Genre: Urban Fantasy, Fiction
Series: Alpha & Omega, book 4
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Favorite Quote: ” ‘Most people carry a monster within. Not just werewolves or fae, most people. That monster has nothing to do with our wolf except that the wolf makes it more dangerous. It’s a monster born of our own selfish desires and the wounds that life leaves on all of us. Whether those lives are a couple of decades or a couple of centuries long, living means that we get hurt, and some of those wounds don’t heal or they don’t heal completely.’ ”
Charles and Anna Cornick have been going back and forth on the topic of having a baby together. At the same time, Anna’s birthday is soon and he needs to find her the perfect gift. A call from a close friend from the past gives Charles a (reluctant) idea for a present, unknowing of the problems waiting for them in Texas.
It’s been a few years since I’ve read the last book (Fair Game) in the Alpha & Omega series but luckily there was very little from past books that I needed to recall in order to understand references in Dead Heat. Once again, my love for Charles and Anna has been rekindled. I love their relationship, their individual personalities, their strengths and weaknesses. The intimate details about Charles’s past you discover in this book make his character more endearing and engrossing. And, of course, Brother Wolf (the wolf that shares Charles’s body) was fierce and protective and lovely.
The plot was good but I wasn’t overly blown away by it. I enjoyed the allusiveness and strain the conflict of the story projected. I also liked the bits of humor dispersed throughout. However, there wasn’t much character growth, which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing (for me) at this point in the series. Alpha & Omega is the kind of series that doesn’t really have a central conflict/antagonist/problem that extends and develops with each passing book (like the Harry Potter series does). So I read Dead Heat more as an entertaining book for a long-time fan. And I’m okay with how things progressed throughout the book. Based on the ending, I’m more than sure that this series is far from over.