Friday, 15 May 2009

Dangerous Games by Keri Arthur

"In Melbourne's urban underworld, there's a place for every fetish and fantasy. But for Riley Jenson, one such nightclub has become an obsession. Riley, a rare hybrid of werewolf and vampire and new agent for the Directorate of Other Races, hasn't come in pursuit of pleasure but of an unknown killer who's been using the club as his hunting ground. Leave it to Riley to find the only ticket into the heavily guarded venue: 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 gone rogue, Riley follows Jin into a realm of pleasure she could never have imagined but as danger and passion ignite, a shocking mystery begins to unravel one where Riley herself becomes the ultimate object of desire"

Dangerous Games is the fourth book in the Riley Jenson Guardian series. I really, really enjoyed this book. Riley is constantly growing and learning more about herself and her nature. I like what's happening with her, how she's dealing with what's happening to her as well. She's very much forced in to a lot of the stuff she's doing, and in some cases it would be almost expected for her to just want out, or get really down. But instead she's trying to make the best of it, do things as much her own way as she can. She's beginning to realise that there are parts of her nature that she's always ignored and maybe she shouldn't be. But she's still essentially her. I love her determination and how she knows what it is she really wants from life, and how she wants it even though she knows it's incredibly likely she'll never get it.

The plot for this book gripped me from the start, and it flows really well too. I like the darkness in this book, how nothing is shied away from. It's pretty graphic and a little disturbing in places, which almost feels too much, yet works really well. There aren't a whole lot of surprises here. You can see most of the stuff coming, but it's still a gripping read somehow. And Quinn is gone!! For now anyway. I really, really don't like him, but I know he'll be back. But a small break from him is better than nothing. Looking forward to getting the next one.

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