Molly Stratton has refused to get out of Ian Buchanan’s head since she walked up to his job site claiming to have a message from his deceased mother. The dreams aren’t helping, either. In them, he takes her, body and blood, in a way that he can tell she’s never been taken before. She’s too innocent, too pure, but she refuses to back down in the dreams and reality, making her stronger than any woman he’s ever known – a fact that scares the hell out of him.
It’s been three years since Molly had sex and then overnight she finds herself beneath the hunky, arrogant man she’s meant to warn. He doesn’t scare her, but her feelings toward him do. She can’t get involved with a man under these circumstances. She’s done it before and was burned, but the damage was nothing compared to what Ian could do to her. Her mission is clear: warn him of the danger his mother claims is coming and help him accept the part of himself that can save the day. That doesn’t leave any room for either lust or love, but sometimes your head can’t help what your heart feels.
Beyond the love story, the premise of Edge of Hunger surrounds the Merrick and the Casus, two beings who were at war with each other until the Merrick found a way to imprison the Casus and keep them from reeking havoc on the mortal world. Enough time has passed that the Merrick bloodline has been diluted by human blood and the stories of how to stop the Casus have been all but forgotten.
The Casus are now organized and have figured out a way to send one of their shades, or spirits, into the mortal world by hijacking the body of someone with Casus blood. Bloodthirsty and sadistic, they like to taste their victims fear while they violate them in as many ways as possible. To keep the scales balanced, a Merrick must be awakened as well. Ian is the lucky man to have his awakened for the coming battle.
Ian is one of those heroes who is a complete jerk until the end of the book. He may claim to have good intentions but he’s just mean and nasty. Yet I still love him. It may have something to do with my taste in men, or in the way he was written. For every snide comment he made, there was an equally endearing action that followed. Molly had to be strong to put up with him for 336 pages.
Speaking of Molly…she is one of those heroines that you either love or hate. She isn’t trained in martial arts, she doesn’t have an arsenal of weapons at her beck and call, and she isn’t a supernatural. For some reason, those seem to be Must Haves for heroines nowadays. I think Molly’s attributes are better than anything physical she could have brought to the table—she may not have a snarky comment for everything Ian said but she stood her ground and made sure Ian did what he was told, even if she had to follow him across the country to do so. My only problem with her was the ever present tears in her eyes and the constant whispering. It didn’t make her weaker, it was merely redundant.
Edge of Hunger by Rhyannon Byrd hooked me in its talons and wouldn’t let go. It was deeply erotic, beautifully descriptive, and one of the most disturbing books I’ve ever read. There was no putting this book down once I cracked open the first page, leaving me no choice but to give it 4 tombstones.
- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: HQN Books; 1 Original edition (April 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0373773676
- ISBN-13: 978-0373773671
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Books in the Primal Instinct series in the order in which they should be read:
Edge of Hunger
Edge of Danger
Edge of Desire
Touch of Seduction
Touch of Surrender
Touch of Temptation
Rush of Darkness
Rush of Pleasure