Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Book Review: Brazen by Kelley Armstrong (WOTO #13.2)

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.

My Review:
I was so excited to finally get a novella from the POV of Nick, who is one of my favourite wolves in urban fantasy. I have loved him as a supporting character in the Otherworld but it's great to see him get his own full adventure here! And how gorgeous is that book cover? I've bought the hardback book and I can't stop looking at the cover art!

Getting back to the story now, Nick is tasked with finding Malcolm Danvers, the most dangerous wolf in America. He hires a group of supernaturals to track Malcolm down but they ignore warnings about how dangerous he is and that following him must be left to the Pack, and one of their agents goes missing. Nick and the agent leader, half demon Vanessa, decide to go and find the missing agent-and Malcolm. The Pack agree to stand by as his backip as needed.

This was such a great story. Nick is getting annoyed that everyone is underestimating him. Malcolm doesn't rate him as worth his time and Nick feels as if he is two steps behind the older man. Vanessa seems to regard him as a playboy who sleeps with anything-not realising that she was trying to seduce, not insult him. Malcolm is outwitting him every step of the way but he is determined to prove himself to the Pack.

This novella is action packed. Nick and Vanessa have some near misses with bounty hunters and cops who have been skillfully set on them by Malcolm. There is always something happening in this book and you just want Nick to be successful and show that he is an asset to the Pack. His interactions with Vanessa are interesting and in some ways her awkwardness reminds me of the early days with Jaime and Jeremy, which was kind of endearing! I liked the fact that Elena is showing faith in Nick by letting him handle the situation but being ready to come and help if needed.

This book really showcases how good Kelley Armstrong is at writing characters that you care about, and I feel that she is at her best when she is writing about the Pack. We get emotion, action and an exciting plot.

Loved it! 
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