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The Hunter and the Hunted
Otherworld Stories
by Kelley Armstrong
Penguin group, $1.99, 122pp
Published: June 2012

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong comes two Otherworld short stories that take readers on an exhilarating honeymoon chase with werewolves Elena and Clay, and a mysterious mission through the afterlife with dark witch-turned-angel, Eve Levine.

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 back seat 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. Originally part of an anthology of supernatural romance stories, STALKED is the perfect introduction to Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series and an action-packed interlude for fans to revisit some of their favorite characters.

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. Packed with suspense and surprising twists, OFF-DUTY ANGEL reveals fascinating new insights into a beloved series character.

Includes an exclusive early look at THIRTEEN, the epic finale to the Otherworld series, coming July 24, 2012.

Elena and Clayton are on their honeymoon but both are kind of bored with the normal, mundane sightseeing available in St Louis and as werewolves there are limited places to just change, let loose and run. But since they are trying to be romantic neither is willing to tell the other that they are bored. Complications pop up when a stray werewolf with something to prove starts stalking them. How they solve the problem and also learn to communicate better with each other is the theme throughout Stalked.

Off-Duty Angel introduces us to Evie a dark witch and half demon who also happens to be dead. But that does not mean she is lazing around the afterlife happily. In fact, with her lover Kris busy in court (yes, there is court in the afterlife) she is getting antsy for something to do. Kris has her follow a man (also dead) who might be of use in one of Kris’ cases but what starts as a straightforward chore turns more interesting when Evie stumbles into a dimensional passage and finds a long-lost book of great importance.

I had not read anything in this series before this book. Both short stories are easy to follow and enjoyable even without the background of the full series. There is an excerpt from the book Thirteen which is non-stop action and makes me want to read the series.  Recommended ~~ Stephanie L Bannon

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