Embraced by Darkness

Embraced by Darkness

She's hunting a killer—and shattering every boundary she’s ever known…Part vamp, part werewolf, Riley Jenson plays by her own rules, whether it’s her stormy love life or her job as a guardian. But when her family’s alpha male demands that she solve the mystery of a vanished girl, Riley can feel a trap closing in around her. Because the job comes with a catch: if Riley fail...

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Title:Embraced by Darkness
Author:Keri Arthur
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Embraced by Darkness Reviews

  • Summer

    I have to say that so far each book in this series has gotten a little bit better than the last one. Once again Riley is involved with another murder investigation with the Directorate. She's finally kicked Quinn to the curb and is spending quality time with Kellen. Some people from her and Rhoan's past make an appearance and ask Riley for a favor. However, these aren't friendly people and they don't ask nice. Kellen asks Riley to make an important decision in this book too.

    I don't want to give

    I have to say that so far each book in this series has gotten a little bit better than the last one. Once again Riley is involved with another murder investigation with the Directorate. She's finally kicked Quinn to the curb and is spending quality time with Kellen. Some people from her and Rhoan's past make an appearance and ask Riley for a favor. However, these aren't friendly people and they don't ask nice. Kellen asks Riley to make an important decision in this book too.

    I don't want to give away the ending to this book but let's just say by the middle of the book I could tell it was happening. I really love Rhoan though and wish he was in the books more, though he is in this book quite a bit. Quinn is only mentioned in this book which was nice. I liked him at first but his unfair demands on Riley grate on my nerves. It was nice not dealing with his drama. Although, I read he comes back in the next book. Ugh.

    So anyways, it was excellent and I had a blast reading it.

  • Melindeeloo

    The thing I love about these books is that Riley is such a capable kick butt heroine. Being a werewolf vampire crossbreed means that the bad guys tend to underestimate her. Even when her equally amazing brother is around to lend a hand, it is still Riley that saves the day. Riley continues to struggle with her love life and search for her soul mate, and she continues to develope amazing new powers as a result of a fertility drug she was slipped in book one. Many o

    The thing I love about these books is that Riley is such a capable kick butt heroine. Being a werewolf vampire crossbreed means that the bad guys tend to underestimate her. Even when her equally amazing brother is around to lend a hand, it is still Riley that saves the day. Riley continues to struggle with her love life and search for her soul mate, and she continues to develope amazing new powers as a result of a fertility drug she was slipped in book one. Many of the characters from previous books appear, notably missing is Quinn and the horse shifter. Dia and her daughter make an appearance and drop some prophetic hints as to Riley's future. Riley also has a chance at some payback to the pack that tormented her and her brother when they were pups.

    This series still has plenty of places to go and I looking forward to seeing where it ends up. This series is probably more suspense than romance, even given Riley's lustful wolf nature, so there are some scenes with the aftermath of bloody violence. But these are easy to skip over if they bother you without losing any story threads.

  • I ♥ Bookie Nookie (bookienookiereviews.blogspot.com)

    Once again, Keri Arthur pulled it off. The series is still going strong for me. Riley is an awesome heroine!

    In this book, she was more of a one man kind of woman--so her sex life was not nearly as outrageous as it normally tends to be. Being book #5 in the series, I think it was a good choice to put Riley at a crossroads of sorts...she is forced to make some tough decisions. Her life is ever-changing and in several ways not as I had expected. The experimental drugs that were forced on her in ea

    Once again, Keri Arthur pulled it off. The series is still going strong for me. Riley is an awesome heroine!

    In this book, she was more of a one man kind of woman--so her sex life was not nearly as outrageous as it normally tends to be. Being book #5 in the series, I think it was a good choice to put Riley at a crossroads of sorts...she is forced to make some tough decisions. Her life is ever-changing and in several ways not as I had expected. The experimental drugs that were forced on her in earlier books are beginning to have some very unexpected effects on her and I am sure they will continue to change her as the series continues.

    I am such a fan of these books and once again, loving the direction the author is taking the series. I am hopeful that it continues to please me :-

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  • Lorre

    Big chances for Riley in this one! I'm curious to see how it plays out in the next book!

