Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman—the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack—has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life.
But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more…
After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.
Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain.
With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related—and that he and the pack are in serious danger.
Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Ace
Four stars: Another exciting installment in the series.
Mercy is content with her life. She is still healing from her injuries and adjusting to her status in the Pack, but she is happy, that is until she agrees to go Black Friday shopping with Jesse, Adam's daughter. The shopping adventure quickly turns chaotic when Mercy wrecks her Rabbit, and then she can't contact any of the Pack on their cell phones. Turns out, the entire Pack other than Ben, have been kidnapped. The clock is ticking, Mercy must find who is behind the abductions while avoiding becoming a victim herself. Who kidnapped the Pack and why?
What I Liked:
- After the last book in the Mercy Thompson Series, I was a bit hesitant as book six was strange and not my favorite. Thankfully, this book brings the reader right back into the folds of the Pack. It has all the action, drama and paranormal that you love in a good Urban Fantasy. This was another strong installment, that left me eager for more.
- Mercy and Adam are growing closer and closer. I loved the strength of their mate bond, and the fierce protectiveness that they felt for one another. They save each other a few times. Surprisingly, this one also features a couple of chapters from Adam's view point, which was new. I enjoyed getting into Adam's head.
- The plot is complex, and I enjoyed all the twists and turns that led up to the big reveal as to who was behind the abductions and why. I can honestly say, I didn't see that one coming. It all leads up to a big, epic showdown that will have you eagerly turning the pages.
- All the gang is back for the most part. My favorite vampire, Stephen, returns along with Tad and Zee, the Metal Fae, and all of the Pack is present. The only ones missing are Bran and Samuel. I loved getting reacquainted with all the the characters.
- It has been a long while since I read a Mercy Thompson book, and I appreciated that Ms. Briggs sprinkled the book with gentle reminders of events that had occurred in the previous books. I would have been lost otherwise. There is just enough recap to jog the memory, but no so much that it impedes the flow of the story.
- The ending is fantastic. I was caught completely off guard by the revelation of the mastermind. I would have never guessed. It all culminates in a big battle. After the dust settles, all the big nagging questions are answered. No loose ends or cliffhangers.
And The Not So Much:
- Even though I liked that the villain was a surprise, I didn't feel like it was connected well into the story line. It felt like a lot of information was thrown at me in the last chapter. I wish that there had more depth and development regarding the villain.
- I have not read Briggs' other spin off series: Alpha and Omega, and there were a few references to events in those books. I was a bit lost.
- I liked the inclusion of Adam's point of view, but I didn't like that they were in third person narrative contrasted with the rest of the book which is in Mercy's first person narrative.
- Bram and Samuel were noticeably absent from the story. I found myself missing both of them.
Frost Burned is another exciting, action packed adventure that features all your favorite characters. This book is full of danger and stunning twists. If you are a fan of the series, you will enjoy this book. My enthusiasm was renewed for this series, and I am eager to catch up.
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.