Wild Wolf Claiming (Bloodrunners, #8) by Rhyannon Byrd

Wild Wolf Claiming (Bloodrunners, #8) by Rhyannon Byrd

His wolf had never reacted this strongly to a woman… And. She. Was. His. 

Werewolf Elliot Connors had come to the sleepy town of Charity to stop a madman from claiming his next victims for his macabre collection of sex slaves. After saving Skye Hewitt from being kidnapped, Elliot desires the diner waitress more than his next breath. All his senses scream that Skye is his life-mate. But his past has taught him well that nothing worth having ever comes easy. Now things are about to get bloody, dangerous…and wild.

Wild Wolf Claiming (Bloodrunners, #8) by Rhyannon Byrd

• This is the second book (out of two books!) I’ve read by this author that opens in an eating and drinking establishment with blatant misogyny and pitting women against each other.

• And in this case of this one, blatant skinny shaming:

The question came from the skinny waitress who’d just stopped beside his table, blocking his view of Skye. The woman’s perfume was so heavy it almost made his eyes water, the hungry way she was looking at him was so blatant he was surprised she didn’t lick her lips. ‘Because I’m willing to offer you something a heck of lot better than anything you’ll find on that menu.’

• Slim waitresses DO NOT BEHAVE LIKE THIS, just because they’re smaller than another woman! Also, HERE is the author’s inspiration for the lead character. Sorry author, but she looks like one of those “skinny bitches” you hate so much!

She instantly scowled. “Your loss,” she muttered, before cattily adding, “Especially if you’re saving it for Skye. That girl wouldn’t know how to please a man even if she had a sex manual for fat chicks.”

• Nor do they behave like that. Maybe I live on Jupiter, but I’ve never met ANYONE who still uses a sexist term like “catty”!

unlike the scrawny bitch who had been so rude about her

• Gotta love a hero who thinks about women like that.

• The first 51% of this book takes place in less than twenty-four hours.

• When the heroine finds out the hero is a werewolf, her reaction is – I kid you not: ‘Oh, I read lots of shapeshifter romance books, so I have no problem with that.’

“I actually have this thing about shifter romances.”

• Then they have sex for the next twelve hours, no questions asked.

• The majority of pages in this book are devoted to sex scenes. I don’t think I’ve ever read a plotless book that was only about sex before. The hero might as well NOT be a supernatural being for all the page time dedicated to it.

• Despite the blurb promising some sort of abduction-of-women story, it happens off the page and isn’t really dealt with.

• Whenever the book isn’t sex, it’s the heroine whining about her “curvy” body, and the hero telling her over and over how perfect she is.

• Despite the “female empowerment” misogyny the author indulges in, MANY pages are devoted to the heroine admiring how LEAN and SLIM and MUSCLED the hero is. While he’s telling her over and over how she should eat more and more cheeseburgers (they only seem to eat cheeseburgers in this book), she’s commenting on his healthy eating habits. Uh – is he a slutty bitch too, or is that only reserved for women who are slim?

• Despite being up against a legion of supernatural baddies, when the heroine is told to stay put, (more than once) she decides: I’m not doing that! I want to help, even though I’m physically useless and will just put everyone in danger.

Unfortunately, this is the second book this week I’m going to have to tell NetGalley I seriously disliked.

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8 thoughts on “Wild Wolf Claiming (Bloodrunners, #8) by Rhyannon Byrd

  1. Yikes! Sorry you didn’t enjoy this one. I tried reading one of the books in this series as well and it didn’t work out for me either.

    1. I actually went into this one with high hopes, but I had to admit defeat early on. It was a struggle to finish. Now I’m reading Kelley Armstrong’s Bitten instead!

      I can overlook one sexist comment in one book, but when an author establishes a pattern and fills her books with it, then I become furious.

      Plus, there was just no story here…

      1. I read Bitten years (MANY years!) ago. But a few months ago I spent ages talking to Kelley Armstrong at a drinks function, and I was embarrassed I wasn’t a massive fan. She spent so much time and effort making friends!

        So I bought the DVDs of the TV show of her books, and decided to reread her book series.

        I’m enjoying it more now than I did in the past. I am becoming a bit of a fangirl about it.

      1. Yeah, I read Blood Wolf Dawning and it wasn’t a good time. I didn’t notice any body shaming in that one, but the interactions between the hero and heroine got on my nerves.

        I know! I’m shocked at how popular this series is. The one I read has an average rating of 4.10 on GoodReads. :/

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