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Seduction that kills. Pleasure to die for. She just can’t resist… Guardian Riley Jenson always seems to face the worst villains. And this time’s no different. For it’s no ordinary sorceress who can raise the dead to do her killing. But that’s exactly what Riley expects to find at the end of a trail of female corpses used—and discarded—in a bizarre ritual of evil. With press Seduction that kills. Pleasure to die for. She just can’t resist… Guardian Riley Jenson always seems to face the worst villains. And this time’s no different. For it’s no ordinary sorceress who can raise the dead to do her killing. But that’s exactly what Riley expects to find at the end of a trail of female corpses used—and discarded—in a bizarre ritual of evil. With pressure mounting to catch one fiend, another series of brutal slayings 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, the rogue wolf Kye Murphy. Riley has threatened Murphy with arrest if he doesn’t back off the investigation, but it’s Riley who feels handcuffed by Kye’s lupine charm. Torn between her vamp and wolf natures, between her love for Quinn and her hots for Kye, Riley knows she’s courting danger and indulging the deadliest desires. For her hunt through the supernatural underworld will bring her face-to-face with what lurks in a darkness where even monsters fear to tread.


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Seduction that kills. Pleasure to die for. She just can’t resist… Guardian Riley Jenson always seems to face the worst villains. And this time’s no different. For it’s no ordinary sorceress who can raise the dead to do her killing. But that’s exactly what Riley expects to find at the end of a trail of female corpses used—and discarded—in a bizarre ritual of evil. With press Seduction that kills. Pleasure to die for. She just can’t resist… Guardian Riley Jenson always seems to face the worst villains. And this time’s no different. For it’s no ordinary sorceress who can raise the dead to do her killing. But that’s exactly what Riley expects to find at the end of a trail of female corpses used—and discarded—in a bizarre ritual of evil. With pressure mounting to catch one fiend, another series of brutal slayings 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, the rogue wolf Kye Murphy. Riley has threatened Murphy with arrest if he doesn’t back off the investigation, but it’s Riley who feels handcuffed by Kye’s lupine charm. Torn between her vamp and wolf natures, between her love for Quinn and her hots for Kye, Riley knows she’s courting danger and indulging the deadliest desires. For her hunt through the supernatural underworld will bring her face-to-face with what lurks in a darkness where even monsters fear to tread.

30 review for Deadly Desire

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie (jjmachshev)

    Half wolf, half vampire and with abilities that are still manifesting, Riley Jenson's work as a Guardian is never boring. Her latest cases involve dead humans and dead vampires. And if that's not enough trouble, it's also coming up on the full moon when her wolf demands sex...and lots of it. Good thing she has her hunky vampire, Quinn, to meet her demands. Of course, nothing is so attractive to her wolf than another wolf, and wouldn't you know it, this case has her running into the same wolf ove Half wolf, half vampire and with abilities that are still manifesting, Riley Jenson's work as a Guardian is never boring. Her latest cases involve dead humans and dead vampires. And if that's not enough trouble, it's also coming up on the full moon when her wolf demands sex...and lots of it. Good thing she has her hunky vampire, Quinn, to meet her demands. Of course, nothing is so attractive to her wolf than another wolf, and wouldn't you know it, this case has her running into the same wolf over and over again...and he's emitting some serious pheromones himself. Keri Arthur's Riley Jenson series is set in Australia and is more urban fantasy than romance; although there's plenty of hot sweaty sex. Riley's story comes out in bits and pieces through the novels in this series. "Deadly Desire" is book seven and Riley faces a decision she's been putting off for quite a while. Wolves have only one mate. Vampires don't necessarily mate but Quinn is old-fashioned enough to resist sharing her. But what happens to someone who isn't only wolf? Can she really have two mates? I like that Riley's character and life has become more complex and interesting throughout the series. She's kind of a supernatural detective and her work requires her to take on the worst of the supernatural predators. But Riley didn't start out hard, and she's still got a lot of soft parts even when she's kicking a$$. If urban fantasies with very strong sexual and romantic interests are your cup of tea, then I recommend you get an urn and start on this series. I'm hooked.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Summer

