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Tempting Danger (World of the Lupi #1)

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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  6,694 ratings  ·  387 reviews
The USA Today bestselling author tempts success in this stunning debut novel.

National bestselling author Eileen Wilks draws readers into a bold new world where the magical and mundane co-exist in an uneasy alliance--and a cop balanced on her own knife-edged struggle is their only hope against a cold-blooded killer.
ebook, 320 pages
Published October 5th 2004 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published October 4th 2004)
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Catherine
*4.5 Stars*

Oh, man, where have you been all my life Eileen Wilks? I have been looking for another series like yours.

If anyone is familiar with the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton, this resonated very strongly for me with what I liked most about her earlier books. The investigations and the interesting facts about the cops and, especially, the details about the world now that supernaturals are legal.

In this book the Lupi, or werewolves, are known about in the world. They've finally go
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The Holy Terror
4.25 stars

This story takes place in San Diego, which made me really happy. I've only lived in California a year but I already love finding movies or books that are set near my home.

Lily is a fantastic, strong, Chinese-American police detective with a gift for sensing magic. Lily kind of reminded me of old Anita Blake with a bit of Mercy Thompson's weaknesses and Kate Daniels's practicality sprinkled in. If that makes any sense to anyone.

Rule is a very sexy (yet stereotypical) werewolf - protect
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Lily is a great protagonist. I love that the elements of her Chinese-American heritage were well-integrated into this story. I love her no-nonsense, down to earth, cop personality, but also that she is open-minded enough to appreciate her gifts and to realize that there are things that go bump in the night.

The aspect of the werewolf society took a unique, but confusing term. I like that Ms. Wilks built a culture, complete with a separate religion for the werewolves. They are very earthy and sens
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Regina
So I have been off of urban fantasy for awhile now. Reading the newly released books in my favorite series but not starting any new urban fantasy series. If a friend hadn't recommended this series to me -- repeatedly, I wouldn't have read it. The cover doesn't call to me and urban fantasy just doesn't hold the same appeal to me anymore. And if I can avoid murder investigation urban fantasy books, I do. So there was a lot working against me picking up this book. But damn, I am so glad I read this ...more
Angie
Originally reviewed here @ Angieville

I remember first running across Eileen Wilks' name in the On the Prowl compilation I purchased solely because it contained Patricia Briggs' first Alpha & Omega novella (fabulous, by the way). I never really sat down and read the other novellas, though. Now I'm wishing I had so that I could have discovered Wilks' writing much sooner. Instead, it took my buddy in all things urban fantasy Chachic throwing herself headlong into a glom of Wilks' World of the L
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Sunny
Jul 01, 2013 Sunny rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sunny by: Amy
Shelves: own
I loved this book. Layered, complex, smart, and well written. Read the complete review at: http://loveaffairwithanereader.blogsp...

Things I like about the Story

* The main character is an Asian American female, detective on the San Diego Police Department. I'm Asian American, female, from San Diego with lots of friends on the police department. I found Lily easy to relate to.

* The story makes me think about places where it is difficult to imagine. As the lupi are being revealed and equality is b
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Tammy
3.5 Stars!

Here is the book synopsis for starters, Lily Yu is a San Diego police detective investigating a series of grisly murders that appear to be the work of a werewolf. To hunt down the killer, she must infiltrate the clans. Only one man can help her - a werewolf named Rule Turner, a prince of the lupi, whose charismatic presence disturbs Lily. Rule has his own reasons for helping the investigation - reasons he doesn't want to share with Lily. Logic and horror demand she keep her distance, b
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AH
A great start to the series!

Tempting Danger is the first book in The World of the Lupi series by Eileen Wilks. I’m disappointed that I had not discovered this series sooner. I’m going to have a lot of books to catch up on.

In Tempting Danger, the main character Lily investigates a murder at a Lupi bar. Lily is a detective and in the course of her investigation, she questions Rule Turner, a prince of the Nikolai clan and a lupi. As a sensitive, Lily is able to sense magic on others. Rule perplexes
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Katyana
I honestly really liked it - it was a solid start to a series that I will definitely be reading more of.

