Sunday, April 26, 2009

Review – “Destiny Kills” by Keri Arthur


When Destiny McCree wakes up beside a dead man on an Oregon beach, she knows only this: she has to keep moving, keep searching, and keep one step ahead of the forces that have been pursuing her from the heart of Scotland to this isolated spot. Why? The death of her lover has left her alone, with little memory of her past. A glimmering serpent-shaped ring is the one clue she has—and a bargaining chip in a most dangerous game…

Enter Trae Wilson, a master thief with a sexy, knowing grin and a secret agenda of his own. Destiny and Trae both have powers far beyond the human—and both are running for their lives. Together they’re riding a tide of danger, magic and lust…but with killers stalking their every move, they must use any means necessary, even each other, to survive—until the shocking secret of one woman’s destiny finally unravels…
Destiny Kills is the beginning of a paranormal romance series by veteran author Keri Arthur who writes the popular Riley Jensen Guardian urban fantasy series. My review is based on the unabridged audio recording which I always find to be a nice change of pace. Narrator Cassandra Campbell has a wonderful warm (and sexy) voice and handles the different character voices admirably.

After the enticing open (see the blurb) Destiny gradually recovers her memory and hooks up with the roguish Trae. Destiny is a sea dragon and Trae is an air dragon. Destiny has escaped from a secret facility in Scotland where she was held captive for over a decade, the subject of scientific experiments. Destiny enlists Trae’s aid to help her free the remaining hostages that include her mother and numerous children. Thus begins a high-energy cross-country adventure where they are pursued by enemy agents intent on their recapture or death.

The authors’ depiction of the air and sea dragons is fresh and evocative and a welcome change from the usual shape shifters. There was a sense of the sensual and mysterious in their basic natures which was particularly enjoyable in scenes where they shifted to their alternate forms. Their abilities and dragon culture were also new and interesting. Secondary themes of honour, love and family play a hefty role in the developing story arc.

While there is plenty of action in Destiny Kills, it never loses sight of the romance between Destiny and Trae. They are well matched and I enjoyed the byplay as they explored the possibilities with enough sizzle to entice the reader (or listener) on. Destiny Kills has very different feel from the Riley books and is an ideal choice as a summer beach read and for those that like their romance paranormal.

Up next Keri Arthur's seventh Riley Jenson book - Deadly Desires.

AUTHOR AND BOOK SHOWCASEOfficial Keri Arthur Website

Dell Publishing
Published: October 2008
ISBN #: 9780553589603
Format: Paperback/Unabridged Audio
Pages: 336

Excerpt from Chapter 1.

Listen to the Audio Book sample.

Myth and Magic Series:

  1. Destiny Kills (2008)
  2. Mercy Burns (TBD)
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 Desires (2009)
  8. Bound to Shadows (Oct 2009)

Nikki and Michael (Paranormal Romance) Series:

  1. Dancing With the Devil (2000)
  2. Hearts in Darkness (2000)
  3. Chasing the Shadows (2002)
  4. Kiss the Night Good-Bye (2004)

Damask Circle (Paranormal Romance) Series:

  1. Circle of Fire (2001)
  2. Circle of Death (2002)
  3. Circle of Desire (2004)
Ripple Creek Werewolf Series:
  1. Beneath a Rising Moon (2003)
  2. Beneath a Darkening Moon (2004)

Spook Squad (Urban Fantasy) Series:

  1. Memory Zero (2004)
  2. Generation 18 (2004)
  3. Penumbra (2005)


  1. nulentleHi,
    I have never read Keri Arthur before but this book could be a good place to start. Does the romance complimment the story or does she just slap it on for no good reason? I like some romance but it has to make sense with the story. It can't be cheesy or I won't like the book. Can you help me make an informed choice? Thanks and have a great night.

  2. Hi Doug

    Great review, I love paranormal romance, so I'll be checking it out.

    Thanks for the recommendation!

    Dottie :)

  3. Doug,

    I was quick to buy this one - being a huge fan of Riley Jenson - but could not get into this new series.

    I'm not sure if it is because I'm such a fan of Riley - they are nothing alike - or if it was the subject matter - because it is certainly different. LOL Either way, it wasn't a keeper for me.


  4. Robert the plot of this is not overly complicated. The two characters are thrown together on their quest so there is logic to their relationship.

    You're welcome Dottie and thanks!

    Hi Michelle this is indeed quite different from the Riley books. Definitely a paranormal as compared to the harder urban fantasy style. A beach read rather then something you can really sink your teeth into.

  5. Hi Doug,
    Thanks for the feedback. It helps. Sorry for the word verification letters before the (Hi) in my last comment. It was a mistake that I found to be funny. I kept it in the comment hoping you would get a laugh out of it too.
    Have a great day,

  6. LOL wheels, it went right over my head . . .


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