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Review: Tempting Evil

Tempting Evil by Keri Arthur [1]Tempting Evil [1] is Keri Arthur’s third entry in the Riley Jenson Guardian series and sees Riley drawn deeper into the Guardian fold, going undercover to find and bring down the evil mastermind behind a series of gruesome and perverse crossbreeding and genetic experiments, seeking justice for both herself and others.

For those who don’t know, the Guardians are rather like no-holds-barred law enforcement officers. They work for the Directorate of Non-Human Races and handle the threat of gone-bad werewolves, vampires, shapeshifters and the like — threats that the human police force simply cannot handle and probably don’t want to handle.

Tempting Evil [1], like Full Moon Rising [2] and Kissing Sin [3], is highly action oriented, though there seemed to be less of the between-the-sheets variety in this edition, at least of the celebratory variety that Riley enjoys so much. Note to those with delicate sensibilities: There’s some non-consensual and for-queen-and-country sex but it’s thankfully neither protracted nor described in great detail.

Suspense and mystery also abound in the pages of Tempting Evil [1], while the connection between Riley and the ancient vampire Quinn continues to grow, adding their special spiciness to the story.

I have to confess, there’s just something magical between these two characters and I’ll be highly disappointed if our randy little half-were doesn’t settle down with the darkly sexy vampire. They just work, despite their respective misgivings at times and their seeming incompatibility regarding their individual views on sex and monogamy. For those who haven’t read the books yet, let’s just say that werewolves see sex as a celebration of life and the issue of multiple partners isn’t, well, an issue unless they’re “mated,” whereas vamps are more of a one-gal, one-guy kinda species.

In spite of or perhaps because of Riley and Quinn’s differing views, I can’t help but root for them. I suspect that what they each need is found in the other, and no one else. The sex between Riley and her various other partners is usually more than adequately titillating, but with Quinn, it’s blow-the-roof-off intimacy. They connect, and in more ways than one. I look forward to finding out how Ms. Arthur handles their dance around each other in the series’ next edition, Dangerous Games [4], which is due out later this month.

Have you read Tempting Evil [1]? If so, feel free to post a comment and let us know what you think.

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