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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Riley Jenson Guardian Series Book 1 & 2 by Keri Arthur

For Precious, thanks for sharing the books girl...
Full Moon Rising:
Australian author Arthur's fast-paced fantasy-romance, the first in a new series, introduces part vampire, part werewolf Riley Jenson, who works for Melbourne's Directorate of Other Races, as does her twin brother, Rhoan. When Rhoan goes missing, a naked yet powerful vampire, Quinn, appears on Riley's doorstep and asks for her aid. Riley and Quinn team up to find Rhoan, investigate the mysterious deaths of Directorate agents and determine who's been creating vampire and werewolf clones. Despite their mutual attraction, Quinn—once heartbroken by a werewolf lover—will never fully trust another werewolf, but that doesn't stop him from helping Riley through the lust that engulfs werewolves in the days leading up to the full moon.
Kissing Sin:
Vampire-werewolf heroine Riley Jensen escapes an unknown enemy's breeding pens to kick off the second installment of Arthur's urban fantasy series (following Full Moon Rising). The action and sex come fast and furious as Riley works with her twin brother, her boss at Melbourne's Directorate of Other Races, as well as most of her lovers (who include a vampire with werewolf issues, a werewolf with mixed loyalties, an alpha werewolf and a horse-shifter) to uncover and derail a nefarious plot to create an army of super-beings. Strong world-building, vivid personalities and the distinctive cultures of each of the various paranormal strains combine for a rich narrative, and Arthur's descriptive prose adds texture and menace. She also creates strong empathy for Riley, whose vampire half is beginning to assert itself, making her already precarious fertility problems worse. As in her first entry, though, Arthur can occasionally lose her reader amid complicated paranormal plot points, and her publisher's insistence on marketing her as paranormal romance may frustrate; though the heroine's multiple sexual partners fit her werewolf nature, they do not fit romance genre conventions and are better suited to readers of erotica/romance hybrids.
When it comes to the paranormal world of fantasies, the Weres most especially the Werewolves and Werecats are the least appealing creatures for me. There's something about the shifting of human to animal and vice versa that makes me queasy, So reading something about a series with a heroine who has a predominantly Werewolf genes was surprising and I am liking it. Sure I've read about Weres in Twilight, Sookie, Vampire Diaries, amongst other books and series but this is the first time that I have actually read one about them directly as heroine.
On Werewolves sexual nature:
Riley Jenson is part werewolve and part vampire but her genes are more predominantly Were, the whole were culture according to this book was somewhat of a shock, there I was thinking vamps are such horny bastards, I was mistaken of course, the mating process is vital to the Weres as blood is vital to the vamps, The book might come out to be dirty and leaning more on pornographic instead of paranormal/action/thriller/roamnce genre but if you read intently you'll see that it is part of their culture and you should look at it on a different level. Yes, understand the thinking of a werewolf as it is projected in the book. trust me you won't miss it as Arthur was quite repetitive in that sense you'll see how Riley keeps reasoning to Quinn how categorizing werewolves as nothing but whores is just sooo a human way of thinking. The multiple partners (in a day or one after another) and how Arthur projects sex here as nothing more than a part of an everyday scenario is somewhat of an overload, and me saying that is an understatement. And to prudes who can't handle such books you might find that you are attuned to Quinn's way of thinking, reserve an open mind and enjoy the scenes.
Book 1:
Not bad at all to start off a series. If you are a fan of the Anita Blake, Sookie Stackhouse, and Lyndsay Sands Books, you'll immediately identify Riley, she's your typical feisty, adrenaline junkie, sexy, sexual heroine, not quite human but with a heart of a human. As this is the start of a series, the plot's cohesiveness and twist are somewhat in shambles but the thought was all in there, typical and forgivable for the first books. Love the twist on Talon and how this whole series will revolve about some psycho who does cloning. And it makes you wonder, what does Riley have that any other creature doesn't. I mean sure she's a crossbreed but so was his lovable gay twin Rhoan. Hmmmm....
Book 2:
I get it Riley's a Were-Vamp and so her carnal needs are on the extreme extreme side. I fully understand what Arthur is doing on this book, I just have one "human" complain - the exploitation of Riley's sexual prowess, Arthur needs to give her more credit and show readers that while that is in her nature she also have a more stronger power to overcome this horny bastards. I have a feeling the next coming books will show me that, I just can't wait...I also share a tear for Misha's passing and I also share Riley's view on herself on becoming a Guardian, brace yourself people I have a feeling this is going to get crrazzzy.

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