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Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur
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Aug 25, 10

bookshelves: detective-bounty-hunter, fantasy, fantasy-romance, sensuous, werewolf-shapeshifter, vampire
Read from August 23 to 25, 2010

ss - love story... he's a werewolf... she can feel evil... they work together in a special unit... they were lovers, he broke it off last christmas... he's back... he wants her back... and he persuades her he's serious

The world of Riley Jenson - supernatural creatures abound, the Directorate regulates the supernaturals - with the Guardians trained to keep the peace, which often means assassination; half bred werewolf & vampire is extremely rare - the female werewolf needs to be in the 'moon' time and the vampire must be newly risen (less than 24 hours old); during the week of the moon, the were's celebrate their sexuality and are hormonally driven to mate where they must mate or go into a werewolf blood rage... one of the nightclubs that Riley frequents has weres, naked, on the dance floor, in booths (both public & private), and rooms where the were are having sex... with multiple partners...hmmmmm ... mate is used to simply refer to sex... Werewolves expect to have and look forward to a lifemate at some time in their life, where they will be faithful & they will have children... half breeds are not likely to have children though...

Riley Jenson... part werewolf & part vampire (though more wereworlf), shunned by the other werewolves, smart, self-assured. She works clerical for the Directorate though they want her to become a Guardian... The week of the moon covered in this book is quite stressful for Riley, and redefines her... Although she easily has multiple mates & strangers are just fine with her, for the last year she has been 'hooking up' with two... multimillionaire Treon?sp and millionaire Mesha?sp... Treon is quite physically powerful and Mesha is more gentle and attentive...

Integral to this story & to this culture is the uncontrollable demands of the werewolf's body to have sex... it personally makes me uncomfortable, especially when it makes her do things she doesn't want to do... and to have ones drives be the master is very antithetical to my comfort zone... but she makes the point (especially to Quinn, a vampire who has issues with werewolves) that the moon cycle is a part of who she is, it is natural, and therefore correct...\

Rhoan Jenson is her twin brother, a Guardian, a gay werewolf : ) ... and they can telepathically sense one another, though they cannot communicate...

Quinn is a 1,000 year old vampire, multibillionaire businessman, home base in Australia, friends with Rhoan, and who is looking for his ancient vampire friend - whose clones are turning up... a year earlier he had strong feelings for a werewolf, ensnared in her moon cycle, only to find out she was using drugs to enhance his response and only wanted his money... he has a distrust of werewolves now...

Jack is head of the Directorate, and he really, really wants Riley to become a Guardian... Riley resists, because she does not want to be an assassin & she does not want to use sex to get information....

Research is going on to create clones, to modify supernatural genes, to enhance... and as it is illegal, they are doing what they can to stop the Directorate from stopping them... Many Guardians have been captured, sperm/eggs taken, tortured, and killed... at the beginning of the story, Rhoan is missing and Riley knows that he's in trouble, though not life/death trouble yet... Quinn shows up and they locate and rescue him, and then go back to retrieve the sperm they stole from him...

someone tries to kill Riley, Quinn saves her... a Guardian friend of Riley's is missing, and Riley is ultimately sucked into helping to unravel what's going on...

In the end... Treon is a clone himself, and wants to procreate with Riley to have a 'perfect' son... he stole her medical files, and has been drugging her & giving her injections in his attempt to impregnate her... a few times in the story, he has her at his mercy either sexually because she needs to have sex or because he has kidnapped her & restrained her... Treon, though not the head guy, is high on research to create what he wants to create... Mesha is in the ring with him, though not to the same crazy degree... we don't find out who 'mr. big' is... i'm sure in the next story...

Quinn & Riley have shared blood, so he is tied to her more telepathically... and he helps her to create a door between their minds to that they can communicate telepathically...To catch Treon, Riley & Quinn allow him to kidnap them... Riley (again wakes up to Treon coupling with her) manages to escape & free Quinn. Quinn finds his friend and disappears... this lab is closed, Treon is captured... but lost of avenues for more stories...
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