There are some authors that you just know you can count on for certain things. Patricia Briggs is one of my go to authors when I need a pick me up – a great story without too much angst but plenty of action. Plus, I know I can knock one of her books out in just a few hours because they are so easy to read.
Hunting Ground was no exception. It continues the story of Charles and Anna. They are called upon to go to a meeting of Alphas to help them understand why Bran, the Marrok and Charles’ father, wants to reveal their existence to humans. It’s an urban fantasy so things don’t go exactly as planned. But, there is plenty of wolf, fae and vampire action to keep you glued to the pages.
There is something about this author that makes her books feel like a warm and fuzzy blanket. She writes strong female characters who, in many cases, are the ones who save the day. The men, usually alphas or at least dominants, are not too overbearing. She gives them a balanced manliness (for the most part, well, at least those that we are supposed to like.) That sounded really cheesy after I typed it. “A balanced manliness?” Oh well, I can’t think of another way to say it. They are strong men who don’t drag their women around by the hair.
Charles and Anna had to grow on me a little. Charles is no Adam or Sam (if you are familiar with the Mercy Thompson series). He’s his own kind of dominant wolf with a very serious personality. Anna could have gone a little Mary Sue but Briggs found a way to keep her relatable and far enough from perfect that we don’t want to roll our eyes when she’s on the page. I like the fact that the author doesn’t take the easy way out and use cookie cutter characters. Each series has leads with different personalities and quirks. It keeps it interesting.
4.5/5 stars and highly recommended. Currently this series has three books published. I thought it was done and I was sad that when I read the third soon I would lose this part of my literary family. But, I saw earlier this week that a fourth book is coming out next year. Woo hoo!!!