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Embraced By Darkness: Number 5 in series (Riley Jenson Guardian) Paperback – 4 Aug 2011

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (4 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749955082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749955083
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.4 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,508 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 'Keri Arthur skillfully mixes her suspenseful plot with heady romance in her thoroughly enjoyable alternate reality Melbourne' Kim Harrison" -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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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

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I first discovered Keri Arthur in the bargain section of my local Asda. Finding it impossible to resist anything with a vaguely supernatural theme I purchased the book (the first in this series), not expecting much other than another wannabe Laurell K Hamilton.
However, I was very pleasantly surprised at the vivid characterisation and the placement of the main character of Riley, in a parallel modern-day Australia.
The author has successfully - through 5 books - interwoven fantastical elements, occasional strong violence and great sex with crime fighting.
I would strongly recommend this author to anyone, not least because she has exhibited genuine character growth and story arc across each of her books. Something which other series authors have failed to achieve.
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More like three and a half stars, really. This is a tricky book. Riley Jenson is on the case again. Blackmailed by her former pack alpha into tracking down a missing pack member, and hunting a vengeful spirit who rips his victims to shreds, she's got a lot on her plate. Throw in the usual love-life complications and this is another neat entry in the Riley Jenson series. Riley shows genuine character growth in each book, and it's a cautious, slightly sad Riley we find here. It's nice to read a series where the characters really do evolve and Arthur does this well.

However, there are issues. The first is perhaps an odd complaint - the two mystery plot strands never dovetailed, as you might expect in a book of this nature. The missing girl plot and the vengeful spirit plot are unrelated, and one is wrapped up so quickly and neatly, you almost don't see the point in it. A shame, because it seemed so promising. The other issue is one I can't go into without spoilers, but suffice to say there's a massive deus ex machina moment that seems cheap and disappointing, given the inventiveness I've come to love in this series.

The good points - Riley's hormones are dancing and jigging less, and Quinn is thankfully absent, although I doubt that will last. I'm waiting patiently for Riley #6 and hoping it gets the series back on track. End verdict - fun but flawed.
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Two unexpected twists in this book one good (hopefully) and one not so good. I won't say too much so as not to spoil the plot. I think that towards the end of the book Riley overcame certain people/situations too easily considering the set up throughout the early parts. But as ever I love this series.
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This book is a real improvement over Keri Arthur's earlier stories in Riley Jenson, Guardian series - there is a greater focus on plotting and characterisation and less emphasis on sex to carry the story along. The book starts with Riley on holiday on an island to recover from all the events of the last year (and last four books). She is contacted there by a member of her former pack who demands that she looks into the disappearance of a pack member, Adrienne, and threatens to hurt Riley and Rhoan's mother if she doesn't comply. Shortly afterwards the Directorate ask her to look into the strange murder of a woman who appears to have been torn limb from limb by her fiancé and Riley discerns a supernatural element to the crime. She works on both investigations at the same time, also finding herself under attack from an unknown assailant, dealing with the memories that contact with her pack has dredged up, and trying to make sense of her relationship with Kellen who wants to 'go solo' with her. Riley's not sure if she can commit to that and clearly has some feelings still for vampire Quinn, although he doesn't appear in person in this story.

The plotting in this book was excellent with good pacing and with the variety of two simultaneous investigations. The caustic relationship between Riley and Salliane, 'The Cow', is very amusing, and adds some light relief in a story with a fair amount of darkness. Riley's skills are growing and strengthening and she discovers a new aspect of her nature in this book following the drug treatment that she received in the first instalment. Her brother Rhoan features in this story as he helps Riley at the denouement at the end of the story when they uncover the evil behind a string of grisly deaths from the UK to Germany to Australia.
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Another fabulous book by Keri Arthur. Drawing us back into the dangerous world of Riley Jenson and the Directorate! Each story more compelling than the last. How does she do it? Can't wait until the next story pulls us into the unknown dangers that Riley will have to face!
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Riley Jenson. All she seems to do (from the 1st book all the way through the 4th book - Dangerous Games) is complain, complain, and COMPLAIN about how she doesn't want to be a Guardian, and how she thinks her lover Quinn is too narrow-minded when he doesn't want her to have sex indiscrimmiantly. "Oh, boo-hoo, my boyfriend doens't want me to have sex with other men!" And the sex scenes are not even that good: there's no real emotion portrayed in them, and sex without emotion is just whorish, in my opinion. The one with the biggest heart is Quinn, and she expects him to treat her like a princess when she acts like a whore. Sorry, not my cup of tea. Riley seems to try to be more mature in the 5th book (Embraced by Darkness), when she does her best to only have one man as her lover. I don't understand why she was willing to do that for Kellen when she had a cow whenever Quinn suggested she remain faithful to him. I do have to say, that the series redeemed itself with books #6 (The Darkest Kiss), #7 (Deadly Desire), & #8 (Bound to Shadows). Riley stops acting so childish and immature, starts realizing that sex with someone you actually like is important, and starts to restrain herself sexually with other men. She actually matures! Yay! She starts to actually put some EFFORT in her relationships! Instead of expecting only everyone else to put the effort into her. I think there was actually only one sex scene even shown in The Darkest Kiss, which is pretty impressive for this author.
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