  • keikii Eats Books

    82 points/100 (4 stars/5) [revised from 5]

    82 points/100 (4 ¼ stars/5) [revised from 5]

    Wow, there was a lot that happened in this book. This used to be my least favourite book in the entire series. I hated the end of it, and it coloured my entire view of the book. I was also younger and didn't quite get what the author was doing here. Yet, right now, during this reread, this has become my favourite to date. I loved the way the story flowed towards the end (even if I still didn't enjoy the ending). I loved what she did with the story. I love how there wasn't any Quinn.

    This is once again just a missing persons case, but this time there are about three plot threads going on at once. They all end up being interconnected, which I don't actually like when books do this. However, it is so common I just have to put up with it. All of the plots have to deal with missing people or people being killed. There is also another killer going around, but it isn't as it appears.

    The relationship is so much better this book. After Riley told Quinn she wanted a break from him at the end of Dangerous Games, he isn't in Embraced by Darkness. Therefore, it is instantly better because there isn't any fighting. All the relationship drama is actually pretty wholesome. It is just a disagreement on how to continue a relationship. Riley is really reluctant to limit her options, because she is still chasing her dream. She wants her soulmate more than anything. It is the only dream she has left to her right now.

    The end of the book is still probably my least favourite. I dislike the whole "most dangerous game" thing, where people (typically humans), hunt other people for the thrill of it (typically supernaturals). Super not my favourite, to the point where it typically turns me off the story entirely. However, this doesn't actually take up as much of the book as I remembered it taking up, and it is over quickly. Perhaps too quickly but I'm glad for it.

    The most important thing about the book was it starts to deal with Riley's family issues and the pack they came from. Let's be real, Riley has a lot of issues regarding family (it is probably why she wants that soulmate so much). I'm surprised by the direction Keri Arthur took with the pack, though. I'm not certain I like it. I want to like it, but also I kind of don't like it anyway. They're so heavy-handed, and Riley just kind of takes it. Riley never takes it from anyone, why is she now?

    Quite a change from my least favourite to my most (so far). I wonder what else this reread has in store for me.

  • Anna 'Bookbuyer'

    Riley's pack is horrible! I hate how her mother doesn't even really seem to care about her! I'm almost mad at Riley for still caring about her mom.

    Her alpha is a bastard! I'm so glad that Riley was willing to fight to make sure her packmate's lover was able to get what she deserved.

    The twins were insane! So glad Riley killed them despite them being human. I hope her soul survives it later.

    Riley can now transform into a seagull! Not the most majestic of birds but eh. lol.

    Kellen is an ass!

  • P.A. Lupton

    I loved the first three Riley Jenson books. I had a bit of trouble with Dangerous Games, but I enjoyed it by the end and I was looking forward to Embraced by Darkness. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed and I’m a little worried the magic of Riley Jenson is gone for me.

    There is no denying that Keri Arthur is a good author. I like her writing style. I like the paranormal world she’s created. I love the fact that her heroine kicks major ass. So, why was I disappointed? I think this is a matte

    I loved the first three Riley Jenson books. I had a bit of trouble with Dangerous Games, but I enjoyed it by the end and I was looking forward to Embraced by Darkness. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed and I’m a little worried the magic of Riley Jenson is gone for me.

    There is no denying that Keri Arthur is a good author. I like her writing style. I like the paranormal world she’s created. I love the fact that her heroine kicks major ass. So, why was I disappointed? I think this is a matter of personal taste. I’m a huge romance junkie. Although I can, and do, enjoy a good Urban Fantasy, it HAS to have romance in it. And by romance I don’t mean sex. Those are two very different things. Riley Jenson has sex, but the romance was missing, along with Quinn.

    Keri Arthur made me fall in love with Quinn and Riley in the first three books. I was angry with Quinn in the last book, but I wasn’t ready to let go of him—and I definitely was not ready to embrace Kellan. I just don’t feel the magic between the two the way I felt it with her and Quinn. I need to feel like there is romance somewhere in my novels and that’s what was missing for me in this book.

    Now, with that being said, I will place my trust in this author. She’s brought me too much enjoyment to give up on her. Not only that, but I’ve read the reviews for the next book and Quinn is making a comeback, so I will definitely read the next book. I am keeping my fingers crossed that Quinn will be the hero I know he is and fight for his woman.

  • Ambre

    People have such low standards for their heroines, it is really kind of sad. Riley does stupid stuff, treats her boyfriend like crap, and is openly disdainful to her boss. I guess that adds up to totally cool if you have super powers?

