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Tempting Evil (Riley Jenson Guardian #3)

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Half werewolf and half vampire Riley Jenson is now an agent with the DOR - the Directorate of Other Races. However, trusting her superiors and lovers barely more than she trusts her worst enemies, Riley plays by her own set of rules.
Paperback, 371 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Piatkus Books
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LMM
Sep 13, 2009 LMM rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book sucked the big cheese. I'm am in no way a prude but it's a little hard to take your heroine seriously when she is running around naked the ENTIRE book. How awkward. Esp. when she's constantly fighting gladiator style. The whole time I thought; "well, I guess it's a good thing she doesn't have balls or a hairy ass crack."

**SPOILERS**


Let's see... Riley is raped, beaten, abused, oh yeah & the best yet....going to have naked mud wrestling as an "arena whore" for her arch nemesis. And n
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Lindsay
Sep 26, 2014 Lindsay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I knew I had to give this one up because I had absolutely no motivation to finish it. This series has kind of fizzed out for me. Womp.
Also I hate Quinn's guts. This character just got more terrible as the books progressed. I'm tired of reading books where the main character is with an asshole, knows he's an asshole, and stays with him regardless.
Tilly Slaton
Tempting Evil is pretty morbid. I loved it!

Infiltrating the grounds as whores and arena fighters, toys for the crossbred freaks with interesting body part accessories, and sexual sadists who apparently enjoy raping women not only when they're screaming in fear and pain, but also as they are knocked out unconscious.

It's time! Riley and Rhoan, along with the other sexy studs and vampires, receive enough intel that they are ready to wiggle into the completely screwed world of a psychohomosexual who
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Sami
Nov 25, 2008 Sami added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Shelves: must-read-again
Every time I read these books I can't help but fall inlove with them again. They are truly amazing and everything I could want in a novel. I mean, werewolfs, vampires and sex all in the same book? It's every womens fantasy on print...
chucklesthescot
May 22, 2010 chucklesthescot rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: PNR and UF fans who aren't squeamish about sex scenes
Shelves: fiction, uf-pnr, shifters
When I first heard about this book I was only able to get hold of book three so I had to read it first, which wasn't ideal, but it wasn't difficult to catch up with the story that I had missed and I did enjoy the book.

Riley is part of the supernatural team investigating genetic experiments being carried out on shifters and finally, they have the name of the guy running the show-Deshon Starr. To get to his mansion and private labs, Kade and Rhoan are going in as security guards and Riley goes in
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Beth (^v^)/
Holy crap.

Keri Arthur is awesome. I've never hated a villain more. And loved a heroine as much as Riley. Well maybe that's debateable.

Either way, this is an unforgettable series.
Sarah
Nov 25, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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PepperP0t
I was pleasantly surprised that as well as I liked the previous series entry, I enjoyed this one much more. Riley and company are growing on me. This time out Riley & Rhoan are attempting to beard the lion in his den as they each go undercover to capture Deshon Starr as his activities have made life for the super-naturals quite unbearable. As much as the buildup has been I thought Starr could not possibly live up to the evil, but he was evil enough. Resolution of the Starr storyline hopefull ...more
I ♥ Bookie Nookie (bookienookiereviews.blogspot.com)
Oh! Thank heavens! This books seems to be the end of the lab breeding back story--I liked it but there is only so much you can say and only so much mystery while still keeping it interesting for the reader. I was thrilled with the new developments in this book.

Without giving too much away, Riley goes undercover into Starr's "compound" as part of the entertainment for the men serving Starr--there is a little more to it that meets the eye. I thought she was just going in as, well...a prostitute--n
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P.A. Lupton
Aug 29, 2012 P.A. Lupton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Riley Jenson, you kick butt!

I usually find that most series that end up as my favorites, it’s usually book 3 that seems to be the magic number. And that is once again the case with Riley Jenson. I really enjoyed book 1 and 2, but book 3 just lifted this series onto my favorite’s shelf.

