Published December 18th 2012 by Harlequin
Paperback, 304 pages
Series: BloodrunnersGenre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Source: Courtesy of Harlequin through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.
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Mature Content Advisory, must be 18+
I have not read a good werewolf novel in a while, so when I was given the opportunity to review Dark Wolf Rising, Harlequin Nocturne was just the fix I needed for my craving.
Eric Drake is a very powerful dark wolf, from a very pure werewolf family but due to his bloodline (as well as his family history) he has never trusted himself around human females. Out comes Chelsea Smart, a human female who sets foot upon the Silvercrest Pack grounds in search of her younger missing sister. Sparks and tempers fly, and although Chelsea thinks he is the hottest man alive – she is a bit wary of the alpha energy he carries. Once they discover that Chelsea's sister is involved with a vicious pack of Lycans, Eric will do anything to help her.
Where to start... I really enjoyed this book, even thought this was the first one for me out of the series. Now that I found this series though, I think I will revisit the other books since the recurring characters in this novel appear in the other books as well.
I really loved the way Eric and Chelsea met, I literally had to put the book down and giggle. When Chelsea shows up in this hippie looking bus, Eric approaches her to tell her to leave for her own safety. Completely flat broke and determined to find her sister, she lifts her hand and flips him off. His reaction “What the...” was really amusing. Eric realizes that he enjoys her scent, but she does not feel like she is his and he is afraid to get involved in something that was not meant to be .
Although the chemistry between the two was just right, there had been a few inconsistencies. Chelsea's personality within the book kind of bounced around. She toyed with Eric a little too much, and couldn't make up her mind – she must have hurt the guys feelings and strung him on a bit too often. Her actions at the end of the book felt a little out of character as well.
I was also a little disappointed that we didn't really get to see his werewolf side till literally at the end of the book, that in itself was a bit disappointing for a werewolf novel. Still, the plot was enjoyable if not very entertaining, easy to follow and I found myself very immersed in their world. Byrd has managed to create an addictive world with a background storyline that progresses throughout the series. The heat between the characters as well as the chemistry is good enough to keep you coming back for more.