Otherworld Stories, Book 7.3 and 12.5
Synopsis: In Off-Duty Angel, dark witch and half-demon Eve Levine is desperate for a little entertainment while her lover, Kristof Nast, is detained in afterlife court—enough to volunteer an extra week’s worth of angel corps duty just to pass the time. Luckily something even better comes up: a real celestial bounty-hunter mission to trail a shaman, someone who might prove to be a useful lead in Kristof’s court case. Following the target goes smoothly, until he leads Eve to the British Museum, where she inadvertently steps into a secret dimensional passage and stumbles upon a far more enticing puzzle . . . and a much greater danger.This collection also includes, Stalked, previously printed in My Big, Fat Supernatural Honeymoon. It’s not a good sign when Elena Michaels and Clayton Danvers resort to everyday activities on their long-awaited honeymoon in St. Louis. But their encroaching boredom is about to take a backseat to an unexpected threat that catches Clay’s attention. A non-pack werewolf is clearly stalking them—out to claim Elena for himself—and Clay has no intention of letting the upstart mutt spoil their romantic getaway, even if that means deceiving Elena as he pursues the rival werewolf on his own.
Review: I was curious to see how these two short stories were when I saw it was possible to read them. The novel however presents the first chapters of Thirteen but I didn’t read it as I’m still at the seventh book in the series. Yes, I know… I’m a little late. (Remind me why I read this one in French? I don’t even have a good answer).
Regarding these two stories, I think the synopsis tells a lot so I won’t explain what is going on this time. I was really pleased by the characters featured here, indeed, I love Elena and Clay, as Eve. Well, I confess I like Paige as well, but it’s not for this volume. It’s always a pleasure to learn more about our protagonists. We never get tired with some little stories about them. I don’t think it was a problem for me to have one between book 12 and 13 even if I’m not there yet. I already read the book about Eve and this one is perfectly in continuity.
I think you know that now, everything is really fast but it was so nice. The Kelley Armstrong writing style is fluid as always and each story is well rhythmic and complete. I think it’s always difficult as we don’t have a lot of pages.
A nice surprise and I really need to read book 7 now, to continue and read the other books.