    So Riley is on yet another case of a serial killer. It starts out where she's already failed to catch the killer once and she's determined not to make that mistake again. However, its near the time of the month where the moon is full. In Riley's world that means her body wants to have A LOT of sex. NOW. This makes keeping her mind serious about the case rather difficult. She tries to overcome her urges and follows her instincts to an old building. There she discovers that she's been following a So Riley is on yet another case of a serial killer. It starts out where she's already failed to catch the killer once and she's determined not to make that mistake again. However, its near the time of the month where the moon is full. In Riley's world that means her body wants to have A LOT of sex. NOW. This makes keeping her mind serious about the case rather difficult. She tries to overcome her urges and follows her instincts to an old building. There she discovers that she's been following a zombie and that a woman has been raising the dead to do her dirty work for her. Things go much deeper than that and Kye Murphy makes another appearance. This time he's on his own and he's been hired by a friend to catch the killer as well. Riley has issues with him continuously getting in her way of the case and threatens to arrest him. But there's more to Kye than Riley knows and it will shake her to her soul. Yet another fantastic Riley book. Riley kicked butt as usual and Quinn actually behaved himself while he and Riley tried to date again. There's a biiiiiiig shocker towards the end of the book too. It certainly stunned me. I don't really like it, but I trust Keri Arthur to make me change my mind in the next book. Just thought I'd give warning though.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ithlilian

    The Riley Jensen series has been one of my favorites for a while. Unfortunately, the last few novels haven't wowed me. It's feels like Riley is talking about the same issues in every novel. She will be in grave danger and she will never be happy with Quinn because he's not a werewolf. Her thinking is very one dimensional, and she hasn't grown much as a character from novel one. She is still lusting after random strangers when she has a man at home, and frankly it's starting to get old. The serie The Riley Jensen series has been one of my favorites for a while. Unfortunately, the last few novels haven't wowed me. It's feels like Riley is talking about the same issues in every novel. She will be in grave danger and she will never be happy with Quinn because he's not a werewolf. Her thinking is very one dimensional, and she hasn't grown much as a character from novel one. She is still lusting after random strangers when she has a man at home, and frankly it's starting to get old. The series is getting entirely too predictable. I assume in the next novel she will get into danger, somehow manage to get out of it, and Quinn will stick with her. Personally, I'm starting to think he deserves better than Riley, since he will never be enough for her. Even if she were to stop lusting after other men and be with Quinn, I still think she would flirt with her colleagues, and it's just not an attractive trait. I guess I hoped Riley would grow up, but that may never happen. The mysteries and the danger are interesting, and I still enjoy the plots of the books, but there may be a point when my dislike for Riley makes me not want to continue reading.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tina (Fantastic Book Review)

    So Riley is back at it again, there’s no time for rest and relaxation in her world. This book is another great addition to the series. I always want to hear more about the sexy men in Riley’s life and how the full moon affects her relationships. As for her current lover Quinn, I love how he’s willing to give Riley everything she desires….what a perfect man and how can I find one that’s undead. Who is this sexy bounty hunter Kye Murphy? If you have been keeping up with the series, he was introduce So Riley is back at it again, there’s no time for rest and relaxation in her world. This book is another great addition to the series. I always want to hear more about the sexy men in Riley’s life and how the full moon affects her relationships. As for her current lover Quinn, I love how he’s willing to give Riley everything she desires….what a perfect man and how can I find one that’s undead. Who is this sexy bounty hunter Kye Murphy? If you have been keeping up with the series, he was introduced in the previous installment Darkest Kiss as a bodyguard. With a change in employment, he’s constantly interfering in Riley’s investigation. What is a girl to do? Mmm… who knows when you have the hots for two men. We get a few surprises in this installment and they are to die for. Do you remember that question: “Can two souls have one soul mate? “ I’m always delighted to see what new cases Riley has to solve and wonder how close to home the cases come within reach of her personal life. This was a quick enjoyable read for me. I look forward to the next Riley Jenson adventure.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anna 'Bookbuyer'

