This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.I enjoyed this book evenduring this reread This is definitely one of my all time favorite series and I honestly believe that everyone who hasn't read these books yet should run to the bookstore right away and buy them up This is the fourth book in the Mercy Thompson series and it picks up right after the events of the previous book It is really important that this series be read in order since some of the events are carried over from the previous book I really had a lot of fun with this audiobook.On major focus of this Adam and Mercy's relationship They both really do care for each other and want to make things work I like how carefully they are with each other Mercy is a mess after the horrible events of the previous book and Adam is there for her He really wants to help with her pain and if he could I am sure he would take it away The mystery in the story is centered around vampires I like the vampires in this world so that works out well for me The local vampires have painted crossed bones on the door at her garage and she decides it would be a good idea to get out of town for a bit Her friend from college has a little problem with a ghost so Mercy goes to helpand runs intothan she bargained for Stefan plays a large role in this book and really proved how much he cares for Mercy as well.I love Lorelei King's narration of this series I am amazed by how well she voices all of these characters and keeps things consistent from book to book The emotional aspects of the story really come through during her narration I was able to listen to this book for hours at a time largely due to her wonderful delivery of this story Lorelei King is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators I would highly recommend this series to other This was my second time experiencing this book and I hope to read it again in the future It is really that good Initial ThoughtsLots of vampires in this one Mercy was awesome as always! Reread Time I'm slowly buy surely making my way through the series again.Second Read ReviewSo apparently, I don't remember anything from this series I completely forgot who the bad guy was, or anything about the vampire politics at play or the main plot of the story The only thing I remembered at all was some superficial stuff about Adam and Mercy's relationship It's a little strange that I don't rememberof this series, it is almost like I never read them before Still the bad guy was bad, ghosts are a little scary, vampires suck, Stephan is okay though, Mercy needs to protect everyone, Adam has a temper (that we never ever see), the Pack doesn't like Mercy being a part of them and Mercy's milkshake brings all the boys to the yard even though she tells us all the time how unspecial she is Yep I think that a bout covers it I think I'll drop half a star to 3.5 stars There is a lot of repetition that doesn't really need to be in there and Mercy's need to protect Adam and the wolves is silly sometimes, they are werewolves I'm pretty sure they can protect themselves.Original Review “One of the oddest things about being grownup was looking back at something you thought you knew and finding out the truth of it was completely different from what you had always believed.” Well isn’t that true Mercy has always felt like she was on the outside looking in and alone Raised by the wolves she was still never part of the pack, little did she know how important she was to Bran the Alpha of all Alphas When she accepted Adam as her mate she never really knew what that would mean Now that she is part of the pack it isn’t really what she expected it to be It is hard to have people in your head when you have felt alone most of your life.Marsila has figured out that Mercy had something to do with the death of her demon raising vampire and is out to get her But since Mercy is now protected by the pack Marsila has to find a new way to punish her In an effort to help her pack and an old college friend, she heads out of town to help with a ghost problem Stefan tags along to look after her while Adam sorts out the problems with Marsila But it seems that the only vampire in town there might have other plans for her “Only you could go to Spokane and get bitten by the one vampire in the whole city.” Mercy, Mercy, Mercy you find trouble in the darnedest places, it seems Adam can’t let you out of his sight for a minute It was only supposed to be a ghost problem but it seems that the ghost that is haunting a little boy isthan Mercy planned for.I always like that the Mercy Thompson books are alwaysthan they seem There are a few layers to everything that is going on This one in particular was interesting because there was the Vampire in Spokane that wants something from Mercy as well as Marsila and her political maneuverings that involve Stefan Marsila is crafty and vengeful to say the least The storyline was well thought out and there were quite a few instances that I was worried for characters Other than that I like all the side things that are going on that may or may not come into play later There is the walking stick that seems to like Mercy and follows her around, her cat that likes vampires, werewolves and coyotes, a book on fae and Mercy’s ability to find trouble around every corner.I was happy to seeof Stefan he is one of my favorite characters, he is the Spike (everyone should know who that is) of the series “That’s a pretty lame superhero name,” I told him.