I love the world of Mercy Thompson. Each one of these stories is another glimpse into this world and from a different person's perspective. This is why I enjoy compilations like this so much. There is something about each story I loved to read about. I love the story about Bran, Charles and Sam. With Mercy showing up near the end, that was a delight. I just love how Mercy things and responds even if it isn't the way I'd do it.
My favourite one is with Asil. This one really pulled at my heart strings. In Roses in Winter I loved how Asil is shown to be a gruff grumpy older werewolf with a heart of gold. Who he chooses to let in is few and when he does, it's as if the sun shines and warms from out to in. I don't want to give away what happens in this story, but suffice to say, this one is about a little girl and how rules can be unfair and why they exist. What happens when there needs to be a little flexibility to a hard rule... a rule which exists to protect all? Perhaps there should be a second chance and if that second change is used up, then termination occurs? I don't know. But I do know that in this one, it really takes a hard look at protective law and brings it to a personal level. This is why I like Ms. Briggs's writing. She makes it personal and the reader is heavily invested in the result.
Here is a little snippet of what I love about these strong males.Bran nodded at Charles. Charles looked at the prisoners and smiled. Asil had practiced in a mirror, trying to get that smile. His own were very good, but he hadn