|Full Moon Rising (Riley Jensen, Guardian, Book 1)
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In this exciting debut, author Keri Arthur explodes onto the supernatural scene with a sexy, sensuous tale of intrigue and suspense set in a world where legends walk and the shady paths of the underworld are far more sinister than anyone envisioned.
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 weeklong 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 nonhumans like Rhoan. Now Riley knows just how dangerous the world is for her kind–and just how much it needs her.
From the Hardcover edition.
- Corrupt and non-plausible
I can get past the first person writing but the deep structure of this novel is corrupt and offensive. The main character is a non sympathetic in her sexual practices and this "other" world non appealing for anyone looking for ROMANCE. Also the character actions are non-plausible. How many billionaires, when attacked, would choose to sit naked in a hallway for days without taking action? I tried and tried but couldn't get past page 80, when the heroine starts her raunchy sex with NOT the hero she's met on page 23 but some big hung lay she keeps on the back burner. I tossed this book in the trash. NOT worth even passing on to a friend. My friends read ROMANCE... even when it's raunchy, it's romance. Just not my taste in novels. Sorry Keri, the moral structure in this novel was very off-putting....more info
- Short, fun, enjoyable, nothing special.
As many others have said, this book might have been more enjoyable if the main character wasn't in heat throughout the entire book. The constant need for the main character to have sex made her a little unlikeable. However, there is a good mystery presented here, some betrayal, and a few twists and turns. Overall a quick enjoyable read, but the characters lacked the depth to make this novel anything special. I enjoyed the book and will continue reading the series, even if just to see if Riley is a better character when not in heat....more info
- Finished in one day
The best "could not be put down" book I've read in a while. I read on the bus to work, during lunch, the bus ride home, while I was eating supper, in the tub and well past when I should have went to bed but I could not put it down and had to finish it that same day. I admit I re-read the first 5 pages or so a few times and worried and wouldn't grab me but from there it was a non-stop ride. I don't know how I will wait until the next book.
Sexy, smart, funny, full of twists ...the perfect read.
I WAS SO EXCITED TO GET INTO THE RILEY JENSEN SERIES. BUT I WAS DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS FIRST BOOK...BORING, NOT ENOUGH SEX AND JUMPS AROUND QUITE A BIT. I AM GOING TO READ THE NEXT BOOK JUST TO GIVE KERI ARTHUR A FAIR SHAKE....more info
- Good premise, poor execution
Well, it's all been said. There's sex but personally, I didn't find it very erotic or hot. The book ended up irritating me because I really wanted to like it but I just don't think I can be bothered reading the rest of the series now (esp. after reading the reviews). The whole thing was just very flat for me....more info
It read like the Anita Blake Series. The story is told from Riley's viewpoint. She has a twin brother, Rhoan, who has disappeared. They both work for the same agency. The only difference is that Rhoan is an assasin. What makes the twins different from the rest of the characters, is that they are dhampires. They are a combination of werewolves and vampires. Rhoan is more vampire than wolf and needs to drink blood. Riley is more werewolf and has more telepathic abilities. She has a stronger sexual urge than her brother.
I love the fact that the characters in this book are not sexually inhibited. I would think that other creatures or species especially ones that are like wolves are not afraid of their nakedness. The description of the clubs is interesting.
Quinn, a very old vampire, shows up on Riley's doorstep and claims to know Rhoan. Riley does not trust him which is refreshing that a female character does not immediately trust and fall in love with the male character.
I did find the book kind of predictable perhaps, it is because I have read so many other books like this one. It is refreshing to read that the setting is in Australia. It is very different for this genre. I did want this book to continue. At the end, it did feel like a cliffhanger. I bet that she is going to have a sequel. I want to see what happens with Riley and Rhoan next. ...more info
- Full Moon Rising
Keri Arthur is a new author I have been introduced to and I enjoy her writing and subject matter very much. Cudos....more info
- Wonderful discovery
This was the first of Arthur's books that I've read but I'll be reading more! Fans of early LKH will like this one. It has great action and steamy sex scenes with a very sexually liberated heroine. It's a very inventive and interesting world that Arthur has created for us!...more info
This book was wonderful and inspiring. I must say It sparked some intrest with my husband. What's better than werewolfs, vampires and sex?...more info
- She's making a series out of this?
