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This review is from: Broken: Number 6 in series (Otherworld) (Paperback)
The story opens with Elena, who, at 5 weeks pregnant, is about to Shift for the first time since she found out about the pregnancy. She is terrified that in doing so, she will potentially lose the baby. And it's not as if there is anyone she can ask for advice. Currently, Elena is the only female werewolf in existence. Female werewolves throughout history have been rare, and female werewolves reproducing with their human mates, even rarer. Two werewolves reproducing? It's never happened. At least, not as far as the records can tell. So naturally Elena is finding the whole thing daunting and unsettling.
On the other hand, not Shifting isn't really an option either. In Kelley Armstrong's world, werewolves have to Shift regularly or they'll go mad, which would mean having to be to be locked away. So she really is in quite the predicament.
Clay's protective nature is out in force in this book. Not only has he got a mate to protect, but an unborn pup, too. Clay, having always been closer to his animal side than any other werewolf I have read about, is ruled by his natural instincts, and yet I thought he was showed considerable restraint at times during this novel. Giving Elena the space she needs and trying not to pressure her in any way. It really was nice to revisit this couple.
The action comes into play when Elena gets a call from Xavier, who was one of the people who held her captive 3 years ago, (see Stolen) who claims she still owes him a favour. She swiftly tells him what he can do with that idea, but then he offers to help her locate a rogue wolf that the Pack have been tracking for months to no avail, in return for this new favour, which is to retrieve a letter that was purportedly penned by none other than Jack the Ripper, and something that only a non-human can do.
Now, if I'm honest, I found the main premise of oops-I've-accidentally-brought-Jack-the-Ripper-through-a-magical-time-portal to be a little bit silly. And I'm usually all for high fantasy, and don't mind far-fetched storylines, but I just wasn't expecting it from a Clay and Elena book. I'm used to getting a gripping suspense-filled mystery from them instead, so it was a bit of a head scratcher as to why Armstrong went down that route this time. Nevertheless, it was still well written as usual, and it was nice to see how they are coping with the pregnancy, etc.
All-in-all this one didn't rock my world quite like Bitten or Stolen, but it was still a good read.