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, 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. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from the most unlikely of allies: the vampire seethe.
The series is back to top form with a bang in this book which I think is my favourite book so far. All of our favourites are back and in mortal danger, there is a ton of action and drama, and I loved it!
Mercy has been dragged out for Black Friday shopping, and becomes worried when she can't reach any Pack member to collect them. Using her bond to Adam, she can feel his pain and anger. Ben is the only Pack member to escape the house when the rest of the Pack were taken by rogue government officials who want Adam to kill an anti-werewolf senator. Now it is up to Mercy, Ben, Stefan and Gabriel to keep Jesse safe and rescue the Pack.
The story moves on at pace with every chapter full of exciting action. Mercy's first task is to rescue Warren and Kyle from their house, so that they have a better chance of finding the rest of the Pack. Mercy can feel the anguish of the Pack as the hostage crisis goes badly wrong, and as well as rogue agents, she has to deal with powerful Fey coming after her. It is shaping up to be a very bad few days for our heroes!
There was a lot to like in this book. Mercy tries to reunite Gabriel with his mother. Warren, Kyle and Stefan get starring roles in the drama, which is great because I love their characters. Mercy gets the chance to show the Pack what she is made of and is determined to save them at all costs. The story is split into two threads-in one we follow Mercy as she tries to find Kyle and Warren, and get Jesse and Gabriel to safety. In the second we follow Adam and the Pack as they try to find a way to escape from their captors. It gave the plot an extra dimension and added to the tension.
I'm not a fan of romance in my urban fantasy books but from the minute I started this series, I was rooting for Adam and Mercy to start dating. That says a lot for the writing skill of the author. Even though they are apart in this book, you can feel their bond, sharing their fear for the other. There are quite a few emotional scenes in this book which develop the characters even more. I'm finding myself getting more attached to the Pack members with each book!
This was a wonderful book and I can't praise it highly enough. It has everything that I enjoy in urban fantasy and I'm looking forward to more great adventures to come!