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Deadly Desire by Keri Arthur (sneak preview)

Deadly Desire by Keri Arthur (sneak preview)

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A sneak preview of the new novel Deadly Desire by Keri Arthur, available everywhere books are sold! From Bantam Books.

Seduction that kills. Pleasure to die for.

She just can’t resist . . .

Guardian Riley Jenson always seems to face the worst villains. And this time’s no different. For it’s no ordinary sorceress who can raise the dead to do her killing. But that’s exactly what Riley expects to find at the end of a trail of female corpses used—and discarded—in a bizarre ritual of evil. With pressure mounting to catch one fiend, another series of brutal slayings shocks the vampire world of her lover, Quinn. So the last thing Riley needs is the heat of the upcoming full moon bringing her werewolf hormones to a boil—or the reappearance of a sexy bounty hunter, the rogue wolf Kye Murphy.

Riley has threatened Murphy with arrest if he doesn’t back off the investigation, but it’s Riley who feels handcuffed by Kye’s lupine charm. Torn between her vamp and wolf natures, between her love for Quinn and her hots for Kye, Riley knows she’s courting danger and indulging the deadliest desires. For her hunt through the supernatural underworld will bring her face-to-face with what lurks in a darkness where even monsters fear to tread.
A sneak preview of the new novel Deadly Desire by Keri Arthur, available everywhere books are sold! From Bantam Books.

Seduction that kills. Pleasure to die for.

She just can’t resist . . .

Guardian Riley Jenson always seems to face the worst villains. And this time’s no different. For it’s no ordinary sorceress who can raise the dead to do her killing. But that’s exactly what Riley expects to find at the end of a trail of female corpses used—and discarded—in a bizarre ritual of evil. With pressure mounting to catch one fiend, another series of brutal slayings shocks the vampire world of her lover, Quinn. So the last thing Riley needs is the heat of the upcoming full moon bringing her werewolf hormones to a boil—or the reappearance of a sexy bounty hunter, the rogue wolf Kye Murphy.

Riley has threatened Murphy with arrest if he doesn’t back off the investigation, but it’s Riley who feels handcuffed by Kye’s lupine charm. Torn between her vamp and wolf natures, between her love for Quinn and her hots for Kye, Riley knows she’s courting danger and indulging the deadliest desires. For her hunt through the supernatural underworld will bring her face-to-face with what lurks in a darkness where even monsters fear to tread.

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Publish date: Mar 24, 2009
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Praise for Keri Arthur 
Nominated for the
Romantic Times 
2007Reviewers’ Choice Award for Career Achievementin Urban Fantasy
“Keri Arthur’s imagination and energy infuse everythingshe writes with zest.” —Charlaine Harris
Praise for
Full Moon Rising 
“Keri Arthur skillfully mixes her suspenseful plot withheady romance in her thoroughly enjoyable alternate- reality Melbourne. Sexy vampires, randy werewolves,and unabashed, unapologetic, joyful sex—you’ve gottalove it. Smart, sexy, and well-conceived.”—Kim Harrison“A deliciously sexy adventure through a supernatural underworld that pulls you in and won’t let go. KeriArthur knows how to thrill! Buckle up and get ready fora wild, cool ride!” —Shana Abé“Arthur never fails to deliver, keeping the fires stoked,the cliffs high, and the emotions dancing on a razor’s edgein this edgy, hormone-filled mystery . . .
 Full Moon Rising
is a shocking and sensual read, so keep the ice handy.”—TheCelebrityCafé.com“Keri Arthur is one of the best supernatural romancewriters in the world.” —Harriet Klausner
 
“Strong, smart and capable, Riley will remind many of Anita Blake, Laurell K. Hamilton’s kick-ass vampirehunter. . . . Fans of Anita Blake and Charlaine Harris’Sookie Stackhouse vampire series will be rewarded.”
 Publishers Weekly
“Fun and feisty . . . [An] effective crossbreeding of romance and urban fantasy that should please fans of either genre.” —
 Kirkus Reviews
“Vampires and werewolves and hybrids . . . oh my! Withabutt-kicking heroine and some oh-so-yummy men,Keri Arthur . . . has put her own unique spin on things,and the results are a sensual and energized fantasybrimming with plenty of romance.”—RomanceReviewsToday.com“Sexy and exhilarating with characters that revel in theirsexuality . . . Provocative and edgy with enough heat toscorch the paper it’s written on. It’s a pleasure to see thatwithin a genre that is getting crowded with uninspiredand repetitive stories it is still possible for this author tocreate a unique and very strong heroine.”
 A Romance Review
“Unbridled lust and kick-ass action are the hallmarksofthis first novel in a brand-new paranormal series. . . .‘Sizzling’ is the only word to describe this heated, action-filled, suspenseful romantic drama. . . .
 Full Moon Rising
sets a high bar for what is now a much-anticipated newseries.” —CurledUp.com

