Click HERE to go to my review of Vaughn's KITTY NORVILLE Series, which lists all of the book titles in reading order.
This is the first of two stories that take us into previously unexplored chapters in the life of Rick, Kitty's vampire friend. This is his origin story, and it takes place just a few decades after the previous story—in the mid-1500s. Rick, who was one of Coronado's soldiers, attempts to make a new life in the Americas but is waylaid by demonic vampires.
In this supernatural take on the story of Daniel in the lion's den, Vaughn provides a surprising answer to the age-old question: Why didn't those ferocious beasts devour Daniel?
In this story, a young woman falls in love with a sexy selkie who is imprisoned in the secret military laboratory where she works. This is the second "Rick" story; he is also a prisoner in the lab.
In her "Author's Notes," Vaughn calls this "Cormac and Ben's origin story." We see Cormac and Ben in their teen years, soon after Cormac moves in with Ben's family following the murder of his father by a werewolf.
This story follows Cormac as he hunts down a werewolf in the American West—just a typical day for Cormac.
Do you remember T. J.—the werewolf who befriended Kitty back at the beginning of the series and actually gave his life for her? This is his origin story—how and why he became a werewolf.
This story takes place before The Midnight Hour and before Kitty was outed as a werewolf. Kitty has a lengthy interior monologue about prey as she socializes with her colleagues at a KNOB staff party.
Taking place soon after Kitty was outed, this story finds Kitty at a hard-rock concert where a demon shows up to complicate matters for the band. I'd love to see Jax, the magical bartender, show up in a future KITTY novel.
It was inevitable that zombies would appear somewhere in the KITTY world, and here we have one knocking on the door of a New Year's Eve party that Kitty is attending. But this zombie is not the plague-stricken zombie of familiar myth. Instead, she is the victim of mind control and drugs used to create zombie slaves. Be glad you don't have a boyfriend like she had.
This story takes place after the events in Kitty Goes to Washington and describes what happens to Emma (Alette's living descendant) in the months following her unwilling changeover into a vampire. Of all the stories in the book, this one has the highest sensuality rating—a 4 for one relatively graphic sex scene.
"You're on the Air" (new story)
This is the key story in the book: the details about Cormac's relationship with a century-old female ghost/witch. Cormac is in prison, trying to keep it together until his release, when a demon begins murdering the inmates. Amelia (the ghost) begs Cormac to let her into his mind and body so that together they can defeat the demon, but Cormac is afraid that if he does, he'll lose his fragile hold on his sanity.