I am in love with the Mercy Thompson series. So, picking up this one was like having a night out with a good friend. But, you know how sometimes you have dinner and the conversation is a little stilted. There is nothing overtly wrong but things just don’t flow like they usually do. Maybe you’re just tired or in a bad mood but you didn’t have as good a time as normal.
River Marked was like that. Enjoyable, well written, a good story featuring Mercy and Adam. Yet, something was missing for me. When I read the cover blurb, I expected this one to be a favorite. The pack and their treatment of Mercy have gotten a little stale. With our lovebirds on their honeymoon, I knew the pack politics would be kept to a minimum. And I was right. There were only a few scenes featuring Darryl, Ben, Warren and the others. The main fae characters and Stefan are part of the story but really only in the background.
What I liked:
– The wedding. No spoilers. Brought tears to my eyes. Och, here I go again with the crying.
– Mercy and Adam’s relationship. This is why I read Urban Fantasy. They’ve worked hard to build their mate bond and no one is going to tear it apart. Now they can be tender with each other and express their feelings. I loved it.
– Stefan’s scenes. He is a favorite of mine. There is something about this troubled vampire that speaks to me.
What didn’t work so well:
– The big bad. Again, no spoilers but I didn’t feel it this time. If a scaredy-cat like me wasn’t frightened, it’s not a good big bad.
– Well, shoot, I missed the pack. There. I said it.
Overall, this is a good book and some fans of the series are sure to absolutely love it. For me, it wasn’t quite as spectacular as the others. 4/5 stars.