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The Darkest Kiss

(Riley Jenson Guardian #6)

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Danger turns her on. Desire turns her dangerous…

Riley Jenson hunts evildoers—and does it with a style all her own. With vamp blood coursing her through her veins, and a werewolf’s uncanny instinct for danger, Riley wears snakeskin stilettos and pure, in-your-face attitude when she plunges into her latest case: hunting down a killer whose victims are high-society strumpets—
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Paperback, 356 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Random House
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Maria
Oct 19, 2009 rated it liked it
It's hard to like a book when you don't really like the main character: Riley Jenson. All she seems to do (from the 1st book all the way through the 4th book - Dangerous Games) is complain, complain, and COMPLAIN about how she doesn't want to be a Guardian, and how she thinks her lover Quinn is too narrow-minded when he doesn't want her to have sex indiscrimmiantly. "Oh, boo-hoo, my boyfriend doens't want me to have sex with other men!" And the sex scenes are not even that good: there's no real ...more
Anna 'Bookbuyer'
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Shera (Book Whispers)
Despite the fact that the last book wasn't quite up to par with previous ones, The Darkest Kiss comes out swinging. Popping the story line with two mysterious creatures on the loose killing people and a very complicated plot to piece together. The emotions are even more revved up and my heart was on the line with the characters. Sassy, edgy, and of course sexy this may be one of my new favorites for the series.

It might be weird to say that the murders were really fun in this book, but for me I
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Dorri
Jan 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-urban
Once again Riley, Guardian of the Directorate, suddenly finds herself out of her element, literally flying. Another quirk from the ARC1-23, the ability to shift into the form of a seagull is begining to make Riley to think that learning to fly might be a bit outside the realm of possibilities as the bruises on her body begins to mirror that of her heart. Since Kellan left her she has suddenly found herself choosing celibacy over her normal lusty desires, which is making her doubt herself. Not a ...more
Ithlilian
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The previous installment of the Riley Jensen series was a big let down. After reading some of the reviews for this book I thought I was in for more of the same. However, the darkest kiss was very enjoyable. The series has definitely changed though. Riley has decided to settle down and not have sex with every male she comes across. She has chosen to give Quinn a chance, but she is not ready to cut out other men completely, and still believes a wolf is her soul mate. There is also a bit of progres ...more
Gina
Another excellent Riley story!

Riley’s focused on two cases this time around, and I loved the action scenes while the hunts grew. Riley’s smarts and instincts get the job done.

Excellent action scenes, lots of suspense, and more about her inner struggle with her feelings. She and Quinn have lots to work out.

Kellen had left her feeling alone, and she struggles quite a bit with that. She truly did love him, but I believe that, if a man truly loves you, he won’t ask you to change. While it hurt that
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Riley's juggling two cases: a killer who targets high-flying women and the men they date; and another who leaves mutilated bodies - and their spirits, which Riley alone can hear. It's another strange new development in her genes that has her spooked, but she's not about to let that stop her from hunting these supernatural killers down.

The double plot gets a bit confusing in this one - there were several instances where the author neglected to mention something that would help her readers follow
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I ♥ Bookie Nookie (bookienookiereviews.blogspot.com)
In this Guardian book, the 6th in the series, Riley is juggling 2 cases. Although I liked the book, it got kind of confusing at times. Another aspect that I and questioning is the Emo-Vamp and how her story really tied into the whole book. It seemed very focused towards the beginning and middle of the book on this vamp and her flock or whatever those she made are called. There was really no closure...or really any relevance to the overall story line. Maybe she will make an appearance in future i ...more
Courtney
Mar 14, 2009 rated it liked it
I liked this last Riley jenson book less than the previous. I'm beginning to think that Arthur starts biting off more than she can chew when she has Riley investigating more than one case at once - especially when both cases involve something new and unheard of.

