ARC Review: Fair Game by Patricia Briggs + Giveaway (On the Prowl Anthology)

Posted March 1, 2012 by Annie in Reviews / 40 Comments

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ARC Review: Fair Game by Patricia Briggs + Giveaway (On the Prowl Anthology)
Fair Game
by Patricia Briggs

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: March 6, 2012
Series: Alpha & Omega #3
Published by Orbit
Pages: 308
Format: ARC
 


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-control werewolves without any sort of break. Whenever Charles comes home to Anna after these assignments, he is devoid of any emotion and love and this is when Anna starts to believe that his continued killing is now taking a toll on her mate. She approaches Bran and tries to reason with him, telling him that Charles will lose himself completely if he doesn’t stop this. However, as Alpha, Bran has limited people to turn to with such an important and dangerous task. In an effort to give Charles a small break, he sends Anna and Charles, as her guard to Boston where they will be working with the FBI and Cantrip to catch a killer.

Since Charles has been on edge lately, he keeps himself away from Anna to protect her from himself. But because of this, their relationship is strained. Anna wants her loving mate back, but Charles wants to keep his distance for fear of hurting her. For most part of this book, Anna and Charles work their way through the ups and downs of this strain. However, they still do a great job of working together on this case. Brother Wolf also makes many appearances that eventually help them get back to where they are meant to be relationship wise.

The romance isn’t as pronounced in this book because of the strain in their relationship. However, there are really heartbreaking moments that are simply too sweet not to share:

“She had taught him that to be brave, you have to fear losing something. I am afraid I will lose her. That they will take her from me – or that I will drive her away when she sees what I really am.”

“People as old and powerful as he should never be given someone to love.
For Anna he would destroy the world.”

Briggs opens up this book with an amazing prologue that introduces a new character named Leslie who plays a big role throughout the book. As a FBI agent who helps Anna and Charles, I found that I instantly liked her. The same can be said for Issac, an Alpha in the area. What I liked about this book was the fact that Briggs isn’t afraid to create a diverse ethnic cast. It’s always refreshing when you read about that in novels.

FAIR GAME makes me remember all the things I loved about this series: the perfect match between Charles and Anna, some mystery, and enough action to keep a girl like me happy. I only wish there were more pages!

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Patricia Briggs

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 natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

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This sounds like a great read! Another TBR to add to my list! Thank you for the review and great giveaway! I would love to win it! 🙂
Have a wonderful day!
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This series sounds very intriguing!!! I’ve heard a lot of great things about it!!! Added it to my TBR list!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!! 🙂

miki
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miki

i can’t wait to get this book even i admit i much prefer the mercy thompson serie^^;;

thanks you the giveaway too , i want this book because two of my favorites author are in it patricia briggs ( of course) and karen chance

all the best

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Vidya-BooksAreMagic

Thanks for the giveaway! I have adored your blog always..:-)

Christina
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Christina

This is the second review I have read and both have been favorable. Can’t wait to read this one. I just adore Anna and Charles.

Krista
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Krista

I love the Mercy Thompson series and I have always wanted to give this series a try.

~Krista

traci16
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traci16

Book sounds good, would love to read it!!! Haven’t read any of Patricia’s books as of yet!!! Thanks for the great giveaway!!!!

Rebe
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Rebe

Argh! I am DYING to read this book! I love Anna and Charles! Glad to hear you enjoyed the book!

Joanne
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Joanne

Love, love, love Patricia’s Alpha and Omega series. Can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Rhonda D
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Rhonda D

I so love the Alpha Omega Series! Patricia Rocks! Thanks for the great review and giveaway!
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Mara80
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Mara80

This is on my TBR list. I haven’t read any of the books yet. Great review. Love that it’s action packed and the characters sound great. It just makes me want to go out and buy the books. They don’t have book 2 at my local library 🙁 Hate when that happens. Thanks for giveaway!
-Maritza Robinson

Barbara
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Barbara

This sounds like a GREAT series…arrrg ANOTHER GREAT SERIES! So many books….so little time!!! I swear when I die…I’m gonna have to be buried with my books, ’cause I didn’t get to finish reading them! But that won’t stop me from trying!! LOL!

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Huntress
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Huntress

Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite authors. anything she writes, I read 🙂

megblod
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megblod

I love this seris

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Anne
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Anne

I love Patricia Brigg’s werewolf series. Looking forward to reading this one.

Timitra
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Timitra

You all have done it again, I’m so excited to read this book and the rest of the series…thanks for the great review!!!!

Sophia Rose
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Sophia Rose

I feel like I have been waiting forever for this book to release and your review just makes me even more excited to get my grubby paws on it.

Thanks for sharing!

mcv
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Thanks for the chance to win this book- Patricia Briggs is a great writer
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marybelle
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marybelle

The cover of FAIR GAME is so intense. The book looks like an amazing read.

Rachel V
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Rachel V

This series sounds really good. This would be a new author for me. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

mcv
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mcv

I’ve read the Mercy books and I’m very interested in reading this series.
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Kitchen Witch of the West
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Kitchen Witch of the West

This is my most anticipated book for March! Cannot wait for my SFBC omnibus edition to arrive in the mail!
Have started rereading the series on my nook…

Di
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Di

I find anthologies a really good way to sample authors I haven’t read before, and having the story that started a series is an added bonus.

Filia Oktarina
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Filia Oktarina

I can’t wait to get this book, Patricia Briggs was one my favorite author. I was read Patricia’s Mercedes ‘Mercy’ Thompson series, and i love it. Looking forward to reading this one. Thank you for the review and great giveaway! I hope this was international:)

Shelly
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Shelly

This sounds like a good read. Adding this series to my wish list. Enjoyed the review.

rainie72
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rainie72

Thanks for the giveaway!! P.S ~ I adore your Author of The Month!!!! Great Choice!!

Red
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Red

Can’t wait to start this series. I just picked up books 1 and 2 this last week. Love Briggs and the world she creates!

Leev
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Leev

Patricia briggs is one of my favourite author.
i was read mercy thompson series, and i very like it..
looking for the next series..

thanks for making it international ^^

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Thank you for the giveaway girls!;)

Fantastic review!! Loved it,;)

Kristin
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Kristin

I don’t know why but I love Charles’ brother wolf. I have never been so interested in the wolf side of a character before. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

Laurie
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Laurie

I love the Mercy series and Alpha & Omega series! The wait for Fair Game has been too long. The next Mercy is way to long away. Can’t wait to get my hands on Fair Game. Thanks for the review! I don’t have On The Prowl and would love to add to my collection. Thanks for the giveway!

Criss
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Criss

Yeah! I’m a major fan of Patricia Briggs, I just love her Mercy series and I have one book from this series but I want the rest so this is a great opportunity. My TBR list is crying out to me.

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nenatravieza696

The Mercy series is my fave I have the first Alpha and Omega book and would love to be able to read and win this new book

Michelle H.
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Michelle H.

So excited about this book. I love her writing style. Thanks for the chance to win an early copy!! 🙂

Kristina
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Kristina

Cannot wait to read this book! Love this world in both series

jo
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jo

I’m loving the Mercy and werewolves series. Thanks for the giveaway.

Emily
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Emily

I absolutely love this series! I’m curious, has anyone heard of the rumored 4th book? I’ve heard it supposed to be coming out in 2014, but not much else. Anyone know if that’s true?

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I believe you are right with the date but don’t know much else, just like you. Waiting impatiently. Frost Burned comes out early next year though.

Emily
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Emily

Yeah, I freaked when I heard the news and saw the cover. Can’t wait! Well, thanks for helping me out!