While this proved to be a quick read, I really felt that I shouldn't have been able to skim chapters at a time and still understand what was going on. That's a tell-tale sign that there's very little plot and character development. The fact that Arthur ends her book with a semi-cliffhanger was yet another disappointment. I would much rather have had a more sensical plot in one book, than a contrive one over multiple books.
Her main character Riley is unrelatable. There's no nuiance to her. She's yet another hardboiled female character to join the ranks of the over-exposed and increasing derived Anita Blake character.
Even though this was placed in the genre of "paranormal romance," I found very little in the story to identify it as a romance. Sex does not a romance make. The promiscuity of the werewolves make them very ineffective characters.
Also, the concept of a lab for testing creatures of the underworld is such an unoriginal concept. It's been around since Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" and has been revived in sometimes intelligent ways (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Kelley Armstrong's "Stolen"), but this rehash came across as staid.
Many authors have caught the wave of paranormal fiction, and those who have done is successfully have taken the time to bring a sense of originality and intelligence to their characters and stories. Ms. Arthur's novel falls way short of such aspirations....more info
- A Murder and Mayhem Bookclub review
The full moon approaches and the werewolf population of Melbourne flock to the clubs. Working for the Directorate of Other Races, Riley Jenson is more than aware of what goes on behind the club's closed doors and of the numerous power struggles that rage every day and night between rivals of the packs. Riley's brother and housemate Rhoan works as a guardian for the Directorate and places himself at risk every time he walks out the door. Tonight, Riley is truly worried, as Rhoan has gone missing in the week in which werewolves are even harder to handle than usual. It is common knowledge that the twins are both werewolves, but few are aware that they are related, let alone exactly what it is that they both are. Born to a female werewolf, twins Riley and Rhoan were fathered by a vampire.
Sensing that her adventurous brother is in trouble, Riley is impatient with the Directorate's caginess as to Rhoan's whereabouts. The Directorate's not-so-secret agenda has, for some time, been to have Riley become a guardian also, effectively making her something of a shield between humans and the predilections of her own kind. Fate certainly seems to be leading her in that direction, as the drop dead gorgeous vampire who turns up on her doorstep turns out to be the person of inquiry Rhoan was investigating before he disappeared. When she is attacked twice in a few days by vicious vampires (who all seem to be clones of each other), Riley is more than grateful to accept the help of the mysterious and disturbing Quinn who is conducting a search of his own. Riley must dive into the chaos of the week before full moon, fighting to suppress what comes naturally for a young and healthy werewolf while desperately searching for the one she loves most in the world.
No doubt at all, the urban fantasy fiction genre is going through a boom and if we all could buy stocks in it, we'd be sitting pretty. Author and Melbournite Keri Arthur has created something unique here with her fantasy world of vampires and werewolves, which is saying something when you consider how many series of the type have been created in the last few years. There's a definite target market there with female readers who have mostly drifted across from two directions - crime fiction or romantic fiction. Science fiction gets a nod too as there can be a considerable amount of monster etiquette that needs to be observed.
It's a given that there was always going to be a heavy slap of sex and violence, the latter of course which would always go with the territory and the first definitely not being of the polite and courteous variety. FULL MOON RISING does, in a very efficient manner, convey a good dark sense of menace of murderous activities being conducted under cover of night, as all bland and colourless urbanites sleep unaware. As the protagonist is not in a role of authority to prey on the monsters, being one of them herself, this gives a more realistic and unapologetic view of what drives the beasts and how it came to be so.
As this novel is the first of a series and trying to lay it all out there in the first effort, characterization seriously needed a polish and this may have been achieved with future works. Secondary characters are merely sketched, which is expected with the threading of possible future plot lines throughout this work. This is a quick and easy read and nothing is going to bog you down or keep you up at night; FULL MOON RISING serves merely to entertain and does it very well.
Keri Arthur has written fifteen published novels of urban fantasy and paranormal romance. FULL MOON RISING is the first of five in the Guardian series.