    I keep thinking she will start to annoy me less, but quite the opposite. Her whining about not being able to sleep with everything with a penis, her constant rudeness to everyone, and the fact that she can't think her way out of a paper bag make me crazy.

    The books a

    People have such low standards for their heroines, it is really kind of sad. Riley does stupid stuff, treats her boyfriend like crap, and is openly disdainful to her boss. I guess that adds up to totally cool if you have super powers?

    I keep thinking she will start to annoy me less, but quite the opposite. Her whining about not being able to sleep with everything with a penis, her constant rudeness to everyone, and the fact that she can't think her way out of a paper bag make me crazy.

    The books are pure filler. Something tho read when there is nothing better available. But reading this after finishing one of Nalini Singh's books, I am just flabbergasted by the people who consider Riley capable. If she wasn't too stubborn or forgetful to carry her weapons, she wouldnt need her superpowers half the time. Not being a dumbass would avoid the other half of the need. Of course, then the books would just be about her overactive sex life, and

    how unreasonable her boyfriend is to ask her not to screw every guy she sees, and her gushing to him about how great he is and then moping because he isn't Quinn. Blech. Compared to Singh's Elena, she is just another whiny werewolf.

  • Tilly Slaton

    *sigh*

    Perhaps I am in a reading funk. Perhaps I am not giving Arthur's last two books a fair chance.

    Nonetheless, I shall write my honest opinion. This book put me to sleep.

    Riley Jenson, a Guardian / super non-human cop who is apparently judge, jury and executioner, wiggles her way into ... or out of... the fear of commitment to Kellen, an alpha werewolf yadda yadda ...

    He wants to protect her. She doesn't need his protection. He wants the white picket fence. She wants to dig her fingers into he

    *sigh*

    Perhaps I am in a reading funk. Perhaps I am not giving Arthur's last two books a fair chance.

    Nonetheless, I shall write my honest opinion. This book put me to sleep.

    Riley Jenson, a Guardian / super non-human cop who is apparently judge, jury and executioner, wiggles her way into ... or out of... the fear of commitment to Kellen, an alpha werewolf yadda yadda ...

    He wants to protect her. She doesn't need his protection. He wants the white picket fence. She wants to dig her fingers into her flesh to remove that deadly and numbing silver bullet before a monster with a barbed penis comes along and whacks her in more than one way. Boring? Believe it or not .. hell yes.

    In Embraced by Darkness, Riley is contacted by her pack, the pack that tossed her off the cliff for being a half-breed, the pack that exiled her and her twin brother. Women are going missing, and for some reason, they have decided to bully her into the investigation by threatening her mother.

    Still boring.

    The sexual content is almost non-existent .. wtf? After the first two books in this series, there was promise of entertainment with interesting bestial intimacies between breeds and half breeds. What can I say? Rock on.

    My original opinion of this series, is that I would rate it at the top of my charts ... along with the Anita Blake series. Well shit ... I'll have to place her books on lower bookshelves and reserve the higher shelf for new favorite authors.

    Ok, I hate writing negative reviews... and there have been plenty in the past few months! That's wrong on so many levels ... bummer.

    So, let's find something positive to say about this book. The hunter becomes the hunted. Yup, that's about it.

    I recommend this book to those who intend on reading this series. I do not recommend immature adults or children getting their hands on this book, as the violence, although brief, is fun-filled with bodies are ripped apart. The sexual content is vague, brief, and borrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrring.

    ~happy reading :p

  • Kirsty

    Thank God I've finished this book. It took me a couple of weeks to finish it because I found it so boring. I thought this was a waste of a story in this series. Like I said in a previous review, Kellen is such a pointless character. I'm glad he's gone. That was the only good thing to come out of this book, even thought there was no Quinn...at all!

    It was good to see that Riley has stopped her constant moaning about being a Guardian and even seems to embrace it!

    It was obvious that Riley and Rhoa

    Thank God I've finished this book. It took me a couple of weeks to finish it because I found it so boring. I thought this was a waste of a story in this series. Like I said in a previous review, Kellen is such a pointless character. I'm glad he's gone. That was the only good thing to come out of this book, even thought there was no Quinn...at all!

    It was good to see that Riley has stopped her constant moaning about being a Guardian and even seems to embrace it!

    It was obvious that Riley and Rhoan's past was going to resurface at some point but this way was just annoying. I at least thought that they were going to confront their mother. It would be great if we found out more about their father, it must be a story there!

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