Bound to Shadows

A beheaded vampire is found outside a Melbourne vampire club and an already testy Riley is sent in to investigate.  As the body count starts rising, Riley has her work cut out for her to find out who, or what, is behind the murders.  With civilities between the local vampire and human population breaking down it’s only a matter of time before violence breaks out.  Dante Starke, the owner of the club is a vampire with an aura that makes even a Guardian nervous, but Riley has to get answers.  Two human women are found dead in their beds, with no discernible cause of death and Riley feels there is somehow a link.  How or why is something she has to figure out, even with the distraction of her hated soul-mate Kye making a reappearance.

I’ve hugely enjoyed the previous books in the Riley Jenson Guardian series.  They are easy to read, exciting, erotic and action packed yet Bound to Shadows takes it to the next level.  The emotions inherent throughout the book seemed more real, more tangible.  Fear, rage, lust, love and sorrow and the latter is what got me in the end.  It made me cry.  Without spoiling anything, the big kick in the gut was something I knew might happen and something I knew had to happen but the way that whole section was written was just perfect, right to the last word.

Riley is definitely up there as one of my favourite urban fantasy heroines.  Conflicted often by her half-vampire, half-wolf soul, she tries to do the best she can for each but also stay true to herself.  She’s fierce in everything she does whether it’s loving or fighting and while diplomacy might not be her best trait, she achieves what she needs to sometimes at the cost of herself.  Brilliantly and consistently written.

I loved that we saw more of Quinn in this book and the bond that is between him and Riley.  They are a great foil for each other and while you learn more of his history and how powerful he can be, I sense that there is a lot more to come and it won’t necessarily sit well with Riley.

I still love the interactions with her twin brother Rhoan and his mate Liander, they make a great couple and the big question they ask Riley, something she never thought would be possible brought a tear to my eye.

I can’t really say much more (and I really want to!) without spoiling it so I will just say this; Bound to Shadows – Read it… just read it.

If you are new to the series then get started as this is book 8,  Find ‘Full Moon Rising’ and get going!

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Book Information
  • Author: Keri Arthur
  • Series: Riley Jenson, Guardian (8)
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Deadly Desire

Life is never normal for Riley Jenson.  Being a rare hybrid of vampire and werewolf she often finds her dual natures at odds with each other, often wanting or needing different things.. or people.  Add in her Guardian duties for the Directorate, a role which she never wanted in the first place and it fast becomes a pain in the ass.  When strange murders of both humans and vampires start happening, it’s up to Riley to find out if there is a link and if so, to stop the killer.  But how does the mysterious and annoying Kye Murphy fit into it.  With the Moon’s heat rushing through her, can she focus enough to solve the murders before any more victims turn up.

This is the 7th Book in the Riley Jenson series and I have enjoyed the previous five a great deal.  They are gritty, fast paced, exciting and also quite erotic at times.  However, I’m not really sure what the problem is with this one.  I found it hard to get into the flow of it, kept putting it down to do other things but I did persevere and it was worth it in the end.  The plot was quite good, the characters consistent but it wasn’t really until the second half of the book when it finally engages you.  It almost felt like Keri Arthur had grown a bit tired of the series and nearly produced a book by the numbers, the saving grace being that she does write very well and her characters are interesting and for the most part lead you to care about them.

As a ‘just OK’ book is the exception rather than the rule for Keri Arthur, I would definitely read the next one as I do want to find out how Riley adapts to the new changes in her life.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Keri Arthur
  • Series: Riley Jenson, Guardian (7)
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