Reading Source: Library
Series: Mercedes Thompson
Book #: 1
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
This is the first book in the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.
Okay… so why in the hell would I read a book with a half naked tattooed chick on the cover? Because clearly I did not see the cover when I was searching the local library’s website for a book to read…. I’m not one for picking up books with “hot chicks” on the cover, it feels too much like being in an auto body shop – which is kind of humorous now that I think about it…. Mercy is not a werewolf, nor is she fae… but Mercy is not human either. Mercy is a Walker, the last of her kind, and she can change into a coyote. She doesn’t get super strength, or the ability to heal almost any wound, but she is quick. She’s got a quick mind, tongue, and she’s fast to boot. What’s a little coyote to do when her sexy Alpha werewolf neighbor needs her help?
I have a soft spot in my heart for Mercy. She was raised by wolves, but never really felt part of the pack. I get the feeling at the beginning of the book (and even a little at the end) that Mercy still doesn’t feel like she fits in anywhere. By my calculations, it’s not off for her to think that way. She’s the only Walker anyone knows. Her mother gave her to wolves (there is more to that – but we don’t get to see a whole lot… just enough to get the basics) and she’s an auto mechanic. Sterotypically, women are only good for plastering themselves against car parts in barely there clothes… if any at all…. Anyways…
The premise of this story is that Mercy helps a boy who was turned into a wolf, but thinks he is a monster. She helps him by convincing him to go to Adam – the hunky alpha that lives behind Mercy’s single wide trailer. All throughout this trouble is ensuing, and brewing… yes there are big baddies in this story and you’ll never guess where they come from. All hell breaks loose – Adam’s daughter is kidnapped and Adam is too hurt to do anything right away, so Mercy with the aide of a few old friends and a few new do what they can to get Jesse back home and safe with her father and the pack.