My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It's been so long since we last heard from Anna & Charles but on March 3rd we get the newest book in Anna & Charles' world! And this new chapter in their story doesn't disappoint. The mated couple travel down to Arizona so that Charles can visit his old friend Joseph, before Joseph dies from cancer. Seeing as Charles doesn't keep many people close, Anna is intrigued by the visit and surprised to know that Charles has opened his heart to a human at all. Joseph's family raises horses and since Anna's 26th birthday is approaching they decide the trip will also serve to get Anna a new horse as her gift. Though excited for her gift, it is not exactly what Anna most wants. What she wants is to have children with Charles.
This book reads like a suspense-thriller with paranormal flair and I enjoyed every bit of it. It includes characters from previous books and we get to learn a lot more about Charles along with Anna as she takes measure of his emotional history in an effort to open him up to the idea of children. The details about horses and riding are seamless and will make any horse-lover happy as several of the animals become pivotal to the plot. Joseph Sani's family and Navajo culture also make it easy to invest yourself quickly and I especially loved getting to know the Sani kids: Max, Mackie, and Michael. They are funny and loving and I couldn't help but have a soft spot for them.
My only problem with the book is that it ended so abruptly for me. But that says more about me than the writing, because when it comes to Patricia Briggs I just always want more. In actuality, the ending isn't so much abrupt as it is an obvious closing point for this one book and very apparent that there's more to come in the Alpha & Omega series. And thank goodness for that because I adore Anna, Charles, and of course Mercy Thompson. Can't wait for more :D
Thank You to Penguin Group for the review copy via NetGalley!