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  • Mass Market Paperback: 371 pages
  • Publisher: Dell Publishing Company; Reissue edition (29 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553588478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553588477
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.9 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,178,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

Visit her website at: www.keriarthur.com

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Pure sexy action adventure...I found the world vividly realised and fascinating...If you like your erotic scenes hot, fast, and frequent, your heroine sassy, sexy, and tough, and your stories packed with hard-hitting action in a vividly realised fantasy world, then TEMPTING EVIL and its companion novels could be just what you're looking for (SFRevu.com) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Keri Arthur's Riley Jenson Guardian series is packed with everything you need: a feisty heroine, vampires and werewolves, suspense and a whole lot of sexy action. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Naomi Clark on 20 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
I've thoroughly enjoyed every book in the Riley Jenson series so far, but Tempting Evil is officially my favourite now. Half-werewolf, half-vampire, Rily has gone undercover for the Directorate of Other Races in a high-risk plot to bring down Deshon Starr. Starr is responsible for a myriad of clones and dangerous lab-bred monsters that have been tormenting Riley and her friends since book one, Full Moon Rising.

Arthur ups the stakes in this book as Riley is thrown headfirst into Starr's twisted world, where women are forced to fight for Starr's entertainment, rape is an everyday occurance and the slightest trangression is punishable in horrific ways. She's surrounded by people she can't trust, all of whom have their own agendas, and her psychic powers are developing in new, sinister ways. Throw in some romantic tension between Riley and part-time lover Quinn the vampire, and you have a non-stop, explosive ride.

Unfortunately, two elements kept me from giving this book five stars. The first is the number of times the phrase "my hormones did an excited jig" cropped up. Although it's been established since book one that werewolves are sexually liberated, easily aroused creatures, I was so sick of reading that line or a variant on it that I could have happily slapped Riley and ordered her to a nunnery. The second is her relationship with Quinn. He's proven time and time again throughout the series that he cannot accept her werewolf lifestyle (read: promiscuity) and constantly spits all over her heritage. It seems wrong to me that an intelligent, strong woman like Riley would put up with his essentially racist attitude and insults.

Overlooking those points, this is a great book and, for me, a great antidote to the latest angst-filled Anita Blake books. Pick up the first two, Full Moon Rising and Kissing Sin, and enjoy. Just watch out for the dancing hormones.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. J Thompson on 5 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
Riley Jenson bows to the inevitable and begins to train in bloody earnest in order to become a Guardian for the Directorate of Other Races. Her twin brother Rhoan, also half werewolf/half vampire is already employed in this capacity, working as a conduit between the city's monsters and the ordinary citizens of a multi-cultural Melbourne. The Directorate is keen to further explore Riley's developing psychic abilities which were heightened as a result of her recent capture by the debauched scientist Deshon Starr. Experimented on to the point where she lost a huge chunk of her memory, Riley is keen to bring the brilliant but twisted Starr down. Riley doesn't kid herself however that she is going to be able to stomach what's required to make that happen.

Deshon Starr owns many properties throughout town, some used to disguise the activities of the scientist's labs in which gene pool dabbling is the first order of business. To amuse his own people and visiting investors, Starr regularly puts out a display of hookers, also putting the hardier of the bunch into his own fighting arena with his gene-spliced creations. This is the entry point for Riley, a hardly recognizable version of Riley once her appearance, voice and demeanour have undergone some serious disguising. The delicious vampire Quinn is a concern as he continues on his own path of distracting Riley in many different manners from the task at hand. A werewolf is victim to many desires and Riley is going to have to try very hard to keep a lid on them all in order to get the job done.

Set in an alternate Melbourne after dark, Riley Jenson's world of werewolves, vampires and other shape shifting creatures is brilliantly alive with its throbbing gang-like subculture.
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By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 July 2010
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Riley has taken the final step and become a fully fledged Guardian for the Directorate of Other Races, she still isn't sure that it is for the best but she wants to be part of the team that takes down Deshon Starr. Her first mission isn't going to be easy - it is up to her to infiltrate Deshon's stronghold and try to discover where his secret labs are hidden so that the DOR can destroy them. While deep undercover she is going to have to be wary about who she trusts but she will also find friends in unlikely places. With Rhoan, Quinn and Kade also inside the compound she will have to be careful not to give away their identities or her own. Will they be discovered before they can find the location of the labs? Will they all make it out of there in one piece?

I really enjoyed the first 2 books in this series but I think Tempting Evil was probably my favorite book so far. I'll admit that this series isn't going to be to everyone's taste - Riley is a werewolf with a high sexual appetite and several regular partners but as a Guardian she uses sex as a tool to gain information from her enemies. This would be quite disturbing in real life but in the world Keri Arthur has created it is quite natural for the werewolves to give into instinct and their animal desires. As long as you're prepared to accept that I'd highly recommend the series for urban fantasy fans. The series has plenty of action, not just in the bedroom and I'm enjoying following Riley's story.

I was pleased to see Quinn start to redeem himself in this book, I absolutely loved him in Full Moon Rising but was really annoyed with his attitude in Kissing Sin. As much as he still has some making up to do in my eyes I'm feeling a bit more confident that he will manage it over the next few books.
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