A rare hybrid of vampire and werewolf, Riley Jenson and her twin brother, Rhoan, work for Melbourne’s Directorate of Other Races, an organisation created to police the supernatural races – and protect humans from their depredations. While Rhoan is an exalted guardian, aka 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. For someone is doing some illegal 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.
This has been sat on my bookshelf for so long waiting for me to read it and I finally broke the spine and read it, I’m so glad I did as well. Riley works for the Directorate of Other Races in Melbourne, she’s pretty much a pencil pusher, much to the dismay of her boss who wants her as a Guardian due to her mixed race heritage, part vampire, part werewolf. When her brother goes missing on a mission she gets pulled into the life of a Guardian and has to find out where he is and why there are people after her.
I really loved this world and Riley especially, the werewolf call to the moon, means she has multiple mates and they have different relationships with Riley and different connections to the investigation. It’s an interesting approach to the genre and I love how she holds herself and is so upfront about sex. As a Guardian she is incredible, she’s strong, clever, and despite her hesitance in taking on the role she takes it on fully without hesitation and does what she needs to to get the job done.
There are some great sub-characters in the book as well. Riley’s brother Rhoan is brilliant and very protective of his sister and Quinn a vampire who gets involved is a strong character who I hope we see more of in future books.
Looking forward to seeing where this goes with the next book in the series.
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Title: Full Moon Rising
Series: Riley Jenson Guardian #1
Author: Keri Arthur
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Paranormal Romance | Erotica
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Publication Date: 3 February 2011
Review Format: Paperback
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