“ScoobyDoo is already taken,” he said with dignity “Anything else sounds lame in comparison.” He is the Vampire who doesn’t really have a heart of gold but…..he is better than most I love his weird obsession with ScoobyDooThis is still a super fun series I enjoyed getting so see a little relationship progression with Mercy and Adam because I 333 them together. Another satisfying installment in the Mercy series, although there was somewhat of the flavor of an inbetween book about it That's not really a criticism from me; when you are in a series for the long haul, it makes sense to take a breather and deal with all the events your characters have faced as well as integrate a feel of the everyday into their lives At the end of Iron Kissed, there were at least two significant events that needed followup and I would have been disappointed in Briggs as a writer and as a woman if she didn't allow her character recovery time.Mercy's attempting to manage her panic attacks when she gets a surprise visit from her mom that unfortunately coincides with a dropin visit from Stefen, hungry and emaciated The wolves help Stefen, but it's the first sign that Marsilia, the vampire queen, knows about what happened to Andre in Blood Bound Mercy's business and the wolves will become targets as well Strangely, at the same time, a frenemy from college shows up at Mercy's door looking for help dealing with a ghost harassing her son For the good of all, Mercy decides to travel to Amber's home, with Stefen shadowing her as support in case she runs into the infamous vampire Blackwood.The first time I read this, pacing felt very irregular to me But that's kind of a bonus, as series tend towards predictable arcs Still, there's some strange authorial choicesStefan, Mercy's mom and Amber all showing up at the same time? Peculiar, and the sort of stuff that says hello, red herring to the reader in an overly dramatic way The relationship progresses in generally positive ways Adam gives Mercythan enough space, except late in the book when he panics I thought it a nice balancing act of characterization, as it avoids the 'perfect boyfriend/imperfect girlfriend' baloney and shows that Adam makes mistakes as well.Once again, except for surface conversations with frenemy Amber, Mercy has no real female bonding moments Everyoneand thingis male If it's female, it is not a friend Seriously, Briggs? What's with the authorial choice there? Reading these stories back to back makes it painfully obvious that there's some odd mental schism in the author's world I think it ended up contributing to me dropping the series, because in between lifethreatening events, it's mostly about Mercy's emotions surrounding her male relationships All that said, Marsilia continues as one of the most fascinating and complex characters, even if she's prefer to see Mercy dead.Three and a half stars, rounding down because women. Patricia Briggs continues to impress me with her ohso expressive writing that conveys so much, so economically I am truly in awe of her talent Clearly I am very behind on this series It's not due to a lack of appeal, but due to my reading style and my review reading taking up a lot of my reading time But I do love knowing that I have a guaranteed read when I reach for one of her books.Mercy is definitely near the top of my list of fictional characters I think I would love to have as a friend in real life Probably number one, if I'm honest And not just because she's an excellent and trustworthy mechanic (and I need one of those big time) Mercy is a mix of reallife traits: humble, downtoearth, courageous (even in the face of fear, which is the true definition of courage), snarky, empathetic, observant, and very selfdeprecating While some readers don't like abuse storylines in their books, I don't mind them when they are done well Mercy shows so much strength and fortitude of character Her journey to recovery after her attack in Iron Kissed is realistic and inspiring I truly love this woman.Briggs writes the kind of fantasy that grabs hold of me and doesn't let go She plants a garden of what seems like ordinary wildflowers, but exotic blooms that are far from ordinary grow in that garden, waiting to be plucked by a reader Briggs mixes shapeshifters, werewolves, fae, and vampires in an appealing way that doesn't leave out the inherent menace of all the various supernatural creatures With a coyote shifter narrator, the reader is fully along for the ride, as Mercy is the first to admit that being a coyote shifter doesn't always give her the advantage, but often puts her in a dangerous situation (while she isimmune to magic than most, she's not impervious.) Oh, and Briggs also throws in ghosts I must say that I was happy as a clam, since I love fantasy like a house on fire, but I also have an appreciation for old school/classic horror and an oldfashioned ghost story.Can I take the time to gush over the men in Mercy's life? Adam, Adam, Adam! How I love you He is perfect for Mercy And I like that Mercy is starting to see past her emotional wounds and barriers to see him for who he is, her Mate Also, I love that Adam is so patient and loving about it, even though that is an act of hardwon discipline He's very possessive, but not in a controlling, irritating way I love a possessive hero like a house on fire, but I find controlling, dominating men a turnoff Adam is just right for me I wish I had an Adam in real life! He's very demonstrative that Mercy is his, but he's not trying to dictate to her every step she takes He's a true life partner.If there was no Adam in the Mercy Thompson world, then I would definitely be all over Samuel I still love Samuel, very much I just don't love him for Mercy's mate I love him all on his own, and I hope he gets the Mate he needs one day He's a really cool character Sweet as pie, but also full of danger that makes the hair stand up on one's neck He seems serious, but has this mischievous sense of humor His calm facade hides a wild wolf that might never be tamed.Bran is the Man, or rather, the Alpha of the Alphas (Marrok) He steals a scene, no matter who else is in it And that's saying something in this series! I know Briggs has said she probably won't write