Just finished Tempting Evil (Riley Jensen, #3) by Keri Arthur (★★★★). This is a borderline erotica urban fantasy series featuring half-werewolf, half-...moreJust finished Tempting Evil (Riley Jensen, #3) by Keri Arthur (★★★★). This is a borderline erotica urban fantasy series featuring half-werewolf, half-vampire, Aussie, Riley Jensen. Riley and her twin brother work for a paranormal policing agency known as The Directorate. Each book is a new piece of a larger mission for Riley and her friends.
This particular book has Riley infiltrating a large event at the home of the local mafia boss. The espionage/spy angle is exciting and well-done. There's not a ton of foreshadowing, so the mystery unravels for the reader pretty much as the same time it does for our protagonist (which I prefer b/c otherwise you spend half the book mentally yelling at the protagonist to stop being so stupid and get a clue!).
As with the other two books, there's quite a bit of sex and violence - definitely an "R" rated book, if not an "NR". Riley isn't in a monogamous relationship, either, so there's not only plenty of sex, but it's with quite a few different partners and not all of it is necessary to further the story. If this bothers you, then this probably isn't a series for you.
There are nine books in the Riley Jensen series (all of them currently available) with a spin-off series (of indeterminate length) planned. If the books continue to be as good as these first three were, I'll definitely be reading through the end. :-) (less)
This series is PNR, but leaning toward the erotica side. There's a lot of gratuitous sex and, in this book, at least one scene of BDSM. It's well-done...moreThis series is PNR, but leaning toward the erotica side. There's a lot of gratuitous sex and, in this book, at least one scene of BDSM. It's well-done, justifiable within the story and not totally tasteless, but it is in there and may offend some readers.
The series has a UF-like setting - the regular world just with lots of paranormal creatures secretly running around. It takes place in NYC where three brother incubus-demons run an underground demon hospital together. This particular book is about Shade, one of the brothers.
Shade has been captured by a group of demons who have been harvesting the organs of paranormal creatures and selling them on the black market. He wakes up in a dungeon to find himself chained next to former lover - a human woman named Runa. Only Runa isn't human anymore, she's a werewolf and she's still seriously pissed off at Shade and there's a full-moon on the rise.
I really liked this book and the world that Ione has created. I'll definitely be reading the next one, which deals with the brother, Wraith. There are five books in total out in this series as of the writing of this review (Jan 2011).(less)
For the series overview, please see my review of the first book in this series, Midnight's Daughter, here.
In this book, Dory is helping a friend track...moreFor the series overview, please see my review of the first book in this series, Midnight's Daughter, here.
In this book, Dory is helping a friend track down a faerie relic, a mission that leads her on a wild goose chase hunting down some pretty savory characters, some vamp, some fae. The best part is that she does most of it with a still-talking severed head in her hand. :-)
The quirky humor is one of the things I love about this author, both in this series and in the Cassandra Palmer series. However, the biggest problem I have with the CP series is also present in this book: it's the way the action is seriously non-stop. Poor Dory almost literally doesn't get a breather or a chance to re-group. Normally this wouldn't be too bad, but the pacing just feels frantic to me rather than exciting. However, it's a problem that seems to be specific to me since most other reviewers love both this as well as the CP series.
I WILL say that I really liked how a particular part of Louis-Cesar's backstory was filled in at the end of this book. That alone was worth reading for!
While there doesn't seem to be another book in this series planned yet, there is a new Cassandra Palmer novel out soon - book #5, Hunt the Moon will be released June 7, 2011. (less)
This is a urban fantasy (UF) series featuring half-vampire, Cat Crawfield and vampire master, Bones (aka Crispin).
In this book, Cat & Bones are go...moreThis is a urban fantasy (UF) series featuring half-vampire, Cat Crawfield and vampire master, Bones (aka Crispin).
In this book, Cat & Bones are going on vacation, until Cat begins having strange dreams about another man . . . one who claims that Bones isn't her husband.
There's almost no excuse why this book sat on my TBR pile for over a year. I loved the first two books in the series and while the third was still very good, it wasn't quite up to par with the other two. This one, however, was absolutely fabulous!
Oh well, at least now I won't have to wait very long for book #5 to come out. This Side of the Grave is due out in Feb 2011. Books 6 & 7 are contracted, but no title have yet been announced.
There's also a "spin-off" paranormal romance series set in the same world. First one is First Drop of Crimson and features Cat's best friend, Denise, and Bones' best friend, Spade - both characters you meet in the Night Huntress series. The second is Eternal Kiss of Darkness, featuring another known character, Mencheres. Additional spin-off books are planned, but haven't been announced yet.(less)