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Dead Heat

(Alpha & Omega #4)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  35,997 ratings  ·  2,461 reviews
The bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series transports readers into the realm of werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham with her latest Alpha and Omega novel.

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal. Or at least their visit starts out tha
Mass Market Paperback, 326 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Ace (first published March 3rd 2015)
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Jo ★The Book Sloth★
10 Love This Series Stars

It was a vacation trip. Visit an old friend who wouldn't be around much longer, buy a horse for Anna's birthday and have a break from the emotional strain that being the werewolves' hitman always puts on Charles.

But sometimes trouble finds you even when you least want it and when a Fae goes around replacing children with changelings right on their friends' doorstep, Charles and Anna will do their best to find the threat and eliminate it.

If I had to use one word to descri
4.5 stars

Fantastic, solid, emotional...everything I've come to expect from one of Briggs' novels.
Including a hideous cover.
Eh, what can you do?

Charles decides to buy a horse for Anna from an old friend, Joseph. He's hoping to use the visit to catch up with him, and finally introduce his wife. The years have gotten away from Charles, however, and Joseph is now an old man. A very sick old man. Instead of a friendly visit, Charles has come just in time to say goodbye.
Oh, the feelings!
The fr
2.5 stars - Spoilers

Rather disappointing, the majority of it didn't feel much different from the last book. There were some parts that I really enjoyed though (mainly Chelsea/Hosteen and Charles/Joseph), but a lot of it was quite dull and predictable.

-This had the usual investigation-of-the-week type plot. It was fairly entertaining but nothing that I hadn't already come across before. It was pretty much the same as the previous book with Charles/Anna hunting for a serial killer, only in a dif
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, series
2015 is not nearly soon enough! This series is even better than the Mercy Thompson series. I ADORE Anna and Charles and I hope they go on to have a 10+ book series. This is definitely my new favorite urban fantasy series. The dynamics between Anna and Charles and then Anna and the others she comes into contact with is just so cool!
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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5 Stars!

This is a fantastic book! I need to be clear up front that I am a huge fan of Patricia Briggs. I have read and enjoyed all of the books in the Mercy Thompson series and the Alpha & Omega series. I enjoy each series but I think that the Alpha & Omega series is my favorite out of the two. I just love Charles and Anna. I love each of them as individuals and I adore them as a couple.

"The day I met you was th
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
I paused my Kate Daniels readathon to inhale this installment in a different urban fantasy series - the one in ALPHA AND OMEGA that I managed to skip over when reading all the others. I went into this one a little leery because of a few negative reviews ... but I actually really enjoyed it!

Though it does help if you are fond of horses. (Walter Farley and Marguerite Henry were a huge part of my junior high school reading diet, so no trouble there.)

Add to the horses a murderous fae, children in g
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4.5 ★'s

My favorite part about this series from the get-go is the relationship between Charles and Anna, The Alpha and The Omega. Sometimes they aren't the only focus but they are always the main focus.


Charles is taking Anna on a short vacation to see a friend of his...and to get Anna a horse for her birthday. Naturally, there is trouble and naturally, Charles and Anna jump right into the middle of things.

It was awesome seeing how in tune Anna was to Charles, reading his little nuances...I just
Ahmad Sharabiani
Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4), Patricia Briggs
For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal--or at least it starts out that way... Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire. Originally published: March 3, 2015
February 2018 Reread. Buddy read with Sarah and Erica. I liked this even more than my previous reads. It's still missing something I can't quite put my finger on, but it's a good story - if a lot of about horses.
February 2017 Re-read: I liked this better than the last time. Quite a lot more. But it's still my least favorite of the Alpha and Omega books. There's something missing for me.

