Bound to Shadows (Riley Jenson Guardian, #8)
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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...more
ebook, 348 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Dell (first published January 1st 2009)
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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...more
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...more
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
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...more
Wanderer ♔ Wanderlust ♔
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
Shera (Book Whispers)
"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...more
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...more
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P.A. Lupton

So far, I’ve really enjoyed the Riley Jenson series. I will admit that I’m probably one of the rare fans who will be glad to see it end, though. Sometimes I think there’s just so far you can take a character before it’s time to move on.

What I don’t enjoy about Riley Jenson is that every case she works feels the exact same as the last book. Riley is always investigating two different crimes that end up being linked. The killer is always someone she’s overlooked who ends up getting the drop on he...more
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Mar 01, 2010 I ♥ Bookie Nookie ( rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Fans of Rachel Vincent's Shifter series and Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series.
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Tiffany Danner
I am a big Keri Arthur fan. The man character Riley has shown great development over the stretch of the last 8 books and I have been pleased with where the series is going. This latest release, book 8, is no different than previous books...offering readers a great story, lots of action, and many developments in the romance area of Riley's life.

I loved the emotional issues and decisions Riley is faced with in Bound to Shadows. Arthur makes her character question her actions and not just give in t...more
So maybe I’m just bipolar on this series, because the last book was very “meh” to me, but I absolutely loved this one! I stayed up pretty late just to finish it! There were two things I didn’t like though. 1.) Every book in this series has two murder lines that somehow intermingle with one another. Lacking originality! 2.) Kye was not a bad guy! They kept putting him on blast like it was so rough for Riley. Why? Because he’s good looking, a alpha wolf, obviously loves her, wants to be with her a...more
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...more
I was greatly disappointed with the way this novel ended. I think that Keri could have done so much with this storyline. Granted, it was her inspiration, but I really think she rushed it and just decided to end it the way she did, maybe because it was just easier to do, than to keep the tension going.

Otherwise, the book was alright. I find she repeats a lot... which is ok here and there, but I don't know. We'll see how the next book goes.

I really thought the book was "decent", but it wasn't a...more
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!
I didn't like this one quite as much as the last one or two. It didn't have the same complexity, and I think Keri Arthur forgot to explain the purpose of the plot because I'm still not entirely sure why the killer was killing people. I have my suspicions though, so I guess that's good enough.

Quinn seems like a pushover lately, and I don't like that. I like Kye, but I guess between me, Keri Arthur, and Riley, I'm the only one. I thought the ending of this book was pretty perfect, in terms of emot...more
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Jan 10, 2011 Mersina Stark is a Bookwhoreasaurus rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mersina Stark is a Bookwhoreasaurus by: Heidi
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Erika  Badass
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...more
Kat Klein
After enjoying this series from the beginning, this book was an extreme disappointment. The only reason I finished it at all, was because I refuse to review a book that I didn't finish. So I read all the way to the end, and I've never been so disappointed in a character before.

I'm really debating if I want to read the last book. Riley went from a kick ass protagonist to something even worse than a Harlequin Romance heroine... you know the kind... "I know he treats me like I'm a worthless piece...more
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.
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!
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!
Pamela / SpazP
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:::
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Riley Jenson finally accepted that she's a Guardian for the Directorate. Riley will never be the stone cold killer that Jack Hunter wants her to be. Vampires are being beheaded with seemly no connection to another case of women mysteriously dying in their homes. Riley is working out in the public while Jack and rest of the vampires are safely tucked away not believing how close humans are to rioting over blood whore murders. Riley's wolf soul mate Kye reappears which causes more problems for her...more
Sophia (FV)
Beheaded vampires are turning up and The Directorate suspects a serial killer is on the loose. Guardian for the Directorate, Riley Jenson, is assigned to the case and in the course of her investigation a second and possibly related case emerges. Human women are being found dead with no clue as to their cause of death. Riley must discover if the two cases are related and find the killer before tensions between the local population, both human and vampire boil over in outrage.

Fate seems to have it...more
The 8th book in the series begins with Riley investigating two cases; a series of brutal murders which involves the victim being beheaded at the latest hot spot for vampire-human hookups. The second case involves finding out why women are being killed with no trace of violence being found at the scene. At the end of the last book we find out that Kye Murphy, fellow werewolf is also her soul mate. However, Riley is still in love with Quinn and the finding of her wolf mate hasn't made life any eas...more
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As far as Riley is concern she could care less if she sees Kye Murphy ever again, even if he's her soul mate. And Kye feels the same way. Yet while she's investigating her new case Kye shows up again. And not only does he show up, but apparently he has had a small change of heart and can't stay away from Riley.

You start to feel bad for the girl. Seems like she can't catch a break from the gruesome cases. But having issues in her love life, she throws herself into work. Not to mention that Rhoan...more
Felicia (Ferishia)
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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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