The characters were great. Lily is a breath of fresh air in the UF world, I think - she's smart, loyal yet independent, and has a strong sense of right and wrong that she is unwilling to compromise. She's also not inherently super-powered. I suspect that her abilities will grow, but for the most part, Lily has her wits and her training to carry her through, and can't rely on magic to save the
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Andrea
Excellent in many ways. Thoroughly enjoyed Lily. Not at all a fan of the fated mate trope, and didn't like aspects of how this one played out. (view spoiler) And I never quite understand the motivation of setting up a supernatural clan where all the males are supernaturals, and all the women are not (and are generally dotted about being caregivers of some form).

Will probably pick up the next one in this series, if only to
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Dara
I would have given it 3 stars except for a few issues I had with it.

1. The chosen thing. I've never believed in "Soul Mates" or "love at first sight" and when I read about it in books I feel cheated. First of all the reader misses out on watching the two fall in love and begin to trust each other. It makes the whole relationship feel fake.

2. That Rule and Lily's relationship was mostly physical. What they had together was lust, not love. Rule even said at one point that Lupi couldn't fall in lo
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Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru
I very much enjoyed this book. I really liked Lily. Even more so because she appreciates sexy eyebrows as much as I do. Another thing I liked about her is that she didn't rush out and go about things alone and knows when something is over her head and calls in for backup. In my opinion, that makes her smart. Heroines really don't need to be going around doing it all alone in order to prove they are strong females. They can still be plenty strong with backup.

I really liked Rule, too. I especially
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Katya
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Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
What a pleasant surprise! This book has an interesting cast of characters. I already want the next book in my hand!

Lily Yu is a competent police detective. She is a 'Gifted' human able to sense magic through touch. Lily is assigned a murder case where she determines the death is caused by werewolf. The Prince of Lupi becomes a suspect, and he reveals Lily is his Chosen.

The murder mystery is solid. The romance is secondary making this book seem more of an urban fantasy than a paranormal romance.
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Lady Heather
I just finished this book and what can I say.. I was more than a little disappointed with the ending. Not the ending itself, but the anti-climatic battle at the end.
Three-quarters of the book the Author is preparing the reader for this 'huge' battle (good vs evil) ... and ya.. there's anticipation, because the two main characters make a HUGE sacrifice and then "BAM" ...nothing the Author TOTALLY DROPPED THE BALL!
Oh .. We get the details of the Battle 'after' the BIG event, but MAN...IT'S JUST
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Jen
Aug 24, 2011 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jen by: FV Angela
Shelves: wilks
Lily and Rule

Excellent new series to start. I think I have found another obsession.

I was happy to see that Wilks created a relationship where the mate bond didn't mean they instantly fell in love. At first, Rule was not happy he would be limited to Lily for the rest of his long lived life. And Lily, not being Lupi, had no understanding of what was happening to her and she didn't really care for it. I am going to enjoy seeing this relationship grow.

And I really like the secondary characters. I f
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Gamatst
Tempting Danger was really 4 1/2 stars for me. I found the premise and the world building good but, as is the case with many first books in a series, the book was a bit uneven until the last 1/3. It really came together in that last 1/3 though! I enjoyed Grandmother Li Lei Yu very much. I will definitely read the next in the series as I can see it really growing on me after getting the world/culture building done in the first book. A romantic suspense set in an interesting werewolf/"others" worl ...more
Rhapsody
Mar 09, 2007 Rhapsody rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: paranormal romance readers
I know it's mean, but this book was a L.K. Hamilton wannabee. I guess there are a lot of those these days. The heroine is a detective with psychic abilities. Her love interest is a good looking werewolf who is also the main murder suspect in the case she's pursuing. The writing was just okay; these books, amongst other things, are supposed to be funny, and Wilkes...isn't. Also, the similarities between tough, independent Lily Yu and LKH's Anita Blake got on my nerves. It's not a bad read for a r ...more
Marsha
Mar 02, 2010 Marsha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
This was my first book by Eileen Wilks. I've seen her name around but had not gotten around to reading anything of hers. I must say, that I truly enjoyed her world of the Lupi. She weaves a vivid world of werewolves who value women (even though the men are not necessarily monogamous). Lily Yu is a homicide detective in San Diego, CA. She is a sensitive (she can touch an object and feel whether magic is involved); however, she does not let anyone at the police department know of her skills becaus ...more
Archer
From the Back Cover:

Lily Yu is a San Diego police detective investigating a series of grisly murders that appear to be the work of a werewolf. To hunt down the killer, she must infiltrate the clans. Only one man can help her - a werewolf named Rule Turner, a prince of the lupi, whose charismatic presence disturbs Lily. Rule has his own reasons for helping the investigation - reasons he doesn't want to share with Lily. Logic and horror demand she keep her distance, but the attraction between them
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PepperP0t (ireadthatbook.com)
Lily Yu, newly promoted detective has been presented with a career making or career breaking case - quite a bit hinges on Lupi crown prince Rule Turner. It seems the spouse of Rule's affair du jour has been murdered and everything points to not only a Lupus - but Rule specifically. As Lily tries to puzzle out the why's, what's and wherefore's of the case, Rule has more immediate issues than being charged for murder on his plate. Rule is trying to determine if the case against him is part of a tw ...more
Mojca
I loved the first take on this story found in the Lover Beware anthology, and I truly hoped the expansion of the world of the Lupi and seeing more of Lily and Rule would've made a great reading experience.
Sadly, I was wrong.

The story dragged on for too long, there were just too many details (literally begging for the continuation of this series, which is so not good), the pacing was too slow, and the chemistry between Rule and Lily seemed to have been washed down the drain, paling in comparison
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~Leslie~
I loved this first book in this series. I have never read this author before and had no idea what to expect. I loved her writing style, and her characters and the world she created. My only problem was that it sometimes felt like I came in the middle of a performance and had no idea what came before. The politics of the Lupi world were a little confusing for me, but it didn't affect my enjoyment too much. In the beginning it reminded me a little of Eve and Dallas with shapeshifters. I liked the ...more
Chachic
Aug 15, 2013 Chachic rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chachic by: Estara
Shelves: ebooks
Originally posted here.

I have been meaning to read more urban fantasy because I want to find a series to follow aside from Kate Daniels. I’ve read the first three Mercy Thompson books and the first two October Daye novels but felt no need to continue with both series. I know so many friends love those two series and it makes me a bit sad that I wasn’t able to connect with them like I wanted. I might change my mind later on and give those two a try again but for now, I’m interested in discovering
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Snarktastic Sonja
Ok, I admit it. I am a sucker for those ‘chosen’ relationships. Not so much because I think everyone deserves someone, but because I like to think that once you have found the *one* nothing will break you up. It is easier to work through the problems and difficulties that *will* arise, if one *knows* in his/her *soul* that it *can* be worked out and that the other isn’t going anywhere. (Note: this does not mean living in misery, it means working through difficulties instead of giving up and walk ...more
Jael ~ *~ Syhren ~* ~
Tempting Danger was an interesting and yet confusing read. The story was slow through out the book which wasn't a bad thing. It allowed me to fully understand the details Ms. Wilks story. I did enjoy Lily and Rule they were very fleshed out and easy to relate to on some levels. The confusing parts for me mainly had to do with the Wolves culture. I kept feeling like I was missing something or couldn't grasp what was being put out . I almost put this book down once and the was after a scene with D ...more
Courtney
I've had this book on my shelves for several months, but haven't gotten around to reading it. I was pleasantly surprised I did last night. I did feel like I was missing a few things at the beginning of the book (apparently there is a novella in "On the Prowl" but I don't remember the characters). Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Aimee
Detective Lily Yu is finally put in charge of her own homicide investigation. But it's no ordinary case...it's one suited to her "talents". Along the way she meets suspect Rule Turner, a Lupus with quite a reputation. They are forced to work together to unravel a case that goes way deeper than either of them could imagine. All the time battling their attraction to one another.

I'm going to give this one 3.5-4 stars. I'm rounding up to 4 because I liked the way the story unfolds. But the urge to g
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Kt
Lily has a very rough past, and because of that she developed a very tough persona for herself. She is strong and very stubborn and keeps everyone at a distance. This of course makes for some major friction when the Lupi prince, Rule, is relentless in his pursuit of her. What confounds Lily is that despite her wanting nothing to do with him, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him. It becomes a battle of wills between them, with neither side really having any chance at winning.

I did find Lil
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Estara
May 24, 2013 Estara rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy romance with a heavy emphasis on family
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Eileen Wilks’ first book, a Silhouette Desire published in 1996, hit the USA Today Bestseller List and was nominated for Romantic Times' Best First Short Contemporary award. Since then, her books have appeared consistently on national bestseller lists. With thirty two books in print and novellas in nine anthologies, she has been a finalist in the prestigious Rita Awards three times, as well as rec ...more
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