February 2016 Re-read: Buddy read with Sarah

This is the book I've read most recently in the Mercy World prior t
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: werewolves
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

This book started out as a sweet vacay type story line with Anna & Charles traveling to Arizona to buy a horse from an old friend. We got to see a different side of Cornick, witness a couple of flashbacks, reconnect with an old love, and meet Hosteen's pack. There was of course some mild tension, but that's to be expected whenever two alpha males are in the same room; however other than that it was looking like this was going to be a relatively tame installment. Ha! Yeah
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If I could, I would give it 10 stars. The best yet.
Maria V. Snyder
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love reading about Charles and Anna. In this book they're in Arizona shopping for a horse. Lots of information about horses in this book, Arabians in particular. Perhaps a touch too much (yes, I know all you horse lovers are saying "there's never enough about horses" ;) But there's a big bad fae and plenty of danger - all in what you'd expect from this series. Good thing I just got the next book, Burn Bright for Xmas! ...more
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

“That is the dual gift of love, isn’t it? The joy of greeting and the sorrow of good-bye.”

I am so glad I came back to this series. I had originally given up on it, but I did an audio reread of the first three books and made it to the fourth.

In Dead Heat, Charles and Anna travel to Arizona to visit an old friend. While they are there, they come across a series of horrible crimes involving children and a fae. Now it’s a matter of racing the clock before this evil fae takes another ch
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Thoughts before reading:Want it...want it...want it....NOW!!!!

Can't wait to read this one.

The Review:
Another fantastic addition to the Alpha & Omega series.
When I read a series, I like to watch the character development over the course of the series. This book has one of my favorite UF couples - Anna and Charles and they have grown together nicely over the course o
1st Read March 2015
2nd Read February 2016
3rd Read February 2017
4th Read March 2018

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Buddy read with Ange

I read this book last year but never got around to writing a proper review for it so here we go:

I absolutely love Anna and Charles, they're one of my favourite couples and I can't get enough of them. What I enjoy most about them is the way that even though Charles is protective of Anna he also understands her need to stand on her own two feet, he wants her to be an equal partner and h
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uf
Another outstanding addition to this fabulous urban fantasy series. Well done Patricia Briggs. Set in the same world as her Mercy Thompson series, the Alpha & Omega series follows Charles (son of the alpha Bran) and Anna (an Omega wolf). I’m not going to recap who Charles and Anna are and how they came to be – I highly recommend this series and reading them in order. I even recommend you start with the novella in the On the Prowl anthology. I also want to note, at this point I’m enjoying this se ...more
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
4.25 Stars – Love, Loss, & Promise

I hold it true, whate'er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.

- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Tennyson's poem comes to mind after completing Dead Heat. Bran, the dominant werewolf of North America and recurring secondary character in the Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series, and his son Samuel have reacted to love and loss their own way. As with many werewolves, there are some that anchor their humanity
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
What the fresh hell is this?

Charles and Anna you say? No way, those books are awesome! This book was decidedly not.

I mean, do you really expect me to believe that the badass author who wrote the glory of Mercy Thompson wrote this nonsensical piece of boredom?

To my utter and complete fucking surprise: YES.

*What the crap just happened?*

Anna and Charles travel to Arizona thinking it'll be a relaxing trip visiting old friends and looking at pretty horses. But, lucky for them they get to solve a

Anna and Charles, bonded pair, deeply in love, set out to find the person involved in threatening the family of one of their pack members. They plan on making it a two birds type trip, they will find the source of danger an pick up a new horse for new rider Anna. The threat becomes more then expected, dangerous, deadly and full of hidden truths. During this already horrible time Charles must deal with the mortality of humans, his best friend. The Fae are not following the rules lives will be los
Wanda Pedersen
Dead Heat pulls the Alpha & Omega series more towards the mystery genre. However, there is never any question that it is definitely urban fantasy. The villain of the piece is, after all, a Fae, the theory being that the majority of the Fae have barricaded themselves on their reservations and are strategically releasing their worst offenders to plague the human world. This is one the creepiest Fae that Briggs has introduced us to.

