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Riley Jenson Guardian novel
on 11 February 2009
Riley Jenson is a feisty, dangerous woman who works as a Guardian, a supernatural police force in Australia. We've met Riley and her colleagues in previous books but this story works reasonably as a standalone book for those unfamiliar with the previous stories. However the book as a whole didn't really hold together enough to make it a great read.
Riley is half werewolf, half vampire, and this means that she has extra skills and abilities which are still developing. Her work for the Guardians can be dangerous, often involves killing or clean-up, and as the story begins we are drawn into a case where various vampires are being killed and humans are also being savaged. Riley fairly quickly identifies sorcery as part of the cause and even finds a significant suspect. However her investigation isn't going entirely as planned when lone wolf Kye reappears in her life. She and Kye have an inconvenient attraction, especially inconvenient to Riley who is trying to be faithful to her vampire lover Quinn. When more and more people start to die Riley may need to enlist Kye's help to solve the killings but she may get a bit more than she bargained for.
There is plenty of action in this story, there's the continuation of the romance thread between Riley and Quinn, less focus on her brother Rhoan and his lover Liander but still a good cast of characters. However somehow this story didn't quite hit the spot for me; it felt too transitional, events felt unfinished at times, and it also seemed too easy for Riley to get to the bottom of the murders. Riley as a character isn't always easy to like and I could never quite understand her appeal to the various men who seem to clamour for her attention. There were some good moments in this book, the Australian setting is interesting, but overall it was a bit of a disappointment.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2009