Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Review: Embraced by Darkness by Keri Arthur

Embraced by Darkness (Riley Jensen Guardian #5) by Keri Arthur
Publication Date: July 31, 2007
Publisher: Dell
Number of Pages: 355
Format: Paperback
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Description: She's hunting a killer—
and shattering every boundary—
she's ever known.…

Part vamp, part werewolf, Riley Jenson plays by her own rules, whether it’s her stormy love life or her job as a guardian. But when her family’s alpha male demands that she solve the mystery of a vanished girl, Riley can feel a trap closing in around her. Because the job comes with a catch: if Riley fails, her own mother will die.

Now the stakes are raised, the hunt is on...and when more women vanish, Riley is caught between a lover who demands that she give up her work, a serial killer who knows no boundaries, and a club where humans and supernaturals mix—at their own peril. Thrust into a realm of seduction and violence unlike any she could have imagined, Riley has to battle to save everything she holds dear. But the ultimate hunt has only just begun....

Riley is long overdue for a vacation. There is only so much a girl can take before breaking. Which is exactly what Riley is doing in the beginning of the book. No surprise that her vacation is cut short. A woman from her pack has disappeared and they want her to solve it. If she refuses they have threatened to kill her mother. Which Riley still holds a soft spot for. I think I was more surprise than Riley that her old pack wants her help. Apparently even though she has been kicked out and if she comes anywhere near them she will be killed, doesn't mean she is out of the pack completely. She still has to obey the alpha. Pretty messed up right?

I kind of wished we actually got to see Riley's mother. I want to see her reunited with her children. From at least Riley's point of view, she did love them. I think the thing I loved most about this book was no Quinn! I'm not naive enough to think that he won't return. But he's good for Riley.

The case leads Riley to perhaps the most dangerous hunt of her life. Barely coming out of it alive, she has finally made a chose to become exclusive with alpha wolf Kellen. But it's too late. Kellen has finally realized that he will never be first in Riley's thoughts, and has told her it's over. Broke my heart. I was kind of hoping he would be the one for her.

I can't wait to catch up on the other books and see what lies ahead for her.

Rating: 4/5

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