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Embraced by Darkness (Riley Jenson Guardian #5)

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  11,894 Ratings  ·  264 Reviews
She's hunting a killer—and shattering every boundary she’s ever known…

Part vamp, part werewolf, Riley Jenson plays by her own rules, whether it’s her stormy love life or her job as a guardian. But when her family’s alpha male demands that she solve the mystery of a vanished girl, Riley can feel a trap closing in around her. Because the job comes with a catch: if Riley fail
Paperback, 355 pages
Published July 31st 2007 by Random House
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May 01, 2012 Ambre rated it it was ok
People have such low standards for their heroines, it is really kind of sad. Riley does stupid stuff, treats her boyfriend like crap, and is openly disdainful to her boss. I guess that adds up to totally cool if you have super powers?

I keep thinking she will start to annoy me less, but quite the opposite. Her whining about not being able to sleep with everything with a penis, her constant rudeness to everyone, and the fact that she can't think her way out of a paper bag make me crazy.

The books a
I ♥ Bookie Nookie (
Once again, Keri Arthur pulled it off. The series is still going strong for me. Riley is an awesome heroine!

In this book, she was more of a one man kind of woman--so her sex life was not nearly as outrageous as it normally tends to be. Being book #5 in the series, I think it was a good choice to put Riley at a crossroads of sorts...she is forced to make some tough decisions. Her life is ever-changing and in several ways not as I had expected. The experimental drugs that were forced on her in ea
Tilly Slaton
Mar 16, 2012 Tilly Slaton rated it did not like it

Perhaps I am in a reading funk. Perhaps I am not giving Arthur's last two books a fair chance.

Nonetheless, I shall write my honest opinion. This book put me to sleep.

Riley Jenson, a Guardian / super non-human cop who is apparently judge, jury and executioner, wiggles her way into ... or out of... the fear of commitment to Kellen, an alpha werewolf yadda yadda ...

He wants to protect her. She doesn't need his protection. He wants the white picket fence. She wants to dig her fingers into he
Summer Ann
I have to say that so far each book in this series has gotten a little bit better than the last one. Once again Riley is involved with another murder investigation with the Directorate. She's finally kicked Quinn to the curb and is spending quality time with Kellen. Some people from her and Rhoan's past make an appearance and ask Riley for a favor. However, these aren't friendly people and they don't ask nice. Kellen asks Riley to make an important decision in this book too.
I don't want to give
Nov 02, 2009 Melindeeloo rated it really liked it
No picket fences yet for Riley.

The thing I love about these books is that Riley is such a capable kick butt heroine. Being a werewolf vampire crossbreed means that the bad guys tend to underestimate her. Even when her equally amazing brother is around to lend a hand, it is still Riley that saves the day. Riley continues to struggle with her love life and search for her soul mate, and she continues to develope amazing new powers as a result of a fertility drug she was slipped in book one. Many o
P.A. Lupton
Jan 09, 2014 P.A. Lupton rated it liked it

I loved the first three Riley Jenson books. I had a bit of trouble with Dangerous Games, but I enjoyed it by the end and I was looking forward to Embraced by Darkness. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed and I’m a little worried the magic of Riley Jenson is gone for me.

There is no denying that Keri Arthur is a good author. I like her writing style. I like the paranormal world she’s created. I love the fact that her heroine kicks major ass. So, why was I disappointed? I think this is a matte
Jul 23, 2016 Kirsty rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keri-arthur
Thank God I've finished this book. It took me a couple of weeks to finish it because I found it so boring. I thought this was a waste of a story in this series. Like I said in a previous review, Kellen is such a pointless character. I'm glad he's gone. That was the only good thing to come out of this book, even thought there was no all!
It was good to see that Riley has stopped her constant moaning about being a Guardian and even seems to embrace it!

It was obvious that Riley and Rhoa
Feb 06, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
She's hunting a killer—and shattering every boundary—she's ever known.…
Part vamp, part werewolf, Riley Jenson plays by her own rules, whether it’s her stormy love life or her job as a guardian. But when her family’s alpha male demands that she solve the mystery of a vanished girl, Riley can feel a trap closing in around her. Because the job comes with a catch: if Riley fails, her own mother will die.
Now the stakes are raised, the hunt is on...and when more women vanish, Riley is ca
It's Me - Yvette
Slight spoilers ahead.

I have absolutely loved this series thus far and was excited to start this book. For me, this book was a little lacking (compared to the previous books in the series). Riley finally decided to go after her dreams and try to settle down with Kellan. Kellan, rightly so, has decided that he can't continue to be second to Riley's job - a job he can't protect her from -- and that is playing havoc with the alpha wolf.

