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Fair Game

(Alpha & Omega #3)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  39,419 ratings  ·  2,402 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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Paperback, Uk Edition, 308 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Orbit
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Beth I try to avoid most spoilers, but obviously this question requires them! This is mostly to tell you how Anna, Charles, and the world change between 2…moreI try to avoid most spoilers, but obviously this question requires them! This is mostly to tell you how Anna, Charles, and the world change between 2 & 4.

The wolves have come out to humans, and very strict policies are down for werewolf behavior. This means that Charles as his father's enforcer has been killing even more often, and Anna is worried that this is sapping his spirit. From Charles's POV we see that he is haunted by the ghosts of some of the men he killed, because he thinks he killed them for political reasons, not because they deserved it.

When several werewolves are murdered in Boston, Bran sends Anna and Charles to help the FBI investigation (Adam would have gone, but Mercy was injured in River Marked and he won't leave her). A fae's daughter is kidnapped by what appear to be the same UNSUBs, and the hunt is on. Some of the gov't officials are good, and others are not.

Stuff happens (see, no spoiler!), and at the end Charles has defeated his ghosts, we see more of how terrified other werewolves are by him, Anna is more comfortable with their mating bonds and her strength as a werewolf, and the fae reject human justice and declare independence, severing most ties with humans. Bran wants to keep the werewolves with the humans for now, but there is a lot of prejudice (some of it obviously well-earned) against the supernatural community.(less)

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Christy
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-audios
4 stars!

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Fair Game is the third book in the Alpha & Omega series which features Anna and Charles. I love this series! Maybe not quite as much as the Mercy Thompson series, but close. It’s for sure one of the best UF series I’ve read. This third book drew me in from the start. It seemed to be more fast-paced than the others and the story really kept my interest all the way through.

Charles is having a rough go of things. Being ‘the enforcer’ is getting more difficult for him, especially with
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Funny, true story: A couple of months ago I was emailing with the Penguin/Random House publicist for this series, talking about the newest 5th book in this series, Burn Bright, which I'd gotten on NetGalley. I mentioned to her that I'd never read the 4th book in the series, Dead Heat, and would it be possible for her to send me a copy? She said yes - BUT I goofed and gave her the name of the third book instead, Fair Game. So that's what showed up in the mail, and that's how I got this particular ...more
Mandi Schreiner
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uf
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
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★★★★★ & 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 zomb
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Mimi Smith
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uf-r
10 stars

AWESOME, INCREDIBLE BOOK!


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
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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
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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
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Angela
February 2018 Reread. Buddy read with Sarah and Erica.
February 2017 Re-read

I was thinking about this book recently, and realized that I never put in the trigger warnings that I should have:
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Regina
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
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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.

So...

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
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Choko
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
*** 4 ***

I think I am a bit in-love with Charles! Yes, he is my perfect alpha male:-) Smart, strong, with a sense of humor and responsibility, overprotective but also attentive and loving - what is not to love???? However, he Anna and he are the perfect couple, so I have to bow out and just enjoy their connection... Connection, which in this book was under threat, mating bond damaged by guilt and self-doubt...

The third book in the Alpha & Omega series starts two years after Hunting Ground
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Sarah
1st Read March 2014
2nd Read February 2016
3rd Read January 2017
4th Read February 2018

Original Review

Buddy read with Ange

I have loved Charles and Anna since we first met them in Alpha & Omega and I've enjoyed seeing their relationship develop as the series has continued. They are still fairly new mates and have issues to work through on both sides but they've come a long way since they first met. Anna now trusts Charles implicitly, she knows without a doubt that he would never hurt her and she
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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
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Jen Davis
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Heather C
I loved this but it was too easy for me to put down.  I wasn't sucked in like I was with 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 having a lot of internal issues resulting from him being the Marrok's Wolfkiller, so th
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Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Fair Game is by far my favorite in the Alpha & Omega series. I read this back in 2012 and listened to the audiobook in 2017.

Fair Game has the perfect blend of action, character development, and romance. This novel opened up the door to other supernatural creatures. We see Anna and Charles get involved with a human FBI member and others to solve the murders happening.

Anna has changed and gown since the beginning of the series. She’s slowly developing into a strong women/werewolf as she begin
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Brigid

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

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SheLove2Read
I'm just going to let you know: I CAN'T WRITE THIS REVIEW WITHOUT SPOILERS. There, you've been warned.

I read...no, 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
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Ferdy
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
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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
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AH
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
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Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
I know this is probably getting old now but....my favourite so far in the series! It was full of action, mystery, romance and a certain sexy werewolf named Charles Cornick. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that I want lots of sex and babies with Charles, especially the sex part. But, apart from the sexy Charles it was a good book, the mystery was interesting and I was in it to see the serial killer get caught almost as much as I was for Anna and Charles.

This book is set a few years after H
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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.

http://www.patriciabriggs.com
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Pam Nelson
5 Fair Game Stars

How does this series keep getting better and better? I have to say it was a little different then the last few books and I loved it.

I really liked that Anna and Charles get to help the police find a serial killer. But it was more than that it was Anna taking another step in her healing. And become a strong mate for Charles too.

Charles loses himself a little in this book and it’s Anna who wants to help him, but Charles won’t let her. He fights it so much and if he would just l
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Catherine
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
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Alkyoni

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
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Mada Linx
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it


The story takes place two years later after the last book. It haven’t been specifically confirmed, I had to guess, but never the less, it has killed my expectations.
Anna was too comfortable with Charles and seems like she has overcome her fears, which I didn’t like. For me it felt like she didn’t earn it. I wanted to see her development and because I didn’t, feels like I’ve been robbed by this right. Anna’s attitude pissed me off and Charles has become a weak little thing scared of some ghosts,
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Al *the serial series skipper*

This was really good. I have read the Mercy Thompson series and events in this book were mentioned in that series so seeing it play out on screen was just amazing. The last few pages were epic, it makes me want to read the Mercy series all over again.

Ina
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"I told them that they should not give someone as old and powerful as I a daughter to love. That it would end badly. Now we shall all live with the consequences."
Re-read: April 2018
5 stars


Re-reading this book always makes me realize that even though vampires, werewolves, witches and other things that go bump in the night don't exist, there are real monsters in the world. The scariest creatures in Fair Game weren't supernatural beings. No, they were humans and what they did could happen (and ha
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alicat ♡➹♡
Another great one! As usual Charles and Anna are investigating and dealing with serious messed up stuff, not to mention they both have their own problems. Charles is suffering from his job as the werewolf executioner, shutting down and turning away from Anna. As much as I wanted to rage at Bran for his decision to keep using Charles, it is obvious he feels like he has no other alternative and stress is impairing his ability to think things through, I was pissed at him for ignoring Anna.

Luckily A
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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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Other books in the series

Alpha & Omega (5 books)
  • Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1)
  • Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega, #2)
  • Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4)
  • Burn Bright (Alpha & Omega, #5; Mercy Thompson World - Complete, #15)
“What would a racist call werewolves? Wargs? She kind of liked that one, but suspected that racist bastards didn't read Tolkien.” 83 likes
“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.”
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