I'm going to review the first four books of this series as a "set" since they contain a world story arc that carries through them and most readers will prefer to have all four on hand before starting the series. This is the third book in the Riley Jenson Guardian series, which are paranormal romances set in Melbourne, Australia. Arthur does an excellent job of balancing the paranormal and the romance elements of the story and, while the moon cycle sexual responses of the werewolves echo a bit of LKH's "ardeur", Arthur pulls it off much more smoothly. The paranormal elements are well thought out with a few nice twists to standard mythos. Characters are well drawn, though a bit unbelievably perfect at times. Each book does have a standalone plot with a satisfying conclusion, but as I mentioned, there is a "world arc" that carries through all four books.
Frustrating. Okay I liked this series b/c Riley is a strong female character who enjoys guilt-free sex. But after three books - every book is the same. The characters don't develop. ***Spoilers in this review.***** Opening fight scene followed by sex scene followed by reaffirmation that she's into Quinn but he's a jackass, intrigue mixed with fighting and sex, some emotional "resolution" with Quinn then story leaves at a "cliff hanger" with the entire story arch not completely resolved. At the end of the first two books, Quinn was ready to work on their relationship. At the start of each following book, we learn that Quinn has again blown her off. So the "resolution" at the end of this book is sure to be just another way to leave us "satisfied" in the final chapter. But I'm not satisfied because we know now, by formula, how the next book will start.
There is a pretty hot love scene in the book, though, which may make the whole thing worth the read. I just keep wishing that Riley's love life would move forward. It reminds me a lot of the Anita Blake books. There is a lot of fighting, a lot of sex, but the characters remain largely untouched by any of it, emotionally. Of course I managed to read 19 LKH books before I felt as frustrated as I feel with this one.
One review mentioned that the first four books in this series are a "set" completing a story arc. I will probably read the fourth book just to have resolution. Maybe the next book will be better and tempt me to keep going.
the third book in the riley series. has romance, action, and suspense. all the books in the series have been great. you do need to read them in order because they play off each other with certain info in the storyline. i love that the main character is a women and she holds her own against the evil in the book. GREAT READ!
Riley's in for it now...entering a true prison of pleasure. The palace is guarded and has security rivals the White House. She actually volunteered for this mission and it is scary!! Might keep you up turning pages.
I really enjoy this book. Its actions were fast and the details were enough to keep you imagination really going. I am going to find more books in this series and by this author. If you enjoy a good vampire/werewolf/oddballs stuff. You will really enjoy this one. The main charactor really made the book fun and interesting. I hope other will take time to read and enjoy.
Riley's 3rd book. These just get better & better. This time she and Rhoan, Quinn, Kade, Jack, Kellan and all of her crew are going after Starr. Twists and turns abound along w/alot of steamy scenes. She really gets around. Can't wait for #4, Dangerous Games.
3rd in the series Riley Jenson embarking on a new mission--- and enjoying the attention ot two irrestible men: Quinn, a sexy inscrutable vamp, and Kellen, a gorgeous, grinning wolf. caught between two lovers while hot on the trail of a killer, Riley's tempting fate_ and loving every minute of it!
Really good - definitely not the ending I was expecting. Poor Riley - they're always after her. This time, though, she's not running or being abducted, but going straight into the lair of the bad guys.
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A different spin on the whole vampire, werewolf genre. Not for the faint of heart this qualifies as mature subject matter. Still a great read. I am intreged by the characters and want to read the next book.
This is a fantasy novel with werewolves, vampires, and all the ghouls you could want. It is the third book in the Riley Jenson series. It is the first that I have read by this aurthor and series and I really enjoyed it. Riley Jenson is part of a organization that polices the supernatural races to protect humans. It is part romance but mostly kick tail kind of book. In this book, the organization is trying to bring down a mad scientist who has been messing around with gene pool and creating awful creatures and it is their job to stop him. A very good read.
Riley is given a drug by Starr she wants to bring him down since he is messing with changing species. Working for a government organization to police action for exraordinary species she helps take the bad boys down. Having a werewolf lover, vampire lover and a shapeshifter lover she cant make a decision on her person life to change her lovers for now.
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 and half vampire, working for an organization created to police the supernatural races.....
Riley Jenson novel.
In a world of sorcery and seduction, the night bring out the beautiful, the damned and the desired. Riley Jeson is on her own, half werewolf, half vampire, working for an organization created to police supernatural races.
Book 3 was filled with suspense and danger. Riley is on a mission that will alter her life forever.
Deshon Starr is evil at it worst, a monster, a madman with money and no conscience is a deadly mix.
Riley, Rhoan, Kade and Quinn take on the biggest batch of misfits and do not walk away unscathed.
Riley going in undercover as a main attraction in Starr's psychotic world, where a death match is the entertainment and cheers are given to the bloodiest of inhuman acts as supernaturals fight against those created in a lab, with mixed DNA and follow only one command "to kill or be killed."
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: 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...