Review: The Hunter and the Hunted

The Hunter and The Hunted (Otherworld Stories, #7.3, 10.6)

The Hunter and the Hunted by Kelley Armstrong 

Otherworld Stories 10.6 and 7.3

June 12, 2012 – Dutton Adult

101 pages – Adult, Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Otherworld Series

Source: Netgalley

Discaimer:  A copy was given to me, free, in exchange for my honest review.

Goodreads Summary: In Off-Duty Angel (Otherworld #10.6),
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 (Otherworld #7.3), 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.

Includes an exclusive early look at the first seven chapters ofThirteen, the Otherworld series finale coming July 24, 2012.

My Thoughts: Stalked is a Clay and Elena Story, two of my favorite characters. Their interactions with each other are always hilarious and heartwarming. This story is no different, except Clay is doing his best to be discreet. I don’t remember any other time where Clay even attempted this. It really isn’t his strong suit. The ending made me laugh, making me love Clay and Elena’s relationship even more.

Off Duty Angel Evie and Kristoff are back for another adventure.  Of course, since it’s easy it doesn’t go as planned. Evie stumbles across some sacred texts. Her snark is welcome relief to the Hell dimension they find themselves in.  This was another fun story. While I want to say that I wish they were longer , the truth is that they were the perfect length. I just happen to enjoy most -if not all- of Armstrong’s characters.

Do you have to read the series to understand what is going on in the short stories? No, I think that they are a great way to get your feet wet with the other. But, reading the full length novels may make you more connected to these characters.

5 stars *****

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