Embraced by Darkness by Keri Arthur

10 Aug

Favorite Lines: “We danced, we played, and we teased each other, nipping and caressing until our breathing was harsh and the need that pulsed between us became all-consuming.” (161)

Riley Jenson has been contacted by the pack that kicked her out. The alpha insists that she help find his missing granddaughter or her mother will be killed. At the same time a serial killer is on the loose. He targets couples. The woman ends up dead after a horrific attack and the man is found dead from heart attacks. In all of the cases the man has been the killer.

Riley has personal problems as well. Her lover has asked her to go solo with him and she must decide if she is ready jump for her white picket dreams or content to live without them.

This is book five in the Riley Jenson series. We met Riley in book one and learned that she was half vampire and half wolf and learned of the betrayal she suffered in her personal life. Book two showed us Riley on the run and experimentation that was done on her. Book three looked into stopping the attacks against Riley that began in book one. It also forced her to take a look at her love life. Book four had Riley making a personal decision that would have an effect on her future.

Book five is about Riley’s future. Kellen wants more from Riley and she is forced to look within to decide what she really wants from life. At the same time she must look at her past relationship with her pack. They demand she help out and threaten her mother. When Riley thinks about her reasons for helping, she is honest with herself enough to admit she’s doing it out of curiosity, as much as a desire to help her mother. She is curious about the missing female werewolves.

We get to watch Riley transform in this book. Not the typical human to wolf transformation, but an emotional and unexpected transformation. It is shocking and scary for Riley. Riley’s ability to see souls is focused on in this book. There is more than one serial killer on the loose.

The best part of this book was the end. I cried. I liked this book better than Dangerous Games (book four). It wasn’t excellent. It was okay. Riley likes sex and she has it but not as much as in the other books. If you liked the other books in the series you’ll probably like this book. This book follows the same path of her other books in all but the ending.

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2 Responses to “Embraced by Darkness by Keri Arthur”

  1. Rosie August 10, 2007 at 6:28 pm #

    I have the first three of these books in my TBR. Some day I’ll read them. I hope. I tried to comment yesterday, but your site wouldn’t let me for some reason. I just wanted to say how cool those Barbies are. I didn’t even know they made some of those.

  2. scooper August 12, 2007 at 3:05 pm #

    Rosie- I don’t know what was wrong with it. I hope it doesn’t happen again. I want the next book in the series more than any of the Riley books. She’s on an emotional roller coaster in this book, but it’s the last chapter that made me want to continue with Riley.

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