Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
Mercy and her new stepdaughter, Jesse*, are doing black Friday shopping when they get into an accident, totaling Mercy’s car (an old VW rabbit). They cannot reach Adam on the phone, nor any other members of the Pack. Mercy has a text message on her phone from Bran; all it says is “The Game is afoot.” Mercy, having been raised among a werewolf pack, knows that they have codes for emergencies, but not being a werewolf herself was not let in on the actual meanings. Adam meant to tell her now that she’s his mate, but hasn’t gotten around to it yet. So she doesn’t know what it means, or where the pack is.
She and Jesse get a ride back to her garage, where they find Gabriel, her sometime apprentice at the garage, and Ben, the British werewolf, with him. Ben is hurt, but is able to get his story out: the pack was attacked at Adam’s house (again!) and taken away by people claiming to be associated with the government, though Adam was skeptical of that. Ben managed to escape, but he was shot both with bullets (no real threat) and tranq-darts (filled with the kind of drugs developed to take down werewolves in the first book of the series). He hooked up with Gabriel and the two of them came here, looking for Mercy. The coded message means “destroy your phones; someone may be tracking you with them.”
So Mercy has to find a safe place to stash Jesse and Gabriel, save Kyle (lover of Warren, Adam’s third-in-command and a good friend to Mercy) from the forces holding him hostage, and try to contact Adam through their mating link (this she does. It turns out that the maybe government forces holding them want him to kill someone, throwing the werewolves into disrepute). Adam and his wolves manage to escape, but now Fae assassins are going after Mercy.
Whereas the first few books in the series were fairly simple in their plots, they seem to be getting more and more complex as we go along. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does make the summaries a bit hard to manage. One thing I do like, though, is that while Mercy is no hard-bitten combat monster and Adam is, it feels like Adam ends up in distress more often, needing to be rescued by Mercy.
Gridlinked by Neal Asher
Re-read. Written up here.
Still highly recommended.
*stepdaughter status is new; Jesse has been around since the first book.