- Average, though still worth reading
*** Back cover synopsis ***
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 exulted Guardian, aka 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 found 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.
*** Review (without spoilers ^_^) ***
First installment to the Riley Jenson Guardian series.
Riley Jenson, a dhampire carrying vampire and wolf blood, a secretary for her boss, Jack of Directorate. Even though she is not a Guardian, she teams up with the sexy vampire Quinn O'Conor to save her fraternal twin brother Rhoan, who had gone missing on a mission. Through the task of saving her brother, she finds out a big secret that was going on that eventually had her considered "normal life" pulled into deeper water than she thought.
Her wolf-mates Talon and Misha, whom she thought were friends and good lovers of hers, turned out to be men with darker secrets than she could have ever imagined. Suddenly she finds herself with no one to turn to for trust. Other than being a potential danger in the line of life, her werewolf hormones unwittingly allowed her to get attracted to Quinn, who Rhoan had constantly warned her against. In between of solving the mystery behind the world's surface, she is also struggling to win Quinn's trust because she believed there was something more for them other than just great sex.
Quinn, a vampire who has lived for centuries and has an issue with werewolves, especially the female breed since he'd had a terrible incident with a particular one who led him to distrust werewolves. He shows up at Riley's doorstep with a mere lapse in memory because of an accident that happened. After his memory came back intact, he teams up with Riley to find her brother and on the other hand searches for his own best friend, Henry, who he thought was dead. Along the run, he finds Riley to be an attractive woman and gave in to his desire to have her body, but offered nothing else other than sex.
With the two battling between their own desires, the mystery of solving who was behind this incorrigible work of cloning was mystifying.
*** Personal opinion ***
I really enjoyed reading about Riley and Quinn together. The fact that Riley was a mixed-blood of vampire and werewolf caught my attention. But the reasons why I gave this book an average 3 star is because I didn't like the fact that the book was written in a first person's point of view. It just somehow lowers the intense story plot a bit. Secondly, fighting scenes were also a bit too dull. Something else that bothered me was Riley's promiscuity. There were just simply too much sexual insinuation in the book that it seemed to have ruined the true danger of the plot. But other than that, I find the protagonists to be the most enjoyable part of this book.
I adore Rhoan for one thing when he first appeared with dialogues in the book. (He was missing at the first half of the book). Anyhow, he sounded so manly and sexy and so very protective of Riley that I couldn't help but fall in love with him. However, my heart was shattered when I found out that his sexual interest were only towards men. Bummer there. Nonetheless, I also became to like his lover Liander as well, straight or gay.
The mission that the Directorate was on to solve is definitely worth reading about. And the relationship between Riley and Quinn is also interesting to read about as well.
However, I do highly suggest readers to start this book first if you plan to read about the Guardian series, because the ending to "Full Moon Rising" leaves off with the hint that the mission at hand was to be continued. Also, at the end, Quinn abruptly left Riley when he realized he started to "feel something" for her and was too afraid to explore their relationship any further. Since their relationship was at the end, I was anxious to find out how Riley was going to approach this sexy vampire in the next installment: "Kissing Sin"....more info
- Part vampire part werewolf but mostly jack-rabbit
Yep why not take a break from a fight to the death for a bit of hanky panky? It really gets silly in this one.
- Vampires and Werewolves from Down Under
I purchased the unabridged audio edition from Amazon's partner audible, and while I liked this novel, the narrator's voice and thick Australian accent was at times quite a chore. In particular, I felt her voice was rather monotone and some of the slang difficult to make out.
The story centers around the life of Riley, a dhampire who's twin brother Rhoan has disappeared while investigating the disappearence of several prostitutes. While trying to discover what has happened to her twin, Riley meets a sexy vampire and a host of other paranormal men. Predictably, her adventures include having sex with quite a few of these guys who are all (of course) incredibly hot and fascinating. This novel reminds me quite a bit of LKH's writing, although the setting is different (Australia), and Riley is a dhampire.
For some reason, although I liked the subject matter, the writing and the plot this novel took me a while to read. Perhaps it was the droning quality of the narrator, or the fact that many characters (particularly Riley and Rhoan), weren't especially likeable, but it took me over a month to read this book which is a first. Because of my hope that Brilliance will produce more audiobooks by Arthur, I'm giving this novel 4 stars, despite the lackluster narration.
