Last Wolf Standing by Rhyannon Byrd

last-wolf-standingTitle:  Last Wolf Standing
Series:  Bloodrunners #1
Author:  Rhyannon Byrd
Published:  March 1, 2008
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  Owned Kindle Edition (bundle)
Cover Description:

Five seconds earlier Mason Dillinger would have sworn it could never happen…

That a woman who was his perfect match even existed. And that he’d find her in a bustling cafe. Yet just the scent of sweet, mortal Torrance Watson ignited a driving, explosive need to claim her that he knew his pack would never sanction.

Worse, the rogue werewolf he’d been hunting had sensed that attraction and made Torry his prey. Forced to safeguard her from this ruthless assassin, who already posed a threat to his pack, Mason now faced the ultimate challenge.

Did he have the courage to cross the line by sealing the blood bond that would make Torry his alone – a disloyalty few of his kind ever survived – or would he live an eternity without love?

Titles in this series include:  Last Wolf Standing – Last Wolf Hunting – Last Wolf Watching – Dark Wolf Rising – Dark Wolf Running – Dark Wolf Returning – Blood Wolf Dawning – Wild Wolf Claiming

I’ve wanted to read the Bloodrunners series for some time now.  I actually do take my own suggestion of starting an established series from the very beginning simply because it makes the most sense.  Yet I know it’s rather daunting both time wise and financially to go back to the start of a series.  Finally I stopped hesitating and bought the first trilogy bundle, and will probably do the same for the next three stories that come after these.  This series began in 2008 and at this writing has eight titles – that’s a commitment for a person who has a lot of promised reviews on my schedule.  But since I’ve been looking at Bloodrunners for actually years now… it’s time to simply dive in and make the time.

At the beginning of any series (or trilogy) I expect there to be some world building.  It was rather easy to fall into this world since the world building was gradual and flowed with the development of the story.  There was no great information dump, which I greatly appreciate.  Bloodrunners are actually a, let’s call it a career choice for those wolves who are half human.  Somewhat outcast by the official pack, these wolves police the full werewolves who have gone rogue and are now hunting humans as their choice of prey.  There is only one solution for a rogue… death.

Mason is… oh, let’s just say it, he’s sex on a stick.  Handsome, hot and somewhat arrogant.  He’s the longest active Bloodrunner at this time, and he does his job well.  Right now there are murders of young human women happening in the surrounding area.  Attacks that are calculated and most definitely the work of a rogue.  When we first meet Mason he and his partner, Jeremy are out on the hunt for this murderer and have stopped at a cafe to refuel.

The very last thing Mason ever expected to find was his mate.  Every wolf knows instinctively that smell of their mate, and her scent was flowing over him something fierce.   When she finally came into his view, obviously on her way somewhere else he did the only thing his shocked mind could think of to keep her near.  He stuck out his foot and tripped her… and so the romance of Mason and Torry begins.

Torry is adorable, feisty, scared and stubborn.  A young woman who works in a shop surrounded by the paranormal, but one who refuses to believe.  Her nightmares give her enough to be afraid of… she doesn’t need to know about the real thing.  Unfortunately, she’s about to get a huge dose of the real thing since Mason’s obvious attraction to this human has been observed by the very rogue he’s hunting – and Torry is now his target, for what better way to destroy Mason than to harm his mate.

I was captivated by Last Wolf Standing, there’s simply no other way to put it.  Drawn in, and engaged in this couple’s struggle to deal with each other when neither one was looking for love or a life long partnership.  Torry is a dreamer and wants the romance, Mason has seen how love can destroy a person so he’s determined to give everything to his mate that she needs and desires, but not his heart… no, that he cannot do.  The action and mystery of this story is gripping, the sexual tension and actions are definitely sizzling and the love is there for Mason and Torry to discover.

I would definitely recommend this story to any Paranormal Romance or Shifter Romance reader.  It will draw you into their world, and have you searching for the next novel in the series.

Available for the Kindle