by Keri Arthur
Review by Paige Roberts
Dell Mass Market ISBN/ITEM#: 0553589598
Date: 27 March, 2007 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Riley Jensen is at it again, putting the bad guys in a world of hurt and having hot sex with the good guys ... that is, when she's not putting the GOOD guys in a world of hurt and having hot sex with the bad guys. She's got a vicious serial killer to hunt down on top of a city full of young vampires running amok. Compromising her principles by sleeping with the enemy seems like a small price to pay to stop the horrific deaths. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the enemy has a hot bod and smoldering dark eyes. Riley goes undercover, charming her way into the bed and the confidence of a sinister but compelling man who has a frightening fascination with mixing pain and pleasure. With the full moon rising, the powerfully seductive pull of Riley's werewolf hormones war with her good sense. Which one wins could determine whether she lives or dies.
Meanwhile, Quinn, Riley's vampire lover, makes his bid to be the love of her life. Her dreams of white picket fences might not be as far off from his as she thought. But Quinn's bid to bring Riley in past his barriers could backfire. They both want to take the killers down, but Quinn knows more than he's saying and he doesn't want Riley anywhere near this one. Demons, dragons, and dark gods are more than he thinks Riley is ready for. While Riley might agree, she's not going to put up with any man shoving her to the sidelines.
As if that weren't enough, Riley must spend every moment looking over her shoulder for her old enemy, Gautier, the dishonored guardian. Her dhampire speed and werewolf senses at least give her warning when the stench of her enemy is in the area. But Gautier has been busy, and even Riley must tremble at the thought of facing death himself.
This installment of the guardian series seemed a lot tighter and richer than the previous one. The depths of emotion, the tense plot, and the conflict of powerful driving forces inside the heroine made for a far more absorbing read. The ending included a satisfying resolution of several plot threads while leaving plenty more to draw a reader on. I was compelled at the end to immediately jump in and read the teaser at the back of the book for Keri Arthur's next Riley Jensen novel.