Wednesday 6 July 2011

Review: Deadly Desire - Keri Arthur

A rare hybrid of werewolf and vampire, Guardian Riley Jenson, always seems to be facing danger. She's trying to catch a friend who's left a trail of female corpses behind in a bizarre ritual of evil, just as a series of brutal slayings also shocks the vampire world of her lover, Quinn. So the last thing Riley needs is the heat of the upcoming full moon bringing her werewolf hormones to a boil - or the reappearance of a sexy bounty hunter, Kye Murphy.

Torn between her vamp and wolf natures, between her lover Quinn and Kye's lupine charm, Riley knows she's courting danger and indulging the deadliest desires. And when her hunt through the supernatural underworld brings her face-to-face with what lurks in a darkness where even monsters fear to tread, things begin to get really deadly.

Riley Jenson Guardian Series:
Full Moon Rising
Kissing Sin
Tempting Evil
Dangerous Games
Embraced by Darkness
The Darkest Kiss
Deadly Desire
Bound to Shadows
Moon Sworn

Dark Angel Series:
(This is a spin off from the Riley Jenson Guardian series)
Darkness Unbound
Darkness Rising
Darkness Devours
Darkness Hunts
Darkness Unmasked
Darkness Splintered
Darkness Falls

For more information visit Keri Arthur's website

Riley has never been particularly happy about her job as a Guardian but she is good at what she does and her skills come in very useful for The Directorate. When a string of teenage girls are found murdered Riley is soon put on the case to find out if there is any connection between them. Things get even more complicated when wealthy vampires start being picked off one by one but are the two cases linked? It is up to Riley to find out but with bounty hunter Kye getting in her way at every turn and the full moon bringing her wolf's emotions to the fore can Riley put aside her need for sex, remain faithful to Quinn and catch the killer?

I've been a fan of the Riley Jenson series from the start so was looking forward to reading Deadly Desire. Although this probably wasn't my favourite book in the series it was still a good read and has definitely set things up well for the last 2 books in the series. As I've come to expect from Keri Arthur there is plenty of action and Riley finds herself in the thick of things. We didn't see as much of some of the other main characters as I would have liked but it was nice to get an update on how things are going for Rhoan and Liander.

I was really pleased that Riley and Quinn seem to be finally getting their relationship back on track, I've had a bit of a love / hate thing going with Quinn throughout the series but I'm definitely in more of a love him phase at the moment. He is finally coming to accept Riley for who she is and has stopped trying to change her which was something that had really bugged me about him in the past. It wouldn't be Riley if everything was going smoothly though and Kye has definitely added a big complication. I'm not quite sure what to make of him yet as we still don't know too much about him but I'm very curious about his abilities and will be interested to see if he appears in the next book.

Overall Deadly Desires was a fun read and one I really enjoyed. If you're new to the series I would definitely recommend reading the books in order so you get the full benefit of Riley's background but if you're an urban fantasy fan then it's a series well worth checking out. Be warned that although this is urban fantasy the series does contain a lot of sex so if that is something you don't enjoy reading then this might not be the series for you.

Source: Library

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