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Bone Crossed

(Mercy Thompson #4)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  87,488 ratings  ·  2,670 reviews
By day, Mercy is a car mechanic in the sprawling Tri-Cities of Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shapeshifter with some unique talents, Mercy has often found herself having to maintain a tenuous harmony between the human and the not so human. This time she may get more than she bargained for.

Marsilia, the local Vampire Queen, has learn
Mass Market Paperback, 287 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Ace Books (first published February 3rd 2009)
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kittykat Hi. I agree. This whole series is urban fantasy with a very slow burn romance as a sub-subplot. Personally, it's a series I read despite the romance…moreHi. I agree. This whole series is urban fantasy with a very slow burn romance as a sub-subplot. Personally, it's a series I read despite the romance (which I'm not that keen on as I dislike Adam) but for everything else that happens in it.

IMO the Alpha and Omega series which is much more romance based is a better read if that is what you are looking for.

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Alex is The Romance Fox
If there is one reason why I love this series - MERCY THOMPSON…
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I want to be her best friend. She’s an amazing character – brave, strong, humble, feisty, loyal, and she’s a mechanic with a fabulous car!!!!
And then there’s her relationship with wolf shape shifter, Adam Hauptman!!! He’s a total alpha male…possessive, arrogant, brave but he doesn’t take over Mercy’s life……….he respects and admires her…and of course he’s totally in love with her…..swoon….what a man!!!
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I love the world the author h
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
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Mercy Thompson, a part-Native American coyote shapeshifter or walker, and full-time mechanic, is still dealing with the emotional aftermath of events in Iron Kissed, but at least she and the local werewolf Alpha, Adam, are on the right track now. Unfortunately for them, their relationship plans promptly get interrupted: Marsilia, the mistress of the local vampire clan or “seethe” (I love that word), has found out that Mercy acted contrary to her o
Another satisfying installment in the Mercy series, although there was somewhat of the flavor of an in-between book about it. That's not really a criticism from me; when you are in a series for the long haul, it makes sense to take a breather and deal with all the events your characters have faced as well as integrate a feel of the everyday into their lives. At the end of Iron Kissed, there were at least two significant events that needed follow-up and I would have been disappointed in Briggs as ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Patricia Briggs continues to impress me with her oh-so expressive writing that conveys so much, so economically. I am truly in awe of her talent. Clearly I am very behind on this series. It's not due to a lack of appeal, but due to my reading style and my review reading taking up a lot of my reading time. But I do love knowing that I have a guaranteed read when I reach for one of her books.

Mercy is definitely near the top of my list of fictional characters I think I would love to have as a frien
samantha  (books-are-my-life20)
Great PNR series. If you loved the Fever series and the Kate Daniels series, you'll love Mercy Thompson (and Adam...yum).
Julie (jjmachshev)
Jan 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
Mercy, mercy, Mercy! Patricia Briggs latest Mercy Thompson novel "Bone Crossed" kept me on the edge of my seat, furiously reading to find out what happened next! There's good news and bad news in Mercy's latest adventure and just when you think things will settle down, BAM, there's someone new looking to mess with Mercy's peace.

Mercy is still recovering from her brutal rape at the hands of a fae 'possessed' wacko. Mercy managed to kill the b^%tard, but it will be a while before the psychological
I really liked this book, this series gets better and better actually. The cast is filling out nicely, and although there were a few plot twists that were a little obscure, whatever. Nice emotional arc for the character, I really enjoyed it, hardback purchase justified!!
February 2018 Reread: Buddy read with Sarah and Erica :)
January 2017 Re-read: Buddy read with Sarah

January 2016 Re-read: Buddy read with Sarah: I've never really loved this book as much as the previous 2 in the series, before. But this re-read was different for me. It was stronger here. I appreciated the villain, and the story, and everything that was happening. Mercy needed this time, needed this moment - especially after the events of the last book. And - even though this is one of the worst v
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I enjoyed this book even more during this re-read. This is definitely one of my all time favorite series and I honestly believe that everyone who hasn't read these books yet should run to the bookstore right away and buy them up. This is the fourth book in the Mercy Thompson series and it picks up right after the events of the previous book. It is really important that this series be read in order since some of the events are carried
*** 4 ***

