Book Review: “Territorial” by Kelley Armstrong

Posted November 23, 2020 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review: “Territorial” by Kelley Armstrong

I received this book for free from Author, Free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

"Territorial" by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Women of the Otherworld #0.13
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Author on September 2005
Pages: 15
Format: PDF
Source: Author, Free

Also in this series: Otherworld Secrets, Otherworld Chills, "Bargain", "Recruit", "Framed"

Also by this author: Omens, Wild Justice, Sea of Shadows, Visions, The Masked Truth, City of the Lost, Forest of Ruin, Betrayals, A Darkness Absolute, Indigo, Rituals, The Unquiet Past, This Fallen Prey, Stolen, Rough Justice, Dime Store Magic, Industrial Magic, Haunted, Broken, Dark Screams: Volume Nine, No Humans Involved,, Waking the Witch, Portents, Missing, Alone in the Wild, Watcher in the Woods, Otherworld Secrets, Wherever She Goes, "The Case of the Half-Demon Spy", "Truth & Consequences", "Escape", "Adventurer", Otherworld Chills, A Stranger in Town, "Bargain", Hex on the Beach, "Recruit", "Checkmate", "Framed"

A free short story, 0.13 in the Women of the Otherworld urban fantasy series and involving Karl Marsten, a mutt.

If you’re interested, there is a chronological listing of the Women of the Otherworld books on my website.

My Take

Oh, too funny. Armstrong starts off with Karl expressing his sexual interest in a fellow partygoer…an interest that quickly disintegrates under conversation. A lopsided one.

Armstrong makes good use of Karl’s radar going off to provide background on his father and his death, the problems of a mutt, and the battles used to enhance reputations, using third person protagonist point-of-view from Karl’s perspective.

I gotta agree with Cindy. Apologizing is no good if you keep doing the same thing.

It’s all a buildup for events in Bitten, 1. Foreshadowing.

The Story

The pleasant build-up of attraction that’s dashed, even as his father’s strictures on manners runs through Karl’s head.

Should he? Or shouldn’t he? A question that’s answered when an unexpected nemesis appears with an invitation.

The Characters

Karl Marsten is a rogue werewolf and international jewel thief. His father, Josef Marten, preferred quiet burglary.

The Stonehaven Pack is…
…led by Jeremy Danvers. Elena Michaels is a Pack werewolf with whom Karl has manipulated a friendship. Fellow Pack members include Peter Myers.

Malcolm Danvers is Jeremy’s jerk of a father. Wally and Ray Santos are/were part of Malcolm’s posse. Daniel Santos is Ray’s youngest son with a taste for satisfying three of his werewolf hungers at once—violence, food, and sex.

Cindy Mays is a wealthy and pretty partygoer.

The Cover and Title

The cover is black, red, and white in blocks of color showcasing Cindy as a silhouette in white enhanced by the red of her lips and the sexy black halter dress she’s wearing along with a tiger pendant, stretching her arms over her head. A spare abstract of a wolf in red outlined in white is behind her with black filling the rest of the background. Left justified and beginning at Cindy’s waist is the author’s name with the title below it in white.

The title is all about Karl’s “Territorial” desires.

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