In this exciting debut, author Keri Arthur explodes onto the supernatural scene with a sexy, sensuous tale of intrigue and suspense set in a world where legends walk and the shady paths of the underworld are far more sinister than anyone envisioned. A rare hybrid of vampire and werewolf, Riley Jenson and her twin brother, Rhoan, work for Melbourne's Directorate of Other Races, an organization created to police the supernatural races-and protect humans from their depredations. While Rhoan is an exalted guardian, a.k.a. assassin, Riley is merely an office worker-until her brother goes missing on one of his missions. The timing couldn't be worse. More werewolf than vampire, Riley is vulnerable to the moon heat, the weeklong period before the full moon, when her need to mate becomes all-consuming.... Luckily Riley has two willing partners to satisfy her every need. But she will have to control her urges if she's going to find her brother....Easier said than done as the city pulses with frenzied desire, and Riley is confronted with a very powerful-and delectably naked-vamp who raises her temperature like never before.
Australian author Arthur's fast-paced fantasy-romance, the first in a new series, introduces part vampire, part werewolf Riley Jenson, who works for Melbourne's Directorate of Other Races, as does her twin brother, Rhoan. When Rhoan goes missing, a naked yet powerful vampire, Quinn, appears on Riley's doorstep and asks for her aid. Riley and Quinn team up to find Rhoan, investigate the mysterious deaths of Directorate agents and determine who's been creating vampire and werewolf clones. Despite their mutual attraction, Quinn-once heartbroken by a werewolf lover-will never fully trust another werewolf, but that doesn't stop him from helping Riley through the lust that engulfs werewolves in the days leading up to the full moon. Strong, smart and capable, Riley will remind many of Anita Blake, Laurell K. Hamilton's kick-ass vampire hunter. While Arthur (Beneath a Rising Moon) occasionally loses control of her plot as she sets the stage for later books, and some romance readers may be put off by the lack of monogamy, fans of Anita Blake and Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse vampire series will be rewarded. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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1 . Awesome
Posted March 21, 2010 by Lacey , Dallas TXRiley Jensen is a b.a. This book was the perfect way to set the whole series into motion. The characters are great and the descriptions used are phenominal. I cant get enough.The suspense and thrill are equally balanced. It is very well written and kept me wanting to read more.
2 . A great series!
Posted January 22, 2010 by Christa , Charleston WVI really have enjoyed reading the Riley Jensen series. I zipped through the Sookie books and really wanted something to pick up with just as much fun. I was delightfully surprised by this series!!!
3 . Different
Posted December 28, 2009 by jazlee , edison njIt is erotic, but it keeps you going with all the craziness. It has all kinds of mystical creatures and a strong sexual women as the main character. It is really a book that should be followed through with the series. It is not your basic romance, which I do enjoy. It is just different.
4 . Love vampires
Posted November 08, 2009 by Tamara , ColoradoI normally can not get enough of vampires. This book however was all sex and no real story. I stayed with it hoping she would stop having sex with anyone and everyone and find true love. BLAH
5 . Not a romance.
Posted September 11, 2009 by Jenofl8 , NortheastThis is not a romance and there are no compelling characters - nothing but sex. Sex with strangers, sex with lovers, strangers having sex with each other. The book is overwhelmed with lust since it seems the only thing the main characters are capable of feeling.
Betrayed? That's ok, he's hot and she's horny.
Manipulated? No worries, he's hot and she's horny.
He nearly kills you? But he's hot!
There really is nothing else. The only character that had any potential is Quinn and he's largely just a carrot on a stick. Our heroine is thinly developed and, quite frankly, stupid - contrary to what we're told over and over by other characters. I did a lot of skipping trying to find a story. It's weak and not worth the work to find it.
I'm glad it was free - I won't feel bad deleting it from my library. My eyes are still bleeding...
6 . Keri Arthur's Book Series is wonderful.
Posted September 09, 2009 by Anaxilea , Phoenix ArizonaKeri Arthur's Book Series is wonderful. I love them all. She is a powerful leading role that has enough flaws to keep the drama and the humor throughout it all. If you like Vamp and Wolf romances you will love this series.
7 . Disappointing
Posted August 31, 2009 by JCyr , Great White NorthThis series should be under an Erotica heading instead of science fiction. I really didn't see the need to constantly have explicit sex in every chapter - we get the idea that she is a Were-slut after the first chapter and don't need it shoved down our throats constantly. This really takes away from what little story there is. There is also more than a passing interest in beastiality under the guise of making them "were" animals and having them screw everything in sight. There are lots of things "rising" and it isn't just the moon! All in all a disappointment for anyone who is looking for a good, suspenseful story to follow.
For a really good read (yes there is some sex in it) I highly recommend the Charlaine Harris Southern Vampire series.
January 31, 2006
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Excerpt from Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur
The night was quiet.
Almost too quiet.
Though it was after midnight, it was a Friday night, and Friday nights were usually party nights--at least for those of us who were single and not working night shift. This section of Melbourne wasn't exactly excitement city, but it did possess a nightclub that catered to both human and nonhumans. And while it wasn't a club I frequented often, I loved the music they played. Loved dancing along the street to it as I made my way home.
But tonight, there was no music. No laughter. Not even drunken revelry. The only sound on the whispering wind was the clatter of the train leaving the station and the rumble of traffic from the nearby freeway.
Of course, the club was a well-known haunt for pushers and their prey, and as such it was regularly raided--and closed--by the cops. Maybe it had been hit again.
So why was there no movement on the street? No disgruntled partygoers heading to other clubs in other areas?
And why did the wind hold the fragrance of blood?
I hitched my bag to a more comfortable position on my shoulder, then stepped from the station's half-lit platform and ran up the stairs leading to Sunshine Avenue. The lights close to the platform's exit were out and the shadows closed in the minute I stepped onto the street.
Normally, darkness didn't worry me. I am a creature of the moon and the night, after all, and well used to roaming the streets at ungodly hours. That night, though the moon rode toward fullness, its silvery light failed to pierce the thick cover of clouds. But the power of it shimmered through my veins--a heat that would only get worse in the coming nights.
Yet it wasn't the closeness of the full moon that had me jumpy. Nor was it the lack of life coming from the normally raucous club. It was something else, something I couldn't quite put a finger on. The night felt wrong, and I had no idea why.
But it was something I couldn't ignore.