I love the paranormal world Riley lives in. It’s different and unique. The promiscuity of the wolves and how that behavior is acceptable in their society makes me look at Riley’s actions a little differently. I l
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Jill
Jan 21, 2016 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good installment even though i really wanted to kill Riley in this one as she keeps making stupid decisions when it comes to the guy department, whether shes screwing the vampire Quinn whom she has an infatuation with, and wants to explore what their relationship is, and then the werewolf Kellan whom she also has a strong infatuation with. She comes off as a slut to me. Where yes i understand that werewolves especially the females are constantly the term used bitches in heat an ...more
Laura
Jan 04, 2012 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun sort of read about a dhampir with an outrageous sex drive.
I love how it is set in Melbourne, Australia (my home town), and the writing quality is great. It never seems to get too clunky; except in the really drawn out sex scenes.
Riley, a Guardian, is continuing a quest to stop a madman from creating a mutant army. Although kicking some serious butt she beds just about every male character in the story.
What I did notice with Arthur's story line is that if:
a) A woman is semi naked, and
b) The
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Samantha (Book Lover's Cozy Cafe)
It's funny how these books always take me a minute to get into them, but once I do I whip right through the book. It's interesting that one of the biggest enemies of Riley and Co. is taken out, and yet this is a long lasting series, haha but alas there is a nice little zinger at the end, which bodes for a much more evil nemesis than before. This book was filled with alot, alot of things for Riley to do, alot of questionings on many different thing. The one hang up I have on Riley is her need for ...more
Rhonda
May 19, 2010 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not for the faint of heart
This book, actually this series is not for everyone. The subject matter dealt with can be offensive to anyone that cannot put aside their own personal feeling about sex and using ones body to achieve their goals. This particular book has scenes of rape and hand to hand combat death matches. It's not all about romance, rainbows and unicorns. Although some of the lab born creatures may well be part unicorn, who knows? Anyway, if you're squeamish about nudity, women's lib, sex, rape, humanoid type ...more
Red Iza
Apr 11, 2013 Red Iza rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr-uf-horror-2
Notes while currently reading :

I'm really having trouble with Riley, I just want to slap her and put some good sense in her head ! I liked the first book of the series, strong-willed heroin, hot vamp, genetic manipulations, suspense and all. And sex. But she's getting whiny, complains all the time, rants at others and wonders why she has trouble making friends (duh !).
At the point I've reached, she's having sex with a horse-shifter in front of her jealous possessive vampire lover. In the middle
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Sarah
Jul 12, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Riley has taken the final step and become a fully fledged Guardian for the Directorate of Other Races, she still isn't sure that it is for the best but she wants to be part of the team that takes down Deshon Starr. Her first mission isn't going to be easy - it is up to her to infiltrate Deshon's stronghold and try to discover where his secret labs are hidden so that the DOR can destroy them. While deep undercover she is going to have to be wary about who she trusts but she will also find friends ...more
Miraphora
Apr 12, 2013 Miraphora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Come gongolo. Ho trovato, finalmente, una serie urban fantasy che mi sta piacendo molto. Tre romanzi della serie con voti alti, anche questo ha ben 4 cuoricini. Mi piace tutto: l'ambientazione, i personaggi, lo stile narrativo, l'idea di base...tutto. Non c'è niente che mi faccia storcere il naso e ciò è bene.
In questa puntata della serie dedicata a Riley, la lupacchiotta mezza vampira, l'azione è padrona della scena. I Guardiani stanno organizzando un'infiltrazione nei laboratori degli esperim
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Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Riley Jenson is part werewolf and part vampire that works for the Directorate governing supernatural world. Riley's boss Jack Hunter wants her to be Guardian something Riley really doesn't want to do but doesn't really have a choice in the matter. Thanks to Deshon Starr for Riley taking Guardian training over the past six months. Rhoan, is Riley's packmate and twin brother, who is doing most of Riley's offensive and defensive training before she takes on Gauntier in a fight. Riley doesn't want t ...more
Ithlilian
Jan 11, 2011 Ithlilian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I can't quite put my finger on what makes me enjoy the series more than many other 5+ book urban fantasy series out there, but there is something good at work here. I enjoyed Tempting Evil immensely, and I'm glad I read it. This novel picks up right where the last one left off. Riley is training to be a guardian (whether she likes it or not) so that she can infiltrate the lair of the man behind the labs and killings mentioned in the previous novels. The action and suspense don't let up the entir ...more
Karyn
Mar 09, 2009 Karyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is in sorts an end to the whole cross breeding villains. Riley has finally gotten Guardian training, and the plan to take out Deshon Starr and the entire cartel is in motion.

