When werewolf Eli Drake is banished from his pack, he leaves a devastated and heartbroken Carla Reyes behind. Three torturous years later, she tracks him down to a hole-in-the-wall Texas bar—the pack is in trouble and war is on the horizon. Carla needs Eli’s help, but wants nothing more to do with him—even though he’s as ruthless, domineering and sexy as ever.
Eli hasn’t forgotten Carla. And the partial bite he gave her their last night together has had him lying awake nights imagining her sumptuous curves and supple lips. And the scorching passion that almost consumed him that night. But Carla wants their bond broken, no matter the cost. Now, as he joins forces with Carla to save his pack, dare Eli hope that he can change her mind and claim a future he never dreamed possible?
I have to admit that even though I liked this book as much as the other ones that I’ve read so far in the Bloodrunners series, it took me a long time to really sympathize with Carla. After reading Dark Wolf Running, that’s not something that I expected… at all.
Eli is the brother of Eric (Dark Wolfe Rising) and Elise Drake (Dark Wolf Running). He was banished from the pack before fully mating with Carla. To protect her, he leaves her behind. Carla, and some of the other members of the pack don’t see it that way, which is what causes her to act the way that she does. I honestly get that. Carla was hurt and I don’t think that she should have immediately forgiven Eli, I just wish she would have done it way before she did. *sigh* (And yes, when one member of the pack laid into Carla for treating Eli the way that she had been I actually gave them a virtual ‘high five’)
Besides that little snag in this reunion between brother, sister and mate, I really liked Dark Wolf Returning. There was plenty of action, lots of heated romance and the storyline provided the perfect set up for the next installment. Blood Wolf Dawning features the mysterious Cian and the saucy little witch that he has been trying desperately to avoid and protect. I can’t wait to see what Rhyannon Byrd has in store for this explosive couple. In the mean time I might try to play catch up with the first few books in the Bloodrunners series that I inadvertently skipped. 😉