Even though I'm "team Quinn", he wasn't in this book, except f
Michelle(Chelle) aka Nightshade - Cake Whisperer
I'm going to give this book a 3.5. Now don't get me wrong I still love my Riley Jensen, but come on now - no Quinn. Point deductions for that!!! It was an interesting story line and of course Riley is her usual kick-ass self. But on another note - how many times can this poor girl get shot full of silver and live to tell the tale....LOL. Obviously I'm glad she does but in this book it was a bit overkill. IMO. Still loving the series though.
Sep 26, 2009 Dorri rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-urban
In the begining of the fifth installment of Keri Arthur's half werewolf, half vampire heroine, Riley Jenson, we find her chasing her tail with boredom on a forced vacation. Even the beauty of Monitor Island can't seem to calm the new huntress Riley finds rising inside her. But all the doubts and worries circling inside her are shoved aside when the Alpha of the red wolf pack shows up to get Riley to searching for a missing wolf of their pack. All the old hurts rise inside of Riley as she remembe ...more
Promosso a pieni voti anche questo quinto romanzo dedicato alla nostra Riley, mezzosangue metà licantropo e metà vampiro, che assieme al fratello gemello Rhoan si troverà nuovamente invischiata in una caccia all'assassino veramente particolare e sanguinariamente intrigante, per gli amanti del genere.

In questo romanzo, che vede mancare interamente il nostro beneamino Quinn (anche se il signorino si è più volte comportato male con Riley, ci manca), abbiamo il piacere di veder investigare assieme i
Sep 19, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Riley is supposed to be on holiday to recover from events in the previous books but she never has been one to sit around doing nothing. This time her holiday is spoiled when she is contacted by a member of her mother's pack - the pack that exiled her & Rhoan for being half breeds. Riley wants as little to do with them as they have had to do with her but now they need her help - one of their pack members has gone missing and they want Riley to find her. If Riley refuses then her mother will b ...more
Shera (Book Whispers)
For me this was the weakest book, which considering how awesome this series is does not make this a bad book. Not in the least. However, every series has one book that just seems to lose some of the punch.

The mystery in Embraced by Darkness is probably where I had the biggest issue, because it was weaker then the other books and I could actually predict who the villains were and how everything was connected. Riley—again!!—kept leaving her weapon behind, and someone is basically out to kill her!
Dec 02, 2008 Tez rated it really liked it
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Dec 26, 2010 Shelley rated it liked it
Synopsis: The book starts with Riley on holiday on Monitor island to recover from all the events of the last year (and last four books). She is contacted, in her head, by a member of her former pack, Blake Jenson, 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. (A mother who in all aspects of life; abandoned them because of their dual heritage. Blake, it seems, is also the new alpha of the pack, a ...more
Jan 11, 2016 Cassie rated it liked it
It's strange, but there's something relaxing about reading these books, even though I'm not really that into this series. They're a bit too dark and gruesome for my tastes. I also find them a little boring because Riley thinks so much and keeps repeating things over and over and over... The overriding theme of this particular book is that Riley prefers hazelnut coffee, but several things are almost as good.

I did have an "oh that sucks" moment at the end of the book. It's amazing how often Quinn
Heather Book Savvy Babe
I am a big fan of this series, it just gets better. The main character, Riley is a half-werewolf, half-vampire who is constantly putting her life on the line ridding the world of bad vampires/shifters/demons/crazy humans, etc… Riley is really growing up, learning how to accept and adjust to her circumstances. I have always liked Riley for accepting her nature and having a pretty good self-esteem. So, even though her character is going through massive changes, she rolls with the punches pretty go ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Before moving to Melbourne with her twin, Riley and Rhoan were part of a werewolf pack that treated them poorly. Now, the Alpha is in town demanding she take on a mission for him. A girl has gone missing and Riley's mother will die if she doesn't do as the Alpha requests.

She's also trying to give everything to her relationship with Kellen, another werewolf and an Alpha, but he doesn't want to share her with her job as a Guardian.

The fifth book in the series, it wasn't as gripping as the previou
Sep 28, 2009 Lori rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, ebooks
A four-star rating in the middle of a 1-2 star series? Say it isn't so!