- Really good book
Excellent series, sexy and seductive but still very good plot lines and a dab of spy/mystery!...more info
- Great plot, likeable protagonist and intriguing world, but unbearably bad smut.
I'm very torn on how to rate this one, as it has some great strengths but also some serious flaws that cannot be ignored. I'll start with the good. I love the main character (Riley Jenson, half-werewolf, half-vampire); she has a fabulous attitude, is intelligent and very capable without being overly 'tough'. She also develops nicely and naturally as the story progresses. She has no traits which annoy me, other than perhaps being too trusting regarding her choice in men - but that's forgiveable. The other characters, however, could be a bit more developed; they often (but not always) felt either a bit hollow or stereotyped, or both. In particular, the main romantic interest Quinn reminded me of hundreds of other romance heros I've encountered. Also, minor but very annoying quibble - why does a vampire of Irish descent have GOLDEN skin?
Beyond the protagonist, I also loved the book's plot. It was quite involved, original, and intriguing, and Arthur did a good job of balancing surprise and predictability, even if she did err a bit on the side of the latter. The book also ended in a way which satisfied in the short-term but leaves plenty of unexplained storyline for future books. Like the plot, the actual world and setting are rich, unique, and interesting. It's semi-futuristic, and while the 'nonhuman law enforcement' angle isn't new, Arthur's particular approach is. I am also unaware of any other paranormal, futuristic romances set in Australia (Melbourne, precisely), and as an Australian myself I enjoyed the different setting. Arthur uses various technologies and cultural elements to flesh out her world expertly, resulting in a very believable, fascinating setting.
Arthur's general writing style quite impressed me, especially for the PNR genre which doesn't typically foster the most cerebral of styles. But Arthur writes in a way that is quite eloquent, very enjoyable, and produces realistic dialogue and thoughts - as well as quite a bit of humour. I laughed out loud numerous times, and I wasn't laughing AT the book as is normally the case in romance. Riley herself has a great sense of humour, too.
At this point you must be wondering why I didn't give the book 4 stars, and why I'm not going to pursue more books in the series (though I would read them if they were around, probably). Sadly, despite how good Arthur's writing is *most* of the time, her sex scenes were AWFUL. I actually ended up skimming them very lightly towards the end because they induced constant eye-rolling and almost made me stop reading the book altogether. The smut was VERY cheesy, extremely redundant (I think phrases like 'unlike I'd ever experienced' occurred nearly 10 times), and completely unoriginal. They were PAINFUL to read, and there's a LOT of sex. It's hard to believe it's even the same writer, and it's truly such a shame....more info
- Three and a Half Stars
This book was enjoyable. It offers a few new twists on the vampire and werewolf genre. Also offers a location twist in that it is set in Australia, a little in the future, where Supes live pretty openly. Instead of present day midwest, like most books out currently dealing with werewolves.
Riley and her twin brother Rhoan are a very rare werewolf and vampire mix. The twins work for the government agency that regulates Supes. The story centers around Riley's search for her missing twin; who she fears has gotten mixed up in whatever has been killing gaurdians in Melbourne. Too further complicate matters a sexy nude vampire, Quinn, has shown up at her door. Quinn claims to know Rhoan, but distrusts werewolves. Riley is very drawn to Quinn but does not know if she can trust him, even though he seems to hold information necessary to find Rhoan. Her boss is trying to force her into being a gaurdian, a sort of supernatural hit man, inexchange for helping Riley. Plus Riley fears that her and her brothers secret mixed heritage may be discovered.
As the book continues Riley finds out that things go much deeper than gaurdians being killed and that this mystery may hit a little too close to home.
Things are further complecated by the week of the full moon, an intire week in which werewolves must have sex. This is where some significant plot flaws/devices come in. It is pretty hard to believe that werewolves could ever keep a job if they have to take a week every month to have sex. Or that werewolves were ever able to hide among humans for the same reason. Plus Riley seems to know nothing about her "mates", which of course gets her into further trouble.
