Audiobook Review: Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4) by Patricia Briggs (Narrator: Holter Graham)

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Dead Heat Book Cover Dead Heat
Alpha & Omega #4
Patricia Briggs (Narrator: Holter Graham)
Urban Fantasy
Brilliance Audio
March 3, 2015
11 hours and 25 minutes
Borrow from Rantings of a Reading Addict


The new Charles and Anna novel

Praised as "the perfect blend of action, romance, suspense and paranormal" (Rex Robot Reviews), the Alpha and Omega novels transport listeners into the realm of the werewolf, where Charles Cornick and Anna Latham embody opposite sides of the shifter personality. Now a pleasure trip drops the couple into the middle of some bad supernatural business....

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles' role as his father's enforcer. This time their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way....

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae's cold war with humanity is about to heat up - and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.


Dead Heat is book four in the Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs.

I enjoyed Dead Heat, but not as much as previous books in the series. Things where slowed down in this one. The storyline takes us on a vacation to Arizona to buy a horse and visit an old friend of Charles. We get to meet the Hosteen’s pack, see a different side of Charles, reconnect with an old love and witness some flashbacks. Their is some tension in the story and on their mini-vacation things go a little aria with a Fae who is kidnaping children and causing problems.

To me the story was tame compared to previous installments. We do get some action, but it doesn’t happen until the end when they confront the Fae. Most of the book is about horses and Anna wanting a child. Briggs does a wonderful job on the detail with the breeds, gaits, temperament, etc.. As an equestrian it was a little much, but for those that may not know about horses and all the aspects involved with breeding, showing, etc.. it’s probably helpful. To me, it became redundant. As for the kid aspect. I found the options Anna shared viable and Charles concerns legitimate. It would be nice if they could have children, but we know why the wolves can’t carry to term.

I did enjoy learning more about Charles and seeing a different side to him. His relationship with Joseph was wonderful; however I wasn’t happy with Maggie’s role aka the ex. Leslie Fisher the FBI agent showed back up to help with the missing kids. And, Anna and Charles characters continue to grow.

I will say that Briggs is an amazing writer. She knows how to make her characters interesting and to keep adding to the world and growth. I like Anna and Charles, but Mercy Thompson will always be my favorite.

Audio Narration: I love the audiobooks for the Alpha & Omega series. Holter Graham did a superb job. He is perfect for the narration of this series. The voices of all the character’s come to life with him. I highly recommend the audiobooks.

Rated: 3 Stars

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

14 comments on “Audiobook Review: Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4) by Patricia Briggs (Narrator: Holter Graham)

  1. I really love this series. I like Charles and Anna even more than Mercy and Adam. I agree that this one is slower than the other books. I did like seeing Charles in this setting. I wasn’t a fan of the ex either (especially after we just went through this crap with Mercy and Adam’s ex).
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    • Ya, the ex I was not a fan especially after Mercy and Adam. I’m more a Mercy fan then Charles and Anna, but I still enjoy them. I need to read book 5. I just love the covers. ^_^ Thank’s for stopping in.

  2. I remember I listened to this one twice, and enjoyed it much more the second time. It’s slower, but I loved how the pair works together! Nice review!

    • They do work well together. I enjoyed the audio and probably will enjoy it more the second time around too. It was a change from what I have come to expect from Briggs for this series. That’s Jen for visiting.
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  3. I haven’t read any of her books but I have heard good things about this series.

    • Mercy is my favorite. I think it has to do with just how independent, unique, and strong she is not that Anna isn’t a strong women, but she need someone to take their time with her and bring out her true nature. Both series are great to read especially if you enjoy Urban Fantasy. Thank’s for stopping in. Happy Reading!

  4. Dead Heat was definitely a little slower, more laid back than the previous ones. Glad you liked it though!

    • It was still enjoyable, but more laid pack. It was a different change from what I expect from the series.

  5. I”m not that much into this series I prefer Mercy
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  6. Great review angela!! Shared on all my socials!!

  7. Angela thanks for this review, she is on my wish list. I’ve read so many great reviews from her. Thanks

    • I do love Briggs. She is a wonderful writer. Her Mercy Thompson series is one of my favorites to re-read. I also love this series and the first three I’ve re-read a few times, so much adventure. I had a good time with Dead Heat, but it was different from the previous books, more slower and laded back. I will say all the covers on both series are AMAZING. Thank’s for stopping in Debbie. I hope you enjoy!
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