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I don't know if I'm happy or not that there was a villain in a wheelchair. On the one hand, it shows that disabled people are varied and can be both good and bad. On the other hand, it just seems weird? IDK. I think it's just a change for me. Now these villains in particular were bad. Poor street girls getting killed along with the vampires. A lot of the crimes seem to be centered around vampires... Kye is annoying. I wish he would go away. I hate that he is Riley's soulmate. Like really? Why can I don't know if I'm happy or not that there was a villain in a wheelchair. On the one hand, it shows that disabled people are varied and can be both good and bad. On the other hand, it just seems weird? IDK. I think it's just a change for me. Now these villains in particular were bad. Poor street girls getting killed along with the vampires. A lot of the crimes seem to be centered around vampires... Kye is annoying. I wish he would go away. I hate that he is Riley's soulmate. Like really? Why can't she find a nice guy like Liander?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nichole (DirrtyH)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed by this book. I have given all the Riley books 3 stars, but there was always something innately compelling about them that kept me reading. And I probably will still continue to read them, but this one lacked that certain je ne sais quoi. I gave this a lot of thought while reading, and I think I figured out what it was. It's actually a combination of a few things. 1. While Riley has always been the central focus of the series, there was something about I have to admit, I was a little disappointed by this book. I have given all the Riley books 3 stars, but there was always something innately compelling about them that kept me reading. And I probably will still continue to read them, but this one lacked that certain je ne sais quoi. I gave this a lot of thought while reading, and I think I figured out what it was. It's actually a combination of a few things. 1. While Riley has always been the central focus of the series, there was something about the other books that felt a touch more collaborative. Whereas in this book, she's pretty much by herself the entire time. There's not nearly enough Rhoan, Liander or Quinn in this book, and Kade barely makes a cameo. 2. Quinn and Riley are finally making a go of things. They are attempting to be monogamous, and are so far successful and very happy together. Unfortunately, this doesn't translate very well. As long as we've all been waiting for Quinn and Riley to finally just be together, it's kind of boring. Quinn plays no part in this book other than to satisfy Riley's full moon needs, and I think it would have been a better book if we'd gotten to see a more three-dimensional Quinn. 3. This is kind of embarrassing to admit, but all the things that irked me and rubbed me wrong about the series up until now - namely Riley's rampant horniness and penchant for nudity - are missing from this book, and I felt their lack. Riley's constant nudity was always distracting to me if for no other reason than that I was pretty sure she was going to hurt herself, and being a large chested girl myself, I know that it's not quite that easy to run around and get in fights with the girls loose. But apparently Riley's nakedness and public sex with random strangers added a certain zip to these books that left this one feeling a little lackluster. 4. The mystery itself was kind of blah. Riley's out solving a new crime, and it was sort of interesting at first, but the wrap up was really anticlimactic and predictable and yadda yadda. I did enjoy the zombies, though. And finally, this isn't one of the things that made the book less than exciting, but it's something that bothered me. And also why this review contains spoilers. Be warned! Riley finally finds her wolf soul mate, an assassin named Kye that we apparently met in a previous book but I don't remember. He's kind of hanging around the whole time because he's also working Riley's case, apparently on behalf of a friend who was the father of one of the victims. Riley warns him off the case because he's not Directorate. He doesn't listen. What bothered me was this. Riley spends the whole book saying how she doesn't like him, and when she discovers that he's her mate, she's really upset because she doesn't want him to be. Now, the idea of this was great. I think having Riley's soul mate turn out to be someone she has no interest in was really interesting and a great twist to the series. However, Arthur does a piss poor job of explaining why Riley doesn't like Kye. In fact, she never gives a reason at all other than that Riley doesn't like that he's a killer for hire. And in fact, when they're working together toward the end, they make a really great team. So what the heck? I can understand Riley resisting Kye because she's trying to be monogamous with Quinn. I'm cool with that. But she always told Quinn that she was still looking for her wolf mate, so what's the problem? This was a story element that could have been so much better but just left me kind of scratching my head and saying "but why?" Overall, a very blah book and a disappointing addition to the series, though I'm sure I'll keep reading.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shera (Book Whispers)

