by Kelley Armstrong
Released: April 25th 2006
Series: Women of the Otherworld #6
Published by Bantam
Genres: Urban Fantasy
“This book is definitely a highlight of the series, although I have loved them all, I particularly enjoyed this one, if I could rate it 6 stars, I would.”
~ Under the Covers
Elena and Clay are back! In this installment of the Women of the Otherworld series Kelley Armstrong brings us back for a visit with Elena and Clay. Only now Elena is pregnant, pregnant and stir crazy with a couple of over protective werewolves watching over her, so when the opportunity for a “safe” adventure comes long she grabs it. Of course nothing is ever simple, and Elena’s “safe” adventure leads to Jack the Ripper being unleashed on the streets once more, with the added bonus of his zombie sidekicks.
I don’t know what it is about Jack the Ripper, but add him to a story and it always makes it that little bit more exciting, it seems to add an extra dose of mystery and intrigue and gore. Which is why after I read the blurb, I was particularly excited to start this book, add in a pregnant Elena and I pounced on Broken and didn’t let it go until I had finished. This book is definitely a highlight of the series, although I have loved them all, I particularly enjoyed this one, if I could rate it 6 stars, I would.
First off, Elena, pregnant! I wasn’t expecting that but I loved seeing that her and Clay had mostly moved past their past and are moving on with their (hopefully long and happy) future together. This is a werewolf book though so pack is very important and I really like that Armstrong demonstrates the dynamics of a pack in each of these books. Plus I love to catch up with the other members of the pack as well as just Elena and Clay; then there is the Jeremy-Jaime thing, which is utterly adorable, all of which happens in the background. The complicated and varied relationships that Armstrong has built within this world is part of what makes this series so good, it is so rich in detail, nothing ever feels surface deep.
The Jack the Ripper aspect of the story was also interesting and more than any of the other books in this series, I found Broken a bit creepy. There were some real edge of the seat moments in this book that meant it was a very hard book to put down, you need to know what’s going to happen next. Although I did find myself muttering at the book a few times; what is a heavily pregnant women doing going about fighting zombies?! It definitely added an edge of frustrated excitement to the book.
Another great book in the Women of the Otherworld series, I can’t believe I waited so long to read them. If you haven’t started this series yet you need to go and pick up the first book, you won’t regret it!
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?