This is the fourth book of the Riley Jenson, Guardian series. As this book is fourth in the series, I really recommend reading the other books in the series. This book takes place in close proximity to the others, so it is a pleasure to be able to read all of these as close together as they have been published.
Riley is a rare breed of half werewolf and half vampire. Riley is in training to become a Guardian for the Directorate of Other Races; an agency, which oversees all races, that are not human. In this book we learn more of Riley as her psychic abilities grow. Also, we see more of the people in her life and her numerous lovers. As Riley is a werewolf, she is very sexual and non-monogamous as she continues to find her mate.
In this book an old enemy reappears, as the Directorate tries to find the serial killer called the Cleaver. Riley is sent in to investigate the killings and quickly finds herself dealing with something not of her time, old ancient beings that only Quinn, her occasional vampire lover, knows anything about. As Quinn tries to protect her and try to win her, he crosses a line she may not be able to forgive him for. The investigation leads Riley to the darker side of sexuality and desire.
This book is as fast paced and steamy as Ms. Arthur's other books, in the series. I am waiting impatiently for the next book in the series, Embraced by Darkness, which is set to release July 31, 2007.
In Melbourne's urban underworld, there's a nightclub for every fantasy and desire. But for Riley Jenson, one such club has become an obsession. Riley, a rare hybrid of vampire and werewolf, hasn't come in pursuit of pleasure but of an unknown killer who's been using the steamy nightspot as his hunting grounds.
Leave it to Riley to find the only ticket into the heavily guarded club: Jin, a deliciously hot-bodied bartender who might just provide the key to unmasking a killer unlike any other in the Directorate's experience. Taunted by a former colleague turned rogue, distracted by an ex-lover's attentions, Riley follows Jin into a realm of pleasure she could never have imagined. And as danger and passion ignite, a shocking mystery begins to unravel-one where Riley herself becomes the ultimate object of desire....