Riley goes into Starr's compound as one of this hired fighters for entertainment and works her magic at getting information and at the same time saving a couple of people on the way. There's Kade, Rhoan and Quinn at the compound with her. Its a bit tiring, the number of people she sleeps with in this book. Mostly
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Half-werewolf, half-vampire, Riley Jenson is on the case of madman-scientist Deshon Starr in this third book that wraps up the initial trilogy, plot-wise. Her personal life is less well organised than the mission, with old and new lovers vying for her attention.

She will have to infiltrate Starr's compound to discover not only what he's working on, but who he's been disguising himself as over the years. The truth will be a surprise to everyone.

The first three books in this series are intense, ex
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Megan
Feb 23, 2016 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why do I keep reading these books? They are so much worse than Anita Blake.. Why does everyone compare slutty girls to Anita. I will now always compare them to Riley Jenson. Bleh. She doesn't have the excuse of the moon craze in this book. She is on a mission. She has infiltrated an enemy base as an 'arena whore'. She is there to sleep with Deshon Starr's guards and fight in the arena as entertainment. I should have put the book down.. oh in my case I should have switched to a different audio bo ...more
Michelle(Chelle) aka Nightshade - Cake Whisperer
Loving this series. Riley & the Directorate close in on Starr and the story just takes off. My favorite horse shifter and vampire are back. I think this book may have one of the hottest sex scenes in the series so far(view spoiler). One of my favorite books in the series. I really can't believe how long it took me to get around to this series....totally my loss. First Read 6/28/12-6/30/12.

Second read 1/8/14-1/11/14

This is such an amazing series
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Lorre
Feb 08, 2017 Lorre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-complete
I liked this book better than the previous one and loved that Riley got her revenge!
Ruth
Aug 01, 2013 Ruth rated it liked it
Shelves: spec-fic
c2007: FWFTB: rules, mission, gene-pool, werewolf, trap. IMHO this was a better book than the first one. The plot seemed to be more coherent and was a lot darker. Riley has kept in character with the relationship between her and Quinn still more or less unresolved. I don't think any other characters really developed much with only brief cameos from some of the lesser characters in the early book. Definitely recommended. 'Even the very old can try to change if we see something worth changing for ...more
Robin
Jun 17, 2011 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay this is the third book in this series and I still don't understand Quinn.What is the deal with him????Riley is still kicking butt(even if she did it naked throughout the whole book).Rhoan is still delicious and Jack is still trying to make Riley a Guardian.Kade made a few appearances but not Kellan.Riley's quest for a soul mate is still on going though.Guess I'll just have to keep reading to find out who she ends up with.*sigh*
Graylark
Could have been better.

So much sex, and some of it unnecessary. It ludicrously started to resemble a porn film at one point, complete with scenarios thinly created as an excuse to have sex every minute. The dumbest part was when the undercover operatives on their life-or-death mission sneaked out to have sex twice at the risk of discovery because they're sooooo horny.

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Gemma Mcvitie-birch
I did enjoy this book but some parts of it went right thru me and the storyline started to bore me a little but the ending of this book was great took a nice little twist that got me interested again, hopefully the next book will start a new story.
Riley to me has lost her spark from the first book and i am goin to take a break from these for abit and then come back to them
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Mad scientists are generally a bad thing when they want your blood and use you as a science experiment. Worse yet when it's your lovers' family. There are some weird ass paranormal creatures in this story. Really, spikes that just out on a dick? Why? Just why?

Riley is in a bad situation here. Fortunately she makes it out to live another day.
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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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