Personally I had no problems with Riley, or anyone else, having multiple partners. If you dislike nonmonogamous characters or sudden sexual incounters, this book is probably not for you. There are several instances where sex is a rather heavy handed device. It seems like the author used sex to solve plot problems. Also every man in this book is fascinated by Riley's boobs, even in the middle of fight. The "hey look at these" defense is annoying at the best of times. There are a few other plot holes. But I am hopefull that they can be explained later on in the series.
I found the book enjoyable despite some flaws. I will give the next book in the series a shot, because there is some potental here, but it is not one of my must reads.
- not enought of a plot line!!!!!
I never thought i would find a novel that was worse because of the sex scenes!!!!!!!!!!! WWWWAAAAYYYY to much sex.( i usally can never get enought, but this book the sex scenes were more developed than the actual plot line).
I had to force myself to finish the novel!!! I have read hundereds of paramormal romances and this was one of the worst I have read!~~~~~~
I kind of enjoyed Riley and Quinn's plot line, but it looked like to me that the autor wanted a book that was ALL about the sex and nothing about the actual story. I know that I am repeating myself, but even the sex scenes were the same all throught out the book. Do not get me wrong, I love erotic novels- the more graphic the better! BUT THEY SHOULD ALSO HAVE to include a fully developed plot line.
If you like a book all about the sex scenes (NOT GREAT ONES ON TOP OF THAT!!) this is the book for you! IF NOT DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY...more info
OK, so I've been a Keri Arthur fan for a while now, and have read just about all her books with Imajinn. I figured I'd enjoy this series since I really enjoy Keri's "voice", so I bought three books at once, and Oh. My. Goodness. Why didn't I get them all? Now I'm waiting for the rest of the series to arrive in my mailbox. I plowed through all 3 books in two days time (despite working ten-hour days). They were a thrill-ride. Passion. Betrayal. Action. Romance. Suspense. (Tons of sex, for those who enjoy your books spicy hot)
Riley is a hard-core heroine, not some cute little damsel in distress, and my only complaint is that she should kick all her other guys to the curb and just keep Quinn. Yes, she's a werewolf and they need lots of sex, but Quinn has the stamina to keep up with her. Um, if you haven't figured it out yet, Riley Jenson and Anita Blake have a bit in common, especially they're multiple partners, but Keri Arthur still brings her own uniqueness to this series which so far, has maintained good plot mixed in with the sex scenes. ...more info
- Full Moon Rising
This is a great book. Keeps you wanting to read faster to see what's going to happen to her. Ms Arthur writes a great book, has everything, sex, lies, vampires & werewolfs! Makes you wonder who Riley is going to pick and why. The vampire is so sexy you want her to pick him. Great reading. ...more info
- Pretty good
I just read the first book in the series and really liked it, just thought the characters could have been explained more. I am definitely going to read the rest in the series....more info
- This book is HOT!!!
You book snobs that gave this book a bad review, get over yourself. This is a fiction book about vampires and werewolves for peats sake. Dont over-analyze. This book had me blushing and breathing heavy as soon as the gorgeous naked stranger arrived. The wolf sex scenes were smoking hot!! I tagged a couple of them and read them aloud at a party the other night. The women were all hot and bothered and a couple men were "excited". This is a fun book, not meant to be over analyzed or scrutinized. I am getting the rest of the series. Sometimes its nice to kick back and read an easy book....more info
- It's a maybe
I felt this book was OK, but has the potential to make a good series. I am a Kim Harrison and Charlaine Harris fan. I used to be a LKH (Anita Blake) fan until her books became all about sex. Therefore, I may have been unfairly biased against this book since everytime sex scenes arose, I was reminded of the Anita Blake series and was turned off. I am withholding final judgement tho, until I read book 2....more info
- Could it get any worse?
This was, without question, the worst book I have ever read! I can't imagine trying to get through the rest of this series; I hardly read through this book, I kept turning the pages hoping for it to develop a decent plot...no such luck.
I like reading paranormals, especially when the author's imagination brings about originality! But this?
The heroine is in moon fever for the entire book. The one week in every month where she has to have sex constantly! I could even have dealt with this development if it had been toned down, but no. She has sex with three different men throughout, two of which don't seem to mind this at all. And she is so far gone in her fever that she doesn't mind being betrayed, insulted, drugged, and raped by her lovers!
