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Review: Dark Wolf Returning by Rhyannon Byrd (Bloodrunners #6)

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Dark Wolf Returning by Rhyannon Byrd // VBC ReviewDark Wolf Returning (Bloodrunners #6)
Rhyannon Byrd
Published: Jan. 1, 2014 (Harlequin Nocturne)
Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon
Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed by: Jill

Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars

Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it does make references to previous books in the series.

Clara Reyes’s family is in serious trouble, and the only way she can think of to help them is to talk to the man that she would rather never, ever see again. Clara has to beg her old flame, Eli Drake, to help their pack fight a rival werewolf group. The problem is that the last time Eli was in town he made her believe in a happily ever after, and then left her without even a goodbye.

The rival pack, Whiteclaw, is a truly evil bunch. They have attacked and raped women and are holding several captive in their compound. They have recently hired a group of mercenaries to add to their numbers, so that they can launch a full-scale attack on Clara’s pack, the Silvercrest pack. This is where the problem lies. The Silvercrest pack only have a handful of true warriors, the rest are simple civilians. To protect her family, Clara plans to recruit Eli and his group of vicious warriors to help.

Dark Wolf Returning is the first of the Bloodrunning books that I’ve read (I started at number six, I know), and I didn’t feel as if I was missing out on sections of the story. You could tell there was history and interesting stories around you, but it didn’t detract from the central plot. The characters and the action were both very easy to follow, even if you haven’t read the rest of the series. You could definitely treat this book as if it’s a standalone.

Eli’s group of warriors seems seriously interesting (what are they?), and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series to find out all the interesting secrets. Eli is a fantastically badass alpha character. He’s brutal, vicious, domineering but also protective and loyal. Which is a great combination, unless you happen to be a warrior yourself, who doesn’t want to be controlled and protected, like Clara. What I really love about Eli’s character is that he’s so very relatable. He makes mistakes and says things that I feel an actual man would do and say. (Read: Often does and says the wrong thing to his love interest.) Sometimes in fiction, our men are these Prince Charming perfect males, which can make for an interesting book, but not a very realistic one.

The part that seriously steals the show in Dark Wolf Returning is the sexual tension between Clara and Eli. Whew! I’m telling you, steam. Off. The. Page. I love it when the couples fight and resist the attraction, and kind of have that love/hate thing going on. This makes it so much more satisfying when they finally get together. There is a lot of resistance going on in this book, but they just can’t seem to keep their hands off one another. Which is fantastic for you and me.

The story, the characters, and the steamy tension in Dark Wolf Returning make for a truly great book. I will be grabbing the rest of the series, and you should to!

Sexual content: Sex, references to rape

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