This installment in the Mercy world seemed to be more of a refining and a bridging book. After the horrible and devastating experiences Mercy had in the last book, the author decided that she, as well as us, the readers, need a bit of recovery and regrouping time. She does that by slowing the pace a bit and letting Mercy and the wolfs work on developing their relationship. She also found a way to intensify Stephan's connection with the little coyote (poor vampire had to go through real
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poor Mercy! She doesn't get much of a break from her ordeal in the previous book before she's back in the action. She seems to be the catalyst for trouble. The magic world continues to gain new depth as the books continue, each new insight building on what we know from the previous books. And then of course there's Adam and Mercy...another excellent read.
This series is a slow burner. I wasn't that impressed with the first book, the second was better, the third a big wowser and SOLD!
2018 Re-read:

One of my favourite Mercy Thompson novels! Lots of vampire drama, but most importantly we get to know Stefan better. Is it wrong that I still wish Mercy had chosen him rather than Adam? Mercy gets to really draw on her skinwalker powers, proving once again that being a growly werewolf is not necessarily as tough as the wily coyote! (BTW, I saw a big fluffy coyote over the Xmas holidays, and thought of Ms. Thompson).

Re-reading this series has really re-set my internal reading-metre.
Re-read March 24th, 2017.

Mercy manages to attract a lot of trouble and chaos, I guess that might be part of her nature as a Coyote.

After the events of the last book Mercy suffers panic attacks and some hesitatancy even though she knows Adam would never hurt her, but all that takes a back seat when Marsilia finds out about Andre. Trying to figure out a way to keep the Pack safe and alive becomes her priority.

My thoughts? Vampires are freaking scary! The control they can have over others is fri
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I think I had a fairly good run. I managed to read two whole books before becoming once again severely put out with/by Mercy Thompson. This at least, lets me know that it was not my finicky mood that caused me to dislike Moon Called rather, there are honest to goodness irritants imbedded in Mercy’s character description and narration that annoys this shit out of me.

First let me state how appalled I am by the fact that Briggs allowed her rapped heroine to have sex only a week after her rape. WTF
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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This is my second time reading Bone Crossed. Having not read the first three books the first time, I was completely lost to what was happening. I didn’t feel attached to Mercy’s character and didn’t find the romance engaging. This time around though, everything was in perspective and I found that this book was a lot “lighter” in terms of the banter between characters. Briggs really kicked up the humour in this book! I found myself stupidly smiling at the teasing between
Tessy Ijachi
The fourth book in the Mercy Thompson series and am still not blown away but I can’t stop reading it for some reason, I wonder why.

This had more mystery than the other books but they all seem to follow the same pattern.

Mercy gets in trouble, thinks about her love life a little and then manages to save herself almost at the last minute.

The thoughts of possession/the acts of possessing a person in this book were so high. She belongs to that person blah blah blah.
It was an entertaining read though
Aug 18, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book where we get the dual-plotline format, presumably because Briggs liked both concepts but couldn't figure out a way to stretch them both out into book length. It's strange to have one plot advertised on the cover, and then have a completely different one make up most of the book, especially when there is nothing tying the two together, except Mercy. It must suck to have two super powerful bad guys plotting against you at the exact same time.

There’s nothing particularly memo
Jamie Collins
This was a pretty good read, but not as satisfying as the earlier books. Why is there always a drop in quality when these series move into hardback?

First of all, this book picks up right where the previous one left off, as if the action had been uninterrupted. It didn't feel like an opening chapter, but rather like I had opened a book in the middle and picked a chapter at random. The emotional intensity of the earlier books is missing here, particularly in Mercy's interaction with Stefan. The bo
1st Read July 2010
2nd Read March 2014
3rd Read January 2016
4th Read January 2017
5th Read February 2018

Original Review

When Stephan appears in Mercy's trailer on the verge of death she discovers that Marsilia (queen of the local vampire seethe) has found out about the vampire that Mercy killed. To say that Marsilia is unhappy is an understatement. Stephan has been thrown out of the seethe for helping keep Mercy's secret & Marsilia wants blood - preferably Mercy's but she is happy to target he
Yay, Stefan's back in this book! Since he is my favorite character in the series, I seriously missed him in the last book. And, he is better than ever.