Where did Keri Arthur come from?...more info
The premise, a half werewolf-half vampire who works for the government sounded pretty interesting to me. Arthur first lost me almost immediately because I didn't like Riley Jensen. The whole free sex with strangers and no conscience and no worries absolutely doesn't work for me. More irritatingly, there are several times in this book that her 'werewolf lust' or whatever was rising at completely inappropriate times. If you are in danger, or are physically being hurt by someone, you should not be wanting to do the dirty with them. Sorry. This attitude also made most of the other werewolves unlikeable as well. It was all they can think of through the book, almost its main focus and not a side plot and it just overwhelmed everything else. Sometimes I would get intrested and pages would fly by as the action occurred or as people were being questioned and then just as suddenly I would be bored and skimming the pages which is something I don't normally do. I give this book two stars because it is a good idea and there is hope that one day Riley will find her soulmate wolf and won't have the need to spread her love with anyone, anytime. I am not a prude, and I know like I sound like one, but this was just not a good book. ...more info
- Better than Rusty Anita Blake!!!!!!
Now I will take exception to the comparison to Anita Blake that some reviewers are making. I ASOLUTELY HATE the Anita Blake Series...see some of my reviews. I think Mrs. Arthur's plot is way better than Mrs. Hamilton's. I know that some will hate me for my comment but it is the truth.
First I think this book was extremely easy to read and follow. I read it in 2 days...and that is saying a lot because I have two kids, but it was Christmas break.
The plot is simple...Rhoan is missing and his twin, half-breed (half werewolf, half vampire= dhampire)sister Riley senses that he is in trouble...while finding herself in trouble because it is almost a full moon, that time of the month that she demands sexual satisfaction. While unraveling the plot behind, her brothers capture and a half-naked vampire who she found on her doorstep, and handling two lovers, she finds herself continuously in danger. You can read it, there is so much more and for a first novel, I think Arthur has set the stage for several sequels to come. When the story evolves (much quicker than those Hamilton novels where you have to stomach sex for the sake of sex) you find that someone (I have made a guess who it will eventually turn out to be) but wishes to make the perfect race of hybrids. There is of course, a plot within a plot (one of her lovers was her pregnant with the "perfect" werewolf...he doesn't realize that she is a halfbreed)....but there are "secret agencies to police the paranormal", secret experiments, and a very old vampire with a broken heart. While the rescue of her brother appears to be the goal of the novel, we soon learn that perhaps what the "secret" puppeter wants is something greater, perhaps Riley herself. I think future novels will answer a lot of questions and hopefully resolve the issues between Riley and Quinn (the vampire who desires her, but won't risk another broken heart). Hopefully, Arthur will make the next better than the first. ...more info
- A little disappointed
I did not have a problem with the plot - in itself that point was interesting, however one of the main char. Riley would not have sex for 3 - 5 hours if she really thought that something was wrong concerning her brother Rhoan. I don't care how driven a werewolf would supposedly be during a moon cycle - that is totally out of the question. I also felt cheated that you got to the end of the book without actually putting an end to the conspiracy. I understand that the author wanted to continue into another book, but this is a really sloppy way of doing it - perhaps she just should have written a longer book and finished the story....more info
- A fun read
Full Moon Rising is a steamy, fun read. Coming from a "left-wanting" LKH fan, this has the plot and suspense and romance - but not so much romance that I feel I can't read it in public. I do like it to have sex, i'll admit. But most books seem to have too little and LKH has too much at the cost of the plot. This was the perfect middle ground.
Some of the characters are a bit predictable, and that's what lost it one star. The other complaint isn't just to this book. The genre in general seems to have a lack of females characters aside from the main protagonist. Otherwise, it was still a lot of fun to read. I look forward to hopefully more books in this line....more info
- Get It From The Library
I'm usually pretty easy-going about most of the books I read. I give them the benefit of the doubt. This is one book that I had high hopes for when I saw that others in the series have already been published. Unfortunately, this was a let-down.
First of all, the positives.
