In a world of sorcery and seduction, the nights bring out the beautiful, the damned, and the desired. Here, Riley Jenson is on her own–half werewolf, half vampire, working for an organization created to police the supernatural races. Trusting her superiors and lovers barely more than she trusts her worst enemies, Riley plays by her own set of rules. Her latest mission: to enter the heavily guarded pleasure palace of a criminal named Deshon Starr–a madman-scientist who’s been messing around in the gene pool for decades.
With two sexy men–a cool, seductive vampire and an irresistibly hot wolf–vying for her attention, Riley must keep focused. Because saving the world from Deshon Starr will mean saving herself–from the trap that’s closing in around her. . . .
“If there’s one thing I know about werewolves, it’s that they are easily addicted to good sex. The fact of the matter is, I give good sex.”
Tempting Evil is essentially the end of the arc that started the series, but not the end of the series. I’m surprised because I just wasn’t as satisfied by this ending as I remembered. It feels easy and sort of rushed. It is so final, yet I know there are more books after this. Because I have actually read this before, I know that this is definitely the end of the clones arc, and the series takes a new direction. The only reason I wouldn’t say this is a trilogy is because nothing regarding our main character is at all resolved.
We spend most of the book undercover in the enemies compound. And what a fucked up place it turned out to be. It is interesting to read because of how fucked up it is. Yet there is a lot of rape, illusion to rape, and more than that in the realm of sexual violence that happens in this book. It makes it a bit more unpalitable than I remembered. The thing that surprised me was that I still couldn’t remember who Deshon Starr was supposed to be in her life until it was revealed! It really just didn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.
Riley is slowly changing over the course of the series. At first she was adamant that she wouldn’t ever become a Guardian. Then her choice was taken from her, and revenge has taken hold in her. She has gone through too much to just let this go now. She is becoming a Guardian over the course of Tempting Evil. Yet, we can tell she just isn’t well suited to this job. It is slowly breaking her. She hates it, she hates everything she has to do to get her revenge, to do her job, yet she is still doing it. It makes it less fun to read when you know the main character hates everything that is going on.
Riley also just does such a terrible job at her job. She doesn’t do anything she is supposed to. She actively defies orders. She does whatever she wants to and damn the consequences (of which there seem to be none, except her being in danger). Her boss, Jack, is just enamored with her. He sees Riley as the answer to some kind of huge problem we don’t actually know about. He keeps insisting she is going to be great, one of his best. He is blind to the fact she hates it, that it is eating her like, either willfully or not. I kind of really hate her boss.
Riley’s powers are also increasing and changing. We knew this was going to happen, because we were told it was going to happen. Now we’re seeing the effects. I have to say, these changes are a combination of incredibly unique and fairly average. It is interesting, and we should keep our eye on it because we aren’t done here.
I’ve grown to hate Quinn over the course of this book. I thought he had promise in the first two, but he is just such a fucking shithead. He is constantly butting in where he isn’t supposed to be. He is distracting Riley in the middle of a very dangerous situation. But mostly, I hate him because he did what I consider to be unforgivable: he went back on his word and tried to get into her mind on purpose to find out what she knew. This is some abusive shit, and I kind of really wish he would just go away.
In good news, my favourite character of the series has finally shown up! I love Dia, our lovable, blind clairvoyant. I find it hard to believe sometimes that it takes three books for her to show up. I consider her integral to the series. Dia is sort of one of those characters that are around to further the story/investigation when the author doesn’t exactly know where to go to move it further. Yet, the personality she has makes up for it.
An end of an arc, but not the end of the story. While this wasn’t as fun as I remembered, I’m still interested in seeing how the rest of the series holds up to my memories.
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