    The Riley Jenson series covers a lot of magical creatures. The classic zombie and sorceress(es) are up now! Again the mystery wasn't exactly original here, but that's not where this book is drawing it’s “steam” from. It shows the hard part of the law as humans can get away with harsh disgusting crimes, when supernaturals would be simply put down at the first hint of suspicion. It’s chilling, and more then a bit frustrating as Riley frantically tries to get "proof" to put the bad guys away. As men The Riley Jenson series covers a lot of magical creatures. The classic zombie and sorceress(es) are up now! Again the mystery wasn't exactly original here, but that's not where this book is drawing it’s “steam” from. It shows the hard part of the law as humans can get away with harsh disgusting crimes, when supernaturals would be simply put down at the first hint of suspicion. It’s chilling, and more then a bit frustrating as Riley frantically tries to get "proof" to put the bad guys away. As mentioned in my previous reviews Quinn is not a love interest I've liked very much. Arthur's mastery of her world and characters is staggering here, and I can say that I've been converted! That's the power of Arthur's writing. To develop a character, that I kept hoping would get killed off, to a whole new level that if he dies I'll probably stop functioning for a bit. No really, total crying fest. Quinn is amazing and I'm glad I listened to a GR friend who told me that I would be blown away and singing a different tune. Riley and Quinn are beautiful together, and I love how Riley can admit that she never truly gave Quinn a chance. After all it takes two. Kye was a mysterious figure from Embraced by Darkness, book 5. He comes back and it's amazing that as a reader I only gave him a brief glance and thought, he'd make an interesting love interest. Boy does that come back to bite me in the butt. Riley has an undeniable attraction to Kye and he her. He's a killer, a basic lunatic. A control freak who might actually be able to out best Riley in a fight. Kye is everything Riley fears becoming, and she doesn't want the emotions she feels for him. In the end things end up cruel as fate can't leave Riley in peace, or dish out any happiness. Emotional torture. Each book ramps up the emotions and I can't help but gleefully follow along. This book is harsh and painful. It grates on the nerves and leaves readers feeling just as hopeless as Riley. No matter what other readers are saying the Riley Jenson books are clearly epic works that both Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance fans are going to love. Sexual Content: At this point readers should know. 4/5- Great! Really enjoyed it. Originally reviewed on Book Whispers.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    It's hard to like a book when you don't really like the main character: Riley Jenson. All she seems to do (from the 1st book all the way through the 4th book - Dangerous Games) is complain, complain, and COMPLAIN about how she doesn't want to be a Guardian, and how she thinks her lover Quinn is too narrow-minded when he doesn't want her to have sex indiscrimmiantly. "Oh, boo-hoo, my boyfriend doens't want me to have sex with other men!" And the sex scenes are not even that good: there's no real It's hard to like a book when you don't really like the main character: Riley Jenson. All she seems to do (from the 1st book all the way through the 4th book - Dangerous Games) is complain, complain, and COMPLAIN about how she doesn't want to be a Guardian, and how she thinks her lover Quinn is too narrow-minded when he doesn't want her to have sex indiscrimmiantly. "Oh, boo-hoo, my boyfriend doens't want me to have sex with other men!" And the sex scenes are not even that good: there's no real emotion portrayed in them, and sex without emotion is just whorish, in my opinion. The one with the biggest heart is Quinn, and she expects him to treat her like a princess when she acts like a whore. Sorry, not my cup of tea. Riley seems to try to be more mature in the 5th book (Embraced by Darkness), when she does her best to only have one man as her lover. I don't understand why she was willing to do that for Kellen when she had a cow whenever Quinn suggested she remain faithful to him. I do have to say, that the series redeemed itself with books #6 (The Darkest Kiss), #7 (Deadly Desire), & #8 (Bound to Shadows). Riley stops acting so childish and immature, starts realizing that sex with someone you actually like is important, and starts to restrain herself sexually with other men. She actually matures! Yay! She starts to actually put some EFFORT in her relationships! Instead of expecting only everyone else to put the effort into her. I think there was actually only one sex scene even shown in The Darkest Kiss, which is pretty impressive for this author. The end to book #8 (Bound to Shadows) was fantastic, and now that I actually like the main character, I'm looking forward to book #9 (Mooon Sworn, coming out 2010, and supposed to be the last in the Riley Jenson Guardian series).

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shannon (Giraffe Days)

    Half-werewolf, half-vampire, Riley Jenson is a Guardian working for the Directorate which polices the nonhuman races, and she's very good at her job. Even though there's a drug in her system that keeps changing her and they're not sure what it'll do to her, she still strives for what every werewolf wants: a soul mate, and kids. The kids are beyond her now thanks to the drug in her system, but she's still hoping to one day meet her soul mate - who, sadly, can never be Quinn, her sexy, ancient vam Half-werewolf, half-vampire, Riley Jenson is a Guardian working for the Directorate which polices the nonhuman races, and she's very good at her job. Even though there's a drug in her system that keeps changing her and they're not sure what it'll do to her, she still strives for what every werewolf wants: a soul mate, and kids. The kids are beyond her now thanks to the drug in her system, but she's still hoping to one day meet her soul mate - who, sadly, can never be Quinn, her sexy, ancient vampire boyfriend, but she is at least willing to give the relationship a go. Teenage human girls are turning up dead in the city of Melbourne and there seems to be no connection between them. It's not long before Riley finds the zombie that killed them - along with two hellhounds and the sorceress who's controlling the beasties, who can take the form of a crow. That's not all she finds though: Kye Murphy, a werewolf bounty hunter and killer, is on the sorceress' trail as well, and he has a few secret talents of his own. With attraction and desire sizzling between them, and the full moon approaching, Riley puts all her energy into finding the girls' killer, figuring out who's killing and draining wealthy vampires in the area, and keeping distance between herself and Kye. This is a series you need to start from the beginning with, if only because of the changes Riley goes through and her history - especially the story between her and Quinn, which is worth reading the series for. The first three are excellent and make a neat trilogy; #5 was disappointing because there was no Quinn in it and the crime/mystery plots were sloppily handled, but overall it's a superb series, very inventive and with a wonderful protagonist in Riley. As different as she is, her concerns are very real and familiar. The pacing of Deadly Desire is swift but not so fast that you lose the plot - rather, it compels you to read it in one sitting. The tension is great, especially between Riley and Kye, and I absolutely loved the ending. Really my only complaint is one for the series as a whole, and one that leaves me disappointed: the books are set in Australia - Victoria, to be exact, and Melbourne in particular - but apart from a few place names, you'd never know it. The only word in this book that made it feel at all Aussie was "Macca's" - truly, it could have been set in any American city, and may be designed that way so as not to "alienate" a U.S. audience (I'm guessing here), and I find that to be a real shame. It also does nothing to help with my homesickness.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    I liked this book, was a little different from the others in the series as for the most part Riley is happy. You gotta love that. I like the twist at the end, but not sure what it will mean for her. I loved seeing more interaction with Riley, Rhoan, and Liander. They are making their little family work. It seems like something is headed her way with her old pack, can't wait to see what happens there.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lorre

