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Full Moon Rising: Riley Jenson, Guardian, Book 1 | [Keri Arthur]

Full Moon Rising: Riley Jenson, Guardian, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 before the full moon, when her need to mate becomes all-consuming.

Luckily Riley has two willing partners to satisfy her every need. But she will have to control her urges if she's going to find her brother. Easier said than done as the city pulses with frenzied desire, and Riley is confronted with a very powerful, and delectably naked, vamp who raises her temperature like never before.

In matters carnal, Riley has met her match. But in matters criminal, she must follow her instincts not only to find her brother but to stop an unholy harvest. For someone is doing some shifty cloning in an attempt to produce the ultimate warrior, by tapping into the genome of nonhumans like Rhoan. Now Riley knows just how dangerous the world is for her kind, and just how much it needs her.

Bite into another Riley Jenson novel.

©2006 Keri Arthur; (P)2006 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"Fans of Anita Blake and Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse vampire series will be rewarded." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Grace Underfire New Haven, CT 06-24-06
    Grace Underfire New Haven, CT 06-24-06 Member Since 2004
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    "TOO MUCH SEX!!!"

    The premise of this book is cool, and the development of supernatural creatures as a part of society is intriguing and well-done. But there is so much sex, it gets distracting. It was as though this was an exercise in ho wmany sex scenes can be crammed into one book... sex for lust, sex for hate, sex for torture, sex for release... it really detracted from the storyline.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    decembergrit 02-18-06

    decembergrit

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    "anita blake"

    This is alot like anita blakes books with lots of sex but not as interesting as anitas. The ending leaves much to be desired.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl 01-31-09
    Cheryl 01-31-09 Member Since 2005
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    "I liked this book..."

    Be warned; A lot of sex. I wish she would come out with a sequel.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Zulu 06-14-14
    Zulu 06-14-14
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    "Watch out for the clones"

    Riley Jenson works for an agency that "polices" the nonhuman inhabitants, i.e, weres, vampires, etc. She is half were/half vampire. Her twin brother is a guardian for the agency but she doesn't want to become one. She's satisfied with her "civilian" work at the agency, but her boss is trying to convince her to be one by getting her involved in an investigation. Yes, there is a lot of sex due to the nature of weres but the scenes don't go on as long as some books to where you start to fast forward so you can get on to the story and she does keep saying multiple partners is inherent to the were race, but there is plenty of action. Someone is developing nasty clones and guardians are disappearing and they are trying to discover who's responsible.

    The characters are pretty well developed. There's a hunky lead vampire. And, yes, only about half of the investigation is solved so you'll need to get the next book in the series to continue the investigation, but to me that's sort of what a series is about, the continuation of character development and storylines. This is not a standalone book, unless you didn't like it and don't care to continue with the series.

    The narrator did a pretty good job with the Australian accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mistik palm springs, ca, United States 07-24-13
    Mistik palm springs, ca, United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome PNR series"
    What did you love best about Full Moon Rising?

    The darkness and sexual exploits


    What other book might you compare Full Moon Rising to and why?

    Alexa O'Brian Huntress by Trina M. Led because in both there is violence and supes embrace their violent nature and make no excuses.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Soft voice was beautiful. It didn't for Riley's character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal Richlands, NC, United States 03-08-13
    Crystal Richlands, NC, United States 03-08-13 Member Since 2010

    I Love to read and I am all over the place. From Fantasy to Non Fiction to True Crime. Sadly even some Romance novels which I never thought I would read but they turned out to be not bad some even good as long as they had some fantasy in them

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    "Enjoyable"
    Would you try another book from Keri Arthur and/or Justine Eyre?

    Yes first time reading this author but enjoys Ms Eyre narrations


    Would you recommend Full Moon Rising to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. I enjoyed that that main character accepted for the most part who she was to the point she needed not to justify it, I found it refreshing that she through herself into without thought of what others thought of her choices.


    What about Justine Eyre’s performance did you like?

    Her ability to make you believe that either a male and or female part was believable.


    Could you see Full Moon Rising being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    not a clue


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer austin, TX, United States 01-01-13
    Jennifer austin, TX, United States 01-01-13 Member Since 2008
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    "XXXtrodinarily bad"

    I am no prude. I don't mind sex in my books. I don't have some need for monogamy or care if sex is casual so long as the participants are consenting and safe. I applaud people who treat sex as a celebration. The thing is, this book says that the sex is a celebration (while repeatedly belittling anyone who treats the werewolf way as not for him), but this book is not in any way a celebration of sex. The basic premise behind the sex bit (one of about 4 unresolved and frustrating plot lines) is that for a week leading up to the full moon, werewolves must have sex nearly constantly or they will become blood hungry beasts who will savagely rape/murder indiscriminately. It is degrading, disturbing and unnecessary.
    Aside from the sex happening every chapter or so, the heroine frequently has sex with 1. men she hardly knows with no intention of getting to know them 2. men she does not trust/like 3. men with whom she is having sex in exchange for information and 4. men who make absolutely clear their lack of respect for her as a person/species. Apart from all this, there are several rape scenes treated like they are no big deal, sex in the middle of breakins and rescue attempts, and a total lack of anything that might make the non-stop orgy remotely more than mere porn.
    Which brings me to the "plot". If you could cut the sex down to something approaching sensible (well then the book would be about 2 hours long) you would have three seperate dastardly plots at world domination which somehow are related and somehow appear to focus on a girl who is relatively unimportant except for a secret that the people masterminding the plots would be delighted to know about, except that they are unaware of it, despite having- apparantly- been planning to use her for at least a year. Confused yet? There are plot holes big enough to drive a truck through, and almost nothing gets resolved. The kidnapping of her brother, which gets her involved, is left largely unresolved. One whole plot line that is never quite explained is left open with its wildly unlikely involvement in the other unexplained. Everything about this book is terrible. Bad sex, bad plot, bad writing.
    I am now going to do something I have only ever done with one other book, and return it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Madamek 05-12-09
    Madamek 05-12-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Not What You Might Expect."

    Werewolves, Vampires, sex-clubs, and inter-species cloning? This book is stuck in a clumsy tug of war between science-fiction, erotic novel, and mystery spy thriller. Being a huge fan of vampires, werewolves, and all things sci-fi, I really really wanted to like this book, but even the sex scenes seemed somehow contrived and predictable.

    I finished the first half of the listening with no problem, but the final 3 hours were an absolute bore. This book is begging for an abridged version--even for the ambitious listener.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly 12-30-07
    Kelly 12-30-07
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    "Don't do it"

    AWFUL!!!! Oh, so bad. This is nothing like Charlaine Harris! Shame on me for not reading the reviews before I bought this one. The narrator is annoying and all the main character does is have sex every five minutes. Apparently this author so horny that she couldn't get sex off her brain long enough to include a plot. Really just so bad.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Billie Cedar Park, TX, USA 03-22-06
    Billie Cedar Park, TX, USA 03-22-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Erotic to the Senses"

    Sensuous, erotic, mystery, thriller, action-adventure all rolled into one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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