Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Women of the Otherworld #7.3
In: Otherworld Nights (Kelley Armstrong)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Dark fantasy, Paranormal fantasy, Strong women
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: I scanned the road, sampling the air.
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.
Nothing is simple with Clay and Elena – something that I’ve enjoyed about their relationship, and, luckily, their honeymoon is no different. Although this story takes place at a point in the series when they have had children, forgiven the past and finally decided to happily spend the rest of their lives together, there is still many moments of contention throughout the short story. Not just Clay and Elena’s natural tendency to be difficult and argumentative, but also through the presence of mutts.
Although both Clay and Elena tend to argue consistently throughout the Women of the Otherworld series, they will also do anything to protect one another. For Clay, the physical aspects of this are easy, but it is the way in which he fights to not kill the mutt in order to save their honeymoon that I find the sweetest. Funnily enough, Elena too tries to discourage the mutt without telling her husband, in an attempt to salvage what is becoming quite boring for both characters. Their lack of communication, and the way that, when they are on the same page they can work together impeccably is one of my favourite things about these characters. They are so dysfunctional that they actually work quite brilliantly.
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