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Tempting Danger (World of the Lupi #1)

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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.
Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published October 4th 2004 by Berkley
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This book is an "Everything Bagel". It has a bunch of different things going on and is all smashed together with some creamy cheese in the middle. Yet, somehow it works.

Lily Yu is a homicide detective who is assigned a murder case that involves a killer werewolf. Her first, and most likely, suspect is a werewolf prince named Rule who is quite the man-whore. In this world, werewolves are sexy sexy beasts and all the women want to take a walk on the wild side. Not at all like real life, right girl
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

DNF at 58%. And it's a miracle I made it that far.

Worry not, my Little Barnacles, for this shall not be one of my slightly never-ending, pit-stop requiring DNF reviews. Had this book been deliciously infuriating, I might have found the inner strength to review destroy it with utter delight. But it wasn't, so I didn't. It was just plain crappy in a disgustingly lacklustre way. What a rip-off.

Soooo. Crap cutting time and stuff. I DNFed the shrimp out of this lovely book here because:

*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
3.5 Ohh, it has potential!

I liked the idea and the world was really interesting! It's not the best first-in-the-series I've read but it has a lot of potential. Even more, it made me curious about what's next.

I can see why so many people love this series, now I just have to see if I can fall for it too!
*** 3.75 ***

A buddy read with the fans of UF+PRN @ BB&B!

This was much more fun than I expected it to be. Needless to say, I did not have very high expectations going in. No particular reason for it, just some past experience with the older UF series, many of which, although innovative at the time they were first published, tend to feel a bit dated after years of reading other examples of the genre. So, with this preamble, I was not expecting much.

I was right and I was wrong. I was right abou
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
Jan 13, 2017 Haïfoun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Haïfoun by: edge of bubble
Shelves: uf
Buddy read at BB&B

What I really like in UF literature is that it usually makes for easy, fast and entertaining reads ! And Tempting Danger was no exception for me.
I didn't start this book with very high expectations: in part because of the main rating. And mostly, because the first UF I read (Kate Daniels, queen of my heart and soul!) was close to perfection!
But I ended up highly enjoying it !

The world building was quite minimalist and despite some revelations about the Lupi (werewolves) cus
edge of bubble
Buddy-read with my amazing cherry-buddy Jilly a.k.a Jilly the Desecrator of Figurative Manhoods.

This was my very first buddy-read and I loved it!
*Jilly was quite patient with me and I have to say, very skilled at popping my buddy-read cherry.*

Talking about the book as I've read and being able to talk about the characters like they are real people is a heady feeling!

I've reread this series a couple of times, obviously I love it! It's one of those rare series that gets better with every installmen
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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
Jan 09, 2017 Jo rated it liked it

Police detective Lily Yu is used to the paranormal. Being a sensitive means she can feel the magic of paranormals around her. And when she finds a mauled body behind Club Hell she knows the murder was done by a werewolf.

Intent on finding the killer her path crosses with Rule Turner, the werewolf playboy prince of the Nokolai Clan, who is also a possible suspect. But suspect or not, there is no denying the intense attraction between them, an attraction that seems too powerful and too sudden. An

Jun 18, 2013 Dara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
The series begins here, and it's off to a strong start. Paranormal romantic fantasy-suspense set in San Diego, told in 3rd-person POV. Lily Yu is a Chinese-American homicide detective. Her ethnicity seems authentic. Rule Turner is the heir to a powerful werewolf clan. Together they solve crimes and stop the insanity. Plot involves the FBI's magical crimes unit, gods and goddesses, were-shifters, gnomes, sorcerers, telepathy, witches....

The FBI's magical crimes unit and the human-shifter politic
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; A-

This is my second time reading this book and I enjoyed it even more this time. Wilks does a great job of setting up the world and introducing the characters and magic system. I didn't know it the first time that I read this book but now know that this is one of the best PNR series out there. The books only get better from here.
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
Katie Michaels
Oct 31, 2015 Katie Michaels rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been meaning to get around to this series for years. When it occurred to me that I hadn’t found a good werewolf Urban Fantasy series in a while, I figured it was well past time to give the World of the Lupi a try. It was a little more police procedural than I expected. It felt similar in some ways to the early Anita Blake books (without all the polyamorous sex-a-thons that appeared in the later books) or maybe the Kara Gillian series before its sharp left turn. The heroine is someone with a ...more
Apr 03, 2013 Sunny rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 25, 2013 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angie by: Chachic
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
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
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Re-read: 02.01.2017
“We don't go to the ocean for anything as simple as happiness, do we? We
go there to feel alive. Like life, the ocean holds chance and change, grief and terror and beauty. It promises mortality, not peace.”

The thing is... it's good, the story is good, the characters well liked and all that, BUT not much happens. As I said in my first read review: I need more action. Also, fuck, I really wish Rule was more alpha male, that he was more dominant and strong. Frankly, he's too n
First read: 13-15 June 2009 / Rating: ✮✮✮
Re-read: 14 Jan 2016 / Rating: ✮✮✮✮

Re-read Review:
"Regrets are the most useless form of guilt ... They always arrive too late to do any good."
First, I have to say that I find it odd that when I first read this book, having been reading books in this genre for only 9 years, I didn't rate it higher than 3.5-stars. Now, after almost double that time and more than 1,000 books later I find I'm in love with the uniqueness of Wilks' writing, characters an
Dec 13, 2016 Mei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I'm so stupid sometimes that I want to smack myself! How could I have missed this series????

It's wonderful!!! I loved everything about his first book!!

The heroine: smart, mouthy, intelligent, rational, sharp as a knife!!!

The hero: simply jummy in everything!

But the best, absolutely best was the world building! Everything was interesting and I kept turning pages to find out more!

The writing was excellent too! The was the author unveils, bit by bit, how the wold works is simply incredible!

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
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
Hmm, I'm torn. While I loved Rule's pick up lines and stamina (I'd drop my panties for him any day! Mwahaha) I wasn't sold on the way the mating bond was portrayed in this particular novel.

I'm interested enough t continue on to the second book, though.

3.5 stars.

Thank you for the suggestion & X-mas present, Jeanny:-)
Sleepless in...wherever (no good without caramel macchiato)
"I can smell your arousal each time you walk past me."
"Then breathe through your mouth, dammit"

My first buddy read with amazing girls Jilly and edge of bubble! Although I'm not sure if it qualifies as buddy read if they outpaced me a few books. Anyway, yeah hmm this book was not in my wheelhouse, but it's nice to share in the crazy. I like all things paranormal but I have to confess that shifters are not in my top 10 magical creatures. At least not in books. I never did jump on the whole Jacob
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
Originally read some time pre-2010 - original rating 4 stars.
Re-read March 2016 - rating this time around - I think probably a 3.75 rounded up to 4 stars.

I read PNR/UF through my 20's, and in the end I got a bit sick of it and stopped reading so much of this genre, until recently when I thought I would revisit some of the old ones. So I've been going back through some of the books I read ages ago and thought I would give this one a try, as I remembered enjoying it, but never did carry on with th
Mar 09, 2007 Rhapsody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: paranormal romance readers
Shelves: romance, fiction
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
Jul 08, 2010 Yodamom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Utterly intriguing and first in a series. I love the main characters, Lily Yu (sensitive) a detective and a (hot) were named Rule Turner Fill the book with fireworks. Lily and Rule team up to try to stop a Lupi serial killer. There is a scene with Lily's cat "Dirty Harry" and Rule that is roll on the floor laughable. Many other interesting characters fill the story with magic and fun. The Grandmother, what a treat, she is somebody I can't wait to hear more about in the rest of the series.
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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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