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 fails, her own mother will die.
Now the stakes are raised, the hunt is on…and when more women vanish, Riley is caught between a lover who demands that she give up her work, a serial killer who knows no boundaries, and a club where humans and supernaturals mix—at their own peril. Thrust into a realm of seduction and violence unlike any she could have imagined, Riley has to battle to save everything she holds dear. But the ultimate hunt has only just begun….
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.
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