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Bound to Shadows (Riley Jenson Guardian #8)

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BONUS: This edition contains excerpts from Keri Arthur's Mercy Burns and Moon Sworn.

In the darkness, demons come out to play . . .
and someone must bring their sins to light.

Part vampire, part werewolf, Riley Jenson knows what can happen when vamps don’t play well with others. But she’s never seen anything like this: a series of brutal murders surrounding the latest hot s
ebook, 348 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Dell (first published August 25th 2009)
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Mar 03, 2013 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I say anything, I wish to first warn readers that this is the Eight Book in the series so if you have missed any previous books, there will be spoilers for you ahead.

Meanwhile, about this book. So now that Riley has found her wolf soul mate she is even more torn than usual. We also have our usual Directorate cases to through into the mix. Rhoan and Liander have decided they want kids and approach Riley with the idea of using her eggs since she is Rhoan's twin. Kye, her Wolf Soul mate, is
Feb 18, 2010 Suz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, pnr
Perhaps its a good thing that the Guardian series is coming to a close soon.

Bound to Shadows left me feeling like Riley Jensen is a complete anti-hero who, after eight books, I simply can not respect or empathize with at all. God knows I've tried.


Early in the book we are confronted with "he shot my brother so I arched my back so he could better access my clit" and it just got more stupid after that. The pity here is that the murder mystery wasn't too bad, but the relat
Nov 26, 2015 Melliane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My ENglish review

Ah je me rapproche petit à petit de la fin de la série. Je me demande vraiment comment se profilera le dernier tome mais petit à petit les événements se mettent en place et nous permettent d’en avoir une petite idée. C’était un bon roman mais c’est vrai qu’après s’être un peu calmé côté sexe, on reprend de plus belle ici. Ça ne m’a pas vraiment dérangé en soit mais je sais que c’était un des points que reprennent beaucoup de lecteurs.

Riley continue sa vie tr
Shera (Book Whispers)
Nov 05, 2012 Shera (Book Whispers) rated it it was amazing
"Emotional torture." That's what I said about the last book. Well this one is about a million times more torturous. Really, I don't have words for the scale of emotions that I went through. This book made me frantic and edgy. There was no living with me until the last page was turned.

For the previous book I used the words "harsh and painful" to describe it. Well this one was an abrasion on all the senses. This book was hot and sexy, I felt the shame of feeling attracted to Kye just as much as Ri
Oct 30, 2009 Natasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First let me start by saying I LOVE this series. Each book is a great new mystery with romance and suspense. This installment is my favorite so far. I could not put it down. It had the same characters as usual with a few new characters such as Dante Stark, the sexy vampire club owner who has sexual powers. Riley has a lot of emotional and physical problems in this book, more so than usual. Her wolf soul-mate Kye is back and he's causing big trouble for Riley and her loved ones. Theres a crazy ki ...more
Chiara Cilli
Mar 24, 2016 Chiara Cilli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-read

Il legame viscerale tra Riley e Kye mi ha ucciso.

Il 31 maggio è uscito l'ottavo capitolo, intitolato L'ombra del cuore e, proprio come immaginavo, non l'ho letto: l'ho divorato! Copertina rosa per un libro che di rosa non ha assolutamente nulla, ma che è ricolmo di azione, morte, sangue e sesso.
Spendo poche parole per parlare della parte investigativa del romanzo, che come sempre è impeccabile e incuriosisce a tal punto che anch'io riflettevo insieme a Riley per trovare i collegamenti tra gli om
One more book to go, what's next for Riley? ,
Riley and the very much overworked Guardians have their hands full, vamps are losing their heads and women are mysteriously dying in their bedrooms. And if Riley doesn't have enough on her plate, Riley's despicable wolf soul-mate Kye is back in town to threaten Riley's fragile happiness with Quinn.

Bound to Shadow was a page turning read which kept my interest until the very end, but after I finished reading and started really thinking about it, I cam
Apr 11, 2012 Jilly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I read this book because I've loved the rest of the series so much that I've been dying for this book. It finally came and I just couldn't wait. Keri Arthur has become one of my favorite authors and I'm thinking of trying some of her other series'.