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flying_monkeys_1 reviewed this
Rated 2/5
Rating: 2.5 of 5My enjoyment of Deadly Desire was definitely hindered by two things: one, I hadn't read any of the previous six books in the Riley Jenson Guardian series; and two, I'm not what you'd call a fan of "paranormal romance."I bought this book on impulse years ago, not realizing it was the seventh in a series, thinking I might find a story and characters I liked as much as those in Laurell K. Hamilton's books. (Entertainment being the number one reason anyone would read these types of books.) Well, either my tolerance for "romance" is way lower than I first thought or Deadly Desire wasn't very good. The biggest obstacle was I just didn't like Riley and, since this was the seventh book, there wasn't much in the way of character development. So it was really hard for me to connect with who she was, how I could relate to her, and why she did what she did. Also, there were several brief references to events from the past so I felt I was missing vital history.Probably, for existing Riley Jenson readers, Deadly Desire would meet all their needs. Unfortunately, for anyone new to the series, it would probably be wiser to start at the beginning, and you most certainly should already love the "paranormal romance" genre.Please note: My two-star ratings translate to "meh, not the worst ever, but I have no plans to read it again."
apachecat_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This is the 7th book in the series and is part of one of my favourite series of all time. I enjoy the writing, the plots are fresh and keep me guessing, the characters are engaging and likeable or if they are evil they are truly evil no nice parts. Add to that its written by an Australian, set in melbourne and the odd bit of Australian slang creeps in makes it a great read. 4 stars and a small sigh that this series is coming to a close.
bhryk0 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
This is book 7 in the Riley Jensen Guardian Series and it is as good the rest. I think she is such a great character and her chemistry with Quinn is terrific!Someone is killing young girls and vampires - Riley quickly realises that someone is raising zombies to do the killings but she has to find out why. In comes Kye another werewolf, he is a bounty hunter after the same people Riley is, there is an unwanted chemistry between these two, they try to fight it but in the end they do discover that they are soul mates - but how can you have a soul mate you don't like, no matter how good the chemistry? Can she still keep Quinn?Roll on next story - it is not fair that I getting to the end of this series, they have all been soooo good.
teharhynn reviewed this
Rated 5/5
I don't like to have found out that this series is going to come to a close. This book was great, I enjoyed reading it and I'm immediately going on to the next.
romanceroni reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Description:Seduction that kills. Pleasure to die for.She just can't resist . . . Guardian Riley Jenson always seems to face the worst villains. And this time's no different. For it's no ordinary sorceress who can raise the dead to do her killing. But that's exactly what Riley expects to find at the end of a trail of female corpses used—and discarded—in a bizarre ritual of evil. With pressure mounting to catch one fiend, another series of brutal slayings shocks the vampire world of her lover, Quinn. So the last thing Riley needs is the heat of the upcoming full moon bringing her werewolf hormones to a boil—or the reappearance of a sexy bounty hunter, the rogue wolf Kye Murphy. Riley has threatened Murphy with arrest if he doesn't back off the investigation, but it's Riley who feels handcuffed by Kye's lupine charm. Torn between her vamp and wolf natures, between her love for Quinn and her hots for Kye, Riley knows she's courting danger and indulging the deadliest desires. For her hunt through the supernatural underworld will bring her face-to-face with what lurks in a darkness where even monsters fear to tread. From the Author's Website:I'm a born and bred Melbourne (Australia) gal, and grew up sharing my life with dragons, elves, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters and the occasional talking horse. Which worried my family to no end. Of course, now that I'm actually make a living sharing my life with the abovementioned creatures, they no longer contemplate calling the men with the little white coat. When not at my keyboard, I can be found in front of the TV, or taking my two dogs for a walk. Past day jobs: Clerk at the Bureau of Meteorology, Cook at the MCG, Function and Desert cook at the Essendon Football Club How did I start writing? It all happened when I was about twelve. I'd just read one of Elaine Mitchell's brumby books (not the silver brumby series, one of the others) and I hated the ending. So I did what seemed the most natural thing to do--I rewrote it :). I haven't stopped writing since--though I have to admit, it's only in the last fifteen years or so that I've seriously thought about getting published. Why urban fantasy and paranormal romance? Well, I've always loved books filled with action, be they fantasy, horror or mystery. What used to annoy me, though, was the lack of capable female stars in many of these books. I mean, come on, not all of us females trip over our feet while running away from the big bad. Some of us would actually grab the nearest weapon and bop them over the head with it. So that's what I wrote--strong, capable women, first in fantasy novels and then in what is now called paranormal romance. I tried for many years to write straight fantasy, but it just never fully clicked for me. So I switched to the real world, and started mixing fantasy elements with the ordinary, everyday world. I think I wrote my first paranormal romance close to 16 years ago, and I've been switching between that and urban fantasy ever since. What I do beside write: Not a whole lot, actually. Walk, go to the gym, watch more TV than is wise, visit craft market on the weekends, plant plants and try to keep them alive during our drought.
jmaloney17 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I really enjoy this series. This book like the others is well written.
jjmachshev_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Half wolf, half vampire and with abilities that are still manifesting, Riley Jenson's work as a Guardian is never boring. Her latest cases involve dead humans and dead vampires. And if that's not enough trouble, it's also coming up on the full moon when her wolf demands sex...and lots of it. Good thing she has her hunky vampire, Quinn, to meet her demands. Of course, nothing is so attractive to her wolf than another wolf, and wouldn't you know it, this case has her running into the same wolf over and over again...and he's emitting some serious pheromones himself.Keri Arthur's Riley Jenson series is set in Australia and is more urban fantasy than romance; although there's plenty of hot sweaty sex. Riley's story comes out in bits and pieces through the novels in this series. "Deadly Desire" is book seven and Riley faces a decision she's been putting off for quite a while. Wolves have only one mate. Vampires don't necessarily mate but Quinn is old-fashioned enough to resist sharing her. But what happens to someone who isn't only wolf? Can she really have two mates?I like that Riley's character and life has become more complex and interesting throughout the series. She's kind of a supernatural detective and her work requires her to take on the worst of the supernatural predators. But Riley didn't start out hard, and she's still got a lot of soft parts even when she's kicking a$$. If urban fantasies with very strong sexual and romantic interests are your cup of tea, then I recommend you get an urn and start on this series. I'm hooked.
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