    The cases Riley is working on are getting repetitive... the last few books she's working on 2 different cases and every time the cases end up being related with each other. It will be interesting to see how this new development in Riley's private life will play out. Hopefully it will bring some excitement to the story! I guess Dia was right when she said Riley will find what she wants but not in the way she expected.

  12. 4 out of 5

    keikii Eats Books

    To read more reviews in this series and others, check out keikii eats books! 90 points/100 (4 ¾ stars/5) There is a sorceress who is raising zombies using disenfranchised youth in order to kill vampires. And the killings are throwing chaos into the vampire world. On the personal side, Kye Murphy, bounty hunter and all around killer for hire is back, and Riley is his focus. Only, he doesn't exactly want to kill her. I didn't truly notice it until now, but the longer this series goes on, the better t To read more reviews in this series and others, check out keikii eats books! 90 points/100 (4 ¾ stars/5) There is a sorceress who is raising zombies using disenfranchised youth in order to kill vampires. And the killings are throwing chaos into the vampire world. On the personal side, Kye Murphy, bounty hunter and all around killer for hire is back, and Riley is his focus. Only, he doesn't exactly want to kill her. I didn't truly notice it until now, but the longer this series goes on, the better the individual books seem to get. I didn't realise this when I was younger. The later half of the series really is written much better than the beginning. I enjoyed the beginning for the bizarre aspects the series introduced. Yet, this back half really is an overall better story: the characters are more realistic, the plot is more focused, and everything just feels like it is put together better. The thing about Deadly Desire is, everything I actually want to talk about is at the end of the book and so deep into the spoiler territory I can't justify talking about it just to squee over it. It is a toss up between this book and Bound to Shadows (the next book in the series) which I actually like more in this series. And it all hinges on the end of the book! What a cruel fate I have. This was such a fucked up book, too. There are so many little things that when you don't think about it, appear totally normal. And then you think about it and go "wow, that is fucked". Especially the bit about the parents, those poor parents. If you haven't read the book yet, you'll find out what this means when you read it.  The book is about a sorceress and zombies and dead teenagers and the killing of vampires for personal reasons. It is, to date, the best unveiling of the bad guy so far. They typically follow a really obvious pattern, and you just have to wait for it to unfold. This one is still kind of obvious and they just have to get the necessary information to go after what they already have guess. Yet, the end makes up for it. This was another hard book for Riley. Each book is systematically stripping every dream Riley has had for life and lighting that dream on fire. This is no different. You just have to prepare yourself, because Riley's fate sucks. I love it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dorri