"Want to explain to the kid that I'm more a Spike than a Buffy? A villain, not a superhero?"
I batted my eyelashes at him. "You're my hero."...
"I'm no one's hero, Mercy."
I turned my face until I was looking directly at Chad. "Do you think that means I won't get to see him in spandex?"... Chad made a yuck face.
"hey," I told them, "watching good-lo

Figures, the moment I think about giving up with this series, the 4th picks up!!!

Liked it much more than all the others, simply because Adam and Mercy interact with each other. I don't need sex in the books, that's why I love reading YA books, but I do need for both main characters have some sort of communication. And this book gave me that. And still, I like more the vamps in this series than werewolves. And I usually go for furry animals and not blood sucking ones.

Definitely will continue
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
I do love Lorelai King's audio for this series, but the series itself isn't doing much for me. This installment sees Mercy tangle with a few ghosts and more vampires -- the vampires in particular are melodramatic and long-winded. I very much enjoyed meeting Chad; it's so rare to find deaf characters. The ghosts and fae were my favorite parts (especially that oak tree). I'm definitely more invested in the Alpha & Omega series (which still floors me bc PNR is NOT my thing and A&O is certai ...more
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
I know I said this about Iron Kissed, but I think this might be my favourite in the series! It had the same kind of mystery plot as the other books, but with the added extra of Adam and Mercy trying making the first forage into their relationship.

I can't really say anything different about Bone Crossed that I have about the other books in the series. Mercy is now a firmly one of my favourite heroines, the plot was interesting and kept me guessing and Adam was wicked hot. For me this series gets
Aly is so frigging bored
1st Read: 15 July, 2012
I like almost all the characters in this series, isn't that weird?!

2nd read: 24-25 June, 2015
I love the series.
Lisa Kay
walking stick

★★★★✩ (Review of audiobook.) This fourth installment of Mercy Thompson’s series is very well narrated by Lorelei King. Ms. King certainly has cemented her voice as Mercy’s in my brain and she delivers nicely for this first person narrative. Love her Italian accent for Stefan, who features prominently in this volume.

As far as the story, it is so great to hear Mercy “rise above” what had happened to her and do so realistically. (I was pretty upset after Iron Kissed. I wanted to give t
Fourth book in the urban fantasy with the werecoyote car mechanic.

Why did I read this? The third book did such a terrible job with the aftermath of rape (OMG I have been raped and am therefore unworthy of my boyfriend's love!), and I thought I was done. This book walks back the very worst of the last book, then wanders along through your standard issue urban fantasy plot, with extra werewolf mating. It would be unexceptionable, if only Briggs didn't keep trying to have, you know, issues. Mercy's
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Please note spoilers from previous three books are discussed here. Also trigger warning: rape.

I read "Bone Crossed" years ago. I own all of the Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega books, but after finishing "Burn Bright" this year, I was reluctant to even revisit Mercy. I have to say, that this one was a tough read just because I just couldn't get into it. I already knew what was going to happen, and I knew what other crap is going to be thrown Mercy's way, so I just felt frustrated and annoye
Robin (Bridge Four)
“One of the oddest things about being grown-up was looking back at something you thought you knew and finding out the truth of it was completely different from what you had always believed.”

Well isn’t that true. Mercy has always felt like she was on the outside looking in and alone. Raised by the wolves she was still never part of the pack, little did she know how important she was to Bran the Alpha of all Alphas. When she accepted Adam as her mate she never really knew what that would mean. N
Tilly Slaton
Bone Crossed is not on my top favorites list in this series. Actually, it is probably my least favorite.

Mercy’s mother pays an unexpected visit due to the rape and murder from the previous book. Ben, as weird and revealing as his character proved in the last book .. had a warm reaction to her presence.

But his attention was all for my mother. (Ben’s)

“She’s married,” I warned him. “And if you call her a rude name, she’ll shoot you with her pretty pink gun and I’ll spit on your grave.”

Adam said, “B
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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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  • Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2)
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