I liked the general idea of the Directorate being an agency of Weres and Vampires. The universe the author created has some interesting takes on the society not frequented by humans and this seems to have some definite potential for story lines. I also liked the futuristic and science aspects that were introduced and thought it was interesting to have the story take place in the future. It was also nice to see an Australian setting rather than someplace like yet another story set in New Orleans. I thought that some of the characters were appealing with their bit of mystery (such as Quinn and Liander). And, at the start, I had high hopes that this book would have a likeable, intelligent and strong female lead character who would combine Werewolve and vampire traits in some unique way.
What didn't cut it for me was the fact that this lead character, Riley, wasn't likeable or smart at all. She came across as a hormone driven hussy who has no idea what happens to her when she's "mating" with some men. Even though it is established that she is at the beck and call of the moon, I still didn't buy her uncontrollable urge to mate with the nearest willing male no matter how inconvenient or how physically incapable she might be at the time. To top it off, she's not even clever enough or able to control herself enough to avoid "mates" that she knows are trouble after she realizes that she is uncomfortable with them and has times where she doesn't remember what's happened during her "escapades". Then, in spite of her personal beliefs, she'll sleep with these guys one more time anyway... just because of work and the moon, y'know... It's not her fault. Shades of Anita Blake anyone?
In the end, I'm glad I took the book out of the library and didn't purchase it myself. I may even read the next in the series (from the library, of course) just to see if my hopes pan out at all and Riley somehow redeems herself. I would love to see the character turn into a stronger, more controlled woman. But truthfully, my hopes aren't high....more info
- Interesting, if underdeveloped first installment of Guardian novels...
Riley Jensen is a rare mix of werewolf and vampire, and that makes her a target for people who want to create super-human types who will have all of the strength of a vampire and shifter without the inconveniences the aforementioned creatures have (i.e., feed with blood, intolerance to sunlight, etc.). Riley had lived a typical werewolf lifestyle of working for the Directorate -- an organization that protects/deals with criminal vamps and shifters -- and indulging in sex whenever the full moon heat rises. She has Talon, a werewolf, handy for when that happens -- until strange things begin to occur. A naked vampire shows up at her house one day, claiming he had been beaten and now suffers from memory loss. Her twin brother Rhoan is missing. Talon wants Riley to have his son. And someone wants her dead. Investigation reveals that a secret organization has kidnapped Rhoan to do experiments with him. The people involved want to create multi-hybrid creatures for secret government purposes, and they've got half-breeds Riley and Rhoan in mind to help make it happen. Who could be doing this? Is it Quinn, the sexy albeit mysterious vampire who appeared beaten and naked at Riley's doorstep? Is it Talon? Or is there someone far more sinister involved?
I enjoyed Arthur's interesting takes on vamps and shifters and her universe is quite intriguing. I think the setting is futuristic, for she mentions computer scanners a lot and things we still use today, like CDs and paper, are apparently obsolete in her time frame. The setting in Melbourne, Australia, where the author resides, adds a new dimension to this tried and true genre. I like the erotic elements in that Riley has to have vigorous sex whenever the full moon rises. Some people have compared this to Anita Blake's "ardeur" in the popular series by Laurell K. Hamilton. That may be somewhat true, but Riley's erotic scenes are sexier and the sexual tension between the main characters is more palatable. What I don't like about this novel is that the main characters, including the heroine, are underdeveloped. Riley narrates the story, which is why I find it surprising that she has no depth. There is a lot of dialogue between the characters and some action sequences are thrown in throughout the book, but there is little internal conflict or any sort of personality trait that would make me identify with the heroine. All we know about her is that she's a beautiful, sexy, uninhibited redhead who has a strong attraction for vampire Quinn. She is too one-dimensional for my taste. I hope she will be better developed in the other parts of the series. Quinn is by far my favorite character. He's the only one who is three-dimensional and conflicted. Also, he is scrumptious! In this genre, I have always been partial to vampires, and it's no wonder when they're as sexy as Quinn. I have Kissing Sin with me and I will give it a whirl. However, I hope Keri Arthur focuses more on the heroine's nuances in that installment. Otherwise, Quinn or no Quinn, I am moving on....more info