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Hunting Ground

(Alpha & Omega #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  66,684 ratings  ·  2,460 reviews
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 wolv
Mass Market Paperback, 286 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Ace
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Re reading books that you love and have been with for years is the best. Charles has been one of my loves and always will be.

Mel 🖤🐾🐺
Ahmad Sharabiani
Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega, #2), Patricia Briggs

Hunting Ground (2009) 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.

"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, s
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Every once in a while, it feels so good to jump out of the romance genre and jump back into some Urban Fantasy/PNR. Patricia Briggs is one of my go to authors when it comes to these types of books. After listening to the first book in this series (Cry Wolf), I decided to do book 2 in audio as well. I’m happy I did. It was fast listening and the narrator did a great job voicing Anna and Charles.

Hunting Ground takes place in Seattle. If you’ve read the Mercy Thompson series, you remember that
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
There's just something addictive about these books ... It just popped up in my Kindle last night and I opened it and the rest is history.

Hunting Ground is a solid story in the ALPHA AND OMEGA series. Charles (an Alpha werewolf who acts as his father Bran's enforcer rather than being the head of a pack) and his mate Anna, an Omega werewolf, are sent on a mission to Seattle, to a meeting of Alpha werewolves from England, Spain, France and elsewhere. Bran is planning to go public with the fact that
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
💀 Boring Outdated UF is Boring and Outdated Buddy Read (BOUFiBaOBR™) with Ashley and Angela 💀

Actual rating: 2.2 stars. Damn, I can be so generous sometimes, it's making me all teary-eyed and stuff.

This is such a delightful little series. I loved book 1 so much that I just could NOT wait to read this instalment. And if someone tells you that this is total BS, that I hated book 1 and swore a blood oath to stay the fish away from this series for the rest of the entirety of my entire life, well that
Rachel Reads Ravenously
Audio book reread
Upgraded from 3 stars to 3.75 stars

I agree with everything I said the first time around, but I enjoyed this one much more the second time.

“She was his and he hers.”

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“Women are the bloodthirsty sex. We get the reputation, but it is only because the women stand behind us, and say, 'Kill it. Squish it.”

One month after they are mated and married, werewolves Anna and Charles must travel to Seattle to oversee a conference where the wo
4.5 Stars

Re-read (by audio) February 21st 2021 for the 3rd time. Loved it all over again!

Re-read February 16th 2018.

Didn't leave much of a review the first time I read Hunting Ground (see below) so I'll add a bit more now.

Events pick up about four weeks after Cry Wolf, with Anna and Charles being sent off to Seattle for a conference/discussion about the Wolves coming out to the public. As Charles says, there are no negotiations, Bran has already decided that this will happen, because too many o
Aug 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, pnr
First I'd like to comment that the description on Goodreads is not a good description of the contents of the book (you'll see what I mean after you've read it) and does not match the description on the book jacket, which is a much better summary:
“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.
Alex is The Romance Fox
Hunting Ground continues with Charles and Anna, newly mated and working on their relationship.
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They are sent by the Marok to attend a meeting in Seattle with werewolves around the world. Bran, the Marok and Charles father has decided to publicly announce to the world the existence of wolves. The gathering is to discuss the idea and persuade the packs that this is a good idea.

I love seeing this mystical and magical world that the author has created evolving with the introduction of ne
 Danielle The Book Huntress
I am glad I took my time reading this. I think there are so many levels to this novel that I could miss if I breezed through. I like how simple Briggs writes. Not a lot of nonsense, extraneous prose that bogs down the story. Despite her concise narrative, she conveys so much, filling the novel with an emotional power. Her characters have a distinct feel to them from other writers. I like that she puts their flaws out there unashamedly, and it makes you love the characters even more.

I will freel
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
*** 4.25 ***

Read with the MacHalo Freaks buddies!

The best book of the Mercy Thompson series yet. We are back with Charles and Anna, newly matted and trying to learn each other's ways, when a conference of the strongest leaders of the Wolf packs around the world meets in Seattle and our newlyweds go to it as hosts. From the first moment they step onto Seattle soil their lives are in danger. Anyone could be a traitor or an assassin. They can trust no one! Things are tense, people die, lines are
Paula K (on hiatus)
Fantastic...my favorite guilty pleasure...

Briggs has two series out that I both adore. The first is the Mercy Thompson series which I have been reading with my son for years. The Alpha + Omega series is a prequel and very well done. I am such a big fan of both.

Such marvelous escapism. Do read if you like werewolves with a bit of romance thrown in.

5 out of 5 stars
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

HUNTING GROUND had a lot of interesting morsels in it from both a mythology and a story standpoint; readers get to learn about fae, vampires and dragons (!!!), witness firsthand how Bran’s decision to bring the werewolves out to the public came to be, and observe the continuing evolution of Anna & Charles’ relationship. No author does light/dark quite like Patricia Briggs, and this audiobook really emblazoned that fact by putting these preternaturals’ best and worst qual
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
[4.5 Stars] Really loved this one. I think my favorite part was seeing Anna and Charles really work as a team and then seeing Anna come into her own a bit. I really like her character growth so far, and seeing her and Charles work on their relationship really made me enjoy this one. I think Patricia Briggs is seriously such a fantastic author, and I cannot wait to see what is in store next in both this series and Mercy Thompson. Also in case your curious, I think I prefer Mercy Thompson as a mai ...more
January 2018 Re-read. Buddy read with Sarah
January 2017 Re-read: Buddy read with Sarah
December 2015 re-read: Buddy read with Sarah

This is such a romantic story. Charles and Anna are still really new in their relationship here, so we get a lot of time with them figuring it out. And unlike a lot of romantic stories - it's not all figured out between the sheets. Sex is an important part of (any) relationship, and definitely one thing that they're figuring out here, but it's not the only thing - the
Hunting Ground is the third entry into the Alpha and Omega series. The first story was "Alpha and Omega" in the On the Prowl anthology and the second was a stand alone book, Cry Wolf. The series follows Anna and Charles after they meet in the first book and find out they are mates, then they must work their way through learning to accept the mating bond and work out their life together.