a book with Bran as a main character I'm sad and understanding of that He's such a mysterious and compelling figure, when he shows up, it's so satisfying but also tantalizing I can't love himI'm always hungry forof him.Stefan has actually grown on me quite a bit While I have become quite a vampire romance fan, I still prefer shifters/weres to vampires, and I like that they take center place in this series But Stefan adds such a nice touch to this series While he insists on telling Mercy that he is a 'very bad man', his actions say otherwise I haven't decided who would play my Stefan, but it would have to be an actor with lots of presence I liked how Briggs develops Mercy's friendship with Stefan muchin this book (it wasassumed at the beginning) I have to say the vampire storyline makes my heart beat fast and gives me shivers They are truly menacing creatures.The thing with Briggs is that no character is a throwaway Each one is carefully developed, even for their short presence in this book You feel everything even in a short scene that you should feel And while the characters might throw you for a loop at first, their motivations are apparent as the layers peel away.I think that for the short length of this book, it's really a full meal Urban fantasy for the true lover of the genre Also, I think a good gateway to those who are investigating this genre for the first time Mercy by herself is enough to keep a reader hooked But the secondary characters, the plotting and storyline will have the reader staying for seconds and dessert.Highly recommended! Great PNR series If you loved the Fever series and the Kate Daniels series, you'll love Mercy Thompson (and Adamyum). Reread for the 3rd time April 12th 2020 Already onto the next one!Reread March 24th, 2017 Mercy manages to attract a lot of trouble and chaos, I guess that might be part of her nature as a Coyote After the events of the last book Mercy suffers panic attacks and some hesitatancy even though she knows Adam would never hurt her, but all that takes a back seat when Marsilia finds out about Andre Trying to figure out a way to keep the Pack safe and alive becomes her priority My thoughts? Vampires are freaking scary! The control they can have over others is frightening And most are completely ruthless However, Mercy and her wolves shouldn't be underestimated.There's an uneasiness with the Pack because of Mercy, something that factors into future stories Love how Adam always has her back! Mercy, mercy, Mercy! Patricia Briggs latest Mercy Thompson novel Bone Crossed kept me on the edge of my seat, furiously reading to find out what happened next! There's good news and bad news in Mercy's latest adventure and just when you think things will settle down, BAM, there's someone new looking to mess with Mercy's peace.Mercy is still recovering from her brutal rape at the hands of a fae 'possessed' wacko Mercy managed to kill the b^%tard, but it will be a while before the psychological scars heal, if ever The good news is that she's finally decided to mate with Adam The bad news is she's not sure how long it will take before she can get close to him without a panic attack The good news is he's willing to wait and help her recover The bad news is her friend Stefan the vampire appears suddenly and close to real death, just having time to say She knows That means the vampire Queen is aware that Mercy managed to kill not one, but two of her creaturesand now she wants Mercy's blood, and not just for a snack.I think my heart rate is still elevated after this one I have to rate this series as one of my absolute fave fantasies, right up there with Hamilton and Ward The difference with Briggs is that I let my sons read these stories (PG fating)! A strong heroine, shapeshifters, fae (they're NOT the fae from your childhood stories either), vampires, creatures of lore, and a pagan god or two make their way into Briggs' stories and Mercy's worldand it all flows together smooth as silk Now I have to wait another year for my next fix! I really liked this book, this series gets better and better actually The cast is filling out nicely, and although there were a few plot twists that were a little obscure, whatever Nice emotional arc for the character, I really enjoyed it, hardback purchase justified!! If there is one reason why I love this series MERCY THOMPSON… I want to be her best friend She’s an amazing character – brave, strong, humble, feisty, loyal, and she’s a mechanic with a fabulous car!!!!And then there’s her relationship with wolf shape shifter, Adam Hauptman!!! He’s a total alpha male…possessive, arrogant, brave but he doesn’t take over Mercy’s life……….he respects and admires her…and of course he’s totally in love with her…..swoon….what a man!!! I love the world the author has created filled with fantasy characters shape shifters, fae, vampires, werewolves, coyotes that makes this series truly addictive.Her character development is incredible and some of the secondary characters have really engaging and endearing….Stefan, Mercy’s vampire friend, Samuel, Mercy’s mother!!!Bones Crossed, the 4th book in this series has an engrossing storyline that kept me captivated until the last page I can’t wait to getof Mercy Thompson!! By day, Mercy is a car mechanic in the sprawling TriCities of Eastern Washington By night, she explores her preternatural side As a shapeshifter with some unique talents, Mercy has often found herself having to maintain a tenuous harmony between the human and the not so human This time she may get than she bargained forMarsilia, the local Vampire Queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan—and she's out for blood But since Mercy is protected from direct reprisal by the werewolf pack and her close relationship with its sexy Alpha, it won't be Mercy's blood Marsilia is afterIt'll be her friends'