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Full Moon Rising

(Riley Jenson Guardian #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  33,397 ratings  ·  1,386 reviews
A rare hybrid of vampire and werewolf, Riley Jenson and her twin brother, Rhoan, work for Melbourne’s Directorate of Other Races, an organization created to police the supernatural races–and protect humans from their depredations. While Rhoan is an exalted guardian, a.k.a. assassin, Riley is merely an office worker–until her brother goes missing on one of his missions. The ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Random House (first published January 31st 2006)
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Kitten Blue
Oct 13, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I'm sorry, but this book is just terrible. I seriously regret buying all nine books in the series, because I couldn't even finish this first one. They're going to the second-hand bookstore TOMORROW, lol - no way in hell am I wasting another minute of my life on Riley Jenson and Co.

There's so many things about this book that put me off, but the biggest one would have to be the superficiality ... there's no depth, whatsoever, to ANYTHING - and this makes it very difficult to connect to the charact
Jun 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Reading Full Moon Rising left me confused. I’m not sure how to rate this book: I’m torn between a 2 and a 3 star rating.
There’s one thing I am pretty sure about, though: miss Keri Arthur sure loves her heroine. Maybe she had a very strict and conservative upbringing or maybe she was an extremely insecure and overweight wallflower during puberty. Whatever the reason, it seems like she’s been living out her fantasies through her protagonist.

Riley Jenson is fan-ta-bu-lous, apparently. She is the c
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I finished this book a week ago and didn't write a review straight away so now all my feels are gone. What I do remember are the reasons why this book stood out from most of the PR pack:

1. No goddamn Mary Sue MC
2. Excellent world building
4. The message that it's okay to have sex with whoever the fuck you want to and you don't have to feel guilty about it.


Feb 16, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who use universe building as an excuse for idiotic sex.
Riley Jenson gets a fairly decent introduction, where she saves a bunch of humans from vampires despite the fact that she is utterly terrified. Physically strong, but emotionally normal. Identifiable. Believable.

And then the entire book goes to hell.

Instead of focusing on the fact that her twin is missing for the first half of the novel, Riley puts on a brave face and gets on with the day-to-day. Huh? Why isn't she curled up in a ball sobbing? Why isn't she taking off the heads of people getting
Feb 26, 2009 rated it liked it
OK, Weird shit is happening people. Between reading all 6 books of this series one after another, forgetting to get up in the morning to go to work (i don't know does it count as forgetting, if you have 4 alarms and you don't hear any of them because you were awake reading till 5.40 am and had to get up at 8) and then realising it makes more sense to stay home and read until all the books are over, i think I've lost perspective on other important things in life. Like making sure there's enough c ...more
Fun, old-school Urban Fantasy - Paranormal Romance, heavy on the sex and shape-shifting story line. Riley Jenson is a half werewolf and half a vampire. In this fictional Australia, the wolf shifters are driven mindless to sex for about a week during the full moon. This leads to multiple partners and not always the best choices, since they would be compelled to act in ways they would not otherwise choose. But Riley and her twin brother work for the supernatural enforcement agency as Guardians, we ...more
Dec 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anita Blake fans
This is not a great book. It's a little like porn for the ladies, lots of "down there" hormones working over time. I did like the character enough to pick up all of them, I'm in a pretty trashy mood, but not the first Urban Fantasy series I'd recommend. I do have to say her writing gets better and better as the series goes on, much less clumsy, so I'll be sticking with this series! ...more
Jun 18, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, urban-fantasy
I tried this, the first Riley Jensen novel by Keri Arthur, but couldn't get into it- I'm realizing I'm really not a huge fan of Urban Fantasy. I need a Happily Ever After with one hero/heroine to root for- the bed hopping ala Laurel K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series makes me insane and this story was stacking up the same way.

I also had a hard time connecting with Riley. So-

passing on this series.

