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Product Details

  • Series: Riley Jenson (Book 8)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Original edition (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553591169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553591163
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Keri Arthur’s imagination and energy infuse everything she writes with zest.” —Charlaine Harris

About the Author

Keri Arthur received a "Perfect 10" from Romance Reviews Today and was nominated for Best Shapeshifter in PNR's PEARL Awards and in the best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards. She lives with her daughter in Melbourne, Australia.

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Keri Arthur has been nominated in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards, and recently won RT's Career Achievement Award for Urban Fantasy. She lives with her daughter in Melbourne, Australia.

Customer Reviews

I recommend this book, in series order, to any paranormal romance lover.
Dawn F.
I can't wait until the next one, Book 9 and I think if I remember reading it, this suppose to be the last book for the Riley Jenson series.
Hermina Williams
Bound to Shadows is book eight of the Riley Jensen, Guardian series by Keri Arthur.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By RatherBeTraveling on October 27, 2009
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I've enjoyed the Riley Jensen/Guardian series ever since getting a Kindle freebie of the first book a couple of months ago. I zipped through all of them, liking some better than others, but all have been enjoyable and worth the read. Bound to Shadows is no exception, but it had a couple of problems.

In this book, Riley tries to uncover who is beheading local vampires and killing women who are addicted to being bitten by vampires. The plot is fast-paced, but it seems to take a backseat to the dilemma between Riley, Quinn, and Kye. Usually I'm all for this kind of dilemma, loving the interaction and drama between the characters as much as an exciting plot. In this case, however, the drama and tension wasn't as intense as it could've been, or should've been based on previous books in this series.

I'm trying not to post major spoilers but this may contain mild ones, so please be aware of that before continuing.

Riley and Quinn's relationship has matured since the last book, and although Riley still feels the pull of her werewolf nature, she's committed to the love she feels for Quinn. That commitment should've been enough to make her resist accepting Kye as her soulmate - creating tension for the reader. The author didn't rely on that, though, and instead decided to villainize Kye too much. In previous books, he wasn't the epitome of warmth and kindness, but he wasn't quite the cold-hearted killer he was in this book. He didn't have many, if any, redeeming qualities in this book, so Riley's dilemma was too simplistic.

Although I've always pulled for Quinn, I wouldn't have minded seeing glimpses of what a relationship with a not-so-villainous Kye could have been.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on November 13, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There was so much potential with the storyline of having Riely's actual soul mate in the running for her heart. I found Kye to be the dangerous man Riely needs in her life to counter the tameness of Quinn. Arthur took Kye's posessive behavior and turned it into that of a psychotic and at the same time she turned Quinn into a very uninteresting character. Without the intrigue of who Riely will spend her life with, the series has lost something for me and I most likely will not be continuing with the series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 9, 2010
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I have been reading the Riley Jensen series since they first came out years ago. I enjoy the series immensely and this was the worst book to date.

The dialogue between Riley and Kye was amateurish and stilted. Her reactions to him were not believable. I also agree with a previous reviewer that Riley and family have no business bringing a child into this mess of a world they live in.

The ending did redeem the book, so I gave it three stars. I had trouble working my way through it and skipped ahead a lot. I hope that that in the next book we are back with Riley we've all come to know.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sassy on November 13, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is unsatisfactory. I like the Riley Jensen series, but this book is awful. There is just no "there" there. It makes no sense for Riley to ignore the sudden appearance of a sex dreamer after she meets an owner of a bar who puts out series sex vibes. It makes no sense for her to ignore these dreams and NEVER mention it to anyone, especially after she realizes she is after someone who can sex drain someone through mirrors. How stupid is that?

It makes no sense for her to ignore the emotional aspect of her soul male Kye. She dislikes him because he kills. But everyone she knows is a killer. She is a killer. Her lover Quinn is a killer. Her brother is a killer. All her friends are killers. Thus, Kye should be her perfect match. The lack of explanation makes this book useless.

And the end is shockingly inane. Everyone she cares about warns her to shoot without hesitation, but what does she do? Hesitate continuously.

Unlike other heroines in action, paranormal romance, fantasy novels, Riley seems just inane. She never THINKS. She never grows. She shows no maturity or growth despite all the things that have happened to her and the ones she loves. She seems amazingly dumb over and over again. It is as if she has some weird amnesia and that nothing she experiences ever makes an impression on her. She gets people killed and that never seems to have any resonance.

Very, very unsatisfying. I got the book at Wal-Mart and saved some money, but I wish I had not wasted the time in reading it. Maybe this (my 1st review of a book EVER) will spare someone else the money and time.

Even worse than the character issues are the obvious holes in writing. We learn that the sex dreamer can only enter someone's home AFTER he has accessed it. But without such access to Riley's home, he is suddenly in her dreams. Ugh.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Not Telling on June 27, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What a mess of a book! I hated this heroine. Really. She was so......immature. "Ehhhh I'm a werewolf, I need sex, blah blah blah, he feels soooooo good inside, I like rough with him, blah blah, I'm horny so it's fine, blah blah blah blah..."

I wanted to strangle her! She was so stupid, it was like listening to a teenager who just discovered sex. And the plot was hard to understand because apparently no one's feelings matter to her, so she didn't talk about any of it, so it was basically just sex, then talk about the murders, more sex with Kye, then more talk with Kade about the case, sex, her flirting with everybody, case, lust, murder....

Yawn.
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