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Blood Bound (2007)

by Patricia Briggs

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Series: World of the Marrok (2), Mercy Thompson (2)

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Fantasy. Fiction. Romance. Thriller. HTML:‚??Kick-ass were-coyote auto mechanic Mercedes Thompson‚?Ě (Publishers Weekly) has leapt to the forefront of today‚??s urban fantasy heroes, thanks to bestselling author Patricia Briggs. Now, Mercy finds herself in the middle of a bloodbath‚??with only one way out...
Mercy has friends in low places‚??and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind. But this new vampire is hardly ordinary‚??and neither is the demon inside of him.
When the undead and the werewolves sent to find him don‚??t return, the local vampire queen turns to Mercy for help. A coyote is no match for a demon, but Mercy is determined to get her friends back‚??including the two werewolves ci
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This is a reread I truly enjoyed. I like Stefan and I like the way the vampire community is depicted. But as always in this series is the attraction for me Mercy Thompsom herself. She is everything I like in a character and I like the struggles, the solutions and the way she stands up for herself and others.
The first time I read this I gave 3 stars, but I am changing it to 4 stars because this story kept it's attraction. ( )
  weaver-of-dreams | Aug 1, 2023 |
2/19- So Mercy gets thrown into the middle of everything this time by Stephen. which I have to admit I don't like the vampires and neither does Mercy. Stephen is ok but blerg I don't like how he's infatuated with her... She learns a bit more about what she is through the vampires but also not.
You can also see her love of Adam more in this book. (In the first book you can see she likes him but hasn't realized it) notice in the basement she's touching him, then when Cory comes in she's crouching in front of him. She's drawn to him and is afraid of what that means- will she loose herself? Can she be an independent woman and still love and be in a relationship with this alpha? Is he controlling her emotions?
Samuel is there living in her house and though Mercy "loved" him when she was younger she's not really able to put a name on her feelings for him yet and it's easy to fall back on what's familiar. He's not willing to let her go, but it feels forced. The relationship seems more like super close friends/siblings
What I wouldn't give to have a few short stories about the talks Adam-Sam have ( )
  StarKnits | Jul 24, 2023 |
Since this is the second book in a long series and you might be wondering if you want to continue past the first one, and I have read the entire series multiple times - along with a TON of other books, I figured I would just give you the nitty gritty on what to expect on the whole rather than focus on this one book. This would be what I would be looking for when approaching an unknown series that I might be interested in reading past the first book, but was wondering if it will hold up or possibly continue in a vein that I didn't like in the first book. So, here is the down low.

This is a great series that doesn't devolve into smut, it keeps a solid PG to PG-13 rating.

However the lack of sexytimes doesn't go missing if you know they aren't happening, and as the series progresses it seems that they are getting a bit more "there". Instead of a couple of vague paragraphs starting in the future, the last couple of books had a couple of pages. It's as if the author had too many requests for more steam and gave a bit more to appease the masses.

However, there isn't a lack of smolder. In the beginning before the characters finally "get together" there are kissing and heated exhanges with some groping and "if we hadn't been interrupted I would have had you on your back" and "If you hadn't stopped, I would have let you." Our cast isn't prudish, they just have traditional views on sex and romance.

While it has tight storylines and a good amount of plot and scenes in each book. The lack of smut doesn't detract in anyway from the Romantic aspects.

Also, the characters grow naturally and stay true to their "main selves" there are no Mary Sues. The cast expands as the series progresses but for the most part each new character brought in that has any kind of role, tends to flesh out and may show up as a series regular.

Each book has a main story that turns into a mystery of some sort with multiple side trips to other tangental plot points. A lot happens in each book, and they seem to always end with a couple of chapters after the "wrap-up" and not just solving the mystery and closing fluff.

Each book is self contained but there since it has the same cast tht only grows as the series progresses there are a lot of dynamics and recalling of previous plot points that basically need to have been read to fully appreciate. With the exception of one book - "Silence Fallen" the series is written in the first person POV of our heroine, and that book is an alternating Hero/Heroine first POV.

They are not straight who-dun-it murder mysteries, but a mystery "happening" that needs solving to close it out, or solving to overcome an obstacle. This series can fall under Paranormal Fiction/Urban Fantasy - with Romantic Elements. It has Vampires, Werewolves and Fae as the main cast with Witches as second tier cast and a few ghosts thrown in here and there.

After reading a lot of other PNR/Paranormal/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy series and compared them to his I feel that this is a quality series that is free from the same tired tropes, characters and plot points that a lot of second and third tier Urban Fantasy/PNR books have.

This is a First Tier Series only slightly below Illona Andrews, Jeaniene Frost and Nalini Singh, but only by a half star margin. Those are the big three in my opionion. However, I rated it as a favorite and as you can see I have read it to death. If you have a library card then you can easily get it for your Kindle or e-reader online in both the ebook and audio versions - which are well narrated. ( )
  Library_Breeder | Apr 28, 2023 |
Better than the first one, Briggs is still building the world, but here she managed to deliver an interesting story as well.
I will be continuing this series, and really hoping the love triangle thing gets resolved soon.
  KayleeWin | Apr 19, 2023 |
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  freixas | Mar 31, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Patricia Briggsprimary authorall editionscalculated
Dos Santos, DanielCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Enzweiler, MichaelMapssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
King, LoreleiReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lagerman, JudithCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This book is lovingly dedicated to the folks of the Tri-Cities, Washington, who never knew what was living in their midst.
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Like most people who own their own businesses, I work long hours that start early in the morning.
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"You have to be strong to survive, and stronger to want to do so."
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Fantasy. Fiction. Romance. Thriller. HTML:‚??Kick-ass were-coyote auto mechanic Mercedes Thompson‚?Ě (Publishers Weekly) has leapt to the forefront of today‚??s urban fantasy heroes, thanks to bestselling author Patricia Briggs. Now, Mercy finds herself in the middle of a bloodbath‚??with only one way out...
Mercy has friends in low places‚??and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind. But this new vampire is hardly ordinary‚??and neither is the demon inside of him.
When the undead and the werewolves sent to find him don‚??t return, the local vampire queen turns to Mercy for help. A coyote is no match for a demon, but Mercy is determined to get her friends back‚??including the two werewolves ci

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Under the rule of science, there are no witch burnings allowed, no water trials or public lynchings. In return, the average law-abiding, solid citizen has little to worry about from the things that go bump in the night. Sometimes I wish I was an average citizen...

Mechnic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places - and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favour. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind.

But this new vampire is hardly ordinary - and neither is the demon inside of him...
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