    In the seventh installment of Keri Arthur's Guardian novels, we find Riley accepting her new role as a Guarding of the Directorate and as a lover to the still mysterious Quinn. Trying to live in the now, Riley is focusing on the case involving zombies. Someones raising them and using them to kill teenage girls, which leads Riley to a shape-shifting sorceress and a small batch of zombies. All of which put Riley in the deep end, until Kye, a werewolf mercenary and general pain in the tush, shows u In the seventh installment of Keri Arthur's Guardian novels, we find Riley accepting her new role as a Guarding of the Directorate and as a lover to the still mysterious Quinn. Trying to live in the now, Riley is focusing on the case involving zombies. Someones raising them and using them to kill teenage girls, which leads Riley to a shape-shifting sorceress and a small batch of zombies. All of which put Riley in the deep end, until Kye, a werewolf mercenary and general pain in the tush, shows up to pull her out. To put a kink in Riley's plans, she finds out he's been hired to hunt down the same sorceress and he seems to have talents he shouldn't and a way of making her hormones sizzle, which isn't helping her since she's decided to make a go of it with Quinn. To top it all off, she gets thrown into another investigation where century old vampires are being killed with barely a trace being left behind. Even Riley finds it odd that only a trace of some odd powder is left behind. The evidence from both cases begin mount up and Riley is getting one of her hinky feelings that somethings just not right and both cases might be connected. With Kye constantly showing up, Quinn being way to reasonable and having to go undercover as a stripper, will Riley figure it out before she becomes the next victim? I drifted through this book with that feeling of doom looming over me. It doesn't start off as fast paced in this book, mainly because Riley seems to be learning more about the detective work she'll have to do for her job as a Guardian, but I think it's the best book by far. Maybe it's because the fates (or Keri as the case may be), seem to be having fun at Riley's expense. Read them all. Enjoy them all.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    Rating: 2.5 of 5 My enjoyment of Deadly Desire was definitely hindered by two things: one, I hadn't read any of the previous six books in the Riley Jenson Guardian series; and two, I'm not what you'd call a fan of "paranormal romance." I bought this book on impulse years ago, not realizing it was the seventh in a series, thinking I might find a story and characters I liked as much as those in Laurell K. Hamilton's books. (Entertainment being the number one reason anyone would read these types of b Rating: 2.5 of 5 My enjoyment of Deadly Desire was definitely hindered by two things: one, I hadn't read any of the previous six books in the Riley Jenson Guardian series; and two, I'm not what you'd call a fan of "paranormal romance." I bought this book on impulse years ago, not realizing it was the seventh in a series, thinking I might find a story and characters I liked as much as those in Laurell K. Hamilton's books. (Entertainment being the number one reason anyone would read these types of books.) Well, either my tolerance for "romance" is way lower than I first thought or Deadly Desire wasn't very good. The biggest obstacle was I just didn't like Riley and, since this was the seventh book, there wasn't much in the way of character development. So it was really hard for me to connect with who she was, how I could relate to her, and why she did what she did. Also, there were several brief references to events from the past so I felt I was missing vital history. Probably, for existing Riley Jenson readers, Deadly Desire would meet all their needs. Unfortunately, for anyone new to the series, it would probably be wiser to start at the beginning, and you most certainly should already love the "paranormal romance" genre. Please refer to the description of my ratings system in my profile to better understand what I mean by a two-star rating.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lunasea

    This is another six star, if not seven star book. Keri Arthur is easily one of my top five favorite authors, maybe even in the top three. Hers is the one universe I want to live most in. Riley is one of the few characters I want to be. She is one of the authors I MUST get the day the book comes out. I even call the bookstore to make sure they got it for me. She's on my list of books I gave the bookstore to get for me. Now that I've gotten the gushing out of the way, to this book specifically. Don This is another six star, if not seven star book. Keri Arthur is easily one of my top five favorite authors, maybe even in the top three. Hers is the one universe I want to live most in. Riley is one of the few characters I want to be. She is one of the authors I MUST get the day the book comes out. I even call the bookstore to make sure they got it for me. She's on my list of books I gave the bookstore to get for me. Now that I've gotten the gushing out of the way, to this book specifically. Donald Maas wrote in Writing the Breakout Novel "If a novel is really absorbing, I project myself into the story and imagine alternate outcomes, trying to make everything that is going wrong work out right. Do you do that too, or did I just embarrass myself?" That's exactly what I did for days and nights after reading Deadly Desire. I love to speculate and what happened in DD had me speculating to the point where I couldn't sleep. I'm not saying that the book didn't have a satisfying ending, because it does. I'm just trying to figure out what happened with Kye can do to make Quinn/Riley work out. I have an idea, but can't wait to see what happens.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Pretty ok addition to the series. Not as good as the last two books but for different reasons than the first four. I like to see Riley growing as a character, doing things like wearing sneakers to work instead of stilettos and trying to be--for the most part--a one man gal. What strikes me most about this book is just how boring Quinn has become. He's lost his teeth. Not literally, but... he's a char with a lot of depth and while I have been annoyed in the past by some of his poor choices I also Pretty ok addition to the series. Not as good as the last two books but for different reasons than the first four. I like to see Riley growing as a character, doing things like wearing sneakers to work instead of stilettos and trying to be--for the most part--a one man gal. What strikes me most about this book is just how boring Quinn has become. He's lost his teeth. Not literally, but... he's a char with a lot of depth and while I have been annoyed in the past by some of his poor choices I also hate to see him turned into a prop. I have to agree with some of the reviews I've read, though, that one of this series' strengths is its cast of supporting characters. They are very noticeably absent here, and it leaves the whole thing feeling kind of washed out. Faded. I do like Kye, but I love triangles annoy the crap out of me. Will read the next to see how it goes...