We don't have too much in the way of a hero. This is about Riley Jensen and her life as a Directorate agent (something like FBI for nonhumans). She's half werewolf and half vampire, which I know you're thinking isn't possible but she explains it. We al
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At the end of the previous book Riley finally finds her soul mate; too bad he's more foe than friend. I thought making Riley's soul mate someone she despises was an interesting twist by Ms. Arthur so I was anxious to see how things would turn out in this book. I thought Riley and Kye would eventually work things out which would cause problems between Riley and Quinn and that would be the big to-do in this book. Instead, the animosity continues to grow between Riley and Kye and they fight against ...more
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Summer Ann
The Riley Jensen series so far has gotten better and better with each book. However I still can't warm up to Quinn being the nice and loving boyfriend as he's been portrayed the past few books. Some of the things he's done and said before still has him labeled as a bad person in my books. But I thought the case Riley worked on was interesting and Kye Murphy comes back after the big reveal from the last book. I have to say I became disappointed in Riley for some of the things she does in this boo ...more
this is one of those series that i don't think is particularly good but i keep reading to see where some story lines will end up. plus, some of the secondary characters are great.

This one was lacking Rhoane and Liander. they were in it, but not enough for my tatstes. we did get to see a little more Risa and Dia which was redeeming.

After the last book i was dying to see what would happen with Kye. i honestly did not expect it to go this way. we knew he was twisted, but the extent was - wow. witho
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Jan 10, 2011 Mersina Stark is a Bookwhoreasaurus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mersina Stark is a Bookwhoreasaurus by: Heidi
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Mrs. Badass
Oct 29, 2009 Mrs. Badass rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, Riley sure had her hands full in this story!

Geesh! Poor thing was constantly on the move, in constant turmoil, and fighting her every instinct to leave Kye.

Kye. Kye, Kye, Kye. I have no love for Kye. At first when we found he was her mate, I wanted to like him, I wanted Riley to get her dream of her Wolf Mate who loved her and accepted her fate in life.

I was teary at the end.
I hate when characters I have grown to love die.
I can't wait to read the next installment. I know we are coming to
Feb 21, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Riley Jenson yet again kicks butt in her unique way! As a fan of this series I have to say I wasn't disappointed!! I really feel for Riley as she torn between the vamp she loves and the wolf who she really dislikes that has turned out to be her soul mate. Fate doesn't seem to be too kind to her.... But that's not the worst of it her soul mate is more than just a bit dangerous.... He's a hired killer who seems intent on tearing her world apart!
Mar 12, 2011 Elayna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book broke my heart completely. I felt like when Riley saw Kye kill Kade part of my heart shattered then for her to have to kill Kye her wolf soulmate. My heart broke the rest away right along with Riley. She wanted to find her wolf soulmate so bad and it turned out to be a nightmare for her. I hope Quinn can help pull her through this dark time for her.
Wendy ~M/M Junkie~
I loved this book. It is an amazing addition to the series and does not disappoint. Like the rest of this series it was a book I read from cover to cover in one sitting. I definately recommend reading this series!
Nov 18, 2009 Valorie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow another fantastic book in the Riley Jenson Saga! I could not put this suspenseful and sexy paranormal romance down! Once again Ms.Arthur doesn't fail to deliver a smart, edgy, climatic story while skillfully weaving in a randy and emotion filled romance. Don't miss out on this wonderful tale!
Pamela / SpazP
Jun 30, 2010 Pamela / SpazP rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book was just as rough emotionally as I was prepared for by others who had read it. I have tears streaming down my face. On to the last book of the series. :::cries:::
Oct 15, 2016 Kirsty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keri-arthur
It was better than the previous 7 books of the series but still had some of the same issues in regards to attitudes towards women, sex and their 'uncontrollably hormones and sexual desire.'
Best of the series so far – but it comes with a price…

