Full Moon Rising (Riley Jensen, Guardian, Book 1)
By: Keri Arthur
Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Dell (December 26, 2006)
A rare hybrid of vampire and werewolf, Riley Jenson and her twin brother, Rhoan, work for Melbourne’s Directorate of Other Races, an organization created to police the supernatural races–and protect humans from their depredations. While Rhoan is an exalted guardian, a.k.a. assassin, Riley is merely an office worker–until her brother goes missing on one of his missions. The timing couldn’t be worse. More werewolf than vampire, Riley is vulnerable to the moon heat, the week-long period before the full moon, when her need to mate becomes all-consuming.
Luckily Riley has two willing partners to satisfy her every need. But she will have to control her urges if she’s going to find her brother….Easier said than done as the city pulses with frenzied desire, and Riley is confronted with a very powerful–and delectably naked–vamp who raises her temperature like never before.
In matters carnal, Riley has met her match. But in matters criminal, she must follow her instincts not only to find her brother but to stop an unholy harvest. For someone is doing some shifty cloning in an attempt to produce the ultimate warrior–by tapping into the genome of non-humans like Rhoan. Now Riley knows just how dangerous the world is for her kind–and just how much it needs her.
I like a story with a smart, take charge heroine who can take care of herself, and Riley Jensen fits the bill. She’s tough, lusty by nature, but still maintains a bit of feminine softness sometimes lost on strong female characters. Riley is promiscuous and unapologetic about it, and even uses sex as a means to gain information in her job. I think this will put some readers off, however, I believe if her character were written as a man, some would find the very same behavior acceptable. But, that is a different blog post for a different day. Moving on.
Quinn, Riley’s love interest, is a very old and powerful vampire who has his own personal agenda. He seeks to find and rescue and old friend at any cost, even at the loss of a possible relationship with Riley. While the attraction between the two is hot, and at times consuming, Quinn’s behavior toward Riley is conflicted. He shows concern and tenderness, then turns cold and at times is almost cruel in his attitude toward her. He makes himself vulnerable to Riley, yet all the while making it clear there will never be anything more between them other than a temporary sexual relationship.
The writing seemed just a little awkward at times and I grew tired of certain repetitious phrases and words. The plot was a bit loose but I’ve found that happens sometimes in the first book in a series as the author sets the foundation for a their fantasy world. I loved the action scenes as they were exciting without becoming too gory or over the top. I think Keri Arthur’s paranormal world was well built and shows promise for some exciting things to come. I’ll definitely be reading the next book in the series.