Title: Darkness Unbound (Dark Angels #1)
Author: Keri Arthur
Risa Jones is as extraordinary as her heritage. Born from a lab-enhanced clone mother and an Aedh father, she can not only talk to the souls of the dying and the dead, but she can see the reapers and walk the gray fields that divide this world from the next.
They are skill she rarely uses, however, preferring to concentrate on the business she shares with her two best friends. But when her mother asks her to help the parents of a little girl locked in a coma, she reluctantly agrees. What she discovers scares the hell out of her. Because the little girl’s soul no longer resides in her body, and it wasn’t death and the reapers that took her.
Someone had ripped her soul from her flesh.
As it turns out, a creature consuming the souls of the innocent–and not so innocent–is the least of her problems.
Because someone wants to rip open the gates that divided hell from earth, and Risa is a key component in their plans.
And the only person standing between her and disaster is a reaper who isn’t exactly on her side.
*Note - contains spoilers*
Darkness Unbound is the first book in the Dark Angels series by Keri Arthur. It is a spin off of the popular Riley Jensen series. In this book we follow the brave heroine Risa Jones. Being half werewolf, half Aedh has given her some awesome powers that she rarely uses. However, when a creature starts ripping souls out of bodies, including an innocent little girl, Risa must use all her available powers to stop it.
I have decided that Keri Arthur books just aren't for me. I read Full Moon Rising awhile back – the first book in the Riley Jensen Guardian series, and didn't really enjoy it. There was too much meaningless sex in it and this book was no different. I like romance and passion but I felt like this book had none. Risa meets a couple of sexy guys. The first is Lucien, an Aedh who hits on her and they hook up before really even knowing each other. I felt no spark whatsoever between them, and actually felt that Lucien's character was a little shady. The second guy, is Azrael – a reaper who helps Risa take care of the soul-stealing creature. He is a very guarded being who tends to keep his distance from Risa – yet I felt a spark between them. And NOTHING happens. The only reason I finished this book was because of the small hope that something would happen between them.
Risa really is a likable character who would do anything to help others. She is strong, confident, loyal, etc... She's just a bit, uhhh, slutty. I mean, who would go to a club and give a complete stranger a blow job while your date is taking you from behind? I know she's part werewolf, and this is the way werewolves are in these books, but it's just not for me. Don't get me wrong, I like reading about sex – just not emotionless sex. Besides all that, the book is packed with action and it has a fairly interesting plot. This book has some great reviews, so I'm part of the minority giving this book less than 3 stars. If you are an Urban Fantasy fan you might love this, it just wasn't my cup of tea.
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