Tilly Slaton
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly sexy! Action packed suspense! Full Moon Rising is a crossbreeding of J.D Robb meets Anita Blake meets Mercy Thompson! This book is positively FABULOUS and I'm super excited about reading the book that is *glances to my right* waiting ever so impatiently for my sweetest attention <3

This is a new author and (duh) new series for me. All of the characters are fresh in my brain ... I am being seduced by them as we speak and anxiously await the full sacrificial wave of dreams that will hope

Seriously, ugh.

This reads like an Anita Blake novel, very late in the series when things had devolved into constant sex with only a thin approximation of plot. This entire novel was about how bad Riley needed sex, who she was going to get it from, and if she didn't get it soon, bad things were going to happen. If the sentence "I didn't really want him to touch me, but the way I was burning right now, I might have no choice" (or something similar) occurred less than 20 times in this book, I'd
Lover of Romance
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In Full Moon Rising, Riley Jenson along with her brother, are what considered half breeds. Riley is half vampire and half werewolf. But her werewolf side is dominant from her vampire side. Riley despises vampires, and it still boggles her mind about what her brother Rhoan does. He works for the Melbourne’s Directorate of Other Races, this organization is basically the police force for supernatural creatures. But when Rhoan goes missing
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy fans, werewolf fans
Recommended to Annie by: my Book Whore girls ;)
4.5 STARS!!

This is the first book I’ve read of Keri Arthur and I really enjoyed this book! I loved her writing style! It was both dark and gritty and very in your face!

I know a lot of people think Riley is a ho, but I’m going stand my ground and say that I really liked her! I’ve read plenty of Urban Fantasy books before this and not all of the heroines grabbed my attention like Riley did. She was funny, smart and unapologetically sexy! She’s a hybrid mix of vampire and werewolf, with her wolfy
Jul 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who like werewolf rape. jeeze.
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May 26, 2010 rated it liked it
I liked Riley as a character. The mystery was semi-interesting, although I figured it out before we were supposed to know. I enjoyed the other characters taht were introduced -- of course Quinn I really liked. I understand the whole pull of the moon and the fever, but I felt it was too much of a focuse for the story. It actually got old. I have heard this phases out with the books as the series progresses, I hope it does. I do plan on reading #2 Kissing Sin, but not right away. ...more
P.A. Lupton
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it

I am doing a happy squeal right now because I loved this book! It was fantastic. I’m definitely a new Keri Arthur fan. And there are a lot in this series to keep me busy for a while.

One of my favorite things about this book is Riley Jenson. She is a kick ass heroine. To me, she was a cross between Cat from Night Huntress and Georgina Kincaid. She had all of the snark that Cat has and can kick butt, but she is also a little slutty and definitely compelling and fun like Georgina. Her sluttiness w
Beth (^v^)/
I loved this book

Why? Well I'm so glad you asked!

Riley is just pure awesome. She's part werewolf (meh) and part vampire (yay). I have never read a novel where that was a thing before. It made her pretty kick ass. And the best part: a lot of bad shit happened to her but she never stopped being awesome.

So, onto the story!

The aforementioned Riley is as I said - half vampire & half were. She has two 'boyfriends' and someone keeps trying to kill her. The world is set in which vampires and weres are o
Re-read June 2011 --- I found myself more invested in the characters on re-read. I'm planning on continuing the series after this re-read.

Original Review:
Reading this was kind of like watching an action movie on basic cable -- it served its purpose and was moderately interesting, but it was kind of forgettable after finishing. That being said, it wasn’t a bad book. It kept my attention while reading it, I liked most of the characters, and the mystery was something that managed to pull a bit of c
Nichole (DirrtyH)
Sep 09, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Urban fantasy fans, exhibitionists
Just a warning to anyone who may be hoodwinked by the fact that this book and series have been labeled as paranormal romance - you will not find any romance here. At least not by my definition. I would be more likely to call this way oversexed urban fantasy.
The writing is average, the story pretty good, and the characters are interesting if not a little underdeveloped. But the core of the book (and series) is sex. It's kind of like the writer created this really interesting urban fantasy world,
Rachel Reads Ravenously
DNF at 59%

