Review ~ Brazen by Kelley Armstrong

Review ~ Brazen by Kelley Armstrong
Review ~ Brazen by Kelley Armstrong

Brazen by Kelley Armstrong

3 Stars
Women of the Otherworld #13.1
Published by: Subterranean Press
on December 15, 2013
Format: eBook
Pages: 216
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Nick Sorrentino knows everyone in the supernatural world considers him the Pack’s playboy, the pretty but not very useful werewolf whose only reputation involves his amorous exploits.

Usually, Nick couldn’t care less what anyone outside the Pack thinks of him. But when it affects his hunt for Malcolm Danvers, a psychotic bogeyman from the Pack’s past, it matters.

Necessity forces Nick to team up with mercenary half-demon Vanessa Callas to run Malcolm to ground in Detroit. Together, they discover Malcolm is more deadly than ever. And he wants to play.

It’s time for Nick to prove he’s not just a lover.

I was so excited to be back in the world of the Women of the Otherworld! Especially since it is a werewolf story. Don’t get me wrong, I love the half-demons, witches, sorcerers and vamps too, but the werewolves started it all and they are just awesome. As a lot of you know, the first book of the series is on TV right now. Bitten is on SyFy. Only one more episode of this season as I write this. I think watching the show, however, may have influenced my view of the book.

I like Nick a lot better in the books. In Brazen, he is taken out of his usual carefree, playboy lifestyle and put into the role of enforcer. He is sent to verify the investigation company’s spotting of Malcolm and ends up doing the hunt on his own. Well, except for his new partner. I really liked the half-demon Vanessa. She is tough and good at her job. The badly executed attempt to get a little personal with Nick was funny. She just obviously doesn’t do personal, she’s better at the business end of things. I also like that she is not described as this anorexic, model gorgeous heroine. I like that she was based on realistic women and all their fun trials as we age.

Brazen was a quick, exciting read tracking down the pack’s nightmare foe. It was a good look at Malcolm and all his crazy. I wanted more Clay and Elena, but I know this was not meant to be about them. If you are a fan of this series you know you want to grab up any crumbs we can get on our favorite characters. This will definitely wet your appetite until we get our next little nugget. The way this ended leads me to believe there will be more, so you best keep up!

Don’t forget to watch Bitten and hashtag #renewbitten. We have to get more of this show!

About Kelley Armstrong


Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She's the author of the NYT-bestselling "Women of the Otherworld" paranormal suspense series and "Darkest Powers" young adult urban fantasy trilogy, as well as the Nadia Stafford crime series. Armstrong lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.

  • LilyElement

    I really need to catch up on the show. I loved the books back in the day. Didn’t even know this one came out, so thanks!!

    • Tanya Davis

      A review of this came up in my feed, I wish I could remember who it was, but I couldn’t believe this had come out and I knew nothing about it!

  • Melanie Simmons

    I’m like you. I enjoyed this book, but wasn’t overjoyed by it. The good news, I saw on Facebook or Twitter she has a new novella with Elena and Clay coming out soon. I also think she is doing another anthology of short stories like Tales of the Otherworld too. I’m so glad she hasn’t abandoned the world completely. #RenewBitten

    • Tanya Davis

      Yes, I am SO glad she didn’t abandon the Otherworld completely. I love all these characters and these little novellas help get me by!

  • Braine TS

    I’d like to read Bitten, the first book, then jump to the TV series but I don’t think I have the bandwidth to read all of the WoO books. I do have her Sea of Shadows so I think I’ll follow that one instead. I did love her YA series, the plots for those two arcs were great.

    • Tanya Davis

      I think I’ve read all but the last one from the YA series. The Women of the Otherworld books were one of my UF/PNR starter series.

  • kimbacaffeinate

    This series is on my wishlist. I may try the audio version.

    • Tanya Davis

      I’d like to hear what you think of the audio, maybe I will take that route when I do a reread.

  • Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    Yes, I’m all about the werewolves too. No other alpha male has even come close to removing Clayton Danvers from his pedestal (IM humble O). And Nick’s okay, I guess 😉 KIDDING. I’m actually in the process of rereading this whole series whenever I get a free moment. I’m currently on Forbidden . . .

    • Tanya Davis

      Seriously?! I am feeling like a pretty pathetic fan-girl here. Either my memory sucks, or this is the first I’m hearing of Forbidden! I think I need to do a little research. I can’t believe I’m missing these little gems!

      • Jessica @ Rabid Reads

        Kelley Armstrong is the novella QUEEN. There are 7 others after that one, but 2 of them are only available in Blood Lite anthologies. And hey, just looking that up clued me into 2 MORE (one of them is even an Elena POV) that are in the works for the end of the year 😉 Not gonna run out of Otherworld material any time soon 😉

    • Tanya Davis

      Ok, I just have to acknowledge that I’m not AS bad a fan-girl as I thought I was. I actually have this book, I just haven’t read it! Doh!

  • Melliane

    Oh I’m curious about this one. Only problem is that I’m a little behind in the series, like I need to read book 8 maybe? Well really late lol as you see. But I can’t wait to catch up.

    • Tanya Davis

      I enjoyed going back with this novella. I missed the Otherworld since Thirteen came out. It’s a great series and I’m glad Kelley Armstrong didn’t drop it completely.


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