  17. 4 out of 5

    I ♥ Bookie Nookie (bookienookiereviews.blogspot.com)

    This one was a little slow in the beginning, but it got much better at the end. I enjoyed all the little surprises that Keri Arthur threw in regarding Riley. Riley has come a long way since those first books--although her "wolf" is craving the free loving lifestyle she was so comfortable with, her heart is leaning towards being with one man. Of course, she wouldn't be Riley if she was that forthcoming with her lover--so she always keeps her options open. Although I am glad that Riley has finally This one was a little slow in the beginning, but it got much better at the end. I enjoyed all the little surprises that Keri Arthur threw in regarding Riley. Riley has come a long way since those first books--although her "wolf" is craving the free loving lifestyle she was so comfortable with, her heart is leaning towards being with one man. Of course, she wouldn't be Riley if she was that forthcoming with her lover--so she always keeps her options open. Although I am glad that Riley has finally found her soul mate, I am sad he is someone she hates--now her wolf will forever crave the feeling she got when she was with him. On the flip side, I am glad to see Quinn back in the picture. Having a paid hitman as her soulmate is not all that conducive to the life she lives. Only 2 more in the series--can't wait to see her final HEA.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Riley has finally faced the fact that she can never leave the Directorate, especially with affects of ARCI-23 in her body. In book 7, she is on the hunt for someone whose raising zombies and killing off vampires. During her encounter with some gruesome hellhounds, she is saved by Kye, a bounty hunter who loves to kill for profit. She finally take her next steps in exploring her relationship with Quinn, but making sure that this sexy vampire, fully understands that she is still looking for her sou Riley has finally faced the fact that she can never leave the Directorate, especially with affects of ARCI-23 in her body. In book 7, she is on the hunt for someone whose raising zombies and killing off vampires. During her encounter with some gruesome hellhounds, she is saved by Kye, a bounty hunter who loves to kill for profit. She finally take her next steps in exploring her relationship with Quinn, but making sure that this sexy vampire, fully understands that she is still looking for her soul mate to satisfy her wolfy half. Quinn has definitely stepped up to the plate showering her with romance and his adoring love...he is definitely playing for keeps. Can two souls have one soul mate? An interesting twist in fate for our love struck wolf.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Seena Seena

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A very strong 4 out of 5 Wow. That’s what I felt when I finished this book. So much happened. Our Riley finally finds her soul mate being in the form of Kye. I honestly didn’t see him being it. I thought Cole was her soul mate. Her not liking Kye and him walking out after the realization hit was shocking but I knw he will be back in the next book. When Riley told Quinn about Kye then told him her Vampire sides feels that Quinn is her soul mate, and when Quinn turned around and he was crying OMG OM A very strong 4 out of 5 Wow. That’s what I felt when I finished this book. So much happened. Our Riley finally finds her soul mate being in the form of Kye. I honestly didn’t see him being it. I thought Cole was her soul mate. Her not liking Kye and him walking out after the realization hit was shocking but I knw he will be back in the next book. When Riley told Quinn about Kye then told him her Vampire sides feels that Quinn is her soul mate, and when Quinn turned around and he was crying OMG OMG OMG my heart broke. I am a HUGE Quinn fan. And if anything gets in the way of Quinn and Riley I wont be happy. Now off to read book 8.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sirena

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I like the crime fighter Riley Jensen but her personal life is getting old. She has a lot of sex with different men throughout the series and then seems to finally settle down with Quinn only to be attracted and tempted with Kye. Who turns out to be her soul mate. Only they hate each other. Which makes no sense to me because all she's been longing for is finding her soul mate. So then she has to hurt Quinn who has made plenty of sacrifices for her but it's not reciprocated. Aye carrumba! I will I like the crime fighter Riley Jensen but her personal life is getting old. She has a lot of sex with different men throughout the series and then seems to finally settle down with Quinn only to be attracted and tempted with Kye. Who turns out to be her soul mate. Only they hate each other. Which makes no sense to me because all she's been longing for is finding her soul mate. So then she has to hurt Quinn who has made plenty of sacrifices for her but it's not reciprocated. Aye carrumba! I will read the next installment but I really hope Riley finally grows up!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Im so glad we finally go the answer to question of whether someone with two souls can have two soul mates! and apparently they can! I cant wait for the next one to see if Riley can actually stay way from Kye and continue with Quinn!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    I continue to enjoy this series as it goes along and the ending to this particular book has only left me anxiously waiting the next one. Very very good writing and I don't find that the sex is overdone as it often can be in these paranormal need-sex-or-die stories. I like it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    Absolutely loved this book! I must say that it brought tears to my eyes in a big way! I'm really feeling for Riley and Quinn. Must read, highly recommend!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! I have to finish this series!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Oh so deliciously good. It had everything I love, mystery, gore, excitement, sexual tension and sweetness. Can't wait for the next book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Aure, The Bored of the Quarantine

