Thursday, December 6, 2012

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Dark Wolf Rising

Rhyannon Byrd is an avid, longtime fan of romance and the author of more than twenty paranormal and erotic titles. She has been nominated for three Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards, including best Shape-shifter Romance, and her books have been translated into nine languages. After having spent years enjoying the glorious sunshine of the American South and Southwest, Rhyannon now lives in the beautiful, but often chilly county of Warwickshire in England with her husband and family. For more information on Rhyannon’s books and the latest news, you can visit her website or find her on Facebook at

Dark Wolf Rising, Book #4 of the BLOODRUNNERS series
Author:  Rhyannon Byrd


Eric Drake, a powerful Dark Wolf, has never trusted himself around human females-preferring to mate only within his pack. That is, until he encounters Chelsea Smart snooping around Silvercrest pack land in search of her missing sister. Secretly, Chelsea thinks Eric is the sexiest man she's ever seen, though she is wary of his potent Alpha energy. Then it's discovered that Chelsea's sister is being held by a pack of vicious Lycans, and Eric heroically leaps into action. Now, Chelsea will risk everything-her body and soul-to surrender to the passion that will mark her as Eric's woman for all eternity...if they survive.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:

*eARC provided by NetGalley

I am a huge Rhyannon Byrd fan. I adore her worlds, I love her writing style, I lust for her heroes... Yeah, I'm a fangirl.

I had forgotten how much I loved the BLOODRUNNERS series though, until I got back into it with Dark Wolf Rising.

This book was darkly sensual, action packed & at times, utterly frustrating & heartbreaking. I absolutely loved it!

Amongst turmoil galore, Eric is desperately trying to find his place among his pack and people. He has a tainted legacy left by his corrupt father, and doesn't quite fit in with the pack or with the BloodRunner hybrids; though he has always felt more at home with his friends in the Alley.

When stubborn yet adorable Chelsea shows up out of the blue in a hippie bus looking for her sister, his world is turned even more on its ear. Because while she doesn't belong in his world, he can't seem to get rid of her and feels that the only way to make sure she stays out of trouble is to keep her close.

Eric is an amazing hero. He's dominant yet caring, sexy yet vulnerable, damaged, and yet with an infinite potential for growth. He's loyal to his friends and loved ones, and Alpha to the core.

Chelsea was an interesting heroine... I like my females strong and independent and Chelsea had that in spades, but she was quick tempered, a bit flighty, and almost too stubborn. It made for some VERY intense reading moments where I literally wanted to scream at her or smack her upside the head for one stupid thing or another though, and inducing that kind of emotion in a reader is never a bad thing. :) Ultimately she finally figured things out and all was well, but it was NOT an easy road getting there and boy oh boy do you ever feel for Eric and everyone around him.

Revisiting the Alley and its inhabitants was absolutely wonderful. I missed the guys and their incredible mates and I can't wait to read more about each and every one of them. I really want to go back and re-read the first 3 books of the series now though, because I remember things but I wish they were clearer in my mind. It certainly wouldn't be a hardship, this series is utterly fantastic!

LITERAL ADDICTION gives Dark Wolf Rising 5 Skulls and would recommend it to everyone! If you're looking for a dark and sexy action-packed read with lots of emotion, this book is for you. And if you want a series with captivating characters that will stick with you and a world and story arc that keep you wanting more page after page, then I highly suggest you grab books 1-3 as well. Dark Wolf Rising stands fine alone, but this series is amazing and shouldn't be missed.

Dark Wolf Rising

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