite urban fantasy series so far.

Mercy Thompson is the kind of heroine that earns my devotion. She is so brave, but has the same fears and uncertainties that us readers have. She wants a simple life, even though she's a walker, a coyote shapeshifter, who is up to her neck in were
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Carol.

The second book in the Mercy installment centers upon the vampires. Stefen, good friend and Scooby-lovin, t-shirt wearing vamp, calls in a favor. Favors among the supernatural are always tricky. When Mercy goes with him to a hotel to meet a suspicious new vampire, they both get more than they bargained for. Yucky stuff follows, but Stefen has a different memory of the horror in the hotel. Mercy must share her memory with the vampire seethe in a bloody and creepy way so that the queen Marsilia do
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Maria V. Snyder
Mar 19, 2016 Maria V. Snyder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't resist - I wanted to wait and leave more time between books in this series, but after reading the first book, I'm hooked and it's going to be difficult not to binge read these all!

My only complaint (view spoiler)
♥Rachel♥
Aug 22, 2013 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
4.5 Stars

Blood Bound, the second installment in the Mercy Thompson series has me officially addicted!

This begins as Mercy’s friend, Stephan the vampire, calls in a favor owed. Little does she know that repayment puts her and the pack in grave danger, not something Stephan intended, either. What they stumble upon is a powerful threat that Mercy can’t let stand and before you know it, she’s waist high in dangerous vampire politics. Trying to distinguish the truth from subterfuge is difficult and
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Mel
May 24, 2010 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m beginning to understand why this series has such a large fan base!

The first book in this series certainly was promising but I found that a combination of Mercy’s dry tone narrative and a lack of action made it hard for me to get into the story.
This time around I had a little trouble in the beginning, but soon after I got drawn into an engaging and exciting story in where the ever helpful Mercy gets sucked into vampire business (no pun intended). In the mean while, we learn more about Briggs
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Full review, first posted on www.fantasyliterature.com:

Owing a favor to a vampire is pretty much always going to be asking for trouble. Stefan, a vampire who’s been a help and even a friend to Mercy Thompson, calls her at three a.m. to go witness his confrontation with a new vampire in town. But Stefan gives Mercy his word of honor that she won’t be hurt, and asks her to shapeshift into her coyote form to accompany him. The new vampire, Cory Littleton, has a rather mundane name, but his nature i
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Lindsey Rey
Aug 14, 2015 Lindsey Rey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
[4.5 Stars]
I'm honestly completely loving this series!
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life

I have so much love for this series! This was my second time reading this book and I can honestly say that I liked it just as much as I did the first and maybe even a bit more. One thing that I enjoy about re-reading books in series that I love is seeing how many things have changed for the characters. I love how some of the groundwork for future events takes root in earlier books.

The characters in this series are wonderful. Mercy is awesome.
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Mike (the Paladin)
Okay friends...I'm sorry, but this is it. I don't plan to follow this series any farther. This is not because Patricia Briggs is a bad writer. It's not because the idea behind the book is bad or the plot is bad.

Then why? Many of you probably already know if you've read any of my reviews. The plot, the story idea, the characters are there, but they are constantly smothered by Mercy going on and on about her hormones when she's around either of 2 alpha werewolves. It's about this continually overw
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The Holy Terror
A wonderful series that could use a smidge more romance although I'm enjoying the slow build-up between Mercy and her men. The only thing is though, has this love-triangle turned into a love-square?

Stefan, Mercy's Mystery Machine bus-driving vampire friend, asks her for a favor. She owed him after the events of the last book so she reluctantly agrees. Mercy goes with Stefan to a hotel to meet with a vampire that entered the area without checking in with the queen first. Stefan asks Mercy to acc
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Alex is The Romance Fox
Blood Bound, the 2nd book in Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson Series is just as good as the 1st book, Moon Called.

