With his sharp gaze locked on the most magnificent female he’d ever seen, Wyatt Pallaton did his best to hold himself back. Of course, Elise Drake was hardly just any female. Fiery and cool, strong, yet at the same time achingly vulnerable, she’d turned his entire world on its head.
No matter how bloody difficult it proved to be, he was done letting her pretend he didn’t even exist. Done with letting her fight her own battles. Done driving himself slowly into this maddening state of frustrated desire. One way or another, things were about to change.
Come hell or high water, she was done running.
If nothing else, Dark Wolf Running proved that I need to start this series from the very beginning. That’s not a bad thing. It’s not even because there wasn’t enough back story and I was lost – it’s just because I want to get to know the other characters better and get Elise and find out where this story began. In other words, I’m really liking this series. 😉
Dark Wolf Running picks up a little while after Dark Wolf Rising leaves off. The opening scene takes place during the reception at Eric and Chelsea’s wedding. The attraction between Wyatt and Elise is obvious. I love the pull between these characters. Wyatt can’t help himself and Elise doesn’t trust anyone – for very good reason.
Dark Wolf Running was the perfect title for this one, because both Wyatt and Elise spent a lot of time running. They ran from their past, their enemies and each other. Secrets are the biggest wedge between these characters though. Big, dark secrets that they aren’t only keeping from each other, but from everyone. Everyone knows about the trauma that Elise went through, but no one knows everything. Wyatt has his own shadows in his past as well. Even though I knew the author would find a way to get past those odds, it wasn’t easy. They not only had to find a way to trust each other, but they also had to find a way to trust themselves.
You’ve probably already guessed that I loved the supporting characters in this series so far. The Bloodrunners are a tight knit group. They have formed a make-shift family that is comprised of humans, half breeds and pure bred wolves. I like the dynamic that Ryannon Byrd has created with her wolves. They’re familiar, yet she’s given them their own twist that has provided a fresh perspective, at least for this reader. I can’t wait to catch up with the rest of the series when I pick up books 1-3 and I’m hoping that there are at least a few more books to come.