Amazon Blurb:

I am Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman.
My only “superpowers” are that I turn into a thirty-five pound coyote and fix Volkswagens. But I have friends in odd places and a pack of werewolves at my back. It looks like I’m going to need them.

Centuries ago, the fae dwelt in Underhill—until she locked her doors against them. They left behind their great castles and troves of magical artifacts. They abandoned their prisoners and their pets. Without the fae to mind them, those creatures who remained behind roamed freely through Underhill wreaking havoc. Only the deadliest survived.

Now one of those prisoners has escaped. It can look like anyone, any creature it chooses. But if it bites you, it controls you. It lives for chaos and destruction. It can make you do anything—even kill the person you love the most. Now it is here, in the Tri-Cities. In my territory.

It won’t, can’t, remain.

Not if I have anything to say about it.


She looked at me. “I’m sorry,” she told me. “I forgot who I was dealing with. I hope you die soon. Then, at least, I’ll get Aiden back.”


Smoke Bitten was another amazing addition to the Mercy Thompson series that I enjoyed very, very much. I always love when the fae come out to play. Plus some added in “people Mercy cares about are in danger!” and I was having a very good time, indeed.

After eleven previous books in a series, it is hard to know what to say still. Patricia Briggs’ worldbuilding continues to be amazing. I never feel like new additions, such as what happened in Smoke Bitten, ever feel out of place or plopped in without care. I enjoyed everything to do with the worldbuilding.

I also thought that for the first time since the series began, I would hate how the relationships are portrayed. See, Mercy and Adam are going through some difficulties in their relationship. Christie, Adam’s ex-wife, is causing troubles again which would be nothing. Except that Adam isn’t communicating with Mercy like he used to. And it is hurting Mercy, who loves her mate dearly and just wants him to share what is going on with him so they can work through it together.

Because that has been a strength this entire series. Is the way they communicate with each other and share each others problems. I love the dynamic they have, and I have said this a few times before, like in this post about my favourite couples. So the fact that they’re having troubles really worried me. Yet I ended up enjoying it in the end. Even though I was worried the entire time.

Plus, everyone was afraid of bunnies. Oh, and Wulf is stalking Mercy. Which is actually somehow more funny than abjectly terrifying like you would imagine it being. Good book.

This series goes up and down for me. This was definitely an up installment.