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A rare hybrid of vampire and werewolf, Riley Jenson and her twin brother, Rhoan, work for Melbourne’s Directorate of Other Races, an organization created to police the supernatural races–and protect humans from their depredations. While Rhoan is an exalted guardian, a.k.a. assassin, Riley is merely an office worker–until her brother goes missing on one of his missions. The timing couldn’t be worse. More werewolf than vampire, Riley is vulnerable to the moon heat, the weeklong period bef
Jan 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of paranormal romance and Dark Angel
Set in Melbourne in an alternate version of our world where nonhumans live alongside humans, policed by the Directorate, this first book in the Riley Jenson Guardian series is easily one of the best paranormal books I've read so far.

Riley is half werewolf, half vampire - but the werewolf half is more dominant. Her twin brother Rhoan is the opposite, and a Guardian with the Directorate. One evening Riley senses he is in trouble, and when she reaches her home she finds a very attractive, very nake
Snarktastic Sonja
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ok - I originally rated this book 3 stars, but I find myself having to raise it to 4. Why? Because I'm going to be forced to continue the series. I really did enjoy the characters. I love the relationship of Riley with her brother and her boss. I even like the vampire. (I know, right? That makes this book truly special . . . )

The plot - well, I did see it coming. But, really, how many places can a plot go? The world was interesting and I loved the characters. I honestly couldn't put this one dow
May 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This book has been sitting in my TBR pile for ages. I finally picked it up and I have to say I really enjoyed it, even with the almost constant sexual overtones in the book.

Now I like my nookie in my paranormals as much as the next girl. Hey I love Nalini Singh and Meljean Brook along with Erin McCarthy and JR Ward so a prude I am not but there is HUGE amounts of sex in this book, but it fits as it is part of the universe and the characters we are following.

So if you like fast paced action with
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you haven’t started this series, don’t wait like I did, do yourself a much deserved favor and read this book!
Shera (Book Whispers)
This is one of those books (or series) that I've heard extreme opinions on. Some love it, and others hate it with a passion that makes me tremble in my metaphorical boots. The main issue is that the leading lady, Riley, is given a great introduction as a strong female lead, but it’s all wasted. Her brother goes missing and instead of going out and moving earth and heaven to find him she's having sex. Personally, that's a big character fault and many readers who didn't like this first book stated ...more
Jul 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. I was into it almost instantly. Some book I think.. yeah I might like this.. but with the great ones I know I'll love it right from the start. I really like how she started this book. I won't give too much away but it is very well-paced and an all round fun read. Keri Arthur has her series interesting and sexy with some horror. It's everything I love in a book.
Riley who is the protagonist of the book. Her and her twin brother, Rhoan, have a secret: they are a combination of b
Apr 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I hate that moon heat premise has Riley in constant heat. Don't get me wrong, I like steamy scenes in my books, I prefer books to have them but when they're just thrown in for the sake of having them, and not contributing towards the story, then they're not necessary.
Her attitude towards Quinn (the hero) is hypocritical. She completely trusts him to save her brother by himself, buy her crap, she completely throws herself at him, flirts uncontrollably (badly, BTW) yet she doesn't trust him to ke
Dec 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I liked this book, but the only reason I didn't give it more stars was because I didn't really like how the werewolves were portrayed in the story. I found it slightly annoying that the characters kept bringing up moon fever, and how they are basically slaves to lust every full moon. But I wasn't that annoyed that I didn't enjoy the book, and I will read the next one because Riley is an intriguing character. ...more
A very good dark fantasy series. Great lead character, a mouthy half-werewolf/half-vampire. Good mystery that kept me interested. Billed as a romance series and has a lot of sexual situations, but not especially erotic.
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 1/2 Stars

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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 ...more

Other books in the series

Riley Jenson Guardian (9 books)
  • Kissing Sin (Riley Jenson Guardian #2)
  • Tempting Evil (Riley Jenson Guardian #3)
  • Dangerous Games (Riley Jenson Guardian #4)
  • Embraced by Darkness (Riley Jenson Guardian #5)
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