Anna was abused by her first pack which features heavily in the story as she tries to overcome her emotional sc
Mada Linx
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

I like the slow built of their relationship. Not sudden nor perfect, tripping and stumbling along the way trying to find the right step and balance to their relationship.
Anna turned Charles’s world up side down, and he doesn’t know how to cope with everything that he feels for her. He somehow locked away his human side with feelings, so he can be the hitman his father wants.
Now, Anna is his world and nothing is more important than her safety. He sucks at communication and many times th
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Patricia Briggs has once again ensnared me, I LOVED this book!

Huntung Ground is set just before the werewolves come out to the public and Charles and Anna go to a meeting with all the European werewolves to soothe some fears...not that it works out that way of course. I thought it was a little better then Cry Wolf, mainly because I found the story a bit more interesting there was more to get into as it was slightly more complex.

It also shows Charles and Anna's developing relationship. Part of
Sep 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Anna and Charles' story in this book.
Anna may have a long way to go, but she has recovered quite a bit of her spunk. It's nice to see her gain some confidence in herself and in her ability to stand up on her own two feet. I should have known that Briggs wouldn't leave her as a frightened shaking mess. I really like the way that she deals with characters who have been traumatized. She doesn't give them a miracle recovery, they have to slowly work the problems out for themselves over tim
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
I'm too bored to write a full review right now so...

1) Loved the story. The relationship keeps developing between Charles and Anna and I think that it's the first time I've been able to actually see so clearly how a relationship progresses in a series.
2) In this book we have fairies, vamps, trolls, wolves. All the nice nasties I love in my books.
3) I wanted more Bran!:(
4) For some reason I didn't like Ric at all.
5) I loved Moira and Arthur.
6) The book was fast paced and well-written. I wasn't bo
1st Read March 2014
2nd Read December 2015
3rd Read January 2017
4th Read January 2018

Original Review

I have been absolutely devouring the both the Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series recently so it's no surprise that I enjoyed Hunting Ground. I think I'm just going to love everything that Patricia Briggs writes because she certainly hasn't steered me wrong so far! The world building in these two series is phenomenal, you have the werewolves with their dominance issues, the fae who are very good
Wanda Pedersen
2020 Re-read

Urban fantasy is such a great pleasure! I love these tales of werewolves, vampires, fae, and witches, all located in contemporary cities. I'm particularly partial to stories of the fae and vampires. They make such great main characters or wonderful villains. This story gives us both of my favourites as the bad guys, making Charles and Anna work hard to keep this summit meeting on an even keel.

Anna gets to show her resilience more than once. Everyone thinks she is a weak creature, bu
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

Awesome. Just awesome.

This was just perfection in an audiobook. The reader, Holter Graham, again slammed-dunked it with a spot on narration. The way he does each voice so distinctly and uniquely and manages to give each sentence the right tone... I just love it. I only want to listen to this series in audiobook.

This is the rare breed of UF with a heroine who is not the least bit annoying. She is strong and drama-free and I could read about her all day long. I liked that the focus of the story
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Two words - Charles Cornick.


Jun 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Werewolf politics and intrigue are the highlight of this novel. Charles and Anna are sent to Seattle on behalf of Bran to negotiate the “coming out” of the werewolf population. The wolves of North America and Europe are represented in this negotiation. Not all the wolves are happy with this situation, and a lot of Alpha wolves in one place is a recipe for trouble. The talks are to be mediated by a fae Gray Lord, Dana.

There was a huge cast of characters in this book and it was interesting to lear
Wow. I didn’t think this series could get any better, but it just did. Hunting Ground was amazing!! I love the way Briggs writes. There’s this ease to it and it’s always just a natural progression of the storyline. It’s never pulling or straining. All the characters continue to grow in a way that is gradual, but still very evident.

And Anna is the perfect example of that. I remember complaining back in the Alpha &Omega novella that she was too skittish and broken. But she has come so far in such
Lisa Kay
★★★★★ Wow! All I can say is this book is cool. I just love “Anna Latham Cornick, mate of Charles Cornick, Omega of the Aspen Creek Pack. Wolf. Sister. Daughter. Lover. Beloved.” Remember, knowing a person’s name is powerful magic. And that is all the hint of this plot you are going to get out of me! This one is delicious. Just enough clues sprinkled throughout for me to guess some of them and still leave enough mystery to unfold. Plus, enough realism in the human relationship between two lonely, ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
4th read: 8-14February 2016
Buddy read with Maru

3rd read: August 2014
Buddy read with Jo

2nd read: 13-15 November
This is one of the best series I've read this year, I am so glad that I did :)

I can't say more then that I really love Charles, Anna, Bran and all the other secondary characters. The confidence that Anna manages to regain slow and steady is another of the things I enjoyed reading.

1ast read: July 2012
Tense, fast-paced, and emotionally gripping, Hunting Ground is set in Seattle. First stop, a city landmark: a huge stone troll guarding his turf beneath the Fremont Street underpass. Photos don't do justice to the SIZE of this thing, clutching a real VW Bug in one hand. See troll here: http://openplac.es/trips/the-fremont-...

CHARACTERS: Charles and Anna and a mix of secondary characters (including Moira and Tom, introduced in the prequel Seeing Eyes, a short story in the Strange Brew anthology).
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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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