I love Keri Arthur for getting her publicist to send me all three of these books, because I would have really had some serious whining going if I’d had to wait for each one to release (even if it was only a month in between). As it is, I have to now wait until June for the next one, so let the whining commence…
This is the third book in the Riley Jenson Guardian series, and I think I might have said this before, but these books get stronger as they progress.
In a world of sorcery and seduction, the nights bring out the beautiful, the damned, and the desired. Here, Riley Jenson is on her own–half werewolf, half vampire, working for an organization created to police the supernatural races. Trusting her superiors and lovers barely more than she trusts her worst enemies, Riley plays by her own set of rules. Her latest mission: to enter the heavily guarded pleasure palace of a criminal named Deshon Starr–a madman-scientist who’s been messing around in the gene pool for decades.
With two sexy men–a cool, seductive vampire and an irresistibly hot wolf–vying for her attention, Riley must keep focused. Because saving the world from Deshon Starr will mean saving herself–from the trap that’s closing in around her. . . .
What didn’t work for me: While I feel that there’s supposed to be a competition between Kellen and Quinn in the “race” for Riley’s interest, Kellen doesn’t get very much face time. I think this is perhaps because Quinn can involve himself in Riley’s work. The book walks the fine edge of making me want to shake either Quinn or Riley, I’m not sure which. Quinn for acting like an ass yet thinking he has every right to Riley, or Riley for letting him get away with it. Maybe that’s a good thing, that the author managed to evoke those emotions, but seriously, I want them to move. Some hint that they’re moving forward if Quinn is going to be “the one”.
What worked for me: The action. I love the way Keri writes action, and leads Riley to make decisions that aren’t always the fun decisions. She puts her heroine out there, things aren’t always pretty. This is an interesting world, with different types of characters and creatures, which I appreciate. I enjoy how each book has a story stands on its own, but still moves a larger story arc forward.
Overall: As I said, I think this series improves with each book. I think part of it is a maturing in the author’s writing as she goes through the editing process on each one and learns more about her own strengths and weaknesses. I thoroughly enjoy Riley Jenson as a heroine and I appreciate the fact that she enjoys sex–revels in it,even–and doesn’t apologize for it, but isn’t collecting men like…some other heroines. I would like to see more play time for Kellen, to make me believe that there’s actually a choice Riley has to make, but overall, at heart, I enjoy romance so it wouldn’t hurt my feelings to see a relationship build with one or the other. If you haven’t read the first two, I suggest reading those first. Keri Arthur has created an interesting world of other beings, and she steeps the reader in it. She does a fantastic job of helping you understand what it’s like to be something “other” living in a human world, what it means, and how that world is different.
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