I will tell you straight off that the Riley Jensen Guardian series has never been one of my favs. I read the first four a while ago, and couldn’t continue because I felt like it was more “filler” than a series that grabs your attention and doesn’t let go until there are no more books. This is not to say it’s not a good series, it is, but that unfortunately for me it’s simply not a must read series. Anyways, with a smaller than usual TBR books
Amy A
Jul 05, 2011 Amy A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book puts us one step closer to the end of the Riley Jenson series. Like the previous book in this series, this was a fairyl strong entry. The mystery plot in this one was steady and understandable. In previous books in the series oftentimes the multiple mystery plots would get confusing and seem messy. These last two books in the series have been a lot cleaner and clearer, and everything seems to have more of a purpose.

This book takes place six months after the events in Deadly Desire. Ky
A beheaded vampire is found outside a Melbourne vampire club and an already testy Riley is sent in to investigate. As the body count starts rising, Riley has her work cut out for her to find out who, or what, is behind the murders. With civilities between the local vampire and human population breaking down it’s only a matter of time before violence breaks out. Dante Starke, the owner of the club is a vampire with an aura that makes even a Guardian nervous, but Riley has to get answers. Two huma ...more
What a surprise that Riley has to solve a rash of murders. As usual, only her unique skills can save the day. In this book, she meets Dante Starke, a vampire with a sexual glamour that gets her pulse racing. Something about him, however, frightens her and she tries to stay out of his way until her investigation points to happenings in his club. And guess who else is back? Kye, the maddening soul-mate. I still don't understand how she is the only wolf in all of goddess' creation that doesn't like ...more
Oct 09, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Keri Arthur and the Riley Jenson series and Bound to Shadows was probably one of my favourite books in the series so far. Although I'm looking forward to reading the next and final book Moon Sworn I'm actually quite sad that the series is coming to a close, I'll miss Riley and her gang when it's all over. This review won't have spoilers for Bound to Shadows but please be aware that this is book 8 in the series so it will include spoilers for previous books.

Since Riley discovered
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Mar 01, 2010 I ♥ Bookie Nookie ( rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Rachel Vincent's Shifter series and Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series.
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Summary: Part vampire, part werewolf, Riley Jenson knows what can happen when vamps don’t play well with others. But she’s never seen anything like this: a series of brutal murders surrounding the latest hot spot for vampire-human hookups—and the victims aren’t just killed, they’re beheaded. Now Riley is launching into action, toying with a seductive—and highly suspicious—club owner, and finding herself in the middle of another mystery: women being killed one by one, without a trace of violence. ...more
 * Kazzy * -aka Stryker-
Only one to go - oh no what will I do then!

Originally read this book 21-24th January 2011. Started re-read 21st February 2012.

Finished my re-read of Bound to Shadows and I found it so much more enthralling than the first time. The storyline just intensified further, and there were some great revelations that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. I really love the 'Kye and Riley' growth in this episode and where things went with them. It was a real battle of wills and a creative and exciting
Sep 13, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the eighth and next to last installment in the Riley Jenson Guardian series.

Riley is a half vampire/half werewolf. She is in love with two very different men, Quinn a vampire, and her wolf soul mate Kye. Problem is Kye is a controlling, loves to kill for sport, type of werewolf. He’s a killer for hire and he has no scruples. In order not to give away the plot I’ll try not to talk about Kye too much, because poor Riley has seen a lot of h
Sofie Roberts
Oct 01, 2013 Sofie Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From start to finish this book had tension running through me. I knew the outcome I was looking so desperate for but I was so sure I wouldn't get it, as Keri continued to throw in as many possible obstacles to Rileys happiness as possible. While I did start to become frustrated with the growing pile of shit been piled on Rileys plate and just wonder if it was going to far, I simply have to hand it to Keri Arthur on this one. She has created a book which I could not physically bring myself to put ...more
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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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“Starke, release me or I’ll kick you in the balls.”
And that would hurt, given the current rock-hard state of that area.”
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