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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.

Lily Yu is a San Diego police detective investigating a s
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Paperback, 301 pages
Published October 5th 2004 by Berkley (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 (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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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Kathleen
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
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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.
Dara
Jul 01, 2013 Dara rated it it was ok
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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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
Sunny
Jul 01, 2013 Sunny rated it it was amazing  ·  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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Angie
Oct 25, 2013 Angie rated it really liked it
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
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Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
"Regrets are the most useless form of guilt. They always arrive too late to do any good."


I wish it had a bit more...action in it. That Lily Yu was more kickass or something. I just felt like something was missing for me to actually love it. It was a good story, with an interesting world, but I had a bit trouble with connecting with it, and I felt like I was on the outside looking in. I'm still feeling a bit confused about things, things that should be more explained... I'm not sure if I'll c
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Jen (Red Hot Books)
Jan 27, 2016 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it really liked it
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
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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Steph
1st read: 13-15 June 2009 / Rating: / Reviewed here
Re-read: 14 Jan 2016 / Rating: / Reviewed below
"Regrets are the most useless form of guilt ... They always arrive too late to do any good."
Re-Read Review:
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 Wil
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Tammy
May 17, 2011 Tammy rated it liked it
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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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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Borderstar
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
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Katyana
Aug 12, 2011 Katyana rated it really liked it
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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Steph
1st read: 13-15 June 2009 / Rating: / Reviewed below
Re-read: 14 Jan 2016 / Rating: / Reviewed here

1st-read Review:
I would've given 3.5 stars, if possible. I wasn't really into this book in the beginning - wasn't interested in reading a cop story. But, before I could put it down it sucked me in. I enjoyed the book quite a bit. I will definitely move on to the next in the series. Grandmother was a very interesting character. I also liked Rule and look forward to learning more about the lupi c
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Sandra
Jan 11, 2016 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-read 12 January 16.
I didn't do a review when I first read this book back in 2010, so its a little harder to filter out all the great books that come after this one. But I'll try :)

Lily Yu, a homicide cop with the San Diego PF and a undisclosed Sensitive is given a case that appears to be the work of a werewolf. Her boss knows she is a Sensitive but nothing is ever written in reports or spoken of to others.

She has to interrogate Rule Turner, the Lu Nuncio of the Nikolai Clan of werewolves (thi
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Netanella
3 1/2 stars rounded up to 4 stars.

There are many things I loved about this book - the characters are detailed and complex, even the bad guys. Lily's Chinese-American background is fairly rare in American fiction, and her practical nature is appreciated by a kindred spirit reader. Rule Turner, the Lo Nuncio of his clan and reformed man-whore once he meets Lily, I believe, still has a lot of development to do. And I look forward to reading it.

The author does a wonderful job in creating a world o
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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
Sep 26, 2013 Katya rated it liked it
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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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Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Nov 15, 2011 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: UF and PNR fans
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
Oct 27, 2011 Lady Heather rated it liked it
Recommends it for: urban fantasy, pnr
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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Jael ~ *~ Syhren ~* ~
Jul 26, 2010 Jael ~ *~ Syhren ~* ~ rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
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
Gamatst
Jan 18, 2010 Gamatst rated it really liked it
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
Dec 09, 2015 Rhapsody rated it liked it
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
Daisa
Apr 10, 2016 Daisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.75

I had a feeling! I had a feeling I was going to like this book, that it was going to be good and that I would absolutely and completely enjoy it. Even after my coworker told me the synopsis sounded boring. And I was right!

I know vampires are like the sexy, “go to” paranormal creature. Everyone loves a vampire, including me. But there’s something about werewolves that just gets me going and that was one of the main draws this book had for me. There are only two series that I really l
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Marsha
Mar 02, 2010 Marsha rated it really liked it
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
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