Bound to Shadows by Keri Arthur

Riley Jenson Guardian, Book 8

Synopsis: In the darkness, demons come out to play . . .
and someone must bring their sins to light.

Part vampire, part werewolf, Riley Jenson knows what can happen when vamps don’t play well with others. But she’s never seen anything like this: a series of brutal murders surrounding the latest hot spot for vampire-human hookups—and the victims aren’t just killed, they’re beheaded. Now Riley is launching into action, toying with a seductive—and highly suspicious—club owner, and finding herself in the middle of another mystery: women being killed one by one without a trace of violence.

For Riley, solving multiple cases—in a world going mad with human and vampire passions—would have been tough enough. Instead, she has two jealous lovers on her hands: Kye Murphy, the amber-eyed werewolf who makes Riley’s wolf blood howl—and Quinn, the cool, elegant vamp who has over a thousand years’ experience at fulfilling women’s desires. While she’s busy juggling these two sexy beasts, Riley’s detective work takes a stunningly violent turn. Finding a murderer is now a matter of life and death. Especially since the killer has long since found her…

Review: Ah I approach slowly the end of the series. I really wonder how the last book will be but gradually the events are taking place and it allows us to have an idea. It was a good book but it is true that after having the sex part calmed down, it starts over again here. It does not bother me but I know it was one of the points bothering a lot of readers.

Riley continues her life quietly, managing her boyfriend Quinn and her work. But when she meets Kye on a survey at the beginning of the book, things get complicated. It must be said that after their separation, our young heroine doesn’t expect to see him so soon. But he is there and determined to take back what he considers as his own, which means of course mean our little wolf. And though she resists as much as possible, it is impossible to oppose his soul mate, especially when he does everything to possess her. And he knows how to press the sensitive points to get what he wants, even if he needs to threaten Riley’s love ones. She therefore has no real choice in the matter and she wants him to understand that. In addition to this, our wolf investigates about some very strange deaths. Vampires are beheaded the ones after the other, without any logic and young women are also found dead without reasons. Our guardian is determined to understand what is happening and to find out who is behind this. However, it is complicated to work when Kye follows the trace, doing everything possible to encroach on everything she does.

It was a new good novel, and it allows us to learn once again a little more about Quinn. It was interesting to see some bits of his past. It’s very nice to see our little couple so in love and sufficient to each other. Riley has changed a lot since the first novels and has more control over herself and her nature. However, the arrival of Kye will change everything, I was quite surprised to see how nothing mattered except his own choices. It is petty, sarcastic and selfish … it’s a character we hate pretty easily. It’s really sad to see how he treats Riley. And yet in his own way he cares about her, the only concern is that it is also a weakness and he is determined to change it even if he has to kill all the people around her.

New events are looming here, the consequences will be reflected in the next volume. I’m quite curious to see what comes of it, and to understand how Riley will come out of everything. We find all the characters that we know and it was a pleasure to hear about them. I was however very surprised about the end that the author presents us. A big change and an explosive upheaval for everyone. Curious to learn more.


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