I really enjoyed this book, and I think it was in large part due to the fact that the bad guys were actually trying to kill Riley, not sleep with her. (If you've read the first four books, you're probably as shocked as I am.) In fact, there was less sex in general in this book, which forces it to stand on storytelling alone... which, to Arthur's credit, it does quite well. It's also nice to see some character development. (An
Feb 16, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Riley is becoming a Guardian whether she likes it or not! And she has some major decisions to make regarding her love life.... I'm looking forward to more from this series to see more of her powers grow!!
Jan 30, 2015 **Miss_Tegan** rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi è piaciuto moltissimo ma la parte più bella secondo me è stata il due di picche che gli ha mollato Kellen a Riley quando lei gli ha detto che si era decisa ad impegnarsi seriamente con lui. Li sono stata letteralmente felice così impara Quinn le aveva fatto la stessa proposta di Kellen ma lei aveva rifiutato però quando gliel'ha fatta il nostro alfa lei ha accettato così penso che si è letteralmente meritata il rifiuto di Kellen.

Se non si è capito tifo Quinn e meno male che nel prossimo libro
Gabrielle Viszs
Apr 03, 2014 Gabrielle Viszs rated it liked it
J’ai mis le temps à lire ce numéro 5 un peu déçue du précédent, et puis je me suis dit, plus vite terminé, plus vite débarrassé surtout qu’à force les piles de livres s’entassent les unes auprès des autres en attendant d’être rangés correctement dans ce qui me sert de bibliothèque. J’attends avec impatience le moment où nous saurons une bonne partie sur l’avenir de Riley et avec qui elle va terminer. Qui restera en vie également ?

Riley, gardienne du directoire, tout ce qu’elle ne voulait pas et
Pat aka Tygyr
Mar 08, 2014 Pat aka Tygyr rated it it was amazing
Riley Jenson is part Werewolf and part vampire. Her werewolf side craves sex and the closer to the full moon, the stronger her cravings. Her vampire half gives her super speed, cloaking ability, and extra strength. Kellen is a rich werewolf who wants Riley to be exclusive with him, explore the possibility that they could be soul mates. As an Alpha he wants to keep her safe, but Riley is a Guardian who runs toward danger. To stay alive Riley has to totally focus on her job. Currently she is worki ...more
This is my second book in this series, and while I thought some aspects of it were stronger than the previous volume, in other ways I thought it was weaker.

On the one hand, Riley is trying to give her relationship with her boyfriend a shot at monogamy, to see if he's the one she wants to settle down with. Combining this with the sort of bad guy we have here, the story gets to focus a lot more on character and plot than on sex. Having started in the middle and missed out on the earlier character
Kat Klein
Feb 03, 2014 Kat Klein rated it liked it
Riley is on the vacation she requested at the end of the last book. Unfortunately with Kellen gone, she's actually starting to get bored. Even though the life she has isn't the one she wanted, she's still stuck with being a guardian, at least until she knows what's happening with her after the experimental drugs from the first book.

However while on vacation, she receives an unpleasant visit from a former packmate who used to abuse her as a child. Since he's now the leader of her old pack, he thi
Kate Woods
Sep 25, 2014 Kate Woods rated it really liked it
THIS book is why I kept reading this series no matter how horrified I was by the non consensual sex in the last 2 installments. Since the beginning of the series I've seen the potential for greatness, its taken 4 books to get there but Embraced by Darkness has finally met my expectations. The world building feels more thorough in this book, I'm more able to envision Riley's surroundings and the way futuristic Australia works. I loved the wee bit of insight into Riley's past/her old pack. Riley a ...more
Feb 22, 2014 Brenda rated it really liked it
I really like this series, but I can't see myself looking for it in the library passed what I already have and to be honest my library only had the first book, so I had to look online for the rest. One on hand I want to know what happens next, but what I really want is to know how it ends and the ending should be soon, its almost out of possibilities at this point.
I usually try not to compare one series to another, but I feel like doing so here, so comparing Riley Jenson series to Sookie Stack
Loren Weaver
Aug 28, 2014 Loren Weaver rated it it was amazing
Embraced by Darkness is book five of the Riley Jensen, Guardian series by Keri Arthur.

Now without vampire lover Quinn and off on a vacation, Riley finds herself called back by her old, and much hated, pack alpha Blake to help him find his missing granddaughter. Throw in a club where humans can dance with the nonhumans and the problems Riley and Kellen are having over her work, and Riley's got a whole heap load of issues to deal with. And there's that serial killer that Jack wants her to find.

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Keri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson, Guardian series, has now written more than 25 books. She's received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards, and recently won RT's Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. She lives in Melbourne with her daughter and two crazy dogs
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