I've really enjoyed The Mercy Thompson stories and since it's an older series, I've been able to binge read all the books in a row. Biblio-gluttony! Happily for me, Patricia Briggs has written other tales so I will continue to enjoy her writing while I wait.
As I'm doing research for a werewolf series I'm writing, I've read werewolf stories by many authors and Ms. Briggs Mercy Thompson tales are among my favorite. The characters are engaging and the plots are interesting and fairly plausible. If you believe in that whole paranormal thing, which of course I do! Though the Mercy Thompson series is classified as urban fantasy, there's enough of a love story and sexual tension going on in all the books to give romance lovers a good fix, in my own humble opinion. Start with the first one, Moon Called and go from there. It's hard for me to say if these could be stand-alone, since I've read them in order, like I always try to do with a series.
I like Mercy because she's a reluctant heroine, taking on various bad guys who start to appear in her life. She doesn't whine and snivel, even though she wants her world to return to normal. We all have to deal with changes and sometimes, life never goes back to the way it was. In Mercy's case, she gets a few nice perks from all the weirdness, like a delicious hunk of werewolf man to be her mate.
One thing I especially enjoy about this series is the cover. The model seems to have changed with the later books, but I like the woman's look on every one. Speaking of covers, mine is up for best of the month at The Talent Cave Reviews so if you have a moment, please vote for Out of the Ordinary. http://thetalentcavereviews.weebly.com/
I wish I could say I designed this lovely picture, but a talented artist at Totally Bound did.
Happy reading and thanks for voting!