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 In her newest Women of the Otherworld Series, Armstrong writes about Hope Adams, a half demon who can sense the violent thoughts of others.  When she is asked to repay a debt by the head of the Cortez Cabal, she must go undercover in a gang of thieves to find what is happening.  But nothing is like it seems and soon Hope is in way over her head.  Luckily, her ex-bf, Karl, happens to be in the neighborhood.  Now a Pack werewold, Karl has toed the line a bit, but is still a bit of a troublemaker.  However, in this instance, he is trying to keep Hope out of trouble.  A riveting tale with some new characters and some of my old favorites.

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 Armstrong veers away from the supernatural and into the world of professional killers.  Nadia, a retired police officer, is now a professional hitwoman.  She has learned much from Jack.  So when he asks her to help him track down a serial killer that has the country up in arms, she agrees.  Soon she will be delving deeper into the underground world of professional killers while trying to track a deadly killer (who looks more and more like he is in the same profession as her).  Though not as entertaining as the Women of the Otherworld series, this new series certainly has action.

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 Eve Levine, mother of Savannah, died in Stolen (but off screen so to speak).  Now she is back and has a job from the Fates.  Being dead isn’t going to stop this witch from trying to trap a chaos being back in hell where she belongs.  Eve doesn’t pretend to be good, but that doesn’t mean she is entirely bad either.  She has spent her entire supernatural death looking after her daughter, who can’t see her, and trying to find a way to come back to the world of the living.  The Fates get a bit fed up with all her shenanigans and offer her a chance to repay a debt, by trapping the Nix.  Finally, a job to do that will take her mind off of all that she lost.  But she soon realizes that she is going to need some help.  Enter Kristof, Savannah’s father, who Eve abandoned after learning she was pregnant.  Now with her in the afterlife, Kristof is bound and determined to get his witch back.  The hunt is going well until it veers into Eve’s backyard and threatens Savannah.  Hell hath no fury like a mother whose child is in danger and Eve proves just how true that is.

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 Having finally come to grips with her life in Bitten, Elena is now back with the pack and in charge of keeping track of mutts, non-pack werewolves.  But a lead on a possible leak about werewolves leads her into a trap where she meets other supernatural beings for the first time.  Soon after, she is kidnapped by a group of scientists intent on harnessing the supernatural powers for their own use.  Imprisoned and alone, Elena does not turn tail and run, but stands and fights (although not as you might think).  She meekly acquiesces to the demands of her captors, biding her time until she can escape.  But there are other people that must be saved too including Savannah, a young witch who has tremendous powers and whose mother has just been murdered.  Meanwhile, there is a traitor in the midst of the prisoners and no one realizes it.  This tale is heart wrenching especially after everything Elena went through in Bitten.

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 Bitten tells the tale of Elena Michaels, the only female werewolf.  After being bitten by her fiance, Elena turns into a werewolf.  But after years of Pack life, she wants to make it on her own in the human world.  But all too soon she is called back to help the Pack with a threat to their territory.  Someone is killing the locals and it is up to Elena and the rest of the Pack to find out who it is and deal with them before their secrets are exposed.  Elena is very resistant to the werewolf life and she is equally resistant to Clay, her former fiance.  But she can’t help but protect the life she once knew and soon she is embroiled in the hunt for a killer.  This is not just an action packed adventure, but also a story about a woman trying to come to terms with her life.  Elena is torn and wants to find happiness.  Unfortunately, she doesn’t feel that can come by haning around with other werewolves.  A gripping tale with a strong female lead.

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 So I didn’t realize how much I was going to like this series or I would have read it in order.  This book takes place before Industrial Magic and tells the tale of how Lucas and Paige met.  Paige is now the guardian of 12 year old Savannah and the head of the witches Coven.  Things are going well for them, until Savannah’s father files for custody.  Paige has no intention of granting him any access to Savannah and soon is being subject to threats.  Enter Lucas Cortez, a young lawyer intent on helping her.  Oh and Lucas, like Savannah’s father, is a sorcerer, which makes him supposedly an enemy of witches.  Though she wants nothing to do with him at first, soon Paige realizes that if she wants to win this battle she will have to trust Lucas.  Plenty of magic, a little bloodshed, and great action make this a thrilling read.

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 So it turns out that I had read something else by this author without even realizing it.  I picked up IM at a bookstore and read it.  It seemed vaguely familiar and then I realized that I had read another one on this series entitled No Humans Involved about necromancer Jaime Vargas who plays a more minor role in IM.  This is a series you can really get into.  Armstrong is similar to Hamilton except that she doesn’t do all teh tawdry sex.  This is a world in which humans, werewolves, vampires, sorcerers, and witches.  She sets-up a believable world with a solid hierarchy.  Lucas and Paige end up in Miami at the behest of Lucas’s father.  Though they do not want ot help, they end up agreeing to look for a murderer after seeing several teens brutally murdered by a supernatural being.  Calling help from all over, Lucas and Paige track down the bad guy, but not without some consequences.

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