I was looking into a seventh book and not seeing one which has me a bit disappointed, though. I may have felt less satisfaction with this particular installment, but I still think there's a lot left unexplored in the series and I hope to
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Chris Jones
Aug 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing

Riley Jenson hunts evildoers—and does it with a style all her own. With vamp blood coursing her through her veins, and a werewolf's uncanny instinct for danger, Riley wears snakeskin stilettos and pure, in-your-face attitude when she plunges into her latest case: Hunting down a killer whose victims are high-society strumpets—and the rich and powerful men they've dated.

But for Riley, the case takes a chilling turn when a second killer starts trailing mutilated bodies of his own: a crazed young
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LIA  Kh.
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Surprise surprise Quinn back to Riley life. And all of the sex in this volume only between Riley and Quinn.

There is two case in this book like the fifth book. Bakeneko and Bhuta vampire. I don't remember any details more lol.
Felicia
Dec 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this one, thank god she brought back Quinn! Please, keep him around. I'm so tired of these over-sexed shifter creatures that want to hop into bed at the sight of Riley, KEEP QUINN AROUND HE"S YUMMY!

Ahem.
Alexandra
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first half of this book nearly killed me with anticipation. I was hoping against all odds that Quinn would swoop back in and fix things and lo and behold, I got my wish. I am way too giddy about this.
Red Lace Reviews
May 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: followers of the Riley Jensen series
Something is murdering the rich and powerful, its hunger growing with every life it takes. It's up to Riley Jenson to do what she does best; stop the creature by any means necessary, however a second beast also begins a killing spree, finally targeting someone Riley herself cares about. With the added reunion of a former lover, her hands are definitely full.

(Please be aware that this review DOES contain spoilers before reading further.)

This series has been on a slippery slope from the beginning,
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Adam
Jan 04, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks-a-z
Post listen review: You know how people say about someone that doesn't read much that it's good if they read anything? Like, it's a trashy romance but hey at least she's reading? That addage does not apply here. If you see someone reading this book, rip it out of their hands and take them by force to watch fourteen hours of cats playing piano on youtube instead. It will be a much more valuable use of their time.

I hated this in the first track. So here goes, this book is about a half werewolf, h
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Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
Worst book of the series so far! Sorry Riley (and Keri) but this book kinda sucked - and that's an adjective that I don't use lightly ;) My first complaint is about the type of killers that appear in Riley's world. It bugs me that there are no rules or limits. Anyone can be absolutely anything and the talents they can possess are limitless. A vamp ghost who can travel in the daylight while invisible and cannot be killed until night fall? Did I get that right? Or a soul-sucking, flesh-eating cat ...more
Shelley
Aug 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Synopsis: Riley Jenson hunts evildoers and does it with a style all her own. With vamp blood coursing her through her veins, and a werewolf’s uncanny instinct for danger, Riley wears snakeskin stilettos and pure, in-your-face attitude when she plunges into her latest case: hunting down a killer whose victims are high society strumpets and the rich and powerful men they’ve dated.

But for Riley, the case takes a chilling turn when a second killer starts trailing mutilated bodies of his own: a craze
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Lorre
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Riley is a kickass heroine and I like the cases she's solving but the story is lacking excitement. There are plenty of action scenes but none of them make my heart racing when I read them, there are no edge-on-the-seat moments.
 * Kazzy * -aka Stryker-
Another good installment in the series - a few more to go, I don't know what i'm going to do when I finish them all!! Keri you need to write some more fast!!!

I originally read this book 16th-18th January 2011. Started re-read 13th February 2012.