    This was da best in this series!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Took a while to get into this one but bloody hell it was good romance,murders,sex and vampires wolf guardians and oh goodness badness and down awesome another great read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    TinaMarie

    Listened to audio narrated well by Angela Dawe. Riley is with her vampire lover Quinn now and trying to be as monogamous as she can be. While hunting a someone killing young people and vampires she is repeatedly confronted with a wolf that fires up her senses. While Riley tries to figure out if she's dealing with more than one murderer, Kye keeps insinuating himself in her investigation and getomg Riley very riled up... HUGE SPOILER *** I definitely have mixed feelings about this story. I love the Listened to audio narrated well by Angela Dawe. Riley is with her vampire lover Quinn now and trying to be as monogamous as she can be. While hunting a someone killing young people and vampires she is repeatedly confronted with a wolf that fires up her senses. While Riley tries to figure out if she's dealing with more than one murderer, Kye keeps insinuating himself in her investigation and getomg Riley very riled up... HUGE SPOILER *** I definitely have mixed feelings about this story. I love the characters, the action and the continuation of everyone's story but the twist and turn Riley takes does not make me happy. I know this series takes sexual boundaries and pushes hard against them. This series basis has a lot to do with sexuality being more open and accepting a lot of flexibility in defining sexual relationships. In saying all of that, I truly thought the author was leading us to Riley recognizing Quinn was her mate. AND THEN she finds a mate she doesn't even like? That they aren't compatible at all except sexually? It's so many kinds of wrong, if the only point of mating is finding the one you can have kids with, but it could be someone your aren't compatible with, why are all the shifters so moon-eyed about finding their mate? I just don't get it, it seems so pointless and we're given no hint of this ugly scenario in previous books. I really hope future books makes this situation better, because I love the Riley Jensen world and the characters but this twist is a bit too ugly for me. Riley is so bent out of shape to find her wolf mate, so she can have her babies drives me a bit crazy. Quinn is so good for her and to her and she feels so good with him, I'm like what the heck? Why can't you be happy with what you've got but NOOOO!!! She fucks this guy she does not like because they suspect they are each other's mate. And BAM, she found her mate that she can't stand? I hate that the author allows a mating like this, and that even though she doesn't want him, they both will be drawn to each other and pine for each other? This is an ugly turn in my opinion that I absolutely HATE! Grrrr!!! The fact that Quinn didn't lose his every loving mind makes me love Quinn even more. More of my reviews can be found at https://wyldheartreads.wordpress.com/

  29. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

    Interesting developments... Another enjoyable read. This one did feel a little smaller and like less happened than some of the past books. I'm still not sure how I feel about Quinn right now. He does seem to have changed and I like that, but also I'm a bit concerned about their future, what with all the blood and such. There was a bit continuity error that confused me. I was pretty certain Riley and Quinn had broken it off when she met kye so I have no idea why she refered to him and said that Qu Interesting developments... Another enjoyable read. This one did feel a little smaller and like less happened than some of the past books. I'm still not sure how I feel about Quinn right now. He does seem to have changed and I like that, but also I'm a bit concerned about their future, what with all the blood and such. There was a bit continuity error that confused me. I was pretty certain Riley and Quinn had broken it off when she met kye so I have no idea why she refered to him and said that Quinn had met him. When? However, I am very interested to see where this whole this goes. Tbh I'm a fan of a why choose RH plot but is it going to go that way? Very sad I was wrong about cole, I thought they might have had some real chemistry but I guess not now...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    I’m liking the whole isolated investigation storyline with each book. It’s starting to focus on Riley’s life and her relationships a little more, rather than explaining strange plots or repeating the same sex scene in different rooms with different people. There are more obstacles, new discoveries, and a little more hope present in the story and its getting more interesting. I dare say there’s not enough unpredicted conflict related to the characters and their relationships, but reading on regar I’m liking the whole isolated investigation storyline with each book. It’s starting to focus on Riley’s life and her relationships a little more, rather than explaining strange plots or repeating the same sex scene in different rooms with different people. There are more obstacles, new discoveries, and a little more hope present in the story and its getting more interesting. I dare say there’s not enough unpredicted conflict related to the characters and their relationships, but reading on regardless.

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