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  • Series: Riley Jenson (Book 6)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553591142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553591149
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vampire hunter Riley Jenson (Embraced by Darkness) returns to take on two serial killers: one kills high society women and the men in their lives; the other is kills seemingly unrelated people, gruesomely. Riley has her own problems: she can't sense the spirits of the dead at the murder scenes, and she's nursing a broken heart. The more investigating Riley does, the more she realizes that her brother's lover may be in danger, and the reappearance of Quinn O'Connor, a vampire that she loved and lost, complicates matters further. The paranormal Australia that Arthur concocts works perfectly, and the plot speeds along at a breakneck pace. Riley fans won't be disappointed. (May)
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“The paranormal Australia that Arthur concocts works perfectly, and the plot speeds along at a breakneck pace.”—Publishers Weekly

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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.

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Darkest Kiss starts out with half were half vamp Guardian Riley, exploring her newly discovered bird shifting ability. While she's throwing herself out of trees trying to learning to fly without a great deal of success -- her body as battered as the heart she's been guarding closely in the past months since her werewolf lover left her -- she's no longer leaping to act on her libidinous thoughts. In fact apart from a werewolf's prerequisite monthly `moon dances' she's been celibate. Small wonder, if Riley's life has been anywhere as busy as it is during the course of the story there is almost no way she's had time to squeeze in much in the way of extracurricular activity.

The action in Darkest Kiss is pretty much non-stop as Riley is assigned to track down the killer in a high profile murder of a shapeshifter politician and soon after Riley is asked by the hunky stripper werewolf shifter, Shadow, to look into the death of a friend that the authorities are writing off as an accidental death due to a BDSM gone wrong. But as additional bodies stack up, it is apparent to Riley that she's dealing with two serial killers. And while it doesn't take her long to figure out the identity of the killers, stopping them is not going to be anywhere near as easy, as both are powerful insane paranormal entities. Though Riley has really grown into the Guardian role she'd been resisting in previous books, it's going to take more than Riley's powers and a few old friends: seer Dia, horseshifter Kade, her brother Rhoan and a really `old' friend, her former vamp lover Quinn, to keep both Riley and a member of her `pack' from being the next victims.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sarina Carris Mitchirt on May 10, 2008
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The past week has been full of disappointment for me. Several new books came out over the past two weeks, and so far the eagerly anticipated books from authors I have held in such high esteem have failed me miserably.

Keri Arthur delivered mystery and action as usual-- I will give her props as due; but that's where the encouraging words end. Nothing really happened in this book.

We didn't move forward. Sure Rhoan isn't quite the relationship idiot he usually is; but he still chooses his addictions over his soulmate. And then there is our main wolf/gull Riley and her rampant romance dilemmas. I love Quinn, I do, but even his appearance 200+ pages in, wasn't able to save the book for me.

I am a reader who usually reads a book straight through when its as captivating and titillating as I expect Arthur's books to be; and I am sad to say I can't count the times I set this book down and struggled to finish. At times, sadly, I even had to skip a couple paragraphs of detail because I got too bored-- which is something I REALLY try not to do.

Arthur seemed to bring the Riley stories around full-circle with a still uncertain, non-commit-able Riley; and a Quinn-- who's character she has dragged out so long, that he doesn't hold that mysterious allure anymore.
Then there is the Cole character; which peeked my curiosity in the previous book-- and I hoped, really hoped she'd do something with it. I think she even hinted of something to come through their exchanges-- but NOTHING happened. If her input on Cole was meant to build suspense or wonder; it didn't work. I just felt let down.

Back to Quinn, don't get me wrong: I LOVE Quinn, but if you are going to draw a story out, you better make it interesting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on June 24, 2008
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Riley Jenson is an unusual character. She's part-wolf, part-vampire, working (initially against her will but perhaps not so now) as a Guardian, an enforcer for law in the supernatural world. She lives with her twin brother Rhoan and is still trying to come to terms with the fact her lover Kellen walked away from her some months before.

It probably helps to have read the previous books in this series, "Full Moon Rising", "Kissing Sin", "Tempting Evil", "Dangerous Games" and "Embraced by Darkness" as the backstory isn't always completely explained. This story sees the welcome return of Quinn, the Old Vampire who couldn't cope with Riley sharing her attentions with other men (and I don't blame him). Riley seems to be settling down, however, so that when Quinn walks back into her life there's possible some kind of a future for them.

The romance part of this book, however, is downplayed compared to the plot as Riley tries to uncover a serial killer with some strange powers. When various women get shredded by a strange animal claw, high-society men are left dead in public places and then more people start to die with a rather different footprint, it seems that Riley has her work cut out for her. Might the killer or killers strike closer to home? Are they in fact some monsters she's never previously heard of?

Riley's a great character with her forthright but loyal nature. The interactions with her boss's PA, Salliane, are fun as usual although with a rather different tone than the previous books. Her relationship with Quinn was nicely written and not overdone. This was an enjoyable episode in this series although the world of things-that-go-bump-in-the-night seems to be increasing rather rapidly and that sometimes feels, to this reader at least, rather lazy plotting.
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