Mercy Thompson is a heroine that I absolutely love.
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She has the qualities I admire – strengths and flaws and not afraid to face the obstacles in her life.
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She is evolving and discovering her power…..
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The plot revolves around Mercy being asked by Stefan, her vampire friend, to help him hunt down a vampire/sorcerer in league with a demon and a danger to the people she cares and l
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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Ugh. I am so unhappy with Ms. Briggs. She created an intelligent, strong, interesting protagonist; a mostly believable world; and engaging supporting characters. Her writing is smooth and keeps you turning the page, wanting to see where the plot is headed. But the sexist drivel just makes me want to puke. On the surface it doesn't seem to be sexist: Mercy abhors the way women are treated in the werewolf pack; she is strong and resourceful and of course has to save the day. But when I delved ...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Minor Spoilers!

Blood Bound, the second book in the Mercy Thompson series was definitely better than the first! I thought the story was much more engaging in this one. There was a purpose straight from the beginning and of course, I can’t complain since Stefan has a considerable amount of page time!

Mercy, my new favourite heroine, finds herself in a bit of a situation involving the seethe and a certain demon-riding vampire named Cory Littleton. The guy ended up with a wuss name, but this creep
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Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Great story! Not a fan of the love triangle tension (and it irks me doubly because I actually like both guys at this point, gods damn it) but otherwise I was fascinated. At one point there was the image of a vampire flanked on either side by werewolves and that was just SO badass. Looooooove this genre and really looking forward to the next Mercy book! In the meantime, I gotta hunt down the first two A&O books. (bc CHARLES, okay << don't mind me drooling over here)
Liz* Fashionably Late

My notes reading this book:
5% - Boring
20% - I already know that
50% - Still boring
65% - Hmm... okay.
70% - Cool!
90% - This chick is awesome!!
100% - Why all I can remember is being bored?


I can definitely see there's something great going on with this series. I love UF, great female characters, action-packed scenes... so why is this not working for me?

I'd love to say this series just didn't work for me and move on. And I was about to after 70% of this book (this book could have been shorter, btw) w
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Leah
Okay, so now I am really glad I finally started this series. Blood Bound was just as good as, if not better than, Moon Called. There still wasn't a lot of real action in this book, but there was definitely more of it than in MC. Also, there was a little bit more development in the romance department with BB: Sexy Time with Adam (No, not sex unfortunately. Don't I wish!), Macking with Samuel, and Whispering Sweet Nothings with Stefan. Speaking of, does that mean there's a semi-love square now? Be ...more
AH
Oct 08, 2010 AH rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second book of Patricia Brigg’s Mercedes Thompson series did not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this book. There was action, suspense, and the beginnings of a “love square” (as opposed to a love triangle).

There are so many aspects of this novel that I liked. I enjoyed the werewolf and vampire politics. I loved that Mercy was able to manoeuvre herself through the myriad of behaviors so that she would not offend or incite either werewolf or vampire.

A few more vampires are i
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Wanda
More Stefan and more vampires. Yay! And these are dangerous vampires, not cutesy ones. Mercy faces them all bravely and it turns out that her feminine ways of doing things are more effective than all the macho werewolf snarling in the world. My impressions of Stefan (a character I like very much) are morphing—he is changing from a supernatural buddy into someone tall, dark, and dangerous!

The more I learn about Briggs’ paranormal world, the more I like it. She takes the stereotypical vampires, we
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Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
Review from first read 06/26/11 to 06/28/11

Make up your mind Mercy, pick one of the guys (Adam please)

Mercy was not as funny this time around, but for a girl she was still al’ight

Mercy was still really fast

Mercy was still pretty smart, for a girl ;)

Mercy still wasn't completely helpless; she uh might put a stake in your heart, cut your head off and watch your body burn (just sayin') she crazy like that

Mercy sees dead people and they draw her pictures

Mercy still never even mentions her man eat
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MelissaB
I enjoyed the second book in the series as well. There was one really creepy scene where a scary vampire was trying to get into Mercy's trailer at night while she was alone. There wasn't very much progression with Mercy's feelings toward Adam or Samuel but she does figure out some things. The action scenes were good and the story was fun to read.
Anthi
I don't know why but I'm still not into this series for some reason, I feel like I don't care enough some times not for Mercy because I like her but mostly for the love triangle, I don't particularly care about Adam or Samuel to be honest, I find myself more intrigued with Stefan and I'm invested in Warren's relationship with Kyle. Also all these power games with the male wolves are really getting on my nerves (view spoiler) ...more
Vishous
I have a problem.
I like all the characters.
I like how the paranormal world is building slowly.
I even like the "solving case" theme, and that means a lot because I lose interest in books like that very quickly if I don't have romance in it.
I didn't expect a magic burst of romance, but I also didn't expect the second book to show less about romance than the first.
I also did not expect (view spoiler)
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Keertana
May 18, 2013 Keertana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3.5 Stars

