Guardian Riley Jensen is still trying to learn how to use the new abilities she has developed after being exposed to experimental drugs. Apparently being a hybrid of wolf and vampire was not enough, and now she has added some shape-shifting to the mix. If she can get a handle on it, it may be useful when she is working. Work is about the only thing on her mind these days, ever since she and Kellen parted ways.
In Keri Arthur’s newest book, The Darkest Kiss, work gets a little too close to home for Riley and her twin Rhoan. A killer is targeting former schoolmates, and Rhoan’s partner Liander may be on his list. While the Directorate is busy trying to figure out who will be the next target, another series of murders is splitting their resources. This killer apparently has the ability to not only change shape, but to assume the features of their victims.
There is a lot going on in this book, and Ms. Arthur keeps readers straight right to the very end. Plenty of action, drama and emotion serve to retain interest to the final chapter. Several familiar characters from the series make an appearance, including Riley’s former lover, the ancient vampire Quinn. Is he ready to accept Riley for herself? The Darkest Kiss is a thrilling read, and headed for my keeper shelf.