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 is an urban fantasy series that follows a bad-ass "hunter" named Jill Kismet. Hunters are humans who aren't afraid to tangle with the underworld,...moreThis is an urban fantasy series that follows a bad-ass "hunter" named Jill Kismet. Hunters are humans who aren't afraid to tangle with the underworld, the darkside of crime. They work with local law agencies to solve any crimes involving "other" - which in this book is mostly monsters and demons called "hellbreed".
In this book, Jill (who hates being called "Kiss" btw) is asked by her police contact to look into the suicide of a cop. What seems like a favor for a friend, quickly turns dangerous as she pieces together a plot that could ruin her city forever. A plot where murder, drugs, and hellbreed and just the tip of the iceberg.
I really liked this book! I had problems with the last book, but the plot in this one really drew me in quickly and wouldn't let go! There's not much relationship building in this one. Saul isn't in the picture at all (he's away visiting family) and even Perry only comes up once or twice. I also have a pet peeve about stories that are so fast-paced that the protagonist barely gets a chance to recoup and while that definitely describes this story, it somehow works b/c the urgency is led more by the characters than by the events. It worked and I'm looking forward to the next book.
There are currently five books in this series so far. The next two are Flesh Circus (#4) and Heaven's Spite (#5). A sixth and final book, Angel Town, is planned for release sometime in late 2011.(less)
The Greywalker series is an urban fantasy series set in Seattle featuring a private investigator named Harper Blaine. Awhile ago, Harper died - but ju...moreThe Greywalker series is an urban fantasy series set in Seattle featuring a private investigator named Harper Blaine. Awhile ago, Harper died - but just for two minutes - and when she came back, she was a Greywalker, a person able to walk the "grey" between the worlds of the living and the paranormal.
In this book, Harper's friend, Quinton, asks her for help investigating a series of strange murders among the homeless people in Pioneer Square, Seattle's oldest neighborhood.
I loved this book! It's very rich with local color, and if you live in the Seattle area (as I do) you'll particularly love it! The book is loaded with Seattle history & folklore, including local Native American mythology. I would also strongly recommend this to readers who like Jim Butcher's, Dresden Files, as I feel the authors have a somewhat similar writing style and the stories have a similar "feel" to them.(less)
This is one of those series that I knew was popular, but I haven't been very into fae, so I've been putting it off. But not too long ago it was offere...moreThis is one of those series that I knew was popular, but I haven't been very into fae, so I've been putting it off. But not too long ago it was offered as a FREE B&N Nookbook, so I thought, what the hell!
Man, have I been missing out!! Moning has created a rich and unique paranormal world. Sure, the protanonist leaves something to be desired, but she's a typical girl-next-door and she definitely has room for growth over a series, so I'm betting that I'll like her more as the books go on. I can't wait to read the next installment! And as of right now, there are 5 books out (and 3 more contracted in the "world" but not necessarily the series) so those should keep me busy for at least a couple days. :-)