As with most UF Series, Blood Bound marks the moment where this series really begins to take off and, to be honest, I am more than a little excited to see how much better each installment gets. Patricia Briggs has solidified herself as another favorite urban fantasy writer of mine with this installment and although she may have made her way into that list rather quickly, I don't regret my quick decision.

While Moon Called was solely focused on the werewolves in Mercy's world, Bl
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Bj
4.5 "Kissed by Three" Stars for the story and 5 stars for the narration!

The Mercy Thompson Series is UF at its addictive best! Having finished book 1 and instantly downloading this book, Blood Bound (book 2), I've gone on to do it again and am now eagerly devouring book 3 (Iron Kissed)! The fantastic world building of Moon Called continues in Blood Bound as we get an intense look at the vampires in Mercy Thompson's world. It is no surprise then that the owner of the VW bus that Mercy frequently
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Nic
Sep 27, 2010 Nic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Damn it" I said "I don't suppose you have any ideas on how to kill Littleton" He smiled at me, his teeth very white in the darkness of his face "Eat him" he said."

To me this is Urban Fantasy at it’s best. Clever writing, action packed plot, great characters, witty dialogue and subtle romance, Blood Bound has it all. This series is quickly becoming a favourite of mine.

In this second instalment Mercy’s vampire friend Stefan asked her for a favour. She is to be a witness in her coyote form while
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Choko
*** 4.25 ***

I am truly enjoying this Mercy Thompson series! It is old school Urban Fantasy, all about werewolfs and vampires, and to me, this is its draw. Well, Mercy is a skin walker coyote, but it's all in the ballpark.

This time around Mercy's gang has to deal with a demon ridden vampire and life in the tri-city aeria is dangerous for all living things. All preternatural creatures are feeling the evil hanging over them, but no one wants to get involved. Mercy is way out of her league, but
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Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This book was better than the first one! I actually cared about Mercy more. And, all in all, it delivered a pretty good urban fantasy story.

Adam claiming Mercy as his mate for pack politics? Great, if she would've kept going out with him past just a few dates. Now, the scene that got interrupted by his daughter.... That I wouldn't have minded reading a bit more about ;) Mercy talking to ghosts? That brought in some humor and a fun character. Mercy allowing Sam to kiss her? Twice?!!?!?! Gotta put
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Camila, the opinionated Catruler
So, I never wrote a review for this one and I don't actually remember much, but let me tell you what my notes say.

1. The pace was really slow during the first 65% and then everything was happening. I hate when this happens. Why couldn't the whole book be like the last 35%? Seriously.

2. Adam is the first werewolf to respect Mercy, and they look like equals.
(So this is why I remember shipping them so hard...) But at the same time some things feel like I missed a scene or two in the middle. (... a
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Ridley
May 15, 2010 Ridley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Someone needs to grab me and keep me from buying the rest of the series and reading it all back to back. Because I so wanna.

Mercy is a perfect heroine. Capable of great deeds, but completely humble. She resists the overbearing men in her life, but knows when it's better to let them do things their way. She has her issues with Adam's dominant nature, but she can still talk to him about it like the big girl she is. She's less deft with handling Samuel, but old flames are harder to deal with anyway
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Nikki
Okay, this review on Goodreads kind of sums up some of the problems I’m having. All the super-werewolf-dominance stuff is getting on my nerves, partly because these dynamics are not true of actual wolves in the wild (it’s based on an understanding of wolf social behaviour in captivity), and I am noticing that Mercy’s not a fan of other female characters (at least ones that might be rivals; Jesse, as the daughter of her love interest, is okay) because they’re all submissive or concerned with thei ...more
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Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a na
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Mercy Thompson (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, #4)
  • Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, #5)
  • River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6)
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“His heart's occupied elsewhere," said Ben from behind me. "And even if it weren't he's not interested in your kind. But, I'm available and ready."
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