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Reading this book for the second time, I got more from it than the first time around as I felt I analysed what was happening more with the relationships in the book, rather than with the action (which I seemed to focus on more the first tim
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Laura
Feb 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Description:
Danger turns her on.
Desire turns her dangerous...
Riley Jenson hunts evildoers—and does it with a style all her own. With vamp blood coursing her through her veins, and a werewolf’s uncanny instinct for danger, Riley wears snakeskin stilettos and pure, in-your-face attitude when she plunges into her latest case: hunting down a killer whose victims are high-society strumpets—and the rich and powerful men they’ve dated.
But for Riley, the case takes a chilling turn when a second killer
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Timmysparks
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another lovely book in the series. I was so glad we got Quinn back in this book. I like that him and Riley are starting afresh and finally dating like a real couple. I was very scared for Rhoan. The killer that went after Liander was really crazy and I'm glad he made it through because Rhoan won't have survived and then Riley won't have either. It's interesting to see how all their lives are intertwining and how their little family is expanding. I liked the cases Riley worked in this book. The c ...more
Susan
Jul 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
What I love best about this series, is Riley's comic spats with Sal and Cole, ever so entertaining to read... and Quinn is back...sigh.

In book 6, Riley have to deal with two serial killers; a crazed bakeneo — a very bad supernatural kitty and an insane invisible vampire. The first chapter was very hilarious, where Riley is learning to fly: "Not that I particularly wanted to be a bird. And particularly not the type of bird I could now become. I mean, a seagull? A rat of the sea? Why that? Why not
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Lunasea
Mar 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read Embraced by Darkness (book 5), but I needed my Riley fix and it was sitting on my dresser taunting me. I started it around 10:30 PM. That was my mistake. I know Keri Arthur is one of those authors whose books I cannot put down, no matter how determined I am, but the lure was too great.

This book had the fewest sex scenes, but was the most emotional and Riley seemed the most human. The relationship between Quinn and Riley became something very special and the ending was perfect. Ho
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Michelle
Feb 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
I was given this book by my mother... okay I'll admit I heisted it because I saw the word vampire on it and said it was mine! She didn't seem to mind. ;)

Mind you I've never read a Keri Arthur book nor am I familiar with this series. What a surprise it was to find out that the main character has all this other stuff going on. I think even though I hadn't read the other books prior to this one, I still had a good sense of what was going on and what happened to Riley. Granted when she talked about
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Lori
Sep 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, ebooks
Would have given it four stars, but the pacing was kind of off (this is the second book in a row where Riley has been investigating two cases at once that are entirely unrelated, and having one get neatly wrapped up with still a lot of book to go just feels strange) and I am really wary of the developments between Riley and Quinn. I really liked Quinn in the first book, but the next few books basically trashed my opinion of him. Now all of a sudden he's supposed to be a changed man, learned the ...more
Pamela / SpazP
Jun 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Our Riley has come soooo far over the last 6 books, and I loved this 6th book because of the significant character and relationship development overall. Also for the gore and suspense and smex that make this series so good. I love how the dynamic between Riley and the cow (Sal) and Cole are evolving. It was good to see the Shadow aka Ben and learning more about him. Aaaand of course the reunion with Quinn after they've had time apart. 5 stars.
J-J lover of books
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
OMG!! i was on tender hooks as i thought someone really close to Riley had been hurt, i was so very happy it wasn't what i thought. I am still enjoying this series so much. This one introduced new species that we'd not heard of or seen. I was really happy to see the one man i believe Riley loves come back into her life, i really want it to work out between them, but as Riley's said on numerous occasions fate & her don't seem to see eye to eye. ...more
Michelle(Chelle) aka Nightshade - Cake Whisperer
This was another great installment in the Riley Jensen series. Riley & the directorate....including Kade and Iktar are trying to find two killers in this story. I have to admit that until about 120 pages in I was starting to think that I was going to have to stop reading....but then, just when I had started to give up hope....my Quinn popped back into the picture. YEAH!!!! Now everything in my world is right again. ...more
Rachel C.
Sep 10, 2008 rated it it was ok
Anita Blake-esque supernatural romance. I thought the first two in the series were okay but these later ones are all stuck in the same gear. The plots are mundane and the secondary characters are practically interchangeable. Riley and Quinn are clearly at an impasse and it's annoying to see them continue to tangle and get precisely nowhere.

I'm calling it quits on this series.
Summer
Jan 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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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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