Some nights never end.
Some desires never die. . . .
Shape-shifting werewolf and vampire Riley Jenson is through with death—causing it, solving it, surviving it. Her soul mate, Kye Murphy, is dead—and at Riley’s own hands. Not even the seductive embrace of her vampire lover, Quinn, can fully ease her mind, for she has begun questioning everything that makes her Riley—including her job at the Directorate.
Now, the ritualistically slain bodies of ex-cons have started turning up. Reluctantly, Riley takes the case, but something even worse is waiting in the wings. A vicious enemy from her past is determined to strip Riley of everything that gives her life any meaning: her lover, her brother—and even her own identity. Can Riley survive this ultimate assault? All she knows is, she must fight one last time to find answers, before everything goes dark forever.
But maybe that was also the problem. He’d coped. I really wasn’t.
“I think you need to go talk to him again.” Quinn paused. “You need to talk to someone.”
Moon Sworn is Keri Arthur’s last chance at trying to fuck up Riley’s life once and for all before she ends up happy anyway. I have to say, for this being the last book in the series, it doesn’t really feel that way for most of the time. I don’t mean the end. The ending is perfectly fine for the series. We have taken a character in the prime of her life, stripped away all her hopes and dreams, and then built her back up again so that she is still happy at the end. I call that a win. No, it is just that Bound to Shadows had more of an impact on me than Moon Sworn did.
See, Moon Sworn is all about her pack alpha trying to get revenge on her (and stopping yet another serial killer, but this isn’t really large portion of the book. Thankfully). Only, it takes a particularly weird turn for me. See, it involves memory loss on the part of Riley’s, and she isn’t really actively in danger at any time during her memory loss period. So, the danger level just isn’t there for me to feel like this has a good level of tension. The previous book was just so much more tense.
You can tell throughout the book that Riley is really on her last straw with just about everything. In the previous book, she lost one of her best friends (who just feels almost thrown away to me – I actually couldn’t believe I had forgotten that he died. It was just so casual!) as well as the soulmate she abhorred but was part of her soul anyway. She is basically at the breaking point in this one. She is just done, and you can tell.
I hate that I like Quinn in Moon Sworn. I keep trying to tell myself that it doesn’t matter how he changes, it doesn’t excuse using mind control to get his way. Yet, it is hard to remember throughout this book. Quinn almost feels like an entirely different person than the one who committed those acts. You can only find the bare hints in this Quinn that were the driving force behind his actions before. I have the hardest time not liking this Quinn. Part of it is because younger me absolutely loved Quinn and always thought he was perfect for Riley. Part of it is that this Quinn is just a much, much better person.
This was a good end to the series. We end happy, we end on a high note. Everything that was started has been finished. This is a good, solid ending.
There is a spinoff that takes place about 20 years in the future, though! So look forward to those reviews, coming soon.
To read more reviews for this series, check out the Riley Jenson, Guardian series page!