Thursday, April 30, 2009

Review - “Deadly Desire” by Keri Arthur

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.
Deadly Desire is the seventh adventure for guardian Riley Jensen in this top-notch urban fantasy thriller series set in a slightly futuristic Australia. More than almost any of the previous books, Deadly Desire stays solidly focussed on the supernatural crime mystery and is almost a solo showcase for Riley. Riley who is half vampire/half werewolf mostly uses her detection skills to get to the root of two separate cases - the horrific murders of older vampires and murders of young human women. There is more exploration of her blossoming paranormal abilities, especially her ability to sense the souls of the deceased and the use of magic.

Riley’s relationship with Quinn has evolved and matured. Riley is an extremely sensual and sexual creature (especially around full moon) and her personal time alone with Quinn is hot hot hot, but also very romantically handled. I love their chemistry, it seems and feels natural and real. Riley also continues with her entertaining flirting with the crime scene technician Cole. Lot’s of great dialogue there. The bad guys turn out to be suitably twisted and evil and deliver the requisite doses of madness and mayhem.

Riley’s investigations find her crossing paths with as the blurbs says – “sexy bounty hunter, the rogue wolf Kye Murphy.” Kye is the wildcard in the story, constantly keeping Riley off balance. Friend or foe. Potential lover or poison ivy. He has the potential to upset Riley’s recently acquired sense of peace and satisfaction with her life. Some interesting surprises to be had in Deadly Desire and it will be interesting to see what choices Riley makes in the next book Bound to Shadows. Fans of the series won’t want to miss this one and folks new to the series should have no trouble starting here because the secondary characters that appear from previous books play only peripheral importance to the main story.

AUTHOR AND BOOK SHOWCASE Official Keri Arthur Website

Excerpt from Chapter 1.

Bantam Books
Published: March 2009
ISBN #: 9780553591156
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352

Riley Jenson Guardian Series:

  1. Full Moon Rising (2006)
  2. Kissing Sin (2007)
  3. Tempting Evil (2007)
  4. Dangerous Games (2007)
  5. Embraced by Darkness (2007)
  6. The Darkest Kiss (2008)
  7. Deadly Desire (2009)
  8. Bound to Shadows (Oct 2009)


  1. Doug,

    This one is on the TBR shelf. :)


  2. Michelle I never miss a Riley book either.

  3. Never knew a book cover to proclaim that their heroine has to face the "worst villians" before! Very neat though! Half-vampire, half-werewolf? That's intruging too. I thought with the Underworld movies most urban fantasy authors would steer clear of that but I think it's certainly interesting (and brave) for an author to tackle it!

  4. Lady_tink Keri Arthur's UF world is unique. Set in a slightly future Australia Riley and her twin brother are both hybrids and subject of some past genetic manipulation as well. In Riley the werewolf is dominant, in her brother the vampire is dominant.


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