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Book Review of Bound to Shadows (Riley Jenson, Guardian, Bk 8)

Bound to Shadows (Riley Jenson, Guardian, Bk 8)
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Helpful Score: 1

This may be the best in the series for Riley's character development. The previous books showed her torn between the choice of becoming a Guardian and wanting a "normal" werewolf life. To be honest, this got old. We all knew what the outcome was going to be. In this storyline, however, she actually has to choose between, as she says, her soul and her heart. It does kind of make me wonder why Rhoan didn't have this problem, unless it was because he was drawn more to the vampire part of their heritage.

One thing which drives me nuts is why Ms. Arthur keeps introducing new races of beings whom no one except one person has ever heard about. You would think there would be at least a database of pooled knowledge in the Directorate library of paranormal beings---especially considering some of the vampires working there are centuries old. The new hire paperwork should list a question "Name? DOB? What other paranormal beings have you come across in this century? The last one? The one before that? Use the back of this page as needed."

And for all you out there that are calling Riley some choice names out there for her free and easy use of sex---you do realize you are flirting with how the humans in the series treat werewolves? These almost rants seems to drive home to me whether this series is also a commentary on alternative lifestyles which have stereotypes of loose individuals with low morals and a high sex drive, like swingers or LGBT. Sex outside the so-called norm is ugly and repulsive and anyone practicing it is called names and demeaned (is that a word?). It's ok to not understand how Riley can have sex with a man she despises for information while being in as much as a committed relationship as a werewolf can be to someone not her soulmate. I don't agree with calling her a whore, though.


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