For those of us who love horses, this is the book for us. There is
3.5 Stars
Beautiful story in itself, but also a tiny disappointment. It doesn't quite fit to the previous Alpha & Omega books.
There was way too little Anna and Charles time, as we have come to know and love it, and way too much talk about horses, which made certain passages of the book quite boring.


Edit 02.02.2015

SO jealous of everyone reading this! :(


This book is calling me...
** 4.5 stars **

A very nice addition to a good series. We are starting to get into the implications of the Fae being out in the world, I think it's going to get ugly in this series and Mercy Thompson. Can I say that it is so nice to read a book that is well-written for once!
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
A whole lot of time has passed between books three and four in Briggs’ Alpha & Omega series, and yet most of us haven’t forgotten a single thing about Fair Game or any of the previous books. The explanation is rather simple: it’s all due to the quality of Briggs’ writing. She is, and always was, incredible. I dare say she’s the reigning queen of urban fantasy.

Dead Heat is not her best book to date, though, not even close, but Briggs at her weakest is still better than 90% other authors. It read
Alex is The Romance Fox
I love this series…..eagerly wait for the next installment of Charles and Anna. They are what make this series so incredibly enticing and addictive.

Dark Heat is the 4th book in the Alpha & Omega Series, which is linked to Patricia Briggs awesome Mercy Thompson series.

So what’s the latest book all about????? Apart from us getting more of Alpha & Omega???
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Charles & Anna travel to Arizona to visit an old friend of his and from the first moment of them arriving, they are thrown into a b
Danielle (Love at First Page)
This may be the first time I've mentioned Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega books for my blog, but it's absolutely one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series. It centers around werewolf mates Charles and Anna Cornick, whose story begins in Alpha & Omega. Though Charles is not the Alpha of his pack - that would be his father - he's very much his father's second, and one of the most dominant wolves in existence. He dispenses his father's justice wherever he goes. For this reason, many fear him and don ...more
Another awesome story from Patricia Briggs. There are a few authors that I immedi-click without caring about the synopsis of the book...Patricia Briggs is one such author. Yes, I did read the synopsis but I already new this was a story of worth.

Charles and Anna are called to Arizona, a purely personal trip...a trip to visit one of the people that mean something to Charles. But as soon as they arrive they are pulled into an incident that involves Fae magic. The war between the Fae and humans is h
Re-read for the 3rd time on audio March 14th 2021 and I'd still like an update on Chelsea and the family! So good!

Re-Read February 21st 2018.

Creepy, creepy fae!

Liked having Leslie, the FBI agent a part of the story again. Would like to see how things shake out with Chelsea and her family in the future.

Now I'm ready for Burn Bright!
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**3.5 stars**

After the amazing end of Fair Game, which for me had the best ending to all the books in the Mercyverse, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Dead Heat. I mean, I knew that it couldn’t measure up to the previous book but still, there were several things missing for me. I felt that the villain was obvious, some things were important one minute and dropped the next, and all the talk of horses made some sections interminable. Not a bad book but definitely not great.

Let’s start with the go

There were times I almost forgot what the plot was supposed to be about, with so many horse references!
Full review to come...

Arc provided by Ace /Penguin Group through Netgalley

Release Date: March 3rd

In a perfect world I would have had time to re-read all the previous volumes, so I could fully compare them.

Not being able to do it, the best I could do was re-read my reviews of the previous books...and they weren't all that helpful. In fact, my previous reviews suck!
And this one, also isn'
Woman Reading (on hiatus)
3.5 ☆

Dead Heat can be read as a standalone, as the storyline isn't really dependent upon knowledge of any of the preceding stories.

It's February, and Anna is about to turn 26. Her mate Charles decides that a horse would be the perfect birthday gift. A visit to a Native American horse breeder family in Arizona would not only let Anna choose from their stables but provide a long overdue visit to Charles' old friend Joseph. The entirely human Joseph is dying of cancer and circumstances conspire s
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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 n

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